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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 580
Hads: 1,452
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 199 | FT: 10
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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Photo of OddNotion
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I did not want to rate a beer a 5 so early on in my Beer Advocate reviewing career but honestly there is nothing about this beer that isnt perfect (in my opinion of course).

Poured into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary bulb glass.

Appearance: A semi rough pour produces a one and a half finger mocha colored head which recedes a little but stays at about a quarter of a finger for the rest of the glass. The beer itself is pitch black and when held up to the light even the beer at the edge of the glass allows no light through.

Smell: Wow the nose on this beer is so radiant. Every time I smell it, it brings a smile to my face. My nose is pummeled with a delicious mixture of chocolate and vanilla. The scents meld together so well. I could smell this all night.

Taste: Smooth chocolate and some vanilla at the end of the sip. This beer is so smooth and creamy, which really enhances the flavors previously mentioned. There is minimal bitterness present and a fair amount of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, exactly what I desire in a stout. I find most non imperial stouts to be thin and over carbonated, not this one. The carbonation is light and perfect given the thickness of the brew and each sip is as smooth as the last.

Overall: This has been one of my favorites since the first bottle I consumed. This is probably the fifth time I am experiencing this beer and I have yet to have any disappointment. Easily in the top 5 beers I have ever had and far and away my favorite American Stout. I have been looking for a clone recipe for this brew, due to its limited availability, for while but to no avail. This beer is amazing and certainly worth seeking out. A little expensive at $6 for an 11.2 oz bottle but I will be replensihing my stock soon, before my store runs out.

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Photo of umfskibum
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a snifter, the Aphrodite is a beautiful beer. Nearly pitch black in the body, the stout has a creamy tan head that fills a few fingers above the beer. The nose is a powerful blast of vanilla, not unlike high-quality vanilla extract. Still, it's far from one-dimensional, as chocolate - specifically dark, bitter chocolate - coffee, and some roasted barley round things out.

The taste? Heaven. Aphrodite is the beer version of a chocolate and vanilla milkshake. The taste is a flip of the nose - chocolate dominates, with vanilla taking the back seat. There's a bit of coffee in the background, too. The full, round flavor, which leans a little on the sweet with a bit of bitter cocoa, isn't far off from a mocha latte. Seriously, this is close to the perfect damn beer. Imagine your favorite coffee, chocolate or vanilla drink, and you'll have notes of it in the Aphrodite. At 6.5% and packed full of flavor, the beer is almost a sipper - but tastes so good you might find yourself gulping it down.

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Photo of mochamattie
5/5  rDev +19.3%

I've had a few stouts and this is one of the best I've ever had. If you add a shot of a good port it would make for a good "Bloody Aphrodisiaque." I'm still debating whether it would make a good Aphrodisiaque float (with a scoop of vanilla ice cream), but I don't see why not since it already has vanilla in it. High five to the brewery :)

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Photo of SMADMS
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes from VBF

Poured from the tap at the VBF
A--Black with a beautiful creamy almost espresso colored head
S--unbelievable aroma vanilla, cocca and coffee roasted malts.
T-- WOW wonderful chocolate and vanilla flavor that just melts over the palette this is so creamy the flavors are so well balanced. Very mild bitterness of the cacao pulls through at the end
M-- This is so smooth you forget you're drinking a stout.
D-- This is intoxicating you are left trying to get every drop from the glass and then going back for more...

Going into the festival I went looking for this one and once it was found I never wanted to leave. This is as close to perfection as you can get

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Photo of drpimento
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hahahahaha! Man, I caint believe my good luck! Nother fabulous beer. Ah musta been blest. Or, I just recognised a good beer when I saw it. In any case, this is sublime. Poured with a medium tan to light brown head that settled down to a light cover quickly and some lace. Color is absolute opaque black. Aroma is a sweet blend of melting chocolate, malt, caramel, vanilla, and pipe tobacco. Flavor is like that and lots bigger: all qualities are more prominant along with a definite smokieness. Body is very soft and carbonation just where it should be in this case. Finish is like flavor and very slowly tapers in a long finish. Ultimate after dinner beer.

