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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.

Rigor Mortis Abt is brewed only once a year, and is sold in April until stocks last.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2009
11.5oz bottle, from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours a deep chestnut color, capped with a moderate sized tan head. Aroma is fairly sweet, with notes of caramel, melon, candi sugar, and a little spice. Flavor is sweet as well, with caramel, plum, white grape, chocolate, earth, and brown sugar. Medium bodied and a bit syrupy. Finish is a bit boozy, with dark fruit clinging to the palate. It’s a bit too sweet for me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (818) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Pours a very dark brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts with notes of brown sugar, dark fruit, and Belgian yeast. Very complex taste, unlocking more sweet mals and a nice alcohol burn. Thanks to Bigmmartin for hooking me up. This is a great beer that really surprised me.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Very murky brown color with a whisper of a head. Quite a lite aroma of molasses, figs and brown sugar. The taste is quite complex. Strong, thick and chewy malt. Bready, but a dark, country bread. Grapes, maybe brandy. Molasses. Candi sugar. Light floral hops. Yum.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4494) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cookie dough, with sweet Belgian malt and some light dry fruits. Taste is also dominated by some sweet Belgian malt, some candi sugar and some dry figs. Body is about average for the style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done but additional complexity and more dry fruits ester would have benefited this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours with a deep ruby brown body and a large, long lasting off-white head that leaves good lace. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, some smokiness and ripe banana. Taste is rich, with bandy, Grand Manier, fruit esters and chocolate. Not much alcohol heat. Lively bubbles with creamy carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Re-rate, 6mos old bottle, January 2010: Almost as good as the original, although I dropped the numbers just a tad to reality. Bright flavors, similar to the first experience, but much more spicey notes noted, particularly after doing this immediately after a Roche run, specifically the Roche 10 last. Good stuff, though! Original rating: Bottle from SL. A flat out nearly perfect example of this style on my first tasting (bought another two bottles already). The pour was brown with some orangey-reddish hues to it. The head was small for the style, probably my only knock on the beer. The aroma was dark fruits, chocolate, some coriander, caramel and yeast. The flavor was a great blend of grapes, plumy type dark fruits, coriander, cherries, caramel, candi sugar, other phenolic type spices, a touch of chocolate, and a noticeable barley/grain undercurrent that reminded me that this was "beer," kinda like my first experience with Westvleteran 12. Mouthfeel was smooth and moderately big, amply carabonated, not sure why the head didn’t impress more. An excellent Abt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timbeer (69) - Rosemount, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Bottle pours a reddish brown with a tan head and some lacing.There are hints of dark fruits combined with a bready yeasty and a bit of a spice on both the nose and flavor. Smooth palate with a nice level of carbonation

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2009
[Bottle] Pours a clear deep brown with a smallish beige head. Aroma is a touch of alcohol, lots of yeasty and sweet malty notes, and some caramel. A bit bland compared to some of the trappist beers, in my opinion. Initial flavor is really smooth, with some alcohol, peppery spices, very soft carbonation, some sweet maltiness, and darkish fruits. Overall I would say just okay, however, the palate is really nice.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2009
Tasted blind with savvy1982 vs Rochefort 10, Westy 12, and Chimay Blue. Pours almost black and only when held to the light does some caramel colour show. Large tan head. Aroma is crazy intensely complex! Up high in the nose is pineapple, and green apple. A little lower shows red berries like strawberries, currants, and cherries. Down in the glass shows dark fruit, (plums and figs), anise, spice, oak and bready yeast. Now to taste... This beer is like sticking your tongue into a pinball machine! Sweet, tangy, sour, spice, bitterness... It goes on and on. Wow. Plums, figs, raisins, cherries, apples, licorice, oak, oranges, herbs, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, and more I would love to tell you but an eternity is a long time. Mouth feel is stellar. Mind warping. First sip... Between you and me, "IT" moved a little. And when the big reveal happened I just about shat myself. This was WAY better than the other beers we tried, including Westy 12!!! Pinball *DING* High Score!!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bottle. Pours brown, with a tan head. Aroma is malt, dark fruit, and spices. Flavor is dark fruit, malt, brown sugar, and alcohol. Medium body.


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