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Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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340 Reviews
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Reviews: 340
Hads: 669
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 66
Gots: 93 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-06-2004

Strong brown ale inspired by the beer brewed by Belgian Trappist monks. Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process. This beer is at its best only after it has aged for six months. The Rigor Mortis are complex beers designed and brewed with patience and care in the tradition of the great Belgian Abbey beers.
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.13/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dirty raisin and brown colored beer with almost no head on it. Aroma was alcohol soaked raisins and figs. Just really boozy and for some reason bitter, although I guess its not that strange, I come across a lot of dark strong ales with the dark fruit thing with bitterness.

A mild amount of chocolate, but this beer is just like fermented pruno from underneath a jail bunk. Most of what I taste is just hot heat. Nothing easy drinking about it. There's a little bit of roasted malt mouthfeel to it, but again, everything is just overpowered by the alcohol heat. Carbonation is weak on this one, letting the heat just tear your mouth up like you're a girl down on her luck in Van Nuys who came across a couple guys in the biz and a camera crew. I can't tell if its the yeast flavor or the spicing, but it isn't complimentary either, but it is at least a break from the alcohol.

Paying $5 a bottle for this hurts. Wouldn't pay $5 for a 6 pack of it in the future.

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Photo of bark
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is brown; the liquid is a little cloudy. The finger thick compact off-white head leaves some lacing.

The smell is very Belgian: Yeast, brown sugar, spices, dried fruits, some sourness and a hint of fresh plums. A bit too neutral for a quad, I think.

The taste is stronger than the smell. Mellow, matured notes of dried apricots, raisins and apples. Some bitter notes and yeasty notes. Fruity esters and some mild chemical phenols (turpentine, oil colour). The aftertaste is somewhat sweet with dry fruity flavours of raisins and apricots. Some clean bitter flavours and a touch of alcohol in the finish.

The carbonation is quite strong. Large bubbles. The liquid is a bit light, yet it is a bit sticky.

A qualified quad: Good craft but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky red/brown colour with a fair size creamy and fizzy light brown head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the murkiness of the beer, and the lacing was fairly decent. The head lasted for quite a while before it was gone.

Smell - Molasses, caramel, butterscotch, port, a woodiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very full bodied flavour and feels very creamy on the palette. I can really taste the butterscotch and the malts mixed with a woodiness. It actually tasted kind of like a glass of port to me. I also picked up on notes of dark chocolate and molasses. It finishes with a warming chocolate/port aftertaste.

Drink - I'm not a huge fan of beers with this particular flavour, but it was still decent and highly drinkable considering the alcohol content. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce bottle. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a brownish/red color with about a 1/4 inch tan head. However, the small head stayed around a while, and there was a decent amount of lacing, too. Aroma is dark fruit (raisins, figs), caramel malt, brown sugar and some apples. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some bananas, spice, cherries, and some nuts. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit coating, rich, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is decent enough, the 10.5% ABV isn't as strong in the taste as you think it would be, but you can feel it after a little while. I think this is a good brew, although I'm not sure I'd buy it too often at $5.49 a bottle. But if you've never had it before, I still think it's worth trying.

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Photo of dgilks
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly sweet, dull, nutty aroma. Not a lot here.

Dark, hazy mahogany colour with a small, creamy tan head.

Big, big sweetness here. Almost like dark maple syrup with a nice spiciness coming through later on. Once I get past the sweetness I get a touch of dryness which helps. Noticeable alcohol.

Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Decent.

The overall flavour here is good but not great. The sweetness is overpowering and the flavours don't quite integrate as well as the Belgian examples of this style.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thick head into my Piraat glass. Nice presentation with lacing and all.

Aroma is full of raisin and faint apple in the nose. Malt sweetness stands out as well.

Taste is strong and warm with raisin, caramel and faint apple flavors upfront. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of the above flavors and the warmth from the alcohol is quite apparent as it coats the throat. Carbonation is a bit high but doesn't detract too much.

