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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 589
Hads: 1,479
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 176
Gots: 203 | FT: 12
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

Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.
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Photo of SteveB24
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look-Color is a rich, shiny, deep brown, pours a quarter finger or so of tan head that leaves decent lacing.
Smell- Like advertised, coffee and vanilla, with a touch of toffee like sweetness.
Taste- Rich, fresh coffee is balanced by sweet, mellow vanilla, the two compliment each other wonderfully.
Feel-Ceamy, Body is on the heavier side of medium.
Overal-Very, very tasty beer. well balanced, if you enjoyed Peche mortal but it was a tad bitter or strong for you, try this one out.

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Photo of Letrom
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is dark as the night, no light gets through. Delicious, vanilla, chocolate, smooth. A fine head, slowly dissipates. Some lacing. Easy to drink, but a treat. I would only want one or two, tops.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and caramel. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long smooth, roasted, chocolate, vanilla and coffee finish.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(bottle notched at 7 and 3 on the label - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: black liquid with a khaki-colored head... the tall, glistening foam stand slowly disintegrates into a rocky texture, leaving some crackly bands of lace... I still can't figure out why they keep using twist-off caps...

S: creme-filled, dark chocolate candy (a la easter-time eggs)... light-fair amount of smoke in the back, which gradually gives way to more roasted barley aroma... no hops. little-to-no alcohol, and no discernible malt sweetness... overall, fine for a stout, but not as dynamically aromatic considering the additives

T: almost like a black-n-white milkshake (or a Twirl bar) mixed with an extra-roasty/bitter stout... its roastiness comes forward more and collects in the middle of the palate with each sip... vanilla merely highlights - its covered up, not in the nude

F: somewhat silky smooth medium-full body with a hint of roughness on the edges... not much gassy sizzle - blanket soft... little bit of residual sediment on palate, but otherwise quiet and dry enough

O: decadent, but not quite a sipper - it's alright, take big gulps... they've made some pleasant enhancements to a relatively straight-forward stout... this sold a lot at a bar I worked at - great label/name - but one is enough

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Photo of souvenirs
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark and thick, with just a millimetre or so of chocolatey brown head.
S: Like chocolate syrup.
T: Dark cocoa.
F: Dry finish, just a touch powdery.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Black, no light coming through, slight ruby around the edges, creamy mocha colored head, looks a little thin, but also looks very tasty.

A: Chocolate, vanilla, sweet, some coffee, smells really good.

T: Chocolate, slight coffee bitterness, vanilla, dry dark chocolate flavor lingers, some bitterness on the backend, alcohol is well hidden.

M: Looks like a big thick stout but it is a little thin on the mouthfeel, dry finish.

O: First time with this brewery and this is very good, looks good, tastes good, but I was a little disappointed on the mouthfeel, I'm not a big vanilla fan but they did a good job with blending vanilla with the chocolate and coffee malt notes of the beer, if you love stouts then this one is worth a try.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black color with no visible activity. Thick creamy sparkly brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with good legs.

Aromas and flavors of cocoa, coffee, nuts, toffee, vanilla, herbal spices. Well balanced flavors including a rich sweet chocolate and toffee taste coupled with a slightly bitter roasted nuts and mocha feel. Nice warming earthy and woody feel.

Slick milky medium body with moderate carbonation. Well intensified and balanced finish leaving a pleasant sweet chocolate and vanilla coating on the mouth, ending with a slightly bitter herbal spicy feel.

