Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
4.18/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Well, I haven't heard why this needs to be called Aphrodite in the States (or at least our quirky little Commonwealth), but whatever. It's going in my Portsmouth snifter. Very faint carbonation pffft of the cap.
Well, it looks nice enough. Decent maple/brown sugar head. Maybe a little thin but in this snifter that's usually the case. Hang time isn't all that but the deep espress color keeps it formidable and there's a little bit of lacing. Not bad.
I enjoy the deep dark cocal tendency along with a natural vanilla bean essence...along with some grassy hops (Target?) and deep roasted malty goodness. Only a faint hint of patent tannins adds to some nice austerity. Impressive.
Y'know, the carbonation and saltiness really combine with the tannins to add a bit of sting to this that's not on the nose at first. Very slatelike, dry and austere. If it didn't drink so damn easily I'd sit around and wait for it to warm up even more...but I'm already getting this to open up a little bit. It's quite good; the saltiness and tannins go away, leaving a true dark malt character with a little bit of chocolate and maybe a faint hint of vanilla...but not that oaky vanilla you get with barrel-aged stuff. Hops definitely grass this up and add to the slatiness.
Palate feel is, again, nice and dry. Spritely carbonation meets deep, dark tannins and robust hop grass and slate to generate a very clean feel. Whatever yeast strain they used cleared just about everything out.
Borderline sessionable, this is. Drinks way, WAY too easily. Very well-constructed. I know it's not a coffee stout, but this is definitely Peche Mortel's little sister that's all grown up.
Serving type: on-tap
09-12-2009 20:38:56 | More by IBUnit63
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A-Pours nearly black.
S-Dark chocolate and sweet vanilla. Impressive vanilla actually. Roast and java. Bitter cocoa powder.
T-Bitter and sweet chocolate. Makes me think of milk and dark chocolate. Vanilla bean. Vanilla a bit softer here. Medium coffee notes. Finishes sweetly roasty.
M-Medium bodied. Velvety feel. Softer bubbles.
O-I enjoyed this one a bunch and the sample has prompted me to grab a bottle in the near future.
Serving type: on-tap
07-24-2014 23:59:14 | More by VelvetExtract
4.36/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
11.5-ounce bottle poured into a stout glass.
Appearance: Pours a near-black with a short tan head. Lacing minimal.
Aroma: This beer has an attractive set of aromas with black coffee, dark fruit, cocoa, vanilla, coffee beans and dark chocolate all represented.
Taste: This is a tasty, complex beer - the taste is close to the nose, with roasty black coffee accented by cocoa and vanilla the dominant theme.
Mouthfeel: It's also not as thick and sludgy as I had guessed. It's very drinkable.
Overall: A beer to seek out. The complex flavor makes this a unique stout - it's full of flavor, and very distinct. A great beer to dip, savor, and enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 03:03:42 | More by illpass78
Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,085 ratings.