Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,386
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 160
Gots: 179 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-10-2003

Also known as Aphrodite or Aphrodisiac in the USA.

(Cacao Et A La Vanille)
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Reviews by Fux:
Photo of Fux
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque, very very dark brown, almost black. Thin dark head with quite a low retention.

S: Woh! Wonderful. All the advertised aromas are there: coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Nothing overpowering. This is very well balanced. Alcohol is also present here.

T: This is mainly coffee, dark chocolate. Faint notes of vanilla. Finishes dry with a mocha aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, a bit oily, perfect for the style.

O: A very good stout. Do not expect something explosive or aggressive, here. This is all in sweetness and faint subtle touches !

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A serious aroma of vanilla and cocoa swirl about the nose even before decanting the beer. Mouthwatering and seductive upfront and I'll later learn that the beer doesn't let up.

Pitch black in color and with a dense lace of foam that proudly sits atop the beer through most of the session while continually lacing all the way. A great look to this beer.

Large maltiness sets the stage for bold coffee, nuts, barley sweetness, and that cocoa and vanilla blend that dominates the beer throughout. Sweetness, however has a simplified confection (powdered sugar) flavor that my hinge a bit on aspirtame taste. The seetness seems right for a Sweet Stout or Milk Stout. This sweetness seems to amplify the cocoa and vanilla notes but hinder the roasted barley and coffee characteristics.

Quite weighted and velvety to texture because of fleeting carbonation and rising sweetness that prevents drying. A long linger of cocoa and vanilla keeps the memory of the beer all over the mouth making this beer very drinkable and palatable. This glass emptied way too fast.

Thanks jlindros!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a small 1 inch khaki colored head that fades to a tiny cap. Decent rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malt, dark cocoa powder, and vanilla beans. Taste is of rich chocolate syrup, roasted malts, and vanilla beans. The tastes are very balanced and overall this beer is not sweet at all. There is a dark chocolate bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is a bit flat making for a thin and light presence in the mouth. Overall, this is a good stout with nice cocoa and vanilla flavors that shows that a beer doesn't have to be sweet to have these flavors on display.

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

Review #300! Big thanks to papat444 (via grub) for sending a few bottles of this my way. Served in my FOBAB taster.

A - Huge three-fingered mocha foam with excellent retention and some glass-coating lacing. Pitch black, with a hint of brown at the fringes of the glass. This is what a single stout should look like.

S - Loads of bittersweet chocolate, roasty malts, a touch of leather, vanilla bean, and caramel. Awesome stuff - hard to imagine this much flavor is packed into a 6.5% brew.

T - Taste is a little more understated, with lots of roastiness, chocolate, and maybe a bit of wood/barrel flavor at the back end. The bottle mentions bourbon as one of the smells, but it doesn't smell/taste like a barrel-aged beer other than the dry woody notes. A mix of roast bitterness and wood in the aftertaste.

M - The body is a little thinner than I like, verging on the lighter side of medium. There's tons of residual stickiness and mild carbonation, and it's super smooth. I just wish there was more body to this one.

D - Damn - my 6oz pour went like nothing. This is super drinkable stuff, and the only thing impeding session status is the strong roast bitterness in the aftertaste.

Awesome stuff - can't way to see "Aphrodite" in stores in the US.

Photo of babaracas
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aphrodite, too bad it doesn't "google" easily. Very very dark brown, one finger of fluffy medium brown head settles quickly, delicate spray of lace trails the liquid. Smell: vanilla, high cocoa (but not too high!) chocolate, plum, caramel. Holy balls this smells amazing. Hyped out the b imperial stouts can't touch this. Taste: vanilla, white chocolate, high cocoa chocolat,e black plum (very ripe), mild roast. Wow. Peche Mortel isn't the only world beating stout coming out of Du Ciel. Aphrodite / whatever is intense and incredibly well done.

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

Glad I found this today,I havent had a real earth shattering brew in awhile,this fit the bill.Poured a near jet black with only a slight hint of ruby showing thru when held up to the glass,a frothy mocha colored head atop.Deep cocoa in the nose,the vanilla takes a backseat but is there,a decent amount of roast shows up as well.Perfect mouthfeel,it almost feels like its nitrogen dispensed,just as creamy and smooth as all get out.Flavors are big on the coholate/vanilla but not to sweet due to a nice earthy dryness that hits late.A damn fine stout,easy to drink with its creamy feel and rich flavors,one of the better beers I have had in some time.

