Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Rigor Mortis AbtRigor Mortis Abt
BA SCORE
80.7%
Liked This Beer
3.97 w/ 767 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:
#4,435
Reviews:
367
Ratings:
767
Liked:
619
Avg:
3.97/5
pDev:
10.83%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
101
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 367
Photo of Gkruszewski
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ystazi
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Long813
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated: 0 * 4
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Dark down body with one finger of dark mocha head. Retention is moderate and lacing is good.

S: Sweet malts, burnt wood, notes of alcohol. Interesting mix here.

T: Brown sugar, nuttiness, caramel and chocolate mixture. Some smoke and the alcohol is quite noticeable.

M: Medium bodied and medium-low carbonation. Creamy texture and the alcohol is quite hot.

D: Intresting and quite good. DDC labels it as a abbey brown ale and I think it acomplishes that. It could use some time to mellow out though.

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Photo of deadmonkees
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought bottle 7/09 - Drank bottle 10/09 from a Chimay Chalice

Aroma: Malt was caramelly with no hops.

Appearance: Color was brown, clarity was clear and sparkling with a low head retention.

Flavor: Fruity esters with phenolic clove. Solvent of high alcohol with a slight yeasty breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Due to the high alcohol it was slightly hot.

Overall Impression: Enjoyable. However, slightly off-balanced throughtout. It could have used more aging to smooth this beer out. Other note, I tasted no chocolate as indicated by the brewer's site.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid dark brown in colour, topped by a thin and fast receding beige head that doesn't lace. Estery aroma of raisin, sour cherry, and over-ripe banana, with a hint of alcohol. Moderately sweet with balancing acidity. It tastes of booze soaked raisins and hints delicately at banana bread, with a finish that suggests tobacco. Full-bodied with a velvety smooth mouthfeel, a rich and satisfying sipper.

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Photo of seanthornton152
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Belmont Station, 12 oz bottle, poured into 3 KlienBrouwerij Tulip

Dark brown body, light brown frothy head, the foam stays strong for a little bit, then leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell of, dark brown sugar, sour apples, caramel, and a scent of alcohol is noticed

Initial flavors are sweet of chocolate, caramel, raisins maybe. Then a burst of dryness from the alcohol. This packs a punch, but smooths out as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and sharp, soft carbonation.

AH, this really warmed me up, and its good and strong. I liked to see how the alcohol changes after aging, till then, Au revoir

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Photo of JamFuel
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red with very little foam.

The smell is quite sweet, raisins, plums and brown sugar. A bit of syrup and caramel rounds it out.

Taste starts off following the nose, and throws in a bit of booze and bitterness, and finishes with a hint of cacao and caramel.

Medium bodied, and pretty sticky feel.

I enjoyed this, even though it's a bit away from a traditional quad, I feel Also the strongest beer I've ever had with a screw cap.

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Photo of jera1350
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Biggiekrock627
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark opaque brown colour, mahogany highlights, creamy beige head that settles to a thin cap.

Sweet dark dried fruit on the nose, brown sugar, some dry pear and green apple peel, faint toffee.

Sweet figgy and brown sugar malt up front, dry pear in the middle, burnt caramel, earthy and woody finish, raisins and vinous, doesn't dry out again until well into the aftertaste, raisiny sweetness until that point.

Incredibly smooth and silky mouthfeel, medium-full yet still something like a cross between cashmere and effervescent, with that dryness that appears from time to time, a slight touch of alchemy.

An approachable quad, no doubt about that. Nothing intense or over the top, just a smooth operator all around, Sade would approve, this is worth getting your hands on if you get the chance.

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Photo of zachariaIPA
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DDC LCBO feature. Bottled August 2010 (oh, so young..)

Pours an evil murky brown, like an dark, hazy root beer. A layer of mysterious tanned head lingers on top of the beer. Once the liquid has been poured out of the sacred vessel, it seems as though the bubbles of carbonation have suspended themselves, almost with some sense of fateful purpose, in the mysterious brew. The beer sits eerily quiet, staring deep into your soul, intentions unknown.

A sweet, dark, malty abbey-aroma. Fruit, spices and alcohol to the nose.

Sweet boozy goodness! Spicy, juicy dark fruit is how I would describe the taste.

This is perfection on a cold winter's night. The 10.5% ABV certainly warms the chest and is relatively well hidden. DDC has done it again- this is one for the cellar.

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Photo of thadbme
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rigor Mortis ABT 12

A: Pours a cloudy brown color. Its darker than caramel, but seems to have things floating around in it which I presume is the yeast. It seems to be lively, has medium carbonation. Had not too much visible head on it that didn't stay around long. Good for lively, but the brown color is actually a little bit off putting. Side Note: I LOVE the artwork on this bottle. Its super cool, but not considered for the appearance point. 3 points for not looking superb, but i'll give it +.5 for the liveliness of the yeast.

