Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Rigor Mortis AbtRigor Mortis Abt
BA SCORE
3.97/5
767 Ratings
Rigor Mortis AbtRigor Mortis Abt
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:
#4,467
Reviews:
367
Ratings:
767
pDev:
10.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
102
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 367
Photo of ScottishStoutMan
2.74/5  rDev -31%
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.

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Photo of leinie13
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Caudalie
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of jk3
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of thecarster1
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one plus fingers head fades slow leaving nice lace for such a high abv beer, murky hazelnut brown color.

s- strong, little alcohol, really liquory almost, sweet figs, sweet brown sugar, belgian yeast.

t- strong! lots of dark fruit, some nutty flavors, raisins soaked in liquor, lots of alcohol flavors.

m- medium, slick, coating.

d- not great, this beer was a bit too strong for me, not my style.

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Photo of AugustusRex
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Draft at Barvolo

Good head retention. Sweet aroma with slight coffee character. Unibroue-like yeast character.

Hint of bitter/stale coffee grounds on palate, strong sweetness, strong alcohol.

Will try again in bottle format.

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Photo of Dubber55
2.76/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip

A: Light brown/amber with nice amount of tan head

S: A little malty sweetness, not very strong

T: Alcohol, Malt sweetness, dark fruits, clove, hop bitterness

M: Medium, a bit too carbonated

D: The alcohol is way too hot. Didnt want to drink more than 6 oz

Cheers!

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Photo of cjgator3
2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.5oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly murky brown with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is a lot of sweet malt and caramel with some alcohol as well. 

T- The taste like the aroma is dark alcohol soaked fruit, hints of chocolate and sweet malt with a good amount of alcohol in the finish. A little too boozy for my tastes, I think it could use a little age on it.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This is definitely a slow sipper for sure due to the alcohol. Overall, a decent beer but not as good as some of the other good beers from this brewery.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.81/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy burnt copper color with a thick 1" head of creamy white foam. As the head fades a little it is leaving a thick wall of lace on the side of the glass. Overall, this is a nice looking beer.

Aroma: I initially got lots of fruity esters from the yeast along with some spice from the alcohol. The malt is present, but reserved compared to the yeast, but is coming in with some dark caramel and some mild toasty notes.

Taste: The flavor is not as fruity as the aroma suggested it would be. The alcohol is rather fierce in this beer adding heat and spice to the flavor and not leaving a whole lot of room for anything else. Once you start getting a buzz and become more immune to the alcohol, you can pick up some dark caramel notes and some toasty notes like I got in the aroma. The overall mouthfeel is actually medium, which is light for a beer of this style. The carbonation is high, and makes the beer seem even lighter on the palate. Normally this would make a beer more drinkable, but in this case, the alcohol is such that it just hangs out there on its own.

Opinion: Unfortunately I was pretty disappointed in this beer overall. It has rode on my motorcycle for the last few hours, but I let it sit for at least 3 hours in the fridge before I drank it. I thought that it may come across as more yeasty as a result, but it is the alcohol that makes the beer out of balance.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.5 fl oz brown glass with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery and style.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Biscuity caramelized dark malts, cream, cherry and plum fruit esters, spices, brown sugar, and caramel. A fairly complex moderate strength aroma.

T: More malty and sugar-laden than expected, with notable caramelization. Raisin notes. Awkward for a quadrupel. The fruit esters get buried beneath the overwhelming malt layer. Caramelized malts comprise the foundation. No yeast or alcohol comes through. The brown sugar is overdone. Complex but poorly balanced. Strangely built for the style. Not really subtle at all.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness from the sugar. The thickness is off but not in an extreme way. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavour profile okay I guess, but it's certainly not tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Boring for the style. An awkward combination of a brown ale and a quad that never quite sits right. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't get it again, but it's decently priced for what it is. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. I can see where aging might help it.

Low C

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.86/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review adapted from notes taken in September, 2009

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Dark brown with hints of ruby and amber

Smell: Malty sweetness, Belgian yeast funk, dark fruits, alcohol

Taste: Very malty but not overly sweet, spicy, dark fruits, hints of Belgian yeast, hints of alcohol - very phenolic

Mouthfeel: Thick, sticky, and syrupy - Quads are supposed to be intense but this is pushing it

Overall: The syrupy feel of the body and the alcohol take a toll over time

Perhaps I got spoiled because my first quad was St. Bernardus Abt 12. Perhaps as a result, I am not inclined to recommend this beer. The syrupy mouthfeel combined with the phenols honestly made me think I was drinking cough syrup. Perhaps this is better super fresh (or mellows with age).

