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
Reviews:
364
Ratings:
750
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
98
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 364 | Ratings: 750
Photo of taez555
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown body with a very thick pillowy white head.

Smell actually has a bit of a garbage, old smell to it, but as it warms some dark malt smells and fruit tones start to come out.

Taste is full bodied and very thick. Wow, right off the bat an immediate punch of both strong dark fruits and meat. I'm serious, like a cold cut, smokey ale sort of meat taste. Loads of tropical and dark fruits. Raisins, plums, figs, prunes, lots of prunes, tastes like prune juice, yeast, strong belgian candy sugar taste. This is really quite a beer. Bitterness is kept to a perfect Belgian quad balance, while hops only give the suspicion of earth and other flavors.

What an interesting beer. The nose sort of leaves something to be desired, but the tastes is like a Belgian Quad with the volume turned to 11. The meat taste just makes it ludicrously bizarre. I like it.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Deep Ellum, Allston. Tonight's offering was a "2007 vintage". Served in a Belgian goblet. Very dark brown color to the body. No head or carbonation. Smell was quite a pleasing combination of dried cherries and caramelized sugar. There was also a distinct smell of barrel aging that I noticed. Taste was the highlight of the night. Strong but smooth. The smell led me to believe that his beer was going to be quite potent in flavor. But it turned out to be quite easy to drink. A nice example of a quad. Huge bursts of fruit flavor, with a sugary sweetness to balance the alcohol. I think the aging certainly helped mellow out this beer a bit and bring some of the core flavors to the forefront. Went great with a hearty plate of Belgian style sausages. Definitely would order one again.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First of all, this is not a belgian dark, it's a quad. That's what is written at DDC and on their website...

A: Extremely gorgeous. Rich deep deep pure red color. Not brown at all, only red. The head is off-white and strong, even if the brew doesn't look much carbonated at first.

S: Sweet scenting brew: Huge sweetness, some pepper (hard to get though), not much hops, some dark fruits and plums.

T: Well, as expected, very sweet. Kicks in with a little bit of pepper, but it quickly became all about sweetness. Brown sugar, maple syrup, honey come to mind. Ends up with a lasting taste of dark fruits and plum. Hops weren't very present as expected too.

M: It's good. Lightly carbonated. I guess it's the first time I say this but I hoped it would have a little more bubbles, to give it a little more life. Anyway, syrupy feel that covers the mouth.

D: Not too much here. I mean, it is a very good brew, but the sweetness just kills it here. It's like chocolate, it's good, but after a bar, you ain't gonna get another one. But the first one is gonna go down like no other. So, one goes down easy, two is good, three is getting a bit too much. Alcohol is not a problem here since it is so well hidden.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo for Cask Days 2008. I had some bottles a couple years ago at the brewpub but never reviewed them then.

Pours a clear reddish orange, ruddy, huge and thick off white head forms, drops a ton of lace, great retention, settles to a solid layer. Smell is neat, quite sweet, caramel, apples and pears, bread, yeast, peppery spice, brown sugar, alcohol, light fruit, pretty big aroma. Taste is similar, sweet up front, honey and caramel, bit of fruit, yeast, pepper, bread, apple pie and cinnamon, alcohol comes through but isn't overpowering. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth from the alcohol but altogether pretty smooth for the ABV. A nice quad, I could drink this stuff on a regular basis.

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Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sampled oct 17/08 on tap at volo as part of cask days 2008.

pours deep red, not quite brown, crystal clear with a small dense cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. some dark fruit. raisin and date. there's also some lighter more tropical fruit that seems a touch out of place for the style. whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. some grain.

taste is good. medium-low bitterness level. some chocolate. dark fruit. light caramel and toffee sweetness. wheat bread and cracker. bit of alcohol. some light orangey citrus. the sweetness seems to grow as it warms, from initially being farily balanced to approaching overly sweet.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is decent, but the sweetness detracts slightly from this. it's mostly balanced initially, then the sweetness begins to take over. still quite nice overall, just a little more of a sipper - which might be best with something at this ABV.

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Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brewer lists this one as a quad, and I agree it's closer to that style.

A: Deep copper-bronze with a light tan head. Some retention, excellent lacing.

S: Dark fruit, cotton candy fruity esters, toffee.

