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
Ranking:
#4,820
Reviews:
370
Ratings:
774
pDev:
10.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of kevanb
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a nice burgundy color, hues of brown and garnet, fairly opaque texture with a thick soapy bone colored head that has decent retention and a fair amount of sticky lacing. The aroma is of candied fig, brown sugar, alcohol, plum, cherry and a bit of molasses. Fairly typical of a quad, but the alcohol is a bit dominant and mutes some of the more subtle notes. The flavors are quite similar, lots of stone fruit, plum and cherry, brown and candied sugar, with sweet and strong alcohol and rich dark grain. The flavors are very sweet and fall a bit short of what the nose lead on, the balance isn't quite there and compared to some of the more elite quads, this definitely falls short. The body is nice, carbonation is perfect, just enough to dance on the tongue, but avoids being prickly and abrasive and it has a nice silky finish.

Verdict: A decent quad from Dieu du Ciel! While it isn't as refined as many others and the alcohol takes over at times, it is definitely an enjoyable beer, but I'm not sure I'd buy this again with Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus 12 so readily available.

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Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know the bottle says to let this brew age for 6 months or more, but I can't. I just can't do it. Bottled August 2010 as part of the LCBO fall DDC release.

Poured into a duvel chalice. A chestnut brown, tan-russet when held to the light. Murky, with a dusting of sediment on the bottom of the glass. Thin ring of head, some lacing spots.

Nose is boozy and sweet, with notes of brandy, yeast, malt, caramel, spices and caramel.

The brew is a touch hot (my fault, I know...), but ten minutes after pouring and breathing-time, this brew really opens out. Generous spicy notes of cloves, cinnamon and mild pepper. Malty and yeasty, with notes of dark fruit and caramel. Packs a whollop - you can taste the high ABV near the finish, but still quite complex and enjoyable. All the flavors are bold and in your face, but tend to work well together.

Medium bodied, consistant but light carbonation. Long spicy finish, booze stings the tongue.

Not a bad quad, certainly tasty and fun to drink. Definitely will need cellaring for a while to even things out, because again, I found my bottle of Rigor Mortis to be quite hot. Almost too sweet, but the spiciness kept it relatively in check. Will be back for more for cellaring purposes!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 10/28/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Dark brown with one finger of taupe head and some yeast floating around.

S - Dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel.

T - Sweet brown sugar and caramel, dark fruit (raisins, figs), some spice. A nice complex palate. Some noticeable alcohol as well fut for 10% ABV, not overwhelmingly so.

M - Medium body, nice chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

D - A nice beer but a touch hot.

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Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy dark brown with one finger of small white suds. They dissapate quickly and lacing ensues.
Smell is very quad like. Belgian type yeast and caramel and slight alcohol are prominent here.
Taste is quite mellow for such a big beer. Initial flavors are raisin and clove and caramel. The alcohol comes in right behind but isn't too obtrusive. In fact it is quite nice.
Mabey not as balanced as a Chimay or St. Bernardus but still quite nice for a brew from Canada.
Mouthfeel is just sticky enough to take your mind off the alcohol filling the back of the mouth cavity.
Drinkability isn't very high here because of the alcohol.

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Photo of psuKinger
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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 liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 2010 vintage as part of the QuadShowdown. 341ml into a tulip.

Pours a reddish brown, with a very light offwhite head. Thin film and collar, little clarity in the body with some mild retention NOse is lightly grapey, some sugary notes, a bit of non-descript 'stinkiness' and some extremely subtle spicing. Taste has some light dark fruits, lots of spicing that lingers in the finish. A bit of vanilla and brown sugar notes. Mouthfeel has a low carbonation, medium-full feel and some decent sweetness. A modest ethanol/alcohol heat on the back-end. A decent quad.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a quad! On to the beer:

Glub glub goes the beer into a snifter. Chocolate brown colored in the glass, some head retention and a little bit of lacing sticking around. The nose is nice; dry powdery cocoa, pears, a spicy pinch of alcohol. It still seems a little more could come out.

