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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,258
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 146
Gots: 143 | FT: 6
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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3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Microbrasserie La Naufrageur stemmed glass.

The beer pours a nice deep black-brown color, a bit like cola out of the bottle, very opaque with a thin soft caramel colored head, a quick swirl of the glass brings about a better showing with better retention and some spotted lacing. The aroma is very vanilla heavy, quite sweet and does seem a bit artificial, some smooth chocolate is there as well but the vanilla really dominates the nose. The flavors are much more rounded, roasted coffee comes out quite nicely with smooth dark chocolate providing some nice bitterness to counterbalance the sweet vanilla, some rich grain also comes through quite nicely behind the vanilla, it’s fairly simple, not overly complex, but sure to satiate anyone with a sweet tooth. The body is nice, a touch thinner and more carbonated than I anticipated, but it’s by no means cloying and goes down quite smoothly.

Verdict: A nice stout from Dieu du Ciel!. The vanilla is really the star player here and while it comes off a bit artificial, the other supporting elements do enough to provide a bit of balance. This is certainly a great choice for desert or for anyone who has a sweet tooth.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Deep brown to black with a lot of head, which dissipates slowly. Very little carbonation.

s: Strong smell of coffee with a slight whiff of alcohol.

t: Roasted malts, with lesser chocolate and coffee flavors.

m: Strong carbonation up front.

o: A very good sweet stout, if a little high on alcohol at 6.5%. More balanced than a lot of other beers in this category.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with cola-like carbonation bubbles along the glass, and with a medium-thick tan head that slowly rose to half-an-inch and fell to a thin layer. Lots of popping bubbles on the surface. Hardly any lace.

Aromas of chocolate and mild coffee and mocha and vanilla with definitive sweet malty characteristics that push over the roastiness. Almost has a berry fruit tartness to the nose that convolutes to slight papery oxidation, but perhaps not.

Vanilla and cocoa with a tinge of coffee. Lots of pure steeped vanilla bean here. The chocolate flavors are creamy and dark whereas the vanilla is liquery and sweet. Loads of dark grains offer bitterness in the beginning and middle, but finish with contributing sweetness from the vanilla. Some cream flavors, but not so much any lactose. Really, a lovely sweetness that is photo-negative'd by the bitter, herbal elements.

Medium-bodied and medium-to-rigorous carbonation. This beer feels pretty good, and the strength isn't an issue. Alcohol is right where it should be.

One damn tasty American Stout. I wish it had more dusty cocoa to match up to the vanilla, but the added roasted coffee implication from the malts was bonus. Recommended. And, recommended for myself to have again.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle into a Yankee pint. According to the label notches this was bottle just last month.

A - Pours surprisingly dark, with a black body and dense head of brown foam. If I didn't know better I'd assume this a 10.00% ABV stout based on the color of the head alone. Small spots of lace, though nothing substantial. As per usual with DDC I can't stand the label art, it just looks tacky and bad; I really wish they would overhaul their label designs and re-brand their stuff.

S - Tons of chocolatey goodness. Cocoa nibs, bourbon vanilla, roasted malt, and a subtle backing of espresso. So sweet on the nose, and really inviting. Likely the strongest example of chocolate in a beer aroma I've ever experienced. Can't wait to dig into this one...

T - Piles of chocolate coming through, rich and delicious. Bourbon vanilla, mild charred malt, and light espresso round it out. Slight bitterness, and the first sip ended with a metallic twang I didn't agree with. As it warms though, the metallic character disappears and is replaced with an incredibly drinkable profile, and quite full flavored as well.

M - Carbonation is abundant, but fine and smoothed out. Medium bodied, and fittingly light for a standard stout. Finishes slightly dry, with a bit of stickiness.

D - A damn good stout by DDC. Full of flavor and extremely drinkable. Given the ABV and flavor here, this one is just too good to pass up; at 6.50% ABV this punches above its weight. This certainly won't be my last dance with Aphrodisiaque, that's for sure.

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3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours and looks coffee-ish, thin dark tan head.

S - Thin amount of roasted malts and can definitely smell the cocoa and vanilla on the nose.

T - Loads of unrefined cocoa to the forefront along with vanilla to round it out. Finishes with a light dare i say bitter coffee taste.

M - Medium carbonation and light body, but it's to be expected with this style. They can't all be a RIS.

O - Good stout if you're not paying for it. It's simple and delivers on flavor.

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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5 fl. oz. bottle into a cervoise glass. Unknown bottling date, however the 2 and 7 are ticked on the side of the label.

Pours a very deep, dark brown topped with a fluffy one finger light beige head. Excellent retention, no lacing. Cocoa, fresh vanilla, and roasted malt on the nose. Both dark and milk chocolate intially joined by rich vanilla and a considerable amount of roasted malt. Finishes with considerable roastiness and hints of espresso combined with a touch of hop bitterness. Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a fantastic dessert beer that highlights a heavy chocolate and vanilla presence without becoming overly sweet. Exceptionally well-balanced. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to worthy sniffer

A:pours dark brown like coffee but looks darker in the glass like black coffee with no head pours like motor oil thick and heavy

S: smells of roasted cocoa and vanilla very delicious but not much else there or much depth

T: okay not what I expected at all but I guess I should have known with the low abv but its very light. The coca taste hits you immediately along with the vanilla that blend for a much stronger taste then the feel

M: okay this is super light for a stout I mean I know it's no imperial but like water there is a grittiness to it as if the coco powder was there oily and slimy goes down easy but not smooth with legit no carbonation at all

O: tastes as advertised with lots of strong flavors for an otherwise completly light stout easy to drink dispite the heavy dessert flavors impressive stuff for a standard stout definitely worth a try but twilight of the idols was better taste and it was a porter

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 23...at least a year old, if not two.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black. Big, dense medium brown head. Fades slowly with excellent head retention. Very nice dense lacework left behind.

S: Wonderful chocolate and creamy vanilla aroma. Swear I even get a little burnt marshmallow. Sweet and delicious smelling. Almost smells like a milk stout it's so sweet and creamy.

T: There's that burnt marshmallow again. Almost a perfect example of the taste. Loaded with sweet creamy chocolate and vanilla to boot. Creamy vanilla and chocolate rides out all the way into the lingering aftertaste.

M: A little thin but then again this is only 6.5%. Smooth and creamy, regardless.

O: A sweet and chocolatey stout. It reminds me a lot of Samuel Smith's organic chocolate stout. There's that burnt marshmallow and chocolate that pervades everything. This is a little bigger version I think with a little better balance. Great dessert beer.

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,258 ratings.