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
Reviews:
364
Ratings:
750
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
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71
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Reviews: 364 | Ratings: 750
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely incredible pour. It looks like a dark caramel and pulpy apple cider. Light toffee colored head with linear lacing.

The smell is weak at first, offering glimpses of Belgian yeast, and dark fruits

The flavor is intense, malts and ops vie for attention. Garden vegetables, pumpkin, squash and cabbage show through. A hint of sweetness in the background. Good flavor but honestly wish it had more to offer. With each sip it gives you a vision of something fantastic, but it doesn't deliver the full Monty

Mouthfeel considers a heavy body dense and full with a good amount of carbonation to match the style

I would say it is quite drinkable a little rough on the mind and wallet due to the price tag and high alc content but deserving nonetheless

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Photo of heebes
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottled 08/10
Part of the Halloween releases at the LCBO.

Pours a cloudy medium brown with a decent amount of head and stickly lacing.
The nose is a toasty/roasted malt, brown sugar. Boozy in rhe background.
Bold on the sip, sweet taste with a bit of heat in the finish. Seems to be alot of sugar mixed in. It does taste like what they put on the botttle: extra strong abbey-style brown ale. Medium bodied for the mouthfeel. Overall another good beer from DDC. For the Rigor Mortis I probably would only have one as the 10.5% is decent on its own. Picked up a couple to put away and try every now and then.

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Photo of Mit
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-pours a dark cloudy brown with a slight head.

s-malt malt malt. This smells like a strong sweet beer...very characteristic of a belgian.

t-caramel, brown sugars, nice sweet fruit smell and spice. This one burned up the nose in a very nice way. A true winter warmer.

m-Thick but it's a Quad and 10.5% so it should be. Very nice.

d-surprisingly drinkable. The sweetness wasn't overpowering and nicely balanced by the alcohol spiciness.

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

Got in an in person trade with Patchmaster. This is my first taste of a Quad beer. Poured 12 oz. into snifter.

A- Pours dark murky, hazy, deep amber color. A little lighter more red around the edges. Half finger creamy head, drops down to thin cap rather quick.

S- Nice full flavor aromas. Dark fruits most of the way, plum, raisin, maybe some cherry in there. Very sweet smell.

T- Very nice flavor. Better than the nose led on. Sweet fruit flavors at the beginning. Cherry, plum, maybe grape fruit flavors all fused together well. Leads into slight sour/tart flavor, but balances nicely. Very interesting flavors here, but pretty enjoyable.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation in mouth. Tartness sticks with you after each drink.

D- Wasn't really sure what to expect with my first quad. Very interesting flavors make you want to keep drinking. Very nice balance here. Would like to compare it to some other quads though. The higher abv is nicely masked, which makes it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium sized light brown head with moderate retention and weak lacing. The beer itself is hazy dark brown with red hues in the light.

S- Sweet caramel with roasted nuts. Hint of cloves and other spices from the yeast, mild floral hops and light peppery alcohol. Some plums and figs also come through in the aroma.

T- Very sweet malty beer, brown sugar roasted almonds, plums, caramel and milk chocolate. Some hoppy bitterness balances things out in the end and a peppery alcohol throughout. This is a very tasty beer.

M- Medium to full bodied with a mouth coating oiliness. Cutting bitter bit and then dry in the end.

The bottle says this beer is a abby-style brown ale, and I would say that is a great description though very high abv for a brown. This is a very complex and great tasting beer, I really enjoyed drinking it and will have to get it again.

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Photo of Travlr
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was muddy dark with very little head and no lacing.
Smell was light spice, dark fruit and alcohol.
Taste was very sweet, combo of caramel and butterscotch. Really shows its strength, not really in a pleasant way.
Mouthfeel was solid.
Nice enough, but a bit challenging o drink because of the aggressiveness of the alcohol flavor.

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Photo of Kraken
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/28/09

Poured from a standard 12oz bottle into a 20oz Bass glass. Firm pour calls up a tiny off white head. Head exhibits nice staying power and an impressive lace for its size. Color is a dark cloudy murky brown.

Nose- Admittedly this was probably poured a little cold. Sour apples, caramel, bourbon, and spice. As it warms dark fruits become apparent, plum, date, and raisin.