S: Has a bit of a chocolate and caramel smell to it with just a hint of the malt involved. It has a hint of sweetness to it, but i'm not picking up on the fruit as the label indicates.

T: Dark chocolate, and almost a coffee taste on the first couple of sips. It has some smeetness to it, but blended well. A slight amount of hops, but the yeast in there is what seems to be giving it its flavour.

M: It has a heavy body to it that is slightly laced with the alcohol level in it. Although the beer isn't that thick, the "body" of the beer is very heavy. Almost as if you are chewing on the body. Carbonation isn't really all that lively for the mouthfeel category.

O: This is a beer that I've tried a long time ago, and that I enjoyed quite a bit. The second time I've tried it, I really like the beer, but it has some things in there that I don't like. It does not have a good "look" to it, but I won't hold that against the beer. The smell is good, but not overwhelming or overpowering. The taste is where this beer is at. I would drink this beer and enjoy it without worrying about what its "score" is, but I dont think its an elite level with everything perfect about it. And honestly, I am perfectly okay drinking a really good not perfect beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Out of two sets of numeral from 0 to 9, the first 9 is notched...whatever that means.

A: Dark cherrywood, but barely translucent. Little head, but good tracing. A truly gorgeous shade.

S: Bright red apples, rich prunes, and dark spices. This smells like a quad. Bulky and scrumptious.

T: Molasses, musty yeast that seems to have lost much of its spice, and distant but sticky fruit. Alcohol is completely absent, deceptively so, with spice picking up much of the slack. The aftertaste has (white?) pepper, cloves, allspice, and probably much else beside. That said, the maintaste is a bit flat and certainly not as powerful as I'd anticipated. Much more like a BSDA (or even a BDA) than a quad.

M: Disappointing, except on the spice front.

O: I expect the best from Dieu du Ciel, but this bottle didn't quite deliver. Mediocre quad, pretty okay abbey ale, good beer. Recommended if you don't have to pay through the nose for it. Probably won't have again.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Indecipherable freshness date code.
Allagash glass.
It pours a muddy Coca Cola color with a thin, fast-fading beige head.
Fruity, yeast esters are quite potent. Smells of horse barn, cut hay, cloves, and citrus blend very well together. A nice warming gin-like perfume fuminess rises.
As in the aromas, there are big dominant flavors. Tart white grapefruit, strong gin, limes and a slightly astringent medicine taste slowly allow the sweet maltiness to inch forward. Tastes of rum-soaked prunes and lemon zest peek through and lasts throughout. A little bit of wood and tobacco is noticed.
The mouthfeel is rich, slick and deeply satisfying.
Two of these powerful brews is plenty.
Rich creamy cheese and strong tasting salami goes well with this big, flavorful brew.

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Photo of grayburn
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is really everything I was expecting. I was in the mood for a nice quad and between the flavors and the mouthfeel I believe I have found a decent one.
The beer pours a reddish brown with a small tan crown that fades quickly into a lasting compact ring.
The smell and taste are both dominated by some boozy raisin notes, with caramel, and some nice port-like flavors coming through on the long finish.
The mouthfeel is where this beer shines, this is odd because this seems to be where most non-belgian brewers of the style fall off. Spot on with high carbonation and a huge body that manages to finish nice and light...very "digestable."
Easy to drink and enjoy, I recommend this one.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valianes
4.05/5  rDev +2%

Photo of deereless
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Loads of thick cottony head that drops to leave patchy foam along the edges of the glass, the color of dark iced tea - 4.00, S: Surprisingly the aromas are relatively subdued, though an aggressive swirl brought out dark pitted fruit smells and a faint woodiness, alcohol is evident, faint rum soaked cherries, even fainter aromas of yeast - 3.75, T: For a 10.5% beer this is quite smooth with little to no burn but the alcohol does come to the front of the palate as the beer warms, strong flavors of dates and raisins, some phenols and medicinal tastes as well, burnt toffee, just borders on cloyingly sweet while being quite dry - 4.25, M: Medium bodied and smooth - 3.75, D: This is a great closer to a long evening, a little too high in alcohol to fit into a truly 'drinkable' category though it is very enjoyable - 3.50

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Photo of Supergenou
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrunEngr
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber-brown, very little head to speak of and no lacing, doesn't look too appealing.

Smells of dark fruits, raisins, cherries, caramel malts, the alcohol is noticeable. There are also some subtle notes of cinnamon and other spices.

Pretty decent Quad with a dark fruit character dominating the palate. Finishes kind of bitter and medicinal. Not very complex at all, but not bad.

Thick mouthfeel, not much carbonation and pretty drinkable considering the alcohol content. Not the best Quad ever, not something I would buy again but still well done!

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Photo of Steve_Trick
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 80.7% out of 100 with 767 ratings
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