Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.95/5 rDev -6.2%
Enjoyed on-tap at the Mondiale 2008. A chocolate stout, with chocolate aroma. Dark with off-white foaming head,substantial lacing thereafter. A medium and creamy mouthfeel. Like a well blended chocolate shake. Some roast and vanilla in taste, milky, very drinkable.
05-30-2008 22:36:00 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
04-26-2011 00:26:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.25/5 rDev -22.8%
A: Pours a deep black with a fairly-nice brown head.
S: A little bit of chocolate, but mostly overcome by a faint smell of fake vanilla.
T: Roasted malt and chocolate, but even more so than the nose, this one was just dominated by a vanilla extract type flavor. Didn't taste at all like other beers with vanilla-bean aging.
M: Good and creamy. Low carbonation.
D: Too fake to be that great. I was really excited to try this and it was quite the letdown.
05-07-2010 20:54:15 | More by Thorpe429
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
A: It poured jet black with a dark mocha-colored head that quickly faded away into a thin layer of bubbles. The beer is too dark to see any evidence of rising bubbles from the carbonation.
S: Aromas of dark chocolate and vanilla beans are present in the nose, but really only start to intensify as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very nicely balanced between flavors of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla. There are notes of sweetness and bitterness in the taste, similar to semisweet chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and smooth with a slight bit of dryness on the finish.
D: The beer is very drinkable and packs in a lot of flavor with a relatively low level of alcohol content. I definitely want to dry this beer again and would try pairing it with a sweet chocolate dessert. If you like chocolate and vanilla, this beer is a must-have.
05-15-2010 16:41:08 | More by metter98
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
"Even if you gods, and all the goddesses too, should be looking on, yet would I be glad to sleep with golden Aphrodite."
Darkest vanilla bean brown with the slimmest of sepia accents along the bottom edge of the glass. In spite of an increasingly vigorous pour, barely one finger of caramel nougat colored foam was created. A short collar of thick and sticky lace is visually appealing and allows the above score to be chosen.
The aroma is outstanding, largely because cacao nibs and vanilla beans complement one another rather than compete or clash. Power is definitely not an issue. More breweries should add vanilla to their stouts... as long as do it this well.
Aphrodite is delicious beer from the very first sip. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel has used plenty of malt (the lack of which is the downfall of many a stout) and has hit the cocoa-vanilla balance right on the proverbial head. Too bad this stuff isn't more widely available and less expensive.
Specifics include melted Hershey bars, sugared vanilla beans and a roasted coffee bean presence that is probably coming from the darker malts (since I'm pretty sure coffee is not among the ingredients). Three major flavors may not result in complex beer, but it sure does result in tasty-as-hell beer. At least in this case.
The mouthfeel is at least medium for the style/ABV and is sneaky smooth and creamy to boot. After the soft escape of CO2 on cap cracking, my fear was that the carbonation would be too laid back. It isn't. Almost went with the 4.5 here.
Aphrodite is my second favorite beer from BDDC, behind only to Rigor Mortis and ahead of the widely heralded Peche Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe). If you happen to run across this little beauty in your travels, don't hesitate to buy a bottle or three.
02-01-2011 12:53:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.88/5 rDev +15.9%
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
09-24-2009 02:00:42 | More by brentk56
4.6/5 rDev +9.3%
A huge thanks to Denis for sending this one my way in the birthday BIF. I had been dying to try this one from the moment I saw it. I figured it had to be right up my alley. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/09/2009, my first beer in 4 days none the less.
The pour was fantastic. Huge tan head rises up above an entirely black body. Wonderful retention leaves it several inches high and deposits tons of side glass web like lace. The smooth vanilla and cocoa aroma melds wonderfully with hints of coffee and a touch of molasses. Very complex here. As i take a sip the huge full bodied feel comes in waves over the tongue and settles down with a wonderful coating feeling of sweet chocolate and vanilla. As this fades though a very nice bite of hops comes in and seals the deal. Super sessionable, it was far more complex then the ABV would suggest,
Overall this was beyond solid. Simply stated a fantastic stout I would love to drink again anyday!
