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:
99
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 766 |  Reviews: 367
Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valianes
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of deereless
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Loads of thick cottony head that drops to leave patchy foam along the edges of the glass, the color of dark iced tea - 4.00, S: Surprisingly the aromas are relatively subdued, though an aggressive swirl brought out dark pitted fruit smells and a faint woodiness, alcohol is evident, faint rum soaked cherries, even fainter aromas of yeast - 3.75, T: For a 10.5% beer this is quite smooth with little to no burn but the alcohol does come to the front of the palate as the beer warms, strong flavors of dates and raisins, some phenols and medicinal tastes as well, burnt toffee, just borders on cloyingly sweet while being quite dry - 4.25, M: Medium bodied and smooth - 3.75, D: This is a great closer to a long evening, a little too high in alcohol to fit into a truly 'drinkable' category though it is very enjoyable - 3.50

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Photo of Supergenou
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrunEngr
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber-brown, very little head to speak of and no lacing, doesn't look too appealing.

Smells of dark fruits, raisins, cherries, caramel malts, the alcohol is noticeable. There are also some subtle notes of cinnamon and other spices.

Pretty decent Quad with a dark fruit character dominating the palate. Finishes kind of bitter and medicinal. Not very complex at all, but not bad.

Thick mouthfeel, not much carbonation and pretty drinkable considering the alcohol content. Not the best Quad ever, not something I would buy again but still well done!

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Photo of Steve_Trick
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Wobbly
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of beerya785
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fastestmanalive
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of atigerlife
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with light brown highlights. 2-finger light brown head that lasts. Good lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, sweet.

Taste starts with alcohol and then leads into dark fruits [figs], caramel, malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing and dry at the end.

Overall, a good beer. Interesting for the style. Drinkable, but not too many at this ABV.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a fairly large-sized, foamy head that didn't stick around that long. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, spices, sweets and maybe a little fruit.

T: A nice, if a little unfocused taste of malt, spices, apples, caramel and possibly a little toffee. A solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable version of a Belgian quad.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This style can really get out of hand. For what this cost, you expect it to keep things perfectly in check, but they are a bit overly fruity and wacked out. I know it would have been better with a year on it but this one is only about 6 months old.

The look is deep reddish brown with fine head. The aroma gives up the sweet fruity yeasty taste you expect from a quad and you are going to get from this one. It has a nice burn aftertaste. I expected something darker and more unique, but this brew is right in the mainstream of big Belgians - nothing unique - just very good.

These kinds of nasty Belgians can be really cool. This one is just plain too expensive - there are equal quality examples of the style for much lower prices. Not recommended.

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Photo of Lunch
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 11.5oz. bottle, purchased at The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD, into my La Chouffe tulip at cellar temperature (01/04/10).

A: Pours a rather murky dark mahogany with a frothy two finger head with great staying power and lacing. From reading several review I did not come to expect much from the head, but it severely delivered for me, staying until the very end.

S: The aroma is comprised of dark fruits including raisins, plums, and prunes along with dried variations of said dark fruits. There are also tone of apple, and subtle alcohol. All of this is surrounded in Belgian yeast and some sweet malt.

T: The dried dark fruits are showcased in a blanket of Belgian yeast and sweet malt. Very nice flavors indeed and a pretty solid representation of a Belgian Quad. Not the most complex, but nice.

M: Fairly full-bodied and thick, representative of the style. Carbonation is unremarkable.

D: For the style it is quite quite drinkable and the 9.5% abv. is hidden well. I would have no problem having two or three of these is a sitting. About as sessionable as a Belgian Quad can be.

Overall this beer this is another solid effort from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. I very much enjoyed this Quad and found it not only easy to drink, but quite flavorful. Nothing earth-shattering, just a well-crafted beer. Recommended.

