Rigor Mortis Abt
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #99
Ranked #12,264
3.97 | pDev: 10.58%
Apr 21, 2022
Feb 06, 2004
Very Good
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Notes: 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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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Bottled 2021/12/21
Pours a fizzy frothy almost 1 finger off-white head with med retention, fair lacing, hazy dark molasses brown color

Nose brings lots of sweet malt and caramelized sugars, Belgian candi sugar, brown sugar molasses, dark sweet brown malts, biscuity toffee, rich caramel and hint of butterscotch, fair fruity esters, candied apple, date, fig, light perfumey alcohol

Taste again brings the sweet flavors but not overly sweet itself, Belgian candi sugar, toffee, brown sugar, etc, with more caramel and toffee, biscuity malts, more fruits with candied apple, fig, date, a touch of dried mulberry, sweet brown malts, hint of chocolate, fair bitterness as well with some spicy hops, light perfumey alcohol, fig paste late on sticky sweet finish, med spicy hops that get a bit high for a Belgian stytle

Mouth is med to fuller bod, med-lighter carb, light warming alcohol

Overall pretty nice but not as great as I remember, this was one of the breweries that opened my eyes to incredible craft beer, and especially Belgian style, but now that I'm re-visiting them I don't think they hold up as well, not sure if they changed over time, or I've really just learned a lot more about beer, but they're not bad, just not as incredible as my mind's eye makes them out to be

Apr 21, 2022
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Bottled on: 12-21-21

A - Hazy medium cherry brown color with dense off white lacing, light carbonation, and lots of floaties.

S - Balanced aroma with toasted toffee malt and spices. Some dark fruit, a little bit of candy sugar, and a little bit of leather and some faint anise.

T - Matches the nose with a nice balance between sweet toasted caramel malt and spice, along with a little bit of dark fruit and mild bitterness and the back side, slight residual green apple. The ABV is very well hidden in this beer.

M - Big medium body leaning towards thick with a slight bit of bubbly froth around the edges.

O - This is a unique "Quad" and different from any I've ever tried.

Apr 08, 2022
4.3 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Mar 26, 2022
4.1 by PvtSnowball from Florida on Mar 04, 2022
3.65 by mistahmojoryan from Canada (SK) on Oct 23, 2021
4.19 by mltobin from Connecticut on May 08, 2021
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Mar 21, 2021
4.18 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Mar 16, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

Pours reddish brown in colour. Tan head that is average size among this style. Leaves some lacing on the glass.
Smells like quite a sweet beer. Lots of sweet malt character here. Kind of a bread character and a lot of a fruit on the nose. Dark fruit like plum with a lot of red fruit and some caramel as well. Some very light alcohol on the nose.
The taste on this is very nice and complex. Lots of fruit and heavy malt that creates a nice balance. The beer is a little on the sweet side but very nice fruit, sugar, malt flavour profile. The alcohol flavour is enhanced by the sweetness of the beer and it does come through quite a bit for me. Feels as present as 15% stouts.
The mouthfeel is very nice and full bodied. Low carbonation is very nice on this one.

Overall, this beer feels about on par with Straffe Hendrik but maybe a little too sweet for my liking. For whatever reason, I think I like this one a bit more than Straffe Hendrik. I think maybe the mouthfeel/alcohol is a little better? Anyway, this feels very close to a world class beer, so I'm rating this one a bit above the average.

Mar 11, 2021
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4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

aged 11.5oz bottle

Pours a cloudy maroon red-brown with golden amber highlights around the edges, a good bit of sediment and a thin off-white foam head that sticks around in the glass with decent lacing. Smells rich, malty and fruity, a little strong, dark and roasty, with notes of red and black grapes, plum, cherries, red fruit, dark fruit, dark caramel, roasty toasted bready malts, hint of chocolate, dark toffee, molasses, sweet spice, with mild earthy hops. Tastes a little more complex and nicely aged, dark, slightly roasty toasted malts, caramel, chocolate, dark toffee, molasses, slight sherry, tangy dark fruit, red fruit, grapes, plums, cherries, hint of sweet spice, all layered on top of each other in a beautiful balance and complexity with mild earthy hops in the finish. Feels on the lighter side of medium bodied, creamy with smooth moderate drying carbonation. Overall a really nice quadrupel ale.

Oct 04, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by stcules from Italy

Deep brown, lightly veiled. Just a veil of foam.
In the smell malt, light caramel, red fruit.
Relatively delicate taste, malty notes, candy sugar, light, red fruit.
Very drinkable for its alcohol content.
Intense and full aftertaste, malt, caramel, again red fruit, some woody notes.
Sugar, cherries, light cocoa. Almond, amaretto. Green pistacchio.