07-10-2009 00:33:11 | More by mikesgroove
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
09-13-2009 18:36:15 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -5%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vanilla is dominating with some notes of black chocolate. Taste is also dominated by rich vanilla notes with some black chocolate and also some lightly bitter roasted malt notes at the end. Body is full with great carbonation. Very well done with some bourbon resemblance which might come from the vanilla. I guess I am slightly disappointed with all the hype that had been surrounding this one but still very good nonetheless.
05-31-2009 02:37:17 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev -5%
Thanks to Jake for sharing this one.
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a massive tan head and a ton of carbonation.
S: The nose is rich and chocolate filled. Great sweet milk chocolate notes, vanilla, and a more subtle roasted character and a dark caramel note as well.
T: Like the nose, plenty of sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. A more pronounced roasted flavor along with some slightly burnt notes.
M: The body is medium with a fairly high carbonation that actually works alright.
D: Not quite as good as Peche Mortel, but still nice. Definitely overcarbonated, but a vigorous pour and some time in the glass helps to smooth that out.
11-16-2010 07:54:51 | More by womencantsail
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
Appearance: Pours out an inky black body with an inch of dense tan-colored foam.
Smell: Oh my! What we have here is a rather vivid chocolate-scented aroma akin to cramming your nose up to a bowl of chocolate cupcake mix. Also, there's some good notes of roasted grains and split vanilla bean pods.
Taste: Flowing roasty, coffee-toned maltiness along with tastes of vanilla bean, unsweetened chocolate, and even dark chocolate. Moderate sweetness. Light touch of dried dark fruit. It's got a nice spicy component akin to putting a bit of nutmeg on one's tongue. Drying finish with a dusting of spice and final hints of cocoa and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A mellow, pleasant sweet treat of a stout that's in the same vein as Southern Tier's Choklat, though presented with a far more subtler touch.
12-26-2009 17:45:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.53/5 rDev -16.2%
Brewed with cocoa and vanilla beans. Pours black with a dark tan/brown head.
Nose of Hershey's chocolate syrup and fresh chocolate with assertive vanilla. Smells like fresh baked cookies.
Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and with medium cream.
Flavors are very assertive and easily identifiable-chocolate candy/syrup, vanilla bean and undertones of espresso. Nice but simple flavors with little complexities or layers. Pleasant chocolate character but after "an inch or two" it takes on a "chocolate soda" character.
Some bitter hops in the flavor undertones and some nice bitter hops in the finish. Interesting, but perhaps no so drinkable. There are a lot more "chocolate" "coffee" brews that are more integrated and balanced and which would go better with food and/or to sip. Too much chocolate syrup character.
11-26-2009 05:08:04 | More by GRG1313
3.9/5 rDev -7.4%
This beer poured out as a deep brown color, nearly black. The head was about a half inch thick and laced pretty well. The smell of the beer has a strong roasted aroma with a little bit of sweetness on the nose. The taste of the beer is on the sweeter side, it's got good flavors of chocolate and vanilla. The aftertaste is semi-sweet and had a toasted bitter flavor. The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and felt pretty slick. Overall it was a good stout, worth trying.
06-29-2011 22:34:11 | More by Knapp85
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
01-08-2010 21:11:26 | More by oberon
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Big thanks to GoGriz for this bottle!
Rockin' out to the Moody Blues' "Forever Autumn" with this one. Boom! It pours a straight death black topped by a half-finger of light tan foam. As the Moodies bleed into Alice in Chains's "Bleed the Freak" (damn, I'm slow), the nose shows itself to be utterly dizzominated by chocolate, both dark and milk, with some roasted malts hanging in the background, biding their time. It's very simple, but very effective nonetheless. The taste goes for a less sweet path, opting instead for a bitter dark chocolate leader. The roast makes itself more known, bringing a hint of leather with it. Again, the formula is simple, but does plenty with the small list of ingredients. The body is a rather light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, almost chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, proving the capability of this Canucklehead brewery.
08-04-2010 03:52:16 | More by TMoney2591
Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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