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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%


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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Onenote81

North Carolina

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

Consumed on 9/25/09, reviewed from notes.

Pours a very thick deep black allowing no light to pass through. Big bubbly mocha-colored head rests on top. Retention is fair, leaves some spotty lacing. As I dip my nose into this one, it starts out with hints of roasted cocoa beans, but this gives way to a sweet vanilla creamy scent. Nice balance.

The mouth is silky smooth and thick. This is a mouth-coater for sure. Big roasted bitterness at the onset. Finishes mildly sweet with hints of vanilla and fresh cream. This is a big bready beer, like a meal in itself. I loved this one, but it's a bit heavy to have one after the other.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 13:47:45 | More by Onenote81
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to brian23456 for sending this one to me as an extra in a recent trade!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with absolutely no hint of light colored edges even when held to a light source. Three finger frothy dark tan/coffee colored head that has excellent retention, very slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with lacing on it's way down.

Sweet chocolate malt aroma with a nice bit of roasted coffee and espresso bean as well as some vanilla bean, burnt toast and subtle hops. The deep rich coffee aroma is pretty amazing with the perfect amount of chocolate.

Thick medium body with the perfect balance of smooth silky chocolate maltiness, roasted coffee, burnt toast, subtle hops and bitter dark chocolate. This beer is very well balanced and complex with the sweet notes from the chocolate and vanilla bean perfectly balancing out the roasted coffee/espresso bean and burnt toast flavors. Slight alcohol warmth but otherwise the ABV is very well masked. None of these flavors overpower the other, instead they all bounce off of each other and I'm picking up something different on each sip. This is one of the most well-balanced beers I've ever had. I want to slowly drink it and contemplate each sip but I find myself drinking it pretty quickly. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 02:52:32 | More by corby112
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a tan head, slight retention & lacing.

S: Awesome. Vanilla, chocolate, grain & espresso. Exceptional.

T: Jahva, vanilla, molasses, dark caramel, light fruity esters, good bitterness. Huge flavour; seems bigger than it is.

M: Moderate body is smooth.

D: A good drinker. I'd love to try it fresh on tap or cask!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 00:51:05 | More by Derek
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out an impressive deep opaque pitch black impermeable to light, capped by a thick frothy creamy sand coloured head. Thin streaks of lacing.

Creamy roasted malt and dark chocolate on the nose, dry cocoa and raw vanilla bean.

Roasted, slightly smoked malt up front in the flavour, toasted earthy cocoa and carob rises in the middle and carries to the finish, while the aftertaste is earthy with intense dark coffee notes. Sweet earthy vanilla bean rises intermittently, and begins to coat the palate about halfway down the glass. The vanilla starts to become more prominent in the aftertaste by this point as well.

Medium-full body that is creamy and silky smooth, a truly sensuous experience, light rounded carbonation becomes apparent on the finish.

This stuff is ambrosia, if anything can go head to head with Peche Mortel it's this aptly named stout. If you're gonna start dating a beer, this is the one, and if you're gonna share a beer with a date or special someone, well, the same goes, aphrodisiac indeed. Well worth the hefty price tag we have to pay for it out here in Alberta, this is phenomenal stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 05:39:28 | More by IronDjinn
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Nick3

California

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

My bottle has the same picture as shown above but is called Aphrodite which I assume is the English version/label for this beer. Beer is jet black with no head, but a small group of bubbles has me confident this baby is carbonated. Smell is utter heaven, wow, probably the best smelling beer I've ever had. Not overly complex but I don't care; vanilla and chocolate combo is great and reminds me of some of the best cappucino's I've ever had . . . but I'm hoping to enjoy this one more. Beer is very well balanced with as some bitterness drives through the entire beer and holds it at bay, was worried it would be too sweet after the smell but that is not the case. Finish has a roasted bitterness that leaves you longing for more. Truly a great beer worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 02:12:15 | More by Nick3
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I grabbed a 341ml single bottle of this at the depanneur around the corner from Dieu Du Ciel, after an afternoon of sampling their draft offerings, as this wasn't available as one at the time last summer. Now, as the weather turns from summer to fall in the space of 48 hours, it feels like it's time to crack this souvenir open.

