Rigor Mortis Abt
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Rigor Mortis AbtRigor Mortis Abt
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #90
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,251
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 10.53%
Reviews:
386
Ratings:
801
From:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  73
Gots
  106
SCORE
89
Very Good
Rigor Mortis AbtRigor Mortis Abt
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.
Reviews: 386 | Ratings: 801 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by thebeers:
Photo of thebeers
thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with very thin white head. Lighter than expected aroma of fig, plum, brown sugar and winter spices. Bigger taste with the same flavors as the nose up front and a little bite at the end with just slightly more hop bitterness than usual for a quad and some nice warming alcohol. Quite smooth. Not as complex as the classics, but very well balanced. A delicious sipper and one I'll be coming back to.

Jul 13, 2015
More User Reviews:
Photo of rodbeermunch
rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.08/5  rDev -47.9%
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.

Aug 05, 2016
Photo of rye726
rye726 from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice creamy tan head over a mahogany elixir. Good lace as well. Nose has dark fruits, spicy yeast, peppery alcohol and candy malts. Taste is a nice balance of sweet bready malts, herbal yeast, cocoa and spices. Thick, creamy body is well carbonated. Nice Canadian Quad.

May 31, 2010
Photo of MeisterSmudge
MeisterSmudge from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Jan 16, 2012
Photo of paulish
paulish from New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 19, 2017
Photo of OKCNittany
OKCNittany from Oklahoma

3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 28, 2016
Photo of case4816
case4816 from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark Hazelnut, chestnut brown in colour and is fairly translucent. Very little head poured, which dissipated quickly to a thin lacing.

S- Very sour-ish smelling, with heavy scents of the barely and yeast. Also has a smooth smell to it, which is something I don't detect often.

T- Lots of gravity in this beer. Starts off very bitter and smooth, with heavy notes of the barley throughout. Beer ends with an almost perfume flavour and very bitter with a long aftertaste.

D- Very nice abt. Not something I could drink all the time, but something for a special occasion for sure.

Nov 03, 2010
Photo of BrunEngr
BrunEngr from New York

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

Oct 28, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
Halcyondays from California

4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle at Beachwood,

A: Pours brown with a small smattering of a light tan head. Fair retention, very high ABV, can't really blame it.

S: Very sweet bread, with a lot of Belgian yeastiness. Fruit - raisins, prune. Lots of residual sugar.

T: Definitely a straight up raisin/candi sugar flavour with a lot of molasses/dark brown sugar character. Lots of fruit complexity. A treat.

M: Full-bodied, light carbonation. Very smooth.

D: I like this a lot. Really no ethanol heat, great flavours, Belgian complexity. An outstanding quad for my palate. This was expensive as hell at Beachwood, Dieu du Ciel needs to get distributed down in the Southland with this and Peche Mortel it's game over.

Jun 06, 2010
Photo of heebes
heebes from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottled 08/10
Part of the Halloween releases at the LCBO.

Pours a cloudy medium brown with a decent amount of head and stickly lacing.
The nose is a toasty/roasted malt, brown sugar. Boozy in rhe background.
Bold on the sip, sweet taste with a bit of heat in the finish. Seems to be alot of sugar mixed in. It does taste like what they put on the botttle: extra strong abbey-style brown ale. Medium bodied for the mouthfeel. Overall another good beer from DDC. For the Rigor Mortis I probably would only have one as the 10.5% is decent on its own. Picked up a couple to put away and try every now and then.

Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Rhody1
Rhody1 from Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Dec 15, 2014
Photo of elgiacomo
elgiacomo from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Batch 0 notched on the label. Definitely has some age on it of 1 year at the least, probably a fair bit more. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours murky brown with a good light beige head that holds a foamy island and ring and leaves some nice sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is dark fruits, particularly strong on the raisins along with some prunes, figs and black currants, yeast & bread, some caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and a touch of oxidation probably due to the fact that Dieu du Ciel is using screw-tops on their beers. Very good to excellent strength.

Flavor is rich dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, minimal to no hop presence, moderate to fair sweetness, lingering finish, alcohol is virtually absent.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, very creamy, low to medium carbonation.

This may very well be the best non-Belgian brewed Quad I've ever had. Wow. Dieu du Ciel never ceases to amaze...just wish the price was better and they would stop using screw-top bottles!!!

Feb 20, 2011
Photo of draheim
draheim from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle (code 0 - 5) poured into a chalice. Murky brown mahogany color w/ a beige head that dissipates to a thin surface film.

Faint aroma of dark rum-soaked fruit. More dark malt aromas as it warms.

