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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 572
Hads: 1,421
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 5.49%
Wants: 166
Gots: 186 | FT: 10
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-10-2003

Also known as Aphrodite or Aphrodisiac in the USA.

(Cacao Et A La Vanille)
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Photo of joeseppy
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown to the point of blackness. Chestnut generous head is bouncy with stratospheric lacing and wispy clouds.

Smell is roasty with bitter chocolate. Vanilla extract and some coffee.

Bitter brew of cocoa, hop and vanilla bean. Alcohol noted as well. Metallic tones noted in back of palate.

Thin, almost flat, mouthfeel. Silky texture and hoppy bitterness linger. Not a sweet craft at all and finishes dry.

Missing body brings this down a notch. More of a black ale. Other than that it is an easy drinker. Straight forward roast and bitter as you may like. (572 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bottle, labeled “Aphrodite,” seems to have been bottled 05/2011 (over two and a half years before the date of this tasting); looks like it’s since been renamed Aphrodisiaque. Still, despite the age, I’m glad I found this on the shelf. Cheers.

A: This is one deep black beer, pouring thick and menacing. A bubbly head, mocha-colored, appears and disappears in an instant, leaving nothing but the dark, dark body.

S: Warm, creamy vanilla and milk chocolate aromas inhabit this nose beginning to end, like rich hot cocoa with marshmallow. There are some molasses and roast notes in the midst of the sweets, but only a small amount – this is primarily a dessert beer profile.

T: The palate is dominated by a velvety sweetness, tasting like chocolate pudding: not too sweet, not too heavy. Supporting notes of vanilla extract and cherry cordial create a nice complexity, with a bready pie crust tone suggestive of unfiltered, aged beer. Bitter and mineral-heavy toward the finish, sustaining a dry aftertaste.

M: The body is strikingly thin, especially when you compare it to a full, high-alcohol American stout. There is, however, a soft milkiness and a subtle fizz to it that makes it quite agreeable (and unique, as well).

O: A beer this big in a body this small is intriguing; thankfully, it turned out delicious. Hopefully I can get it fresh sometime soon. (1,376 characters)

Photo of momobono
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's the roasty, cocoa smell that really set this one up for me. Great example of a creative stout, and the vanilla is just a hint - which is just fine with me. My only wishes are that this would have a bit more weight to the mouthfeel and a lower carbonic bite. (262 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has an inviting, sweet chocolate scent to it as nice as any chocolate stout I've had...with just a touch of vanilla hiding behind it.

I was told before drinking this beer that the vanilla would be just a hint, and it wouldn't be overpowering or much of a dessert beer. As it was, I think she was right that it isn't overpowering, but it also was really pleasant in the vanilla aspect. There's the roasted malt note....a bit of sweet chocolate...and a nice level of vanilla that ends it out and is so tasty. A twinge of hop bitterness is found on the very finish. Not a dessert beer I wouldn't say, but just an awesome beer all around....and that's coming from somebody who doesn't list stouts among his favorite styles. (720 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle bought from Brewdogs online shop

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Dirty tan head poured very fairly thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong roasted bready malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... caramel, cocoa, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), light vanilla, earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above.. hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts...

Feel - Sharp and dry with a little creaminess underneath... medium bodied... at 6.5% this is a dangerously drinkable brew...

Overall - A world class stout - so well balanced and drinkable... highly recommended... (907 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed off of week old memories.

A: Pretty much pitch black with a slightly mocha colored head. Retention was okay as was lacing.

S: Roasted malt and a touch of cocoa.

T: I really didn't get much of the vanilla advertised. Some came out as it was warming but it really feels like I was trying to hard to get it for it really to be a vanilla beer. The cocoa was more present but this could also be the malt as it sometimes lends itself to this flavor. Sweet caramel malts also hit the palate is interesting.

M: Easy drinking and pretty smooth going down. Not overly carbonated.

