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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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1,252 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,252
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 146
Gots: 142 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Also known as Aphrodite or Aphrodisiac in the USA.

(Cacao Et A La Vanille)

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-10-2003)
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Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a flat black color, and after seeing little head activity as I was pouring, decided to go straight down the middle a little early. As I turned to put my bottle opener away, I turned to see that a gigantic, voluminous head was almost erupting from the glass. The late-blooming head is rather light in contrast to the body, and it appears as dark tan-colored, 2.5-fingers in height. The retention is pretty good, lasting around halfway of the drink. The lacing is great as well, giving a solid coating to the glass.

S - The smell of this beer is excellent, providing in my opinion a great similarity to Founder's Breakfast Stout and Terrapin's Wake-n-Bake, but the added vanilla brings an extra depth to it. The vanilla is not overwhelming as in Goose Island's Bourbon County Vanilla Stout, but adds a sweetness that complements the fresh coffee smell in this. The main components are huge coffee, vanilla, and some roast. I'm not getting a lot of chocolate here, and the alcohol is nowhere in sight.

T - The taste follows-up nicely to the nose. Here, the vanilla seems to fall out a bit compared to the coffee, and I am getting a somewhat bitter chocolate that wasn't so apparent in the nose. The overall taste is much more roasty than the smell would let on. Again, the alcohol is expertly disguised. In my opinion I feel the smell was a bit better than the taste, as about midway through the taste, the flavor kind of drops into a watery feel as the coffee diminishes but the roast and chocolate doesn't take hold yet. I would've liked to taste the vanilla more here as well as the nose promised a great mixture between it and the coffee. At the end there's a slight hint of hops, but seconds later it's gone...

M - Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied with good carbonation. Pretty smooth all-around and feels great in the mouth. My only gripe is the slight watery taste that comes through in the middle of the taste that disjoints the continuity of the flavors.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. The nose is easily the best part of this beer, but that's not to discredit the flavor rather than to praise the aroma. I think if the taste matched the nose in complexity and composition, this would be one of my favorite stouts, but as it is now, I think FBS and WnB are overall better beers at a cheaper price-point.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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 oberon
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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 cam477
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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 t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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 tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bulldogg915
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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 Jared14
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of generallee
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
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 bishopdc0
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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 77apm
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,252 ratings.