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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 598
Hads: 1,527
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 178
Gots: 215 | FT: 11
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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

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

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

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and shiny. Seems a bit oily. Small khaki colored head. Head is short lived but leaves a moderate amount of lacing behind.

Aroma is cocoa first. Vanilla next though not very strong. Espresso, roasted malt and molasses. Cocoa and milk chocolate really become stronger as it warms.

Good chocolate and vanilla flavor. Vanilla is much more prominent as compared to the nose. Molasses and caramel. Dark roasted coffee. Finishes with bitter dark chocolate.

Thick, creamy mouth feel. Medium carbonation. A bit oily. Good bitterness from the dark chocolate flavors balanced by the creaminess of the vanilla. Chocolate really lingers.

Great beer from DDC. Balance between bitter and sweet. Flavors really mix well.

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured from bottle into porter glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of zhivago373
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

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

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

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

overall, great stout from a great brewery.

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Photo of mochamattie
5/5  rDev +19.3%

I've had a few stouts and this is one of the best I've ever had. If you add a shot of a good port it would make for a good "Bloody Aphrodisiaque." I'm still debating whether it would make a good Aphrodisiaque float (with a scoop of vanilla ice cream), but I don't see why not since it already has vanilla in it. High five to the brewery :)

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.23/5  rDev +1%

SERVICE: Bottle
BOTTLED ON: 07/??/14

A:
Pours a thick motor oil black with three glorious fingers of active, airy tan head that looks like bread baking or beer brewing and eventually settles messily to a healthy film. Decent retention; lots of concentric lacing spots. (3.75)

S:
Sweet and woodsy. Leather, vanilla, rum, some dark fruits, molasses, coffee. (4.25)

T:
Wow. Rich and smooth with little to no detectable alcohol. Coffee, cocoa nibs, dirt, touch of vanilla, smoky oak. (4.25)

M:
Smooth, warm, and surprisingly dry. Medium-full bodied with slight carbonation and a quick finish. (4.5)

O:
Really delicious flavored Stout.
I am not much for flavored beers but ones like this are starting to bring me around. Rich and delicious, looks alright for the ABV. The beer smells and tastes exquisite with the smell showing off the vanilla a little more and the flavor being heavily bitter chocolate. What I really like is how dry it feels. I find sometimes malty beers like this get too sticky after a while, but this one manages to be big, and sweet, and dry as could be all at once.
Will definitely have again; worth seeking out. (4.25)

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%

$ 5.99/bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Bottle at 40 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt and cocoa
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to 1 cm ring and broken layer
Lacing OK – partial rings and islands with small to medium bubbles
Flavor of cocoa and vanilla; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.1875. Final weighted score: 4.3125
A good tasting stout which leaves behind a dry feeling in the palate.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

bottle picked up locally, not sure of age, but it is ticked 5 and 6 on the side of the label...it is also called aphrodite, not aphrodisiaque, but the label is the same...stout with vanilla and cocoa. enjoyed from a DDC/Cantillon wine glass for both zwanze and peche day.

a - brew pours none blacker...thin off mocha colored head that hung out. some spotty lace.

s - nose is a marvelous bouquet of rich milk chocolate. desserty. the vanilla is powerful, but the chocolate balances things out. very mild roast in the background.

t/m/o - as the nose advertised...lush milk chocolate with big vanilla notes. silky and round really nice and easy drinker. really worthwhile stout. excellent beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%

A – Beautiful deep brown body with a dark tan head that pours 2 fingers high. Medium lace and great retention.

S – Dry chocolaty nose. Oreos , cocoa powder, brown sugar, toasted wheat bread, vanilla. Better as it warms.

T – There is something that doesn’t work on my palate here. A few of the people that I had this beer with had the same problem. What I got was super dry with an almost acetone-like alcohol character through the center and a really unpleasant polyurethane finish. Those that didn’t get the chemical character got cocoa, pumpernickel bread, chalk, touch of raisin, and a hint of cinnamon. (Numbers for this review are based on the majority that didn’t get the off flavors)

M – Medium-light frame that thins through the finish.

O – A difficult beer to review. There’s clearly a flavor that some of the people I reviewed this beer with picked up that really threw this beer off, but the rest of the reviewers loved it.

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3.69 Aphrodisiac
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Anth- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.50 4.25 ------- 4.50 4.42 10%
S - 4.50 4.50 ------- 4.60 4.53 20%
T - 4.30 3.80 ------- 2.00 3.37 40%
M - 3.90 3.75 ------- 2.75 3.47 10%
O - 4.00 3.75 ------- 2.00 3.25 20%

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Photo of fscottkey
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%

Notes: Brewed 06/2013. (consumed 9/6/14). Poured into a nonic pint

A: A pour down the middle produced a 1/4 finger of tan head. It didn't hang out for too long. The beer itself is black - even with back lighting there is no light visible. The bottle has nice art work (a plus). The bottle gives the ABV 6.5% - no IBU listing. There is a date code that says 06/2013 (I am pretty sure).

