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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,256
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of taigor
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass.

A - Poured non-transparent black with big mocha head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts with dark chocolate and coffee with slight vanilla scent.

T - Bitter dark chocolate and coffee dominate with slight caramel and vanilla sweetness. Has a nice roasted malts dry finish.

M - Full bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very enjoyable, creamy stout with ABV well hidden. I would highly recommend it.

Photo of russwbeck
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black pour with about a finger of light brown head. Beautiful thick lacing and great retention.

S: Smooth, velvety chocolate, vanilla, coffee all the way. Delicious, blended, thick, just a wonderful smell. I cant stop myself from taking 5 smells for every taste.

T: The taste is no where near as big as I was thinking it would be, but it works. Chocolate takes the forefront. Smooth, creamy, decadent chocolate, vanilla works its way in, and you get the coffee on the backend. Balanced and not overbearing.

MF: Heavy body, good amount of carbonation, creamy.

O: Insanely drinkable, once you start, you just can't put it down.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black as any stout with a small tan head that doesn't stick around too long.

S - Tons of bittersweet chocolate and a touch of sweet malt.

T - Lots of cocoa and vanilla as well as a bit of fruity malt. Tastes like I should drizzle this on ice cream.

M - Smooth and rather thick, not cloying in the least.

O - A very good dessert brew. I would recommend trying, but too expensive for all the time.

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a beautiful silky looking black with two fingers of healthy tan head. Very good head retention with some great lacing.

S- the aroma is killer on this brew. Starts out with lucious decadent semsweet chocolate, fresh cocoa and lovely vanilla bean that play of each other beautifully. Subtle roasted malt with the slightest kiss of herbal hop... Bella!

T-begins with slightly sweetened chocolate with delicate note of cocoa and vanilla bean. Roasted malt and a touch herbal hop bring superb balance to the flavor. Finish with a lingering roared flavor and soft cocoa like bitterness.

MF- velvet mouthfeel with an elevated medium body and fine soft carbonation.

D- very drinkable each sip is like having a beautiful woman whisper sweet nothings into your ear.

Overall a delicious stout with great complexity.

Photo of 00766
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cool but for small head. Nice tan head strong smell of chocolate and vanilla right off.
First taste is strong chocolate but as you get to know it there is some cherry and a little vanilla along with a slightly hoppy finish.
This is not a very carbonated beer. It has a full mouthfeel and the chocolate flavor continues down to the last sip. Very good beer to have for dessert especially with a chocolate and caramel dessert. It has enough flavor to stand up to a really sweet dessert. I loved it.

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

The bottle wasn't cold, but since I dropped it while putting it away and the cap unsealed... prost!

I poured the agitated bottle into a shaker glass and a very tall head of deep tan foam rose up. The head lasted well and as it finally faded it left behind a heavy lacing to remember it by. The color is slightly hazy, dark chocolate brown.

There is a great deal of chocolate and a bit of burnt toast in the nose. Although the ABV is relatively low, the first sniff had a large waft of alcohol.

Right up front there is bitter chocolate and a soft, nutty sweetness. The body is full of dark tart cherry and brown sugar with light vanilla and a balance of hops. The fade is coffee and chocolate with raisin.

This is a perfectly silky brew with very little carbonation. There is a nice warmth and the lasting head adds a nice creamy dimension to the feel.

This is a dessert that stands by itself. I would have another maybe with a pastry or cheesecake.

Photo of ferrari29
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic pint-shaped glass

A - Cool label; beer pours with a nice fluffy tan colored head; not to big, not to small, about 1/2 finger in size; very well carbonated; head holds well; good amount of lacing; semi-viscous body (looks kind of syrupy); dark, almost black, brown colored body

S - Very refreshing and crisp; touch of vanilla helps enhance the overall smell profile of the beer; cocoa and sweet chocolate nose; all followed up by nice well-balanced roasted malt scents; fruits - dark, like figs or fresh dates; coffee

T - Heavy coffee, espresso taste; reminds me of drinking a cup-of-Joe; sweet cocoa taste washes over the tongue and turns slightly bitter; touch of hops; sweet vanilla taste appears and stays at the front of the palate, disappears rather quickly towards the middle of the tongue