Taste is dark sweet malt, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. Alcohol is well hidden, nice smooth mouthfeel.

Overall a decent, easy drinking quad but nothing superlative.

Oct 12, 2011
Photo of travelguy
travelguy from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 12, 2016
Photo of damienblack
damienblack from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours typical dark belgian style, dark brown, light tan, almost white head. Cool lacing left by intricate little bubbles up and down. Smells almost like medicinal alcohol at first, but that quickly fades way to sweet malt, a bit but not a ton of dark fruit. Flavour is equally balanced, not a ton of sweet dark fruit here, slightly sweet, little hop presence. The best part is in the mouthfeel, while it doesn't pack a ton of flavour, it still manages to be coating in mouthfeel, it just feels right. Carbonation is perfect. Drinkability is amazing. Not the most amazing quad out there, but still a great experience.

Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Dope
Dope from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown with a moderate sized light brown head despite an aggressive pour. Fades slowly, leaving a solid wall of lacing.

S: Fruity with lots of raisin and fig. Perhaps even some apple? Cloves. Touch of brown sugar and caramel.

T: Fruity up front but not as much as the nose. Still prominent raisin and a bit of fig. Nice strong brown sugar and toffee flavor along with some sweet caramel. Some cloves and earthy spices in the middle with a bit of alcohol burn. Finishes with just a touch of drying bitterness and sort of a lingering earthy fruitiness. Boozy grain alcohol on the back end sometimes.

M: Not nearly as heavy as you'd expect for 10.5%. Still fairly heavy of course, decent carbonation and strong alcohol seems to cut it a bit.

O: Not a bad quad, just fairly simply and quite boozy (despite this bottle being at least a year or two old). Tastes more like a belgian brown ale than a quad to be honest as well.

Sep 16, 2012
Photo of tylerstravis
tylerstravis from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sep 14, 2016
Photo of garbercury
garbercury from Pennsylvania

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

Extra supplied by Lunch in a trade, thanks!

Drank this several times and finally got around to reviewing it. Poured into St Bernardus goblet to savor during NFC wildcard game.

A--Pours deep reddish brown. Some lacing and has plenty of carbonation.

S--dark cherry is the biggest smell that I get from it, I like that.

T--Figs and cherry stick out the most to me, this is very tasty beverage. The alcohol is not real noticeable, which makes this a dangerous brew.

M--Silky and lots of carbonation

D--Another excellent brew by Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. This is a favorite style of mine and I highly recommend this brew.

Jan 10, 2010
Photo of dbarny76
dbarny76 from Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 06, 2015
Photo of Tivlavrie
Tivlavrie from Canada (AB)

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Apr 26, 2014
Photo of rtepiak
rtepiak from Poland

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beer i have been itching for but was waiting for the right mood. Luckily i came across this one when i did. Winter release. Recommend 6 months of storage in the bottle...and the result is something that isn't north american. This is quebec... The island somewhere in the atlantic. Pour is a murky dubbel orange but with more to offer. Nose of bit o honey and apple pie. As it gets warmer some goat cheese. Palate is a meaty thanksgiving dinner. Squash, apple, corn, pepper, brown sugar and honey all contract to a bitterness that dries. Prunes and those preserve quality fruits. A tad leather smokey. Doesn't open up til 20 minutes after opening. Ceiler temp is best because the carbonation is ever lasting as it expands.

Mar 17, 2011
Photo of PolarBear3
PolarBear3 from Australia

3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown colour with a small off white head.

S - Sweet dark fruit , prunes and cherries and almost sweet candy like.

T - Sweet dark fruits shine through with raisins, cherries and I get a little vanilla with the strong belgium yeast although a little boozy on the finish as expected.

M - Fairly carbonated and medium to full bodied

0 - A reasonable quad/dark belgium ale which goes down well on a winters night. Not the best quad going around but definitely worth a try.

Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Hyperionecta
Hyperionecta from Australia

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Apr 12, 2014
Photo of mattreitz49
mattreitz49 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 16, 2021
Photo of nrbw23
nrbw23 from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark brown color with a light tan head. Head turns into a ring on top of the brew and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells really malty and sweet. Could also pick up some toffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Smells really nice with maybe a touch of alcohol in there as well.

T- Taste is sweet caramel malts, toffee and dark fruits. Also could pick up the alcohol just like the nose and some spices that I couldn't find in the nose. Pretty good for sure.

M- Medium to full in body and pretty light carbonation.

D- Easy to drink.

Jun 26, 2009
Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 801 ratings