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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 590
Hads: 1,481
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 176
Gots: 204 | 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 Goliath
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a thin layer of head on top that quickly dissipates.

the aroma is nice. Dark malts provide notes of chocolate and coffee and they are quickly accompanied by some sweet notes of vanilla.

The taste follows suit with the nose. Notes of chocolate, coffee and a touch of vanilla do the builk of the work.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an average dose of carbonation.

Drinkability is relatively high. The flavors are pleasing and the ABV is easily managed making for a well constructed and easy drinking pleaser.

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Photo of OskarL
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A thick black beer with a small head and leaves some lacing, impossible to see through.

Smell - Cocoa, chocolate, lots of vanilla, roasted barley and some sweet notes. I could smell this all night long!

Taste - An incredibly smooth beer! Cacao, vanilla with roasted barley and some christmasy spices. Sweet but finishes a bit bitter. Wonderfull!

Mouthfeel - Medium body, smooth, slightly carbonated, maybe a bit thin but it has only an abv of 6.5%.

This is a very smooth beer to drink, which smells and tastes very exciting!

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Photo of jampics2
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Rozis Wine House. So glad this finally made it to Ohio. We drank 4 bottles at our Holiday tasting!

Pours a dark black with creamy light head. Beautiful beer!

Smell is a knockout. The vanilla just wafts around the room. This is beautiful - the only thing I can compare it to is the Southern Tier Creme Brulee, but this doesn't have the malt and "butterscotch" smells - it's pure vanilla. There's a bit of chocolate and roast too, but the vanilla is the star.

Tastes like a milk stout with vanilla beans. Chocolate and roasted malt support, but this is probably the smoothest stout ever. Wow, just an amazing REAL vanilla taste that lingers and rocks!

Mouthfeel is creamy, almost perfect velvet. Drinkability is exceptional. I could drink this forever! One of my favorite beers to brew is a vanilla bean porter and this beer brings all the elements I love about using real vanilla beans, but, of course, DDC ups the ante and rocks a much better base beer than I can pull off.

Highly recommended stuff here!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out an inky black body with an inch of dense tan-colored foam.

Smell: Oh my! What we have here is a rather vivid chocolate-scented aroma akin to cramming your nose up to a bowl of chocolate cupcake mix. Also, there's some good notes of roasted grains and split vanilla bean pods.

Taste: Flowing roasty, coffee-toned maltiness along with tastes of vanilla bean, unsweetened chocolate, and even dark chocolate. Moderate sweetness. Light touch of dried dark fruit. It's got a nice spicy component akin to putting a bit of nutmeg on one's tongue. Drying finish with a dusting of spice and final hints of cocoa and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A mellow, pleasant sweet treat of a stout that's in the same vein as Southern Tier's Choklat, though presented with a far more subtler touch.

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

This beer comes as advertised. It is a genuine dark ale with cocoa and vanilla bean. It is also unfiltered and you can see some particulates floating about. The beer pours an inky black color and it is a full bodied beer. The beer is also very creamy with an a nice oily mouthfeel. The nose is cocoa powder chocolate. The taste is very nicely balanced between the cocoa powder, the vanilla bean, and some roasted and charred dark malts. There is a chocolate bittering taste in the finish and this interacts quite well with some leafy hop in there too. The bittering chocolate, charred dark malts, cocoa powder, and subtle but very nice creamy vanilla bean, define this beer. It is very good, a bit different, but well worth seeking out. The 6.5% ABV is well hidden, the aftertaste is smooth and mild. This beer is a real find.

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

Looks like I reviewed this under the wrong entry the first time - we have two entries for this beer for some reason? Anyway...

Pours black with a frothy brown head - quickly fades into a moderate crown and leaves behind decent lacing. Really appreciated the look of the head...just wish it had stuck around longer.

