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Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Rigor Mortis AbtRigor Mortis Abt

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

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.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a tan colored head, good amount of bubbles streaming up the side, some light comes through around the edges, some slight lacing.

A: Figs, raisins, burnt brown sugar, toffee, caramel, Belgian yeast, smells really sweet and malty, smells good.

T: Like the nose, some sweet dark fruits, burnt brown sugar, toffee, Belgian yeast, incredibly smooth, finish is semi-dry with hints of dry, dark fruits, very tasty.

M: Carbonation really adds to the mouthfeel, semi-dry, alcohol does come through.

O: A very tasty beer, definitely going back to pick up a few more bottles for the cellar, at $6 a bottle I think this is a good value, very nice quad.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A clear brick red that shines with a ruby red glint. A thin ring of sand beige bubble rims the glass in the glass. It does form a thin cap of foam when swirled but again settles out to a thin ring.

S: Big juicy red dry fruits with plums, raspberries,tart cherries, cassis, some warmth of the alcohol followed by sweet spices and slight yeasts buffer the end.

T: Caramel malts with notes of fried bananas & sweet spices and raisins, belgian yeast finished with warm alcohol esters.

M: Medium bodied with a tight hug to the tongue. Low carbonation supports the sweet malts and allows the flavours to shine.

O: Wonderful drinking beer that stands well on it's on and is suggestive of a low hopped barley wine. Would be terrific with a rich chocolate torte and a warm fireplace enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I began this latest quest on Monday, which was Canadian Thanksgiving Day, by scouring my backlog to see what Canadian beers might lay in wait. Unfortunately for my plans, two of the first three were a**kicking AMLs from Labatt & then I was on a planned expedition yesterday. This is less hair of the dog and more like the horse that I rode in on. This bottle was procured at Hunger 'n' Thirst here in Lancaster, PA and seems to indicate a January 2014 bottling date. Mmm.

From the bottle: " Rigor Mortis Abt is a full-bodied brown ale inspired by the Quadrupel beer style brewed by Belgian monks. Offering very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel coming from the malt. It presents complex red fruits and spice flavours due to the Belgian-type yeast we use to ferment it. This beer is at its best after it has aged for at least six months."

No problem as to that last. My problem stems from the fact that they put such a marvelous beer into a screwed-up screw-top bottle! I will buy the idea of oxygen-fixing crown caps, but not when a thread exists that may lead to oxygen being leeched into the bottle & its contents. Smyert botylok! Deprived of the Pop! & not wanting to rouse any lees, I went with a gentle pour. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was a slightly hazy Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22). Nose had a rich chocolate & caramel scent, along with a leatheriness and a slight alcohol burn. I am sure that it is very hot when young, hence their urge to allow it to age, even for just six months. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was candy-sweet! It put me in mind of a 100 Grand bar with its caramel and chocolate flavors, but this also had a fruitiness, not necessarily of "red fruits", but more like dried, dark fruits, like prunes, figs, raisins & dates. Following my initial swallow, I also caught a light alcohol burn, especially on the tongue, but creeping into my sinuses. Also of interest & note was the fact that it was beginning to clarify as it warmed. It was also throwing more fusel alcohol heat than it had been cold, so the two may be interrelated somehow. The warmth intensified the chocolate flavor, making it very sweet. Finish was sweet, very chocolaty, but with caramel and fruit flavors underlying the chocolate. I fully agree with putting some age on this one & I would recommend it more as a dessert beer, or in lieu of dessert, with coffee & perhaps a cigar.

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Photo of dsartwell72
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light to medium brown color with a very small amount of head.

S - Bread, raisins, caramel, sweet fruity esters.

T - Sweet, Malty, some chocolate and burnt caramel, raisins, and a slight alcohol presence, but very well hidden for 10.5%.

M - Full bodied, not too thin, but not syrupy either. Great carbonation level. A bit sticky on the sides of your mouth.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy deep brown color with very little mocha colored head

smell - picking up rum, raisins, plums, a bit of booziness

taste - this is robust - rum, raisins, plums, currants, nutmeg, cinnamon, flavors expand on the palate

mouthfeel - this is a hearty wintertime beverage, medium to full bodied, full carbonation, slightly sweet, a little bit boozy upfront as well as a bit of a burn on the way down, but this is a nice beverage

drinkability - a sipper for sure, a good quad that I am enjoying at the moment while I check out this NFC Championship game, good example of the style IMO

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly murky dark brown color with a very thin light brown head.

S: Brown sugar, belgian yeast, banana, plum, chocolate and raisin. Pretty great smell.