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Photo of generallee
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of icculus304
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.5oz. bottle with USA label (Aphrodite instead of Aphrodisiaque) from Beer Baron in Livonia, Michigan. Pours black with little to no head. Medium to heavy body. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon. Taste of vanilla, coffee, bourbon, and chocolate. Silky palate. I absolutely loved this beer!!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

current incarnation is 5%, as noted by the original, 'retired' entry. served in a 20oz imperial pint glass at proper temp.

this beer pours black with a silken beige head showing almost no irregular air bubbles. creamy and crusty, up there with the best of 'em. smooth lacing is left on the glass and a milk chocolate aroma bleeds off the surface from a decent distance. aphrodisiac? i'm starting to understand why. i can barely resist the urge to dive in mouthfirst.

a taste of slightly burned vanilla beans gives way to caramel creaminess and an unusually non-abrasive ethereal dose of cocoa powder. not sweet, not syrupy- chocolate essence accented over toasty chocolate malts. lighter in overall body but possessing a false richness granted by perfect carbonation and flavor bursts. bitter hops in the finish are foiled perfectly by dessert-like excess of ice cream dreams. vanilla wins out in the end. the played-down hop gives the black bean a fresh flavor- seed-pod in the glass jar freshness that blows my mind into next week. nothing abrasive here and overall super drinkable.

this is a beer that is worth driving many miles, sacrificing great guest taps, waiting in line, and spending $5+ for one 5% glass. make that three glasses. hell, is someone ever gonna send me a bottle of this? i'll make it worth your while. world class brew.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.5 oz bottle poured into Allagash chalice. Best by 02/13. $5.99 at RSVP in Portland, ME.

A: Pours pitch black with dark-brown highlights. 2-finger mocha head settles into a thin cap, leaving a great deal of creamy lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

S: Vanilla, cocoa and fresh ground coffee; very "creamy" in the nose. Roasted malts apparent in the middle with little to no hop presence. No noticeable alcohol.

T: Cocoa is the predominant flavor, as well as vanilla bean. Notes of milk chocolate, fresh cream and espresso throughout, with a lingering hint of bourbon. Finish is somewhat bitter and smokey, but not at all unpleasant.

M: Medium-high carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue. Fits the style nicely.

O: When I think of the perfect vanilla bean stout, Aphrodite is what invariably comes to mind. Beautifully balanced, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better beer to match with a fruit or chocolate-based dessert. That said, it's not overly sweet and is very drinkable at 6.5% ABV, save for the high price tag.

A benchmark vanilla bean stout.

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Photo of OskarL
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A thick black beer with a small head and leaves some lacing, impossible to see through.

Smell - Cocoa, chocolate, lots of vanilla, roasted barley and some sweet notes. I could smell this all night long!

Taste - An incredibly smooth beer! Cacao, vanilla with roasted barley and some christmasy spices. Sweet but finishes a bit bitter. Wonderfull!

Mouthfeel - Medium body, smooth, slightly carbonated, maybe a bit thin but it has only an abv of 6.5%.

This is a very smooth beer to drink, which smells and tastes very exciting!

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Photo of abcentfishing
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an outstanding beer. I first had it at Olive tree market tasting room and could not live without it so home I went with my bottles in hand. I enjoyed all of this beer from the bottle to the nose to the taste. Especially the taste. The more I drank the more the flavors spoke to me. The slight sweetness that seems just right and the fragrance and touch of vanilla was just right. It was smoooth and delicious. My wife the wine drinker(not for long) had me buy an extra bottle so she could share one with me. That has never happened. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of cbutova
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Second or third time having this one, just deleted my old review to redo this one 8 months later. Pours out pitch black with a very nice dark tan head. The head is pretty large and has great retention. The bubbles on top are very frothy and look very cool. Tons of lacing is left all around my snifter as the head dies down. It leaves behind a large cloud and ring around the sides of the beer. Smell is nice. I notice a lot more vanilla and cocoa this time around, and to my liking. The roasted malts are right behind these two aspects and make for a great nose. I would like a bit more roasted malt. The vanilla aspect of the aroma is outstanding. Taste is probably the best of any non-Imperial Stout I have had, and better than many Imperial Stouts. The malt, cocoa and vanilla combine amazingly to make for a dessert-like taste. There are some earthy hops and they help round out a flavor that is very close to perfection. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-medium carbonation. There is no warming. The only problem here is the lack of creaminess, the body feels watery more than creamy. A coat of roasty cocoa and malt sticks around on the tongue. If some creaminess was added to this beer, it would probably be flawless IMO. Drinkability is a laugh, I should go to Montreal and bring back a few cases of this stuff! It would be cheaper than buying over priced singles in the US. I love dark beer and this one could be sessioned like there was no tomorrow. This is a near perfect example of a straight up Stout. Good Job DDC.

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Photo of cassanoj
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass. Black with a tan head that fades quickly.

Smells like a truck full of vanilla and roasted coffee beans. Dusted chocolate and banana play their roles in the back. I love it!

Tastes like the perfect dessert. Vanilla and chocolate blend together perfectly. Coffee and a bit of dark fruit. Mmph, this beer is decadent!

Feels full and slightly chewy in my mouth. Not too bitter, silky smooth.

Aphrodite is as alluring as the name suggests. Sexy, smooth and super drinkable. Love.

