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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,088
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 132
Gots: 115 | FT: 7
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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 10/29/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, Tootsie roll, lactose, vanilla. Flavor is super chocolatey--chocolate milkshake, chocolate- covered pretzels, WOW. Lots of lactose too and even some peanut butter makes its presence. Another great beer from Dieu du Ciel, just awesome! I just love the chocolatey presence.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 03:42:17 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one from my annual Christmas visit to Halfiax, and another one from my Dad as a gift. Man I love Premier Wines and Spirits.

Pours a thick and rich opaque black with deep amber highlights and a 1 finger tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

The nose is packed with notes of tobacco, roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, and sweet hints of vanilla.

Molasses and tobacco are excellently paired with roasted malts and dark chocolate, which all comes to an end with a dry coffee-like finish and a sweet and lingering vanilla presence.

Mouthfeel is smooooth and creamy. Nicely balanced and an excellent drink on a cold winter night like this.

Overall, another excellent offering from DDC. In comparison to Rogue's Shakespeare stout I had a few minutes ago, the nose and flavour are noticeably more pronounced with the rich notes of tobacco, molasses, and vanilla really coming out. The balance isn't as great, but this is nonetheless an excellent stout that puts a good face on the Canadian brew scene. I've got DDC's Peche Mortel waiting for me at home, and this stuff leaves me eager to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 22:09:35 | More by ludachris
Photo of Cyberkedi


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

Pours a deep, rich, opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent light tan head. Aroma is rich, smoky and oily with hints of fine coffee and molasses. Flavor is like high grade coffee with hints of unsweetened chocolate and vanilla and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is smooth and fizzy, leaving a bit of hoppy bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:58:02 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of tegelaar


4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with cream colored head. Minimal lacing. Smells strongly of chocolate and vanilla. Very sweet and begs you to take a sip. The taste is of dark chocolate and vanilla with a big bitter bite. WOW - the vanilla really tastes awesome. Lots of sweetness up front and bitterness in back. This is very light and drinkable for a stout. Some may call it weak but I think it's amazing and my second favorite DDC beer behind the rauchbier (Equinoxe D'automne). Amazingly delicious and drinkable to boot.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 04:30:52 | More by tegelaar
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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 2 finger chocolate head. Body is pitch black in color. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is of rich, roasted malt. Chocolate and a tiny bit of coffee are also present. Hops arent there but as beer warms the vanilla is noticed.

First taste is of sweet malt. Chocolate and vanilla come in as the beer warms and compliment the beer very good. Hops are pretty muted and there is an after taste of some cold burnt coffee.

Mouth feel is pretty good. Body is alittle on the light side but head adds some nice fluffiness to it. Good balance of carbonation

Drink ability is pretty good. Very sessionable for such a flavorful stout. Cocoa and vanilla beans really make this a unique beer. Love everything this brewery does, just wish their prices were alittle more affordable cause I can drink their stuff everyday

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 04:35:05 | More by angelmonster
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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. The beer has a very dark brown, nearly black, color with thick sand colored head. Great head retention leads to some nice lacing left behind.

Aroma is really enjoyable, even with a slightly stuffed up nose. The roasty malts are overlain with a hint of vanilla and chocolate, just as the label suggests.

Flavor is fantastic - the chocolate and vanilla are a perfect pair and neither outshines the other. The roast from the dark grains has the familiar flavor of coffee but again in balance with the other flavors. The vanilla is similar to that from an oaked stout but with a little more intensity.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus body with a little more carbonation than I think is necessary for the style. I would prefer it to be a little smoother.

Overall a great stout. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel makes some really interesting and delicious beers. A nice treat, if only they weren't so expensive.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 04:28:06 | More by GilGarp
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3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage courtesy of champ103.

A - Pours nearly black with a smallish tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a fair amount of lacing.

S - Sweet vanilla and earthy cocoa notes backed up by a solid backbone of roasted malt and a touch of caramel.

T - Earthy and slightly bitter cocoa notes dominate up front, followed quickly by an almost candy-like vanilla sweetness which becomes fairly assertive as the beer warms. Roasted character backs it all up but is ultimately overshadowed by the vanilla and cocoa. Hop presence is negligible, with the cocoa providing a touch of bitterness.

