Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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:
366
Ratings:
758
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11%
 
 
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71
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Photo of MisterClean
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Loki for picking and splitting

A - Poured a hazy mahogany with 2 fingers of cappucino colored head. Dissipated moderately slow and left nice lacing. Moderate carbonation present.

S - Notes of toffee and caramel with dark candi sugar and light alcohol.

T - Toffee and caramel flavors dominate along with dark candi sugars. Bittering hops have replaced the presence of light alcohol. Definitely tasting much better after it warms up.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, and malt dominated.

D - Great overall. Unsure if it is worth $8 for a single 12 oz bottle though.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look - the one pours an orange-tinted mahogany colour. Very opaque. Head is a bit of a disappointment - it rose slowly to only about an inch and a half and fell to a ring with a bit of film very quickly. this may have been because of the high ABV. Some nice visible carbonation.

smell - the nose is great! Full of rich and complex malts. There's a strong molasses-like dark richness to it, which is fill of fruit like stones, bit with a more sharp black currant or dried cherry note. A touch of earthiness. Very little spice and not hope. No burnt notes.

taste - very similar to the nose, it the fruity profile comes out a bit more over the malt. the prune-flavour of the melanoidin malt comes our stronger. There is a hint of pepper that lasts a while and plays well with the alcohol heat. The spice and heat play will with what would have otherwise been a much too sweet finish.

feel - body is very full with a syrupy feel that lasts, with some spice and heat from alcohol drying out the finish. Carbonation is minimal, giving a velvety feel that plays well with the flavour.

I'm still not totally sure about how a quad is all that different from a Belgian strong dark. But this was really tasty!

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Photo of weonfire
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown almost a deep burgundy, light cream finger thick head, dissipates after a few moments, completely opaque

S - Carmel, chocolate, raspberry, aged fruit, rum

T - initial: Sweet aged fruit- really complex flavors, chocolate, carmel. finish: a hint of booze, almost a roast, fruit/carmel is a linger-er

M - Full, thick, creamy, velvet, silky - amazing.

O - This is really really good. Sweet aged fruit, complex flavors. Mouth is Rochefort-like, do wish there was a stronger nose. Flavors are really nice but slightly mellow. 10.5ABV is hidden so well. One of the best non-trappist Quads I've ever had.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. 'Tis the season where big Belgians, and in this case, Belgian styles, become more likely to make it into the fridge. The label indicates that this beer is at its best after a minimum of 6 months of ageing. It was bottled in April 2010, so I think I'm good, then.

Duped by the standard brown longneck bottle, I poured this into a standard American pint glass, and it appears a cloudy dark iced-tea colour, red-brick toned, with a bit of swirling sediment, and two hefty fingers of puffy, foamy, and mildly soapy pale beige head, which disappears quite slowly, leaving some sparse, sudsy, and spidery lace around the glass.

It smells of thin caramel malt, powdered chocolate, dark fleshy fruit, sweet holiday spices, pungent warming alcohol, and spicy, bready yeast. The taste is sweet, grainy caramel malt, edgy molasses, densely candied apple, mixed black fruit, herbal, grassy hops, more spicy, musty yeast, and but a mere booze warming for our collective pleasure.

The bubbles are quite sedate, just manifesting in a gentle frothiness, which goes the long mile in rendering a medium-full, smooth and duly creamy body. It finishes off-dry, the caramel/toffee/butterscotch malt sweetness ceding little ground to the lingering bitter grassy, herbal hops.

Upon that initial whiff, this offering kind of gave me the impression that this would be one hot mess. Nope - very well integrated alcohol, big fruity malt, and a more or less Belgian-esque yeast and hop profile, all adds up to just a well-balanced, and relatively easy to put back 21 proof abbey-style ale. Take that as you will, but take it well and easy.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark chestnut with a glowing auburn edge and an off white cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap that never goes away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of rum soaked prunes, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, and a touch of spice like nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste is of the aromas with a bitter cocoa bite that lingers. Spices highlighted by nutmeg hits the palate with rum soaked raisins.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, warming, and semi dry with nutmeg.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one as part of a late night session few days ago. Poured a cloudy brown with light beige head that left very little lacing. Smelled of fruity yeast and light malts. Tasted like fruity yeast (raisins, figs?), bread and malt. Smooth, but slightly overcarbonated, otherwise very easy to drink.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I’m growing a deep love for Dieu du Ciel... All the beers I’ve had the opportunity to try from them has been so good!
So this is a happy day!

The beer pours dark mahogny colored, clear but with a lot of yeast sediment so it looks cloudy. Very creamy, beige, head. More than two finger high at the beginning and slowly fades to a thin beige head with a huge amount of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Ohhhh... this is so good! Dark fruit (raisin, plum), cherry, red apples, rhubarb, nuts, jam, charcuterie, caramel malt and Belgian yeast.
Taste: Brown sugar, malt, fudge, toffee, brandy, plum, prune, vanilla and Belgian yeast.
Mouth: Full body. Light and smooth carbonation. Complex texture. Smooth. Sweet/dry ending. A nice bitterness.