The aroma immediately reminds of hot cocoa with layers of vanilla. Sweet, enjoyable aroma. The taste again brings the cocoa and vanilla, and adds some notes of milk chocolate. This is a sweet brew, but not cloyingly so - taste is closer to a Sweet/Milk stout. I actually would have liked a bit more boldness on the taste, but maybe that's expecting a bit too much from the style. Mouthfeel is somewhat mediocre - perhaps a tad over-carbonated, and it could stand to be a bit creamier/smoother.

All in all, very solid American Stout.

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

Ultra dark with a stiff two finger tan head that resists fading and leaves sheets of Belgian lacing behind.

The smell is aggressive rich semi-sweet malty mix of vanilla licorice Hershey chocolate.

The mouth feel is lightly carbonated with a light zingy bitterness and creamy smooth lighter side medium body that finishes with a dry almost grainy texture.

The flavors matches up nicely with the nose and at 6.5% ABV is quite sessionable.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 10/29/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, Tootsie roll, lactose, vanilla. Flavor is super chocolatey--chocolate milkshake, chocolate- covered pretzels, WOW. Lots of lactose too and even some peanut butter makes its presence. Another great beer from Dieu du Ciel, just awesome! I just love the chocolatey presence.

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Photo of ludachris
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one from my annual Christmas visit to Halfiax, and another one from my Dad as a gift. Man I love Premier Wines and Spirits.

Pours a thick and rich opaque black with deep amber highlights and a 1 finger tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

The nose is packed with notes of tobacco, roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, and sweet hints of vanilla.

Molasses and tobacco are excellently paired with roasted malts and dark chocolate, which all comes to an end with a dry coffee-like finish and a sweet and lingering vanilla presence.

Mouthfeel is smooooth and creamy. Nicely balanced and an excellent drink on a cold winter night like this.

Overall, another excellent offering from DDC. In comparison to Rogue's Shakespeare stout I had a few minutes ago, the nose and flavour are noticeably more pronounced with the rich notes of tobacco, molasses, and vanilla really coming out. The balance isn't as great, but this is nonetheless an excellent stout that puts a good face on the Canadian brew scene. I've got DDC's Peche Mortel waiting for me at home, and this stuff leaves me eager to try it.

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

Pours a deep, rich, opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent light tan head. Aroma is rich, smoky and oily with hints of fine coffee and molasses. Flavor is like high grade coffee with hints of unsweetened chocolate and vanilla and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is smooth and fizzy, leaving a bit of hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of tegelaar
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with cream colored head. Minimal lacing. Smells strongly of chocolate and vanilla. Very sweet and begs you to take a sip. The taste is of dark chocolate and vanilla with a big bitter bite. WOW - the vanilla really tastes awesome. Lots of sweetness up front and bitterness in back. This is very light and drinkable for a stout. Some may call it weak but I think it's amazing and my second favorite DDC beer behind the rauchbier (Equinoxe D'automne). Amazingly delicious and drinkable to boot.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 2 finger chocolate head. Body is pitch black in color. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is of rich, roasted malt. Chocolate and a tiny bit of coffee are also present. Hops arent there but as beer warms the vanilla is noticed.

First taste is of sweet malt. Chocolate and vanilla come in as the beer warms and compliment the beer very good. Hops are pretty muted and there is an after taste of some cold burnt coffee.

Mouth feel is pretty good. Body is alittle on the light side but head adds some nice fluffiness to it. Good balance of carbonation

Drink ability is pretty good. Very sessionable for such a flavorful stout. Cocoa and vanilla beans really make this a unique beer. Love everything this brewery does, just wish their prices were alittle more affordable cause I can drink their stuff everyday

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Photo of GilGarp
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. The beer has a very dark brown, nearly black, color with thick sand colored head. Great head retention leads to some nice lacing left behind.

Aroma is really enjoyable, even with a slightly stuffed up nose. The roasty malts are overlain with a hint of vanilla and chocolate, just as the label suggests.

Flavor is fantastic - the chocolate and vanilla are a perfect pair and neither outshines the other. The roast from the dark grains has the familiar flavor of coffee but again in balance with the other flavors. The vanilla is similar to that from an oaked stout but with a little more intensity.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus body with a little more carbonation than I think is necessary for the style. I would prefer it to be a little smoother.