T: Belgian yeast, brown sugar, toffee, a hint of cocoa powder and a hint of hop bite on the finish alongside some roasted malt. Great take on the style.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very clear, mahogany in color, and respectable lacing are present, but where is the pillow of head? This brew could definitelyuse a bigger head.

S: bouquet is less than what I expect from an Abbey quad! But what is there is nice. Malty sweet, raisins and caramel work well together.

T: all of the minor flaws can be made up for in flavor. This brew is spot on with the Trappist flavor. Spicy phenols Balance out a sweet body, trademarked by honey, caramel, black pepper, and many other minor flavors.

M: almost, but not quite as creamy as I would like to see. Very creamy body with a touch of carbonation.

D: overall, a very respectable attempt at the Trappist style. This is really an enjoyable brew, and at a severely discounted price compared to the Belgian offerings. this is another great from Dieu Du Ciel!

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. I bought this at Beer Run for $5.99 a year or so ago. I guess its about a year and half old.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown. Looks like apple cider sort of. The head on the thin side to start, but does stick around a while. Spotty lacing. If it clears with warming, it will look better.

Smell: Loads of sweet dark fruits and spice. Bready, cakey malt. Kiss of booze. Pretty damn good.

Taste: Although still a bit cold, this is big and complex. Sugar coated raisins and dates, fruitcake spices, bready yeast, a little chocolate. Alcohol is clearly there, but is not at all hot and the slight bitterness balances the sweetness well.

Mouthfeel: Slick and soft with a slight creaminess. Just a touch too little carbonation.

Overall: I'm really impressed by this beer. However, for the price, you can easily get a St. B Abt 12.

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Photo of Letrom
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a big beer from Dieu du Ciel. I think the 10.5 % abv is hidden well. Though, it is intense and very sweet, not much bitterness. I thought it would get cloying but it was good until the last drop. I will pick up a bottle again if I see it.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really fantastic beer from Dieu du Ciel. I would say a apple/caramel notes are the dominant, but they're not too heavy that you can't enjoy more than one of these at a time. Definitely a little syrupy, but served cold, I could drink this all night. Looking forward to finding this on tap.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - A dark rusty brown with a creamy laced head that dissipates quickly.

S - Wood along with the traditional toffee and dark fruit aromas. Warm spice follows, like gingerbread.

T - Lighter profile that a traditional quad. Smooth spice and malt. Alcohol is hidden well, leaving a subtle warmth.

M - Very smooth, has body without feeling heavy.

A restrained version of the style. It's smoother and gentler than you get from most beers in this category. A nice change of pace or a great way to introduce someone to a darker Belgian style beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle, label notched 0 and 0 , which doesn't make a lot of sense in terms of dating.

appears murky brown in color, with thin white head. big aroma, mostly caramel. taste is boozy, with chocolate, caramel, and raisin flavors. moderate carbonation, medium body.

overall, pretty good for a non-Belgian Quad

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It poured out a slightly hazy, dark brown color with a small, thin head of foamy white bubbles. It left a soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of rich, dark dried fruits - mostly raisin and plum with possibly some cherry. It had a rich malty nose with a touch of spicy Belgian yeast.

T - A delicious blend of chocolate and all those dried fruits - plum, raisin and black cherry. It has a spicy/yeasty kick.

M - It was soft, smooth and a little creamy. A full-bodied beer that is a slow sipper.

D - This brew reminded me of how much I love a good quadrupel. It's a great style and they've nailed it.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is murky brown with a reddish tone. The head is a rather dissapointing experience - small and light.

S: Yeast and dark dried fruits. Floral hops together with sweet light roasted malt. Spicy - cinnamon.

T: Lots of dark dried fruits. The yeast is a little weaker in the taste compared with the smell. Some bitter hops and more floral ones. The sweet malt has a light roast.

D: The semi-long after-taste holds some bitterness and lot of sweetness. The body is full and the carbonation is a bit stronger than in Belgian Quads. A warm feeling in the chest from the alcohol.

T: The Quad is one of the most complex beer-styles and the masters of it are from Belgium (especially Trappist-monks). This is a nice try from another country. I will buy this one again, but I prefer the Belgian ones.

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Photo of mscudder
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Murky copper brown hue. Thin deep-tan head.

S - Soft sugars, Belgian yeast with a subtle warmth.

T - Crisp brown with a Belgian twist. Not overly complex but the flavors are refreshing due to the juicy fruit presence: apple, pear and citrus.

M - Medium body with average carbonation.

O - Great, well rounded brown. May I have another?!

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (241 ml.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : deep red brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : spices, dry fruit with strong alcohol finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Quadrupel.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass. On the bottle it states Abbey-style brown ale, and will be reviewed as such. Not sure why it is a Quad on here...

A - Pours a murky, hazy brown with solid tannish head. Good lacing with some retention on sides.

