Rigor Mortis Abt
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #80
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,262
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 10.53%
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
798
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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
 
Quebec, Canada
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Wants
  72
Gots
  105
SCORE
89
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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stcules from Italy

4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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shambeano from Australia

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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jkblr from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Feb 18, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Nov 16, 2018
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

Oct 08, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Oct 04, 2018
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woemad from Washington

3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

May 14, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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

May 10, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
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

62/100

May 10, 2018
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animal69 from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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

May 01, 2018
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lmaduells from Spain

4.19/5  rDev +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.

Mar 05, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Feb 15, 2018
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Jan 02, 2018
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flagmantho from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Nov 18, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Nov 01, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Jul 31, 2017
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

May 29, 2017
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Cwrw from Canada

3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Apr 12, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Apr 02, 2017
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ScottishStoutMan from Indiana

2.74/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Jan 11, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.01/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Jan 07, 2017
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada

4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Dec 05, 2016
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martinpfal from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Nov 05, 2016
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 798 ratings