Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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

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366
Ratings:
758
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11%
 
 
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Photo of Ralphus
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first quad and it strikes me as fairly run of the mill.

It pours a dark brown with amber highlights. The head receded to nothing. Very little if any lacing was left behind.

The smell is a mix of slightly sour dark fruit and cinnamon and other spices. Just ok.

The taste has much more volume. Lots of chocolate malts, raisins, spice and alcohol can be tasted. Its good.

Mouthfeel is decent. Slightly crisp but smooth at the same time.

Drinkability is ok but I dont think I'd be reaching for another immediately.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Decent one finger width off-white, almost light brown head on a quick pour. The beer itself has a sort of reddish-cola color which is fine for the style. It's a little murkier than I'd like though.

Smells very much like a typical quad would, kind of floral and rosey with some cherry, vinous character going on along with caramel. A little bit of alcohol sting is present in the nose too.

It makes a decent initial impression on the front of the tongue, with some nicely executed dark fruits and caramel, but the mid-range is very disappointing to me. Instead of the flavors intensifying, they get sort of derailed into a sort of campfire/old cheese flavor that I just don't care for. It stays that way until the finish, which has some cherry and is a little hot.

Mouthfeel is just okay. Not really what I am looking for in a quad. Too abrasive, not smooth at all.

Drinkability isn't too bad for a 10.5%er, but the campfire smokey taste really throws me off and gets a bit cloying. I wish I could access more of the dark fruity flavor that is up front. It doesn't help that the smell is good and the initial taste is good, because you get fairly excited only to be let down. I'd recommend skipping this one and trying their other offerings, which I think are a lot better. In case you're wondering, I had this on tap as well and felt about the same way as I did with this bottle.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip, great look. deep brown, nice head retention. good lacing.

nose is raisiny, booze/rum, plum, fig, brown sugar.

taste is somewhat sweet, rum soaked raisins. warming ethanol helps balance out the sweetness. hints of brown sugar,more or less everything you want from a quad without being cloyingly sweet.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. nice.

glad i tried this.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance: amber/light brown, coppery, cloudy, good amount of off white head which resolves with mild amount of carbonation

Smell: plenty of esters, raisin/prune, bubble gum/banana notes, caramel

Taste: Malt forward, raisin/prune/leathery with hint of nuts/hazelnut hinting at its brown ale heritage with a Canadian/Belgian flare

Mouthfeel: smooth and mildly syrupy without being cloying, fair amount of light carbonation to add body and cleanse the palate

Drinkability: Easily the best brown Ale I’ve had, more akin to a great quadruple. Definitely one to stock up on in preparation for the winter! Delicious!

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2/9 - Monk’s Pub (Chicago) - Draft - This is my first quadruple and first Dieu de ciel offering, and it is one of my favorite beers of all time. I went from trying something new to enjoying four pours of an amazing beer. Very strong smell of coffee and fruity. The taste, however is very strong, malty beer. The beer feels heavy, great in the mouth, and goes down smooth. Rigor Mortis - definitely a beer to die for, and highly recommended from this beer lover. Cheers!

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, one week old bottled which concerns me a bit for a 10.5% beer.

Poured in a Unibroue tulip glass with no yeast.

Thin, half-finger head that quickly subsides leaving thin lacing.

Medium brown in color. Aroma is sweet with Belgian Trappist aroma (Rochefort yeast?).

First couple of sips...chewy with a distinct Belgian burn on the finish - I believe due to the spice and alcohol. Bottle says best after 6 months.

Smooths out after 1/3 down. Drinking well for how ripe it is. Looking forward to cellaring a couple of these for years down the road.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

355mL bottle with month/year brewed on label, poured into goblet.

Body is a cloudy brown with ruby and tan highlights. White head is thin on first pour, leaving a haze but nice lacing around the glass as I consume.

Aroma is boozy and spicy, lots of rich plum and black cherry, with hints of caramel and dense bready aromas in the background. Bit of lemon zest seems to pop out every once in a while. Spice flavours hint at coriander and mild clove.

Flavour is heavy on the fruit up front, big bold plum, dark cherry and sweet alcohol, fading to more bready, but still caramel-like sweetness finishing with more assertive alcohol, and bits of lemon zest and coriander spice to perk things up a bit.

I like the mouthfeel on this one; medium body with light carbonation until the swallow when a bit more of a bite is discernible. Sweet without being cloying or syrupy, but not too bubbly either.

While the alcohol is noticeable, it's not overpowering, making this one a nice sipper. Not "dangerously" drinkable, but pleasantly so.

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Photo of MattyV
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - brown-maroon colour with creamy off-white head that settles to a thin film and ring.

