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:
766
Reviews:
367
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
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71
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99
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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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 20ozmonkey
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Dieu du Ciel I've ever had. I noticed it at a liquor store that I frequent and decided to buy it. It should be said that this was one of the coolest labels I've seen in quite a while.

I poured this into a Chimay glass. I didn't realize this was a quad until I saw the entry on BA. It definitely smells like a quad. It pours a very cloudy dark brown with very little carbonation and head. It smells sweet and raisiny with just a bit of brine.

Tastes quady. Fairly heavy, pretty darn sweet and a bit syrupy. It's hard for me to pick much else up from this. Maybe a bit of a Merlot sort of flavor?

Not much to say about this beer. It's good, but there doesn't seem to be much that is making it stick out from other quads aside from its awesome label.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a West Lakeview Liquors a while back. No notching, so it's hard to determine the age of this one, but I believe it was the first 11.5oz batch from 2009. Served in a Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours with a half-finger of tan foam that settles to a persistent creamy cap and thicker collar, along with some splotchy lacing. Body is an opaque caramel brown color with some obvious suspended sediment.

S - Aroma is mostly of candi sugar, along with some cherries and berries, caramel and milk chocolate. Quite understated at first, but grows in intensity as it warms up. There's a bit of spicy least that give sit that quadrupel feel, as otherwise it might be perceived as an old ale of some sort.

T - Taste is yeastier, with some anise, red licorice, dark fruits, cloves, candi sugar and caramel mid-palate, and a fairly boozy finish. There's some mild oxidation, but it's not particularly deleterious. Still a bit too hot for my liking, even though this between probably 2+ years old.

M - Creamy, full-bodied, with lower but present carbonation. Sticky and viscous finish, with some definite alcohol bit and warming to it.

D - At over 2 years this still has the same alcohol bite that fresh Rochefort 10 does. I don't anticipate it smoothing out much more without losing depth of flavor as well. The first 6-8oz went down relatively easily, but the mounting buzz and unpleasant alcohol made the last few ounces a chore. Not Dieu Du Ciel's finest offering, but a fairly solid quad. To be fair, they warn you that it needs at least 6 months on the bottle, and release it in April so that it's in prime shape for the winter.

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Photo of jera1350
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a tulip a muddled brown color with a massive head of fluffy foam. Outstanding retention and lacing.

Very sweet smelling with some spice notes.

Strong sweetness and alcohol presence. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Toasty notes with fruit, brown sugar and molasses. Some rum barrel as well. Pretty complex and very malt forward flavor.

All around smooth, maybe even slick feeling, with a dry finish.

A nice example of the style. Very enjoyable and absolutely well made.

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

11.5 oz bottle, label notched 0 and 0 , which doesn't make a lot of sense in terms of dating.

appears murky brown in color, with thin white head. big aroma, mostly caramel. taste is boozy, with chocolate, caramel, and raisin flavors. moderate carbonation, medium body.

overall, pretty good for a non-Belgian Quad

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky iced tea color with a 1 inch brown head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random patches of lace form on the glass on the drink down. There is some sediment floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of dark fruits (raisins/plums), spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is exactly like the smell with the dark fruit and spices being most prominent. A lower level of carbonation makes for a smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel on this beer. Overall, this is a pretty good quad that I am glad I picked up.

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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 meerkat2
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 05, whatever that means.

Beer poured with minimal head that turned into collar of tiny bubbles. Color has reddish-brown hues with a fruit fly right in the middle. D'oh!
The aroma is pretty good. It gets a little hot as the temperature rises due to the listed ABV of 10.5%. I get some nutty notes and chocolate-y notes, as well as a slight bit of coffee. I was drinking coffee earlier, though. A lot of dark fruits, raisins specifically. Also a little bit of vanilla. I also get a weird chemical smell, but I'm pretty sure it is coming from the detergent used to clean the glass (different glass after the fruit fly).
The taste brings out those dark fruits and some more chocolate - more like figs this time as opposed to raisins. Not bitter at all, but a little hot once again as the temperature rises. I also taste what seems to me like citrus rind, but that might be the detergent again. I will disregard that in the ranking as I did not taste it in the other glass.
The mouthfeel is pretty standard for a "abbey-style brown ale" (as listed on the bottle, as opposed to Quad, as listed on beeradvocate). It feels nice but so do a lot of beers.
Overall, I do enjoy drinking this beer. It's certainly no Rochefort, but I would buy it again. Maybe.

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

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to Jdiddy for sending me this one.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany with red hues when held up to the sun. It had a white head about one two fingers thick that faded into a thin lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Subtle hints of figs, dark fruits, dark cherries, raisins, toffee, caramel and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet fruit, toffee, figs and alcohol are the predominate taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel with a noticeable boozy finish.

Overall: I think I was expecting more from this beer. It was good, don’t think that I didn’t like it; I think I just expected more. For me the alcohol was still a little prevalent and I think it could benefit with some age.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dull cider-brown, but with bubbles rising. No true head, even after a heavy pour.

