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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,086
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 132
Gots: 115 | FT: 7
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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:
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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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black in color with light brown, lively head. First smell reminded me of cigars (don't ask me why). At second smell it's rich, dark chocolate aroma. Quite spectacular. I want to light a cigar and get some vanilla ice cream (my favorite food combination with stouts) at the same time. Taste is again dark chocolate. It's sweet with a touch of dark bitterness. This is really liquid chocolate in a pint glass. It reminded me of Java Stout I had at Kuhnhenn some years ago except there it was all about coffee.

The more I drink this beer while writing this review, I'm trying to come up with possible dessert combinations. This is such an excellent dessert beer.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and body is substantial. A wonderful beer and a very welcome gift from my friends in Montreal!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 05:19:56 | More by ikats
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District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black with a minimal head. When held up to the light, you can get a bit of red to shine through the middle.

Vanilla with the most amazing chocolate ice-cream smell. Sweet malt smell comes in behind with a bit of an iced coffee aroma sitting in the background.

Vanilla and dark malts take the forefront, with a very good balance of cocoa and coffee coming through in the background. Some grassy/floral hoppiness in the aftertaste, but fairly mild. Great balance between bitterness and sweetness.

Slightly chewy, but not quite syrupy. It's a god, thick feeling for a stout like this. Medium carbonation.

Wow. I love it. I'm a big fan of vanilla in beer, and this is certainly no exception. As a stout goes, this is exemplary. Well balanced and well made.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 20:43:30 | More by evanlarkin
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dieu de Ciel Aphrodisiaque on tap at their brewpub in Montrael.

Appearance-a black black black appearance in the glass with a large creamy thick head. Settles nicely with the foam as the beer settles. Lots of carbonation and continually cracking bubbles.

Smell-heavenly mix of chocolate coffee scents and the sharp hint of vanilla, these scents dominate but I do detect some malt in the background of the roasted variety. Strong and nice aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel-creamy at first, luscious vanilla backed up by roasted coffee and other smoked flavors. Medium mouthfeel a nice smoothness throughout, slightly chewy but goes down surprisingly easy. Tasty and layered with lots there to explore.

Overall-a wonderful beer, I could not get enough of this. An excellent drink and a great representation of a Vanilla Stout, seek this out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 21:17:20 | More by TheDeuce
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. Batch code 2-7 refers to bottling date of May 2011.

Jet black body on appearance with a nice cocoa brown head. Big tiny bubbles of lacing sheets on the glass and some thick whipped bubbles for a real wild appearance.

Smell is a faint chocolate instant Quick breakfast drink, grain husk, and just a hint of vanilla.

Taste is quite a surprise, mostly a good solid tobacco dryness in the palate, with a creamy texture. Husky like grain chew comes through a little bit in the swallow. An unusual heat on the gulping comes through giving a big tobacco burst.

Overall pretty interesting, but I was thinking more vanilla would be presented but it didn't come out. It's still a great stout for it's style would have again anytime.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:43:36 | More by smakawhat
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peche Mortel's retarded little sister. Just kidding, it's a good beer.

Beer is black and dark with a thin tan head that halos quickly leaving minimal lacing under low carbonation.

Aroma is sweeter than Peche Mortel, more vanilla, more sweetness, less coffee.

Beer is medium body, sweet up front, moderate bitterness at the back of the beer, the midpalate has some vanilla and more sweetness. I'd have it again, my wife loves this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 19:27:53 | More by drabmuh
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Ontario (Canada)

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

341 mL bottle, poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
Bottled on Date: February.2011
Thanks to EnemyWithin for this one!

Appearance- Pours completely black and opaque with no light penetrating anywhere on this one not even on the edges. Average pour yields a finger and almost a half of fluffy tan mocha head that quickly dissipates to a bubbly top with a nice above average ring around the glass, leaving average lacing throughout till finsish.

Smell- Lots of dark chocolate smells coming from this one, with a nice roasted malt aroma mixed with hints of coffee and a sweet vanilla caramel smell in there as well. I do also get a slight hint of alcohol although it is not that high of an ABV.