This beer pours a mostly opaque black, with slight mahogany highlights at the edges, and two flabby fingers or so of puffy, broadly bubbly, creamy beige head, which leaves a smattering of thin porous cloud lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of strong black coffee and the necessary cream, powdery milk chocolate, marshmallows, mildly roasted caramel malt, and an unloved earthy hoppiness. The taste is dry-roasted chocolate malt, bittersweet coffee, somewhat sugary vanilla pods, a strangely astringent twinge of mildly boozy wood, and some indistinct earthy hops.

The carbonation is rather fair and wan, the body conversely big, full in weight, and silky smooth. It finishes quite pointedly off-dry, the slightly smoky coffee essence lingering like an abandoned detritus-strewn table in a Montreal cafe.

This is a stellar, solid stout, nicely flavoured with cocoa and vanilla, and never too sweet. There's not really much more to say, other than, très magnifique!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 23:54:04 | More by biboergosum
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a deep, rich black color that produced a creamy chocolate brown head that had a moderate amount of retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were roasted malts, mocha espresso, vanilla bean, and hot coco

T - The taste of this beer was a score, deep roasted maltiness plays with the mocha espresso and hot coco taste, and to contrast it is the great vanilla bean that cuts through and finishes the beer off nicely

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light amount of carbonation, very creamy

D - The drinkability of this beer is, as you can see from my review, was great, as regular Stouts go, this was clearly my favorite

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 02:27:59 | More by cvfish
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 02:00:42 | More by brentk56
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nickd717

California

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

12oz bottle labeled "Aphrodite" via trade thanks to jlindros, shared at a BA tasting.

A - Pours black with a medium-sized creamy tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S - Chocolate and lots of vanilla with mild roast.

T - Loads of vanilla, high-quality milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, and some roasted malt. A little bit sweet (which I like of course). There really is a lot of vanilla in this beer. It's heavier on that flavor than almost any other I've had.

M - Palate is creamy and smooth with medium body.

D - Pretty high for a stout. This is a really nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 00:43:32 | More by nickd717
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a tulip glass. The color is a deep dark brown, with a light colored chocolate head. Nice and foamy.

The aroma is a combination of well roasted malts and cocoa. Swirling the glass reveals some of the vanilla notes, which almost take on a woody vanilla smell. Really liking this. Not overly complex, but quite enjoyable.

The flavor is again, toasted malts and a rich cocoa presence. The vanilla is apparent as well and helps smooth out some of the bitterness from the slightly burnt malts. The balance between sweet and bitter is very well done and makes this a highly drinkable stout.

The mouthfeel is full, almost silky. After drinking lot of imperial stouts and russian imperials, many regular stouts seem almost watery to me, but not this one. For a regular stout, this has a very good body. Like I said earlier, the beer is very drinkable. I could put this down all night.

All in all, I would definitely pick this beer up again and would love to try it on tap. I think a trip to Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel is in order, especially since they make the delicious Peche Mortel as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 22:18:09 | More by sisuspeed
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

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

Poured into a snifter to reveal velvety black body with thick and creamy hazelnut head. Smells like vanilla bean coffee-spiked hot chocolate, which is to say excellent and I only wish it could be more strong.
Tastes smooth, creamy and with a heavy roasted malt presence. Just sweet enough to be drinkable. Nice punch of bitterness. it's tough to pick out the vanilla over all the strong roasted flavors, but I do get some of the chocolate. Creamy texture... this is one of the first beers I've tried that I can say has a little chewiness to it. Carbonation is pointed and fine but not needle-like, adding volume to the otherwise heavy body. The alcohol warmth compliments the flavors nicely and make it sip-friendly (though admittedly I can drink this RIS-like style with ease). It sweetens as it warms and more of the creaminess comes through.
Overall a solid stout offering. I would drink it again... and again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 22:14:53 | More by abuliarose
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass on sept21 2009

A I held it up too the sun and shes black as night. It poured half a glass of mocha colored head with good retention and decent lace. As the head fell it left a 1/4inch of dense film that didn't coat the glass but left thicker lace as the glass emptied.

