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Aphrodisiaque | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 DrSpaceman
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter, medium head. Aroma is strong with coffee notes. Flavor is pleasantly bitter from cocoa, with a well balanced stout flavor and a subtle vanilla aftertaste.

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Photo of thebeers
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with an extremely thin tan-colored head that leaves a ring around the glass. Roasted malts and bakers chocolate dominate the aroma. The flavor is sharply roasted up front, with vanilla in the middle, and hop bitterness in the aftertaste. There's no sweetness to this at all, yet it remains fairly well balanced -- the vanilla addition is a nice touch. Medium bodied with strong carbonation, despite the lack of head. Another great one from Dieu du Ciel.

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Photo of VTR
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells and tastes of vanilla, coco, chocolate, malts, and slight coffee. Very enjoyable but let it warm close to room temp to get the full effect of flavors. This was a beer that I picked up on spur of the moment for something different, and boy I am sure glad I did. If you see this pick it up I recommend this stout.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Dieu Du Ciel's Aphrodite a couple weeks ago for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while now and I'm glad it's finally available, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had around a half a fingers worth of darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, but I wish it had some lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that has a little bit of brown sugar like aroma with the vanilla being the first to show up and it goes into some cocoa, chocolate and coffee like aroma. Up next comes a noticeable smokey aroma with some roasted and slightly charred malts also showing up along with just just a little more sweetness. This beer has a good aroma, all the aspects show up pretty evenly.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetnsss with the vanilla still being the first to show up, but it's a good amount lighter than it was in the aroma and it's followed by an equal chocolate and coffee flavor. Up next comes some smokey malts with some roasted and lightly charred malts also showing up. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste with a watery roasted malt and smokey flavor. The taste is pretty nice, but it's not as robust as I was hoping it would be and the bitterness throws it off a little.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, slightly sticky, on the thick side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, but with all I had heard about this beer, I thought it might be pretty impressive, but it just had a few things that held it back from being as good as it could be. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, I wouldn't drink two in a row. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma and appearance, they were both good and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is that the taste wasn't as nice as robust as the aroma was. I might buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn it down. It;s worth a try, but I can't recommend it as a must try. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think if it was more robust with a little less bitterness it would be a very nice beer. It made for a nice first impression for this brewery, I'm interested in checking out more of their beers and it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, this was a nice Stout.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jet with sepia froth. 4
Cocoa, deep vanilla, and slight ash on the nose. 4
Huge vanilla, fig, slight ash, some cola and a Sambuca end. 4
Coffee grounds finish and slight black currant linger.
Dry, almost medium, flinty. 4

Lean and tight. Vanilla is there but the char is pretty astringent. A bit unforgiving. Definitely not Peche Mortel. 3.75

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours black with 2 fingers creamy brown head

Aroma - VANILLA, roasty malts some light chocolate and coffee.

Taste - again Vanilla shines above all else, followed by some chocolate and coffee and roasty malts light bitterness then finishes smooth

Mouth feel - Medium body, very creamy feel carbonation gives a "frothy" feeling.

Overall - Very good stout and very different. I love the vanilla outshining the chocolate wow.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

4oz nitro sample at bar hop (peter st), toronto, oct 7 2015. dark but not fully black, with light brown head. bitter cocoa, roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and slight sweet vanilla in the nose. taste follows the aromas, with everything being pretty balanced. a bit sweet on the back-end but still has that bitter cocoa & coffee presence. was hoping for more a more explosive flavour profile, but i can't complain. excellent creamy mouthfeel. a tasty stout for sure, waited too long to try this one


341ml bottle. bottled on aug 24 2015, consumed mar 1 2016. roasty, vanilla sweetness, bitter cocoa. excellent nose and taste with an appropriate strong dry finish, but severely lacking in body -- light and fizzy, almost like a lager

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with no head.

The smell is heavy with cocoa and vanilla.

The first sip is heavy on vanilla with a slight cocoa finish. The mouth feel is incredibly and disappointingly thin, almost like cola. The thin, headless pour lead me to believe that this was still but in fact it was very highly carbonated which continued to detract from the mouth feel.

There are some intense and promising flavors and aromas in this one, but they developed very little even upon warming up. The mouth feel was the biggest disappointment, and really detracted from what I had hoped was a promising and exciting offering.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this single stout. Tons of vanilla on the nose, with how nets of cocoa hiding behind the vanilla goodness. The taste is much more balanced, and fairly complex as well. Vanilla and chocolate upfront in tandem, before a strong hit of roasty chocolate, with some coffee as well, and a vanilla roasty finish. The mouth feel is creamy, spot on for a single stout. Love this beer, love this brewery.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into a tulip. This bottle is labeled Aphrodite, but has the same drawing of a woman as the Aphrodisiaque label.