Overall an excellent craft with delicious complex flavors and great balance. A little thin but quite fresh. I like this one better than Péché Mortel.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Dated 7/2014. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark, thick motor oil black body, two finger mocha head with fair retention time. Degrades eventually into a thick collar and thin film, splotchy lacing. Looks great. Smells of cocoa, faint vanilla, chocolate, roast, espresso. For the most part, smells fairly sweet. Very nice dark and milk chocolate combination. Flavour is primarily milk and dark chocolate, quite a bit of cocoa, a fair bit of roast, faint vanilla. It isn't as strong on the coffee as it smells, but still very nice. Mild earthy astringency on the backend. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit more robust than expected for a lower ABV stout like this. A nice depth of flavour. Good carbonation, smooth and silky, creamy and easy to drink. Overall, a nice drinking stout with plenty of vanilla, although the price tag is a bit hefty.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
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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Photo of dcmchew
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tar black pour with a really small brown head, quick to a thin margin and some modest lacing.
Rich chocolate on the nose, but more like natural, fragrant cocoa nibs, dark spices of the "woody" variety (like lots of vanilla, some cinnamon, some cardamom), nice roasted malt with a bit of smokiness, caramel, black peppercorn.
Wow, what a nice rich cocoa drink. Don't get me wrong, it's not overly sweet or "artificial", but taste like old-style cocoa drinks. Lots of decadent chocolate up front, perfectly mingling with caramel and a bit of slightly sugared coffee. Rich spices, with raw vanilla bean dominating, some dusty cinnamon, some pepper, faint ginger, even fainter anise. Roasted malts, but not too intensely, provide a nice sturdy backbone. Finishes dusty, just a bit earthy, just a bit bitter.
A really creamy body, tho medium carbonated, slowly goes down the throat and coats the whole palate. The aftertaste is long and rich, with lots of cocoa bean, caramel and vanilla, amongst the other spicy notes.
A great dark chocolatey beer, perfect for dessert, but without being too sweet, like other "Chocolate stouts". Great stuff!

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Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beneath a small, bubbly covering leaving some spotty bits of lace on the glass. Smooth dark cocoa, vanilla, plums, and caramel. A little more vanilla forward in the flavor, smooth chocolate, soft fruitiness, and dark roasty char. Creamy smooth medium body. A pleasant, but dry stout.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark beer with a modest slightly tan colored head. Aroma is surprisingly smokey/meaty with cocoa and, yes some vanilla. Roasty with slight bitterness. Taste is clean with meat seasonsings...hickory maybe, smoke, pine bitterness, and a little bit of vanilla comes through. Pretty decent. Definitely has smokey overtones.

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Photo of babaracas
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aphrodite, too bad it doesn't "google" easily. Very very dark brown, one finger of fluffy medium brown head settles quickly, delicate spray of lace trails the liquid. Smell: vanilla, high cocoa (but not too high!) chocolate, plum, caramel. Holy balls this smells amazing. Hyped out the b imperial stouts can't touch this. Taste: vanilla, white chocolate, high cocoa chocolat,e black plum (very ripe), mild roast. Wow. Peche Mortel isn't the only world beating stout coming out of Du Ciel. Aphrodite / whatever is intense and incredibly well done.

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Photo of 50wolves
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aromoa - smells strongly of malts, vanilla and chocolate, vanilla was most noticeable.
Appearance - pours black coffee dark (into dimpled beer mug) with small browny foamy head that does not retain. Limited carbonation.
Taste - has malty elements but the bitterness is noticeable. Beer tastes more strongly of alcohol than I feel a 6.5% abv beer should, however I don't see this as a bad thing.
Feel - easy to drink
Overall - liked it, was drawn to the beer by vanilla chocolate elements advertised, however this is not my most favourite stout.

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Photo of mabermud
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look is very nice. Solid and still after the initial pour that produced a medium, dense, mocha head. Legs are almost non-existent.
I smell some soy sauce. I hate that. Medium/Dark roasted malts and sour milk sweetness. A little sharper smell than an Expedition Stout.
The taste has some lactose, some milk sourness. Dark, chalk chocolate. The stout flavors are laid back. Did it help that I drank a CW Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout before this.
The feel is not bad. Nothing to complain about, but it lends to the excellence of the overall experience.

Overall - Not bad. I would rather drink a smoother and richer Expedition Stout. I don't know why I compared it to the Expedition, but I did. Chalky, dark chocolate is here.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a dense two finger dark tan head that fades to a small pool and leaves great lacing
S: smells of chocolate and vanilla with some roasted malts
T: taste is chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, almost mocha like. very sweet and decadent so it's more akin to drinking a dessert. swallow is more chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla with a little coffee on the back end that fades to a near smokey charred wood
M: big, smooth and velvety on the palate with soft carbonation and a neutral finish that's a little drying
O: a great beer with fantastic flavors and complexity. no faults and some nice bold flavors. Grab it if you see it as the experience is worth it.