More of it comes out in the mouth. Maybe it's the soft yeast bringing grape/raisin notes to my palate to pair with the unsweetened chocolate and pear. Dry astringent malt settles in as the beer dries up on the palate. It's a beer you can chew on, which I like, though carbonation can get prickly, which I prefer in this case that it didn't. Much of the 10.5% ABV is hidden, and you'll feel it warm your tummy.

Inviting beer. Not too sweet or sugary with the Belgian yeast doing some of the work. Good no matter where it's brewed.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep, clear, copper color, some lacing around the sides of Chimay glass but not much else
S: deep worn leather, dried fruits, dense, slight hotness
T: aged Belgium quad, well-made, balanced
M: very little heat, well-balanced, drinkable and true to type, very smooth

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks like there's enough sludge at the bottom of the bottle to fix the cocking in my bathroom and, while I seem to have kept most of it out of the glass, I suspect some of it might be responsible for dimming the tone on this otherwise ember-y mahogany beer; the highlights are snuffed out by a most gloomy auburn complexion. As can be anticipated for a beer this strength, its head is not abundant; it is, however, plainly visible.

The bouquet, if you have the stomach to get past the initial lick of alcohol, is luxuriantly fruity and not badly equipped in the malt department either. It has both the strength and complexity of a good tawny-port and beyond the obvious brown malts and dried fruits, exact flavours can be challenging to pick out. Part of that is its intricacy, the other part is the alcohol which is as excitable as a young child (and every bit as blunt too).

It seems like someone at the brewery pulled that prank where they didn't screw the lid of the sugar shaker on tightly so when the next guy went to pour from it all the sugar just dumped out. Except in this case, instead of ordering another coffee (or beer, as it were) they got lazy and just left it. This should lead to fantastic results in the long term, but fresh it does little but distract from flavour and detract from drinkability.

Likewise, while the alcohol should eventually tire itself out, for the time being, it's firing on all cylinders. Once again, this creates a slight distraction from flavour and a minor detraction from drinkability. Fortunately, on the former point, there are traces of molasses and anise, fig puree, stewed plums and all other kinds of spicy red and intense black fruits, toffee and walnut. In other words, this has all kinds of tasty stuff about it.

Funny that a beer named Rigor Mortis should be such a stiff drink. Rigor Mortis ABT doesn't quite compare to its Belgian counterparts but it does imitate them well. If you have any bottles in your possession I suggest you find them a cool, dark place and let them just be for a couple of years; my guess is they'll come back a much better beer, but doubtfully one that will ever be confused as belonging to Belgium's great Trappist monasteries.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a thick almost brownish body with minimal head on top of a heavy aroma that seemed to have some sugary malts along with touches of dark and tropical fruits as well as the typcial orange/citrusy yeast strain I find in these beers as well as a touch of medicalness/booze. Beer is more of the same as it is thick and full and definitely a sipper. A very good beer, I just found, for me at least, while there are strong notes of sweetness and breadiness (yeastiness) that make it sweet and go down easy and balance the hops and something akin to dark fruits like cherries or figs, the ABV gets into the beer a little and as my b eer warmed the alcohol took over and somewhat muted the rest of the beer's flavor profile. A nice beer and I would recommend it but just not my favorite of style.

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Photo of scott451
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 04, 2010, so it is a bit young. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear dark brown with a quarter inch bubbly head which rapidly dissipates to a ring. Some fugitive lacing. Smells of malts and esters. Taste is very smooth. Malt flavours up front with a long alcohol finish. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good but the high alcohol will limit a session.

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Photo of thryn
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy reddish brown with a beige head that has good staying power.

Caramely nose. Toast, raisins, candied plums. Alcohol is not prominent in the nose.

Alcohol is much more noticeable on the palate, but it's quite nice. Rum raisin, caramel and toffee, maybe a hint of vanilla. Finishes with a bit of alcohol burn and some bitterness.

It's just a *smidge* too thick-bodied, to my tongue. The body is sticky and creamy. Carbonation is smooth and mild.

This is a pretty good quad, but a slow sipper that gets a little cloying as it goes on.

