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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

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Avg:
3.92
pDev:
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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a slightly hazy deep chestnut with a decent sized but short lived off white head. Massive chunks of something floating in this viscous liquid. Aromas are heavy on the fruit. Dark stone fruits with bits of pineapple atop a brown sugary caramel base with just a touch of alcohol. The flavor follows the aroma. Lots of tropical fruitiness with a solid brown sugary base to back it up. Pleasant warming alcohol. Medium body with a somewhat drying finish. Light level of carbonation. Nice sipper once you get past the appearance. This may be an older bottle, its got notches that are off centered from the numbers so I can't tell.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a West Lakeview Liquors a while back. No notching, so it's hard to determine the age of this one, but I believe it was the first 11.5oz batch from 2009. Served in a Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours with a half-finger of tan foam that settles to a persistent creamy cap and thicker collar, along with some splotchy lacing. Body is an opaque caramel brown color with some obvious suspended sediment.

S - Aroma is mostly of candi sugar, along with some cherries and berries, caramel and milk chocolate. Quite understated at first, but grows in intensity as it warms up. There's a bit of spicy least that give sit that quadrupel feel, as otherwise it might be perceived as an old ale of some sort.

T - Taste is yeastier, with some anise, red licorice, dark fruits, cloves, candi sugar and caramel mid-palate, and a fairly boozy finish. There's some mild oxidation, but it's not particularly deleterious. Still a bit too hot for my liking, even though this between probably 2+ years old.

M - Creamy, full-bodied, with lower but present carbonation. Sticky and viscous finish, with some definite alcohol bit and warming to it.

D - At over 2 years this still has the same alcohol bite that fresh Rochefort 10 does. I don't anticipate it smoothing out much more without losing depth of flavor as well. The first 6-8oz went down relatively easily, but the mounting buzz and unpleasant alcohol made the last few ounces a chore. Not Dieu Du Ciel's finest offering, but a fairly solid quad. To be fair, they warn you that it needs at least 6 months on the bottle, and release it in April so that it's in prime shape for the winter.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/31/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a date strip on the side of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep brown colored pour. About a 3/4 inch initial head on the pour which settles to a light frothy rim. Lacing is very tight bubbled sheeting with a few spots and lines left over.

Smell- Very interesting scent of a bunch of things. First I detect a light smokey scent, followed by a hit of overripe concord grapes. Deep roasted caramel comes in next with some dark fruits finishing off the nose.

Taste- Does remind me a bit of St. Bernardus and Rochefort in a way. This one is a bit more forward and heavily roasted on the malt character. Also more hopped than the previously mentioned ones. Grapes, plums and dates swirl around, but don't quite give off the appropriate sweetness...well, they actually might, but the hops seems to overburden the dark fruit flavors. The sweetness does give a quick hit right as you swallow, but gets eaten up by the hops...the alcohol content is noticed, but not largely.

Mouthfeel- Fairly big hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Pretty creamy and somewhat silky with a medium to slightly lower carbonation level per style.

Drinkability- Quite an interesting beer. Haven't had a bad, or even mediorce beer from this place. At $5.99 it was worth the experiment.

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Photo of stevoj
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured amber brown with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I definitely smell the booze with brown sugar, some toasty qualities, pear notes, and belgian yeast.

T: the booze is not as strong on the palate but the pear character is more potent with slight spice and brown sugar accents. It also had the belgian yeast flavor that most quads have.

M: the beer was full in body with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet slight spice but boozy, spice, fruity, and sticky finish.

D: it drank decent but was a bit on the boozy side which made it a tad difficult to take down; definitely a sipper. It thought it was a good interpretation of a quad from canadians.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 10/28/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Dark brown with one finger of taupe head and some yeast floating around.

S - Dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel.

T - Sweet brown sugar and caramel, dark fruit (raisins, figs), some spice. A nice complex palate. Some noticeable alcohol as well fut for 10% ABV, not overwhelmingly so.

M - Medium body, nice chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

D - A nice beer but a touch hot.

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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy brown in color with a fluffy 1" head that lasts. Spotty lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel, brown sugar sweetness, and some soft yeast tones are easy to detect.

Taste: big malt profile with caramel, plums, prunes, brown sugar, yeast, and a moderate bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth to start, more syrupy at the finish. Alcohol and sweetness lingers well into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: high alcohol kocks this down a notch, but for a quad this was smooth and tasty but a slow sipper.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a quad! On to the beer:

Glub glub goes the beer into a snifter. Chocolate brown colored in the glass, some head retention and a little bit of lacing sticking around. The nose is nice; dry powdery cocoa, pears, a spicy pinch of alcohol. It still seems a little more could come out.