S - sweet and malty, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol on big whiffs

T - Dark and caramel malts, a mix of spice, dark fruit, yeast, and a solid bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. The boozy finish balances out the sweetness a bit, but still on the sweet side overall.

M - Very rich, full body, moderate carbonation, starts to feel syrupy as it warms.

D - It seems a bit hot/young right now, I'll have to put a few away, I feel like this could round out into something special with a bit of time. It's got a nice flavour profile and punch, it just seems like everything has had quite enough time to marry.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky, tootsie roll brown color with a plentiful amount of yeast particles that accumulate at the bottom. It initially had a one finger, tan head that eventually reduces to a thin film.

S: Sweet dark fruits (mainly figs and raisins) and a touch of alcohol are in the forefront of the aroma. Typical belgian yeast and sweet belgian candy are also present.

T: The taste is comprised of a balance of the dark fruits and belgian yeast and belgian sugar. The finish is very sweet, and the alcohol is hardly noticeable.

M: Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. The finish is very smooth and the alcohol is hidden very well. It almost has a silky feel to it.

O: To categorize this as a quad may be a bit misleading. It is most certainly a belgian style brown ale as described on the bottle. That being said, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. Just a slightly above average dark belgian ale.

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Photo of sevopie
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark muddy brown with an off-white/tan head. Minimal lacing

Dark fruits, cinnamon bread, and caramel with some strong spiciness, kind of reminds me of St. Bernardus ABT12, and that's definitely a positive.

Spices theme definitely carries through to the tongue. There's also a prominent sweet bread flavor with some brown sugar and raisins. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. Enough to remind you of its weight though.

Mildly creamy with a ton of carbonation.

I like this one, but the one is enough for me. The carbonation and alcohol notes make it a little less of an easy sipper, but its still a fine beer in my eyes.

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Photo of deg
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a chalice. It has a nice auburn like color. The head is cream colored. I can smell cherries but nothing else, and even that is faint (my weak sense of smell). I can taste cherry and a fruitiness. There's also a sweetness to the beer. I can taste a roasty finish with some alcohol burn. There's a cloying aftertaste that I'm not impressed with.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a huge Dieu Du Ciel fan, but Belgian Quads are one of my least favorite styles. They often times have this very astringent character, which detracts from my enjoyment of the beer. Lets see how this compares to other 'authentic' Belgian Quads out there.

A: Pours a real murky, dark brown. No light penetrates the deep haze present in the beer. Head is rather minimal, but lacing is present.

S/T: The aroma reminds me of a Tootsie Roll. Chocolate, licorice, alcohol, and a nice nuttyness in there. The Tootsie Roll flavor is there, but overshadowed by other, more pronounced characteristics. It is a very sweet and malty beer, first off. The initial taste is chocolate and brown sugar, and that gives way to a slight nuttyness. The final wave of flavors is where the Belgian character shines the most. Very bready, yeasty, and spicy. That astringent character I mentioned is present, but blended well with the rest of the flavors. Maybe it is the strong spice and alcohol that don't mesh well with my palate? Either way, this is one of the best Belgian Quads I have had to date.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very rich and semi-full bodied. Not quite as full as an Imperial Stout or Barley Wine, but close. Alcohol does warm the throat, which is nice. This is definetly a sipper. Drinks better as it warms.

I am a fan. I honestly think this is my favorite Belgian Quad to date. It just has a great pronounced chocolate-brown sugar flavor, which I like a lot. Very complex and very tasty. Seek this one out.

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Photo of psuKinger
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy murky brown. Off-white head on top. Lots of carbonation.

S: Sweet sweet barley and candied sugars. Raisins. Molasses. Bready.

T: Runs sweet at first take. Lots of candied sugars. Raisins and yeasty breadiness. A touch of booziness lets you know this really is 10.5%. Disappointingly seems to lack complexity for the style. Too much bread and candied sugars, not enough dark fruits, IMO.

M: Thick and hefty. Superb carbonation. Moderately dry finish. Good mouthfeel here.

D/O: Overly-sweet and bready, it wore on me as time wore on. It's not a terrible beer. I'd have another if it was handed to me. But I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz split 2 ways. bottled May 2010.

A: Translucent brown which I can see clear through like dilute beet juice. Off white head effervesces to a thin glass gripping ring quickly.

S: Very light. Candied sugars, a little smoke, belgian special grains, and the slightest hint of fruit tartness.

T: Bold nutty brown malt flavors, a little spice in the way of a charring dryness and wheat, then some faint belgian yeast notes akin to a saison just scratching the surface at the end. Nut flavors are buried amongst everything else going on. Pleasant and mild carbonation singe on the finish.

