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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 139
Gots: 129 | 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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Photo of rfgetz
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labled Aphrodite...

Pours a deep dark black with stiff tan colored head. Minimal retention but decent lacing. Smell is of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasted grains. Taste follows scent with dark chocolate up front with a nice bitterness, vanilla and oak in the rear with a overall roasted grain background. Not terribly complex and better as it reaches room temperature. Feels a tad thinner and not as creamy or silky as I had hoped. Overall decent tasting brew, but for double the cost of a FBS and the same price as a KBS, not nearly in their class like the Peche Mortel manages to do.

rfgetz, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small tan colored head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla. Smells like a great dessert.

Lots of sweet chocolate and tons of vanilla are present in the flavor. Lots of roasted malt and bitterness from it in the background. There is a hint of fruitiness in the background also. Lots of great flavors.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Pleasant level of carbonation. A very easy drinking beer. Not quite on the level of Peche Mortel, but still very good.

hckyfn9999, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours deep black with a light cream and mocha head

light cocoa and light coffee, a bit faint for what i expected.

light chocolate up front through the finish. light roasted malts with a bit of a charcoal flavor. semi sweet and light hints of coffee. light vanilla

fairly full with nice carbonation, a tad but much but overall decent.

not bad.... could use more cocoa. i expected a bit more but enjoyed it. its hard not to compare to peche mortel which blows this away.

hooliganlife, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of baggio
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Dark brown with a small beige head.

S: Vanilla, Milkchocolate, Coffee latte, Dark caramel.

T: Roasted malts, Vanilla, Milkchocolate, Dark caramel, Coffe latte.

M: Extremely balanced beer with a quite thin body.

The perfect dessertbeer? Very nice. Only downside is the rather thin body.

baggio, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at State Line to see what the fuss is all about.

In my Duvel glass, Aphrodite sits black with no discernible highlights. A dense, brown head caps the beer, leaving some lacework.
The nose is decent, with a blend of vanilla, cream and cocoa that's more along the lines of a hot chocolate mix than pure cocoa. The cocoa character seems a little whelmed by the vanilla, but not terribly, and this just makes this more milk shake like. While a little roast is noticeable, as is some burnt toast, this is a touch unbalanced.
The flavors open with some vanilla sugar with burnt caramel, followed by some cocoa. While the vanilla is strong to the point that it's a fault, it's not as obscene as, say, ST Creme Brulee or Vanilla Bean Dark Lord. The vanilla sweetness does get to be a bit much after a while, and the mild cocoa bitterness and roasted malt character doesn't really counter it too well. The base stout characteristics are washed out. The beer finishes pretty well, long with a blend of vanilla sweetness and burnt malt and cocoa bitterness. Medium light in body with a fairly high level of carbonation, this is decent on the palate. While I'm drinking my bottle, I doubt I will go back to this.

DefenCorps, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of elricorico
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as dark as any beer I've seen, opaque in the glass with a thick finger of mocha coloured head on top. Good retention and a sheet of lacing.

Smells mostly of dark chocolate, but vanilla is certainly notable. Some faint roasted aroma, but it is dominated by the dark chocolate. Certainly inviting.

Rich, and chocolatey, with a certain astringency to the back half of the mouth. Vanilla seems to be a little subdued in this bottle, which suits me fine, as I definitely prefer the chocolate flavour. Really nice.

Very smooth and full bodied, almost creamy. Just the slight sharpness to it at the finish, but that only takes a little away.

This bottle certainly pleased me more than the rest I had from this six pack. I wonder if even more time would make me like this beer even more.

elricorico, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a two-finger brown head into my glass. Nice presentation so far.

Vanilla and cream peek out in the nose with a hint of cocoa as well. Very nice so far.

Taste is nice and creamy with a good amount of vanilla in the middle followed by cocoa and a hint of coffee as well.

Mouthfeel is very slick and full of strong cocoa and coffee aftertastes. Almost a bit too strong and nearly unpleasant.

Something should be dialed back on this beer and I can't figure out exactly what it is. Carbonation is an issue and of course, one of the aftertastes. Drinkable but you can do better.

Brad007, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of BigDank
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very dark but not extremely thick black with a nice creamy tan head that stays for a little while. Some lacing but nothing crazy. Taste is great with the chocolate and vanilla coming together perfectly with neither standing out too much over the other. Pretty sweet in taste and the mouth is smooth and rich. Not too high in alcohol so the drinkibility comes out pretty good. Not sure you could drink them all night due to the sweet nature of them but definitely good for one or two at any time of the day. Would probably be a good desert beer. Smell is malty and chocolatey with nothing really overpowering. I have had a few and will most likely have a few more in my time. Would recommend to anyone a fan of sweeter stouts.

