Rigor Mortis ABT - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
It looks like there's enough sludge at the bottom of the bottle to fix the cocking in my bathroom and, while I seem to have kept most of it out of the glass, I suspect some of it might be responsible for dimming the tone on this otherwise ember-y mahogany beer; the highlights are snuffed out by a most gloomy auburn complexion. As can be anticipated for a beer this strength, its head is not abundant; it is, however, plainly visible.
The bouquet, if you have the stomach to get past the initial lick of alcohol, is luxuriantly fruity and not badly equipped in the malt department either. It has both the strength and complexity of a good tawny-port and beyond the obvious brown malts and dried fruits, exact flavours can be challenging to pick out. Part of that is its intricacy, the other part is the alcohol which is as excitable as a young child (and every bit as blunt too).
It seems like someone at the brewery pulled that prank where they didn't screw the lid of the sugar shaker on tightly so when the next guy went to pour from it all the sugar just dumped out. Except in this case, instead of ordering another coffee (or beer, as it were) they got lazy and just left it. This should lead to fantastic results in the long term, but fresh it does little but distract from flavour and detract from drinkability.
Likewise, while the alcohol should eventually tire itself out, for the time being, it's firing on all cylinders. Once again, this creates a slight distraction from flavour and a minor detraction from drinkability. Fortunately, on the former point, there are traces of molasses and anise, fig puree, stewed plums and all other kinds of spicy red and intense black fruits, toffee and walnut. In other words, this has all kinds of tasty stuff about it.
Funny that a beer named Rigor Mortis should be such a stiff drink. Rigor Mortis ABT doesn't quite compare to its Belgian counterparts but it does imitate them well. If you have any bottles in your possession I suggest you find them a cool, dark place and let them just be for a couple of years; my guess is they'll come back a much better beer, but doubtfully one that will ever be confused as belonging to Belgium's great Trappist monasteries.
10-29-2010 05:01:54 | More by biegaman
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
On tap at Volo for Cask Days 2008. I had some bottles a couple years ago at the brewpub but never reviewed them then.
Pours a clear reddish orange, ruddy, huge and thick off white head forms, drops a ton of lace, great retention, settles to a solid layer. Smell is neat, quite sweet, caramel, apples and pears, bread, yeast, peppery spice, brown sugar, alcohol, light fruit, pretty big aroma. Taste is similar, sweet up front, honey and caramel, bit of fruit, yeast, pepper, bread, apple pie and cinnamon, alcohol comes through but isn't overpowering. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth from the alcohol but altogether pretty smooth for the ABV. A nice quad, I could drink this stuff on a regular basis.
11-21-2008 21:32:15 | More by Viggo
2.13/5 rDev -46.1%
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.
08-31-2012 00:06:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev +1.3%
12oz pulled from the fridge after the weekend tasting.. I am just wanting one beer while taking care of the wife's flowers...
deep dark brown clear... 1/2" tan head.. no lacing..
big boozy.. caramel and raisins.. clove phenols run pretty heavy.. some burnt sugar...
Flavor leans heavy on the plum esters... caramel and plenty of booze burn.. makes me think of young Rochefort 10.... a bit too sweet for my palate..
Mouthfeel seems too carbonated...
Nice brew ... I would buy these for sure.. but I would put them down for at least six months...
04-27-2010 07:44:59 | More by JohnGalt1
British Columbia (Canada)
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
The brewer lists this one as a quad, and I agree it's closer to that style.
A: Deep copper-bronze with a light tan head. Some retention, excellent lacing.
S: Dark fruit, cotton candy fruity esters, toffee.
T: Too much residual sweetness upfront. Dark toffee, dark fruit, earthy citrus, light spicing, balanced bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden. It has some good flavour, but it doesn't measure up to the monks brews.
M: I just can't get over the residual sweetness in this one. A Belgian should be drier & more digestible.
D: Very approachable for its weight, but I couldn't drink much.
"Rigor Mortis ABT (Rigor Mortis ABT)
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.
This beer won a gold medal (first place amongst 10 gold medal winners) at the adjudicated "MBeer" contest during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal in 2006.
The Rigor Mortis ABT was born in our Montreal brewpub in August 2001"
10-19-2008 00:13:41 | More by Derek
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
Thanks Snojerk321! Pours murky and tawny with a creamy white head. This label is grim as hell. Fantastic artwork.
The aroma is bready and yeasty. Notes of black pepper and other spices are present, as well as some faint metallic notes and some toffee. Dark fruits are evident, as well as some brown sugar.