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Photo of ksimons
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a deep dark chestnut brown with just a ring of white lace around the top

S-sweet, malty, boozey. Smell is bread-like

T-there is a bitterness to the taste which surprised me. The malt and sweetness smooth things out, but the bitterness lingers. Overall though is similar to the smell, very malty. Alcohol not very present.

M-full body, low carbonation, smooth

D-very drinkable even with the high ABV, a nice winter beer

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky hazelnut brown with lively bubbles of carbonation dancing about the body beneath the very thin, tan head that quickly dissolves leaving almost no lacing behind.

Aromas of dark fruits such as cherries and plums dance from the glass along with caramel sweetness and Belgian yeast.

Generous flavors of dark fruits, caramel malt, and Belgian yeast highlight the palate. As it warms, there is a spicy kick to the finish and perhaps a touch of cinnamon.

Medium in body with generous carbonation with a velvety finish and just a kick of spice and booze at the very end.

A tasty example of the style with plenty to offer the senses and style appropriate.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle, no bottling date.

I drank this a couple of months ago.

I was not really impressed with this beer. I remember that it was not very complex, and was perhaps a bit overly sweet. Still, I would be willing to try it again.

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Photo of Waggman
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cwrw
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've always felt DDC was a little over hyped, but this is a good beer nonetheless.

Appearance is a dark brown, mahogany bordering on ruby, decent but short lived head. Looks nice enough.

Smell is...well it's nice except for a wet cardboard note. As it warms you get some dusty Belgian quad notes for sure. Sweet, brown sugar, maple, prunes and figs. The lactic/cardboard notes don't do it for me though. Luckily the taste is much better than the aroma.

Reminds me of Chimay Blue, actually. Very nice. Musty malts, dark fruits like prunes and figs, brown sugar and molasses. Bit of chocolate and lots of sugary candy.Yeah, the taste is spot on--not as good as Rochefort 10 or anything, but comparable to Chimay Blue. Dusty, sugary malts--a bit of that Belgian yeastiness and not much alcohol, honestly. Just a nice, sweet sugary Belgian malt flavour.

Good mouthfeel, medium to full. Low carbonation and easy to drink if you like sweet beers, which I do.

Much, much better than Peche Mortel which I felt was a complete letdown.

The aroma was a bit less than I had hoped for but the taste is damn good. About as good a quad as I've had outside of Belgium.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was told that the brewer at DDC told the salesman at Broue HaHa to wait six months before drinking this. I waited five and I can't stand looking at this and not drinking it anymore.

A - Pours a very dark copper/ruby colour with an off white head of one finger fading quick. Medium carbonation evident amonst the yeast chunks. Good rings of lacing show up with the head retaining for the most part.

S - Booze and rich dark fruits. Maybe molasses there also. Sugar, raisins, and yeast.Nice and inviting.

T - Some slight booze mixed in with rich dark fruits. Seems like a boozy fruitcake. Dark fruits are tame but still there. Nice sweetness but not too intesnse. Sugar and yeast are there too.

M - Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation carbonation. Dry finish.

D - Fair. High ABV makes this hard to session obviously but I could have more than one for sure. Not the most complex Quad by any stretch of the imagination but a nice sipper.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ritzkiss
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle sent my way in CanCon BIF by wordemupg - thanks man! Pours a deep mahogany with glints of ruby/amber, nice finger plus of khaki head pillows up in the snifter, slowly recedes but maintains a nice thin lacing on top.

Nose is spicy, lots of sweet caramel, hints of esters, earthy, hint of hopping - not as "quad-ish" as you would think, more a blend of quad/barleywine/dubbel - maybe even a hint of scotch ale.

Smooth toffee, caramel, spicy, earthy body followed by an alcohol kick - definitely needs some smoothing out there. Fairly sweet body without the balanced dryness one would expect. Balanced flavor, medium body and creamy carb give the feeling of drinkability and then the alcohol knocks that feeling away, burn down the throat.

Well constructed, tasty all the way - just needs some time or something to hide the alcohol burn better.

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Photo of Bilco
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PolarBear3
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 774 ratings
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