Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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3.97/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: Belgian 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:
#9,452
Reviews:
379
Ratings:
792
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
103
Trade:
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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 flipper2gv
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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 JimT01851
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samact
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waltonc
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very glad to see the Dieu Du Ciel beers make their way to Denver. Pours dark brownish red with tan head. Smells sweet, caramelly, and dried dark fruitish. Taste includes the above, as well as candi sugar, yeast, and bread. Very good. My quad-loving wife is also enjoying some in her mini-City Beer Store glass. Body is pretty thick with medium carbonation.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FYI, bottle version of Rigor Mortis Abt is 10.5% alcohol per volume.

Pours a modest head that dies to a single layer of fine bubbles. Surprisingly, it leaves a generous level of lace. The color of the brew is muddy brown, much like a darker iced tea.

Strong Belgian yeast in the nose. Toffee and caramel are the predominant malt aromas. No notable hop. Touch of Confectioner Sugar.

A sweet beer. Noticeably potent and very full bodied, almost as if an unfermented wort was blended in. Almost candy like in the taste. The swallow features a spritzy bitterness that fades quickly to the mouth numbing alcohol content, which is overpowering in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Walbert_Neto
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to joemcgrath27 for hooking up the trade on this one!

A - Pours a hazy dark brown colour with an amber hue, with a paper thin layer of head which dissipates almost as quickly as it developed, leaving some fine lacing throughout.

S - Dark chocolate malts, followed by some faint cloves and nutmeg, sweet caramel. The sweet alcohol sticks on the finish, almost reminiscent of rum.

T - The alcohol is not as hidden as I was hoping, and almost has a scotch-y finish. The chocolate and caramel malts come through on the finish and cloves and nutmeg linger on the tongue. Unique and flavourful experience, but the alcohol hits you pretty hard.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, light and bubbly, especially since I thought it would be much more syropy given the alcohol content.

D - All the aspects of this quad are good, but the alcohol is a little too strong for my liking. Ideally, the alcohol bite on the finish could be a little more hidden. It's a worthy offering, and worth a try to any fan of quads. Having only had a few different quads to date, this is the first that I've really noticed the alcohol, but the malty flavours were quite tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of meerkat2
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 05, whatever that means.

Beer poured with minimal head that turned into collar of tiny bubbles. Color has reddish-brown hues with a fruit fly right in the middle. D'oh!
The aroma is pretty good. It gets a little hot as the temperature rises due to the listed ABV of 10.5%. I get some nutty notes and chocolate-y notes, as well as a slight bit of coffee. I was drinking coffee earlier, though. A lot of dark fruits, raisins specifically. Also a little bit of vanilla. I also get a weird chemical smell, but I'm pretty sure it is coming from the detergent used to clean the glass (different glass after the fruit fly).
The taste brings out those dark fruits and some more chocolate - more like figs this time as opposed to raisins. Not bitter at all, but a little hot once again as the temperature rises. I also taste what seems to me like citrus rind, but that might be the detergent again. I will disregard that in the ranking as I did not taste it in the other glass.
The mouthfeel is pretty standard for a "abbey-style brown ale" (as listed on the bottle, as opposed to Quad, as listed on beeradvocate). It feels nice but so do a lot of beers.
Overall, I do enjoy drinking this beer. It's certainly no Rochefort, but I would buy it again. Maybe.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle purchased in Columbus for $4.99, poured into an Achel glass. The beer is a turgid rust color, with a thin layer of dark tan foam comprised of very fine bubbles, some dry lacing onto the glass. The smell is very quad-y, esters and ethanol and sweet malt aromas. A little reminiscent of St Bernardus 12 but maybe threatening to be more alcoholic. Same with the taste, a very hot St Bernadus ABT 12 is the best description. That's not bad as St Bernardus is one of my all-time favorites, but St Bernardus IS cheaper... and less hot...

The body is medium-thick, a little chewy, a nice substantial base for such a substantial flavor. Definitely a sipper, my throat is burning a little, like I'm pounding a weak liqueur.

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Photo of ultrasrs
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Facticians
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle (code 0 - 5) poured into a chalice. Murky brown mahogany color w/ a beige head that dissipates to a thin surface film.

Faint aroma of dark rum-soaked fruit. More dark malt aromas as it warms.

Taste is dark sweet malt, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. Alcohol is well hidden, nice smooth mouthfeel.

Overall a decent, easy drinking quad but nothing superlative.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a nice reddish brown which is quite opaque. a tiny head sits atop and is just a ring quite quickly.

S - very nice dark fruit smell to this. cherries raising plum. the alcohol is readily apparent in the nose. there is a good amount of malt in the smell as well.

T - unsurprisingly similar line up as the nose. dark fruits cherries and raisins. a good alcohol bite to this one and a nice malty background. nice and sweet around the edges. alcohol lingers down the throat.

M - nice full body on this and a good level of carbonation.

O - a very good quad. might be a little too much bite to the alcohol for me but its definitely got everything going on that you expect in a solid quad.

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Photo of Kraken
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/28/09

Poured from a standard 12oz bottle into a 20oz Bass glass. Firm pour calls up a tiny off white head. Head exhibits nice staying power and an impressive lace for its size. Color is a dark cloudy murky brown.

Nose- Admittedly this was probably poured a little cold. Sour apples, caramel, bourbon, and spice. As it warms dark fruits become apparent, plum, date, and raisin.

Palate- Impressive. Overripe apples, dates, raisin, a hint of bitter coco. Big caramels, slightly sweet, some doughy-ness. Touch of rotting wood. Warming. Overripe apples stays with you. Definite Belgian yeast quality associated with bottle fermentation. A tad hot, but not what you would expect from a 10% quad.

Mouthfeel- Dry, very clean for a quad. Moderately fine carbonation

Drinkability- 10% is pretty big so more then one would be too many. Good Quad, if you can find it pick it up.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak glass

A: A beautiful amber brown and a light tan collar.
S: Lots of raisin and overly ripe bananas.
T: Quite the quad. You can definitely taste those esters and the Belgian candi. Lots of ripe banana and raisins. It definitely tends a bit more towards their style name of: Abbey-style brown ale. I can definitely taste the brown ale in this. It is a bit nutty.
M: The lightest carbonation that is extremely fuzzy. Like a room temperature Sprite that was just opened. So many bubbles, that the liquid portion is almost covered up.
O: Just a delicious quad. Interesting and with a great name. Not sure what the ABT stands for.

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Photo of rugene
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 792 ratings