Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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3.97/5
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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
Ranking:
#4,823
Reviews:
370
Ratings:
775
pDev:
10.83%
Bros Score:
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Photo of thadbme
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rigor Mortis ABT 12

A: Pours a cloudy brown color. Its darker than caramel, but seems to have things floating around in it which I presume is the yeast. It seems to be lively, has medium carbonation. Had not too much visible head on it that didn't stay around long. Good for lively, but the brown color is actually a little bit off putting. Side Note: I LOVE the artwork on this bottle. Its super cool, but not considered for the appearance point. 3 points for not looking superb, but i'll give it +.5 for the liveliness of the yeast.

S: Has a bit of a chocolate and caramel smell to it with just a hint of the malt involved. It has a hint of sweetness to it, but i'm not picking up on the fruit as the label indicates.

T: Dark chocolate, and almost a coffee taste on the first couple of sips. It has some smeetness to it, but blended well. A slight amount of hops, but the yeast in there is what seems to be giving it its flavour.

M: It has a heavy body to it that is slightly laced with the alcohol level in it. Although the beer isn't that thick, the "body" of the beer is very heavy. Almost as if you are chewing on the body. Carbonation isn't really all that lively for the mouthfeel category.

O: This is a beer that I've tried a long time ago, and that I enjoyed quite a bit. The second time I've tried it, I really like the beer, but it has some things in there that I don't like. It does not have a good "look" to it, but I won't hold that against the beer. The smell is good, but not overwhelming or overpowering. The taste is where this beer is at. I would drink this beer and enjoy it without worrying about what its "score" is, but I dont think its an elite level with everything perfect about it. And honestly, I am perfectly okay drinking a really good not perfect beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Out of two sets of numeral from 0 to 9, the first 9 is notched...whatever that means.

A: Dark cherrywood, but barely translucent. Little head, but good tracing. A truly gorgeous shade.

S: Bright red apples, rich prunes, and dark spices. This smells like a quad. Bulky and scrumptious.

T: Molasses, musty yeast that seems to have lost much of its spice, and distant but sticky fruit. Alcohol is completely absent, deceptively so, with spice picking up much of the slack. The aftertaste has (white?) pepper, cloves, allspice, and probably much else beside. That said, the maintaste is a bit flat and certainly not as powerful as I'd anticipated. Much more like a BSDA (or even a BDA) than a quad.

M: Disappointing, except on the spice front.

O: I expect the best from Dieu du Ciel, but this bottle didn't quite deliver. Mediocre quad, pretty okay abbey ale, good beer. Recommended if you don't have to pay through the nose for it. Probably won't have again.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Indecipherable freshness date code.
Allagash glass.
It pours a muddy Coca Cola color with a thin, fast-fading beige head.
Fruity, yeast esters are quite potent. Smells of horse barn, cut hay, cloves, and citrus blend very well together. A nice warming gin-like perfume fuminess rises.
As in the aromas, there are big dominant flavors. Tart white grapefruit, strong gin, limes and a slightly astringent medicine taste slowly allow the sweet maltiness to inch forward. Tastes of rum-soaked prunes and lemon zest peek through and lasts throughout. A little bit of wood and tobacco is noticed.
The mouthfeel is rich, slick and deeply satisfying.
Two of these powerful brews is plenty.
Rich creamy cheese and strong tasting salami goes well with this big, flavorful brew.

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Photo of grayburn
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is really everything I was expecting. I was in the mood for a nice quad and between the flavors and the mouthfeel I believe I have found a decent one.
The beer pours a reddish brown with a small tan crown that fades quickly into a lasting compact ring.
The smell and taste are both dominated by some boozy raisin notes, with caramel, and some nice port-like flavors coming through on the long finish.
The mouthfeel is where this beer shines, this is odd because this seems to be where most non-belgian brewers of the style fall off. Spot on with high carbonation and a huge body that manages to finish nice and light...very "digestable."
Easy to drink and enjoy, I recommend this one.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valianes
4.05/5  rDev +2%

Photo of deereless
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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 +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrunEngr
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Wobbly
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of beerya785
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fastestmanalive
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of atigerlife
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbossman
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +1.3%
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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Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 775 ratings
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