Needs some aging but otherwise, an enjoyable example of the style that can only get better with a bit of age.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz. bottle poured into a tulip. #'s are there to be notched, but they arent :/

(A)- Pours a murky dark mahogany color that produced a foamy tan head that dissipated after a minute or two. Left some clumps of lacing behind.

(S)- A heavily roasted caramel & banana/clove thing going on. Tiny bits of lemon & raisins.

(T)- Same as the smell, only with an awesome creamy chocolate flavor in there. Almost tastes like a banana split minus the vanilla ice cream. Rather nutty; pecan or walnuts with a raisin-like sweetness.

(M)- Great carbonation level & balance. Very smooth going down with a great maltiness & crispness that I am enjoying very much. Rich & satisfying that is even almost crisp.

(D)- A very interesting quad that is really great with that chocolatey nut kick. Fits the style & has a few twists from the traditional. My only complaint is that $5.68 for this is a little steep just for 11.5 oz. Its good, but for the $, I would probably gravitate elsewhere for the style.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle purchased in Columbus for $4.99, poured into an Achel glass. The beer is a turgid rust color, with a thin layer of dark tan foam comprised of very fine bubbles, some dry lacing onto the glass. The smell is very quad-y, esters and ethanol and sweet malt aromas. A little reminiscent of St Bernardus 12 but maybe threatening to be more alcoholic. Same with the taste, a very hot St Bernadus ABT 12 is the best description. That's not bad as St Bernardus is one of my all-time favorites, but St Bernardus IS cheaper... and less hot...

The body is medium-thick, a little chewy, a nice substantial base for such a substantial flavor. Definitely a sipper, my throat is burning a little, like I'm pounding a weak liqueur.

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Photo of claspada
2.45/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aromas are initially of caramel malt, Belgian spiciness (clove mainly) and booze. Lots of dark fruit mixed in as well (plum and black cherry), with a dense breadiness in the background.

The initial taste is heavy on the dark fruit; big bold plum, dark cherry and sweet alcohol, fading to more bready, but still caramel malty sweetness which I find cloying. It finishes with more assertive alcohol, which is also unpleasant and continuous Belgian spiciness rears itself as well. This is really a hot mess to be honest, wish I would have let this cellar longer.

Mouthfeel is medium to average with adequate carbonation. Overall this is a miss for me; with some many better examples of a Quad this one should be passed over in favor of others, especially for $5 a pop for 12 oz. Not recommended.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a thick almost brownish body with minimal head on top of a heavy aroma that seemed to have some sugary malts along with touches of dark and tropical fruits as well as the typcial orange/citrusy yeast strain I find in these beers as well as a touch of medicalness/booze. Beer is more of the same as it is thick and full and definitely a sipper. A very good beer, I just found, for me at least, while there are strong notes of sweetness and breadiness (yeastiness) that make it sweet and go down easy and balance the hops and something akin to dark fruits like cherries or figs, the ABV gets into the beer a little and as my b eer warmed the alcohol took over and somewhat muted the rest of the beer's flavor profile. A nice beer and I would recommend it but just not my favorite of style.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a fairly large-sized, foamy head that didn't stick around that long. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, spices, sweets and maybe a little fruit.

T: A nice, if a little unfocused taste of malt, spices, apples, caramel and possibly a little toffee. A solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable version of a Belgian quad.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a murky dark brown, coca-cola like, into my St. Bernardus chalice. 1.5 inch head. A little bit of lacing but nothing significant.

Smells like a typical quad- the dark fruits (plums/raisins), some spicing, and yeast.

The taste is pretty similar. Very strong raisin flavor, cloves, along with the typical Belgian yeast flavors. There's some brown sugar and vanilla flavors I'm picking up as well, and some slightly grassy hop aromas.

Full bodied mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Another good entry from the Dieu de Ciel lineup.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was told that the brewer at DDC told the salesman at Broue HaHa to wait six months before drinking this. I waited five and I can't stand looking at this and not drinking it anymore.

A - Pours a very dark copper/ruby colour with an off white head of one finger fading quick. Medium carbonation evident amonst the yeast chunks. Good rings of lacing show up with the head retaining for the most part.