Photo of Popsinc
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the brewing notes suggest, this beer incorporates both cacao and vanilla in the brewing process.

A dark brown and unbelievably humongous tan head. It took several minutes for this one to settle. The nose was very big on cacao. It was dryish and not sweet but more bold and appetizing (if that makes any sense).

The mouthfeel was rich and creamy but not overly thick or heavy. Again, flavours of cacao and chocolate were prominent and the vanilla added a noticeable kick to the senses. The finish was of a dry, powdery cacao that lingered long and pleasantly. An excellent beer!

Photo of ricke
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a beige small head that leaves a nice lid of lacings.

S: Very mellow and round, yet characterful. Lots of chocolate and vanilla. Pleasant malts beneath. Not very complex, but the vanilla and chocolate combination is very pleasant.

T: The taste is on the sweet side with a foundation of mild roasted maltiness and huge amounts of vanilla and chocolate/cocoa/chocolate powder. The sweet flavors of vanilla and cocoa are very prominent and dominate the taste completely. It's almost reminiscent of a tasty milkshake. Just a hint of dark fruits and perhaps a hint of smoke as well. The finish is very mildly bitter with notes of nuts and chocolate. Unfortunately, I think the finish is a bit short.

M: Medium body with a creamy texture. Slightly too active carbonation.

D: A good one. Very smooth and round. It's sweet, but not overly so and the somewhat one-sided character works really well due to the well crafted composition.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to my bottle, the beer named Aprodite pours pret-ty, pret-ty black with a nice two finger head after a rollicking pour into my snifter. This head is a beige-brown color in which my girlfriend swore she saw a pinkish hue (I don't see it). The lacing is quite sticky and forms a strinking snow covered mountain look.

The smell is lovely with aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla melding together effortlessly. When swirled vigorously in my glass, the roasted malt flavors open up a lot. I pick up other aromas of dark fruits and caramel in the background. There is just enough of a toasted aroma to make this smell a bit like a S'more.

Mmm, the flavor is just as well balanced as the smell. The roasted malt provides just enough bitter astrigency on the sides of my mouth and tip of my tongue to counteract the sweetness of the cocoa and vanilla flavors on the flat of my tongue. Really, the balance between sweet and bitter is just about perfect. The finish of each sip is nicely bittersweet and tastes like a good coffee.

The mouthfeel of Aphrodite is just on the lighter side of medium bodied. The roastiness on the bitter receptors of my palate does a good job of balancing the sweetness on my tongue. The carbonation is low; this is just about perfect for the flavor and body.

Aphrodite is very, very drinkable. I could certainly have a couple of these in a sitting, and it is a beer that I will seek out again. The price is a bit of a deterent, so it is not one that I will buy often, but the quality of the product overpowers the price tag for me.

Photo of brownbeer
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a thin, short lasting brown head.

Cocoa and sweet chocolate truffles on the nose with a background of dark chocolate and smoke. A well working dynamic.

On the tongue, a chocolate and subtle vanilla sweetness hit just before the cocoa powder and smoke turn a tad dry and mildly bitter.

I wouldn't mind a smidge more vanilla in the overall flavor, but still well made. The lighter bodied nature of this tells me that it would bode well as dessert with fresh strawberries or cherries.

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with one finger of tan head.

S - The first aroma to hit is some strong vanilla, followed by cocoa. These scents seem to cover up whatever else might be going on, but still very nice.

T - Again vanilla and cocoa, with some nice hops and roasted malts more apparent in the taste than the aroma.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not overly heavy. Nice bitterness from the cocoa and to a lesser extent from the hops. I like this a lot.

D - With the intensity of bitter chocolate and vanilla, would probably stop after one, but a very good and well made stout.

Photo of generallee
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle (with cool artwork) into a tulip glass. Info on the label includes its abv (6.5%) and a nice description of the beer.

Appearance: Its body has a very dark brown burnt wood color which only allows light to seek through at the edges. The pour produces a tall and thick chocolate milkshake like head. This tall head slowly settles to a thin tightly packed cap of foam that makes lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is deep and full bready yeast notes, toasted grain, powdery cocoa, wet leaves and damp earth.