S As the box says vanilla and chocolate are well represented but I also smell some faint booze and coffee

T Again vanilla and chocolate mix well with each other, the booze I smell is well concealed and the mild coffee is still there. This tastes as it smells and that's a good thing.

M Not as thick as I expected but fairly creamy nonetheless

D Zero problems drinking this one, it's worth seeking out

I was pleased when this one showed up in Alberta, putting it on my got list felt good, but not as good as taking it of my want list. This beer is wonderful and you should pick it up if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 02:08:13 | More by wordemupg
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by nickd717. Been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours dark but clear brown, almost opaque in the glass. The small tan head disappeared pretty quickly, settling to a thin disc.

The aroma has a massive vanilla and chocolate presence, almost to the point of having no identifiable beer character. It's nicely done, though quite rich.

The taste is sweet up front, with big vanilla and chocolate flavors complementing the roasty, rich malt backbone. There's a fair amount of bitterness to contrast the vanilla and chocolate, but this is still pretty decadent and dessert-like. The body felt a touch thin to me, medium-light, but that may be because I was drinking bigger stouts before this. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 03:32:11 | More by largadeer
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Arbitrator

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generously shared by nickd717 at a tasting last night. Thanks Nick!

A: Pours an impenetrable brown body that darkens to black in the center of the glass. Develops a finger of tan-colored head that recedes quickly into a light donut / film on top of the brew. With so many people sharing from the same glass (mmm disease!), there is no place for the suds to latch on... But even on the first swig, there wasn't much lacing anyway.

S: Lots of vanilla, but not so strong that it blasts the nose and becomes a beer parody. It's subdued, and blends into the rest of the mellow nose with cocoa, roasted malt, and nuts.

T: Again, I taste the vanilla very strongly, but the roasted malts are much stronger in the flavor than cocoa. There is a strange artificial sweetness to the beer that becomes especially obvious near the finish. Slight smoke on the exhalation.

M: Medium-full body, with low carbonation that makes it very velvety and smooth. Finishes malty / sweet, obviously.

D: I thought this was pretty decent. This beer isn't available around here, but if I saw it I might pick up another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 16:53:06 | More by Arbitrator
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

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

A:Pours black, almost opaquewith a thin beige head. Some nice lacing, yet only a thin film remains on the surface.

S: Some roasty notes linger behind a wall of chocolae and vanilla. Smells like one of those home made malted milkshakes.

T: Nice, dry and roasy flavors hang out up front, with some coffee notes. Then comes the flavors of bittersweet cocoa and vanilla. It finishes slightly dry with a nice hop character.

M: This is a more medium bodied stout, a bit thinner than I expected it to be.

D: This brewery has yet to dissapoint me. Very smooth and drinkable, this is another unique offering from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 01:02:04 | More by WYVYRN527
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ricke

Sweden

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

A: Dark brown with a beige small head that leaves a nice lid of lacings.

S: Very mellow and round, yet characterful. Lots of chocolate and vanilla. Pleasant malts beneath. Not very complex, but the vanilla and chocolate combination is very pleasant.

T: The taste is on the sweet side with a foundation of mild roasted maltiness and huge amounts of vanilla and chocolate/cocoa/chocolate powder. The sweet flavors of vanilla and cocoa are very prominent and dominate the taste completely. It's almost reminiscent of a tasty milkshake. Just a hint of dark fruits and perhaps a hint of smoke as well. The finish is very mildly bitter with notes of nuts and chocolate. Unfortunately, I think the finish is a bit short.

M: Medium body with a creamy texture. Slightly too active carbonation.

D: A good one. Very smooth and round. It's sweet, but not overly so and the somewhat one-sided character works really well due to the well crafted composition.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 20:53:52 | More by ricke
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

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.

Thanks jlindros!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 18:36:15 | More by BEERchitect
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

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

Well, I haven't heard why this needs to be called Aphrodite in the States (or at least our quirky little Commonwealth), but whatever. It's going in my Portsmouth snifter. Very faint carbonation pffft of the cap.

