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Monday, October 25, 2010

Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis Abt Review


I have recently noticed an influx of Dieu du Ciel beers in LCBO stores across the province. Every larger town I go to has at least 2-3 different types of Dieu du Ciel...and every once in a while, that one store has one that I haven't seen anywhere else. This is how I found this specimen here - in an LCBO store, more than 300 kilometers from where I live.

Dieu du Ciel's Rigor Mortis is an extra strong abbey-style brown ale and it shows by the way it pours with very little, off-white head, and its deep and hazy walnut brown color. The aroma is also typical for an abbey-style ale with sweet dried fruit tones, malt, some banana and very, very subtle smoke. But unlike many abbey-style ales, this one is not too sweet and is quite a pleasant drink. The taste is strong and malty with nuts, spices and a little bit of dried fruits and bubblegum. The finish is medium, slightly sweet, spicy and warm. This beer has a high alcohol content of 10.5%, but it doesn't quite feel that strong...which is good because it goes down faster, and it's bad because you really start to feel the effects half way through the bottle. If you are keeping this in the fridge, I recommend taking it out 30-40 minutes before opening it to let it warm up just a little.

Scores:
Cost - $3.50 for a 341 mL bottle
Taste - 8.8/10
ABV - 10.5%

Overall - 8.9/10...this gets an extra 0.1 because it is not as sweet as most of the other abbey-style ales

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