S: Coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, more coffee. The aroma is intoxicatingly good.

T: Bitter coffee and chocolate. The coffee flavor is there from front to back. The chocolate is more subtle. As it warms the chocolate is more pronounced. The chocolate is quite smooth.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with a slight "tang" of carbonation.

O: I got this beer on a trip to Vermont. Given my expectations (the heavens would part etc.) this one did not disappoint. The aroma is off the charts good. Gorgeous mix of coffee and chocolate. As the beer warms the bitter coffee subsides a bit and gives way to more of a smooth chocolate. The "tang" of carbonation seems a little high. It distracts from the sensory experience and hurts the overall rating. This tastes similar to Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout (which is a favorite for me).

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Very dark brown, almost opaque, with a thin tan head and fairly low levels of visible carbonation. 4/5

S: Cacao, rich chocolatey, vanilla, dark roasted malts, a bit boozy, and a bit of dark fruit. 17/20

T: Chocolate, roasted malts, cacao, vanilla, some hop bitterness near the swallow, and a touch of hazelnut. Bitterness from the roasted malt, hop bitterness and something akin to baker's chocolate bitterness in the hang - all without giving an overly bitter impression. 37/45

M: Body seems a touch thin for the style, although I find it difficult to remember that it isn't an imperial stout. Average carbonation sensation, low alcohol presence. 7.5/10

O: Quite enjoyable. Big, well-integrated flavors in a convenient bottling size. Recommended. 17.5/20

Estimated final score: 4.21
Calculated final score: 83/100
Old BA score: 4.15

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY, and shared last night.

Pours a dark black, with a mocha-colored one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like Hershey's syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla and marshmallow.

The taste is similar. Lots of great flavor, and it's only 6% ABV. Tons of semi-sweet chocolate flavor, some vanilla and caramel, and roasted malt. Delicious.

This one has a medium body, a little bit on the lighter end, with a low level of carbonation, and a very creamy delicious mouthfeel.

I really wish I had better access to this brewery, some really delicious stuff being put out by them.

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Photo of deakin
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bateau de Nuit in Québec City, QC. Pours a near jet black with a touch of deep ruby. A good 2 finger head with a creamy brown tint. The first smell was a bit disappointing, though you can pick up bits of vanilla, coffee, and bitter earthy tones. The first sip more than made up for the smell with a burst of chocolate notes followed by red fruits, vanilla, a touch of booze, and a clean bitter finish. The mouthfeel was incredible on this beer. It felt expansive and complex without being too thick. Overall I was really impressed. This and Péché Mortel are among my favorite stouts now.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

VT Brewfest

A-Pours nearly black.

S-Dark chocolate and sweet vanilla. Impressive vanilla actually. Roast and java. Bitter cocoa powder.

T-Bitter and sweet chocolate. Makes me think of milk and dark chocolate. Vanilla bean. Vanilla a bit softer here. Medium coffee notes. Finishes sweetly roasty.

M-Medium bodied. Velvety feel. Softer bubbles.

O-I enjoyed this one a bunch and the sample has prompted me to grab a bottle in the near future.

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Photo of illpass78
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5-ounce bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a near-black with a short tan head. Lacing minimal.

Aroma: This beer has an attractive set of aromas with black coffee, dark fruit, cocoa, vanilla, coffee beans and dark chocolate all represented.

Taste: This is a tasty, complex beer - the taste is close to the nose, with roasty black coffee accented by cocoa and vanilla the dominant theme.

Mouthfeel: It's also not as thick and sludgy as I had guessed. It's very drinkable.

Overall: A beer to seek out. The complex flavor makes this a unique stout - it's full of flavor, and very distinct. A great beer to dip, savor, and enjoy.

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Photo of trippytbta
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into snifter

A: pours black with brown/tan head

S: roasted malts and a little vanilla

T: first taste is cocoa and roasted malts. Then comes hints of vanilla.

M: kind of thin, even tho the brew looks intense

Overall: a good stout. Easy to drink. Worth a try

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

A: 4.25 Dark black, pours thick with a small, tan head that leaves quickly.

S: 4.25 Roasted malt and coffee with lots of vanilla and a bit of caramel.

T: 3.5 Not quite as nice as the nose. Mostly roasted malt bitterness and a good dose of vanilla. Bittersweet chocolate at the end.

M: 3.5 Looks viscous on the pour, but actually a little thin.

O: 3.75 Looks and smells great, but not as good as I was hoping. Taste and mouth feel are lacking. Definitely prefer peche mortel.

