Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 381 | Ratings: 794
Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of jrc1093
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Harrison8
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of woemad
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Holderness
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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


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Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of lmaduells
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of stortore
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of EMH73
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours light brown, murky with not much head. Smell is boozy, with caramel and bready malt, some belgian yeast, barley, dark fruit especially raisin and some baking spices. Taste is sweeter with chocolate added to the mix and the caramel and dark fruit more pronounced. Yeast does seem odd to me in the smell and feel though, like a shifter clunking in midtaste to something different. Still a nice offering

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter.

Appearance: No head to speak of. Murky amber brow color.

Nose: Sweet, cream, and fruit.

Nose: Chocolatey malt, silky caramel, oranges, plumbs. Some booze on the end.

Feel: Medium, some carb and warm booziness.

Few non-Belgian breweries due the deep Belgian styles justice, but Dieu du Ciel does. A great ale.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've always felt DDC was a little over hyped, but this is a good beer nonetheless.

Appearance is a dark brown, mahogany bordering on ruby, decent but short lived head. Looks nice enough.

Smell is...well it's nice except for a wet cardboard note. As it warms you get some dusty Belgian quad notes for sure. Sweet, brown sugar, maple, prunes and figs. The lactic/cardboard notes don't do it for me though. Luckily the taste is much better than the aroma.

Reminds me of Chimay Blue, actually. Very nice. Musty malts, dark fruits like prunes and figs, brown sugar and molasses. Bit of chocolate and lots of sugary candy.Yeah, the taste is spot on--not as good as Rochefort 10 or anything, but comparable to Chimay Blue. Dusty, sugary malts--a bit of that Belgian yeastiness and not much alcohol, honestly. Just a nice, sweet sugary Belgian malt flavour.

Good mouthfeel, medium to full. Low carbonation and easy to drink if you like sweet beers, which I do.

Much, much better than Peche Mortel which I felt was a complete letdown.

The aroma was a bit less than I had hoped for but the taste is damn good. About as good a quad as I've had outside of Belgium.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red with very little foam.

The smell is quite sweet, raisins, plums and brown sugar. A bit of syrup and caramel rounds it out.

Taste starts off following the nose, and throws in a bit of booze and bitterness, and finishes with a hint of cacao and caramel.

Medium bodied, and pretty sticky feel.

I enjoyed this, even though it's a bit away from a traditional quad, I feel Also the strongest beer I've ever had with a screw cap.

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Photo of ScottishStoutMan
2.74/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy brown, almost apple cider-like color. Has a quickly-dissipating quarter to half finger head. Smells like dark fruits, mostly apple and cherry, but also slightly metallic. Not a good sign for coming out of a bottle. A little bit of malt comes thru on the third or fourth whiff. Taste a similar; a mix of cherry, malt, and alcohol. It does have a slightly spicy (possibly clove or cinnamon) finish that lingers on the tongue in a nice way. Definitely a beer to take your time on, savor, and see what other flavors come up after it warms a bit, in part due to its ABV. Not a bad beer, but it's not one that's a must-have either.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Very hazy to murky brown, and essentially opaque. A thin tan head fades quickly, with a good amount of visible carbonation but also a fair amount of floaters and yeast sediment. Not overly attractive.

S: Belgian fruity and flowery yeast esters (apple and pear predominate) over lightly toasted bready malt sweetness. A small amount of the oxidation/cardboard here as well, though it's not obnoxious. Not a big aroma overall. I don’t think the label said “Quad” (as it's listed here), but this doesn’t smell at all big and fruity and boozy and raisiny like most quads. Hmmm.

T: Malty sweetness, brown sugar, and a light toast to the malts. Fruity yeast esters (fleshy fruit mostly, with lighter banana and spices). Sorghum and pears. There's just enough hop bitterness at the end to prevent it from seeming cloying.

M: A medium body, with a sticky mouthfeel. Fairly low carbonation sensation and the alcohol presence is well-hidden for the listed ABV, though it is a little warming.

O: Maybe this needs to warm up quite a bit from refrigerator temperature...
Nope, that’s about what I get out of this. As some kind of odd Belgian/brown ale hybrid, it isn’t objectionable albeit a little weird. But as a quad it’s a failure. Ratings given reflect the disparity this beer has with its intended style.
Just to rate it as a beer for enjoyment, I'd estimate a score of closer to 3.6/5.
I still have a 2013 vintage in the cellar. If a good number of years have a significant positive impact, I'll update this review.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

1 year in the cellar : Deeply clouded and murky reddish brown color with good activity and a floating mist of yeast. Faint creamy light brown 1 finger head, lasting around 2 minutes, with a swirl it makes decent legs. Flavors of prunes, plums, cherries, raisins, walnuts, dark roasted grains, molasses, caramel, coffee, cocoa, wood, herbal spices. Thick and rich dark fruity sugary feel, appetizer like, yet with a sharp spicy and malty sensation. Slick and smooth medium body with almost champagne like carbonation, highly crispy. Very strong finish, vinous and port like, pleasant dark fruits with burnt malts, sharp earthy spices and yeast, with notes of peppercorn and oak. I can almost directly taste the barrel. Not excessively dry and heavy like most Quads, more leaning towards a barley wine feel. Incredible taste, balance, and intensity. Highly complex with tons of rich flavors. Highly warming and still a bit fresh. Overall exquisite quality craft. Probably the best one from DDC, truly my favorite one form them until now, the hype is real. I can rarely drink a whole bottle of quad by myself, but this time it was so easy.