Overall a great stout. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel makes some really interesting and delicious beers. A nice treat, if only they weren't so expensive.

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage courtesy of champ103.

A - Pours nearly black with a smallish tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a fair amount of lacing.

S - Sweet vanilla and earthy cocoa notes backed up by a solid backbone of roasted malt and a touch of caramel.

T - Earthy and slightly bitter cocoa notes dominate up front, followed quickly by an almost candy-like vanilla sweetness which becomes fairly assertive as the beer warms. Roasted character backs it all up but is ultimately overshadowed by the vanilla and cocoa. Hop presence is negligible, with the cocoa providing a touch of bitterness.

M - Medium-bodied with a creamy finish. Seems a tad bit thin for a stout.

D - Enjoyable and easy to drink. It seems a bit one-dimensional though, and it didn't exactly knock my socks off. A good effort though.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into a Unibroue chalice. Beer was pitch black, with a one-finger sand colored head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was heavy vanilla, light cocoa, coffee and some light, bitter hops.

Taste was espresso, chocolate and vanilla. Light bitter hoppy finish. Not overly sweet, but well balanced and very drinkable. Well made beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head that doesn't last the duration (though holds on for some time). Vanishing/trailing lace leaves some dots behind.

The smell is robust! Cocoa and vanilla - dark maltiness and slight roast.

The taste is sweet - chocolatey with vanilla beans. Some alcohol warmth shows. A late touch of roast gives some balance to the sweetness, though it remains sweet in character.

It is medium-to-full bodied. Carbonation is on the higher end for what I was expecting for a "dessert" brew. Could be fuller.

Like a rich chocolate cake, the sweetness, while not sticky, is enough to be happy sharing this 11.5 oz. bottle and still be satisfied (though I was also happy having this by myself - wouldn't grab another though). This is a nice, sweet treat that showcases cocoa and vanilla well! Aromatic and delicious!

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Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Goebbels in Wichita

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of mocha/brown colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Cocoa & a touch of iron, grows stronger as this warms, plus nice vanilla

T: Dark chcolate, iron, a touch of wet charred grains up front. Dryness, a bit of coffee, plus more dark chocolate, plus some herbal hops as this warms. Finishes dry with dark chocolate & with woody & herbal hops, plus vanilla

MF: Rich, silky & smooth with medium body

Great drinkability, this is a tasty stout in it own right, must try more beers from these guys...Only thing I didn't like about this beer was the price, about $5.50 for a single

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

Thrilled to see this brewer available here in Budlitelimeville...

Used Diesel motor oil has nothing on the inky blackness of this stout. Nice tan head and huge gobs of lacing.

Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla...nice

Very smooth balance between the dark chocolate and the hint of vanilla. Smooth beyond my wildest expectations for a strong stout. Gets a wee bit bitter and chalky in the back end, but this only encourages you to take amother sip.

Nice medium to full body. Incredibly smooth & creamy until the dry aftertaste kicks in.

Expensive but very nice.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a thin, short lasting brown head.

Cocoa and sweet chocolate truffles on the nose with a background of dark chocolate and smoke. A well working dynamic.

On the tongue, a chocolate and subtle vanilla sweetness hit just before the cocoa powder and smoke turn a tad dry and mildly bitter.

I wouldn't mind a smidge more vanilla in the overall flavor, but still well made. The lighter bodied nature of this tells me that it would bode well as dessert with fresh strawberries or cherries.

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Photo of scottg
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labeled as "Aphrodite"
11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a jet black with no light getting through with a one finger tan head with light retention leaving spotty lacing that slides back to the beer. As advertised, the aroma is of vanilla and dark chocolate which meld beautifully with a hint of roasted malt. Bitter dark chocolate and sweet vanilla again balance each other for a great up front taste with some roasted malt in the middle and a burnt coffee bitter finish. Medium carbonation, full body with a creamy mouthfeel, this is a very drinkable stout.
The bitter finish and the sweeter up front taste compliment each other very well making you want another sip- tres bon!