M - Bitter aftertaste of hops and coffee beans; lingering cocoa taste; creamy and slightly effervescent; great flavor profile and balance of sweet vanilla and dark bitter cocoa

D - Awesome drink; I really liked this stout; sweet, while carrying a heavy roasted malt taste; highly recommended and enjoyable; easy to drink

Photo of claytong
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance - black with brown/ruby sides. thin on pour. very bubbly on the bottom of the glass, looks like an ungodly amount of carbonation...perhaps it shouldve been aged a bit. beautiful cream colored head with good lacing on top. a bit too much carbonation from a stout for me though

smell - chocolate and vanilla come first, subtle but nice. dark roasted caramel malts follow. nothing too big here.

taste - chocolate nibs, caramel, vanilla, and minor coffee roast.

mouthfeel - thin and over carbonated. like the sweet oil coating.

very drinkable and if i had this available in 6 packs, there is certainly occasions that would call for it.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with a finger of frothy chocolate head atop. The head fades quickly leaving behind a ring and some nice lacing.

S - Lots of lightly roasted chocolate malts with sweet vanilla. Bit of coffee and burnt smells in the background with a touch of milk sweetness.

T - Starts off with the bid roasted chocolate flavor and vanilla alongside. Bit of coffee in the background. Through the middle, the sweetness of the vanilla grows a bit more with the chocolate flavor and a touch of burnt flavor in the background. Finish is a mix of sweet chocolate and vanilla, with a touch of coffee in the background that lingers.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bit of a syrupy mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. I really like the big chocolate and vanilla flavors and they taste great together throughout the beer. The lingering sweetness is really nice.

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3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my DFH snifter. American "Aphrodite" label.

A: Pours a pitch black with 2 finger meringue like head. Great retention and leaves some very nice webbed lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Big malts hit you in the nose followed a raw chocolate smell which must be the cacao. Some sweet vanilla on the back as well.

T: Light chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice bitter roast overall. The vanilla brings out a great complimentary sweetness.

M: Pretty thin. I really don't like the feeling at all. Decent coffee grounds taste left on the palate. Nice carbonation.

O: While I thought the nose and the taste were pretty decent the mouthfeel killed it. It was super thin and it felt watered down.

Photo of Burt
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Black with a thick tan head the dispersed slowly and left loose lacing on the glass.

Chocolate, french vanilla coffee in the nose.

Dark roasted coffee up front, slight vanilla middle with a unsweetened chocolate finish that is thin on the tongue.

Paid a bunch of pretty pennies for this one, not a bad brew but it is a one and done.

Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Black with a light tan head that fizzles pretty quick but lingers to the sides.

S - Chocolate is in the forefront with the vanilla coming up behind and enhancing it more. The combo almost smells bitter coffeeish. Some roasted malt, but a full robust smell.

T - Chocolate is nice and smooth, with that vanilla coming in behind and enhancing the richness. Malt is a little lacking in the back but present.

M - Not terribly heavy. Kind of light in the backend and easy drinking. Carbonation a smidge high than I like for stouts, but nothing too distracting.

O - Good solid stout and full of flavor. Drink near room temperature, cold can take alot out of the flavor of this beer. Great after dinner beer.

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

Saw a bottle of this at my local grocery store and decided to give it a shot. Poured into a darkness snifter.

When I poured and put my nose to this thing I got pretty excited. The smell is such a beautiful crushed vanilla bean and cocoa worked into a marshmellow then roasted to a perfect golden brown. It smells so delicious and well balanced. You still get a little of all of that but it very much skirts around the edges of what is mostly a roasted malt center. This beer dreams and teases of being smooth and sweet but instead it's a little coarse and the mouthfeel is somewhat thin and prickly. It's one of the almosts that you have to give its due but it's hard not to drink with a sense of wishing.

Photo of monitorpop
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black with thin tan head.

S: Coffee, vanilla and hot coco.

T: Espresso, bitter dark chocolate. Slightly tart finish. Unfortunately, the vanilla is barely coming through for me.

M: Slightly creamy upfront with a light carbonation.

O: I was really looking forward to trying this, but overall I'm disappointed.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Notches on the 2 and 7.5, whatever date that means. Tulip glass.

