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

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RATINGS: 820   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Bottle. Nice aroma of clove, toffee, sugars, fruits with a sort of very light cognac feel to them. Alcohol comes out a bit more in the flavor, as do the sugars, but toffee and malt hang around to do their best to balance it out. Overripe fruits add to the sweetness but also give it an interesting edge to help balance. Lots of nice aspects, but still a touch cloying for me by bottle’s end. Lots of positives, some negatives.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2009
12oz bottle. Screw cap, gotta love that. Pours a reddish brown with a compact but fairly small off white head. Aroma is subtle. Some dark fruits and Belgian yeast apparent but it is not very strong. Plum is a standout. Taste is very smooth. Nice mouthfeel, almost creamy. Full bodied and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. This does not, unfortunately, hold a candle to the better Belgian examples. It’s not complex or bold enough. It does have a great body and drinkability though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8682) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2009
This brew pours dark reddish-brown with a medium beige head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Dark cherry, spice and malt in the nose. Medium body with flavors of raisins and cherries, earthy malt and light alcohol. The finish is sweet caramel malt with a dark fruit aftertaste. Good all around.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19975) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2009
Bottled at PBF. Clea amber, no head. Hevy caramel aroma. Sweet and full bodied. Intensely warming brandy with ever present caramel. Evident alcohol comes through more is a salty finish. The caramel and syrup gets a little bit in the way, but still a very enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2009
33cl bottle. Pours hazy deep brown with orangey amber-brown highlights and a thick tan head that quickly fades to a thin, even disc and leaves light streaks of lace on the glass. The aroma is bready spice-cakey with fruit and molasses. The flavor starts very estery and phenol-spicy with notes of spiced rum-cake and molasses. It is very spicy with ethanol bitterness and unexpectedly assertive neutral hop bitterness. The finish is dry and spicy with a pleasant balance between bitterness and cakey malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is strongly carbonated with light alcohol astringency and a pleasant peppery tickle all over. Full-bodied. Overall, a very interesting brew - nice complexity with surprisingly sharp (though neutral and not unbalanced) bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2009
Reddish amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is malts, alcohol, spices and some bready notes as well. Mild fruityness lurking. Flavour is raisins, plum, alcohol, spices, yeast, sweet malts and some roast. Alcohol coming through a bit too much to be really enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3847) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2009
11.5 oz. Nearly opaque mahogany with a small, but lasting ring of cream. Aroma of raisin liqueur. Smooth flavor of dark fruit, cherries, and light spicy wood. Alcohol is a bit too noticeable for my tastes. Medium body is watery, chest-warming and well-dried. Nice soapy lacing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2009
12 oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee. Murky, brown pour with thin white head. Sweet, dried fruit aroma of mostly raisins and apricots. Flavor is kind of yeasty with earthy and fruit notes. Some plums, apricot, a bit of toffee, light burnt chocolate in the finish. Alcohol is there but never overpowering. Pretty great beer, glad I randomly picked this one up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
Amber pour at the brewpub. Aroma is very, very sweet. Soft chewiness and a bit of light Belgiany spice. A bit of dried apricot and clove as well as a touch of soft berryish fruitiness. There is a nice spiciness as well as an unappealing bit of astringency despite the sweetness. It’s a bit of a miss for me, really.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2009
(Bottled) Slightly hazy, dark reddish brown with a small, bubbly head. Aroma of alcohol, dried fruit, sweetish malt. Flavor is sweet with dried fruit, berries, some roastiness, alcohol. Medium body, lowish carbonation. Too alcoholic for my tastebuds, even when compared to St.Bernardus Abt.


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