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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 149
Gots: 143 | FT: 6
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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 bob3701
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip type glass. Pours black with no light able to shine through, it is said to be unfilter but who could tell. After a fairly hard pour only a small tan head appears and disapates very quickly into a thin ring with very very minor lacing. Strong aroma of chocolate, lesser vanilla and coffee, roasted malt. Big bitter taste of chocolate, hints of vanilla and heavy on roasted malt. Very good. Smooth in the mouth but almost has a grainy texture (which it does not) but not unpleasant. Highly drinkable.

Photo of movingtrain
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

This one pours a nice black with a thin head resting on top. Could be the snifter, but there seems to be very little carbonation here.

In the nose there are hints of chocolate and vanilla (as this is brewed with beans of each), honey, rich sweet cream, caramel, and some roasted coffee notes.

The flavor is quite good. I'm used to beers at much higher ABVs to use the vanilla and chocolate...and those have been good. This one holds up, and the addition of the beans really adds some sweetness and complexity to the flavor. There are some rye notes, too, on the back of the tongue. Also, as with the other beers I've had from this brewery, there is a slight earthy funk to the beer...and this is a good thing.

A great beer...drinkable, and delicious. This one is good to try, but not to overindulge on.

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

Got this bottle as an extra in a trade with sirsyphco. Thanks again.
Poured into a tulip glass. Jet black with a nice fluffy brown head that settles down quickly leaving some lacing along the glass. Smells incredible, there's lots going on here. Chocolate and vanilla blend together beautifully, but the vanilla might get a slight edge. There's also a bit of some roasted malts in the background. Taste almost as good as it smells. Vanilla hits the palate first but a good dose of chocolate is there to help balance. There's some roasted malt in the middle with a sweet finish. Has a slightly thin mouthfeel and that is its only flaw. Wish it more just a touch thicker and creamy. All in all a great beer that I will try and find again.

Photo of abrand
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. This has been cellaring for about 1 year.

The Aphrodite pours jet black with a very small head after an aggressive pour. No lacing is on the sides of the glass. Nose is malts, cocoa, vanilla, and aged oak. Good smelling brew. Quaff is much sweeter than the nose. Vanilla is the dominate character with the cocoa adding a dark chocolate bitterness. Quaff is good, but much different than any other beer. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy for only having the 6.5% abv. Drinkability is great. Has the punch and complexity of a high abv stout but is much more drinkable because of the light weight it carries.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thanks, bhalter8!

Dark brown/black pour. 2+ fingers of mocha colored foam stick nicely.

Bitter, roasty coffee nos with cocoa and vanilla sweetness sitting beneath.

Flavor follows. Milky flavor up front, followed by a coffee-like bitterness. There's a nice mix of flavors, though nothing really stands out. I can't quite decide if that's positive balance or negative balance.

Medium-light body, very smooth and creamy. Easy drinker.

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I've been waiting a looong time to try this one.
Appears an opaque black with a small tan cap that fades into a collar. Spotty bits are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge vanilla, cocoa, roast grain, espresso, and sugary ice cream.
Taste is of the aroma with standout vanilla coming through. Sweet cocoa rounding out the flavorful punch.
Mouthfeel is chewy, sweet, lip smacking, and delightful.

Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! It has a rich, chocolatey scent with hints of vanilla. It's damn sweet smelling and highly addictive. The taste is great as well. It has a dry, roasted flavor with lots of cocoa character and a bit of vanilla in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It s a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine chocolate stout. I'm a big fan of these guys. What an exceptional lineup of beers.

Photo of potownbill
3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very differeint with an overpowering Vanilla taste
Appearance: Black. Dark tan head that left a nice lacing on the top of the glass
Smell: Lots of promise. Roasted Malts, hint of vanilla, dark coffee, very stout like
Taste: This is where this beer lost me. Overpowering vanilla flavor, burying the roasted malt flavor. Mouthfeel: Almost chalky.
Drinkability: Got tired of the taste after the third sip.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. This beer is normally not available in my area, so I have relatively high expectations even though I was slightly disappointed by Peche Mortel last night.

Appearance - Motor oil black with some very slight ruby brown edges. Dark mocha head appears but does not last long and recedes to nothing at all.