Pours a very dark coffee brown with a greyish dark brown head which dissipates rather quickly to a ring. Not much lacing. Smells like nicely melded dark chocolate, coffee, and a soupcon of vanilla, and some roastiness. Taste is weak vanilla on the forefront and some cola and cocoa nibs, kind of thin in a way that really detracts from my enjoyment. Medium carbonation which has a cola-like synthetic feel, and the thin mouthfeel is really lacking. Overall, this was a disappointment from an otherwise great brewery. I would pass in the future.

Photo of Spadoof
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review Date: Sept 12, 2011
Purchased From: Vintage Estate (Boardman, Ohio)
Origin: 11.5 fl. oz. bottle
Serving Glass: 22oz Snifter

Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with caramel (1/2 finger) foam cap. When held to a light, smalls strips of ruby red light appear on the sides of the glass. The head falls at slow rate, leaving behind some sticky lacing on the side of my snifter.

Smell: Dark chocolate dominates the smell and is accompanied by faint vanilla, minor amount of alcohol and maybe some dark fruit.

Taste: Wow that's good! A fantastic combination of dark, earthy chocolate followed by a firm roasty malt base. It reminds a lot of frozen coffee beverage. Towards the back it finishes with a combination of milk chocolate and vanilla and a slight alcohol presence. Again. fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Rich, but not to thick. Creamy. Almost gives me the impression of milk chocolate. The carbonation level is spot on.

Overall: This has to be one of the better stouts I have ever had! Very well balance with distinct chocolate and vanilla flavors. A Masterpiece.

Photo of mdvatab
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle.
Twist-off cap (Nooo!) into Bordeaux glass.
Bottle label is notched "19". (Best by 2019???)

Aroma: Mmmm, smooth, intoxicating vanilla. Powdered hot cocoa, and roasted coffee bean.

Appearance: Brown-black espresso. 1 finger cappucino-colored head thins to a razor-thin layer of fine foam. Thin coating of fine lacing clings to the inside of the glass.

Flavor: Vanilla City up front. Marshmallow. Smooth, but not overwhelming bitterness from the cocoa appears in the middle. Mild bitterness then lingers through a gradual finish. Vanilla note on the end even presents a bit of smoky complexity. Goood schtuff!

Mouthfeel: Full body (an 8 on a scale of 1-10, creamy carbonation. Very slightly dryin from the cocoa.

Overall: This is the second stout for me from Brasserie du Ciel, and they've hit it out of the park both times. It's probably good that this one's kind of hard to obtain in Indy. I'd probably be tempted to drink it to the point of getting burnt out! Nothing but great things to say. Highly-recommended! (And for the record, great beers CAN come in bottles w/ twist-off caps!)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- Dark brown/black with small tan head, and almost no lacing.

S- Vanilla! Coffe and roasted malts.

T- Bitter coffee (almost burnt coffee) and vanilla and dominant throughout the entire drink of this beer.

M- Thin bodied. Light almost water-like with medium carbonation finish.

O- Like the flavor and aroma of this beer, but the mouthfeel is severely lacking. Looking for a little creaminess out of this, but none to be found. Still a decent stout all-in-all.

Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black but still noticeably brown, with a small creamy brown head which leaves real nice brown sticky looking lace.

Aromas begin with a boat ton of dark and milk chocolate. As it warms you get nice sweet vanilla and lesser toffee maltiness. Vanilla really asserts itself as it opens up.

The tastes begin with powdery baker's cocoa flavors mixed with vanilla. As it warms you get more of the espresso, dark roasted malt flavors. A sessionable vanilla stout this is for sure. I could demolish this because it is so tasty and easy to drink.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation to be honest. I would actually like a touch less, which I think is the first time I have ever wrote that about a stout. I am nit-picking though; the finish is nice is silky on the palate. Dark chocolate, baker's cocoa and Vanilla flavors linger ever so mildly for the perfect finish. Not too bitter which I really appreciate because I have had way too many overly roasty/bitter stouts lately.

Overall this is not as good as I remember it from the first time I had it on tap; I question the freshness/variability from tap to bottle, but anyway... This is still a world-class beer that packs so much flavors for only 6.5% alcohol. I would gladly have this over many "higher rated" Imp Stouts for the balance and drinkability.

Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,256 ratings.