Apr 21, 2020
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by shambeano from Australia

341 ml bottle, bottled on 2016-12-09 according to the bottle. Poured into a tulip.
Look: Pours a murky brown, with about 1.5cm of foamy tan head. The head sticks around for some time, leaving some lacing down the side.
Smell: Sweet malt, caramel, a little bit of allspice, some raisin and a bit of booze. Reminds me of fruitcake a little bit.
Taste: Quite sweet, possibly a bit of candy sugar and brown sugar, again I'm getting a fruitcake vibe, a mixture of spice and dried fruits (perhaps sultana and fig). I got a little booze to begin with, but seemed to go as I adjusted to the beer.
Feel: mid to heavy bodied, a little bit of tingly carbonation on the back of the palate.
Overall: Solid, I enjoyed it.

Mar 24, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jkblr from Indiana

11.5oz twist off bottled on 2015-10-23 (4.5 years old) poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp and allowed to warm, 10.5% ABV. The beer pours a bit hazy, medium to light brown with khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a few spots of lacing. The aroma is rich toasted and sweet malt with notes of brown sugar, dark dried fruits and cherries. The taste is semisweet, slightly oxidized, malt. Brown sugar, burnt sugar, spice and rich, barely tart, dark fruits all appear before the drying lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. No alcohol presence in the aroma or flavor. Overall, very good. This is a great quad, just muted from 4 plus years of room temperature storage. Would love to drink again at the 1-2 year mark with proper storage.

Feb 24, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Dark malt and dark fruits make for an introspective and dark ale.
This copy was almost three years old and probably peaked (lots of sediment and minimal foam lasted a minute .)
Smells were dark, dried fruit. Tastes played better with just enough hops preventing the sweet from becoming too sweet and, actually, finished mostly semi-dry. Unusually light-bodied for a quad, Rigor Mortis (change the name) had lost its bubbles. (Not surprisingly, the pairing with pecan pie was choice.)

Having had many of my seven Dieu du Ciel before I started reviewing on BA, I'm glad to review the brewer. Starting in the previous century, Dieu Du Ciel could be much bigger by now. But because of their emphasis on quality and shortage of business ambition, this brewer only has an OK distribution network in the States and only two taprooms in Quebec. I suppose that is OK and I give them big OA Hugs for that. But, a big part of converting is also business ambition.

Oct 27, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Sweeter than a traditional Belgian style Quad thanks to chocolate malts. Belgian yeast provides spicy quality that balances the sweetness. Beautiful dark tan head, full-bodied and delicious!

Feb 18, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RayCannata from Louisiana

Really nice Abbey style Quad. Extra malty and sweet, zero bitterness. Cloudy dark brown.

Feb 09, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Bottled on 12/9/16

Pours a deep, rusted blood red with a finger of beautiful, pillowy off-white foam; spectacular retention, receding so slowly to thick walls of uniform foam pasting the walls of the glass.

Aromas of raisin, cranberry, light fig, hints of deep sour cherry; at times gives off tones of an oatmeal raisin cookie, graham cracker, and caramel; a bit of booze hinders the depth from coming through to its fullest extent; still expressive nonetheless.

Taste of raisin, candied sugar, yeasty spice, fig, dark cherries, raspberries, all of which are building to a growing density on the malt backbone toward the mid-palate and finish, where things become more sweet and earthy; softer chocolate and caramel notes are introduced as well.

Mouthfeel is soft, borderline creamy, with very well-balanced higher level carbonation; lightly boozy and quietly warming; finishes with a pleasant berried stickiness and a vague hybrid of fruity, jammy sweetness and tartness.

Great building blocks to this one, and nearly all the elements of a beer that’s on its way to being spectacular; just a bit too unrefined, even with almost 2 years of aging: an inconsistency here, a hint of too much booziness there, that type of thing. Yet, this is still a thoroughly enjoyable beer for me, purely based on its foundational flavors of red fruit and unrepentant profile. I’d definitely drink this again, in spite of its flaws.

Nov 16, 2018
3.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Oct 28, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

Well aged quad from Great Montreal brewery. Second bottle off this 4 pack - bottled November 2, 2015 - had last bottle January 2017.
Pours a murky reddish brown colour with scant orange highlighted off white head.
Aroma is sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses, with plum, banana, and vanilla. Taste follows with dark fruits, raisins, dates, caramel malt with some bittersweet chocolate note and vanilla.
Limited carbonation but full mouthfeel and bit of boozy warmth in back of throat with just a touch of bitterness. Absolutely great.

Oct 08, 2018
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a dark, murky burgundy-brown with nearly two fingers of khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasted, earthy, and toasted malts along with fruit, peat, caramel, and toffee. Flavor profile is more earthy malts right up front. Earthy malts breakaway and show off roasted and toasted malts underneath, and fruits, caramel, chocolate, and toffee to sweeten it up a touch. Peat finishes it out alongside the earthy malts, giving it a dry finish. Mouth feel is lightly fizzy and fuzzy and expands to a more grainy finish. It's as if the velvet rug is slowly becoming unraveled until it's just a mush of strands. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, very flavorful, but surprisingly earthy quadruple. It's right in the middle of the road in terms of heaviness for a quadruple.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 11.5oz bottle.

