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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel


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Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%

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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Photo of woosterbill


4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nitro at BarVolo in Toronto.

A: Black body with ruby glints, underneath a classically cascading head of ultrafine tan nitro foam. Tons of lace.

S: Rich cocoa, vanilla, and nothing else. Sweet, intense, and deeply inviting. Wonderful.

T: Opens with huge (and hugely sweet) vanilla, followed by some gooey chocolate midway through and closed out with bitter, coffee-tinged roastiness and a metallic note. It's amazing except for the finish, and does improve as it warms. Quite tasty, but not as good as the aroma.

M: Creamy, velvety medium body. Nitro works.

O: Delicious, adjunct-forward stout. The vanilla was intense almost to a fault, but the cocoa was beautifully integrated.


Serving type: nitro-tap

03-30-2013 03:45:14 | More by woosterbill
Photo of blackie


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

a: has the appearance of a nitro pour - thick meringue head a deep khaki color, great lace and retention, the beer itself pitch black

s: lots of smooth black malts, chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, and light vanilla, little to no roasted edge, milky

m: thick, silky mouthfeel with smooth, delicate carbonation

t: full flavors of black and chocolate malts, creamy milk chocolate but with the depth of dark varieties, sweet licorice, some buried dark fruits, subtle vanilla component, it's certainly sweet and without much of a hopping, but not distractingly so, satisfying in lieu of desert

d: no issues here, good even in the summer heat, I get the feeling the flavors would be more pronounced without nitro

full pint at the brewpub

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-09-2010 17:25:55 | More by blackie
Photo of KickbacksSteve


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

On nitro tap at Mondial beer festival. Creamy (nitro influenced, no doubt) and thick. Lasting blanketed lacing lining the glass. Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip. Perfect balance of chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts. Delicious, amazing beer. Amazing brewery. No ABV at all tasted, insanely drinkable with or as a dessert, I'm quite sure.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-14-2010 04:36:33 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed at Capone's in Norristown PA as "APHRODITE", I consumed this brew on 4/18/10.

From notes...

Appearance: Dark as night - lifeless - like dolls eyes, minimal khaki crown, minimal retention, and minimal lace.

Smell: Loads of dark cocoa powder with a slight vanilla note.

Taste: Same as nose but not as pungent.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but a touch thin.

Drinkability: Smooth and easy going down.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-10-2010 15:45:00 | More by koopa
Photo of afausser


4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one on the way back from the Southampton release at Capone's--great place and I wish it were closer!

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, opaque and almost pitch black, save for light brown swirls down the side of the glass. A finger of fluffy mocha head sits ever so gently on top of the brew, making it look almost fake--it could be a food photographer's dream. Beautiful head retention and lacing--the head doesn't go away for nearly the entire time I'm drinking it.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, and cream stand out in the nose. Its incredibly smooth smelling. Roasted malt notes blend nicely with vanilla. There's also a hint of bourbon which adds a nice spice--when agitated it definitely jumps out a bit.

Taste: Very chocolatey. Like having cocoa powder, vanilla, and chocolate syrup in the same beer, blended with roasted coffee and malt notes as well as the slightest hint of smoke. I'm definitely also getting raspberry syrup from this one. Finishes slightly burnt and with hops taste. As it warms, the bourbon becomes more prominent, though there's not even a slight hint of heat.

Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is amazing, but its also on nitro tap. Couldn't possibly be smoother. Crisp and medium bodied with light but dense carbonation, and yet still manages to be so smooth and creamy. So I'll give this one a 5 with a disclaimer that its on nitro, but it still serves as an example of one of the better mouthfeels I've had.

Drinkability: Sooo drinkable. This may be the smoothest beer I've ever had (and if not, it's certainly up there!), with a complex blend of flavors, wonderful mouthfeel, beautiful appearance, and hardly and alcohol evident. Delicious.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-01-2010 01:12:49 | More by afausser
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Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown to black colour with a creamy coffee head, showing quite strong lacing. Smell has vanilla bean, cocoa, roasty malts, some licorice, a bit of a lemon cleaner note as well. Taste is bittersweet, with lots of chocolate, mixed with vanilla and lemon, licorice, fairly nice actually, the vanilla didn't steal the show, it was a bit sweet but still refreshing. Body was moderate, smooth carbonation with a dry noticeably vanilla finish. I was worried this would be too muc a dessert beer, and tho it certainly leans that way it also has the balance and complexity to be a nice solid stout, worth trying if you see it. Very interesting mix of complex flavours, another winner from this outstanding brewery, well constructed with a nice bittersweet combo.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 22:13:09 | More by mick303
Photo of McStagger


3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes.

