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:
765
Reviews:
367
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
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71
Gots:
101
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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -1.8%
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 -1.8%
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 -1.8%
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 -1.8%
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 -1.8%
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 -1.8%
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 -1.8%
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 Waggman
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cwrw
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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 -2%
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 -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ritzkiss
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PolarBear3
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -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 case4816
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark Hazelnut, chestnut brown in colour and is fairly translucent. Very little head poured, which dissipated quickly to a thin lacing.

S- Very sour-ish smelling, with heavy scents of the barely and yeast. Also has a smooth smell to it, which is something I don't detect often.

T- Lots of gravity in this beer. Starts off very bitter and smooth, with heavy notes of the barley throughout. Beer ends with an almost perfume flavour and very bitter with a long aftertaste.

D- Very nice abt. Not something I could drink all the time, but something for a special occasion for sure.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz into Chimay glass.

Pours a deep copper, with burgundy edges. Respectable off-white head that fades to rimmer with a touch of lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation when held to the light.

Deep plum and rotten appple aroma, with plenty of spice, including cinnamon.

Rich fruity flavor, with duller spice profile than in the aroma. Some black pepper zing to counter the sweetness.

Somewhat thick MF (not more so than typical Quad), but with a good cutting level of carbonation, keeping it far from syrupy.

A sipper, no doubt, and with a not-too-thick mouthfeel over a pleasant flavor, it's a winner.

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

Pours out a very, very dark, hazy orangish/brown with a 2 finger, mocha head that quickly falls to a cover with light lacing.
The smell is sweet malt, a bit of spice and (as it warms) some alcohol. Noticeably quad smell.
The taste is fig, more sweetish malt and some alcohol warmth. Tastes very quad-like too.
Mouthfeel is medium and pretty dry.
Drinkability is decent, it's a bit sweet and high in ABV but worth trying for those who like quads.

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Photo of ikats
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, dark brown into the glass. Aroma is full of caramelized sugar with some dark sweet fruits. In general, it is sticky sweet and substantial. Taste is a little of a let down. Overall it is pleasant and similar to aroma, but alcohol is too evident. I am guessing that this is a young bottle, and the beer will improve greatly with some aging (the label mentions that the beer is at its best after at least six month aging). Body is meadium (I would've prefered something fuller). Mouthfeel is spoiled by alcohol. Cool label (that's always a plus in my book). This bottle was picked up at Half Time a week ago.

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

This bottle is about two years old. Unfortunately, the label dating system doesn't seem to have been used, so it's hard to tell the exact age.

The beer pours a medium to dark amber with a small beige head. The creamy bubbles faded quickly, but it's still a nice looking beer. The aroma has a fair bit of booze but also lots of complexity with notes of brown sugar, toffee, raisins, rum, peaches, mint, grapes and warm bread. Of course, the style isn't exactly lacking in complex aromas. The taste also has a good deal of booze and is a mite sticky sweet, but the sugary malt flavors are terribly pleasant and the alcohol provides happy warmth. The finish has some mild bitterness, not really enough to rein in the sweetness but who cares when the flavor is this nice? Mouthfeel is smooth, full and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is relativley low, likely exacerbated by the age of the bottle (twist-offs? how do they work?).

This is a very good beer and one of the best non-Belgian quads that I've tried. Tt doesn't seem fair to rate this one to style, but that's what I'm trying to do. On an absolute scale, these scores would all go up about a half point.

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

Brewed in April, 2010. Bottle into wine glass on Jan 2, 2010.

Appearance = 3.5
Dark, opaque black with 1/2 inch of brown-white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell = 4
Backbone of dark fruit (grapes, raisins, pulm) with notes of molasses and smoky/roastedness & chocolate. Also has faint Belgain-yeast ?ester aroma. Enjoyable.

Taste = 4

Sweet dark fruits with finish of roasted malt and molasses (similar to smell). Smooth ETOH presence. Mild notes of hops and some spice.

Reminds me of combination of DFH Midas Touch and Hebrew Jewbelation.

Mouthfeel = 3.5
Pleasant moderate viscosity and mild carbonation. Overall, sweet feeling.

Drinkability = 3.5
Obviously, a strong beer at over 10%, but very drinkable. A nice sipper, but likely only to have one at a time. Hides ETOH extremely well. Would pair great with food, such as dark meats and desserts.

I would suggest trying it because I find it quite interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwjd
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally the Control Board in Ontario brings in Rigor Mortis! Pours a ruby brown colour with big off-white head. Lacing surrounds the glass. Smells of dried fruit, Belgian yeast and some alcohol. Flavour is quite boozy, yet there is a lot of sweetness. Nice carbonation. I'm going to buy a whole bunch of bottles because I think this will age nicely.

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Photo of zonker17
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy brown with almost no head. Yeast, some clove, and maybe some pepper on the nose. Tastes of candy sugar, more bitter than I expect. Aftertaste not so good. Mouthfeel moderate and medium carbonation.

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Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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