Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Rigor Mortis AbtRigor Mortis Abt
BA SCORE
3.97/5
767 Ratings
Rigor Mortis AbtRigor Mortis Abt
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:
#4,477
Reviews:
367
Ratings:
767
pDev:
10.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
102
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 367
Photo of demcorhip
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay chalice. Was slightly surprised at the rich chestnut colour, and relative lack of head. Not very lively in terms of carbonation, and already expecting no more than the scantest of lacings.

Very rich aromas coming off of this one. Toffee and rum soaked raisin are at the forefront. A touch of clove like phenol is also present before giving way to a touch of lemony and grassy hops.

Delicious. Taste is much like the nose hinted at, but reveals even more depth, some apple like esters are carried then released from the noticeable booziness ( not surprising for an ale with 10.5% abv).

This is a big, full bodied brew. Well put together example of the style.

For a beer this big it happens to be fairly drinkable. Im savouring each sip, and will be enjoying this for a while yet i imagine. A good example of the style, im wondering if i should have let this one age slightly longer. At any rate im glad to have tried this rich and tasty brew, and would gladly drink again.

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

Thanks goes out to cashew70 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy grapish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice small islands, and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, lots of nice dark fruit notes, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of raisins, figs, grapes, plums. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty nice brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Carl.

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

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

Photo of tbryan5
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not so much a quad as it is a brown ale. Nice medium roast malts with some Belgian sugar sweetness to round it out. Again, not a quad but a solid brown ale brewed with Belgian candi sugar and fermented with Belgian yeast.

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Photo of ohmybock
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma on this one was somewhat mild, but it increased a bit once it warmed considerably. Ultimately I got a mild, but pleasant spiciness from the aroma with some possible hints of alcohol. The flavor was much fuller. There's some sweetness upfront, then the spiciness kicks in, and there's a long, drawn-out combination finish. I'm definitely getting some Aventinus-like flavors which (for me) is a good thing. The phenolics in this brew are kept on the light side, and the spiciness is allowed to shine. This brew is somewhat sweet, but certainly not cloying. There's a slight alcohol burn in the finish. It was most-drinkable when it approached room termperature. The bottle did say it was best to age this beer, but I couldn't wait. Six months or so might do this beer some good. Whatever the case, I really enjoyed this beer which just recently showed up in Orlando (Knightly Spirits). I love a good Abby-style brew, but more often than not, I'm disappointed with what I find. However, I was happily impressed with this one. Nice job Dieu Du Ciel!

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Photo of user785335
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beeragent
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kendo
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have no idea how old this bottle is - the notches on the numbers on the side of the bottle seem to line up with a 1 and a 0; could that possibly mean this is from 2010? I've had it in my DBF in the cellar for awhile, but I wouldn't have guessed any more than a year. . . .

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. The body is the color of iced tea - murky or hazy iced tea - but when backlit it's more mahogany or even ruby. Small thin khaki-colored head on top disappears immediately. No real lacing other than some short-lived "legs" after each sip.

S: Brown bread, brown sugar and spiced apples - think those mulling spices you put in cider. Also a touch of alcohol is noted.

T: Similar to the nose, I get apple pie-type flavors: overripe apples, brown sugar and some spices (cinnamon, maybe cardamom). Some bread dough too. Alcohol is fairly well hidden on the palate, but shows up as a drying element in the aftertaste; heat is felt in the belly right away.

M: It's low in carbonation and a little watery for such a "big" style (and given the high ABV).

O: Good but not great.

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Photo of kegger22
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Rigor Mortis is a murky, chocolate brown color with a moderate beige head that quickly reduces to a collar. For the aroma all I can get for sure is a boozy smell, little else. I struggled for quite a while with the taste of Rigor, nearly to the end of the beer. Then I remembered I received some dates for early Christmas and sampled one. Guess what? That was it. So, Rigor tastes like a sweet, alcoholic date (I've had a few of those). The feel was full bodied with ample carbonation. Drinkability was only fair due to ABV, alcohol taste and price.

I did enjoy Rigor Mortis and rate it highly in everything but drinkability.