M - Medium-bodied with a creamy finish. Seems a tad bit thin for a stout.

D - Enjoyable and easy to drink. It seems a bit one-dimensional though, and it didn't exactly knock my socks off. A good effort though.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 04:47:07 | More by pwsoldier
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into a Unibroue chalice. Beer was pitch black, with a one-finger sand colored head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was heavy vanilla, light cocoa, coffee and some light, bitter hops.

Taste was espresso, chocolate and vanilla. Light bitter hoppy finish. Not overly sweet, but well balanced and very drinkable. Well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 01:35:30 | More by drumrboy22
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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head that doesn't last the duration (though holds on for some time). Vanishing/trailing lace leaves some dots behind.

The smell is robust! Cocoa and vanilla - dark maltiness and slight roast.

The taste is sweet - chocolatey with vanilla beans. Some alcohol warmth shows. A late touch of roast gives some balance to the sweetness, though it remains sweet in character.

It is medium-to-full bodied. Carbonation is on the higher end for what I was expecting for a "dessert" brew. Could be fuller.

Like a rich chocolate cake, the sweetness, while not sticky, is enough to be happy sharing this 11.5 oz. bottle and still be satisfied (though I was also happy having this by myself - wouldn't grab another though). This is a nice, sweet treat that showcases cocoa and vanilla well! Aromatic and delicious!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 15:22:26 | More by jwc215
Photo of russpowell


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

Picked this up at Goebbels in Wichita

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of mocha/brown colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Cocoa & a touch of iron, grows stronger as this warms, plus nice vanilla

T: Dark chcolate, iron, a touch of wet charred grains up front. Dryness, a bit of coffee, plus more dark chocolate, plus some herbal hops as this warms. Finishes dry with dark chocolate & with woody & herbal hops, plus vanilla

MF: Rich, silky & smooth with medium body

Great drinkability, this is a tasty stout in it own right, must try more beers from these guys...Only thing I didn't like about this beer was the price, about $5.50 for a single

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 03:26:37 | More by russpowell
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Thrilled to see this brewer available here in Budlitelimeville...

Used Diesel motor oil has nothing on the inky blackness of this stout. Nice tan head and huge gobs of lacing.

Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla...nice

Very smooth balance between the dark chocolate and the hint of vanilla. Smooth beyond my wildest expectations for a strong stout. Gets a wee bit bitter and chalky in the back end, but this only encourages you to take amother sip.

Nice medium to full body. Incredibly smooth & creamy until the dry aftertaste kicks in.

Expensive but very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 21:18:58 | More by Shadman
Photo of brownbeer


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

Black pour with a thin, short lasting brown head.

Cocoa and sweet chocolate truffles on the nose with a background of dark chocolate and smoke. A well working dynamic.

On the tongue, a chocolate and subtle vanilla sweetness hit just before the cocoa powder and smoke turn a tad dry and mildly bitter.

I wouldn't mind a smidge more vanilla in the overall flavor, but still well made. The lighter bodied nature of this tells me that it would bode well as dessert with fresh strawberries or cherries.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 02:58:54 | More by brownbeer
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labeled as "Aphrodite"
11.5oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a jet black with no light getting through with a one finger tan head with light retention leaving spotty lacing that slides back to the beer. As advertised, the aroma is of vanilla and dark chocolate which meld beautifully with a hint of roasted malt. Bitter dark chocolate and sweet vanilla again balance each other for a great up front taste with some roasted malt in the middle and a burnt coffee bitter finish. Medium carbonation, full body with a creamy mouthfeel, this is a very drinkable stout.
The bitter finish and the sweeter up front taste compliment each other very well making you want another sip- tres bon!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 21:06:07 | More by scottg
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Quebec (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally got around to reviewing this. Enjoyed last night with some sugar cream pie.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled August 2009.

Appearance: Densely black body with a huge mocha colored head that refuses to let up. Very nice looking.

Smell: Vanilla bean, coffee, milk chocolate and cocoa powder. Very pronounced and the aroma just keeps my attention and doesn't let go. Perfect.