More of it comes out in the mouth. Maybe it's the soft yeast bringing grape/raisin notes to my palate to pair with the unsweetened chocolate and pear. Dry astringent malt settles in as the beer dries up on the palate. It's a beer you can chew on, which I like, though carbonation can get prickly, which I prefer in this case that it didn't. Much of the 10.5% ABV is hidden, and you'll feel it warm your tummy.

Inviting beer. Not too sweet or sugary with the Belgian yeast doing some of the work. Good no matter where it's brewed.

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Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 2010 vintage as part of the QuadShowdown. 341ml into a tulip.

Pours a reddish brown, with a very light offwhite head. Thin film and collar, little clarity in the body with some mild retention NOse is lightly grapey, some sugary notes, a bit of non-descript 'stinkiness' and some extremely subtle spicing. Taste has some light dark fruits, lots of spicing that lingers in the finish. A bit of vanilla and brown sugar notes. Mouthfeel has a low carbonation, medium-full feel and some decent sweetness. A modest ethanol/alcohol heat on the back-end. A decent quad.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep, murky red brown. Fine thin head and nice lacing. Caramel malt and Belgian spice and yeast aroma. Nice body, sweet caramel malt with light fruit and Belgian yeast. Malty, bitter finish. Excellent.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled October 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a three finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, burnt amber color that shows a lightly hazed, deep plum red color when held up to the light. The aroma is not anywhere near the sweetness I was expecting. My second smell of this though has me noticing lots of rich fruit aromatics that definitely have some sweetness to them. Notes of raisins and figs are quite prominent and there is a touch of hot alcohol towards the finish. A rich maltiness mixes with the dark fruit, contributing a deeply caramelized malt sugar note as well as some subtle toasted grain character towards the end. A touch of aromatics that make me think of freshly fermenting plums. Further inspection yields ample spicy clove notes, a touch of white pepper, some woody allspice, . At times the beer comes off as being savory, despite the fruity and sweet spice notes. This definitely has a complex, well integrated nose; one that is clearly world class.

Somewhat sweet tasting, though not overly so, the palate is immediately engulfed by a rich fruitiness that is only slightly wiped clean in the finish by some hot alcohol spiciness. Fruity, with a rich sweetness and even a savory malt backbone, this beer has a lot of things going on. There is quite a bit of spice character here, though it is not more than soft and is definitely well integrated; some lightly tongue numbing clove, an allspice note, some woody black pepper and an almost oaky spiciness (it has a definite woodiness to it somehow). For some reason the flavor isn't as impressive as the aroma, though this is still quite good. While this is rich and somewhat thick, the beer is not overly heavy; despite its strength it has a certain drinkability that is requisite of the style.

This is a pretty nice beer, the biggest flaw is that the alcohol can be a bit too noticeable at times; it doesn't ruin the beer for me though. Interesting, this might be quite phenomenal if not for the hot alcohol; I wish I had bought a second bottle to age a bit longer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks like there's enough sludge at the bottom of the bottle to fix the cocking in my bathroom and, while I seem to have kept most of it out of the glass, I suspect some of it might be responsible for dimming the tone on this otherwise ember-y mahogany beer; the highlights are snuffed out by a most gloomy auburn complexion. As can be anticipated for a beer this strength, its head is not abundant; it is, however, plainly visible.

The bouquet, if you have the stomach to get past the initial lick of alcohol, is luxuriantly fruity and not badly equipped in the malt department either. It has both the strength and complexity of a good tawny-port and beyond the obvious brown malts and dried fruits, exact flavours can be challenging to pick out. Part of that is its intricacy, the other part is the alcohol which is as excitable as a young child (and every bit as blunt too).

It seems like someone at the brewery pulled that prank where they didn't screw the lid of the sugar shaker on tightly so when the next guy went to pour from it all the sugar just dumped out. Except in this case, instead of ordering another coffee (or beer, as it were) they got lazy and just left it. This should lead to fantastic results in the long term, but fresh it does little but distract from flavour and detract from drinkability.

Likewise, while the alcohol should eventually tire itself out, for the time being, it's firing on all cylinders. Once again, this creates a slight distraction from flavour and a minor detraction from drinkability. Fortunately, on the former point, there are traces of molasses and anise, fig puree, stewed plums and all other kinds of spicy red and intense black fruits, toffee and walnut. In other words, this has all kinds of tasty stuff about it.

Funny that a beer named Rigor Mortis should be such a stiff drink. Rigor Mortis ABT doesn't quite compare to its Belgian counterparts but it does imitate them well. If you have any bottles in your possession I suggest you find them a cool, dark place and let them just be for a couple of years; my guess is they'll come back a much better beer, but doubtfully one that will ever be confused as belonging to Belgium's great Trappist monasteries.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pulled from the fridge after the weekend tasting.. I am just wanting one beer while taking care of the wife's flowers...

deep dark brown clear... 1/2" tan head.. no lacing..

big boozy.. caramel and raisins.. clove phenols run pretty heavy.. some burnt sugar...