Well, it looks nice enough. Decent maple/brown sugar head. Maybe a little thin but in this snifter that's usually the case. Hang time isn't all that but the deep espress color keeps it formidable and there's a little bit of lacing. Not bad.

I enjoy the deep dark cocal tendency along with a natural vanilla bean essence...along with some grassy hops (Target?) and deep roasted malty goodness. Only a faint hint of patent tannins adds to some nice austerity. Impressive.

Y'know, the carbonation and saltiness really combine with the tannins to add a bit of sting to this that's not on the nose at first. Very slatelike, dry and austere. If it didn't drink so damn easily I'd sit around and wait for it to warm up even more...but I'm already getting this to open up a little bit. It's quite good; the saltiness and tannins go away, leaving a true dark malt character with a little bit of chocolate and maybe a faint hint of vanilla...but not that oaky vanilla you get with barrel-aged stuff. Hops definitely grass this up and add to the slatiness.

Palate feel is, again, nice and dry. Spritely carbonation meets deep, dark tannins and robust hop grass and slate to generate a very clean feel. Whatever yeast strain they used cleared just about everything out.

Borderline sessionable, this is. Drinks way, WAY too easily. Very well-constructed. I know it's not a coffee stout, but this is definitely Peche Mortel's little sister that's all grown up.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2009 20:38:56 | More by IBUnit63
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

11.5oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. '0' '06' notched on the label. Poured inky black with a half-inch, dense khaki-colored cap that eventually settled into a fairly consistent skim with only a few breaks. Thick slashes of lacing were exposed after each tilt of the glass. Cocoa revealed upfront, as well as a hint of dark fruit and the merest suggestion of hops at the back. Big cocoa character dominates the flavor profile, with a kiss of vaniila in the mix and a little bit of bittering hops at the finish. Mouthfeel was medium/light and a bit fizzy; would have preferred a little less carbonation on this one. Really drinkable, despite the carbonation level. Proof that a beer can be flavorful with a low abv; however, $5.99 a bottle is a bit steep in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 19:22:21 | More by Jwale73
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 341 mL bottle
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured an absolute pitch black with a tight, frothy, near three-finger, mocha-colored head that faded to a flimsy film. A thick blanket of lacing coated the glass, eventually giving way to cascading streaks.

The aroma was outstanding. Super smooth and sweet with strong notes of coffee, vanilla and a touch of caramel. Powdered cocoa came through as well. As the beer warmed, the vanilla really intensified. Very dessert-like and quite impressive (especially for a beer of this magnitude).

The taste however did not stack up to my expectations. Roasted malts dominated. Burnt coffee, char and ash came through strong. Some cocoa powder was also discernible. The finish was pithy, dry and bitter with a distinct mineral-like aspect. Overall, the flavor profile was quite simplistic.

The mouthfeel was thinner than average for the style with a crisp, bubbly carbonation that mellowed as the beer sat.

Considering the ABV, drinkability was good.

This beer was somewhat of a disappointment. While both the appearance and the aroma were nearly flawless, the flavor and mouthfeel reminded me more of a mediocre Irish dry stout than a well crafted American-style stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 04:43:56 | More by Damian
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HopBacchus

Massachusetts

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

Poured from a bottle into a glass

Darker than the night with a mocha head that vanishes after a while leaving wispy tan lace

Vanilla Chocolate dark roasted burned malts

Wow this tastes extremely good dark roasted malts have an orgy with vanilla and cocoa beans

medium bodied with pleasant carbonation

goes down extremely smoothly

this is an awesome beer probably my favorite stout right now

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 23:50:39 | More by HopBacchus
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atremains

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque with a very nice mocha head. Little lacing, head recedes to a thin ring around the stout. Smell is great; roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa. Met my expectations perfectly. Taste is the same, very well balanced between the flavors and finishes with a roastyness that is desirable. The mouthfeel to me is a bit of a let down. Kind of watery with an bit to much attack from the carbonation. This is definitely one of the better stouts I've had as of late. Dieu Du Ciel continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 05:57:16 | More by atremains
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evantwomey

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's on my way south through MA. The bottle is labeled 'Aphrodite' but my understanding is that it is the same beer, just with a modified, US-friendly label.