M: Slightly cloying. Medium carbonation which is retained throughout.

O: Interesting marriage here. Can definite isolate the Nut Brown characteristics from the Quad ones.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light brown which became a garnet body. Cream-colored head rose to two fingers at its zenith, and lasted for a few minutes at a smaller size. Plenty of carbonation, decent lacing. Looks like I poured in a bit of yeast sediment at the end - watch out!

S: Strawberries and plums. A bit of spice, no alcohol heat.

T: Starts off with plums and dark fruit, then becomes a bit sweeter with strawberries and the like towards the middle. Flavors are just fading away at the end, and there is relatively no aftertaste.

M: Not as carbonated as I expected from the appearance, but there's enough to keep it light while also full.

D: It goes down easily enough, but I didn't get a ton of complexity from this one. I could certainly drink another, but I wouldn't be excited about it.

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Photo of ssmack
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very murky medium brown. Almost no head - just enough to stick to the edge of the glass. No lacing at all.

Delicious smell. Fruity - prunes and apricot. The aroma of a fresh bear claw pastry.

A heavy taste that is sharper than the aroma. Spicy taste of the strange combination of nutmeg and thyme. Prunes and raisins. Then the taste of dark chocolate that resolves to licorice. Bitter hay aftertaste.

Medium slightly oily feel. Chalkiness in the aftertaste. Definitely needs more carbonation.

A well balanced quad with very complex, layered taste. More hops that most quads.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This poured a hazed bronze into a small snifter. A fingers width of light tan head, retention is excellent, only settles to a thick froathy cap. Lacing coates the glass even when swirled around, visible carbonation.

S- Definitely more reminiscent of a BSDA, tons of dark fruits. Smell is sweet as well, caramel and brown sugar. It's somewhat bready and I detect a hint of spice too.

T- Nice balance of the dark fruits and sweet malt. There's also a herbal earthy type quality to this. The finish burns a bit from the spice and alcohol.

M- Velvety smooth average body. Superb feeling going down, a touch dry.

D- I love me some Dieu du Ciel. ABV could catch up to you quick as I'm fairly flushed in the face, but an excellent sipper on this cold Festivus night. There will be no airing of grievances on this brew!

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Photo of ikats
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, dark brown into the glass. Aroma is full of caramelized sugar with some dark sweet fruits. In general, it is sticky sweet and substantial. Taste is a little of a let down. Overall it is pleasant and similar to aroma, but alcohol is too evident. I am guessing that this is a young bottle, and the beer will improve greatly with some aging (the label mentions that the beer is at its best after at least six month aging). Body is meadium (I would've prefered something fuller). Mouthfeel is spoiled by alcohol. Cool label (that's always a plus in my book). This bottle was picked up at Half Time a week ago.

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Photo of dickieb
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber/brown with a very thin head and some below average lacing. The smell is of raisins belgian yeast brown sugar and a hint of booze. The flavor is similar in profile to the smell but not quite as hot, a very mellow malty belgian flavor with hints of dark dried fruits and spices. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin at first but it thickens some with warming, and its drinkable but not as much as other quads I have tried. This is the second beer from Brasserie I have been impressed with(the other being Peche Mortel) and I will have to keep my eyes open for more.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently the LCBO has been flooded with various beers from the Dieu Du Ciel craft brewery in Montreal Quebec, so I hope you are somewhat familiar with their wild branding and uniquely flavorful beers by now. The last to make its way onto the shelves was the Rigor Mortis ABT, a strong Belgian inspired brown ale which I would classify as a quadrupel (and the name "ABT" would suggest that as well). This Rigor Mortis is fresh, and honestly deserves to be laid down for months before it is best consumed. It is a 10.5% behemoth of a beer that is loaded with rich malt flavors and aggressive yeasty spices. These types of beer just beg to be matured.

It may seem very unassuming when you grab a bottle; it is just your standard 341ml bottle with some add art work on the front. Nothing would really make it jump out at you. But within the glass rests a beast, one that should be tamed before unleashed. The best remedy for this is when you are at the LCBO buy a few bottles, enjoy one now, another half a year from now, and another 1 full year away. Then get as many more as you'd like for the year and beyond. This beer should hold up to at least 5 years of cellar storage.

This would be a fresh Rigor Mortis that I was opening. From what I can reveal, Dieu Du Ciel sells the Rigor Mortis in April as long as supplies last so that it has time to age when the fall comes. So It was most likely bottled in March. So the beer has had some time to rest, but I reckon it will still benefit from more time.