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Photo of acevenom
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice. The beer pours cloudy toffee brown with a thin, off-white head that doesn't last very long. There are some visible tiny bubbles along the side of the glass and alcohol legs. The beer smells of bread, toffee, and chocolate. I get an aroma of dark fruits as well. The taste follows the nose. The beer has a nice bready flavor as well as some toffee that brings some sweetness to the flavor. I get some light flavor of raisin and some hop bitterness that mildly lingers on the back end. I also taste the alcohol. The beer is full bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of jrob21
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbossman
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark, brown-amber color; the head is thin and dense but dissipates quickly; little to no lacing

S: sweet toffee and caramel flavors; also a hint of pepper

T: Spicy and sweet; really well balanced

M: Nicely carbonated with a nice even balance throughout the mouth

D: This is a smooth, easy-going quad; one that you could drink slowly for a little while

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured cloudy brown in color with a small head that quickly faded into lacey patterns. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: A moderate amount of sweet aromas of dark fruits begins to develop in the nose as the beer warms up.
T: There are flavors of dark fruits and malty sweetness with some hints of spices. The finish is slightly bitter.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied and incredibly smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink once it warms up and the alcohol is relatively well masked.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium sized light brown head with moderate retention and weak lacing. The beer itself is hazy dark brown with red hues in the light.

S- Sweet caramel with roasted nuts. Hint of cloves and other spices from the yeast, mild floral hops and light peppery alcohol. Some plums and figs also come through in the aroma.

T- Very sweet malty beer, brown sugar roasted almonds, plums, caramel and milk chocolate. Some hoppy bitterness balances things out in the end and a peppery alcohol throughout. This is a very tasty beer.

M- Medium to full bodied with a mouth coating oiliness. Cutting bitter bit and then dry in the end.

The bottle says this beer is a abby-style brown ale, and I would say that is a great description though very high abv for a brown. This is a very complex and great tasting beer, I really enjoyed drinking it and will have to get it again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to tenderbranson69 for sharing this aged quad- approx 1 yr cellared according to him -thanks bro!

Poured chilled from the 12oz into a Unibroue tulip.

A - A turbid caramel/med brown w/ bronze highlights and yeast speckles accenting the appearance of the brew. The ale has a thin ecru cap of approx 1/2 inch w/ pin sized bead. The lace dots the glass on the inside and a half sheet of lace clings to the tulip. The retention is decent for such a high abv

S - The aroma has a vibrant raisin aroma w/ full notes of toffee and candy sugar w/ relatively high molasses content. The nose does produce pretty strong alcohol odor also which is fusel and a mild tropical/ripe banana note w/ toasted malt complements

M - The feel is woody w/ strong effervescence and full body w/ hints of tannins- stone fruit-like acid and strong alcohol influence w/ mild creamy yeasty aspect too from bottle conditioning

T - The flavor of the quad is interesting while it has an alcoholic raisn bran quality w/ toasty malt and caramelly flavors. There is an earthy vanilla note w/ slight woodiness and light spice. The quad is odd to me because at times it has a dubbel like smooth citrus coffe-like aspect and subtle nutmeg notes w/ mild pepper and others it hits the palate with alcohol and burnt sugar flavors

D - A big 'Abbey Brown' - more like a quad drinkability wise, but shares a lot with dubbel in the sense that it has plenty of creamy raisiny toasty, less roasty flavor. I was certainly happy to share this and could probably enjoy several with ease -another great beer from Brasserie Dieu du ciel

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Photo of HopBacchus
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer kind of looks like mud but in a good way its murky and brown, mysterious even, possesses a tannish head that vanishes sooner than i would have liked, however lacing is still good

Smells of rich malts and red fruit alcohol also has a nice presence caramel and chestnut is also present i think faint citrus notes are also present

This beer is a malt bomb and extremely true to the style also raisins and cinnamon the alcohol has a pleasant

Alcohol thins the body a bit and makes for excellent drinkability

its a good quad if you are into extreme beer pick up a few of these bad boys

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Photo of kwkdmk
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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