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:
#9,014
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
790
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
102
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 790 |  Reviews: 378
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

Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

A: (3/3) Dark toffee brown with a light haze and thin but well-retained head
S: (9/12) Pretty strong raisin/apple and alcohol with funky notes and a little bit of burnt caramel, and I even get a little banana when I go back for sip number two
T: (16/20) Stronger on the burnt caramel and chocolate than the fruit
M: (4/5) Pretty solid body with very little carbonation, pretty dry finish
O: (7/10) Yeah, I know my review is all over the map, but the beer kind of is, too. I picked it up at a cellar clearance sale , and then left it in my fridge for a couple months, so I think I aged it properly (notches say '05). None of the flavors really sing to me, but it’s certainly a solid beer.
39/50

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Photo of wallbj
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown color with copper edges and a half finger of head. The nose is slightly bready but not as bold as I might have expected. The body is hearty and big malts dominate the flavor profile.

My only complaint might be that there is a bit too much funkiness in the flavor as well.

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Photo of taez555
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Roguer
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy nut-brown pour, opaque despite not being too dark, and very thin head which quickly dissipated.

Walnuts come through the nose in advance of yeast, candi sugar, gingerbread, dates, and a little bit of alcohol. Complex and interesting.

Much sweeter taste than the aroma hinted, and more heavily favoring dark fruit. Prunes, plums, and sugar, with just a hint of tart plum peel. More gingerbread, and molasses. Slightly metallic.

Slightly boozy; medium overall feel re: viscosity, but a very complex and full beer to savor. Good amount of carbonation sting adds a very necessary bite to balance out the sweetness.

This is one of the sweeter quads I've tasted. It's also sufficiently complex and full. Good, but not quite in that echelon of great quads.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, rich, and murky brown, completely impervious to light. White head of about 3/4 finger tall recedes rather quickly, leaving little behind.

S: Soft, roasted malts and dark fruits... scents are more modest than many others of the style. Every once in a while, I catch a whiff of cracker in there, too.

T + M: Dark fruits... raisin and a little bit of plum, with a bit of a burnt sugary flavour. Some bitterness slips in and takes front and center stage immediately after, along with an assertive alcohol spiciness. It's quite a heavy feeling drink, with a little stab of carbonation on the tip of the tongue followed by more of a sparkle as it goes down, and followed by that warming alcohol, which is quite notable.

D: As far as 'quads' go, I have come across better, but this one is a good effort, nonetheless. I'd look forward to eventually revisiting it, perhaps up against some others for comparison.

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Photo of SebD
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy amber/brown color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, dark fruit (raisins and cherries), caramel, brown sugar and a subtle spiciness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some bready yeast, raisins, some cherries, caramel, brown sugar, cloves and a slight metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Budlum
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep brown body with shades of head produced a very thing tan head that quickly disappeared. The nose has deep fruit aromas mixed with vanilla and prunes. Alcohol is very noticeable and hot. Sweet spicy flavors blend with apricots, figs, and apples, but there is always a strong alcohol in the back. I really enjoyed the flavors and smell, but wish the 10.5% were masked a bit better. Reading other reviews leads me to believe that this varies quite a bit between batches.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Finally got my hands on this one, hoping it is even remotely as enjoyable as the Peche Mortel. Pours mahogany/brown, but lovely reddish orange when backlit. Moderately active with fizzy head that falls fast and leaves no lacing.

Green apple and other tart and dark fruity influences, spicy and boozy. Though responsible for much of what I smelled, I assume, but the Belgian yeasty funk doesn't really come through on its own.

Strong booze, dark fruit, and far more hoppy bitterness than expected. Sweet malty backbone is there, for certain, but I noticed other things first. Pretty well balanced, and I like it more the longer I sip on it.

Almost or maybe too much carbonation, strong warming, and a thick full body that is highly viscous. Some lingering bitterness, surprisingly.

Well made beer. I teetered back and forth on the taste score, and settled on the higher one. Interesting and somewhat complex, and with some nuance. But it doesn't set the standard for the style. Certainly worth a try if you like the brewery and the style, as I do.

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Photo of alucard
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tshute
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A less tasty St. Bernardus

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fills a Unibroue tulip glass with hazy garnet red. A modest and quickly dissipating head leaves spotty beige lace.

Mild aromas reveal faint dried fruit such as plum and raisin, while a hint of spice lingers in the background. Warmth brings out rye bread.

The flavor is subtle and complex with raisins and mild bitterness. Prunes and dates are present, though without sweetness. Some spice is detectable in a short, mild finish. Warmth amplifies the prunes and draws out more bitterness.

A rich and luscious full body with the texture of velvet. Light carbonation scours the tongue with tiny scrubbing bubbles. While alcohol is present, it is short of the 10.5% listed on the label.

This beer paired well with warm, creamy brie and pungent bleu cheese. All were accentuated by a warm, lazy, and sunny Sunday afternoon while reading and listening to nature.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GunnarStahl
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark red/brown. Aroma: rich fruit, dates, figs, raisin and yeast. Taste of dried fruit, bread, some bitter spice. Very good but not great.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep dark brown with a touch of purple, small head but stays there.

S - Sickly sweet malts right up front with a heaping of plums and figs. A touch of Belgian yeast and booze.

T - The sweet malts melt all over your tongue leaving a tingle. Flavors of charred brown sugar and figs along with a little apple and cherry. The alcohol is definitely present, but doesn't make this brew too hot. Quite a nice array of flavors.

M - Lighter than expected with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavors whip all over your mouth.

D - Not bad for a quad, but I can't pound one of these because of both the flavor and the price. Would rather go for a Rochefort 10 or a St. Bernardus 12 for the money.

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Photo of papposilenus
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 341ml bottle, dated 2015-11-02. Served in a Dieu du Ciel! tulip, of course.

Pours a not-quite-opaque reddish-brown - can I say 'roan?' - with a generous finger-and-a-half of sudsy tan foam. It's about a three minute head leaving a fairish amount of loose, sloppy lacing.

Smells of brown sugar and cloves, brown bread, apple jam and clean earth.

Taste is unapologetically sweet: bready malt, caramel cremes, apple juice, figs, brandied raisins, oriental spices, funky earth, hemp and lots of Belgian yeast. Very little discernible bitterness, it's sweet at the beginning, sweet in the middle, and sweet and a little charred at the end - with a sweet, little boozy burn at the goodbye.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slick and mouth-coating, fairly low carbonation, clean finishing.

Overall, an enjoyable quad but, considering the size of the abv, everything seemed a little... muted? to the point I'm not sure another year of aging would substantially improve it. Besides, I could be dead in a year. Still, it is indeed a serviceable, tasty beverage and I would undoubtedly drink it again.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firm pour fills my Sam Adams glass with brown liquid and a tan foam head of magnificent proportions. Some highlighting. Dark fruits and alcohol are present in the nose, which is highly malty in general. Caramel, burnt candi sugar, clove, and some spices. Very nice, and subtle. With a little more power to get those complexities funneled to the nose, I would bump up one more notch.

The flavor is sweet overall, with dark fruit such as plum, fig, and raisin taking the lead. Allspice, cinnamon, pepper-alcohol, clove round out the spice profile. Little hopping, just a hint toward pepper and pine. Some anise. Thick but the carbonation helps it go down easy, especially when there's still a hint of chill left - a little tougher once it has warmed all the way through. Alcohol emerges most apparently then.

Another "hit" from the folks at Dieu du Ciel. Not the spitting image of a Quad, but definitely taking some of the best aspects of that style and putting a new twist on it. Fine specimen.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | 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 common to 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 having another.

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Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 790 ratings