Taste/Palate: Its medium to full body has good mix of roasted malt sweetness with hint of bitterness from both roasted malt and hops. Up first are chocolaty cocoa powder notes on top of toasted bready grain and earthy yeast with the slightest wet old woody presence. In the middle I pick up light vanilla bean notes as well as a light cream soda like flavor notes. This moves into the finish which adds dark roasted coffee and earth leafy hop bitterness. On the palate it has a smooth creamy feel with mellow carbonation.

Notes: This beer packs a ton of complexity into a wonderfully balanced and drinkable 6.5%abv package.

Photo of niangelo
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle.

Pours a viscous black-brown with fine carbonation on the sides of the glass, a half-inch cinnamon head which recedes in a couple of minutes. The nose is, as advertised, full with vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is thick and solid, a pleasant hint of carbonation. The flavors are bold roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla. The hops and malt are both "up-front" in this beer - it doesn't shrink back at all. Moderately bitter finish.

Great drinkability. Very pleasant. I look forward to trying more Dieu Du Ciel.

Photo of mverity
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Proof. Pours the darkest of browns around the edge and black anywhere further than a millimeter from the edge. Slight medium brown head that almost immediately faded. Poor legs and lacing. Aroma is first the vanilla and deep malt, then a twinge of coffee, then some sweet oaky bourbon and some dark chocolate. Taste is the chocolate and coffee up front, vanilla in the mid-palate, and vanilla/wood in the aftertaste. Nice low carbonation, and silky mouthfeel. I'd love to do a side by side with Peche Mortel.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer. This beer was my youngest brother's 100th beer.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is vanilla, chocolate and smoke. The flavor is milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and light smoke. The beer tastes a whole lot like cream soda. Medium-thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles of this little number at the uptown Waterloo LCBO. So excited to finally try it! (Again, huge love for the bottle artwork - terrific design)

Bottle dated August 2010. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

Nearly pitch black, with only the faintest line of chestnut near the brim. Produced about a half inch of mocha head, which left some scattered patches of lace and islands of foam lasting throughout the sample.

The nose on this is terrific: a lovely blend of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, cream, caramel and toasted marshmallow. All this without smelling artificial or syrupy. Delicious.

A very tasty stout, which opens with a big hit of chocolate, caramel and vanilla, but leaves with a bitter coffee finish. Good interplay of sweet and bitter here. A pleasure to drink.

Could have been a touch thicker, but the carbonation was right on the mark. Creamy and satisfying.

Outstanding stuff yet again from DDC. Well worth the wait, and very glad to see it grace Ontario shelves. About one an evening is about all I can handle, but certainly I will be back for many more of this.

Photo of Swedes21
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle poured in a chilled pint glass...

Picked up at LCBO under "Aphrodite"

Appearance - WHAT A GORGEOUS pour! The beer pours as a dark and heavy beer. I got about 3 inches of a solid light brown head. Head appears to have some "volume" to it as well, while maintaining a "foamy" look. Lacing is generous as the head dies off. Hard to tell about the carbonation cause of the DARK colour to the beer.

Smell - very strong smell of a chocolate/vanilla base. The aroma is very strong and appealing to taste.

Taste - U can really taste the chocolate in the tasting. I can also taste what appears to be a hint of coffee background. The vanilla adds a bit of sweetness to it, but is not brought forward. I do not taste much bitterness to this beer, actually fairly smooth.

Mouthfeel - I appreciate the amount of carbonation added in the mouthfeel. The bitterness really comes through at this stage, very strong start and finish. Its not a thick beer as it would appear either, just nice.

Drinkability - This is a beer i would drink again, overall i could not drink 10 of these in a sitting, but can see myself enjoying a nice cigar while sipping away.

Photo of jondeelee
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

With ingredients like "water, malt, cocoa beans, hops, vanilla beans," a stout could go either way: tasty, or tasting like a vanilla coke. Luckily, this is Dieu Du Ciel brewery, and the beer is thus in good hands. Aphrodisiaque has a rich, thick and malty nose with quite un-subtle hints of chocolate malts and massive brown sugars, overlaid with a good dollop of pure vanilla. Coffee and maple syrup round out the nose, pointing to a brew that's going to go down easily.