Aroma - Vanilla and sweet dark fruitiness domintes the aroma at first. Some subtle chocolate and char form in toward the end, but are not that heavy. Very pleasant overall aroma with nice balance.

Taste - Chocolate and some burnt sugar are the first flavors to hit my tongue. The chocolate flavor is bitter and when mixed with the char leaves a distinct bitter note that travels throughout each sip. Sweet vanilla fades in toward the end and lingers for a bit. Afertaste is a bitter chocolate coating on the tongue. The vanilla flavor does not shine here as much as it did in the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly smooth and crisp, but without any carbonation. Lighter bodied for a stout of such bold flavors.

Drinkability - The ABV does not indicate how much flavor is in this beer. A nice beer to enjoy sipping on all night without ever feeling the effects.

Overall, an incredibly bold and assertive beer for its ABV. Balanced and multi- dimensional without being overpowering. A shining example of how a nice. lighter stout should be made. No sacrifice in flavor here. Highly recommended. My favorite from this brewery that I have had.

Photo of Aenema
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep, jet black. Very thin, tan head quickly fades away. Dark brown highlights. No lacing.
Smell - Smooth, chocolate, vanilla.
Taste - Roasted malt, chocolate, sweet vanilla, bitter hop backbone. Smooth blend of chocolate and vanilla.
Mouthfeel - Thicker than expected, somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Medium to full-bodied.
Drinkability - Rich and drinkable, but quite filling - a slow sipper.
Overall - Great mix of chocolate and vanilla flavors make this beer stand out. Very enjoyable stout.

Photo of ltjska04
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed earlier under the wrong name; copied and pasted here.

A- Total blackness in my snifter. The head didn't stick around too long but the sheer darkness of this and the ring of tight bubbles around the glass are appealing.

S- I can definitely detect the vanilla right off the bat. It reminds me like a slightly more subtle Creme Brulee.

T- The taste doesn't have as much vanilla as the smell which is a bit disappointing. There is more chocolate in the taste than the nose however.

M- If I had to pick a side I'd say this is more on the carbonated side but not too much.

D- At 6.5% you could have a few of these unlike Creme Brulee or Choklat. I feel almost as if this is a little brother to those beers which is both good and bad. Good because you don't get fatigued by it after a few ounces but bad in that the flavors could be stronger. Still, this is a solid beer overall.

Photo of number1bum
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one. Pours dark brown, not quite black, with about a finger of tan head. Settles to only a thin, whispy lace, thickest around the rim. A splash here and there on the sides but not much.

Smell really starts to open up as it warms and has a nice amount of vanilla, roasted malt and cocoa. It's robust and really nice.

Taste is not quite as bold as the smell, with more subtle roasted, cocoa and vanilla flavors. There is some slightly astringent roasted coffee in the finisht that lends some bitterness. It's smooth and well put together.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin, a light medium body that leaves me wanting something a bit richer. On the other hand, it could be drier like a dry stout, but instead it's not quite as full nor as dry as I'd like. It's somewhere in the middle and that somewhere just feels thin and a bit chalky.

This is another sort of all over the place beer from du Ciel, which I have found to be a hallmark of their offerings. The nose was excellent, which is not surprising given the magic that they have created in Peche Mortel. The taste doesn't match it though, and the body is too thin. This has some serious potential to be a great beer; for now it is a good one, but it could be so much more.

Photo of Darkrthebettr
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 02-05-2010, BA police got me though. Moved to the correct entry.

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Very very dark, 1 finger mocha colored head. Slight bit of lacing as I twirl this around the glass.

S: Smokey roasted malt at first then overtaken by a wave a vanilla.

T: Follows the smell. Smokey right at first with the vanilla right behind like a tidal wave of vanillay goodness. Slight bitterness rounds out at the end. I didn't get to much coffee in this though.

M: Good carbonation on this one though I thought it was a little thin for my liking.

D: The price and the availability in my area is limiting factor. However, the roasty smokey flavor combined with the vanilla makes this one of my favs. I could drink as many as I could get. As for others, the strong vanilla flavors may limit the consumption.

After a nice cleansing, Peche Mortel will be next as a comparison.