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Photo of palma
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: black with a serious matte finish. Almost a gray shimmer over the black. Very unusual and unique. Such an intriguing appearance - one would be very interested if you saw someone else drinking this. The head is an off-white, almost beige color. A creamy head kind of what you'd get if it was on nitro but it's not. Amazing appearance just increases the high expectation of the taste and smell of this beer. Usually in a case like this, you are let down since your expectations are so high. Not so in this case.

nose: dark chocolate with a good amount of vanilla notes. just a wonderfully sweet nose with a great roasted burnt aroma holding it all together. hints of cream and butter as well. A great aroma with the taste to follow it up perfectly.

taste: this beer is absolutely amazing. Upon first sip, milk chocolate and vanilla are both immediately equally present. usually chocolate has some subtle innate vanilla flavoring to begin with, however this beer goes a little further and showcases a distinct separate, though not overwhelming vanilla flavor. The creaminess of the beer really pulls the chocolate and vanilla together and it seems like it's the creaminess that helps bring the vanilla flavor to the front, equal with the chocolate. The vanilla almost piggybacks on the creamy mouthfeel. The flavor also reminds me of when you make yourself a milk chocolate, but don't put enough chocolate syrup in. When you look for the chocolate you get it, when you look for the vanilla you get it. Its perfectly balanced. Not to mention the great roasted malt flavor in the background which is very mild for a stout. but that is the beauty of this beer. everything is balanced.

mouthfeel: just amazing. milky and smooth with a buttery slickness on the tongue. low carbonation.

drinkablility: this is by far my favorite beer as of date of review. It beats out Peche Mortel (same brewery) which was my favorite until I had this. Extremely easy drinkability due to the great taste and mouthfeel and also because of the low alcohol content. could this possibly be a session beer? If they only put this stuff in bottles.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This pours a thick black with a creamy foam topping. It has an amazing cocoa smoothness. Creamy, velvety, thick, rich, with a great aroma of powdered cocoa dust and an amazing, full flavor to match. It’s such a fantastic Belgo-stout that it’s become my new benchmark for the style. Just fantastic all around!

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Photo of Spadoof
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review Date: Sept 12, 2011
Purchased From: Vintage Estate (Boardman, Ohio)
Origin: 11.5 fl. oz. bottle
Serving Glass: 22oz Snifter

Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with caramel (1/2 finger) foam cap. When held to a light, smalls strips of ruby red light appear on the sides of the glass. The head falls at slow rate, leaving behind some sticky lacing on the side of my snifter.

Smell: Dark chocolate dominates the smell and is accompanied by faint vanilla, minor amount of alcohol and maybe some dark fruit.

Taste: Wow that's good! A fantastic combination of dark, earthy chocolate followed by a firm roasty malt base. It reminds a lot of frozen coffee beverage. Towards the back it finishes with a combination of milk chocolate and vanilla and a slight alcohol presence. Again. fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Rich, but not to thick. Creamy. Almost gives me the impression of milk chocolate. The carbonation level is spot on.

Overall: This has to be one of the better stouts I have ever had! Very well balance with distinct chocolate and vanilla flavors. A Masterpiece.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a thick dark brown, almost black with a mocha colored halo and a miniscule layer of foam capping the surface but does not have much retention and minimal lacing. The smell is roasted coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. The roasted coffee hits the palate first, followed by creamy, sweet chocolate and vanilla then a bitter, somewhat dry finish. The malt gives this beer a full, rounded body with a creamy mouthfeel. Aphrodite makes for a great cold weather dessert beer.

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Photo of mfunk9786
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An absolutely delicious dessert beer, and one of my favorites from my favorite brewpub in the world.

A: Pours a nice jet black with a khaki head that doesn't take up too much space but certainly makes itself known. Doesn't pour all that thick, but looks great in the glass.

S: Smells very nice. The chocolate and vanilla dominate here, but there's a roastiness that's missing from the party. But who can complain when you're dealing with a beer that smells this good?

T: The most wonderful black and white milkshake flavor, I don't know how Dieu du Ciel achieved this gorgeous flavor (I have the same flabbergasted feeling drinking one of these that I do drinking Southern Tier's... well, anything they make). A quick look at the ingredients begins to give me an idea (how pure of them... "water, malt, cocoa beans, hops, vanilla beans") and by gum, they make every ingredient count.

M: Smooth without being flat. Sort of like a great chocolate soda at a '50s restaurant.

D: And like that aforementioned beverage, this goes down nice and smooth.