Palate- Impressive. Overripe apples, dates, raisin, a hint of bitter coco. Big caramels, slightly sweet, some doughy-ness. Touch of rotting wood. Warming. Overripe apples stays with you. Definite Belgian yeast quality associated with bottle fermentation. A tad hot, but not what you would expect from a 10% quad.

Mouthfeel- Dry, very clean for a quad. Moderately fine carbonation

Drinkability- 10% is pretty big so more then one would be too many. Good Quad, if you can find it pick it up.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.49/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

11.5 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clearish yet dark ruby amber, which forms no head beyond a patchy cap and a ring of white. A few scattered streams of bubbles make their way steadily to the top of the beer.

Smell: Sweet toffee and caramel malt dominates the aroma, carrying a bit of candi sweetness along for the ride. There's something akin to cranberry drifting through the scent as well.

Taste: Right up front, this is a barrage of caramel, toffee, and candi sugar, and that does not relent through most of the tasting process. The ABV is boldly present as both heat and astringency, providing something of a medicinal taste and a lingering burn on the tongue. Hints of chocolate and something vaguely fruity are present, but buried under the sweetness and alcohol bite. There is a pronounced peppery spice, however, which makes itself known alongside the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and hot, this is creamy while in the mouth, and then leaves a sensation not unlike drinking sandpaper.

Overall: I'm uncertain if perhaps I got hold of a bad bottle, or if I've been spoiled by other large ABV beers that conceal their payload, but this would not be a repeater for me. I am generally a fan of sweeter beers, but the heat and medicinal tinge taint the whole flavor profile for me.

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Photo of capra12
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed with speedwayjim at the The Gingerman NYC poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Mohagundy in color with 1/2 a finger head.

Smell: The most prominent aroma in this is red fruit.

Taste: Opens with red fruit and malts. Hints of chocolate come in the middle and there is a slight tanginess in the end. The alcohol in this is apparent in this but does not linger.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation which is surprising.

Drinkability: I would definitely have another one but later on that night I realized why this is caller rigor mortis. HA.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice."This beer is at it's best when it ha aged for at least six months." No idea how old this is, but I know I've had it for a year or two.

Appearance: Murky and brown in color. Actually darker towards the bottom. and rises to a lighter shade of brown toward the top. Thinnish off white head with average retention. Little spots of lacing and bubbles here and there.

Aroma: Big dark fruit, Raisins, cherries figs, malts, booze, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, hints of spice. Lots going on, strong point of this beer.

Taste: Starts out sweet with some raisin and cherry dark fruit, with toffee and brown sugar malts. Mid hits with a slight spice and finishes up with some booze and even some cider like acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium, a little thinner than I expected, slightly chewy. Boozy finish. Carbonation was low.

Decent, Nothing super exciting, Probably wouldn't buy again at it's price point.

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Photo of seanthornton152
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Belmont Station, 12 oz bottle, poured into 3 KlienBrouwerij Tulip

Dark brown body, light brown frothy head, the foam stays strong for a little bit, then leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell of, dark brown sugar, sour apples, caramel, and a scent of alcohol is noticed

Initial flavors are sweet of chocolate, caramel, raisins maybe. Then a burst of dryness from the alcohol. This packs a punch, but smooths out as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and sharp, soft carbonation.

AH, this really warmed me up, and its good and strong. I liked to see how the alcohol changes after aging, till then, Au revoir

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Photo of tony223366
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: After a vigorous pour I was only able to get about 1.5 fingers of head. Light tan with fairly good retention. Big bubbles abound. Color is a really murky brown with lighter tan streaks. A nice layer of tan fluffy head persists throughout.

S: Smells very much like a quad! It has that almost clean quality from the Belgian yeast. Lots of caramel and some dark fruitiness. Maybe just a hint of warm spices.

T: This beer is really sweet! And actually a little sour?? I may be imagining it but I feel like I'm getting just a hint of sour in this. Other than that it is all rich dark fruits with caramel and booze. Really intense and really a sipper. The yeast definitely comes out and so does the candi sugar. Alcohol isn't nearly as present as I thought it would be.

M: Medium slick body with good carbonation.