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Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from Total Wine in mid-August for $4.99. I believe it was bottled in 2010 per the notches.

Beer poured brown with a nice off white head on the initial pour.

Nose has hints of dark fruits and belgian yeasts.

Taste is dark fruits, nutmeg, slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is near perfection, silky smooth with each sip.

Overall this is a very nice beer with 3 years on it. Not sure how it is fresh but definitely try this with some age on it!

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 1 finger head. Color is ruby brown. Ok head retention. Decent lacing.

S. Smell is caramel malt, Somewhat sour cherry smell. Dark fruit, spices, Pepper, caramel. Some alcohol.

T. Delicous Quad. Sweet caramel malt. Nice fruity sweetness. Dark fruit, a little banana taste. Some berries.

M. Full bodied. Lingering sweetness. Low carbonation.

D. This is a very smooth and well balanced Quad. Very delicous. Not as complex as some. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, and makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of capra12
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed with speedwayjim at the The Gingerman NYC poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Mohagundy in color with 1/2 a finger head.

Smell: The most prominent aroma in this is red fruit.

Taste: Opens with red fruit and malts. Hints of chocolate come in the middle and there is a slight tanginess in the end. The alcohol in this is apparent in this but does not linger.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation which is surprising.

Drinkability: I would definitely have another one but later on that night I realized why this is caller rigor mortis. HA.

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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer for $5.50. Ah, this is a well-made quad. It's nice to find North American Belgian ales that taste like they could come straight from a Belgian abbey. The aroma is a bit mellow with hint of prune and raisin, plus a hint of grape juice. Essentially it smells like a mixed bag of dried fruit. The flavor matches those esters but add caramel and toffee malt character that at times is both dry and juicy. There's a slight hint of alcohol, which is ok for the style since it's not distracting. The malt also brings toast and dark bread crust that allows this beer to border on desert, without being too sweet. Really, I think this is an under-rated quad and would be happy to enjoy it more often. The only real knock against it is the too-mild aroma.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This poured a hazed bronze into a small snifter. A fingers width of light tan head, retention is excellent, only settles to a thick froathy cap. Lacing coates the glass even when swirled around, visible carbonation.

S- Definitely more reminiscent of a BSDA, tons of dark fruits. Smell is sweet as well, caramel and brown sugar. It's somewhat bready and I detect a hint of spice too.

T- Nice balance of the dark fruits and sweet malt. There's also a herbal earthy type quality to this. The finish burns a bit from the spice and alcohol.

M- Velvety smooth average body. Superb feeling going down, a touch dry.

D- I love me some Dieu du Ciel. ABV could catch up to you quick as I'm fairly flushed in the face, but an excellent sipper on this cold Festivus night. There will be no airing of grievances on this brew!

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown colour with a decent amount of head in the duvel tulip glass. Tastes of caramal brown sugars with a nice dark fruit taste in there too. The booze is hidden quite decently for this double percentage beer, drinks very smooth. Glad I picked up quite a few bottles of this. Great brewery. Impressed with all their beers so far.

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Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle: Bought this a couple of weeks ago, but it appears from the label this may have been made in 2010 (4 years ago). It pours an opaque brown color. There was a very small off white head that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The aroma is good. I get a little tartness (possible brett) on top. Perhaps some cherry, banana, yeastiness, raisin, caramel and others. Seems like every time you take a whiff you pick up something else. The taste is good. I was afraid that it might be bad from a whiff of brett in the aroma, but it is not the case. A very complex taste. Very full bodied, lots of malts but only a subdued sweetness. Caramel, bready, chocolate, some spices and fruits in the background. Complex and nice. No hint of the alcohol. I would definitely buy it again!

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Photo of ludachris
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently joined Drinkvine and man is it great. I found this along with every edition of Ola Dubh at an LCBO I don't usually frequent. I wish I signed up for this earlier!

An extremely murky burnt caramel body is topped by less than a finger of quickly receeding white head, but what can be expected with such a high ABV? Its higher score comes from its attractive hue.

Sweet and complex in the nose. Semi-tart cherries are a great addition to the sweet and syrupy alcohol soaked figs, bits of caramel apple, Belgian yeast, and candi sugar. The latter two mesh wonderfully with the sweet rum-like alcohol character that is present. As the beer warms I also get dry and subtle notes of cocoa powder and cinnamon.