A: Pours fairly black, with ruby tinting on the edge. Thin cap of head with minimal retention. Good lacing.

S: Big roasty characteristics. Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla in the nose.

T: Roasty, again. Splash coffee, big baker's cocoa notes. Comes across as astringent. Hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. Not picking up any sweetness on this. Very, very dry.

M: A bit overcarbonated on the tongue. The lack of malt and alcohol allow the bubbles to be a bit livelier than I anticipated.

O: This is a good beer. It's a bit unbalanced and abrasively bitter. The vanilla was a bit subtle and I though it could use more heft in the mouth. Still, it's amazingly dry and roasty. This gives the chocolate some room to dance. Tastes darker than 90% cacao, which is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:46:43 | More by McStagger
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

beautiful brew here from du ciel. expert use of vanilla and cocoa nibs in this stout, rich yet drinkable, never cloying, and as authentic as it comes as far as the additives are concerned. the nose on it is amazing, fresh vanilla beans, seeds scraped clean from the pod, and bitter roasted barley and dark chocolate malt. the flavor is the same, but the layers impress me most. coffee is subtle, not even in the beer, but i taste it. the cocoa is earthy and bittersweet, but it comes first, than the vanilla as it moves toward the finish, but at the end, it tastes like stout. rich, well made, creamy delicious stout. the additives are not dominant but complimentary, a fine balance. the feel is great too, velvety smooth and luscious on the palate, coating but not sugary or heavy. not a ton of carbonation, but it doesnt need more than what it has. an excellent beer worthy of the highest praise. another thing i love about this, and all of their beer really, is how affordable it is. five or six bucks a bottle for beer of this quality is incredibly fair. so many other breweries would brutally overcharge for beer this good. well done all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 18:06:29 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec 2013.

A: Typical black-brown, minimal head that disappears completely after a while, not even a ring. Red-brown along the edges.

S: Baker's chocolate, vanilla beans, ever-so-slight anise.

T: Powerful vanilla hit that gives way to a mixture of bitter chocolate and coffee beans. Slight... nuttiness?

M: Creamy but light.

O: Really pleasant! This followed up a bottle of Peche Mortel tonight, and while this doesn't have the horsepower of Peche and is much, much sweeter, it's also really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 05:40:27 | More by JasonLovesBeer
Photo of Flounder57


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.5 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate, and a little smoke.

Taste: The vanilla and cocoa addition to this beer is awesome. Chocolate and smoke are in this with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, smokey bitterness, low to medium carbonation, and very delicious.

Overall: This was an extremely easy drinking stout. Tasty and delicious. Might have to take a road trip to Quebec in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 05:31:24 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Roguer


4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, 3/4 finger dark brown head, firm and fizzly. After about a minute, the head is completely gone, leaving a thin dark line around the rim and an oily sheen on the surface. The brew is oily black and viscous. You can still see some bubbling coming up; there's a hint of cherry red highlights peering through. Lacing is short-lived.

Milk and coffee stout aroma: sweet cream, cacao beans, smooth vanilla. Coffee comes across very evenly, with only a small hint of roasted dark beans.

Taste initially follows the nose, with cream and milk notes, but is immediately followed by black roasted coffee, much more like a breakfast stout than the nose implied. Barley, very dark cacao, and just hints of vanilla swirling in the back. Very tasty, extremely smooth, and well balanced.

Good balance, full flavor, and full body. It's a lot chewier than the initial impression, because it's also silkily smooth. Excellent bite paired with a cloying sweetness.

This is a very good to excellent breakfast stout. No real bells and whistles; smooth, sweet, coffee stout, just the way it should be.

Bottle labeled "Aphrodite." Unsure on the bottle date.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 20:59:05 | More by Roguer
Photo of joeseppy


3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown to the point of blackness. Chestnut generous head is bouncy with stratospheric lacing and wispy clouds.

Smell is roasty with bitter chocolate. Vanilla extract and some coffee.

Bitter brew of cocoa, hop and vanilla bean. Alcohol noted as well.