O: All around a decadent beer. I really enjoy it and I can't get over this sour note I taste... is that on purpose or did I buy a bottle that's just a little contaminated?? Who knows but the result is good.

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Photo of scott451
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 04, 2010, so it is a bit young. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear dark brown with a quarter inch bubbly head which rapidly dissipates to a ring. Some fugitive lacing. Smells of malts and esters. Taste is very smooth. Malt flavours up front with a long alcohol finish. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good but the high alcohol will limit a session.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first quad and it strikes me as fairly run of the mill.

It pours a dark brown with amber highlights. The head receded to nothing. Very little if any lacing was left behind.

The smell is a mix of slightly sour dark fruit and cinnamon and other spices. Just ok.

The taste has much more volume. Lots of chocolate malts, raisins, spice and alcohol can be tasted. Its good.

Mouthfeel is decent. Slightly crisp but smooth at the same time.

Drinkability is ok but I dont think I'd be reaching for another immediately.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Decent one finger width off-white, almost light brown head on a quick pour. The beer itself has a sort of reddish-cola color which is fine for the style. It's a little murkier than I'd like though.

Smells very much like a typical quad would, kind of floral and rosey with some cherry, vinous character going on along with caramel. A little bit of alcohol sting is present in the nose too.

It makes a decent initial impression on the front of the tongue, with some nicely executed dark fruits and caramel, but the mid-range is very disappointing to me. Instead of the flavors intensifying, they get sort of derailed into a sort of campfire/old cheese flavor that I just don't care for. It stays that way until the finish, which has some cherry and is a little hot.

Mouthfeel is just okay. Not really what I am looking for in a quad. Too abrasive, not smooth at all.

Drinkability isn't too bad for a 10.5%er, but the campfire smokey taste really throws me off and gets a bit cloying. I wish I could access more of the dark fruity flavor that is up front. It doesn't help that the smell is good and the initial taste is good, because you get fairly excited only to be let down. I'd recommend skipping this one and trying their other offerings, which I think are a lot better. In case you're wondering, I had this on tap as well and felt about the same way as I did with this bottle.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip, great look. deep brown, nice head retention. good lacing.

nose is raisiny, booze/rum, plum, fig, brown sugar.

taste is somewhat sweet, rum soaked raisins. warming ethanol helps balance out the sweetness. hints of brown sugar,more or less everything you want from a quad without being cloyingly sweet.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. nice.

glad i tried this.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: amber/light brown, coppery, cloudy, good amount of off white head which resolves with mild amount of carbonation

Smell: plenty of esters, raisin/prune, bubble gum/banana notes, caramel

Taste: Malt forward, raisin/prune/leathery with hint of nuts/hazelnut hinting at its brown ale heritage with a Canadian/Belgian flare

Mouthfeel: smooth and mildly syrupy without being cloying, fair amount of light carbonation to add body and cleanse the palate

Drinkability: Easily the best brown Ale I’ve had, more akin to a great quadruple. Definitely one to stock up on in preparation for the winter! Delicious!

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, one week old bottled which concerns me a bit for a 10.5% beer.

Poured in a Unibroue tulip glass with no yeast.

Thin, half-finger head that quickly subsides leaving thin lacing.

Medium brown in color. Aroma is sweet with Belgian Trappist aroma (Rochefort yeast?).

First couple of sips...chewy with a distinct Belgian burn on the finish - I believe due to the spice and alcohol. Bottle says best after 6 months.

Smooths out after 1/3 down. Drinking well for how ripe it is. Looking forward to cellaring a couple of these for years down the road.

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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 nighthawk
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

355mL bottle with month/year brewed on label, poured into goblet.

Body is a cloudy brown with ruby and tan highlights. White head is thin on first pour, leaving a haze but nice lacing around the glass as I consume.

Aroma is boozy and spicy, lots of rich plum and black cherry, with hints of caramel and dense bready aromas in the background. Bit of lemon zest seems to pop out every once in a while. Spice flavours hint at coriander and mild clove.

Flavour is heavy on the fruit up front, big bold plum, dark cherry and sweet alcohol, fading to more bready, but still caramel-like sweetness finishing with more assertive alcohol, and bits of lemon zest and coriander spice to perk things up a bit.