O: A pretty decent beer. Nothing astounding but pretty good. I could pick up a six pack if the price was good. (694 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Proof. Pours the darkest of browns around the edge and black anywhere further than a millimeter from the edge. Slight medium brown head that almost immediately faded. Poor legs and lacing. Aroma is first the vanilla and deep malt, then a twinge of coffee, then some sweet oaky bourbon and some dark chocolate. Taste is the chocolate and coffee up front, vanilla in the mid-palate, and vanilla/wood in the aftertaste. Nice low carbonation, and silky mouthfeel. I'd love to do a side by side with Peche Mortel. (520 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deepest black color with a dark caramel head with low retention.
Delicious aroma of Belgian and milk chocolates with vanilla, cocoa powder and roasted notes.
And it keeps up hill. Strong predominant flavor of roasted malts with chocolate. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a long lasting roasted grains feeling.
Medium to full body with an appropriate carbonation with tiny bubbles.
A truly chocolate feast as bold and deep as it can be in flavors, without appealing to hop marines. (479 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up slight head which really has no retention- just enough for me to observe the color of the head which is a dark to medium beige. The body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. No lacing has been left and it looks as if no lacing will be. (And that is a fact!)

Nose- Huge dark chocolate from the bottle- reminiscent of Hershey's Dark. The glass shows more cocoa with hints of vanilla. It's not terribly complex but it is quite delicious. If this beer tastes anything like the aroma, it's going to be good. Some toffee and caramel. Even a touch of butterscotch.

Taste- Roasted malts and coffee seem to creep around the tongue as I swirl the beer around my mouth. Bitter notes of cocoa emerge and move into a note bordering on dark chocolate but it seems to stop short of tasting like actual chocolate. Not quite as enjoyable as the nose but pretty close. Seems a little thin. There's a bit of raisin and sourness caused by the roasted malts. These roasted malts bolster the beer and prevent it from seeming too thin. Some woodiness to the finish- mostly oak from the vanilla beans. Slight vanilla creaminess on the tip of the tongue after the finish is gone. Hints at white chocolate a bit. Most of this seems to fade and I'm left with mostly cocoa. Somewhat of a dry finish. I do like the residual vanilla but wish it had more presence in the rest of the flavor profile. Might lack a little in complexity but has wonderful balance and integration. Very good, quite solid beer. The mild hops works perfectly against the slight sweetness and gives this beer a lot of integrity.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied beer which manages to have a creamy silkiness to it despite heavy carbonation for a stout. Nice dry finish that still allows a slick vanilla linger on the tip of the tongue. A mixed bag that shows results.

Drinkability- Incredibly accessible and incredibly drinkable. The only negative is the price. This is worth 6 bucks but I wouldn't pay it most of the time. Especially when I could just grab a Peche Mortel instead.

Overall- Very good beer that shouldn't be a disappointment for stout lovers. Definitely worth a try and certainly a beer that I wouldn't mind having again. A winner when it comes to lower gravity stouts. (2,259 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 341 ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Bottle Date: 2013/09; Poured: 2013/10

A: Dark, jet black, almost totally opaque save for the very edge where a bit of light shine through highlighting the color. 3 fingers of a cloudy mocha head that falls fast to a thin creamy collar and leaves behind curtains of lace.

S: A big nose! Sweet chocolate and dark roasted malt, coffee and sweet vanilla.

T: Wow, so smooth! The roasted notes from the grain, dark malt and coffee first, but quickly mellows with rich chocolate and vanilla milkshake flavors. The finish is very long and complex transitioning between dark and roasted and sweet .

M: Medium-high body and medium carbonation; rich, smooth, silky.

O: Incredible depth of flavor and mouthfeel for a 6.5% beer; and it’s truly delicious to boot! (812 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours with a medium bodied thickness. Tan brownish head of about half a finger. Low active carbonation in glass while drinking. Stout blackness displayed.

Smell: the front is a rounded cocoa bittersweet aroma. Vanilla and roasted malt warm up in the body of this beer. Some dark coffee characteristics as well. The aroma is potent but at the same time very smooth and balanced.

Taste: the front is light, easy on the palate vanilla presence. The rest of the front of the beer is somewhat bland. The cocoa and roasted malt make a powerful appearance in the body. The cocoa rides through to the back end and lingers on the palate with a bright sweetness for a long time.

Mouthfeel: light dryness, sweet chocolate and vanilla felt for a long time.

Overall: good stuff but I was expecting more. Flavors and aromas are balanced but seem a little muted as well. The cocoa aspects of this beer are very strong and felt in diverse ways throughout. (958 characters)

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

Served in a small snifter.
Every aspect of this stout is exceptional. It has a smooth, creamy near full feel with more-or-less perfect, soft carbonation. Very satisfying stout.
Taste: hint of sour; more bitter than sweet. Rich and complex. Dark fruits and coffee.
O: a very special beer (289 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle. Pours a deep black with a small khaki colored head. Big spicy earthy coffee aroma with hints of vanilla and roast in the background. Sweet roast and molasses up front fade into earthy coffee and lingering coffee vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side without much carbonation to save it. Seems to fall a little flat. Flavors are there but not as impressed as I was hoping. Pretty easy drinking overall. (423 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger tan head that doesn't last long.