Thin, almost flat, mouthfeel. Silky texture and hoppy bitterness linger. Not a sweet craft at all and finishes dry.

Missing body brings this down a notch. More of a black ale. Other than that it is an easy drinker. Straight forward roast and bitter as you may like.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 22:53:40 | More by joeseppy
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bottle, labeled “Aphrodite,” seems to have been bottled 05/2011 (over two and a half years before the date of this tasting); looks like it’s since been renamed Aphrodisiaque. Still, despite the age, I’m glad I found this on the shelf. Cheers.

A: This is one deep black beer, pouring thick and menacing. A bubbly head, mocha-colored, appears and disappears in an instant, leaving nothing but the dark, dark body.

S: Warm, creamy vanilla and milk chocolate aromas inhabit this nose beginning to end, like rich hot cocoa with marshmallow. There are some molasses and roast notes in the midst of the sweets, but only a small amount – this is primarily a dessert beer profile.

T: The palate is dominated by a velvety sweetness, tasting like chocolate pudding: not too sweet, not too heavy. Supporting notes of vanilla extract and cherry cordial create a nice complexity, with a bready pie crust tone suggestive of unfiltered, aged beer. Bitter and mineral-heavy toward the finish, sustaining a dry aftertaste.

M: The body is strikingly thin, especially when you compare it to a full, high-alcohol American stout. There is, however, a soft milkiness and a subtle fizz to it that makes it quite agreeable (and unique, as well).

O: A beer this big in a body this small is intriguing; thankfully, it turned out delicious. Hopefully I can get it fresh sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 21:03:33 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of momobono


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's the roasty, cocoa smell that really set this one up for me. Great example of a creative stout, and the vanilla is just a hint - which is just fine with me. My only wishes are that this would have a bit more weight to the mouthfeel and a lower carbonic bite.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 02:24:53 | More by momobono
Photo of NODAK


4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has an inviting, sweet chocolate scent to it as nice as any chocolate stout I've had...with just a touch of vanilla hiding behind it.

I was told before drinking this beer that the vanilla would be just a hint, and it wouldn't be overpowering or much of a dessert beer. As it was, I think she was right that it isn't overpowering, but it also was really pleasant in the vanilla aspect. There's the roasted malt note....a bit of sweet chocolate...and a nice level of vanilla that ends it out and is so tasty. A twinge of hop bitterness is found on the very finish. Not a dessert beer I wouldn't say, but just an awesome beer all around....and that's coming from somebody who doesn't list stouts among his favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 01:53:55 | More by NODAK
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle bought from Brewdogs online shop

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Dirty tan head poured very fairly thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong roasted bready malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... caramel, cocoa, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), light vanilla, earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above.. hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts...

Feel - Sharp and dry with a little creaminess underneath... medium bodied... at 6.5% this is a dangerously drinkable brew...

Overall - A world class stout - so well balanced and drinkable... highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 16:46:04 | More by mdagnew
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed off of week old memories.

A: Pretty much pitch black with a slightly mocha colored head. Retention was okay as was lacing.

S: Roasted malt and a touch of cocoa.

T: I really didn't get much of the vanilla advertised. Some came out as it was warming but it really feels like I was trying to hard to get it for it really to be a vanilla beer. The cocoa was more present but this could also be the malt as it sometimes lends itself to this flavor. Sweet caramel malts also hit the palate is interesting.

M: Easy drinking and pretty smooth going down. Not overly carbonated.

O: A pretty decent beer. Nothing astounding but pretty good. I could pick up a six pack if the price was good.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 02:09:06 | More by Haydn-Juby
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 21:24:14 | More by mverity
Photo of FLima


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deepest black color with a dark caramel head with low retention.
Delicious aroma of Belgian and milk chocolates with vanilla, cocoa powder and roasted notes.
And it keeps up hill. Strong predominant flavor of roasted malts with chocolate. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a long lasting roasted grains feeling.
Medium to full body with an appropriate carbonation with tiny bubbles.
A truly chocolate feast as bold and deep as it can be in flavors, without appealing to hop marines.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 13:49:25 | More by FLima
Photo of artoolemomo


3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up slight head which really has no retention- just enough for me to observe the color of the head which is a dark to medium beige. The body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. No lacing has been left and it looks as if no lacing will be. (And that is a fact!)

