Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Rigor Mortis AbtRigor Mortis Abt
BA SCORE
80.7%
Liked This Beer
3.97 w/ 766 ratings
Rigor Mortis AbtRigor Mortis Abt
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
Ranking:
#4,426
Reviews:
367
Ratings:
766
Liked:
618
Avg:
3.97/5
pDev:
10.83%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
101
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 766 |  Reviews: 367
Photo of Svendozen
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of kjyost
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beer cellared for IIRC 4 years.

Poured into a tulip for Game 7 Habs vs. Boston.

A hint murky with a nice tight he's that drops quickly. Great nose filled with dried fruits, burnt sugars. Body continues in the same manner with dried fruit, alcohol warmth and a fairy sweet back taste. First pour was prickly, second was soft on the tongue. No discernible hop (thankfully).

A stellar beer, hopefully for a stellar game tonight. Go Habs!!

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Photo of blueberryann
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of simoen
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of philmath
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dark brown color with ruby high lights. Taste reminds me of anise, chocolate, plum juice, some chilly porto. On the nose, it smells like funky grapes and roasted bread with notes of cola. Vinious, warming alcohol present. Very enjoyable. Easily drinkable. A must-try.

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Photo of edugasmtl
4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

1 year in the cellar : Deeply clouded and murky reddish brown color with good activity and a floating mist of yeast. Faint creamy light brown 1 finger head, lasting around 2 minutes, with a swirl it makes decent legs. Flavors of prunes, plums, cherries, raisins, walnuts, dark roasted grains, molasses, caramel, coffee, cocoa, wood, herbal spices. Thick and rich dark fruity sugary feel, appetizer like, yet with a sharp spicy and malty sensation. Slick and smooth medium body with almost champagne like carbonation, highly crispy. Very strong finish, vinous and port like, pleasant dark fruits with burnt malts, sharp earthy spices and yeast, with notes of peppercorn and oak. I can almost directly taste the barrel. Not excessively dry and heavy like most Quads, more leaning towards a barley wine feel. Incredible taste, balance, and intensity. Highly complex with tons of rich flavors. Highly warming and still a bit fresh. Overall exquisite quality craft. Probably the best one from DDC, truly my favorite one form them until now, the hype is real. I can rarely drink a whole bottle of quad by myself, but this time it was so easy.

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Photo of okono
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 2010......

A- Pours a hazy brown, due to aged, suspended yeast and has a small yet dense head that settles reasonably quickly into a generous film over the beer. Carbonation is difficult to see and there is not much in terms of lacing. Not the best looking initially but above average.

S- Fresh baking, such as pie crust, fruity aromas such as spiced apple, rummy raisin, and apricot....spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, golden sugar, toffee.....heavy Belgian yeast strains, honeyed sweetness, warming booze....lots happening and its all yummy!

T- WOW! Heavy chocolate overtones, both milk and dark, molasses, toffee nuts, french press coffee, yeasty creaminess, deep dark fresh vanilla bean pod, dark fruits such as figs and plums, slightly boozy, blended spices of winter, slightly burnt caramel....just rich....rich and robustly sweet. Well balanced between booze and sweet richness!

M/O- Full bodied and super creamy carbonation make this a heavily delightful beer. If one can handle it, please age this for several years as I did....you will not be disappointed!! This may very well age better than a good wine and I can only speculate how this would be with another couple of years under it's belt. Highly enjoyable and I wish this wasn't so hard to procure! WOW!!

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Photo of sennin
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
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 francisweizen
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One year old bottle, split three-ways with BA friends. Murky bronze/brown with a nice tannish head that did not quit. Aroma was out of this world. Sweet/dark fruits, alcohol, lovely malts, herbal hops, yeast, candy, dark port wine, and more! I also picked up hints of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. The taste was more of the same. Fruity up front with some nice malts in the middle and the herbal hops in the finish. The chocolate and coffee flavors were hidden within this beer as well. The mouthfeel was very thick and filling, but just right for an ABT, and the drinkability was also awesome for an ABT. A great Belgian-style beer and a truly wonderful example of the brewers art at work. Quite possibly one of Dieu Du Ciels best beers!