I like the mouthfeel on this one; medium body with light carbonation until the swallow when a bit more of a bite is discernible. Sweet without being cloying or syrupy, but not too bubbly either.

While the alcohol is noticeable, it's not overpowering, making this one a nice sipper. Not "dangerously" drinkable, but pleasantly so.

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Photo of MattyV
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - brown-maroon colour with creamy off-white head that settles to a thin film and ring.

S - sweet and malty, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol on big whiffs

T - Dark and caramel malts, a mix of spice, dark fruit, yeast, and a solid bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. The boozy finish balances out the sweetness a bit, but still on the sweet side overall.

M - Very rich, full body, moderate carbonation, starts to feel syrupy as it warms.

D - It seems a bit hot/young right now, I'll have to put a few away, I feel like this could round out into something special with a bit of time. It's got a nice flavour profile and punch, it just seems like everything has had quite enough time to marry.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky, tootsie roll brown color with a plentiful amount of yeast particles that accumulate at the bottom. It initially had a one finger, tan head that eventually reduces to a thin film.

S: Sweet dark fruits (mainly figs and raisins) and a touch of alcohol are in the forefront of the aroma. Typical belgian yeast and sweet belgian candy are also present.

T: The taste is comprised of a balance of the dark fruits and belgian yeast and belgian sugar. The finish is very sweet, and the alcohol is hardly noticeable.

M: Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. The finish is very smooth and the alcohol is hidden very well. It almost has a silky feel to it.

O: To categorize this as a quad may be a bit misleading. It is most certainly a belgian style brown ale as described on the bottle. That being said, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. Just a slightly above average dark belgian ale.

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Photo of sevopie
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark muddy brown with an off-white/tan head. Minimal lacing

Dark fruits, cinnamon bread, and caramel with some strong spiciness, kind of reminds me of St. Bernardus ABT12, and that's definitely a positive.

Spices theme definitely carries through to the tongue. There's also a prominent sweet bread flavor with some brown sugar and raisins. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. Enough to remind you of its weight though.

Mildly creamy with a ton of carbonation.

I like this one, but the one is enough for me. The carbonation and alcohol notes make it a little less of an easy sipper, but its still a fine beer in my eyes.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a huge Dieu Du Ciel fan, but Belgian Quads are one of my least favorite styles. They often times have this very astringent character, which detracts from my enjoyment of the beer. Lets see how this compares to other 'authentic' Belgian Quads out there.

A: Pours a real murky, dark brown. No light penetrates the deep haze present in the beer. Head is rather minimal, but lacing is present.

S/T: The aroma reminds me of a Tootsie Roll. Chocolate, licorice, alcohol, and a nice nuttyness in there. The Tootsie Roll flavor is there, but overshadowed by other, more pronounced characteristics. It is a very sweet and malty beer, first off. The initial taste is chocolate and brown sugar, and that gives way to a slight nuttyness. The final wave of flavors is where the Belgian character shines the most. Very bready, yeasty, and spicy. That astringent character I mentioned is present, but blended well with the rest of the flavors. Maybe it is the strong spice and alcohol that don't mesh well with my palate? Either way, this is one of the best Belgian Quads I have had to date.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very rich and semi-full bodied. Not quite as full as an Imperial Stout or Barley Wine, but close. Alcohol does warm the throat, which is nice. This is definetly a sipper. Drinks better as it warms.

I am a fan. I honestly think this is my favorite Belgian Quad to date. It just has a great pronounced chocolate-brown sugar flavor, which I like a lot. Very complex and very tasty. Seek this one out.

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Photo of psuKinger
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy murky brown. Off-white head on top. Lots of carbonation.

S: Sweet sweet barley and candied sugars. Raisins. Molasses. Bready.

T: Runs sweet at first take. Lots of candied sugars. Raisins and yeasty breadiness. A touch of booziness lets you know this really is 10.5%. Disappointingly seems to lack complexity for the style. Too much bread and candied sugars, not enough dark fruits, IMO.

M: Thick and hefty. Superb carbonation. Moderately dry finish. Good mouthfeel here.

D/O: Overly-sweet and bready, it wore on me as time wore on. It's not a terrible beer. I'd have another if it was handed to me. But I won't seek it out again.

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Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.92 out of 5 based on 750 ratings.
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