Big sugar, malt, and fruit wood aromas. Some vanilla and a little booze.

Smooth beer, with heavy sweet malt, some cherry/wood notes, fruit, light bitterness, and not a hint of alcohol. The malt has a real brown sugar element to it. Wonderful.

Full bodied, carbonated.

Wonderful quad. Very easy to drink - scary easy. Worthy and then some.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass. On the bottle it states Abbey-style brown ale, and will be reviewed as such. Not sure why it is a Quad on here...

A - Pours a murky, hazy brown with solid tannish head. Good lacing with some retention on sides.

S - Belgian yeast, some fruits (cherries, plums, raisins), wet wood, pie spices

T - Great flavour here. Lots of fruit like in the nose with a very nice nutty complexity as well (hazelnuts, some almond). This is a great brown that is more interesting due to the funkiness from the yeast strain.

M - Very smooth, medium, ABV hidden very well

O - I thought this was a fantastic beer, probably one of the best browns I have had. The yeast used gives it a nice funkiness and a twist on the style. Very good.

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

Beerradvocate calls this a Quad, but, on the bottle, it says Abbey-Style Brown Ale, so, I 'll review it as an Abbey-Style Brown Ale. Not fair to them otherwise. As such, it's not a style I've run across before, so, I don't really have a great reference point, however, I am enjoying the beer. The alcohol is well hidden, and I think the intended flavors come through. I get a nice amount of malt...not much in hops...not much in anything Belgiany either, but if you look deep, it is there. Really nice..one of there better brews..seek it out if you can! It's a rare style. If you want something different, you should try it!

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

A - Pours a medium brown with a white head that doesn't last all that long. Color is a bit odd for the style, but the bottle calls it an "abbey style brown ale" which makes more sense.

S- A little bit of brown sugar in the aroma, but mostly yeasty type smells that overwhelm anything else.

T- I get a lot of nutty brown ale type flavors. Not much Belgian spiciness or fruity esters or other flavors one would expect from a quad. Kinda disappointing.

M- Medium mouthfeel that allows the sweetness to come through. Not too thick or too thin.

O- Not a bad beer, but not really what I would expect from a quad. Worth a try, I suppose.

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Photo of slimspady
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Rochefort chalice.

Dark, reddish brown color with a quickly reducing white head.

Smells of sweet, malty goodness.

The malts and yeast hit first then the sweetness finishes strong. Some plums in the aftertaste.

Very smooth. Doesn't feel like 10.5.

Excellent beer. Very complex flavors. I've liked everything from Dieu du Ciel so far, and this does nothing to change that.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a slight haze. It forms a half finger khaki head that recedes slowly.

S - Has a funky belgian yeast aroma with notes of banana and clove with just as much dark fruit notes in there as well; dark cherries.

T - Fruity sweetness of plums, cherries and grapes up front w/ the belgian yeast notes coming in midway, fading to a nice hop bitterness in the finish that beats the sweetness back into submission.

M - Medium heavy mouth-feel that is slightly chewy with a nice level of carbonation. There's a nice little bit of alcohol warmth.

O/D - I liked this one a lot. The sweetness up front fades to nice bitterness in back. The person I tasted it with hated it; didn't like the sweet flavors. If you like sweetness in a beer you should definitely give this one a try. A heavy brew though, so you needn't drink more than one at a time. I drank half a 12oz and I was satisfied.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 3/4" head. Looks hazy brown and thick, kind of like a darker brown version of apple cider. Not much smell at all other than the slightest hint of malt. Taste and mouthfeel is where this truly excells and I'd liken it to enjoying some nice Boston Baked Beans. There's molasses, burnt sugar, caramel, I can almost even taste salt pork, and there's a smooth body but almost a particulate aspect to it like a rich sauce. The taste treat makes up for where the rest isn't tops.

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

A; amber brown, no head

S; caramel,spices,red fruit.

T; toffee,caramel,spices,red fruit,wood.

M; the spices stay in your mouth a long time.

O; nice beer for relexing again to manny tastes that i can trace but it is all coming togheter.
made in the belgian trappist style.

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

This beer pours a murky brown color, with a thin tan head. the head lingers, leaving minimal lace.

This beer smells mostly of dark fruit. Figs, plumbs, and dates. It smells malty sweet, with a hint of caramel. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroma of this one.

This beer tastes mostly like it smells, with some dark fruit and caramel. The alcohol comes out a little in the flavor.

This beer is thick and full bodied. It is low in carbonation. It leaves a fig like aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the flavor is pretty aggressive.

Overall: This beer is pretty good. It is defiantely a sipper. I would drink it again.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a nice reddish brown which is quite opaque. a tiny head sits atop and is just a ring quite quickly.

S - very nice dark fruit smell to this. cherries raising plum. the alcohol is readily apparent in the nose. there is a good amount of malt in the smell as well.

T - unsurprisingly similar line up as the nose. dark fruits cherries and raisins. a good alcohol bite to this one and a nice malty background. nice and sweet around the edges. alcohol lingers down the throat.