The flavor is yeasty and bready, with notes of toffee and caramel. A low level of earthy hop bitterness is present. There's an interesting note of overripe banana. The flavor is quite boozy and sweet, and it finishes that way.
Medium bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.
07-09-2009 05:59:18 | More by HopHead84
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
05-16-2009 18:32:54 | More by Brad007
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
Bottle shared by Steve, 2010 vintage as part of the QuadShowdown. 341ml into a tulip.
Pours a reddish brown, with a very light offwhite head. Thin film and collar, little clarity in the body with some mild retention NOse is lightly grapey, some sugary notes, a bit of non-descript 'stinkiness' and some extremely subtle spicing. Taste has some light dark fruits, lots of spicing that lingers in the finish. A bit of vanilla and brown sugar notes. Mouthfeel has a low carbonation, medium-full feel and some decent sweetness. A modest ethanol/alcohol heat on the back-end. A decent quad.
11-13-2011 20:00:25 | More by liamt07
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
11.5oz bottle purchased in Columbus for $4.99, poured into an Achel glass. The beer is a turgid rust color, with a thin layer of dark tan foam comprised of very fine bubbles, some dry lacing onto the glass. The smell is very quad-y, esters and ethanol and sweet malt aromas. A little reminiscent of St Bernardus 12 but maybe threatening to be more alcoholic. Same with the taste, a very hot St Bernadus ABT 12 is the best description. That's not bad as St Bernardus is one of my all-time favorites, but St Bernardus IS cheaper... and less hot...
The body is medium-thick, a little chewy, a nice substantial base for such a substantial flavor. Definitely a sipper, my throat is burning a little, like I'm pounding a weak liqueur.
11-18-2009 01:36:26 | More by TurdFurgison
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
341ml bottle poured into corsendonk chalice sept14 2009
A A hazy deep reddish brown with a one finger head that falls too a thin film that leaves a fair amount of lace.
S Dark fruits with some brown sugar and a nice amount of booze.
T Again dark fruit but the sugars taste a little burnt, some yeasts are more noticeable and the booze is well hidden.
M Creamy with mild carbonation feels good overall.
D The nice feeling warming booze should not be this easy too drink, it's a little dangerous if you ask me.
Pretty happy I found this one in my closet. I thought all of these guys made it safely too my mothers basement 500km away in Vernon. (they can age there without temptation getting the better of me) I'm pretty stoked I fooled myself and even happier that a few of these guys are waiting for me next time I'm at mom's. This is drinking well today but I can't wait too see how this tastes a few years from now.
Well worth the 3.50$ pick it up.
09-15-2009 08:49:10 | More by wordemupg
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
07-16-2010 05:59:13 | More by ccrida
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
11-19-2010 13:13:40 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
12-17-2009 20:44:20 | More by bark
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep, murky red brown. Fine thin head and nice lacing. Caramel malt and Belgian spice and yeast aroma. Nice body, sweet caramel malt with light fruit and Belgian yeast. Malty, bitter finish. Excellent.
07-04-2012 23:44:26 | More by LiquidAmber
4.03/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-09-2009 13:34:47 | More by avalon07
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
Tasting notes from 10/28/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.
A - Dark brown with one finger of taupe head and some yeast floating around.
S - Dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel.
T - Sweet brown sugar and caramel, dark fruit (raisins, figs), some spice. A nice complex palate. Some noticeable alcohol as well fut for 10% ABV, not overwhelmingly so.
M - Medium body, nice chew. Light to moderate carbonation.
D - A nice beer but a touch hot.
11-01-2010 00:01:30 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
03-13-2010 00:45:31 | More by bluejacket74
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
07-14-2012 12:50:09 | More by OWSLEY069
4.3/5 rDev +8.9%
A: The pour is murky brown with a reddish tone. The head is a rather dissapointing experience - small and light.
S: Yeast and dark dried fruits. Floral hops together with sweet light roasted malt. Spicy - cinnamon.
T: Lots of dark dried fruits. The yeast is a little weaker in the taste compared with the smell. Some bitter hops and more floral ones. The sweet malt has a light roast.
D: The semi-long after-taste holds some bitterness and lot of sweetness. The body is full and the carbonation is a bit stronger than in Belgian Quads. A warm feeling in the chest from the alcohol.
T: The Quad is one of the most complex beer-styles and the masters of it are from Belgium (especially Trappist-monks). This is a nice try from another country. I will buy this one again, but I prefer the Belgian ones.
12-28-2009 17:34:12 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
09-03-2009 02:21:27 | More by Cyberkedi
Rigor Mortis ABT from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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