S - Booze and rich dark fruits. Maybe molasses there also. Sugar, raisins, and yeast.Nice and inviting.

T - Some slight booze mixed in with rich dark fruits. Seems like a boozy fruitcake. Dark fruits are tame but still there. Nice sweetness but not too intesnse. Sugar and yeast are there too.

M - Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation carbonation. Dry finish.

D - Fair. High ABV makes this hard to session obviously but I could have more than one for sure. Not the most complex Quad by any stretch of the imagination but a nice sipper.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet, Rigor Mortis ABT is dark ruddy brown with a small, off-white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is simple, classic sweet quad, brown sugar with some spice ad clean alcoholic heat.

Taste is also strait on, very spicy esters, peppery. Moderate phenols, fairly smooth, not very complex but very well executed.

Mouthfeel is dry, spicy, medium-light bodied, reasonably digestible.

Drinkability is pretty good, a solid quad, but with room for improvement. Overpriced, especially since I live on the same continent.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle split and poured into a wine-like glass. 10.5% ABV, 0 1 notched on the label. No indication of what it meas.

Thanks to bnieman for sharing this bottle with me! I've seen it in stores forever and never picked it up. Now I know better.

A - Brilliant clarity and gorgeous ruby mahogany color. A low tan head has good retention for the alcohol. Some nice low lace and legs on the glass with a swirl.

S - Mellow but deep, complex aroma ripe with fig, cherry, and chocolate chunk. Very mild, very smooth alcohol that has a estery aroma that fits in perfectly with the mild Belgian yeast.

T - Belgian yeast and robust fruit presence of cherry and fig. The maltiness is large with lots of caramel sweetness. The finish is thinner than the flavor surprisingly. Clean exit on the palate.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth but somewhat thin feeling on the finish. Low carbonation and it just ends. No lingering sweetness or bitterness, just clean. No alcohol in the feel either.

D - Good drinkability for a bigger beer, especially for a quad, but it's a bit too thin. Just a little watery feeling on the finish. Good flavor and profile though. For a comparable price I'd go for Koneningshoeven or New Glarus ABT over this one.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Poured the color of cola with a two inch frothy, off-white head. Head settles into a solid cap with thick bands of lacing. Nose is rather mild and difficult to describe - slightly vinous and malty with a hint of spice in the mix. Some booziness comes out up front, followed by the wine-like character revealed in the nose, dark fruit and spice. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium-bodied with a pleasant, consistent background carbonation. Nice abbey ale that changes its character as it warms.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, semi-transparent mahogany with a fairly thick if not persistent beige head. Aroma is not strong but fruity and yeasty with malt underpinnings, rather inviting. Flavor is stronger than the aroma, malty and yeasty with a fruity and nutty hints and just a touch of spice. Texture is quite rough and fizzy, leaving a tart and nippy finish.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a lasting creamy head and lacing.
Nose shows chocolate, liquorice, caramel, roasted malt and some Belgian phenols. A little fruit shows through, mainly raisins. The rich and diverse malt profile is a delight.
Flavours are syrupy sweet but there's nice amount of roasted malt to counter it. Alcohol is quite noticeable but not over the top. Similar malt profile and spicy character as in the aroma.
Carbonation is pretty high, but helps cut through the sweetness.
Dangerously drinkable stuff.

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Photo of champ103
3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark nearly opaque brown. At first a two finger beige head forms. It gently recedes in a minute and leaves lots of spiderweb looking lace.
S: Very dry wood. Light fruity esters, and lots of yeast. Kind of standard and on the bland side.
T: Very dry wood and sweet caramel. A light fruitiness and yeast again. Plenty of alcohol
M/D: A medium body and a bit over carbonated. Lots alcohol to make this one bottle sipper. Something I would prefer to share with another person.

Not bad, but not one of the breweries better offerings IMO. Worth a try if you like Quads though.