Flavor leans heavy on the plum esters... caramel and plenty of booze burn.. makes me think of young Rochefort 10.... a bit too sweet for my palate..

Mouthfeel seems too carbonated...

Nice brew ... I would buy these for sure.. but I would put them down for at least six months...

All 4's

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle at Beachwood,

A: Pours brown with a small smattering of a light tan head. Fair retention, very high ABV, can't really blame it.

S: Very sweet bread, with a lot of Belgian yeastiness. Fruit - raisins, prune. Lots of residual sugar.

T: Definitely a straight up raisin/candi sugar flavour with a lot of molasses/dark brown sugar character. Lots of fruit complexity. A treat.

M: Full-bodied, light carbonation. Very smooth.

D: I like this a lot. Really no ethanol heat, great flavours, Belgian complexity. An outstanding quad for my palate. This was expensive as hell at Beachwood, Dieu du Ciel needs to get distributed down in the Southland with this and Peche Mortel it's game over.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken in 'La Trappe' San Fransisco on 6 Feb 2013. The basement is very dark (where we sat anyway), so I had trouble seeing the true colour of the beer: it looked dark brown though. The bottle label being dark also was almost unseeable too, which is a shame because the art work is lovely.

The smell told me however I had a great beer in front of me, even if I couldn't see it too well. Malty molasses and rich fruit esters filled my nose and I couldn't wait to taste it.

The richness of the flavours exploded in my mouth, sweet malty molasses (like the aroma) with hints of toffee, caramel and chocolate. Add dark fruit and yeastiness into the mix and you have a very tasty beer indeed.

Full bodied and rich from the first sip, overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a murky dark brown, coca-cola like, into my St. Bernardus chalice. 1.5 inch head. A little bit of lacing but nothing significant.

Smells like a typical quad- the dark fruits (plums/raisins), some spicing, and yeast.

The taste is pretty similar. Very strong raisin flavor, cloves, along with the typical Belgian yeast flavors. There's some brown sugar and vanilla flavors I'm picking up as well, and some slightly grassy hop aromas.

Full bodied mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Another good entry from the Dieu de Ciel lineup.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, murky brown with an okay head that fades to a ring. In the nose there are nice Belgian yeast notes of banana, clove, coriander. A touch chalky and bready. The taste has very nice fruit and a bit of breadiness with a long finish that has a nice combination of bitterness, sweetness, and spice. Nice notes of banana, clove, pear, and spicebox. Sweet, bready, and thick in the mouth. Overall, pretty nice.

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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 puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 11.5 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 24, 2012. I see no bottling or expiration date.

It pours dark brown with relatively decent clarity and a beige head that settles down to a ring and stays that way for the session.

On the nose it smells like a barleywine with loads of malts, molasses, and a bit of booze.

The body is bold and it holds its texture well.

The taste is powerful with a notable barley malt sweetness up front followed by molasses, and black licorice and completing its evolution with a moderate to high bitterness that reminds you what it was you just drank. This is also something that would cellar quite well.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Snojerk321! Pours murky and tawny with a creamy white head. This label is grim as hell. Fantastic artwork.

The aroma is bready and yeasty. Notes of black pepper and other spices are present, as well as some faint metallic notes and some toffee. Dark fruits are evident, as well as some brown sugar.

The flavor is yeasty and bready, with notes of toffee and caramel. A low level of earthy hop bitterness is present. There's an interesting note of overripe banana. The flavor is quite boozy and sweet, and it finishes that way.

Medium bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brewer lists this one as a quad, and I agree it's closer to that style.

A: Deep copper-bronze with a light tan head. Some retention, excellent lacing.

S: Dark fruit, cotton candy fruity esters, toffee.

T: Too much residual sweetness upfront. Dark toffee, dark fruit, earthy citrus, light spicing, balanced bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden. It has some good flavour, but it doesn't measure up to the monks brews.

M: I just can't get over the residual sweetness in this one. A Belgian should be drier & more digestible.

D: Very approachable for its weight, but I couldn't drink much.

Brewers info:

"Rigor Mortis ABT (Rigor Mortis ABT)
Quadrupel
10.5%

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.

This beer won a gold medal (first place amongst 10 gold medal winners) at the adjudicated "MBeer" contest during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal in 2006.

The Rigor Mortis ABT was born in our Montreal brewpub in August 2001"

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Photo of dar482
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The aroma is fruit forward with fresh cherries, raisins, craisins, and some honey sweetness.

The flavor follows with honey sweetness as if it were used in the beer with raisins, sweet dark fruit, onto a dry, smooth with finish with restrained hints of spice as the sweetness and fruity esters dominate. The mouthfeel is smooth and almost syrupy.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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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