Photo of krisandajt
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another tasty beer courtesy of mymrnngjckt. I raise my glass to you, sir!

Appearance: A slightly rough pour into my Sam Adams Glass brings forth a deep, dark, black colored brew. Only when held up to the light can the slightest hints of brown be seen just on the edges of the beer. There's no head sitting on top of this brew, and as I swirl the beer around in the glass the only sign of retention is some sporadic bubbles barely clinging to the side. The beer itself, however, seems to slowly slide down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is sweet with vanilla being the dominant feature. There's also some subtle chocolate and cocoa mixed in.

Taste: Taste mirrors the smell. There's plenty of sweet vanilla throughout with just a hint of sweet smooth milk chocolate and cocoa to back it up.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied for a stout. There is just a bit too much carbonation going on IMO for the style. The texture just seems a bit too "fizzy". As the beer warms and settles, the fizziness settles down and the smoothness of this beer begins to come out.

Drinkability: A great tasting, light, easy drinking stout. One that I would definitely drink again.

Photo of sliverX
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Twist-off bottle with freshness punches of 0 and 6 so assuming June 2010...
Poured a light destroying black with deep brown hints around the edges with a huge cocoa powder colored head that faded fairly quick but hung around as a thick film small bubbles of lacing as well
Smell is vanilla, dark chocolate, very boozy, slight dark fruits
Taste is very much dark chocolate, burnt malts, a hint of vanilla, and of course that boozyness not picking up much in the way of hoppyness
Mouthfeel on this is almost water like its just so thin, some body to this would make it even better I'd love to have to chew on this one as it is very much a sipper and complex
Would score higher in drinkability if the Mouthfeel wasn't completely lacking...
Will be drinking this again...

Photo of indiapaleale
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - dark, dark, dark brown. Not much light coming through that liquid. A nice tannish, light coffee-colored head lines the top of the glass. Ebony and ivory.

Aroma - lots of cocoa, dark chocolate, some hints of coffee, dark roasted malt and then there is the nice soft hints of vanilla. This smells heavenly.

Taste - the most cocoa tasting beer I have ever had bar none. This beer screams of cocoa, its almost like you can taste the actual cocoa powder on your tongue. Combine that with a nice rich roasty stout and some very well proportioned vanilla and you've got yourself a winner. This is an amazing beer, not only as a dessert but one that I'd be happy to sit down and drink 2 or 3 of without a problem. Talk about flavor, this beer has a ton of it.

Overall - one of the best beers I had in 2009 bar none. Its amazing out of a bottle, just as it was from the taps at the Vermont Brewers Festival last summer. I seriously need to plan a trip up to Montreal sometime soon and get a glass (or 3) of this straight from the tap...or maybe on cask?!

Would I buy more of it? - the biggest down fall of this beer is the price. At almost $6 for an 11.5 oz. bottle, it just seems like way too much for a 6.5% beer. I really think that the price needs to come down. You can't say its because its from Canada as a six-pack of Red Racer IPA in 12 oz. cans is only $11 and that is one of the best IPAs you'll ever have. So, yes, I might buy more but hopefully it will be a case directly from the brewery up in Quebec.

Photo of markaberrant
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - black, opaque, dark tan head eventually receds, little bit of lacing

S - smoky roast, prune, light cocoa sweetness

T - ah, there's the vanilla, mixed with charred roast, dry cocoa, lingering chocolate aftertaste

M - fully and creamy, light carbonation, really coats the tongue and mouth without being sticky, some drying alcohol warmth in the finish

D - always a treat, yet always quite different

This is about the 4th bottle I've sampled over a couple months, and it's always a different experience. Sometimes the vanilla is huge, sometimes not (as is the case this time). This one has smoke and deep roasty char character that I don't recall in the other bottles either. It greatly changes with temperature too.

All in all, a very nice stout, though perhaps a tad overrated.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance was dark brown with lighter edges. Not very thick looking, a very light density. The head was thin and left fast, no legs.

The smell was of cocoa and vanilla and some earthy malts.

