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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 589
Hads: 1,478
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 176
Gots: 202 | 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 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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Photo of Roguer
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, 3/4 finger dark brown head, firm and fizzly. After about a minute, the head is completely gone, leaving a thin dark line around the rim and an oily sheen on the surface. The brew is oily black and viscous. You can still see some bubbling coming up; there's a hint of cherry red highlights peering through. Lacing is short-lived.

Milk and coffee stout aroma: sweet cream, cacao beans, smooth vanilla. Coffee comes across very evenly, with only a small hint of roasted dark beans.

Taste initially follows the nose, with cream and milk notes, but is immediately followed by black roasted coffee, much more like a breakfast stout than the nose implied. Barley, very dark cacao, and just hints of vanilla swirling in the back. Very tasty, extremely smooth, and well balanced.

Good balance, full flavor, and full body. It's a lot chewier than the initial impression, because it's also silkily smooth. Excellent bite paired with a cloying sweetness.

This is a very good to excellent breakfast stout. No real bells and whistles; smooth, sweet, coffee stout, just the way it should be.

Bottle labeled "Aphrodite." Unsure on the bottle date.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
93 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.