Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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763 Ratings
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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:
763
Reviews:
367
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
101
For Trade:
2
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Photo of martinpfal
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/23/15. 5.35$ a beer
Smell sweet and boozy. Like other reviews, would confirm the lack of head and retention. Taste is sweet and fruity with medium mouthfeel. Little aftertaste and drinkable. Unfortunately the price will keep it out of my fridge unless it's a special occasion.

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Photo of Bilco
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I began this latest quest on Monday, which was Canadian Thanksgiving Day, by scouring my backlog to see what Canadian beers might lay in wait. Unfortunately for my plans, two of the first three were a**kicking AMLs from Labatt & then I was on a planned expedition yesterday. This is less hair of the dog and more like the horse that I rode in on. This bottle was procured at Hunger 'n' Thirst here in Lancaster, PA and seems to indicate a January 2014 bottling date. Mmm.

From the bottle: " Rigor Mortis Abt is a full-bodied brown ale inspired by the Quadrupel beer style brewed by Belgian monks. Offering very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel coming from the malt. It presents complex red fruits and spice flavours due to the Belgian-type yeast we use to ferment it. This beer is at its best after it has aged for at least six months."

No problem as to that last. My problem stems from the fact that they put such a marvelous beer into a screwed-up screw-top bottle! I will buy the idea of oxygen-fixing crown caps, but not when a thread exists that may lead to oxygen being leeched into the bottle & its contents. Smyert botylok! Deprived of the Pop! & not wanting to rouse any lees, I went with a gentle pour. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was a slightly hazy Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22). Nose had a rich chocolate & caramel scent, along with a leatheriness and a slight alcohol burn. I am sure that it is very hot when young, hence their urge to allow it to age, even for just six months. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was candy-sweet! It put me in mind of a 100 Grand bar with its caramel and chocolate flavors, but this also had a fruitiness, not necessarily of "red fruits", but more like dried, dark fruits, like prunes, figs, raisins & dates. Following my initial swallow, I also caught a light alcohol burn, especially on the tongue, but creeping into my sinuses. Also of interest & note was the fact that it was beginning to clarify as it warmed. It was also throwing more fusel alcohol heat than it had been cold, so the two may be interrelated somehow. The warmth intensified the chocolate flavor, making it very sweet. Finish was sweet, very chocolaty, but with caramel and fruit flavors underlying the chocolate. I fully agree with putting some age on this one & I would recommend it more as a dessert beer, or in lieu of dessert, with coffee & perhaps a cigar.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of madakassal
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ohiovania
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tylerstravis
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of byronic
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
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 jcubz
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.08/5  rDev -46.9%
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.

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Photo of GunnarStahl
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark red/brown. Aroma: rich fruit, dates, figs, raisin and yeast. Taste of dried fruit, bread, some bitter spice. Very good but not great.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tyronegangsta
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of darktronica
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vande
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tshute
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A less tasty St. Bernardus

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Photo of BrutisDestructus
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of farrago
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thinnish head, just under half a finger, dark tan to light brown in hue, even surface, retention is adequate but just that, minimal stickiness to the lacing. The liquid is a deep brown color, darkened further yet by the vast amount of floaties in the glass, more yellowish rims, only a few scattered bubbles are visible. The nose is very boozy, close to rubbing alcohol in intensity, peaty with coffee, mocha, caramel notes which somehow do little to sweeten things up, a salty edge tends to cancel out a lot of the fig, raisin, plum, cherry fruit scents, wet herbaceousness its final calling card. Full-bodied, somewhat flatfooted due to the lackluster carbonation. Coconut, licorice, orange peel, some vague yeastiness. Again, the booziness distracts and unbalances. Charcoal, earth and charred driftwood take ground in the mid-palate. The cherry, plum, golden raisin, fig is not that sugary and competes halfheartedly. It tends to peter out before what you’d expect to be the finish. All this is not to say it’s a poor quality beer, more so that one expects better harmonization which would equate to a smoother, lengthier experience. Needs to be served with something which would account for its deficiencies.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a dark brown with a small head that goes away quickly.
S - The aroma is not strong but what I get is caramel.
T - Malty and sweet and soooooooooooo drinkable.
M - Medium mouth feel, lower than average carbonation.
O - Very good beer. Does remind me more of brown ale (which is on the bottle) than a quad as listed on BA. So good I drank it quickly and did not take good notes. Buy this beer!

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Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.92 out of 5 based on 763 ratings.
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