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Photo of martinpfal
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/23/15. 5.35$ a beer
Smell sweet and boozy. Like other reviews, would confirm the lack of head and retention. Taste is sweet and fruity with medium mouthfeel. Little aftertaste and drinkable. Unfortunately the price will keep it out of my fridge unless it's a special occasion.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I began this latest quest on Monday, which was Canadian Thanksgiving Day, by scouring my backlog to see what Canadian beers might lay in wait. Unfortunately for my plans, two of the first three were a**kicking AMLs from Labatt & then I was on a planned expedition yesterday. This is less hair of the dog and more like the horse that I rode in on. This bottle was procured at Hunger 'n' Thirst here in Lancaster, PA and seems to indicate a January 2014 bottling date. Mmm.

From the bottle: " Rigor Mortis Abt is a full-bodied brown ale inspired by the Quadrupel beer style brewed by Belgian monks. Offering very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel coming from the malt. It presents complex red fruits and spice flavours due to the Belgian-type yeast we use to ferment it. This beer is at its best after it has aged for at least six months."

No problem as to that last. My problem stems from the fact that they put such a marvelous beer into a screwed-up screw-top bottle! I will buy the idea of oxygen-fixing crown caps, but not when a thread exists that may lead to oxygen being leeched into the bottle & its contents. Smyert botylok! Deprived of the Pop! & not wanting to rouse any lees, I went with a gentle pour. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was a slightly hazy Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22). Nose had a rich chocolate & caramel scent, along with a leatheriness and a slight alcohol burn. I am sure that it is very hot when young, hence their urge to allow it to age, even for just six months. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was candy-sweet! It put me in mind of a 100 Grand bar with its caramel and chocolate flavors, but this also had a fruitiness, not necessarily of "red fruits", but more like dried, dark fruits, like prunes, figs, raisins & dates. Following my initial swallow, I also caught a light alcohol burn, especially on the tongue, but creeping into my sinuses. Also of interest & note was the fact that it was beginning to clarify as it warmed. It was also throwing more fusel alcohol heat than it had been cold, so the two may be interrelated somehow. The warmth intensified the chocolate flavor, making it very sweet. Finish was sweet, very chocolaty, but with caramel and fruit flavors underlying the chocolate. I fully agree with putting some age on this one & I would recommend it more as a dessert beer, or in lieu of dessert, with coffee & perhaps a cigar.

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Photo of byronic
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 2015-11-02.

Pours reminiscent of a brown ale, although a bit more murky and rusty. Barely any head and certainly without any kind of retention. The expected dark fruit qualities on the nose, especially fig and raisins. This is followed by a sickly sweet almost syrupy sweetness. Really missing any complexity to be labeled as a quad and very unbalanced as the sweetness leaves it one dimensional.

Will definitely avoid this going forward.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.08/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer can fuck off. Doesnt look appetizing, looks like prune juice. Dirty prune juice. Aroma was fusel candied raisins. Ugh.

Taste was just bitter dark fruit tasting like it was 80% abv. Bitter roastiness is there if you can get passed the heat. Fuck this is just brutal shit. I can't believe how loved it is. Nothing good about it for my tastes.

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Photo of farrago
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thinnish head, just under half a finger, dark tan to light brown in hue, even surface, retention is adequate but just that, minimal stickiness to the lacing. The liquid is a deep brown color, darkened further yet by the vast amount of floaties in the glass, more yellowish rims, only a few scattered bubbles are visible. The nose is very boozy, close to rubbing alcohol in intensity, peaty with coffee, mocha, caramel notes which somehow do little to sweeten things up, a salty edge tends to cancel out a lot of the fig, raisin, plum, cherry fruit scents, wet herbaceousness its final calling card. Full-bodied, somewhat flatfooted due to the lackluster carbonation. Coconut, licorice, orange peel, some vague yeastiness. Again, the booziness distracts and unbalances. Charcoal, earth and charred driftwood take ground in the mid-palate. The cherry, plum, golden raisin, fig is not that sugary and competes halfheartedly. It tends to peter out before what you’d expect to be the finish. All this is not to say it’s a poor quality beer, more so that one expects better harmonization which would equate to a smoother, lengthier experience. Needs to be served with something which would account for its deficiencies.

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