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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

554 Ratings
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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 45
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004)
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The label has a batch number of 1 0 punched out on the left for whatever year that means.

A medium copper colored ale with good clarity and a few floaters.

A vinous, dark fruit aroma with some moderately rich malt notes. There is a medium amount of caramel sweet aroma.

It tastes like it smells just with the addition of some Belgian yeast character of spice and fruit. The malt dominates back by some dark fruit but neither are to the extent of a Dark Strong. A wine like note again with a low hop bitterness and nothing for flavor hops. There is a moderate amount of crystal malt sweetness making for a balance that is moderately sweet. It has a medium finish and a quick pepper and raisin aftertaste.

A medium-light bodied beer with a medium strong level of carbonation.

Definitely worth picking up. It's a rich malty beer with a wine-like character along with some fruit and spice character.

MadScientist, May 05, 2014
Photo of jim_carignan
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

jim_carignan, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of 4ster
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Tulip. Bottled Feb 2013.

A: Medium brown, hazy with amber undertones, light, bright white head on pour disappearing to a few bubbles around the edge, and lacing on top.

S: Dark red fruit (plum, dark cherries), yeasty and some sweet spice.

T: Black slightly sour cherries, plums again, burnt sugar/caramel malts in the middle, then finishing with a bit of spice, funky Belgium yeasts, and alcohol...

M: Bright and sparkling with med carbonation, sticky on the finish. Pretty refreshing and overall well balanced in the flavours, except a the body is a bit boozy.

O: DDC says this is ideal with at least 6 months of age on it, so consider this a "fresh" review... I would say this is a quite nice quad for a beer out of Belgium. Nice flavours, interesting yeast profile, just not quite as refined as the 400+ year old Belgium's :P ... Overall, not the most complex, perhaps a bit sweet, but still worth snagging if you happen to feel like a triple during its once a year release or ones kicking around in your basement.

4ster, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Denzo, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Lunch
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 11.5oz. bottle, purchased at The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD, into my La Chouffe tulip at cellar temperature (01/04/10).

A: Pours a rather murky dark mahogany with a frothy two finger head with great staying power and lacing. From reading several review I did not come to expect much from the head, but it severely delivered for me, staying until the very end.

S: The aroma is comprised of dark fruits including raisins, plums, and prunes along with dried variations of said dark fruits. There are also tone of apple, and subtle alcohol. All of this is surrounded in Belgian yeast and some sweet malt.

T: The dried dark fruits are showcased in a blanket of Belgian yeast and sweet malt. Very nice flavors indeed and a pretty solid representation of a Belgian Quad. Not the most complex, but nice.

M: Fairly full-bodied and thick, representative of the style. Carbonation is unremarkable.

D: For the style it is quite quite drinkable and the 9.5% abv. is hidden well. I would have no problem having two or three of these is a sitting. About as sessionable as a Belgian Quad can be.

Overall this beer this is another solid effort from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. I very much enjoyed this Quad and found it not only easy to drink, but quite flavorful. Nothing earth-shattering, just a well-crafted beer. Recommended.

Lunch, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of leroybrown10
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

leroybrown10, May 24, 2014
Photo of atigerlife
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with light brown highlights. 2-finger light brown head that lasts. Good lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, sweet.

Taste starts with alcohol and then leads into dark fruits [figs], caramel, malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing and dry at the end.

Overall, a good beer. Interesting for the style. Drinkable, but not too many at this ABV.

atigerlife, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of In_Control_Mike
4/5  rDev +1.3%

In_Control_Mike, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark plum color, although it's more of a ruby-amber when held up to the light. The head billows and fades into a glorious sheet of foam.

The smell is fresh cut granny smith apples, with some rich caramelized brown sugar underneath and some mildly medicinal phenols in the background.

The taste is rich, not quite cloyingly sweet but it's pushing it a bit for me. There are elements of sweet dark fruits, clean pear-like esters, there's a little chocolate in the aftertaste, a little smoke in the finish, and the alcohol is very present and leaning towards solventy for me.

Comparisons are inevitable I guess and I just find that Rochefort 10 and La Trappe/Koningshoeven, two of my favorite beers of any style, period, do a much better job of masking the alcohol while having a full on taste without bordering on harsh like this does.

Mouthfeel is dense and lacking carbonation.

I love this brewery. I love this style. But I only like this beer.

MeisterBurger, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Rigor Mortis is a murky, chocolate brown color with a moderate beige head that quickly reduces to a collar. For the aroma all I can get for sure is a boozy smell, little else. I struggled for quite a while with the taste of Rigor, nearly to the end of the beer. Then I remembered I received some dates for early Christmas and sampled one. Guess what? That was it. So, Rigor tastes like a sweet, alcoholic date (I've had a few of those). The feel was full bodied with ample carbonation. Drinkability was only fair due to ABV, alcohol taste and price.

I did enjoy Rigor Mortis and rate it highly in everything but drinkability.

kegger22, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +1.3%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of acevenom
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice. The beer pours cloudy toffee brown with a thin, off-white head that doesn't last very long. There are some visible tiny bubbles along the side of the glass and alcohol legs. The beer smells of bread, toffee, and chocolate. I get an aroma of dark fruits as well. The taste follows the nose. The beer has a nice bready flavor as well as some toffee that brings some sweetness to the flavor. I get some light flavor of raisin and some hop bitterness that mildly lingers on the back end. I also taste the alcohol. The beer is full bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. This is a very good beer.

acevenom, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

elec, Dec 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

cam477, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 5.99/11.5 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle dated 1 4 at 40 degrees into chalice
Weak aroma of malt and yeast phenolics
Head small (1 cm), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to partial 1 mm ring
Lacing none
Body medium brown, cloudy
Flavor of dates and figs, possibly some raisins as well; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, lively carbonation

Although totally lacking a head and lacing and being only medium brown, in other characteristics this resembles a quad. The alcohol, while not noticeable in the flavor, makes itself evident in the following stomach burn. Pretty weak overall, this may be a good gateway beer for someone afraid of quads.