Appearance: totally black with a finger of frothy dark tan foam. Not much more to say -- it's quite beautiful.

Smell: sweet and roasty with a definite vanilla character and a rather pronounced coffee character. Perhaps a little heavy on the vanilla, but still quite nice indeed.

Taste: quite sweet with a big vanilla flavor and a mild roastiness. I have to say, I think the vanilla outshines the more traditional stout characteristics here. It's definitely not bad at all, but I don't feel like it's particularly well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: OK, so it lacks balance and could be creamier. That said ... I'm still really enjoying this beer.

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

P: Black, opaque, quickly dissipating khaki 1" head with lovely glass lacing.
A: Chocolate, french roast coffee, vanilla, nicotine.
T: Just like the aroma, milky, No nicotine. Delicious.
M: Slightly sweet, milky, robust, Delicious.
O: I've heard some grumblings about this brewery, all good! Great stout!

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in snifter

A: Nearly jet black on the pour, with only flecks of mahogany providing light-colored highlights as the ale escapes the neck of the bottle; mocha colored head swirls and settles about a half finger thick before quickly receding to a patchy "oil slick" on the surface and a thin collar of fine bubbles ringing the edge of the snifter; spots of lacing in the drink down

S: Roasted malt and coffee grounds to the foreground; a dash of bittersweet chocolate; smoky char; an earthy, almost leather-like note on the backend; not picking up any vanilla sweetness/creaminess from the onset - however, once the glass warms, a hint of that promised vanilla begins to express itself; nose definitely opens with greater emphasis on the chocolate and vanilla after about 20 minutes.

T: Palate is much more expressive in all aspect; more roasted flavors on the initial sip - roasted malts; French press coffee with a nice, bitter edge; burnt sugar; some char; sweetness arises in tandem with an initial impression of bittersweet bakers chocolate followed by the flavor of rich fudge brownies and mocha; a dark fruit flavor flashes through as well, but then the vanilla hits with a smooth, creamy sweetness that carries through the middle and underlines the contrast between the roasted and sweet qualities of this stout; finish dries out as a pleasing roasted flavor takes command of the palate, drawing parallels to toasted nuts, espresso and burnt toast.

M: Slick, creamy mouthfeel, with a slightly frothy quality; sufficient carbonation allows to the complex flavors to layer on the palate and linger

O: Another enjoyable stout from Dieu Du Ciel. A pleasing blend of flavors and highly drinkable at 6.5% ABV with no hints of alcohol anywhere on the palate. Better than Peche Mortel? I'm not sure it's even a fair comparison. This is not a coffee stout, but has those nice coffee/chocolate/mocha overtones with a creamy vanilla hint, but is not as bold or robust. Still, one worth checking out if you enjoy solid stouts.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip glass. deep dark brown like motor oil, minimal effervescenewith ample off white head and persistent sticky lacing. smells strongly of cocoa, roasted malts, bread, leather and smoke. taste sweet malts forward followed by bittersweet cocoa, hint of smoke and coffee and ultimately clean dry finish. medium bodied - a little lighter than i expected but overall quite good.
Great beer - if you enjoy peche mortal or rigor mortis - you will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of AppaZappa
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an inviting beer that pours a rich dark brown with light and somewhat skimpy head that faded quickly. The smell is very nice--rich roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, a touch of coffee, smoke, and caramel. The taste delivers similar notes but in a much more subtle fashion. The chocolate and vanilla predominate, but I suppose I wanted a bit more 'punch' here that I got. The moutfeel is similar--much more thin than others in the style (though consistent with the ABV). This is a solid offering and is much less sweet and bold than others of the style.

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Photo of ccg
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: less than half a finger of head. Not completely opaque: noticeably reddish tint around the edges.

Smell: Roasty chocolate with hints of vanilla.

Taste: A bit more on the bitter side than I was expecting from the scent. Chocolate and vanilla present but not fully integrated. The taste didn't quite live up to the smell.

Feel: About average for an adjunct stout.

Overall: Certainly above average for a stout, but for this style, I would probably go with a hometown beer like Off Color's Dino S'mores or Pipeworks' S'more Money, S'more Problems, both of which I think are similar but a little smoother and chewier. Aphrodite is good, but I would not go out of my way to get it again. Still, kudos to Dieu Du Ciel for distributing it in 12-ounce bottles instead of 22-ounce bombers.

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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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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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