T: Too much residual sweetness upfront. Dark toffee, dark fruit, earthy citrus, light spicing, balanced bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden. It has some good flavour, but it doesn't measure up to the monks brews.

M: I just can't get over the residual sweetness in this one. A Belgian should be drier & more digestible.

D: Very approachable for its weight, but I couldn't drink much.

Brewers info:

"Rigor Mortis ABT (Rigor Mortis ABT)
Quadrupel
10.5%

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.

This beer won a gold medal (first place amongst 10 gold medal winners) at the adjudicated "MBeer" contest during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal in 2006.

The Rigor Mortis ABT was born in our Montreal brewpub in August 2001"

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Photo of bobsy
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in Montreal.

I was expecting a darker coloured beer, but this turns up a clear amber with an off-white head which laces well. Somewhat out of left field for the style, but the nice retention and lacing has won me over. The aroma has a lot of depth to it, and is dominated by raisins, port and brown sugar, beyond which some spicy notes are detectable, mingling with alcohol.

Upfront, the flavour is very sweet and full of brown sugar, but soon melts through into a melange of alcohol soaked dark fruits, which becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Lots of caramel and chocolate are thrown in for added measure, which helps to heighten the sweetness. The spice I detected in the nose isn't in the flavour, though it may be hidden by a slightly brutish level of alcohol. While the taste is a disappointment, the mouthfeel is what I look for in a quad, with its slick, chewy mouthfeel, minimal carbonation and drying finish.

This is a pretty big quad, and I don't think it drinks too well young. It wears its alcohol and sugar content proudly, but comes off as too boozy and sweet for a style that is typically boozy and sweet. This is really too bad, because the peripherals (appearance, aroma, mouthfeel) are all great. I'd only try this again if it was aged.

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Photo of santa109
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Dieu du ciel's brewpub in Montréal. Only available in half-pints quantity when I was there.

A: Very dark reddish-brown with a foamy white head served in a tulip. The head fades away rather quickly. Nice lacing throughout.

S: This one's yeasty with a hint of alcohol in there which masked other things for me.

T: Caramelized malts and plum seem to dominate as well as a smokey taste. This is definately on the sweeter side but I tend to enjoy this in higher alcohol beers.

M: Feels thick and smooth with a dry finish with nice low carbonation.

D: Alcohol is present in this one which gives a very pleasant warming feel. This serves as a warning about it's potency.

Overall, it packs a punch and with the sweetness and alcohol feel, I see this one appealing to those who like port. I enjoyed it but I was also glad I didn't have more than a half-pint.

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

At the brewpub, a cross between a Belgium and an old ale. Very cloudy amber with great lacing, yeasty aroma, Full mouthfeel. Very drinkable and tasty. The clear winner here tonight Some chocolate malt. Some smoke. Had again three years later although not as good.

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Photo of Delerium
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Dieu de Ciel brewpub. Only available in 750ml bottles, not available for takeaway as of yet. This beer will whoop your ass! Very strong, raisiny, with rummy plum undertones, two finger head upon pourth. I loved this beer, but could only drink half of the bottle due to the strong abv that is very present. Highly Recommended. Chris

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Photo of philmath
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
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 aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some special celebration of this brewery's offerings at Moan and Dove brought this strong brew to me.

Pours very dark brown, almost opaque with a short medium creamy head, good lacing. Nose consists of a strong alcohol astringent smell along with a myriad of fruits (berries, perhaps grapes and something else?). Some may also akin the smell to 'hamster piss' because of its overwhelming alcoholness. Taste is very strong with some heavy malts, mixed fruits, caramel, and again the intense alcohol. I realized it's a rather high-octane brew, but I like high-octane without the super astringency (like Trois Pistoles, for example). Mouthfeel was good for the brew's strength. This would not be a choice again if I was in the mood for a high-octane malty beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
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 Rastacouere
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One year old bottle: Cloudy pale bronze coloured. Malty nose with notes of dark fruits, plums, original pomegranate. Good mouthfeel, warming. Very malty in mouth, almost vinous, but not quite sticky, roasted caramel, chocolate. I enjoyed the finish, but it was perhaps a little unbalanced on the sweet side. Strongly recommended, could be one of Dieu Du Ciel's best.

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