M - nice full body on this and a good level of carbonation.

O - a very good quad. might be a little too much bite to the alcohol for me but its definitely got everything going on that you expect in a solid quad.

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Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in color, with a very slim white head. The beer is moderately carbonated and is populated with notable yeast 'floaties'. The aroma has a pronounced alcohol scent, followed by a caramel-like scent. It's a little light in intensity, however. After a number of sips, the yeast and phenolic spice come out in the aroma, but they take a little coaxing. The taste is sweet, yeasty, a little chocolaty, and very warming. The boozy warmth boarders on harshness at times, but the sweet, toasted malt flavor balance it. Full in body and very drinkable.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with some brownish notes and a thin layer of off-white head.

S: Starts off with alcohol and acrid roasted malts. Surprisingly acidic with some dark fruits and dark candi sugars. Definitely a green apple aroma and some spoiled chocolate.

T: Luckily the flavor is significantly better. Sweet caramel and molasses with some bready malts. A moderate roasted malt flavor and some alcohol, which becomes increasingly harsh as the beer warms up. Dark chocolate provides some surprising bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: I was really let down by this one. Peche Mortel got me sort of excited about this brewery, but this was not enjoyable.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beer i have been itching for but was waiting for the right mood. Luckily i came across this one when i did. Winter release. Recommend 6 months of storage in the bottle...and the result is something that isn't north american. This is quebec... The island somewhere in the atlantic. Pour is a murky dubbel orange but with more to offer. Nose of bit o honey and apple pie. As it gets warmer some goat cheese. Palate is a meaty thanksgiving dinner. Squash, apple, corn, pepper, brown sugar and honey all contract to a bitterness that dries. Prunes and those preserve quality fruits. A tad leather smokey. Doesn't open up til 20 minutes after opening. Ceiler temp is best because the carbonation is ever lasting as it expands.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely incredible pour. It looks like a dark caramel and pulpy apple cider. Light toffee colored head with linear lacing.

The smell is weak at first, offering glimpses of Belgian yeast, and dark fruits

The flavor is intense, malts and ops vie for attention. Garden vegetables, pumpkin, squash and cabbage show through. A hint of sweetness in the background. Good flavor but honestly wish it had more to offer. With each sip it gives you a vision of something fantastic, but it doesn't deliver the full Monty

Mouthfeel considers a heavy body dense and full with a good amount of carbonation to match the style

I would say it is quite drinkable a little rough on the mind and wallet due to the price tag and high alc content but deserving nonetheless

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

I must have had this cellared for a few years, the BB date was January '11. Unfortunately, in my excited-to-open-it state, I poured it a touch too quickly and a huge chunk of something fell into my cloudy yet glowing opaque mahogany glass. Sure enough, the sludge left in the bottle was thick and nasty, only adding to my expectations for the rest of this beer experience.

Tall three finger mocha head stood up for some time, nice retention, eventually giving way to sticky ribbon lace and a viscous appearing, patchy surface. Nose jumped right out at me, lots of dry dark fruit. Rotting peach aromas create a marmalade bouquet with lots of rind.

At first sip, this struck me as complex and satisfying, an interplay of sour dark fruit with sweeter and sharper notes kicking in. Malty backbone, brazil nut dryness, medium body with dense mouthfeel, there's a substantial presence. Flashes of prune, date and fig would be more pronounced if not for boozy impressions; alcohol not particularly well handled here. At the same time, I found it hard to put down my glass, so changeable were the sweet and sour impressions. intriguing but brash flavour profile.

Dieu Du Ciel! is one of my favourite breweries and I guess I expected more from this offering. This is an interesting spin on the Belgian Quads but not as refined and satisfying as, say, Peche Mortal, in my opinon.

I remember on several occasions that the Dieu Du Ciel brewmasters brought their talents and their presence to Volo Cask Days, one of the best beer events if you're lucky enough to get tickets! Cheers to Dieu Du Ciel! keep up the good work.

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Photo of HosP
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in an in person trade with Patchmaster. This is my first taste of a Quad beer. Poured 12 oz. into snifter.

A- Pours dark murky, hazy, deep amber color. A little lighter more red around the edges. Half finger creamy head, drops down to thin cap rather quick.

S- Nice full flavor aromas. Dark fruits most of the way, plum, raisin, maybe some cherry in there. Very sweet smell.

T- Very nice flavor. Better than the nose led on. Sweet fruit flavors at the beginning. Cherry, plum, maybe grape fruit flavors all fused together well. Leads into slight sour/tart flavor, but balances nicely. Very interesting flavors here, but pretty enjoyable.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation in mouth. Tartness sticks with you after each drink.

D- Wasn't really sure what to expect with my first quad. Very interesting flavors make you want to keep drinking. Very nice balance here. Would like to compare it to some other quads though. The higher abv is nicely masked, which makes it pretty drinkable.

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3.92 out of 5 based on 766 ratings.
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