Oct 04, 2018
4.18 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio on Sep 26, 2018
4.08 by Avitra from Switzerland on Sep 03, 2018
4.13 by Jibs from Canada (QC) on Aug 12, 2018
4.31 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Jul 30, 2018
3.99 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Jun 17, 2018
4.3 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Jun 17, 2018
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3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by woemad from Washington

11.5oz bottle purchased at...a bottle shop. Can't remember where, but I've been sitting on it for a while.

Cola colored, taking on a russett color when held up to light. Good sized tan colored head that dropped quickly, leaving spotty lace.

Nice quad-like aromas. I get dark fruits and toffee. Some brown sugar present as well. Slightly mineralish scent emerges as things warm up.

Flavor wise, things don't come off as well. The various elements are there, they just don't meld too well. It's not a train wreck, it's just not great.

A little heavy in the body for the style. Mouthfeel is somewhat inert.

Promising, but doesn't deliver. Not undrinkable, but underwhelming. The 2nd underwhelming beer from this brewery. Not sure I'll buy a third one from them.

May 14, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by josanguapo from Spain

From cervezasepseciales. In Grimbergen glass. Playing Avernum 2. Caramel, lots of sugar, a bit of metal and some tartness. Body fairly light for the abv. Fine but nothing memorable

May 10, 2018
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3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Holderness from Massachusetts

L — Pours a deep, slightly hazed brown body with a small off-white head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention and some lacing. Lots of sediment on bottom of bottle so pour carefully!
S — Smells exactly like Mott’s apple juice, with maybe a hint of molasses sweetness in the back. Weird.
T — Sweet molasses and caramel alongside herbal bitters, booze, port, and apple
F — Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. Long-lasting finish
O — A rather odd interpretation of a Belgian strong ale, but it’s drinkable. Really has a prevalent apple juice character throughout


May 10, 2018
3.82 by spointon from Illinois on May 03, 2018
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by animal69 from Louisiana

L. 2016-12-9 is the date on this one, poured a murky med. brown-amber color with particulates and a thin white cap leaving a modest lacing
S. Apple/grape with notes of raison, fig, tobacco and leather as well, slight floral perfume at the end
T. Taste similar to smell, sligjtly tart, fruity apple with licorice and bready malts kicking in right after, low bitterness in finsh
M. Body is med and fairly dry, moderate co2 leaves a slick end to this one
O. Overall a well put together quad, not outstanding but still a very good one, another good brew from Dieu Ciel

May 01, 2018
3.94 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Mar 14, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lmaduells from Spain

The beer is fine. But I expected more. For two reasons: it is a quadruple beer and the brewery makes some products of great quality. Making a quadruple beer is a big responsibility. And it must be done very carefully. It does not reach the level of the large quaruples.

Mar 05, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

330 ml bottle into a chalice. Bottled 10/23/15, had 6/5/17. Found this in a store maybe two months before having.

Pours a murky reddish amber, with a short head and some soapy lacing. Active carbonation. Aromas of cherries, plums, malt, dates, figs, raisins, grapes, toffee, light caramel and brown sugar. Smells pretty good. The taste is mostly similar to the nose- malt, plums, dates, figs, caramel, grapes, light wine, less cherries than the nose, some brown sugar. There’s a light bitterness. Mostly smooth, a solid but lighter body for the style, an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Might have been past it’s peak a little bit, but still a very good, if lighter bodied, quad. Great aroma, very good flavor and the body works here. Well worth a purchase, but it’s kinda pricey.

Feb 15, 2018
3.96 by Livyatan1996 from Missouri on Jan 18, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

11.2 oz bottle, no bottling date.

I drank this a couple of months ago.

I was not really impressed with this beer. I remember that it was not very complex, and was perhaps a bit overly sweet. Still, I would be willing to try it again.

Jan 02, 2018
3.87 by Samact from Vermont on Dec 30, 2017
3.99 by shelby415 from Oregon on Dec 28, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by flagmantho from Washington

Poured from 330mL bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet. Bottled 12/9/2016, which is almost a year ago, but for a quad that should be no problem.

Appearance: murky medium-light brown hue with a finger of frothy tan foam atop. A nice-looking quad.

Smell: sweet and very fruity; the fruitiness has more of a strawberry character than the darker fruits I typically encounter in a quad. Interesting, if not super complex.

Taste: very malty, with a lot of sweetness and fruity character. Here we get some of the date, raisin and tobacco that I love in the style; the strawberry is still there, but more of an accent to the darker fruit complexity. There's also a little bit of a biscuity character that I don't love, but overall it's quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a nice quad. The alcohol heat creeps up slowly but surely; from a flavor standpoint, I could personally use a tad less biscuit but it's still an interesting New World example of the style.

Nov 18, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by EMH73 from New York

Pours a medium brown with ruby hues, a huge but short lived off white head that left little lacing. Smells very sweet with caramel, brown sugar and molasses notes, lightly roasted malts and a mild nuttiness. Taste is also rather sweet with milk chocolate, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, nuts, raisins and yeast. No bitterness at all, medium bodied and carbonated, slightly syrupy mouth feel.

Nov 01, 2017
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