S-Chocolate, roasted malt, tad coffee was expecting more vanilla here.

T-Starts with vanilla and dark chocolate, a tad more vanilla would be perfect. Then some roasted malt and coffee. Even some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated but not that creamy.

O-Better than the Peche Mortel, the chocolate and vanilla worked well together, just a tad more vanilla would have made this phenomenal. (467 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown color, closely approaching black. The creamy sand colored head retains fairly well, but eventually does settle. It can be revived by swirling the glass. Wispy patches of lacing stick to the glass here and there.

S: Strong pull of milk chocolate and vanilla. Fudge and dark chocolate cake. Mild roast. Touch of cherry and berry ester. An enticing desserty nose.

T: A marriage of cocoa and vanilla immediately greets the palate. Roasted malts follow on its heels, bringing tastes of dry chocolate cake, soot, and char. Cola. Slightly acrid. Black coffee. Bitterness and light astringency from the roasted malts offset any initial sweetness. Juicy berry esters drop quickly on the mid palate. The finish lasts into eternity and consists of cocoa and vanilla, dry chocolate cake, soot and char, and a light acidity.

M: Thick in body with a definite sense of weight. Some astringency. Creamy and silky smooth. Decadent and velvety. Little in the way of carbonation. Awesome mouthfeel.

O: Not your average dessert beer. The roasted malt flavors get bitter, acrid, and astringent, much like a good Irish Dry stout. This balances any cocoa and vanilla sweetness tit for tat. All aspects of the beer work together harmoniously, and it stays very well balanced. The mouthfeel and texture are brilliant and go a long way to promote drinkability. Pretty straightforward pairing with chocolate cake. Worked very well with dark chocolate covered almonds. (1,500 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. 5 and 1 checked on the side, but i dont know what that means

Pours a pitch black with absolutely 0 head. The smell is very nice with vanilla beans dominating the aroma, followed by a bit of cocoa nibs as well. The taste though doesnt follow suit, as i get a lot of burnt coffee and chocolate notes with only a slight bit of vanilla mixed in. Bitter aftertaste on the back end as well. Medium bodied, very low carbonation.

Overall a disappointing beer for me. Was expecting a lot more from this one. (544 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle, appeared spring/summer 2013
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Aphrodite is an excellent dessert beer, rich and roasted with vanilla-like complexity, without going into imperial territory. The only drawback is its price, which at $6 for a 12oz bottle is a major limiting factor on enjoying this again. For a special dessert occasion, it would be nice to have this available; otherwise, I don't think I'd return.

Pours a 1.5cm head of tan-colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, fading in under one minute to a thin ring of residual foam around the perimeter of the beer and a small island of wispy foam lingering over the center of the body. Lacing is minimal, a few small dots and lines cling to the insides of the glass. Beer is a black color, with light bringing no change to its complexity. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque beer.

Aroma of dark chocolate mixed with coffee grounds, acrid roasted malt, and mild cornflake-like graininess and vanilla generating an almost brownie-with-ice cream-like intensity. Ridiculously enticing, an excellent dessert beer.

Front of palate picks up big, sweetened dark chocolate and acrid roasted malt flavors with an underlying vanilla and slight coffee-with-cream note. Mid-palate of roasted and chocolate malts with mild bitterness, vanilla flavor, slight sweetness, altogether reminiscent of a dense, flourless chocolate cake with vanilla beans. Back of palate picks up rich chocolate and roasted malt flavors with slight bitterness and hints of vanilla. Aftertaste of roasted malt acridness with bitter dark chocolate, slight coffee, and smooth vanilla flavors.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a gently foamy, smooth mouthfeel that fits the beer and its flavors quite well. Closes dry, with medium levels of stickiness clinging to the lips and palate. (1,934 characters)

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

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-cocoa, dark roasted malt, coffee, vanilla

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, earthy, vanilla, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-great stout,very enjoyable after dinner or with dessert (304 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours pitch black, with a one inch dark tan head, that leaves behind beautiful lace. Smell is Toffee, vanilla, butterscotch, coffee, and cocoa. Taste is all of that, the most dominant is butterscotch and vanilla. Body is maybe medium, just the right carbonation, a touch dry, and goes down easy. This is very nice, seems bigger than its abv. Nice stout, a bit expensive. (399 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Mikkeller bar in SF.