S - Belgian yeast, some fruits (cherries, plums, raisins), wet wood, pie spices

T - Great flavour here. Lots of fruit like in the nose with a very nice nutty complexity as well (hazelnuts, some almond). This is a great brown that is more interesting due to the funkiness from the yeast strain.

M - Very smooth, medium, ABV hidden very well

O - I thought this was a fantastic beer, probably one of the best browns I have had. The yeast used gives it a nice funkiness and a twist on the style. Very good.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2/9 - Monk’s Pub (Chicago) - Draft - This is my first quadruple and first Dieu de ciel offering, and it is one of my favorite beers of all time. I went from trying something new to enjoying four pours of an amazing beer. Very strong smell of coffee and fruity. The taste, however is very strong, malty beer. The beer feels heavy, great in the mouth, and goes down smooth. Rigor Mortis - definitely a beer to die for, and highly recommended from this beer lover. Cheers!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich deep brown color with a bit of red mixed in and a thin layer of frothy brownish colored head. The thin layer hangs around for quite some time lacing nicely as it finally fades.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet candi and brown sugar and caramel malts. There is a bit of dark fruit and some clear yeast character. The booze is also noticeable.

T - Starts off with a mix of rich sweet candi sugar and caramel malts. There just a bit of sweet dark fruit and spice in the background. Through the middle, the booze comes through a bit alongside some yeast flavor and banana. The finish is a mix of yeast, sweet caramel and sugar, and some booze that lingers.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels slick with a bit of a syrupy feel and some warming from the alcohol.

D - Very drinkable. The caramel malts and candi sugar provide a nice rich and sweet base to the beer with the fruitness and yeasts providing some additional flavors.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color, somehow cloudy with a beautiful off-white creamy head. Sweet smell, you get dark licorice, caramel and malt in the nose, some yeasts too and a subtle hop aroma. In the mouth you taste dark fruits, caramel, black licorice, some roasted flavours too and dates. You don't really feel the fact that it's 10.5% ABV, there's a subtle alcohol taste and feel but you would expect it to be more present. Overall really good and (dangerously) drinkable.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a lasting creamy head and lacing.
Nose shows chocolate, liquorice, caramel, roasted malt and some Belgian phenols. A little fruit shows through, mainly raisins. The rich and diverse malt profile is a delight.
Flavours are syrupy sweet but there's nice amount of roasted malt to counter it. Alcohol is quite noticeable but not over the top. Similar malt profile and spicy character as in the aroma.
Carbonation is pretty high, but helps cut through the sweetness.
Dangerously drinkable stuff.

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Photo of Brent
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really, really creepy label. Now, that aside, a really interesting beer, as well. Flavor profile was unlike any Belgian-inspired beer I've had. Not sure when my bottle was produced, but it certainly had the hallmarks of one that had been waiting for a while. Amazingly mellow for the whopping abv. Very low bitterness, with brown sugar sweetness and a touch of oaky vanilla. Mouthfeel had a unique creamy nature, almost as if lactose sugar had been used. Surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my St Sixtus vintage chalice

A - Pours a very dark Mahogany colour with a tanned head that retains well.

S - Has a very chocolay aroma from the bottle. Once poured takes on some sweeter notes and some earty malts.

T - Up front there are some strong spices followed by some vanilla and chocolate finishing with a nutmeg boozyness.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation

D - Top draw Quad this one.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Murky, deep dark brown, dark white funk... Head was brief and white. Left nice lacing.

Funky, farmy, belgian nose. Banana, clove, metallic... smooth...

Creamy, high carbonation, nice palateable sweetness, lots of strong clove notes, biting typical Abbey flavors are strong and robust. Well pronounced bite followed quickly by corrupt smoothness.

Slightly all over the board. Don't get me wrong, it's good, just not great. At $5/12oz it's a good value and should be considered a "try". Cheers!!! Can't wait to see how it cellars.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Batch 0 notched on the label. Definitely has some age on it of 1 year at the least, probably a fair bit more. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours murky brown with a good light beige head that holds a foamy island and ring and leaves some nice sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is dark fruits, particularly strong on the raisins along with some prunes, figs and black currants, yeast & bread, some caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and a touch of oxidation probably due to the fact that Dieu du Ciel is using screw-tops on their beers. Very good to excellent strength.

Flavor is rich dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, minimal to no hop presence, moderate to fair sweetness, lingering finish, alcohol is virtually absent.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, very creamy, low to medium carbonation.

This may very well be the best non-Belgian brewed Quad I've ever had. Wow. Dieu du Ciel never ceases to amaze...just wish the price was better and they would stop using screw-top bottles!!!

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Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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