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Photo of papat444
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally got around to reviewing this. Enjoyed last night with some sugar cream pie.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled August 2009.

Appearance: Densely black body with a huge mocha colored head that refuses to let up. Very nice looking.

Smell: Vanilla bean, coffee, milk chocolate and cocoa powder. Very pronounced and the aroma just keeps my attention and doesn't let go. Perfect.

Taste: Very pronounced cocoa powder. Like i'm literally eating the powder. Good coffee presence with the vanilla more in the background. When i first taste it, i found it to be lacking a little but after swallowing, the flavors linger quite a long time. Opens up a lot more as it nears room temperature. A nice lasting moderate bitterness rounds things out. The only thing keeping me from scoring a 5 on the taste is i would have liked more vanilla flavor front and center with the cocoa. Still, it has a nice complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth like velvet this beer is. Non-obtrusive carbonation that keeps it's place but gives little pinpricks here and there. Straddles well between coarse and creamy though it does have a more smooth edge than otherwise. Full-bodied without being heavy at all which is quite a feat.

Drinkability: Top marks here as i could easily have had another. No alcohol heat whatsoever.

Overall: Better than i remembered. Do NOT drink this one cold but instead enjoy very close to room temp. Almost as good as Peche Mortel.

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Photo of cleeze
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with real cocoa and vanilla.

Poured a used motor oil black that was dark as night. Huge 3 finger (pushing 4) foamy tannish head that left some really bad ass lacing.

I really get the fresh baked cookies that someone mentioned before me. Over-whelming chocolate on the nose with loads of vanilla bean up in the mix. Also hints of coffee(they love their coffee,eh) Smells absolutley delicious. Probably my favorite aspect of this brew.

Taste again was over-whelming cocoa. I was hoping for a little more vanilla but deffinitely caught some great hints of it. Again a tad of coffee up in the mix

Mouthfeel was pretty slick and very drinkable (I don't think it's worth the 7$ price tag though)

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Photo of steve8robin
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my faves...

A: Very dark in color. No light shines through. Awesome mocha colored head the disappated quickly, but leaves a nice murky residue on the glass

S: Faint scents. Hints of vanilla and smells of coffee.

T: Awesome! Automatically you can taste the vanilla and cocoa blended wonderfully. Slight bitter hops, but not overwhelming. This one tastes fantastic!

M: Sticky and thick. Carbonation is really good.

D: Goes down very easily.

All in all, this is a great brew to have on a nice cold winter evening to warm you up.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341mL bottle with bottled-on date notched in label tasted from a snifter.

Pours an opaque black, with one finger of tan head that quickly fades to a haze.

Mostly cacao in the nose, complemented by some dark fruit, roasted grains and subtle oaky vanilla.

Smooth and creamy sweet cacao powder up front, tending toward darker charred grains and coffee notes toward the finish. Soft vanilla is there, but light and in the background. Bit of a whisky or bourbon on the finish with a bit of residual sweet chocolate and fruitiness. Very nice melding of flavours here, not too sweet or too burnt.

Mouthfeel is a decent medium body, creamy and bubbly carbonation and a lingering sticky finish.

Tasty, creamy, and with a decently robust body given the abv. A sweeter, more "everyday" alternative to the bigger Peche Mortel.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with cocoa and vanilla beans. Pours black with a dark tan/brown head.

Nose of Hershey's chocolate syrup and fresh chocolate with assertive vanilla. Smells like fresh baked cookies.

Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and with medium cream.

Flavors are very assertive and easily identifiable-chocolate candy/syrup, vanilla bean and undertones of espresso. Nice but simple flavors with little complexities or layers. Pleasant chocolate character but after "an inch or two" it takes on a "chocolate soda" character.

Some bitter hops in the flavor undertones and some nice bitter hops in the finish. Interesting, but perhaps no so drinkable. There are a lot more "chocolate" "coffee" brews that are more integrated and balanced and which would go better with food and/or to sip. Too much chocolate syrup character.

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
93 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.