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ho boy, this is as fine an abbot as you'll find. Poured at a great temperature with a small to medium sized, tan head that soon settled to a light swirl and a little lace. Color is a hazy dark copper with a couple of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, bread dough, yeast, dark ripe fruit, toffee. Flavor's much like nose and has excellent balance between a little hop/malt bitter, plenty of yeast bitter, carbonic tang, and sweet. Interestingly sweet seems to fade a bit. Body and carbonation are spot on. Finish is like flavor, boozy, and long. Superior beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Out of two sets of numeral from 0 to 9, the first 9 is notched...whatever that means.

A: Dark cherrywood, but barely translucent. Little head, but good tracing. A truly gorgeous shade.

S: Bright red apples, rich prunes, and dark spices. This smells like a quad. Bulky and scrumptious.

T: Molasses, musty yeast that seems to have lost much of its spice, and distant but sticky fruit. Alcohol is completely absent, deceptively so, with spice picking up much of the slack. The aftertaste has (white?) pepper, cloves, allspice, and probably much else beside. That said, the maintaste is a bit flat and certainly not as powerful as I'd anticipated. Much more like a BSDA (or even a BDA) than a quad.

M: Disappointing, except on the spice front.

O: I expect the best from Dieu du Ciel, but this bottle didn't quite deliver. Mediocre quad, pretty okay abbey ale, good beer. Recommended if you don't have to pay through the nose for it. Probably won't have again.

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Photo of popery
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is about two years old. Unfortunately, the label dating system doesn't seem to have been used, so it's hard to tell the exact age.

The beer pours a medium to dark amber with a small beige head. The creamy bubbles faded quickly, but it's still a nice looking beer. The aroma has a fair bit of booze but also lots of complexity with notes of brown sugar, toffee, raisins, rum, peaches, mint, grapes and warm bread. Of course, the style isn't exactly lacking in complex aromas. The taste also has a good deal of booze and is a mite sticky sweet, but the sugary malt flavors are terribly pleasant and the alcohol provides happy warmth. The finish has some mild bitterness, not really enough to rein in the sweetness but who cares when the flavor is this nice? Mouthfeel is smooth, full and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is relativley low, likely exacerbated by the age of the bottle (twist-offs? how do they work?).

This is a very good beer and one of the best non-Belgian quads that I've tried. Tt doesn't seem fair to rate this one to style, but that's what I'm trying to do. On an absolute scale, these scores would all go up about a half point.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown-ish to orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, mellow caramel with a note of chocolate. In the taste, sweet, malty caramel with a chocolate like end. A small bite and a a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry caramel, with a hint of cocoa in the aftertaste. Hides the 10%, lack of nose, a small dry alcohol note in the end, and nice flavors of caramel and chocolate.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is somewhere around 6 months old, got it straight from downtown Montreal. Love the label.

A- A snifter accepts the liquid out of the bottle which is a very dark amber (with some light on it)/russet brown. The head starts to fill the glass immediately and settles somewhere around two fingers in size. Cap retention is nice and patches of lace form on the glass in bunches.

S- Has a pretty big presence of phenols and fruity alcohol vapors here, lots of that dark fruit you get when using Belgian yeast to high alcohol levels. Yeast bread more so than other Quads, dark brown sugar, spice and raisins.

T- Alcohols and phenols also make themselves known here but not to the extent in the aroma, maybe the volatility has something to do with that. The flavor takes on a nutty spiced feel with brown sugar, clove, raisins, cherry and apples following. Has an edge but not overly harsh.

MF- Creamy body that really satisfies the palate. Somewhat oily and the carbonation is on the lower end, silky. Right on the upper edge of comfort with alcohol warmth.

Rigor Mortis is definitely a good Quad, which doesn't often come out of other countries besides Belgium IMO. This one is on the edge of alcohol/phenol levels but it doesn't take over and ruin the beer. Big yeast character.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle, label notched 0 and 0 , which doesn't make a lot of sense in terms of dating.

appears murky brown in color, with thin white head. big aroma, mostly caramel. taste is boozy, with chocolate, caramel, and raisin flavors. moderate carbonation, medium body.

overall, pretty good for a non-Belgian Quad

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Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
88 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.