Nose- Huge dark chocolate from the bottle- reminiscent of Hershey's Dark. The glass shows more cocoa with hints of vanilla. It's not terribly complex but it is quite delicious. If this beer tastes anything like the aroma, it's going to be good. Some toffee and caramel. Even a touch of butterscotch.

Taste- Roasted malts and coffee seem to creep around the tongue as I swirl the beer around my mouth. Bitter notes of cocoa emerge and move into a note bordering on dark chocolate but it seems to stop short of tasting like actual chocolate. Not quite as enjoyable as the nose but pretty close. Seems a little thin. There's a bit of raisin and sourness caused by the roasted malts. These roasted malts bolster the beer and prevent it from seeming too thin. Some woodiness to the finish- mostly oak from the vanilla beans. Slight vanilla creaminess on the tip of the tongue after the finish is gone. Hints at white chocolate a bit. Most of this seems to fade and I'm left with mostly cocoa. Somewhat of a dry finish. I do like the residual vanilla but wish it had more presence in the rest of the flavor profile. Might lack a little in complexity but has wonderful balance and integration. Very good, quite solid beer. The mild hops works perfectly against the slight sweetness and gives this beer a lot of integrity.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied beer which manages to have a creamy silkiness to it despite heavy carbonation for a stout. Nice dry finish that still allows a slick vanilla linger on the tip of the tongue. A mixed bag that shows results.

Drinkability- Incredibly accessible and incredibly drinkable. The only negative is the price. This is worth 6 bucks but I wouldn't pay it most of the time. Especially when I could just grab a Peche Mortel instead.

Overall- Very good beer that shouldn't be a disappointment for stout lovers. Definitely worth a try and certainly a beer that I wouldn't mind having again. A winner when it comes to lower gravity stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 03:54:41 | More by artoolemomo
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Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 341 ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Bottle Date: 2013/09; Poured: 2013/10

A: Dark, jet black, almost totally opaque save for the very edge where a bit of light shine through highlighting the color. 3 fingers of a cloudy mocha head that falls fast to a thin creamy collar and leaves behind curtains of lace.

S: A big nose! Sweet chocolate and dark roasted malt, coffee and sweet vanilla.

T: Wow, so smooth! The roasted notes from the grain, dark malt and coffee first, but quickly mellows with rich chocolate and vanilla milkshake flavors. The finish is very long and complex transitioning between dark and roasted and sweet .

M: Medium-high body and medium carbonation; rich, smooth, silky.

O: Incredible depth of flavor and mouthfeel for a 6.5% beer; and it’s truly delicious to boot!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 18:01:44 | More by mtomlins
Photo of KFBR392


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours with a medium bodied thickness. Tan brownish head of about half a finger. Low active carbonation in glass while drinking. Stout blackness displayed.

Smell: the front is a rounded cocoa bittersweet aroma. Vanilla and roasted malt warm up in the body of this beer. Some dark coffee characteristics as well. The aroma is potent but at the same time very smooth and balanced.

Taste: the front is light, easy on the palate vanilla presence. The rest of the front of the beer is somewhat bland. The cocoa and roasted malt make a powerful appearance in the body. The cocoa rides through to the back end and lingers on the palate with a bright sweetness for a long time.

Mouthfeel: light dryness, sweet chocolate and vanilla felt for a long time.

Overall: good stuff but I was expecting more. Flavors and aromas are balanced but seem a little muted as well. The cocoa aspects of this beer are very strong and felt in diverse ways throughout.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 00:57:52 | More by KFBR392
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South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 03:36:31 | More by chinchill
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3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle. Pours a deep black with a small khaki colored head. Big spicy earthy coffee aroma with hints of vanilla and roast in the background. Sweet roast and molasses up front fade into earthy coffee and lingering coffee vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side without much carbonation to save it. Seems to fall a little flat. Flavors are there but not as impressed as I was hoping. Pretty easy drinking overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:09:27 | More by BMMillsy
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger tan head that doesn't last long.

S-Chocolate, roasted malt, tad coffee was expecting more vanilla here.

T-Starts with vanilla and dark chocolate, a tad more vanilla would be perfect. Then some roasted malt and coffee. Even some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated but not that creamy.

O-Better than the Peche Mortel, the chocolate and vanilla worked well together, just a tad more vanilla would have made this phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 16:30:52 | More by rlee1390
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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.