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Big, frothy head with awesome retention and some lacing. Color is basically jet-black. Aroma is big on the chocolate, like a semisweet baking chocolate. Roasted malt. I can't really pick out the vanilla, but it might be adding to the rounded, sweet chocolate aroma.Taste is also big on the chocolate, reminiscent of Rogue chocolate stout. No harsh or acrid flavors. A bit of bitterness is present on the finish, and finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel is pretty full, just about right for the style. Could be a bit fuller maybe. Drinkability is excellent, being pretty dry and super smooth.

Everything in this beer really harmonizes to emphasize the chocolate, but it's subtle enough to not seem gimicky. Overall this is an exceptional beer, highly drinkable, and definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 01:47:36 | More by evantwomey
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into oversized DFH snifter

A: Pitch black color with dark brown almost black head of about 1 finger that fades semi quickly

N: Lots of oatmeal and dark roasted malts and tons of chocolate, a touch of oak and vanilla and some coffee

T: Wow! Starts with lots roasted malts and coffee, some chocolate, touch of oak and vanilla, creamy and rich, some rich dark fruits hit towards the end with a bitterness, theres so much going on, very slight alcohol, its very smooth

M: Thick and creamy with perfect carbonation, coats the whole mouth

F: It finishes slightly sweet that dries very quickly and leaves a slight chocolate and coffee bitterness on the tongue, makes me think of a chocolate milk with some coffee in it

Final thoughts: This is a very rich and complex beer with lots of roasted malts and coffee, chocolate, oak and vanilla, as well as some deep rich fruit that surprises you, very light alcohol taste and makes my mouth water quite a bit. I think this will age very well also. All the flavors are blended pretty well and I think aging it will just round it off even more. I'll have to cellar a few of them.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 00:48:41 | More by jlindros
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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

12 oz. bottle courtesy of dkchuar for my review #900 - many thanks, Dan! Split at a tasting w/ Bankhead, dkachur, and proteus93. Poured in to a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick, sticky-looking brown body, deep and robust, and capped by a decent one-finger head, a nice pleasant robust tan, with average retention. The carbonation in this may be present ... or, hell, it may be not. I'd have liked to get a full pour on this one, as I imagine it would have been even more fantastic w/ regard to the head aspects and the lacing. 4.0.

Aroma: Incredibly pungent, with tons of cocoa and deep, toasted malts, not burnt or astringent, but very robust. The cocoa is largely bittersweet, though, with plenty of slightly milky notes. The dominant note, however, is unmitigated, unrelenting vanilla, sweet and milky, but there are plenty of counterbalancing dry notes, as well - toasty, slightly crisp, reminiscent of dark toffee in places. This one is moderately complex but, otherwise just truly, amazingly pleasant. A few other stout-y notes - caramel, dark toffee, molasses, faint smoke, powdered Belgian chocolate, faint coffee - round this one out.

Taste: Sweet vanilla sugar - milky vanilla sugar, in fact, surprise! - largely characterize this one. Other than that, it's a solid stout, but when the two are put together, it's quite an enjoyable one-two punch. The vanilla sugar - which, if you've ever made it, is a really simple yet versatile addition to anything from creme brulee to your morning coffee - adds a wonderful complexity to a beer otherwise characterized by a solid array of dry toast, dark, bittersweet cocoa, and deep brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, moderately thick beer with a fair amount of smooth, well-integrated carbonation.

Drinkability: A fantastic #900, and a real rare treat from Dieu du Ciel. I hope this one gets label approval in the U.S. soon, because at 6.5%, it's a perfect example of an attractive, good-drinking American stout with a twist that elevates it a step if not a few steps above the rest. One I would encourage anyone who gets the opportunity to try. Now, if only we could brew Peche Mortel with vanilla sugar ...

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 03:31:26 | More by CrellMoset
Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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