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Photo of Nightwing
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Aroma of caramel. Pours cloudy brown with minimal head. Heavy sweet flavours. Full bodied with slightly sticky texture, average carbonation. Overall a nice strong beer, if a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of B-SHAY
3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark garnet color with a healthy dose of clay red sediment. The head fades quickly to a small ring, leaving only a smattering of lace behind. In the nose pineapple, sugary sweetness and fusel alcohol detract from the more the delicate malt notes. The taste is also very sweet but more balanced. Plums drenched in brandy, chocolate, cookie dough, raisins, berries and other flavors mingle a muted hop flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly numbing from the booze. The finish is sweetish with an apple cider feel.

OK, but there are many more tastey examples of this style available. This one is too boozy and sweet. Try it but dont expect much.

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Photo of squaremile
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Again I am a bit disappointed by a Dieu Du Ciel beer. This is I am guessing about a year old bottle as encouraged by the brewer. Pours a strange looking brown/amber with a nice fluffy head. Nose is dark fruits, brown sugar, alcohol, and clove. Taste is a real blast of sweetness in kind of a fruit roll-up way, just over the top and, artificial? Something is off, although as it warms it is more pleasant. Alcohol well hidden in the taste and a nice dry finish. Strange beer.

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Photo of TerryW
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy medium brown with just a moderate head that quiets to a film and leaves spotty lace.

Nose is a little boozy. Malts and dark fruit. Smells like a Belgian. Taste is sweet without being too sticky. Surprisingly light, actually. Lots of alcohol, malts, and burned sugar.

Passable, but overall too sweet and too much alcohol. Two dimensional, not enough warmth given all the booziness of it. Just a one off for me.

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Photo of byronic
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 2015-11-02.

Pours reminiscent of a brown ale, although a bit more murky and rusty. Barely any head and certainly without any kind of retention. The expected dark fruit qualities on the nose, especially fig and raisins. This is followed by a sickly sweet almost syrupy sweetness. Really missing any complexity to be labeled as a quad and very unbalanced as the sweetness leaves it one dimensional.

Will definitely avoid this going forward.

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Photo of champ103
3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark nearly opaque brown. At first a two finger beige head forms. It gently recedes in a minute and leaves lots of spiderweb looking lace.
S: Very dry wood. Light fruity esters, and lots of yeast. Kind of standard and on the bland side.
T: Very dry wood and sweet caramel. A light fruitiness and yeast again. Plenty of alcohol
M/D: A medium body and a bit over carbonated. Lots alcohol to make this one bottle sipper. Something I would prefer to share with another person.

Not bad, but not one of the breweries better offerings IMO. Worth a try if you like Quads though.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You have a to love a beer with a name like Rigor Mortis with a picture of a corpse on the label. It pours a rose color, with about two fingers of white heading. The nose is very boozy, with traces of dark fruit, rose petals, and gum. Lots of juicy fruit comes through in the taste, along with some brown sugar. Overall though, the alcohol really overwhelms things here. It comes off as very syrupy/full bodied and sweet, without much balance to even things out. Not a bad drinker, but I would recommend sipping this beer, as it is heavy at times. I am not too sure when this was brewed, but the label says that it needs at least six months to age, so maybe that is exactly what is needed here.

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Photo of tyronegangsta
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heysuz
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intro: Split a 12oz with a friend in tulip glasses.

Appearance: Thin head with big dry bubbles that recedes quickly, but a ring remains and some lacing clings. Good coloring just what I would expect from a quad only a slightly lighter than St. Benardus. It has a decent amount of carbonation on the glass. There is some sediment floating around the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Very subdued aromas from this beer. Slight malty and dark fruit smells but it is hard to really get a good aroma from it.

Taste: Something is not right about the flavor. There is a flat taste that seems to squash any flavor that starts to build in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: It leaves a sour aftertaste

Overall: I would most likely not buy this beer again. I really like quads, but this one while average overall, this is not one I would go looking for considering the great number of excellent quads to be had.

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Photo of Seaba
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 767 ratings
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