Taste: Very pronounced cocoa powder. Like i'm literally eating the powder. Good coffee presence with the vanilla more in the background. When i first taste it, i found it to be lacking a little but after swallowing, the flavors linger quite a long time. Opens up a lot more as it nears room temperature. A nice lasting moderate bitterness rounds things out. The only thing keeping me from scoring a 5 on the taste is i would have liked more vanilla flavor front and center with the cocoa. Still, it has a nice complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth like velvet this beer is. Non-obtrusive carbonation that keeps it's place but gives little pinpricks here and there. Straddles well between coarse and creamy though it does have a more smooth edge than otherwise. Full-bodied without being heavy at all which is quite a feat.

Drinkability: Top marks here as i could easily have had another. No alcohol heat whatsoever.

Overall: Better than i remembered. Do NOT drink this one cold but instead enjoy very close to room temp. Almost as good as Peche Mortel.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 17:52:09 | More by papat444
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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with real cocoa and vanilla.

Poured a used motor oil black that was dark as night. Huge 3 finger (pushing 4) foamy tannish head that left some really bad ass lacing.

I really get the fresh baked cookies that someone mentioned before me. Over-whelming chocolate on the nose with loads of vanilla bean up in the mix. Also hints of coffee(they love their coffee,eh) Smells absolutley delicious. Probably my favorite aspect of this brew.

Taste again was over-whelming cocoa. I was hoping for a little more vanilla but deffinitely caught some great hints of it. Again a tad of coffee up in the mix

Mouthfeel was pretty slick and very drinkable (I don't think it's worth the 7$ price tag though)

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 18:13:05 | More by cleeze
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4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my faves...

A: Very dark in color. No light shines through. Awesome mocha colored head the disappated quickly, but leaves a nice murky residue on the glass

S: Faint scents. Hints of vanilla and smells of coffee.

T: Awesome! Automatically you can taste the vanilla and cocoa blended wonderfully. Slight bitter hops, but not overwhelming. This one tastes fantastic!

M: Sticky and thick. Carbonation is really good.

D: Goes down very easily.

All in all, this is a great brew to have on a nice cold winter evening to warm you up.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 04:36:05 | More by steve8robin
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341mL bottle with bottled-on date notched in label tasted from a snifter.

Pours an opaque black, with one finger of tan head that quickly fades to a haze.

Mostly cacao in the nose, complemented by some dark fruit, roasted grains and subtle oaky vanilla.

Smooth and creamy sweet cacao powder up front, tending toward darker charred grains and coffee notes toward the finish. Soft vanilla is there, but light and in the background. Bit of a whisky or bourbon on the finish with a bit of residual sweet chocolate and fruitiness. Very nice melding of flavours here, not too sweet or too burnt.

Mouthfeel is a decent medium body, creamy and bubbly carbonation and a lingering sticky finish.

Tasty, creamy, and with a decently robust body given the abv. A sweeter, more "everyday" alternative to the bigger Peche Mortel.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 19:15:43 | More by nighthawk
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3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with cocoa and vanilla beans. Pours black with a dark tan/brown head.

Nose of Hershey's chocolate syrup and fresh chocolate with assertive vanilla. Smells like fresh baked cookies.

Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and with medium cream.

Flavors are very assertive and easily identifiable-chocolate candy/syrup, vanilla bean and undertones of espresso. Nice but simple flavors with little complexities or layers. Pleasant chocolate character but after "an inch or two" it takes on a "chocolate soda" character.

Some bitter hops in the flavor undertones and some nice bitter hops in the finish. Interesting, but perhaps no so drinkable. There are a lot more "chocolate" "coffee" brews that are more integrated and balanced and which would go better with food and/or to sip. Too much chocolate syrup character.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 05:08:04 | More by GRG1313
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4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black in color with a moderate cocoa colored head that quicly dissipates leaving a nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by chocolate, with mild coffee and molasses notes. Taste is domonated by dark chocolate flavors, backed up by vanilla and cocoa flavors. Finishes moderately sweet with a medium body.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 03:53:14 | More by bonk0076
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New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a dogfish head signature glass, the beer is black with glowing mahogany edges and a very thick, frothy tan head. As the head fades to frothy thin layer the lacing is foamy and persistent on the sides of the glass.