I opened the Rigor Mortis up at cellar temperature around 14C (57F) and poured it into a snifter. The pour was heavy and thick emptying out of the bottle with a silky and oil-like texture. It hit the bottom of the glass with very little excitement, but began to foam gently by mid pour. What was created was a reasonably dense ecru, egg shell head with a creamy smooth cap laced with milky bubbles. The heavy beer below it glowed a richly deep mahogany purple with dark bronze shades, close to black browns, and a peering burgundy that stood beautifully into the light. This is a very pretty beer showing depth and masterful construction.

The nose is potent with a combination of classic quadrupel fruit flavors and rustic Belgian spices and yeast. Big juicy waves of dark malt are pulled easily off the surface of the beer following a mashing of thickly mulled fruits and muddled spices. Aromas of plum, dates, prunes and overripe bananas all play against lightly burnt caramel and hints of brown sugar. This is quickly balanced off by an eager eathiness and bits of booze. The Rigor Mortis is formidable, and shows no signs of backing down.

Sipping this beer is dangerous - it is larger than life and holds nothing back. You can easily get trapped in its big and thick flavors, so keep one eye on the beer, and one on reality. The first waves bring a slightly boozy rush of brown sugar, caramel, molasses and dark fruits. This opens a touch with more fruits making their way in with plums, prunes, figs, dates and blood oranges. Soon after though comes a sweet spice than is then gently muted my an earthy yeast. Cinnamon and pepper touch liquorice, but then in comes a rustic Belgian yeast sensation that acts as a balancing agent to a richly malty beer.

Sweet is balanced by a hint of bitter, but most by earthy spice and hints of funk. Not funk in the traditional sense, but a very dirty mulled spice sensation. Clove and cinnamon flavors are welcome, and as your palate gets used to the beer, and as it warms, more gentle caramels show their way to brighter fruits and soft malts.

The mouthfeel is silky, but not quite thick. The beer is big, which will make you assume that the viscosity is as well - but it is really very tame, and somewhat elegant. It all helps the beer finish cleanly and not oily or sludge-like. Overall this is a powerful, complex and richly flavorful quad. It is very entertaining right now, however I do believe it will be at its best in several more months, even a year. In any case, I bet its awesome with dark chocolate.

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/11/03/tasting-the-dieu-du-ciel-rigor-mortis-abt/

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown colour with a small off white head.

S - Sweet dark fruit , prunes and cherries and almost sweet candy like.

T - Sweet dark fruits shine through with raisins, cherries and I get a little vanilla with the strong belgium yeast although a little boozy on the finish as expected.

M - Fairly carbonated and medium to full bodied

0 - A reasonable quad/dark belgium ale which goes down well on a winters night. Not the best quad going around but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of garbercury
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra supplied by Lunch in a trade, thanks!

Drank this several times and finally got around to reviewing it. Poured into St Bernardus goblet to savor during NFC wildcard game.

A--Pours deep reddish brown. Some lacing and has plenty of carbonation.

S--dark cherry is the biggest smell that I get from it, I like that.

T--Figs and cherry stick out the most to me, this is very tasty beverage. The alcohol is not real noticeable, which makes this a dangerous brew.

M--Silky and lots of carbonation

D--Another excellent brew by Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. This is a favorite style of mine and I highly recommend this brew.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one as part of a late night session few days ago. Poured a cloudy brown with light beige head that left very little lacing. Smelled of fruity yeast and light malts. Tasted like fruity yeast (raisins, figs?), bread and malt. Smooth, but slightly overcarbonated, otherwise very easy to drink.

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Photo of sennin
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Chouffe Tulip Glass.

A: Very enticing, the color is almost like cider. Dark burgundy and a light off-white colored head. The head is very nice as well, a bit small but it lasts throughout the entire beer session. Lacing is very evident.

S: This beer smells like Fall, brings to mind what the appearance originally did and more. Smell is definitely cider-like mixed with some very flowery and pleasant citrus scents. I also detect a cardamon/cinnamon like smell, amazing smelling beer.

T: First taste is something of lemon and other citrus like flavors, especially orange and lemon. Later some dark fruits like fig and raisin come in on the back end. I also get something like a caramel or butterscotch like taste mid-way through the tasting. A funky (but not bad) hard cider like taste comes in at the end of the taste session and lingers. Very good stuff. Alcohol is hidden exceedingly well. Incredibly drinkable.

M: Texture is great, very creamy- wraps around the tongue and sticks to it after the tasting. Bubbly but not in a way that takes away from the experience. One of the best mouth feels I have come across with a beer.

Definitely one of the best beers Dieu Du Ciel has on offer. Perfect as we come into the Fall season. A very pleasant beer that needs to be tried.

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Photo of squaremile
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
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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Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.91 out of 5 based on 758 ratings.
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