Rigor Mortis Abt – Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

Seasonal Release

From Montreal Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel comes their “Rigor Mortis Abt”  a Belgian Style Quadrupel.  This Quad pours a deep ruby brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of deeply of dark fruits, brown sugar and caramel malts.  The flavour is of dark fruits, brown sugar, sweet caramel malts, some hops bitterness and a mild alcohol warmth.  The alcohol content comes in at a big 10.5%.  This is a very well made beer and has similarities to the beer Trappist monks brew.  I look forward to having more of this beer in the future.

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 January until stocks last.


4 Course Quebecois Beer Pairing Dinner – March 11, 2014

On March 11, 2014 the August Jack and Untapped Craft Importers collaborated on a beer dinner.  All 4 courses were french inspired as the beer was from two Quebec breweries Le Trou De Diable and Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel.  Tickets for the dinner were $50 plus tip.  This beer dinner was much different than any other that I had been to as this was not a big group dinner that started at a set time (If I had known I would probably come with someone).  The soft start for this dinner was 5pm but you could come at any time after 5.  Once their you could start the dinner menu.


First Course
Bruleed Poach PearGoat’s Cheese
Lavender Flower & Ginger Poach
Pea Shoots
Paired with:  Dieu Du Ciel – Derniere Volonte (Belgian IPA)


I don’t usually like pears but these were quite tasty.  The sweetness of the pear went well with the fruity Belgian yeast in the beer.  Being a Belgian IPA the bitterness of the hops contrasted with sweetness also.

Second Course
Duck Confit Poutine
Crispy Duck Fat Fries
Porter Duck Demi-Glace
Duck Confit
Fresh Cheese Curds
Paired with:  Le Trou Du Diable – La Buteuse (Belgian Triple)


This was an amazing putine.  The duck Confit was amazing with tons of flavour.  The fries had tons of flavour as they were fried in duck fat.  I would have liked a bit more demi-glace on top of the cheese curds so they would melt a bit but the curds tasted amazing.  This Belgian Triple had allot of flavour which goes well with the big flavour of the putine.

Third Course
Venison Leek Tourtiere
Grilled mango Chutney
Crispy Fried Brussel Sprouts
Paired With:  Le Trou Du Diable – Tractor Saison


The Venison Tourtiere was amazingly tasty with wild game meat.  The sasion paired well with the crust of the tourtiere with the wheat in the beer.  The beer also paired well with the sweetness of the mango chutney.  I have always loved fried brussel sprouts so its always good to have them on any plate.

Fourth Course
Flight of Quevecois Cheeses & Accoutremonts
Grey Owl – Ahe-ripened goat.  Fromagerie le Detour, Notre-Dame-du-Lac
Le Mont Jacob – Washed-rind Cow.  Fromagerie Blackburn
Bleu d’Elizabeth – Blue Veined, Semi-soft, Cow.  Fromagerie du Presbytere
Dieu Du Diel – Rigor Mortis (Belgian Quadrupel)


These are some big cheeses with a big beer!  The big fruit flavours and alcohol was able to keep up with the strength of flavour of the cheeses.  I don’t usually eat blue cheese but I did try this one with a spicy mustered and it was quite tasty.  The fresh made toasts were really good with the cheese as well.

This was a great dinner and was just enough food to fill you up.  Next time I go to a dinner here I will be sure to bring a few friends as it is a bit different doing a meal like this alone.  Thanks to the guys at Untapped for inviting me out to this dinner!

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