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
Ratings:
762
Reviews:
367
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
101
For Trade:
2
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Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Braseltonage
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle, medium pour Teku.

A: Reasonably clear pour, medium ruby-brown. Translucent, light tan head. Nice lace, small bubbles.
S: Big Belgian spice. Westmalle Dubbel comes to mind. Banana esters, bitter orange. Nice bouquet.
T: Sweetness, light caramel, toffee. Slight toasted notes. Mix of lighter stone fruits, apricot. Yeasty phenols, Some alcohol burn. Missing some complexity of classic quad examples.
M: A little clingy. Medium full body, reasonably drinkable, but missing a level of smoothness.
O: Somewhat underwhelming given previous experience with du Ciel. Good, but a little punchy up front and not a lot of follow through. Bottle says best after laying down for 6 months, probably true.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Roguer
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rand
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12 oz bottle to snifter

A: Mahogany in color, opaque. Not much of head to speak of, the suds that do exist speckle the glass with lacing.

S: The nose is ester-y, with banana and cherry notes prominent. The booze helps to dry the palate and it's volatiles propels a slight hop snap. Toffee-malts surround and envelop the bouquet, as a caramelly sweetness lingers.

T: Ester-y again, but there are distinct notes of carob and molasses that were undetected in the nose. The booze seems subdued on the palate as well, as malty sweetness dominates. Touches of oak, ripe cherry and phenols, but the flavor profile is fairly one-dimensional for a quad. Short finish for the style, sweet.

M: Chewy and viscous...fortunately th brew is more carbonated than it appeared.

A solid big Belgian beer, fairly easy to drink. But when you're reaching for a quad you're usually in the mood for something with layered complexity, which is lacking in this brew.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.92 out of 5 based on 762 ratings.
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