Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: 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.

Added by Rastacouere on 02-06-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
766
Reviews:
367
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
101
For Trade:
2
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.94/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of stewart124
4.91/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.5oz bottle poured into a chalice. 10.5% abv

The color is a dark brown and has a head that started out dense and fizzled down a bit to leave a thin lace.

There are amazing smells of brown malts and a toasted note. Slight raisin/brandy in the nose as well.

The taste is almost like raisin bread and finishes with a nice kick. The hops are barely noticable but add a spice and floral note. Whoa the taste is so sweet but finishes bone dry. My mouth almost puckers in the finish. Slight sour apple esters and a warming feeling in my stomach.

This beer is delicious and very complex. Each sip brings about a new sensation. With a name like this I am a little worried to finish the glass.

Quite the Quad.

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Photo of generallee
4.87/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. Info on the label includes its abv (10.5%) and a nice description of the beer.

Appearance: This beer has a dark murky body with some lighter mahogany and reddish brown highlights. From the pour I got a thin creamy off head. The small head quickly fades to a light film covering with a ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Lacing is slick and slides right down the glass.

Smell: It has a big fruity/estery aroma with hints of dark dried fruits like raisins and plum or prune. There are also notes of yeast and sweet bready/toasty almost chocolaty malt and as it warms I get some cherry notes too, along with mellow hints of its big 10.5% abv.

Taste/Palate: It starts with its good sweet malty base and then adds fruity and yeast notes to the mix. Everything from the aroma is picked up here and slowly fades off the tongue with some mellow peppery/spicy hops and boozy alcohol. Its full bodied and finely carbonated, which I feel is perfect for the style.

Notes: I absolutely love this beer and this brewery! This along with Péché Mortel and Aphrodisiaque have been standouts within there styles and they are some of my favorite beers.

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4.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was not expecting this to be as good as it was. Light carmel pour with a noticeable drinkability. VERY SMOOTH!

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4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Something magical going in in this glass right now.

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Photo of Kacid
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed: February, 2012
Serving: in a tulip glass - bottled on August 2010 (1.5 years of aging)

Appearance: Resinous Brown Amber colour, Developed a good creamy Navajo white head that lasted a long time then dissipated into a fine creamy layer atop the beer. A hard pour was required to get the head; however this is to be expected from a high alcohol beer such as this one (especially from one that has been aged). Beer is surprisngly clear considering the use of wheat in the beer. Very fine bubbles and little carbonation. Good lacing and head retention.

Smell: Molasses, Malt (similar to barley wine), Sweet character, Alcohol and spicy, Strong smell of figs and some raisin, as it warms up bready flavours become more prominent. Spicyness more prominent at the beginning when was colder; slight notes of pepper as it warms

Taste: Honey, strong malt flavour, Strong taste of figs with some sweet grapey flavour. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel and little discernible hops flavour. Despite the high alcohol content of this beer the alcohol is well hidden, very smooth (like a good vodka); warms up the belly well. As the beer warms up, the alcohol becomes more prominent but never overpowering. Additionally, the sweet notes and grape flavour become stronger as well with warming

Overall: I enjoyed this beer and it is not bad, most definitely not offensive but it is lacking somewhat in complexity. I liked it more as it began to warm up and i could notice an increasing complexity to the beer; however, overall it could be a much more layered beer. Despite my low rating, i found the beer enjoyable but not nearly as good when compared to other quads. What surprised me the most was the smoothness ofthe alcohol which despite being so high was very smooth and did not overtake the other flavours. It is possible that this may be the result of the 1.5 years of aging but i suspect that this beer was smooth to begin with. I will have to try it fresh at the brewpub to compare