Taste- Wow the smokiness on this one is incredible, lots of burnt flavours coming through right away mixed with a deep roasted malt flavour as well. You do get a bit of bitter coffee thrown in there as well as a hint of dark chocolate, and finishes with that sweet vanilla caramel flavour again.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied although it is very creamy going down, ample carbonation for a stout that leaves a nice tan top till finish.

Overall- Pretty amazing stout from a pretty amazing brewery, I wish I could get this one on a regular basis but unfortunately I had to trade for it and I only got one. I would definitely drink this one on a regular basis and wish I got a six pack of it. The smells are great and just what a stout should be, and the tastes follow up just as amazing with a fantastic roasted malt smokiness that just does not quit. Thoroughly enjoyed this stout and I would definitely drink this on a regular basis if I could.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 07:01:40 | More by Roke87
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a medium tan head that recedes quickly.

Aroma is big - like a malted chocolate milkshake, creamy vanilla, cocoa is mild in aroma.

Flavor is very enjoyable. Mild roasty malt, creamy vanilla, cocoa is mellow and melds well with the roasted malt to produce a slightly bitter, dry, taste. It is very well balanced, much more so than Victory at Sea.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a dry finish. I felt like it was slightly over-carbonated - I think the great flavor would have come out more if the carbonation did not distract the mouth.

One of the nicer stouts that I have had - definitely one of the nicer stouts that I have had that has flavor additives - superior to Abyss, Victory at Sea Porter, Speedway.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 07:13:57 | More by lionchow
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark brown, almost black with a thin, mocha colored head. Reduces to a ring of soapy bubbles.

S-Cocoa powder, vanilla, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans.

T/M-Roasty, full bodied and lush, with big notes of vanilla, coffee and bitter chocolate. Vanilla dominates mid-palate, thinning to a lingering finish. Roasted malts prevent it from ever getting too sweet.

O-A lower ABV alternative to Ballast Point's Victory At Sea. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 02:30:15 | More by DaveHS
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried at Gambrinus in London. Bottle was marked September 2009.

Appearance: It has a nice dark black colour to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderatly and has nice creamy lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of chocolate with vanilla, caramel and a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet chocolate maltiness with hints of vanilla and caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice sweet maltiness.

Drinkability: It's a great beer accompanined with great flavours and aromas. Great dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 00:21:14 | More by SebD
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3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black Ale / American Stout

A: Super dark chocolaty brown, not quite solid black.

S. Super strong scent of chocolate with a light hint of vanilla

Taste&Mouthfeel: To put it in simple context (and a non insulting way) This is chocolate soda. Not creamy enough to taste light chocolate milk, but soda like consistency with all that cacao hitting you and a very almost imperceptible vanilla ending.

overall. Not bad, as crazy as it sounds this would pair extremely well with anything vanilla. I would like to give it a shot with some vanilla ice cream on the side.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 01:04:00 | More by alexhahn82
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Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet!

A: Pitch black brew. Head is light beige, looks very creamy, one finger worth. Retention is good as well as lacing.

S: This is a treat. You get strong coffee notes right off the bat. The beer has added cocoa and vanilla but doesn't seem overly sweet. They add up real nice with the coffee. The smell isn't overly complex but it is soo inviting.

T: Just like the smell. Coffee notes right off, followed by a pretty balanced amount of powdery cocoa and vanilla. It all blends together very nicely. A touch of smoke and nutmeg. Mildly sweet.

M: Medium body, super creamy. Helps to make the beer very drinkable. Carbonation is medium to low.

O: This is one awesome beer for sure. Very drinkable, great tasting. One thing I've noted is that it feels almost a bit more like a porter than a stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 01:53:45 | More by flipper2gv
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Almost black. A very, very dark brown.
One inch mocha head that runs away fairly quick. Nice lacing.
S- Chocolate, coffee, vanilla.
T- Milk chocolate, coffee, perhaps a slight hint of bourbon.
M-Medium carbonation. Silky, smooth, creamy.
O- Very drinkable. A definite dessert type treat. Delicious! This beer is a special treat!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 23:14:04 | More by capeannbass36
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger mocha head

smell: chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roast

taste: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body

overall: full body chocolate stout enjoyed this one.

the CPJ

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 18:28:58 | More by THECPJ
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District of Columbia

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

This tap was named Aphrodite (like the Greek Goddess), though I'm sure these are the same beer. Had at Brasserie Beck about a week ago.