I wanted to give the taste a 4.25 just because of the first tastes. This might be one of the chocolatiest beers I have ever had. Super cocoa flavors backed with vanilla. Some dark malts and a lighter bitterness. This was a very enjoyable taste, then it did not leave a lasting impression. It just lingered very mildly and by the end it was nothing outstanding.

The mouthfeel was light and smooth, but nothing worth remembering. The drinkability was good, but for the price and the light body it could be done with a little more "umph". Still a very good beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Brass Rail in Hershey, PA

A- A thick pour that leaves a minimal dark tan head on my beer. Somewhat of a lacing as well but not much. A dark but not pitch black color. It is opaque but some light gets through.

S- sweet bursts of cocoa powder and vanilla make this smell very erotic (like the name). A sweet malt complements the other aromas as well.

T- a dark charred cocoa flavor with vanilla to round out the back end. Sweet malt are present as wel and some dark fruits come to the forefront after a few gulps.

M- creamy, a def stout thickness. Charcoal and cocoa and vanilla.

D- Though the abv is low this is a stout and it demands respect. A nice sixer would do for a saturday, a whole saturday.

Photo of kjyost
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a rich mocha head atop it. Smells of coffee, but with sweetness. As time passes the dominant aroma became one of chocolate. The beer is quite complex and flavourful with sweet malt, chocolate and less coffee than I expected for a coffee stout. This is in no ways a criticism, as I found it better balanced than most coffee first - stout second beers I have drank. The coffee flavour is reminiscent of Kahlua, with a subtle smoothness. Light carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of Casey10
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. While we do get this brewer in Maine I had been unable to find it. I picked this up at Nikkis in Rhode Island.

A - Dark chocolate looking. not much head wispy nice though.

S - Definate coffe vanilla and chocolate.

T - really like drinking a chocolate milk with vanilla, real complex really nice smooth.

M - Not bad definately nice leaves kind of a cocoa feel on the tounge that stays a bit.

D - Really good not sure it would want a ton at once but very nice !

Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

A: Pours a dark coffee brown/black with a creamy, one finger, dark khaki colored head. Retention was fleeting but some nice looking sheets of lace were left behind.

S: The first aroma out of this is cocoa. As it warms, aromas of fresh vanilla bean, homemade fudge, roasted malt, and dark chocolate come out. Vanilla is pretty dominant at temp.

T: Pretty much just as above with a faint addition of french press dark roast and/or espresso in the finish as it comes up to temp.

M: Medium bodied with an excellent slice of hoppy bitterness that mixes well with the dry, roasty malt, and bitter dark chocolate.

D: A fine, fine stout. Just wish it wasn't $6 per bottle!

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.

Photo of bret27
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of myself.

S: Roasty, chocolate, woody

A: Black w/drk brown head

T: Very smooth. Chocolate, toffee, licorice, vanilla, little roastiness just for balance.

M/D: Extremely slick and smooth, little grainy/gritty. No etoh presence, very drinkable.

Overall: Very delicious and smooth. Could drink this all day. Very tasty and complex without being a huge boozy imperial stout.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think Dieu Du Ciel might be my favorite foreign craft brewer. Every beer I have had from them has been exceptional. This is a Stout brewed with both cocoa and vanilla beans. Here is my review:

A: Pours extremely dark black. No light penetration whatsoever. Head is dark brown, but dissipates rather quickly. Looks very thick in the glass, but not quite up there with an Imperial Stout.

S/T: The aroma is full of bitter chocolate, coffee, and a woody type character, which is probably the vanilla. Taste is very nice. Lots of bitter, dark chocolate upfront, along with a bitter coffee, roasted malt combo. The vanilla really comes through in the finish. Somewhat woody and sweet. My only complaint is that the finish is a tad too clean. The bitter chocolate and sweet vanilla linger for a little bit, but isn't as lasting or creamy as I would have liked. Not too intense either. Very drinker friendly.

M/D: As far as Stouts go, this is more of a medium bodied brew. Finish is bitter-sweet and relatively clean. Drinkability is great. I think anybody could handle this.

I definetly prefer Peche Mortel to this, but this is still an excellent Stout. Might be one of the best non-Imperial Stouts I have had. The vanilla really adds another dimension to the beer. Well worth seeking this and other Dieu Du Ciel brews out.

Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,271 ratings.