Drinking it again in April 29, 2012
Rigor mortis ABT
Realized near the end that this is somewhat aged bottle, it was bottled on 11/10 (WOW this has aged nicely, 1 year 8 months)
Appearance: dark brown red, with a good head that receded quickly
Nose: sweet cherry notes and dark fruit, spicy , light alcohol, vinous-grapey notes, very nice sweet fruit, some woodenness and leather, some tobacco, some very light chocolate, brown sugar, very very mild
Taste: beautiful complex taste, washes over the tongue beautifully with an amazing body (Very sweet, warming, spicy, thick body which feels thinned perfectly by the alcohol, nice sharp alcoholic bite that recedes quickly (you can taste the alcohol for sure but it is a very smooth bite (like you get on grey goose), very nice and fine carbonation

Conclusion: you can tell it has those brown ale notes, it is called a quadruple by rate beer and beer advocate but on the label it is in fact labelled as an extra strong abbey brown ale which i believe to be a much better description cause the flavor profile is not exactly quadruple and neither is the color. It is verging somewhere between extra strong brown ale (as labeled) and barley wine (with some very light notes of quadruple/strong dark ale) as it has notes of every groups typical type. THIS IS DELICIOUS going to buy some more for sure! WOW these flavors really do change quickly shifting between all three styles.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beer cellared for IIRC 4 years.

Poured into a tulip for Game 7 Habs vs. Boston.

A hint murky with a nice tight he's that drops quickly. Great nose filled with dried fruits, burnt sugars. Body continues in the same manner with dried fruit, alcohol warmth and a fairy sweet back taste. First pour was prickly, second was soft on the tongue. No discernible hop (thankfully).

A stellar beer, hopefully for a stellar game tonight. Go Habs!!

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4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of philmath
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dark brown color with ruby high lights. Taste reminds me of anise, chocolate, plum juice, some chilly porto. On the nose, it smells like funky grapes and roasted bread with notes of cola. Vinious, warming alcohol present. Very enjoyable. Easily drinkable. A must-try.

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4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
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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4.68/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 2010......

A- Pours a hazy brown, due to aged, suspended yeast and has a small yet dense head that settles reasonably quickly into a generous film over the beer. Carbonation is difficult to see and there is not much in terms of lacing. Not the best looking initially but above average.

S- Fresh baking, such as pie crust, fruity aromas such as spiced apple, rummy raisin, and apricot....spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, golden sugar, toffee.....heavy Belgian yeast strains, honeyed sweetness, warming booze....lots happening and its all yummy!

T- WOW! Heavy chocolate overtones, both milk and dark, molasses, toffee nuts, french press coffee, yeasty creaminess, deep dark fresh vanilla bean pod, dark fruits such as figs and plums, slightly boozy, blended spices of winter, slightly burnt caramel....just rich....rich and robustly sweet. Well balanced between booze and sweet richness!

M/O- Full bodied and super creamy carbonation make this a heavily delightful beer. If one can handle it, please age this for several years as I did....you will not be disappointed!! This may very well age better than a good wine and I can only speculate how this would be with another couple of years under it's belt. Highly enjoyable and I wish this wasn't so hard to procure! WOW!!

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4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Chouffe Tulip Glass.

A: Very enticing, the color is almost like cider. Dark burgundy and a light off-white colored head. The head is very nice as well, a bit small but it lasts throughout the entire beer session. Lacing is very evident.

S: This beer smells like Fall, brings to mind what the appearance originally did and more. Smell is definitely cider-like mixed with some very flowery and pleasant citrus scents. I also detect a cardamon/cinnamon like smell, amazing smelling beer.

T: First taste is something of lemon and other citrus like flavors, especially orange and lemon. Later some dark fruits like fig and raisin come in on the back end. I also get something like a caramel or butterscotch like taste mid-way through the tasting. A funky (but not bad) hard cider like taste comes in at the end of the taste session and lingers. Very good stuff. Alcohol is hidden exceedingly well. Incredibly drinkable.

M: Texture is great, very creamy- wraps around the tongue and sticks to it after the tasting. Bubbly but not in a way that takes away from the experience. One of the best mouth feels I have come across with a beer.

Definitely one of the best beers Dieu Du Ciel has on offer. Perfect as we come into the Fall season. A very pleasant beer that needs to be tried.

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Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.92 out of 5 based on 766 ratings.
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