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:
760
Reviews:
366
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
100
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 760 |  Reviews: 366
Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a murky dark brown color. The head was slim and didn't leave much lacing behind. The smell of the beer has some fermented dark fruits on the nose, a little bit of yeast, and not too much else here. The taste of brown sugar and fruit upfront with a nice sweetness to it. The aftertaste had a dry caramel like flavor. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall I enjoyed this Quad, I would still prefer a La Trappe over this one though.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +2%

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 BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are very few examples of a non-Belgian brewery making authentic Belgian Dark Strong Ales to perfection... this is one of those.

The beer pours a deep brownish, rubyish, purple-black color with a creamy barley stained head. Retaining and lacing well, the beer has a both a masculine and delicate appearance.

Deeply fruity to the nose with plumbs, raisons, and red grapes. Spicy tartness, orange peel, and peppery notes balance the sweetness. Softly malty with a simple sweet scent.

Sweetly malty with confection sugars and fruit cake blend with sweeter rum-like alcohol. Again, plumbs, raisons, and grapes give a dark and dehydrated stone fruit flavor. Just enough yeasty spice and alcohol power to round out the beer, shying just a bit from balance and giving a malt forward tilt.

Medium full early due to the carbonation, but a fleeting malty texture allows for the cotton candy-like evaporation to ease into high levels of drinkability. Warming alcohols stop shy of hot or fusal textures to the mouth and throat.

This Belgian Dark Strong Ale favors the dark fruit and sugar sweetness. But the beer is beautifully crafted and delicious enough that the spicy/hoppy balance doesn't matter. A softer, more powdery malt character would allow it to compete with the Rochefort 10 and such.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. 'Tis the season where big Belgians, and in this case, Belgian styles, become more likely to make it into the fridge. The label indicates that this beer is at its best after a minimum of 6 months of ageing. It was bottled in April 2010, so I think I'm good, then.

Duped by the standard brown longneck bottle, I poured this into a standard American pint glass, and it appears a cloudy dark iced-tea colour, red-brick toned, with a bit of swirling sediment, and two hefty fingers of puffy, foamy, and mildly soapy pale beige head, which disappears quite slowly, leaving some sparse, sudsy, and spidery lace around the glass.

It smells of thin caramel malt, powdered chocolate, dark fleshy fruit, sweet holiday spices, pungent warming alcohol, and spicy, bready yeast. The taste is sweet, grainy caramel malt, edgy molasses, densely candied apple, mixed black fruit, herbal, grassy hops, more spicy, musty yeast, and but a mere booze warming for our collective pleasure.

The bubbles are quite sedate, just manifesting in a gentle frothiness, which goes the long mile in rendering a medium-full, smooth and duly creamy body. It finishes off-dry, the caramel/toffee/butterscotch malt sweetness ceding little ground to the lingering bitter grassy, herbal hops.

Upon that initial whiff, this offering kind of gave me the impression that this would be one hot mess. Nope - very well integrated alcohol, big fruity malt, and a more or less Belgian-esque yeast and hop profile, all adds up to just a well-balanced, and relatively easy to put back 21 proof abbey-style ale. Take that as you will, but take it well and easy.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
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 brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a mahogany brown with a frothy head; excellent stickage and strands of lace

Smell: Spice cake, caramelized brown sugar and a hint of boozy alcohol

Taste: Spice cake opening, with a growing dark fruit element (cherry, prune and date) that is topped off by some peppery booze by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors merge together into a fairly sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with relatively high carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A very nice example of the style that is less sweet and cloying than many I have tasted from the old country

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cookie dough, with sweet Belgian malt and some light dry fruits. Taste is also dominated by some sweet Belgian malt, some candi sugar and some dry figs. Body is about average for the style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done but additional complexity and more dry fruits ester would have benefited this one.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It poured out a slightly hazy, dark brown color with a small, thin head of foamy white bubbles. It left a soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of rich, dark dried fruits - mostly raisin and plum with possibly some cherry. It had a rich malty nose with a touch of spicy Belgian yeast.

T - A delicious blend of chocolate and all those dried fruits - plum, raisin and black cherry. It has a spicy/yeasty kick.