The smell is a healthy dose of cocoa, roasted malts and vanilla. The vanilla is very strong, but not overly sweet. The smell is quite inviting.

The taste mirrors the smell nicely, roasted malts, a slight hint of coffee (not bitter or strong at all), smooth milk chocolate, a little bite of bitter dark chocolate and a nice presence of not overly sweet vanilla to balance it out. There are also small traces of earthy hops in the background of this one, they never take center stage on the palate, but they pull all the malty-roasty flavors back just when they get to the edge.

The beer is nicely carbonated and the flavors are well balanced, but the mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout and that's the only criticism I have of this beer. The alcohol never rears it's head in the flavors, and this is a beer that I will definitely revisit.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 21:18:58 | More by rpstevens
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received in trade from the ghengis22 thanks for setting this one up

a-black...when held up to light has a cola appearance to it...khaki frothing on top that fell quickly..no carb appears in this brew thanks to the darkness..as the review will go the appearance was the best part to me..

s-vanilla and roast...tad coffee and toffee up front...chocolate...

t-almost a chemical sweetness...vanilla forward and chocolate...some roasty bitterness in the middle..this beer falls apart somewhat from the chemical aspect...but is palatable to an extent...

m-thin...way to thin for a stout....bordering on watery...carb is slightly prickly...but finishes way to dry

d-one and done...glad i got to try it..

overall slightly disappointing...if the chemical aspect was removed, the sweetness toned down and cleaned up a bit i could see it being a good but not great beer

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 01:42:28 | More by stoutfiend27
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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick motor oil black. Small coffee color head that quickly disappeared.

S - Bourbon, Vanilla, Chocolate and Coffee. Heavy smells of rich chocolate and vanilla.

T - Tons of vanilla and chocolate flavor. It borders on being too sweet, but the hops kick in and give just enough balance to make this beer enjoyable. Aftertaste is more vanilla, and some bitterness.

M - Medium body, with moderate to high carbonation. A bit too carbonated for my liking. Slightly thin, would like a bigger body from a stout.

D - One and done. This beer is tasty, but not something I would drink more than one of in a night. The mouthfeel is lacking, and sweet flavors of vanilla and chocolate make it too much like a dessert beer, one is all you need.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 07:05:21 | More by Genghis22
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle on 11/16/09. Thanks to brewslut for sharing.

A - Emerged from the bottle about as close to black as you can get with a creamy light tan head that settled into a patchy film and deposited spotty lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Milk chocolate, cocoa nibbs, hint of coffee, sweet baker's chocolate, touch of earthy hop bitterness. Chocolate has a dark Belgian flair.

T - Chocolate... lots of chocolate, actually with just a tinge of vanilla sweetness and a hint of earthy, herbal bitterness in the finish. Not quite as complex as I was anticipating.

M - Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation and a slight oily texture, although Aphrodite maintains a fairly bristly mouthfeel overall. Plenty of chocolate bitterness on the palate with a slight earthy character.

D - Tasty chocolatey stout with a well-rounded flavor, plenty of bitterness and pleasant vanilla sweetness. Not as amazing as Peche Mortel, but still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:41:16 | More by ffejherb
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Served from a bottle.

Pours a viscous black-brown with fine carbonation on the sides of the glass, a half-inch cinnamon head which recedes in a couple of minutes. The nose is, as advertised, full with vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is thick and solid, a pleasant hint of carbonation. The flavors are bold roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla. The hops and malt are both "up-front" in this beer - it doesn't shrink back at all. Moderately bitter finish.

Great drinkability. Very pleasant. I look forward to trying more Dieu Du Ciel.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 04:55:33 | More by niangelo
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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours near black with tints of dark brown around the edges and a creamy mocha head.

Nose has vanilla up front followed by cocoa, coffee, roasted malts and subtle hops.

Taste is dark and roasty with molasses, bitter hops, espresso, chocolate and vanilla.

Medium body is well carbonated. Very nice stout from Dieu Du Ciel.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 03:54:38 | More by rye726
Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.