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Photo of King-Ding-A-Ling
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am not going to go through my notes on this one, but it is sensational. Top notch stout

We used it for a 5-course beer pairing night at the restaurant. Though it is great on its own, we paired it to a simple Lemon Creme Brulee. The beer turned into cold espresso with a hint of chocolate and vanilla. The combination was one of the best pairing (wine included) experiences of my life.

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Photo of wspscott
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip
bottled on 2/14
purchased at L'Duchesse in Quebec City this past summer and in my fridge since then

A: Completely black with a one finger light tan head that eventually drops to a thin film leaving a nice bit of lace.
S: The chocolate is very obvious as it is poured, not much else in the nose
T: Chocolate with an underlying bit of something that I assume is vanilla (from the label). Almost tastes like there is some oak, but no tannins, just the vanilla and coconut flavor. Slight sweetness, hops are very restrained, no real bitterness from either hops or roasted malts.
M: Makes me think of a milk stout, slightly creamy, definitely not a dry stout, no astringency from roasted malts.
D: Damn, this is a tasty stout. I love the flavors and the fact that it is 6.5% vs 9.5% like a RIS. Don't get me wrong, this is not a RIS, but it has a lot of the same complexities. Very glad I picked up a bottle of this, wish I had got a whole 6 pack. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Johnquisssssssy
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark colour with a reddish head; nose is rather subdued. I think this might be an age issue; it's nice cocoa and faint vanilla. Tastes a little smokey and nice dryness on the end.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another damn good beer from these guys. The chocolate and vanilla are in perfect harmony with the stout roastiness. At a lower abv, it's decadent yet highly drinkable. I could put back a few of these in a night. Highly, hiiiighly recommended.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black with a small amount of fairly tight beige head. Nose is bitter dark chocolate, faint vanilla, moderate bourbon and some charred barrel notes. The wood gets a little strong in back but fairly rich malt aromas. Flavor is very similar, a fair bit of dark rich malt, bitter chocolate, light vanilla notes. Bourbon mid palate, a little nutty, charred and woody towards the back. Light roasted malts and the char carries through the finish with some bitterness. Extremely full bodied, creamy, soft, and still has a moderate amount of carb to it.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

341ml Bottle from the Brewdog Online Shop (£3.50):
Another Dieu du Ciel beer that I thoroughly enjoyed, it was highly drinkable from the start with a good mix of dark malts, chocolate sweetness and hints of coffee and fruits all combining very well indeed. Whilst not quite a classic it was a very good beer that I wouldn't mind picking up again if it were a little easier to find in the UK; still it's one well worth picking up if you get the chance.

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

11.5 oz bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, cream, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/cocoa spicing; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, vanilla, dark bread, cream, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, cream, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and cocoa/vanilla spice flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome spiced stout style. All around great robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa/vanilla spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured from bottle into porter glass.

pitch pitch black, a bit of dark chocolate brown reflecting in the stem of the glass. 2 finger coca-cola head which dissipates moderately quick to almost nothing, but incredible lacing, huge rings in the back, but tons of consistent spots on the drinking side.

N: Cocoa and vanilla beans are showing their faces, rich espresso is also very present. Behind it are some sweet, but roast, toasted bread, malts.

T: Mild and delicious. Quite chocolatey at first, double double coffee hitting hard on the aftertaste, with a sweetened coffee bitterness, but not very bitter at all. Well balanced.

M: Not a very thick stout, a little chewy, and nice smooth carbonation. Goes down real well. Cant feel any alcohol.

O: A rather sessionable stout, id maybe go for a second if i had one! I think ill pick this up again. Its a real go-to stout like the st ambroise oatmeal stout, however this is better.

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Photo of zhivago373
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

i've had this beer both at the brewpub on tap and in bottles. i will be reviewing the on-tap version, as it is the freshest i have had this beer.

pours a jet black with creamy brown head. looks almost like a cream ale.

smells of roasted malts, vanilla, milk chocolate, and bitter chocolate. kind of reminiscent of chocolate milk. really nice balance of bitter/sweet notes.

tastes of chocolate (milk/dark), vanilla, sweet and roasty malts with caramel malts. really great interplay between sweet/bitter flavors - probably leaning on the sweeter side of things. full and creamy mouthfeel on this one.

overall, great stout from a great brewery.

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
93 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.