M - It was soft, smooth and a little creamy. A full-bodied beer that is a slow sipper.

D - This brew reminded me of how much I love a good quadrupel. It's a great style and they've nailed it.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle into chalice, batch 15(or something). Pours cloudy dark brown color with a small light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some small bits of lacing on the glass. Aromas of big plums, molasses, chocolate, caramel, candi sugar, bread, raisins, and a bit of yeast spices and light alcohol. Very nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, herbal spiciness, pepper, and spicy alcohol. Lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is limited due to some booziness but it is a pretty nice sipper. Alcohol is noticeable, but not too bad. Overall this is a pretty nice Quadrupel. Some good flavor complexity and balance. If it was a bit less boozy I probably would have liked it more.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up somewhere in Ohio. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately dark, nifty brown with a thin head. Nose brings a good amount of dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, and a bit of booze. The taste melds dark fruits with some dark rum characteristics. Feel is nice. Fairly heavy with a good amount of alcohol warmth. Drinks fairly well, but is not their best offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very small head of off-white foam on top of a slightly hazy, brown body. The foam disappears quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Brown sugar, toffee, and caramel with peppery alcohol notes. Some clove and cinnamon in the background.

T - Sweet malt and spicy alcohol with notes of molasses and rum. Toasted malt mingles with bittersweet chocolate in a finish dominated by spicy, but not quite hot, alcohol.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is very nice, but the flavor just doesn't live up to it (an unfortunate trend I have noticed with Dieu du Ciel). The rough alcohol and sweet malt make for an oddly cloying beer despite the dry finish. It may just need some age to bring things together, but it isn't all that great right now.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the different boundaries that Dieu Du Ciel push,I wish I could get more of their wares.This poured into a small tulip glass a hazed russett color with some orange glow,a sticky one finger white head atop.A mix of dark fruit and phenolic spice in the nose,the alcohol creeps as it warms.Flavors are not overly complex but pack good flavor,dark fruit,and brown sugar flavors stand out most,again as it warms the alcohol really comes in.Its not overly complex but its pretty good,watch out the alcohol will hit ya.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Indiscernible date coding a 1 & 5 marked for what ever that is worth

Pours a murky but effervescent brown with a sliver of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Figs, raisins cakeyness, some leather once warm

T: Figs, leafy hops & a slight booze burn up front. A little vanilla, plum & brandy sneaks in as this warms, along with raisin & fig and tangerine peel & leather. Finishes fruity, complex, dry & with lush oaky notes and just a kiss of Brandy

MF: Slight body, slightly over carbonated, smoothes out as it warms

ABV is well hidden, pretty good take on the style. This will age well I'm sure. I would buy this again. I like as much as Westy 12 taste-wise!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Antique bronze with a great deal of russet and orange and a slight blurriness when the final ounce was added to the snifter on the one and only pour. A thinnish slice of khaki colored cream persists and is beginning to lay down a smeary collar of lace.

The nose is just as much BSDA as quadrupel. Maybe more. Then again, those two styles overlap to some extent. It's brown malty, medium-dark fruity and pleasantly spicy. Good use of Belgian yeast, which comes to the fore even more with time and warming.

The brewery calls Rigor Mortis ABT an Abbey-style brown ale, but it tastes like a Belgian strong dark ale. Enough about the style, what about the beer? It's good... maybe even damn good. It's impossible to know how old this bottle is, but I'm guessing it's at least 18 months of age (released every April). If so, it has held up very well.

There's a beautiful interplay between sweet and spicy, with neither getting the upper hand at any point along the way. Flavors include black licorice, dark caramel, ripe figs, hints of blackstrap molasses, and an absolutely perfect amount of clove-like spiciness. This beer is both complex and tasty as all get out.

The mouthfeel is not massive, which is probably a good thing, but it has a plush quality that is slightly marred by slightly too buzzy bubbles. About ten more minutes should fix that right up... if I can wait that long for the next mouthful.

Rigor mortis is the stiffness that occurs in the muscles following death. Rigor Mortis ABT makes me glad that rigor mortis has not yet impaired my ability to enjoy expertly brewed beer. In my humble opinion, this offering is better than the much-heralded Peche Mortel and is Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel's finest creation.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2%

Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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