Please oh please, buy this beer and other Dieu du Ciel brews if you're in Quebec. You'll be glad you did - it usually costs $6-8 per bottle here in the U.S. for a Dieu du Ciel brew, but it's only, in the case of Aphrodisiaque, $12 for a six pack (so beautifully packaged in boxes with great artwork) in Montreal. Buy buy buy.

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Photo of Pexkool
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Completely black with a 1/2 finger chocolate brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin lace, leaving no traces at all in the glass.

S: It smells so good! Like a dark chocolate shake with traces of vanilla and coffee.

T: Chocolate paradise! Dark and semi-dark chocolate flavor with strong notes of toasted malt and coffee, with just a little bit of vanilla to make a perfect blend of flavors. An aftertaste of dark chocolate settles in your tongue.

M: Smooth, almost like drinking a chocolate milkshake, but slightly carbonated (in the good way). Being an unfiltered beer, it goes down smoothly and leaves a mouthful of flavors in its way.

Overall a must-drink for stout (or chocolate) lovers! It made its way into my favorite stout, leaving the Young's Double Chocolate and Rogue Chocolate stout far behind! I'll try to find more unfiltered beers from now on!

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Photo of brentk56
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a frothy mocha head that dribbles spotty lacing around the glass

Smell: Smells like a mocha milk shake - milk chocolate, coffee and vanilla

Taste: Milk chocolate, up front, with a developing vanilla and subtle fruit aspect; by mid-palate, the mocha flavor commands the profile and, after the swallow, it is pure milk shake with just a little bit of fruity ale flavors underneath (as the beer matures, however, the fruity elements build and become a bigger factor in the flavor profile)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with a silky character; low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Amazing that so much flavor was packed into a beer with a relatively low ABV; much better than many RISs that are shooting for the same flavor profile

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Photo of oreo
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep black with a 1 finger white head.

Smells like vanilla, mocha, and booze

Tastes AWESOME. Tons of vanilla and chocolate with a hint of tobacco flavors. Really drinkable. Mouthfeel is a little lacking, thin for a big stout.

Overall an exceptional beer full of vanilla and chocolate

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Photo of timobkg
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip, a dark, blackish brown, with a light brown head.

The aroma is an intoxicating mix of roasted grains and chocolate. As soon as I smelled it, I thought "Wow, this is awesome!"

The taste is sweet, without being cloying. Chocolate and vanilla comes to the forefront over a backing of roasted grains. Most (imperial) stouts are far too bitter to pair with desert, despite the common recommendation. This stout is actually sweet enough to stand up to desert without being overwhelmed.

Incredibly drinkable. The sweetness is clearly present, but never becomes overwhelming. Likewise, the vanilla is balanced to never wear out its welcome. I could drink this all day, if not for the price. At $5 for a 12oz bottle, this will have to be a treat.

I also paired this with toffee hazelnut dark chocolate, and the pairing was fantastic. This is now my first choice for a desert beer.

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4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to brian23456 for sending this one to me as an extra in a recent trade!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with absolutely no hint of light colored edges even when held to a light source. Three finger frothy dark tan/coffee colored head that has excellent retention, very slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with lacing on it's way down.

Sweet chocolate malt aroma with a nice bit of roasted coffee and espresso bean as well as some vanilla bean, burnt toast and subtle hops. The deep rich coffee aroma is pretty amazing with the perfect amount of chocolate.

Thick medium body with the perfect balance of smooth silky chocolate maltiness, roasted coffee, burnt toast, subtle hops and bitter dark chocolate. This beer is very well balanced and complex with the sweet notes from the chocolate and vanilla bean perfectly balancing out the roasted coffee/espresso bean and burnt toast flavors. Slight alcohol warmth but otherwise the ABV is very well masked. None of these flavors overpower the other, instead they all bounce off of each other and I'm picking up something different on each sip. This is one of the most well-balanced beers I've ever had. I want to slowly drink it and contemplate each sip but I find myself drinking it pretty quickly. Highly recommended!

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4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer I am submitting multiple reviews for different serving types because this is just so different on tap. Arrives a jet black with a finger plus of a light cappuccino cream head on top.

Nose is all sweet vanilla with some lighter milk chocolate and a faint roasty quality.

The problem with the bottle is rectified - the body is so smooth and full it's amazing. Sweet vanilla melds with creamy chocolate, some roasty malts and just a faint hop presence to form a delectable dessert creation. Sweet but not overly so.

So dead on it's dangerous. I had to have a second glass.

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4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Black as night pour with lighter brown highlights along the edges. A white foam head formed but almost instantly retreated to a ring around the glass. Smells of coffee, roast, tobacco ash, and chocolate rise from the brew. Taste is of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Medium bodied in nature with a slight creamy mouthfeel from the light carbonation. Aphrodisiaque is a delightful stout that I would love to indulge in again!

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
93 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.