And it does: on the tongue, the beer is extremely flavorful, deeply-roasted chocolate malts dancing nicely with vanilla and cocoa, very much resembling a decadent dessert. These flavors do take a few seconds to ramp up--at first, the brew is almost watery--but when they do kick in, they take over the entire tongue, and keep firing until the end. The aftertaste is more of the same, slowly fading into a chocolate burn. Mouthfeel is quite watery‚ far more so than I was expecting for a stout‚ and carbonation is medium.

If this beer does have a fault, it's that it's a bit too sweet, tasting like a good stout has been poured over rich vanilla bean ice cream. If that's your poison, then give this one a try. If you're more into bitter hops and burnt flavors, you might want to go for something a bit heavier.

Photo of chickenm
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black color with a brown head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. Taste is very sweet with chocolate, vanilla, sugar, and some light bitterness. Great creamy smooth mouthfeel. Drinkabilty is just so-so.. this is a bit one-dimensional and the vanilla sweetness becomes a bit too much after a while.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Fallon, NV of all places. That's about the best/most rare beer I've ever come across there. Anyways, black, dark brown appearance, beige head, clumpy and clingy. Aroma was heavy roast, vanilla, all the nice things from a stout.

Great taste, a decent bitter hop counterpart I wasn't expecting, these guys can't make their ipa hoppy, but then the stout is? Velvety smooth after you adjust to the apt bitterness, plenty of vanilla feel to it, paired with sweetness, this beer gives you a good amount of everything I tend to hold 'good' in a stout, and never seemed boozy. Only downside of this was that it was about $5 for a 12oz bottle.

Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a small snifter.
Every aspect of this stout is exceptional. It has a smooth, creamy near full feel with more-or-less perfect, soft carbonation. Very satisfying stout.
Taste: hint of sour; more bitter than sweet. Rich and complex. Dark fruits and coffee.
O: a very special beer

Photo of glid02
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours black with a thin tan head. The head quickly recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with large amounts of smooth dark chocolate aromas. As it warms the dark chocolate sweetens more with hints of milk chocolate vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as refined. Mild roasted malt flavors and dark chocolate kick things off. The dark chocolate flavors with hints of unsweetened cocoa powder take over quickly and carry through to mild amounts of vanilla flavors midway through the sip. The combination of the three then carries through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was surprised by how much chocolate was fit into this beer without tasting overly syrupy or fake. Still, if it were a bit thicker and the roasted malt flavors more robust it could be a very good beer. As it stands now it's worth a shot but not worth seeking out unless you're a big fan of chocolate stouts.

Photo of BugattiRoo
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black with short tan head. The lacing is pretty good.
S: There is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and vanilla in the nose.
T: Chocolate and a bit of coffee with some vanilla in the finish.
M: The mouthfeel is amazingly smooth. Its Great.
O: I enjoyed this beer very much. Glad I tried it.

Photo of quirkzoo
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with minimal off white head that fades quickly.

Lots of roast up front with a wonderful balance of chocolate and vanilla sugar behind it.

The taste is more of the same, though not quite as intense as the aroma.

This is a relatively light bodied beer. Typically chocolate and vanilla stouts are big heavy sweet monsters but this one is much lighter on the palate and what it lacks in punch it makes up for in drinkability.

Overall a very flavorful stout that is easy to drink, definitely worth checking out as a different take on the flavored stout.

Photo of r0nyn
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours an opaque blackness that is typical of most stouts, which I never tire of seeing. Leaves a small head that dissipates gradually, with a good amount of sticky lacing coating the insides of the glass. Smell is full of coffee and chocolate on the initial whiff. After letting it warm a bit, the alcohol is definitely detectable, even at the low-ish 6.5% ABV. Quite nice. Not a lot of vanilla though, which is surprising.

Big coffee bite up front, with a strong chocolate component as well. Not to much maltiness around. Finishes with a slight bitterness from the coffee and cocoa; hoppiness is non-existent. The flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms, but as with the smell, the vanilla is not present at all, which was slightly disappointing.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, with some distinctive carbonation. Drinkability is decent, thanks to the lighter alcohol content and smooth feel. A fine specimen of a stout, no doubt about it. I'll just have to stick to ST's Creme Brulee for my beery vanilla fix.

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,386 ratings.