A: Real dark. Opaque.

S: Smells like booze .vanilla. Amazing.

T/M: Disappointingly thin. Weak chocolate. Oatmeal ish? Eh. Ain't that good.

O: Not a terrible beer but also not a great one. I wouldn't have another based on this, though I suppose this may not be the best representation. (327 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eye: The beer pours pitch black, so dark no light is getting through to hint at any deeper hues of color. Head is two fingers, creamy and has excellent retention. Quite a sexy looking beer. Nice lacing as well.

Nose: Upfront I can easily pick up the cocoa. Smells like good hot cocoa, not the cheap stuff. Not really getting to much vanilla or roast at the moment, maybe it needs to warm a bit...I guess(halfway through the glass now) I'd have to describe the vanilla as coming through blended with the cocoa. It doesn't stand out on its own, but they come as a pair... Hard to describe vanilla character here. Best way to describe the aroma of this beer is hot cocoa.

Tongue: What I've not picked up in the aroma comes through in the flavor. Vanilla and cocoa compliment each other and the roasted barley which adds some bitterness to the brew. Flavors of chocolate as well(i guess thats pretty much the same as cocoa). Even though this one is low in alcohol it comes through. Body is full with low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one I'll definitely buy again and recommend to friends; however, its a toss up between this one and Peche Mortel. I think I'd go for Peche Mortel first before I picked this one up again. Don't get me wrong this is a great beer! But Peche Mortel is a bit more complex and I feel its just crafted better. I love this beer, and I'd really like to see a brew come from them that combines the elements of this beer with Peche Mortel-that would be quite the beer. (1,495 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz courtesy of gramity. Thanks!

A: Thick placid black. Dark mocha foam rises up quickly after the pour and completely and totally fades. I have never seen that happy. Beers looks still and lifeless. Great legs though.

N: Cocoa and malted milk are the first flavors to hit my nose. There's some vanilla and roast/espresso in here, and a ton of husky, sweet grains. Oats, I think.

T: A very balanced beer. Lots of sweetness on the front of the tongue leads into a very long hop bitterness and a lot of coffee roastedness. Has a sharp acidic bite such as is found in a dry stout. Vanilla starts to shine through at the end of the beer.

M: Alternatively thick and watery at turns. Stains the palate with the coffee. Some alcohol.

O: Pretty powerful stuff if you’re in the mood for wake-me-up juice. I could do with a lot more of the vanilla to tone down the java bean flavors. I can’t say I dislike it, but at the same time, I’m not blown away. Still good though. (974 characters)

Photo of Philousa
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a thin layer of brown head, tiny bubbles that hint at its smooth mouthfeel. Aroma is dominated by creamy vanilla. Milk chocolate is there too with roasty grains, like burnt toast. Bitter chocolate, light vanilla, and cream soda all come together with a finish of barkish/earthy hop bitterness. It lingers for some time with some burnt chocolate. The feel is very creamy and the finish is slightly dry.

This is one of the best chocolate/vanilla adjunct stouts I've had. The first time I had it was at The Trappist on taptwo years ago. This is the first time I've had the opportunity to have it again. Won't pass this up when I see it next. (657 characters)

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

11.5 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This beer is dark. There is no light getting through. It is capped with an inch of mocha head.

S - The smell is reminiscent of coffee and cream. There are some great roasted aromas.

T - The taste is loaded with coffee flavor. I also get some vanilla. It has just a slightly bitter finish.

M - Full

O - This is my third beer from Dieu Du Ciel, and they have all been fantastic. I am going to buy every beer I see of theirs. (482 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a black color with a little bit of a tan head.

The aroma is wonderful on this. Huge vanilla bean, dark chocolate, coffee. I really inviting aroma that is super roasty and sweet.

The flavor follows with just tons of that chocolate, coffee, sugary dark fruit, and a hint of that vanilla on the back.

The body is quite creamy for a 6.5% ABV beer.

Being a regular stout, this is the best I've had. Absolutely love this beer. (447 characters)

Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
93 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.