BigDank, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An 11.5 ounce twist off bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $5. Uncapped and poured into my nonic Imperial pit glass. The stout appears a very dark brown color with about a finger of deep ecru colored foam. Nose and flavors consist of caramel, chocolate tootsie rolls, rich roasted grains, dark chocolate, cocoa, bitter and sweet, rather authentic tasting vanilla which compliments the chocolate notes quite nicely. Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. Finish leaves behind a pleasant bitterness. Smooth and easy to drink, but a bit too pricey to have regularly.

ClockworkOrange, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with some red highlights. Finger of tan head. Not much going on in the aroma, a bit of fruitiness and some chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is very smooth. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Chocolate malt in the flavor with a little vanilla. Some hop bitterness in the finish. Chocolate lingers in the finish. This didn't really do a whole lot for me.

homebrewhawk, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of champ103
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque brown, nearly black color. A large tan head rises to over two fingers. Some lace is left behind.
S: A huge aroma of dark roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Coffee is the most dominate, and can be detected across the room. This is great.
T: This is really exceptional. Huge roasted malt flavors. Coffe is present, but unlike the nose it is very well balanced. Vanilla and coco beans are in full force. All the flavors are wonderfully balanced.
M/D: A full body and medium carbonation. Just enough crisp carbonation, but not prickly at all. Not hard to drink. Easy and smooth. I can put a few of these away without a problem.

Another amazing beer from Dieu Du Ciel. Man, I wish I could get more of this stuff. An amazing brewery and an amazing beer. Get some.

champ103, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark black color with just a trace of a brown head.

Roasted coffee and vanilla bean dominate the nose. Hints of cola and caramel.

A bit watered down in the flavor department. None the less, there is a nice roasted coffee flavor with a nice addition of vanilla bean. There is some dark chocolate, but I feel it's overwhelmed by the coffee. The coffee and hops add a nice little bite at the end.

Feels a little thin for the style. Lighter side of full bodied with a dry finish. Smooth feel, but not quite thick enough.

Easy to drink stout. Nice and light for the style with some nice flavor. For me, probably not worth the high price point.

jera1350, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of Martin2D
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a huge tan head that retains and laces perfectly

S - Dried fruit, slight roasted malts, and hints of alcohol. Nothing too potent.

T - An explosion of flavor, especially for the style. Heavy in either black patent malt or cocoa. Similar charry/roasty flavor. Can't detect vanilla as a flavor, but I'm sure it helps with the chocolate flavors. Flavor can be astringent after leaving the mouth.

M - Medium carbonation and medium in body.

D - A ton of flavor for an American Stout. The body is perfect and the flavor retains long after it leaves your mouth. Not a huge alcohol beer, but the only thing holding this back from being a session beer is the price tag.

Martin2D, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pitch black color and a thick texture. There was a big, foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head, with good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, chocolate, malt, vanilla and a bit of hops.

T: Tasted of malt, sweet chocolate, vanilla beans and especially coffee. A well-balanced flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Body is more smooth than it is heavy.

M: A drinkable, well made stout.

avalon07, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer ditmier provided at the tasting at his house on Friday.. poured into my new favorite glass.. descent retention from a tan head and the expected black brew.

Aroma begins as a pretty standard stout.. yet spiked with vanilla and cocoa.

Flavor begins sorta sweet and moves on to lite coffee.. cocoa for sure... even some milk chocolate.... but the big player is vanilla beans... it somehow seems mildly artificial but still helps push the stout flavors forward.. The body is sorta full for the style.. personally I would put this in the Sweet stout category.. just alot of things that are happening and never mesh.. coffee and chocolate and punched with vanilla..

Overall, I've had too many spiced/herbed/vegetable stouts over the years, and this one is pretty damn good, it still needs to find itself... I sorta like Peche Mortel everytime I try it, but the vanilla blows it out for me... too much.

JohnGalt1, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mega thick and black in the glass with a small dense tan foam that swims around for a stint to leave a nice glazing sheet of low lying lace.

Heavenly aroma of sweet milk chocolate that wafts into the nose with a heavy ease of cake-like cleanness and complexity of truffles, cookies, cake, cream, broken chocolate, cocoa powder, and aged dark vanilla. Nice!

Taste is a steady ride of fairly dense chocolate in a milky creamyness with fluffy dryness thats quite adequate in stature, but not quite as complex as what the aroma led into. It stays well rounded the whole way thru with wholey entire choholate milkyness that finishes with a nice dusty cocoa powdered puff and vanilla catching the finishing portion.

Medium bodied with a lightly speckled carbonation bite while keeping a mostly creamier milken-esk smoothness across its chocolate spine and finishes with puffed kiss of powdery cocoa and vanilla.

Downable with an easy going quickness due to its creamy body and chocolatey yummyness. A nice chocolate ride for those who have an infinity for the cocoa bean.

tavernjef, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours black, as promised. An almost three-finger head of light brown foam sits on top. The head retention is excellent and the lacing is thick and very sticky.

The nose, while quite mild overall, is full of roasted malt notes. Light hints of chocolate and a slight touch of vanilla sweetness.