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Photo of thebeers
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with very thin white head. Lighter than expected aroma of fig, plum, brown sugar and winter spices. Bigger taste with the same flavors as the nose up front and a little bite at the end with just slightly more hop bitterness than usual for a quad and some nice warming alcohol. Quite smooth. Not as complex as the classics, but very well balanced. A delicious sipper and one I'll be coming back to.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Nov-26-2014


A:
Pours a cloudy brown with a middling foamy tan head that never settles to much more than a thin film with a ring. Okay retention; tiny specks of lacing. (3.75)

S:
Very sweet, fresh and slightly earthy. Caramelized sugar, spices, dark bready, some soft nuttiness. (4)

T:
Rich with mellow sweetness. Soft, even, rich layers of warm nuttiness and yeast with some prominent sweetness, red fruits, sugar, roasted hints. (4.25)

M:
Smooth and medium-full bodied with a warm alcohol character and a slightly lingering finish. (3.75)

O:
Very good Quad (judging by the 'ABT').
This is a beer that is very convincingly Belgian but is just missing a little oomph.
It pours all right but certainly is lacking a fat head. The nose and flavor go well together with the former being soft and inviting and the latter sweet and boozy. It drinks well and is quite delicious. It could be a little richer in general and a little less alcoholic for my tastes, but it very good regardless.
Would have again; worth trying if you come across it. (4)

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Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium brown, dense cream colored head that coats the glass on the way down. Smell: brown sugar and brown bread note upfront, then pear, into caramelized sugar back. Taste: caramel, soft pear, sugary red plum, pecan-y note. Full-ish body, creamy feel, fair amount of alcohol cutting through.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - mostly impenetrable brown, two fingers of bubbly tan head, dissipated slowly with nice lacing up the glass
S - very sweet with molasses malt, a banana yeast notes, light florals and cinnamon
T - the mix of sweet roasty malts, banana yeast notes, and nutmeg & clove spice is a very interesting mix, the alcohol comes through but at 10.5% how could it not, plus it ads a little sweetness
M - full chewy feel up front, which begins to dry and thin out with the alcohol bite which is very apparent
D - the mix of aromas and flavours is fantastic, and while this is a quadrupel ale meant to be very strong, the alcohol content and bite do limit the drinkability, but none the less is a great brew

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Photo of bashiba
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty brown with lots of sediment and a thin soap ring of a head.

Had a very sweet raisony smell with maple and brown sugar.

The flavor was very malty with a bit of cedar, maple, and sweet brown sugar with a bit of alcohol poking through. The flavor lingers into a long lingering bitter minty hop finish. Has a nice level of complexity with decent balance.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick leaving a long coating of flavor.

A pretty good belgian style quad.

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Photo of elricorico
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown while pouring, crayon brown in the glass with some light slipping through on the edges. Thin tan head which slips to a cap but leaves a good bit of lacing.

Aromas of grape juice and candy sugar. Very sweet to the nose. Brown sugar and Belgian yeast.

Boozy and sweet, though the alcohol taste isn't abrasive. Dark fruits soaked in liquor. Caramel and a spicy finish. Good, but I'm a big fan of quads and I can certainly think of several that are tastier.

Smooth, medium bodied. Not as full as many quads, but it kinda works for this one.

Not bad, but I had higher hopes for a quad from this brewery. I'd have it again, but given a choice I would go for one of the more classic quads.

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Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a twisti-off cap. Poured into a goblet, this brew appears a color of deep mahogany with a creamy finger of tan froth. The cap dissolves to a thin lace atop and leaves some patches of lace sticking to the glass. I wish I would have been more careful with the pour. I probably only should have poured 8 ounces into my glass because as I got closer to the bottom a rush of sediment plopped in. The yeast has covered the glass and is stuck with thick spackle-like chunks throughout the entire solution. When held to the light, you can hardly see through the pieces of yeast but you see some faint redness through the brown shades.

The smell of this brew is very familiar with a pleasing scent of dark malty sugars that come across like candy sugar, figs, plums, raisins and toffee. There is a light herbal touch of hops that bring forth almost an earthy aspect that keeps the onslaught of sweetness in check. The yeast expresses itself with a mild clove and almost peppery touch that takes this nose off in a different direction that is enjoyable.

