Rigor Mortis Abt | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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3.97/5
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771 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#4,689
Reviews:
369
Ratings:
771
pDev:
10.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
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Ratings: 771 |  Reviews: 369
Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of morebeergood
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Deep Ellum, Allston. Tonight's offering was a "2007 vintage". Served in a Belgian goblet. Very dark brown color to the body. No head or carbonation. Smell was quite a pleasing combination of dried cherries and caramelized sugar. There was also a distinct smell of barrel aging that I noticed. Taste was the highlight of the night. Strong but smooth. The smell led me to believe that his beer was going to be quite potent in flavor. But it turned out to be quite easy to drink. A nice example of a quad. Huge bursts of fruit flavor, with a sugary sweetness to balance the alcohol. I think the aging certainly helped mellow out this beer a bit and bring some of the core flavors to the forefront. Went great with a hearty plate of Belgian style sausages. Definitely would order one again.

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

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 jayhunter357
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firm pour fills my Sam Adams glass with brown liquid and a tan foam head of magnificent proportions. Some highlighting. Dark fruits and alcohol are present in the nose, which is highly malty in general. Caramel, burnt candi sugar, clove, and some spices. Very nice, and subtle. With a little more power to get those complexities funneled to the nose, I would bump up one more notch.

The flavor is sweet overall, with dark fruit such as plum, fig, and raisin taking the lead. Allspice, cinnamon, pepper-alcohol, clove round out the spice profile. Little hopping, just a hint toward pepper and pine. Some anise. Thick but the carbonation helps it go down easy, especially when there's still a hint of chill left - a little tougher once it has warmed all the way through. Alcohol emerges most apparently then.

Another "hit" from the folks at Dieu du Ciel. Not the spitting image of a Quad, but definitely taking some of the best aspects of that style and putting a new twist on it. Fine specimen.

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

A: deep, clear, copper color, some lacing around the sides of Chimay glass but not much else
S: deep worn leather, dried fruits, dense, slight hotness
T: aged Belgium quad, well-made, balanced
M: very little heat, well-balanced, drinkable and true to type, very smooth

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Photo of jmg480
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intro: Split a 12oz with a friend in tulip glasses.

Appearance: Thin head with big dry bubbles that recedes quickly, but a ring remains and some lacing clings. Good coloring just what I would expect from a quad only a slightly lighter than St. Benardus. It has a decent amount of carbonation on the glass. There is some sediment floating around the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Very subdued aromas from this beer. Slight malty and dark fruit smells but it is hard to really get a good aroma from it.

Taste: Something is not right about the flavor. There is a flat taste that seems to squash any flavor that starts to build in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: It leaves a sour aftertaste

Overall: I would most likely not buy this beer again. I really like quads, but this one while average overall, this is not one I would go looking for considering the great number of excellent quads to be had.

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Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice creamy tan head over a mahogany elixir. Good lace as well. Nose has dark fruits, spicy yeast, peppery alcohol and candy malts. Taste is a nice balance of sweet bready malts, herbal yeast, cocoa and spices. Thick, creamy body is well carbonated. Nice Canadian Quad.

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SebD
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy amber/brown color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, dark fruit (raisins and cherries), caramel, brown sugar and a subtle spiciness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some bready yeast, raisins, some cherries, caramel, brown sugar, cloves and a slight metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.86/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review adapted from notes taken in September, 2009

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Dark brown with hints of ruby and amber

Smell: Malty sweetness, Belgian yeast funk, dark fruits, alcohol

Taste: Very malty but not overly sweet, spicy, dark fruits, hints of Belgian yeast, hints of alcohol - very phenolic

Mouthfeel: Thick, sticky, and syrupy - Quads are supposed to be intense but this is pushing it

Overall: The syrupy feel of the body and the alcohol take a toll over time

Perhaps I got spoiled because my first quad was St. Bernardus Abt 12. Perhaps as a result, I am not inclined to recommend this beer. The syrupy mouthfeel combined with the phenols honestly made me think I was drinking cough syrup. Perhaps this is better super fresh (or mellows with age).