Ozzylizard, Aug 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

MarioM, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of damienblack
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours typical dark belgian style, dark brown, light tan, almost white head. Cool lacing left by intricate little bubbles up and down. Smells almost like medicinal alcohol at first, but that quickly fades way to sweet malt, a bit but not a ton of dark fruit. Flavour is equally balanced, not a ton of sweet dark fruit here, slightly sweet, little hop presence. The best part is in the mouthfeel, while it doesn't pack a ton of flavour, it still manages to be coating in mouthfeel, it just feels right. Carbonation is perfect. Drinkability is amazing. Not the most amazing quad out there, but still a great experience.

damienblack, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of perrymarcus
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours a murky mahogany color with with maybe a finger of khaki-toned head; not much retention but decent lacing.

nose is somewhat on the tame side but those familiar malty, dark fruity quad/BSDA notes are evident. some candied sugar sweetness in the background.

taste is a nice surprise. the sweet maltiness pulls through, accompanied by the dark fruit characters... and while the beer is sweet, it doesn't have that cloying sweetness common to the style. alcohol presence is maybe a bit more noticeable than i'd prefer, but overall a tasty, well-made beer. not on par with the rochefort 10s and st bernarduses of the world, but definitely holds its own. some warming booze in the finish.

fairly smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. i would have no objection to having another.

perrymarcus, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of waltonc
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very glad to see the Dieu Du Ciel beers make their way to Denver. Pours dark brownish red with tan head. Smells sweet, caramelly, and dried dark fruitish. Taste includes the above, as well as candi sugar, yeast, and bread. Very good. My quad-loving wife is also enjoying some in her mini-City Beer Store glass. Body is pretty thick with medium carbonation.

waltonc, Jul 22, 2009
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

IanSpindler, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of seand
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly clear dark brown, with a small amount of light tan head. Leaves nice sheets of lacing running down the glass.

S: Sweet and somewhat floral molasses, with a fair amount of cloves and other common Belgian style spices.

T: Very sweet, but just short of cloying. Finishes slightly bitter. Strongly flavored throughout; not particularly balanced, but the flavors are pretty good.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Not a beer you want to have a lot of or have all the time, but that's also not its goal.

seand, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of eat
2.65/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Edit: I feel terrible about this review as I had a bottle of four or five year old Rigor Mortis at DDC's 13th anniversary party and it totally blew my mind. It was one of the best few beers I've ever had and easily A+ material. I'll have to try finding an aged bottle to review and will definitely be putting some away for later.

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Poured this into a wine glass. No bottling date or expiration date but it can't be too old as I don't think they've been bottling this one too long.

For a Belgian-style strong ale, this doesn't look all that impressive. Not a bad looking beer by any means, I was just expecting more from this great brewery. I poured pretty aggressively and didn't get much head; what did appear, disappeared quickly to some patchy areas of foam. While the colour of the beer is actually pretty great (glowing red-brown), it looks a little watery. No lacing.

Roasted malt and cloves seem to come out most strongly but there isn't much smell to speak of. A little citrusy, minerals; it's pretty weak smelling.

Wow, I'm really not impressed with this. While it is pretty strong at 10.5% (not the 9.5% listed here on BA) the alcohol comes out way too much; it's actually what hit me first, which is not a good thing. Harsh tasting, like someone spiked a Leffe Brun with vodka. The ABV dominates the taste, followed by minerals and a bit of roasted malt. Mild spices way off in the background. Thin tasting and not well balanced at all in my opinion. Not much depth of flavour and the aftertaste is bitter in a not-completely-pleasant kind of way. Both harsh and thin: not a good thing.

For a strong Belgian ale, the mouthfeel is horrible. Much too thin bodied, watery and over carbonated.

Not drinkable. This beer really surprised me; I'm a HUGE fan of Dieu du Ciel and enjoy many of their beers. This one just doesn't live up to their standards, judging from the majority of their beers. Maybe I spoiled myself by trying Unibroue 17 last night for the first time; that beer completely blows this one away. Maybe I'd chug one or two of these to get a good buzz going...if they were free. I hate to sound like I'm trashing this beer; I'm really not. I'm hoping this is a bad bottle. This is really disappointing...Dieu du Ciel, what's up?

eat, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of DRTBrewster
4/5  rDev +1.3%

DRTBrewster, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of rand
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12 oz bottle to snifter

A: Mahogany in color, opaque. Not much of head to speak of, the suds that do exist speckle the glass with lacing.

S: The nose is ester-y, with banana and cherry notes prominent. The booze helps to dry the palate and it's volatiles propels a slight hop snap. Toffee-malts surround and envelop the bouquet, as a caramelly sweetness lingers.

T: Ester-y again, but there are distinct notes of carob and molasses that were undetected in the nose. The booze seems subdued on the palate as well, as malty sweetness dominates. Touches of oak, ripe cherry and phenols, but the flavor profile is fairly one-dimensional for a quad. Short finish for the style, sweet.

M: Chewy and viscous...fortunately th brew is more carbonated than it appeared.

A solid big Belgian beer, fairly easy to drink. But when you're reaching for a quad you're usually in the mood for something with layered complexity, which is lacking in this brew.

rand, Dec 12, 2013
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.