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Photo of Monsteruss
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The foam was wheat in color, a little bibbly and dissapated quickly. The color was dark amber mahogany with a cola undertone. The smell was deep almost molassisy overtone, hints of chocolate and a hops undertone. The taste was exceptional - a rich molassis overtone with a choclatey highlight, hints of wood and maple and a rich spicey undertone and a little sharp like a barley wine. Mouthfeel - deep medium-bodied. Drinkability - a complex variety of tastes that danced in my mouth - wonderfull!

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Photo of pkalix
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pier-luc
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of jdklks
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, this is a great beer. one of my favorite quads. pours a murky dark brown with an off white/tan head that laces the glass thickly. smells of sugars and burnt malts. very sweet, with a hint of alcohol.

the flavor is of so much sweetness. caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, molasses. burnt figs and prunes come to mind. just enough alcohol and hops to compliment the overall flavor, both of which play their roles without contributing too heavily and taking over the greatness of this malty awesomeness. this one should definitely have a higher overall score. im baffled at the B+.

mouthfeel is thick and well carbonated, and the beer is easy to drink. a little less sweetness and alcohol would land this one a 5 for drinkability, but as it is, it remains very drinkable in its own right.

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Photo of RickS95
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely a brown colored ale as it pours the deepest tone of mahogany brown amber in terms of body. Head is a light tan standing at two fingers with some waves of lace as it slowly fades. Nose is a big mix of caramelized malts, toasty grains and a bit of smoke. Toasted bread, burnt marshmallows and some back ground jellied biscuit is all going on in the nose. Enters the mouth with such depth and character to its richness. Beers like this make me happy when they can show richness and nice malt character with out being to heavy and cloying. This beer is lush with wonderful fruit and malt balance to the flavor. Bold yet soft all in one. Mouthfeel is very much like a Belgium style as it should be, bold and attractively complex. This beer is amazingly drinkable.

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Photo of Nox84
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cam477
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured a rich, cloudy reddish brown with nice chunks of yeast and a thin ring of head. A good looking quad, it could do with a bit more head, but otherwise it looks fantastic. Scents of dark fruit, with notes of plum, raisin, fig, date, dark cherry and prune, along with aromas of brown sugar, bread crust, and rich, sweet, bready malt, fruity esters of an indeterminate type and a heavy presence of alcohol. Overall impression of aroma is of a nice quadrupel that is rich, sweet, fruity and boozy. It is quite nice. Flavor begins sweet and malty with notes of rich, sweet brown bread and dark fruit, mostly raisin, prune, plum, sweet cherry and caramel with a hint of milk chocolate and some limited spicy Belgian yeast phenols. This moves into a sweet middle that continues flavors of caramel, sweet bready malt, medium-light flavors of milk chocolate and dark fruit, with the fruits mentioned above, but at a light level. Finish is sweet with moderate notes of milk chocolate, caramel, bread crust, toast, sweet bready malt, medium-light alcohol warmth, and light red cherry and plum on the swallow. Light spiciness is present at the end. Aftertaste is medium-sweet with notes of toasted bread, bread crust, caramel, chocolate, white pepper and light alcohol. Overall impression of flavor is of a rich, sweet, malty, dark fruit-filled, slightly boozy and complex quadrupel. It is an excellent example of the style, not the best, but very pleasing on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and creamy with medium-high carbonation and a medium, smooth alcohol burn. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a true to style quadrupel that fits the richer Abbey style, rather than the drier Trappist form, more St. Bernardus than Achel Extra. Very nice. Overall this is a nice quadrupel. It is rich and complex in aroma and flavor, hitting the style quite well and it has a lovely, full mouthfeel that is pleasant and aids the flavor. A very nice quadrupel and I am looking forward to seeing how it ages.

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Photo of Mattgruv
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Duwey
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Whatup14
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 80.7% out of 100 with 766 ratings
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