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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 150
Gots: 146 | 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:
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $6.00; the high pricetag is easily explained: Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 6.5% ABV confirmed. 11.5 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and appealing label art served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high; I love stouts and Dieu Du Ciel has impressed me in the past. Has label notches at 4 and 2, whatever that indicates.

Served straight from the fridge but allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a rather attractive one finger thick rich dark tan colour head of great cream, good thickness, and disappointingly average retention (~2 minutes). Decent lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black; not quite a jet black but certainly opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot on for a stout.

Sm: Inviting chocolate/cocoa, vanilla bean, dark malts, light caramel, cream, and more of that luxurious rich milky chocolate. Some buried roast - either from coffee or roasted barley. It's subtly done and I'm glad it's there; it's a requisite note for a great stout. A very inviting strong aroma. Little hop notes are detectable; hop character is floral if anything. No yeast character. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Delightful cocoa bitterness is well balanced with an understated vanilla bean sweetness. Dark malts and light caramel fill out the foundation, with minimal floral hopping acting as a preservative. A bit of cream. Some chocolatey bitterness pokes out, but unlike hop bitterness it's quite welcome. Well balanced, but disappointingly simple. It plays it safe, and the result is a solid stout, but there's nothing unique or special going on here. I do think the cocoa is quite well executed. Maybe some coffee is needed here? It just needs something to really set it apart from the pack. Lacks subtlety. That said, the balance is impressive. I quite like it; I just expected a bit more from it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some creamy character. Good thickness and carbonation. Good palate presence. Maybe a touch too smooth and slick; I'd like it a bit coarser so I could enjoy the flavours more.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Another solid beer from Dieu Du Ciel, but it isn't the amazing stout I expected it to be. Bell's Kalamazoo Stout this is not. But it's a great example of the style. I'm just not sure I'd want it again at this price point. Hides its ABV well. Definitely worth trying at least once, but the price is such a huge turn off. I'd definitely want to try it on nitro or draught.

High B

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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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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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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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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.