Boozy and sweet are the first things that come to mind. The Belgian yeast and candi sugar quickly move towards the back of the palate as alcohol soaked dark fruits and candied cherries spread themselves across the tongue. A caramel sweetness meshes with the rum-like alcohol character in the finish. I really like what they did with the alcohol here. At 10.5% ABV, it's pretty hard to mask, but its presence is more than welcomed, complimenting the rest of the beer.

Full bodied and creamy with a great balance. A touch more carbonation would have been great but what is there is plenty sufficient. High alcohol usually takes away from the drinkability of a beer for me, but this one masks it enough to be quaffable and puts whats left perfectly into the rest of the beer. I realized I finished the beer before I finished the review and that alone attests to its drinkability.

Although Unibroue is my favorite French-Canadian brewery, DDC is close behind with a long line of quality offerings, this one included. St. Bernardus ABT 12 is coming soon to the LCBO, but for now, this is the only quad available and a fine one at that. I'm interested in comparing the two. Another great seasonal from the LCBO and one well worth picking up.

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Photo of stevoj
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage on tap at Churchkey. Dark and fruity, slight alcohol warmth in the aroma along with some plums and raisins. Taste is smooth and more dried fruit sweetness with mild alcohol warmth on the finish. Easy to drink, but best to sip and savor.

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Photo of dstc
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky brown color with a nice off-white head. Head falls to a small one. Decent lace.

The nose is of deep fruits soaked in sweet malts and candied sugars. Smells like it should be good.

Very sweet candied malt taste in the traditional Belgian Quad style. No noticeable hops and a mild chocolate taste. Nice.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with a bit of booziness on the tongue.

Very nice version of a Belgian quad. Well done.

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Photo of slimspady
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Rochefort chalice.

Dark, reddish brown color with a quickly reducing white head.

Smells of sweet, malty goodness.

The malts and yeast hit first then the sweetness finishes strong. Some plums in the aftertaste.

Very smooth. Doesn't feel like 10.5.

Excellent beer. Very complex flavors. I've liked everything from Dieu du Ciel so far, and this does nothing to change that.

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Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark murky dark amber almost black color and formed a light tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, raisins, chocolate and Belgian yeasts. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, cocoa, coffee and bread yeast. The body was medium light and the finish was a touch sprite, yet sweet. A nice beer. but not sure what style to place it under.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A- thin khaki-colored head that dissipates quickly leaving scattered lace above the body. Body is thick-looking and caramel-colored.

S- heavy plum and Belgian candy syrup. Caramel and burnt sugar.

T- Continued plum, huge really, with a finish that is cherry-like. There's a slight estery yeast flavor and hints of the candy syrup.

M- incredibly easy-drinking and smooth. No alcohol presence.

A great representation with big flavors but still mellow and enjoyable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Indiscernible date coding a 1 & 5 marked for what ever that is worth

Pours a murky but effervescent brown with a sliver of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Figs, raisins cakeyness, some leather once warm

T: Figs, leafy hops & a slight booze burn up front. A little vanilla, plum & brandy sneaks in as this warms, along with raisin & fig and tangerine peel & leather. Finishes fruity, complex, dry & with lush oaky notes and just a kiss of Brandy

MF: Slight body, slightly over carbonated, smoothes out as it warms

ABV is well hidden, pretty good take on the style. This will age well I'm sure. I would buy this again. I like as much as Westy 12 taste-wise!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz. bottle poured into a tulip. #'s are there to be notched, but they arent :/

(A)- Pours a murky dark mahogany color that produced a foamy tan head that dissipated after a minute or two. Left some clumps of lacing behind.

(S)- A heavily roasted caramel & banana/clove thing going on. Tiny bits of lemon & raisins.

(T)- Same as the smell, only with an awesome creamy chocolate flavor in there. Almost tastes like a banana split minus the vanilla ice cream. Rather nutty; pecan or walnuts with a raisin-like sweetness.

(M)- Great carbonation level & balance. Very smooth going down with a great maltiness & crispness that I am enjoying very much. Rich & satisfying that is even almost crisp.

(D)- A very interesting quad that is really great with that chocolatey nut kick. Fits the style & has a few twists from the traditional. My only complaint is that $5.68 for this is a little steep just for 11.5 oz. Its good, but for the $, I would probably gravitate elsewhere for the style.

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Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a small creamy beige head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some delicate lacing.

The aroma is very sweet, with dark fruits, caramel and overarching Belgian yeast presence that offers a bit of spiciness in the nose.

The taste is extremely sweet with candi sugar and dark fruits dominating. There is some chocolate noticeable in the taste that I could detect in the nose and the finish has an alcohol burn that takes a while to notice. The spiciness of the yeast really comes out as well.

This is a fairly full-bodied beer, very smooth and complete coats the palate with sweetness which lingers for a long time.

I'm highly impressed with this beer and think it is a great representation of the style, leaning heavily to the sweeter side of things. Big fan.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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