Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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760 Ratings
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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:
760
Reviews:
366
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
101
For Trade:
2
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Photo of ThickNStout
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.5oz bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop (Athens, GA). No clue what the 0 and 9 notches mean as far as bottle date. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours an opaque dull brown with orange-ish highlights when held to the light and a half finger of sandy head. Head fades to a halo and small wisps that leave very little lace.

Smells of mildly fruity yeast, cherries, caramel and grape jelly. Sweet and rather inviting. The longer I smell it the more grape jelly I get.

Taste is a bit sharp overall with motes of cherries, grape jelly, cocoa, earthy, brown sugar, caramel malt and a decent amount of alcohol. Not too shabby.

Creamy medium body with just a hint too much carbonation. Sweet earthy stone fruit finish.

Another well made brew from Dieu du Ciel. While it's far from my favorite this is enjoyable. I actually like the grape jelly aspect. Worth a go for fans if the style or the brewery.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of REDAMI
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - A dark rusty brown with a creamy laced head that dissipates quickly.

S - Wood along with the traditional toffee and dark fruit aromas. Warm spice follows, like gingerbread.

T - Lighter profile that a traditional quad. Smooth spice and malt. Alcohol is hidden well, leaving a subtle warmth.

M - Very smooth, has body without feeling heavy.

A restrained version of the style. It's smoother and gentler than you get from most beers in this category. A nice change of pace or a great way to introduce someone to a darker Belgian style beer.

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3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 11.2oz bottle. I stored this in my back closet for about 6 months, as the bottle directs, but it was entirely by accident and by no means due to to following the bottle's directions. There's no freshness date, but given the style and the ABV, I'd imagine this doesn't need one.

Opens with no pop whatsoever, and pours a thinned, slightly lightened brown reddish color. Extremely cloudy. Hardly any carbonation to speak of on this thing - which is bizarre, as this is bottle conditioned. I had to resort to an aggressive pour (in a Duvel glass, no less!) to produce about 2 fingers worth of a frothy, bubbly head. Some lacing at first, but that soon goes away. With all said and done, it really looks like a poor man's quad to me.

The aromas are definitely as fruity and malty as any great quad, although not as much as you'd think. Plums, figs, raisins, maybe some vinous elements overall, as well as milk chocolate chips, caramel, and honey. Slightly bready in nature, with a cracked toasted barley flavor that serves as the backbone for these flavors. No hops to speak off, in spite of some earthiness. Not too yeasty either, otherwise. Alcohol is well hidden. Has the same earthy, pleasant texture that all of Dieu du Ciel's beers tend to have, and I enjoy it for that reason alone.

The first flavor definitely follows the aroma quite well, and dramatically more so as it warms up. There's immediate notes of dry red raisins, sweet prunes, and figs, and then notes of brown sugar, cocoa spice, bready baked barley, and dry soil. The yeast really does reveal its complexity here filled with funky dark fruity flavors, and the barley and chocolate chip flavor shine through quite well. Caramel is quite big on this one. Gets progressively nutty over time. Wet and not too dry, and only slightly sweet (the alcohol is scarily hidden), but only a bit too thin for a beer this robust. As a result, it's refreshing and never cloying, but it really lacks the creaminess to bring forth all of these rich flavors. Otherwise, really solid stuff.

I'm glad I let this sit for a bit so I could give it a chance. There's some wonderful flavors in here, and other than its unfortunate thinness, this is an excellent take on a style that does indeed require a complexity of flavors all balanced out the way this is. Given the hidden ABV, I'll be sipping this one all night, but there's nothing necessarily wrong with that. Not the strongest I've had from this brewery, but still an undeniable good offering.

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3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy brown body with a decent head. Rich malt aroma coupled with some caramel and slightly hinting of alcohol strength; figs and dates. Thick, chewy body; cloyingly sweet texture that dissolves into a bright, biting fizziness. Caramel-like malt flavors with a strong, boozy aftertaste.

Well, the beer looks okay and tastes okay, but it's difficult to get really fired up about this one. Oh, it has it's malt-like presence and definitely exudes its big booze character without getting out of hand, but nothing quite gels to make this one stand out.

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Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.92 out of 5 based on 760 ratings.
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