A: Great look with a cascading brown head over a near black stout. Great lacing.

S: Round fluffy sweet cocoa, vanilla bean, some roasty malt but not a hefty amount, and mostly a lactose/milk chocolate smell overall.

Pleasing flavor with a nice roast to chocolate/vanilla ratio, great coffee and toffee flavors as well. Caramel, milk chocolate, and an overall nesquik like flavor. Flavorful little stout.

M: Exquisite feel, just outstandingly smooth and creamy, perfect roast at the back and a soft sweet front.

O: Surprisingly nice 'small' stout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 01:50:10 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.5 oz bottle poured into Allagash chalice. Best by 02/13. $5.99 at RSVP in Portland, ME.

A: Pours pitch black with dark-brown highlights. 2-finger mocha head settles into a thin cap, leaving a great deal of creamy lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

S: Vanilla, cocoa and fresh ground coffee; very "creamy" in the nose. Roasted malts apparent in the middle with little to no hop presence. No noticeable alcohol.

T: Cocoa is the predominant flavor, as well as vanilla bean. Notes of milk chocolate, fresh cream and espresso throughout, with a lingering hint of bourbon. Finish is somewhat bitter and smokey, but not at all unpleasant.

M: Medium-high carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue. Fits the style nicely.

O: When I think of the perfect vanilla bean stout, Aphrodite is what invariably comes to mind. Beautifully balanced, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better beer to match with a fruit or chocolate-based dessert. That said, it's not overly sweet and is very drinkable at 6.5% ABV, save for the high price tag.

A benchmark vanilla bean stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 01:49:58 | More by sk8man121
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice dark stout with a medium-sized, dense head and only a little bit of lacing.

S - Vanilla, char and chocolate. It has a nice aroma.

T - Immediately dark malts, a hint of sweetness, charred cacao and a touch of cola. Aftertaste is a little unpleasant, sort of a very bitter cocoa bean flavor.

M - Smooth, thick to medium bodied, marginally refreshing.

D - Not too bad. I think I'll pass on this one if I encounter again. It was called "Aphrodite," not "Aphrodisiac," but I am almost certain it is the right beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 05:25:21 | More by mrasskicktastic
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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Giant tan head that fills my tulip. Very dark brown with a hint of red when illuminated from behind.

S: Roasty, then vanilla and a little whiff of chocolate

T: Rich and creamy. Dark cacao. Vanilla doesn't really show up here at all. A little one-toned.

M: creamy to start, finishes dry and mildly bitter. Little carbonation.

O: Good drinkable stout, but I was hoping for a little more from the vanilla beans.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 04:46:14 | More by kscaldef
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3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown, clear but almost opaque. Long lasting, big, frothy mocha head. Lots of lacing.

S - Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roasty dark malts, raisins.

F/M - balance of dark malts, roasty chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Caramel and sweet malts. Some bitterness and dark malts. Medium-full bodied, a little rich, but nothing that exciting going on here. Moderate carbonation with a dry, chocolaty finish.

D - Was expecting to like this beer a lot more. Flavors need to be stronger for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 02:46:58 | More by buffs9
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3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a light shade of black during the pour, but in the glass is very dark. A quick milkshake colored head fades to a thin covering.
On the aroma the vanilla comes out to play right away, with a sweetness that mingles with the chocolate notes and makes a sweet smelling aroma all around.
The flavors are sweet as the aroma implied but toned down a bit and has a bit more of a powdery chocolate taste, maybe it's from a more full attenuation as the mouthfeel seems slightly on the dry side, there are some hops at work here too noted on the finish so maybe that gives the perception of attenuation.