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Photo of clvand0
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy light brown color with a medium head that hangs around for a while. The aroma is very sweet with some caramel and fruit notes. The flavor is much the same with caramel malts, some fruit, alcohol, and some spicy phenols - not terribly complex, but nice. The finish is fairly dry and the body is on the lighter end of medium. Drinkability is pretty good for the high level of alcohol, but I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Photo of farrago
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thinnish head, just under half a finger, dark tan to light brown in hue, even surface, retention is adequate but just that, minimal stickiness to the lacing. The liquid is a deep brown color, darkened further yet by the vast amount of floaties in the glass, more yellowish rims, only a few scattered bubbles are visible. The nose is very boozy, close to rubbing alcohol in intensity, peaty with coffee, mocha, caramel notes which somehow do little to sweeten things up, a salty edge tends to cancel out a lot of the fig, raisin, plum, cherry fruit scents, wet herbaceousness its final calling card. Full-bodied, somewhat flatfooted due to the lackluster carbonation. Coconut, licorice, orange peel, some vague yeastiness. Again, the booziness distracts and unbalances. Charcoal, earth and charred driftwood take ground in the mid-palate. The cherry, plum, golden raisin, fig is not that sugary and competes halfheartedly. It tends to peter out before what you’d expect to be the finish. All this is not to say it’s a poor quality beer, more so that one expects better harmonization which would equate to a smoother, lengthier experience. Needs to be served with something which would account for its deficiencies.

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Photo of my_knew_craft
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Budlum
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep brown body with shades of head produced a very thing tan head that quickly disappeared. The nose has deep fruit aromas mixed with vanilla and prunes. Alcohol is very noticeable and hot. Sweet spicy flavors blend with apricots, figs, and apples, but there is always a strong alcohol in the back. I really enjoyed the flavors and smell, but wish the 10.5% were masked a bit better. Reading other reviews leads me to believe that this varies quite a bit between batches.

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Photo of generallee
4.87/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. Info on the label includes its abv (10.5%) and a nice description of the beer.

Appearance: This beer has a dark murky body with some lighter mahogany and reddish brown highlights. From the pour I got a thin creamy off head. The small head quickly fades to a light film covering with a ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Lacing is slick and slides right down the glass.

Smell: It has a big fruity/estery aroma with hints of dark dried fruits like raisins and plum or prune. There are also notes of yeast and sweet bready/toasty almost chocolaty malt and as it warms I get some cherry notes too, along with mellow hints of its big 10.5% abv.

Taste/Palate: It starts with its good sweet malty base and then adds fruity and yeast notes to the mix. Everything from the aroma is picked up here and slowly fades off the tongue with some mellow peppery/spicy hops and boozy alcohol. Its full bodied and finely carbonated, which I feel is perfect for the style.

Notes: I absolutely love this beer and this brewery! This along with Péché Mortel and Aphrodisiaque have been standouts within there styles and they are some of my favorite beers.

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Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell of cherries and coffee. Has a "mango juice" type of taste and feel. Very nice belgian. Solid offering from Dieu du Ciel!

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Photo of bashiba
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty brown with lots of sediment and a thin soap ring of a head.

Had a very sweet raisony smell with maple and brown sugar.

The flavor was very malty with a bit of cedar, maple, and sweet brown sugar with a bit of alcohol poking through. The flavor lingers into a long lingering bitter minty hop finish. Has a nice level of complexity with decent balance.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick leaving a long coating of flavor.

A pretty good belgian style quad.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Brusin' Ales that's been sitting in my cellar for a little while. Poured into a Rochefort chalice.

Appearance: Pours a ruddy, dirty brown, hazy and cloudy, with a fair amount of light creeping in around the edges (as in, around the peripheries of this beer, it's nearly yellow). A fizzy white head emerges from this one fairly quickly and fades away just the same, pretty much what you'd expect, though a fair amount of thin surface dusting and a very thin collar does stick around for a while. Not the best looking beer, but hey, as far as quads go?

Aroma: I usually do aroma last - at least, after taste - and so this one has warmed enough by this point to where it was a little boozy by the time I got around to it. Medicinal phenols, cherries, caramel, and wholesome malts round it out.

Taste: I initially found this one really bready - that is, it was wholesome tasting, doughy, a little sweet, but also very similar to drinking rum-soaked bread crusts. But as it warmed a little - which doesn't take too long in the chalice - the sweetness intensifies (cocoa notes emerge, as well), a few bitter and chemically phenols emerge, and the dark raisin, sweet and slightly tart cherry combo emerges. Alcohol is faintly apparent, but the other chemical notes are a little more offputting unfortunately, with the remainder of the notes not quite vibrant enough to make up for it.

Mouthfeel: A little thick and a little syrupy, such that it leaves a little bit of a sticky residue on the tongue, but with soft, subtle, fine carbonation.

Drinkability: This one's definitely a quad - it's stylistically pretty spot on - and shows how you can make a really stylistically spot on beer that's just not terribly impressive. It's not bad, but it is decidedly mediocre. It helps that it's a little low on the abv% side - or, at least, you can't taste it that easily - but only so much really. Perhaps worth one try, but there are way better quads out there.

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Rigor Mortis Abt from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 771 ratings
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