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Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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3.97/5
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771 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
Ranking:
#4,636
Reviews:
369
Ratings:
771
pDev:
10.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
101
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 771 |  Reviews: 369
Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
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%

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

I am a huge Dieu Du Ciel fan, but Belgian Quads are one of my least favorite styles. They often times have this very astringent character, which detracts from my enjoyment of the beer. Lets see how this compares to other 'authentic' Belgian Quads out there.

A: Pours a real murky, dark brown. No light penetrates the deep haze present in the beer. Head is rather minimal, but lacing is present.

S/T: The aroma reminds me of a Tootsie Roll. Chocolate, licorice, alcohol, and a nice nuttyness in there. The Tootsie Roll flavor is there, but overshadowed by other, more pronounced characteristics. It is a very sweet and malty beer, first off. The initial taste is chocolate and brown sugar, and that gives way to a slight nuttyness. The final wave of flavors is where the Belgian character shines the most. Very bready, yeasty, and spicy. That astringent character I mentioned is present, but blended well with the rest of the flavors. Maybe it is the strong spice and alcohol that don't mesh well with my palate? Either way, this is one of the best Belgian Quads I have had to date.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very rich and semi-full bodied. Not quite as full as an Imperial Stout or Barley Wine, but close. Alcohol does warm the throat, which is nice. This is definetly a sipper. Drinks better as it warms.

I am a fan. I honestly think this is my favorite Belgian Quad to date. It just has a great pronounced chocolate-brown sugar flavor, which I like a lot. Very complex and very tasty. Seek this one out.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours a murky mahogany color with with maybe a finger of khaki-toned head; not much retention but decent lacing.

nose is somewhat on the tame side but those familiar malty, dark fruity quad/BSDA notes are evident. some candied sugar sweetness in the background. taste is a nice surprise. the sweet maltiness pulls through, accompanied by the dark fruit characters... and while the beer is sweet, it doesn't have that cloying sweetness sometimes common in the style. alcohol presence is maybe a bit more noticeable than i'd prefer, but overall a tasty, well-made beer. not on par with the rochefort 10s and st bernarduses of the world, but definitely holds its own. some warming booze in the finish.

fairly smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. i would have no objection to another.

originally reviewed: 12-27-2010

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

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown with a moderate sized light brown head despite an aggressive pour. Fades slowly, leaving a solid wall of lacing.

S: Fruity with lots of raisin and fig. Perhaps even some apple? Cloves. Touch of brown sugar and caramel.

T: Fruity up front but not as much as the nose. Still prominent raisin and a bit of fig. Nice strong brown sugar and toffee flavor along with some sweet caramel. Some cloves and earthy spices in the middle with a bit of alcohol burn. Finishes with just a touch of drying bitterness and sort of a lingering earthy fruitiness. Boozy grain alcohol on the back end sometimes.

M: Not nearly as heavy as you'd expect for 10.5%. Still fairly heavy of course, decent carbonation and strong alcohol seems to cut it a bit.

O: Not a bad quad, just fairly simply and quite boozy (despite this bottle being at least a year or two old). Tastes more like a belgian brown ale than a quad to be honest as well.

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

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

This brew pours a reddish,copper,off brown hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a brown glazed head and a rim of lacing,the aromas are brown sugar,dark fruits,alcohol with big hints of some oak and wood characters,it has a nice rich creamy,sticky mouthfeel with tastes of brown sugar,oak,plums and some sticky date pudding aswell,overall its not a bad drop that is quite rich and true to the style but the one for tonight is enough for me,i could definately see this as a great brew to accompany a nice rich dessert cheers.

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

A: Pours a fairly clear dark brown, with a small amount of light tan head. Leaves nice sheets of lacing running down the glass.

S: Sweet and somewhat floral molasses, with a fair amount of cloves and other common Belgian style spices.

T: Very sweet, but just short of cloying. Finishes slightly bitter. Strongly flavored throughout; not particularly balanced, but the flavors are pretty good.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Not a beer you want to have a lot of or have all the time, but that's also not its goal.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Boulevard Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours a nice, deep, ruby color. A two-finger head of creamy, light tan colored foam makes the head. Retention is very good and the lacing is thick and sticky.

Good notes of caramel and brown sugars. Nice hints of dark dried fruits. Candi sugars. Good yeastiness. Mild hint of booziness.

Big, malty, sweetness is tempered with a mild earthiness. Big presence of rum soaked raisins. Lots of toffee. Lightly biscuity yeastiness. Very light hint of a hops bite.

A nice medium-to-full body with a medium level of carbonation. The bubbles are very small, which helps this one go down smooth and retain a decent creaminess.

This is a good, drinkable, beer. Unfortunately, the 9.5%abv, while not overpowering, is a little too noticeable. This is akin to a sweeter St. Bernardus abt 12, but the St. Bernardus has 10.5%abv, which is better masked.

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

Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 771 ratings
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