A good stout, i dig it, not to many stouts in this price range utilize vanilla beans, or let them shine this much. Worth the buy to experiance, probally one of the most flavorfull standard stouts i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:43:03 | More by ChadQuest
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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a small 1 inch khaki colored head that fades to a tiny cap. Decent rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malt, dark cocoa powder, and vanilla beans. Taste is of rich chocolate syrup, roasted malts, and vanilla beans. The tastes are very balanced and overall this beer is not sweet at all. There is a dark chocolate bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is a bit flat making for a thin and light presence in the mouth. Overall, this is a good stout with nice cocoa and vanilla flavors that shows that a beer doesn't have to be sweet to have these flavors on display.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 00:26:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz bottle,poured into my Founders snifter,from the cellar at 55 degrees.

A. Very Black body,no light shining through.A one finger khaki colored head that dissapates very quickly.Leaves no lacing behind.

S. Lots of roasted malts come first.Get alot of the cocoa and chocolate.I'm getting some dark fruits in there as well.I don't pick up the vanilla.

T. Taste is alot like the smell,lots of cocoa and a bitter chocolate .Definately getting the vanilla in the taste.Not bad, bitter aftertaste lingers.

M. Kind of thin mouth,very carbonated as I sip this,stings the tounge.Like I said earlier leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Overall pretty decent beer, taste is not bad at all.The bottle says brewed with cocoa and vanilla and that is pretty much what you get.I have had some better American stouts.That being said its worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 02:36:08 | More by Marty30
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an oversized tulip. Nice and black with a tan head that fades quickly.

Lots of chocolate in the nose. Milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate in equal parts, with some coffee as well. Smell is strong and very inviting.

No surprises on the palate. Plenty of chocolate. Sweet, milk chocolate initially with bitter chocolate and coffee following. Vanilla works it's way in nicely. Overall flavor is fairly bitter with just a little earthy hopiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with just enough carbonation. Finish is surprisingly dry given the sweet flavor. This is an excellent chocolate stout, will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 01:45:30 | More by dciBA
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Two finger creamy looking mocha colored head. The body is perfectly black.

The aroma is heavy with the vanilla with notes of toffee and chocolate. This smells nice and sweet. Yum.

The flavor starts out with a nice dose of sweet vanilla, and follows with nice bitter roasted flavor to dry it out. Nice balance.

The mouthfeel is on the light to medium side with a good crisp carbonation.

This is really delicious. I've come to expect super high quality from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 03:39:28 | More by andrewinski1
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had 4 or 5 goblets on tap in the last week, and a couple of bottles at home. Currently drinking from an 11.5 oz bottle poured into a balloon-style stemless wine glass to allow temperature to rise quickly.

Drank at 60-65 Deg.

A) Pours very velvety.... has a creamy under-body to it with a reasonably dense mocha head.

S) Faint vanilla tones that actually remind me of 'sweet coconut' . Chocolate not very apparent.

T) Immediately the vanilla is present, and very pleasant. The after-taste of rich, bitter-sweet chocolate is the big pay-off though, as if being teased by the smallest drop of warm chocolate milk.

M) Seems to "foam" inside the mouth, as if being activated, but only chocolate flavors linger.

I have been enjoying this beer at every possible opportunity while one of my favorite local bars, The Tremont Tap house in Cleveland, has the handle up.

The beer must be enjoyed quite warm however, and it is entirely too cold, with too much of a 'booze' taste directly from the tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 01:33:56 | More by Jparkanzky
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3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with a nice, light tan head. The head was minimal with a soft pour because of the small glass. Spotted patches of lacing left on the glass.

S: stong smell of powdered hot chocolatee, with a bit of vanilla towards the back.

T: chocolate, starts off dark and bitter but sweetens up in the middle mixing with the vanilla, dark and slightly roasted malts. A dark bitter flavor lingers with some sweetness.

M: thick and smooth.

O: pretty tasty and unique. Wasn't too into it at first but the more it warmed, I felt the flavors worked together well. A great dessert beer and I'm sure it would be great with some kind of chocolate or brownie. The price. And sweetness would limit me to one at a time, but could see picking this up from time to time for a chocolatey treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 03:25:54 | More by headbucket
Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,086 ratings.