The taste has creamy sweetness of toffee mixed with candy sugar and an herbal hop component to contrast. There is quite a bold alcohol presence not only in flavor but with an immediate rush of alcohol down the back of the throat and all the way into the stomach. It leaves an aftertaste in the mouth that is lightly nutty with more focus going back to the sweetness that is like dark fruits mixed with sugary alcohol almost like molasses but not as dark/burnt. This is one of the few times where I actually enjoyed the brew much more while it was cold. Once it gets warmer, the alcohol comes out in full force and gets a bit distracting with a fusel/solvent kick that is not hidden behind the solid malt backing at all.

This is a full bodied brew that is creamy and full in the feel. It has a moderate amount of carbonation and overall is a very well put together take on the style. This initial reaction to this brew based soley on the aroma is wow, this is going to be a sickeningly sweet mess. But after the first sip, you are pleasantly caught off guard. Well done. I have no have many offerings from Dieu du Ceil but the ones I have had were quite enjoyable. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Dark brown body with a disappointingly anemic head. Smell is typical quad dark fruitiness. The taste is incredibly mild. Chocolate, cherries, spices, and dark fruits are all there, but they don't jump out at you at all. You have to work for them. This is definitely the subtlest quad I've ever had. Worth a try if you're a fan of Belgians.

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Photo of nquigley16
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a "tulip style pint glass" from a 341 ml bottle. Bottled February 2013.

Appearance
Pours a beautiful red-brown. Dark copper brown with hints of dark red. One and a half fingers of thick light tan/white head. A very inviting Quad.

Aroma
Figs, strong dark malts, sugar, grapes, prunes, and a tiny hint of booze. Smells pretty nice, but not super complex. Also getting a little must.

Taste
Tastes very sweet, lots of nice maltiness and sugar, with a bunch of dark fruits coming through. Not a very prominent yeast profile. A bit of alcohol, but not very intense seeing as this beer is 10.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel
Very smooth with perfect carbonation levels. A little slippery as it goes down, and a little sticky afterwards. Nice and rich.

Overall- A really nice beer. Balanced, strong, delicious, enjoyable, and well made.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dull cider-brown, but with bubbles rising. No true head, even after a heavy pour.

Big sugar, malt, and fruit wood aromas. Some vanilla and a little booze.

Smooth beer, with heavy sweet malt, some cherry/wood notes, fruit, light bitterness, and not a hint of alcohol. The malt has a real brown sugar element to it. Wonderful.

Full bodied, carbonated.

Wonderful quad. Very easy to drink - scary easy. Worthy and then some.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark brown color with a light tan head. Head turns into a ring on top of the brew and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells really malty and sweet. Could also pick up some toffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Smells really nice with maybe a touch of alcohol in there as well.

T- Taste is sweet caramel malts, toffee and dark fruits. Also could pick up the alcohol just like the nose and some spices that I couldn't find in the nose. Pretty good for sure.

M- Medium to full in body and pretty light carbonation.

D- Easy to drink.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 4ster
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Tulip. Bottled Feb 2013.

A: Medium brown, hazy with amber undertones, light, bright white head on pour disappearing to a few bubbles around the edge, and lacing on top.

S: Dark red fruit (plum, dark cherries), yeasty and some sweet spice.

T: Black slightly sour cherries, plums again, burnt sugar/caramel malts in the middle, then finishing with a bit of spice, funky Belgium yeasts, and alcohol...

M: Bright and sparkling with med carbonation, sticky on the finish. Pretty refreshing and overall well balanced in the flavours, except a the body is a bit boozy.

O: DDC says this is ideal with at least 6 months of age on it, so consider this a "fresh" review... I would say this is a quite nice quad for a beer out of Belgium. Nice flavours, interesting yeast profile, just not quite as refined as the 400+ year old Belgium's :P ... Overall, not the most complex, perhaps a bit sweet, but still worth snagging if you happen to feel like a triple during its once a year release or ones kicking around in your basement.

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Photo of dickieb
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber/brown with a very thin head and some below average lacing. The smell is of raisins belgian yeast brown sugar and a hint of booze. The flavor is similar in profile to the smell but not quite as hot, a very mellow malty belgian flavor with hints of dark dried fruits and spices. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin at first but it thickens some with warming, and its drinkable but not as much as other quads I have tried. This is the second beer from Brasserie I have been impressed with(the other being Peche Mortel) and I will have to keep my eyes open for more.

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