Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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765 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:
765
Reviews:
367
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
100
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.5oz brown screw top with really cool label (if a bit odd name). Can't figure out the dating on this one, but it's at LEAST two years old, which is about how long I've had it.

Appearance: Warm mahogany beer with a creamy ivory cap with decent retention for the age and the abv. A good bit of tiny sediment in suspension.

Smell: Warm, sticky dark fruit (dates, raisins, and figs) with toasty, bready malts, and a good dash of caramel. Not shocking depth, but quite pleasant.

Taste: Cherries, a bit of cola, a fair amount of heat, especially considering the age. A firm hop bitterness, compared with the alcohol, makes this seem more bitter than it should. A bit of dry bready flavor which is nice, but this doesn't quite come together as it should; perhaps a bit past the peak?

Mouthfeel: Medium-full

Overall: Not bad per se, but not particularly inspiring. Again, perhaps this is a bit over the hill, but it doesn't taste oxidized or anything like that. It just doesn't come together quite as it might.

B- to C+

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Photo of ctgui
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/2011

A: Poured a dark amber/brown with a substantial head that fell quite quickly. Beautiful and consistent lacing.

S: Dried fruits like raisins, plums, a hint of spices and alcohol. I also find some saltiness in the smell, although I don’t know how to explain it further.

T: The mouth follows the nose. Fruity sweetness, spices and alcohol again. Malt is omnipresent and the finale is not bitter at all. Enjoyable.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The aftertaste is a bit boozy, but this is very enjoyable and far from the most intense I had for the style.

O: Another great Dieu du Ciel!. I wouldn’t necessarily drink more than one of these in a night, but it is a nice culminating point. I definitely would recommend trying. I would look forward to aging a bottle to see how it evolves. A good representation of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of unibroue4ever
5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0 and 5 notched on label so I am guessing May 2010?

A - Pours a slightly muddy brown with a thin tan head and arches of lace.

S - Candi sugar and brown sugar, dark rum soaked raisins, bready with light chocolate notes.

T - Banana bread, nutty almond, anise and clove, light smoke, some alcohol in the finish.

M - medium to full body with lower carbonation. Slightly viscous and warming.

D - Decent but not much that makes it stand out.

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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 gearzstang
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of drtth
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. If I read the notches on the label correctly this was bottled this year.

Appearance: As poured the beer is semi murky muddy brown color with a minimal light tan head that quickly becomes a small ring around the glass, and an irregularly shaped island on the liquid with no lacing left on the glass. Sipping creates some scattered small patches of lacing that cling to the side of the glass. (It could have used a bit more aggressive pour I think.)

Smell: The aroma is a lot like coconut candy layered with some brown malt, some dark molasses and dollops of dark fruits (figs and raisins).

Taste: The flavor is a lot like spiced rum mixed with dark fruits. There is molasses in there along with the figs and raisins, as well as some trace of cherries. A component of bitterness hide in the background

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with just enough carbonation to be felt. The finish is medium long and starts with a rich spicy caramel sweetness that fades away into lightly sweet finish.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a reasonably good beer that goes down relatively easily. My overall impression is that it is well made but does not quite hit the mark for me. It seems a bit rough around the edges and a bit lacking in complexity for a BDSA. Perhaps it needs a bit more time in the cellar.

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Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Agent1
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a twisti-off cap. Poured into a goblet, this brew appears a color of deep mahogany with a creamy finger of tan froth. The cap dissolves to a thin lace atop and leaves some patches of lace sticking to the glass. I wish I would have been more careful with the pour. I probably only should have poured 8 ounces into my glass because as I got closer to the bottom a rush of sediment plopped in. The yeast has covered the glass and is stuck with thick spackle-like chunks throughout the entire solution. When held to the light, you can hardly see through the pieces of yeast but you see some faint redness through the brown shades.

The smell of this brew is very familiar with a pleasing scent of dark malty sugars that come across like candy sugar, figs, plums, raisins and toffee. There is a light herbal touch of hops that bring forth almost an earthy aspect that keeps the onslaught of sweetness in check. The yeast expresses itself with a mild clove and almost peppery touch that takes this nose off in a different direction that is enjoyable.

The taste has creamy sweetness of toffee mixed with candy sugar and an herbal hop component to contrast. There is quite a bold alcohol presence not only in flavor but with an immediate rush of alcohol down the back of the throat and all the way into the stomach. It leaves an aftertaste in the mouth that is lightly nutty with more focus going back to the sweetness that is like dark fruits mixed with sugary alcohol almost like molasses but not as dark/burnt. This is one of the few times where I actually enjoyed the brew much more while it was cold. Once it gets warmer, the alcohol comes out in full force and gets a bit distracting with a fusel/solvent kick that is not hidden behind the solid malt backing at all.

This is a full bodied brew that is creamy and full in the feel. It has a moderate amount of carbonation and overall is a very well put together take on the style. This initial reaction to this brew based soley on the aroma is wow, this is going to be a sickeningly sweet mess. But after the first sip, you are pleasantly caught off guard. Well done. I have no have many offerings from Dieu du Ceil but the ones I have had were quite enjoyable. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of dsartwell72
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light to medium brown color with a very small amount of head.

S - Bread, raisins, caramel, sweet fruity esters.

T - Sweet, Malty, some chocolate and burnt caramel, raisins, and a slight alcohol presence, but very well hidden for 10.5%.

M - Full bodied, not too thin, but not syrupy either. Great carbonation level. A bit sticky on the sides of your mouth.

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Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -49%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Viciousknishs
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of josefnewsong
5/5  rDev +27.6%

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

look - the one pours an orange-tinted mahogany colour. Very opaque. Head is a bit of a disappointment - it rose slowly to only about an inch and a half and fell to a ring with a bit of film very quickly. this may have been because of the high ABV. Some nice visible carbonation.

smell - the nose is great! Full of rich and complex malts. There's a strong molasses-like dark richness to it, which is fill of fruit like stones, bit with a more sharp black currant or dried cherry note. A touch of earthiness. Very little spice and not hope. No burnt notes.

taste - very similar to the nose, it the fruity profile comes out a bit more over the malt. the prune-flavour of the melanoidin malt comes our stronger. There is a hint of pepper that lasts a while and plays well with the alcohol heat. The spice and heat play will with what would have otherwise been a much too sweet finish.

feel - body is very full with a syrupy feel that lasts, with some spice and heat from alcohol drying out the finish. Carbonation is minimal, giving a velvety feel that plays well with the flavour.

I'm still not totally sure about how a quad is all that different from a Belgian strong dark. But this was really tasty!

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Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BernardusHo
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.92 out of 5 based on 765 ratings.
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