Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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:
#11,047
Reviews:
376
Ratings:
787
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
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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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Photo of MatChar
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tillmac62
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BOD 1/15, so this has had a year to age. Mahogany brown pour with suspended particulate matter. Outstanding head volume, normal lacing and retention.

Light, but typical Quad nose. Caramel, toffee, subtle charred grain, raisin, light prune, fig and chocolate hints over a sweet background.

Medium body with a semi-slick oily texture. World class carbonation for the style with a burst of effervescence in the middle and a solid prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, very complex and fairly balanced. The alcohol adds a bit of astringency, but the flavor is hidden well. It does makes it presence well known with the burn at the back of the throat. All flavors from the nose make an appearance. The sweeter ones arrive first and by the middle the malt sweetness is at its maximum. From the middle on, the prune and charred characteristics are most prevalent coupled with a slight astringency. Chocolate and toffee appear just before the finish. The finish is a slow warm fade of astringent prune with a subtle sweetness underneath.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a ruddy brown color with rust colored highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves little lacing.

It has a spicy smell along with some dark fruit. There is a sweet molasses aroma along with some alcohol.

The taste is sweet and has a spiciness from the yeast. I get molasses flavor with some date and fig. Alcohol flavor is present.

Medium mouthfeel

It is a pretty good beer. The alcohol could have been less prevalent.

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a light ring of off white head, no lace to speak of. I had to give this a hard swirl to get some head out of this. Smell is of dark fruits, raisin, brown sugar, yeasty, good amount of alcohol scents, plums soaked in booze, spicy with some chocolate scents as it warmed. Taste is full of dark fruit, dark sugary candy notes, lightly yeasty, raisin, plum and berries, lots of overripe fruits, light alcohol. Medium carbonation, silky smooth mouthfeel, medium-full body, good weight. This was pretty solid but I really had to warm up to it, starts out a little weak but halfway through I was sold, ABV hidden well, good overall.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of andrewdanks
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled into a Watou goblet.

Rigor Mortis is a hazy brown color with a slight redish tint. The head is fizzy and short-lived.

Aroma is malty sweet and a little boozy.

Flavor is intense with chocolate, cherries, and raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and appropriately carbonated for the style.

Overall a pretty good quad but not as good as the best ones out there.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 787 ratings