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Photo of BakaGaijin
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very dark with a very thin amount of head that dissipates quite quickly.

S - Lovely smell. Some coffee and some chocolate with a hint of vanilla.

T - A nice balance between coffee and cocoa with some alcohol and bitterness on the finish. Delicious.

M - More carbonated than I anticipated, but I don't mind it.

O - A very good beer that I will definitely purchase again. It's too bad that this is not a regularly listed item at the LCBO. It really should be.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- dark black body, few bubbles visible at the very top but otherwise no visibility

N - Excellent aroma on this brew. First scent I pick up is a roasted cocoa/coffee followed by vanilla hints

M - light to medium and creamy

T - Starts off with the chocolatey/coffee taste followed by the vanilla and finishing with a smokey bitterness

O - Great stout and a nice surprise as I picked this one up because my local Binnys had them at a sweet sale price. I would reccommend this to anyone looking for a delicious chocolate tasting brew. I may have to go pick up a few more bottles for myself.

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Photo of mick303
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown to black colour with a creamy coffee head, showing quite strong lacing. Smell has vanilla bean, cocoa, roasty malts, some licorice, a bit of a lemon cleaner note as well. Taste is bittersweet, with lots of chocolate, mixed with vanilla and lemon, licorice, fairly nice actually, the vanilla didn't steal the show, it was a bit sweet but still refreshing. Body was moderate, smooth carbonation with a dry noticeably vanilla finish. I was worried this would be too muc a dessert beer, and tho it certainly leans that way it also has the balance and complexity to be a nice solid stout, worth trying if you see it. Very interesting mix of complex flavours, another winner from this outstanding brewery, well constructed with a nice bittersweet combo.

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

Brassiere Dieu Du Ciel 'Aphrodisiaque' @ 6.5% , served from a lot of 341 ml bottle purchased for $3.75 each

A-pour is almost black from the bottle to glass with a small tan head which is leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-i like , chocolate and

T-so smooth tasting almost chocolate milk with booze , this big tasting stout has a bit complex some resin , slight bitter coffee finish

MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied , a lingering dry smokeyness

Ov-wow , great beer , hard to drink just one , damn , butt worth the good beer buzz !

prost LampertLand

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

From notes.

A: Pours fairly black, with ruby tinting on the edge. Thin cap of head with minimal retention. Good lacing.

S: Big roasty characteristics. Lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla in the nose.

T: Roasty, again. Splash coffee, big baker's cocoa notes. Comes across as astringent. Hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. Not picking up any sweetness on this. Very, very dry.

M: A bit overcarbonated on the tongue. The lack of malt and alcohol allow the bubbles to be a bit livelier than I anticipated.

O: This is a good beer. It's a bit unbalanced and abrasively bitter. The vanilla was a bit subtle and I though it could use more heft in the mouth. Still, it's amazingly dry and roasty. This gives the chocolate some room to dance. Tastes darker than 90% cacao, which is awesome.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

beautiful brew here from du ciel. expert use of vanilla and cocoa nibs in this stout, rich yet drinkable, never cloying, and as authentic as it comes as far as the additives are concerned. the nose on it is amazing, fresh vanilla beans, seeds scraped clean from the pod, and bitter roasted barley and dark chocolate malt. the flavor is the same, but the layers impress me most. coffee is subtle, not even in the beer, but i taste it. the cocoa is earthy and bittersweet, but it comes first, than the vanilla as it moves toward the finish, but at the end, it tastes like stout. rich, well made, creamy delicious stout. the additives are not dominant but complimentary, a fine balance. the feel is great too, velvety smooth and luscious on the palate, coating but not sugary or heavy. not a ton of carbonation, but it doesnt need more than what it has. an excellent beer worthy of the highest praise. another thing i love about this, and all of their beer really, is how affordable it is. five or six bucks a bottle for beer of this quality is incredibly fair. so many other breweries would brutally overcharge for beer this good. well done all around.

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

Bottled Dec 2013.

A: Typical black-brown, minimal head that disappears completely after a while, not even a ring. Red-brown along the edges.

S: Baker's chocolate, vanilla beans, ever-so-slight anise.

T: Powerful vanilla hit that gives way to a mixture of bitter chocolate and coffee beans. Slight... nuttiness?

M: Creamy but light.

O: Really pleasant! This followed up a bottle of Peche Mortel tonight, and while this doesn't have the horsepower of Peche and is much, much sweeter, it's also really enjoyable.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.5 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate, and a little smoke.

Taste: The vanilla and cocoa addition to this beer is awesome. Chocolate and smoke are in this with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, smokey bitterness, low to medium carbonation, and very delicious.

Overall: This was an extremely easy drinking stout. Tasty and delicious. Might have to take a road trip to Quebec in the near future.

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
93 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.