The taste is making up for the poor showing by the nose. Nice dark roasted coffee notes are joined by large notes of dark chocolates. A very nice amount of vanilla sweetness provides a level of balance. Tiny kiss of hops, in the finish, rounds it out quite nicely.

Full-bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very smooth and a mild touch of creaminess.

This is a very tasty and drinkable brew. I'd love to have access to Dieu du Ciel in my area, as they seem to produce some of my fave beers. I love trading!

coldmeat23, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a fantastic experience with Peche Mortel, I was jacked to find Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel's other famous Stout at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, Pa.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a decent mocha head that left quickly and left nice lacing around the glass.

S: Aroma mix of milk chocolate, coffee and vanilla.

T: Well done chocolate (not too in your face) and mocha flavor up front with vanilla beans providing a nice supporting role. Just enough hoppy bitterness to finish, very nice job bring the chocolate and vanilla into balance and not overblowing them.

M: Medium to full body, with a silky presence and moderate carbonation.

D: Finally, I've had a Stout predominantly touting it's Chocolate/ Vanilla flavor that meets expectations! The key to this brew was the subtle way in which they used the chocolate and vanilla flavors (which tasted authentic), they didn't try to smack you in the face and by doing so actually enhanced the overall brew. A great effort by Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel, these guys know their Stouts!

jdg204, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Long813
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Pint

A: 1 finger of head with tan colouring and dissipates quickly into a think film. Moderate lacing around the glass. Black body.

S: Chocolate, vanilla and roasted coffee beans

T: Roasted coffee beans are the most evidant with chocolate following and a vanilla finish

M: Medium carbonation, medium-high body with vanilla-coffee and alcoholic after taste

D: I think the vanilla is a little on the low side, but it is good. I haven't had anything like this before and that's another reason why I enjoy this.

Long813, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Glory
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. In Quebec, the Name is actually Aphrodisiaque. It'a a Cacoa and Vanilla Stout. I just got back from work and felt like drinking something rich and comforting before hitting the sac.
This is my type of beer. The nose gets very clearly notes of roasted malt and vanilla. And it should!
The taste is a little sweet but just right. The vanilla is quite present. The balance between the bitterness and the sweetness is perfect. Notes of molasses comes to show with a hint of very dark chocolate, now were talking 85-90% dark chocolate. Now to me, this is a very good beer. If you feel like having a dessert-drink, you couldnt find any better!


Glory, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled under the name Aphrodite, this is the Anglicized version of L'Aphrodisiaque. It has the same label and cocoa/vanilla bean notes.

Thick beige head that settles quickly for the style. It leaves lots of webby lace. The color is nearly black. I cannot detect any light coming through.

The real cocoa comes through in the smell. There's also coffee, which makes this a mocha aroma beer.

Surprisingly, the cocoa flavor exceeds my expectations based on the smell. Think Nestle's quick added to a milk stout. Still, it is appealing. Vanilla is such a delicate spice, that I have not found it anywhere. The finish is coffee-ish but short lived. Solid body with a proper level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very easy beer to drink.

smcolw, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really black liquid with 1/2 finger of tan suds and nice lacing around the glass.
Smell is vanilla bean and coffee with mocha caramel sugars galore. Fig Newtons come to mind here also.
Taste is not as sweet as the aroma would have you believe. Vanilla and coffee and slight caramel. The coffee bitterness is at the end but you still have a vanilla sweet taste in the background as the flavors die.
Mouthfeel is varied here. You start out with a stickyness followed by a bitterness then a dry clean that makes you want another sip.
Pretty balanced beer here. Pretty darn good for a dark Stout.

peabody, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Tom8Analise
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Has a dark brown black coloring with a nice tan head.

S- Smells like hot cocoa with hints of warm vanilla !

T- This has to be one of our Favorite beers ! Has an amazing taste! It tastes just like hot chocolate with vanilla mixed in.

M- Mouthfeel was ok...not the best.. It's smooth but very carbonated.

D- Drinkability is good! Definitely a good beer to have while watching a football game, kinda like we are doing right now !

Tom and Analise

Tom8Analise, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ox bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem poured into a standard Boston Shaker. Pours a very dark almost midnight black. Three fingers of head. The aroma is amazing. Chocolate & vanilla are prominent in the smell. Taste is outstanding. Dark coffe taste. Best described as a chocolate & vanilla latte taste. The 6.5% is very well hidden in this beer. I could drink many of these in an evening. Seek this beer out if you can find it.

mymrnngjckt, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of oakbluff
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared via fisherman34- pours dark cola, with thin mocha head. Nose- sweet vanilla, light roast. Taste- thinner body, dry roast, some bittering hops. Vanilla is subtle, as is the chocolate- a dry powdered type chocolate. Mouthfeel- carbonation higher than expected and body on the thin side. Drinkability is quite good.

oakbluff, Oct 03, 2009
Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.