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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
Ranking:
#4,485
Reviews:
367
Ratings:
767
pDev:
10.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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70
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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 367
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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Photo of tdawgydog
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought home a case of various Dieu de Ciel beers while we were visiting Montreal for the Mondial de la Biere. I had sampled quite a few of them while I was there and enjoyed most of what I had tried.

A - Pours a nice dark brown, with a pretty significant two finger head. Looks like a respectible triple quad
S - A little strong alcohol scent but not too overpowering.
T - Tastes really good, there is a slight hint of the alcohol strength behind this beer but it's not too bad. This would make a good session beer, but I can't see having more than 2 or 3 of these in an evening.
D - Goes down really smooth, almost too smooth. It'll catch up with you once you let it settle in.
M - Great body to this beer. Quite often the high alcohol content of a beer makes it a little thin to drink but this is not the case with this one.

I can't wait to sample some of the other Dieu De Ciel beers that I brought back with me.

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Photo of santa109
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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 ctgui
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/2011

A: Poured a dark amber/brown with a substantial head that fell quite quickly. Beautiful and consistent lacing.

S: Dried fruits like raisins, plums, a hint of spices and alcohol. I also find some saltiness in the smell, although I don’t know how to explain it further.

T: The mouth follows the nose. Fruity sweetness, spices and alcohol again. Malt is omnipresent and the finale is not bitter at all. Enjoyable.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The aftertaste is a bit boozy, but this is very enjoyable and far from the most intense I had for the style.

O: Another great Dieu du Ciel!. I wouldn’t necessarily drink more than one of these in a night, but it is a nice culminating point. I definitely would recommend trying. I would look forward to aging a bottle to see how it evolves. A good representation of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rigor Mortis Abt smells rich and malty, much like a freshly-baked, moist loaf of banana bread. Dates and raisins pepper this bread, as well as hints of licorice and pumpkin. Brown sugars round out the edges.

On the tongue, the brew is immediately filling and almost overwhelming, thick caramelized brown sugars and toasted grains rushing to fill all the gaps, and a good combination of dark and light fruit esters get what's left. Hints of orange oil and dates abound, as well as anise and pepper. The brew is quite alcoholic (10.5% ABV), and this does unfortunately come through in the taste, giving Rigor Mortis a slight vodka/moonshine tang. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the flavors in this beer are excellent, and set at just about the maximum level possible. If it weren't for the alcohol taste, this would be an incredible beverage. Even with it, though, it still ranks high on my scale. Recommended.

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Photo of papat444
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: The pour looks light brown but is a dense brown in the glass. A modest 2-3 finger head that rests comfortably and takes its time.

Smell: Wood, tart berries and spices. Very rustic.

Taste: Again with the wood, strong, with leather, spices, dark berries and raw sugar. Images of a cabin in the woods come to mind for some reason.

Mouthfeel: Rich and mouth filling. So smooth; ABV wears its mask very well. The only problem is near the end, it felt a bit medicinal. Still good overall, just a weird ending.

Overall: A quiet giant that is tasty and goes down easy.

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Photo of jmg480
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 767 ratings
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