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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
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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:
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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Photo of megahurts4
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Aphrodite (Aphrodisiaque)

Appearance: Light black, massive head, and good lacing.

Smell: Cocoa, roasted malts, slight hops, and a hint of natural vanilla.

Taste: Cocoa, hops, and slight chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

This is slightly hoppy for a stout. It might not be strong flavored, but it is full flavored.

Photo of BBP
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark just like Peche Mortel. May even be a bit darker. Minimal amounts of light get through. Fair carbonation, and a head that filled itself in after the pour.

S- Coffee and chocolate as well as roasted malt aroma. Very potent and impossible to miss. Though you wouldn't want to.

T- Very upfront coffee flavor mixed with bitter dark chocolate. Has little hints of caramel and vanilla. For the most part it tastes like dark roast coffee and cocoa heavy chocolate bars. Doesn't really have the intensity of Peche, but it's a much lighter, IMO, far more drinkable version. It's more focused on the chocolate, and less on the coffee. Pretty balanced in that regard actually.

M- The downside to this beer. Considerably thin. You could tell that it would be nice and creamy if it had more body to it.

D- Superb. Quite a bit like Peche, but not as intimidating as it has a lower ABV and far less booziness. On the downside, it's more short lived, and lacks the followthrough.

Photo of homebrew311
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep black, opaque appearance, small collar of brown head, decent lacing

S: notes of milk chocolate- reminiscent of a Hershey's bar with some noticeable vanilla accents and a over all sweet aroma

T: the front feature bitter dark chocolate, this is then met by some vanilla, dark roast, and sweetness. Very nice balance of roasty chocolate flavors and vanilla, the finish is quick and leaves a roasty taste on the palate

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

D: aside from the price (5-6$ per 11.2 oz bottle), everything about this beer is great. Would love to be able to get this as an everyday drink, but the price limits it to special occasions

4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

341ml bottle into a snifter: thanks to a great Canadian trader for this one: ultrastiledivita .

A: This stout pours a deep black, that really shows subtle transparencies around the edges in the light, but a mainly solid black body. The head pours a rich and vibrant tan, that settles to a thin, to obsolete layer, that is only visible around the edges. Lacing is left in a small, but constants pattern on the glass where beer had been and where it approached the rim for drinking.

S: The aroma of this beer is a bold and sweet note of chocolate. Roasted malts also play a huge part of the underlining aroma, that gives it a multidimensional effect. A bit of a woody oak note as well on the aroma. This is a medium to high intensity aroma, because you do not have to search hard to find it.

T/M: On the front, a smooth and warming mouthfeel adds a nice blend of malt character which hold notes of wood and roasted almonds. The transition to the body is a rolling effect that shows a bit of hop bit, but does not show any other hop presence that this in the beer. The medium bodied beer holds a nice creamy finish on the mouthfeel and this is when the entirety of the flavors kicks in the blast of chocolate syrup finds its way in and holds strong through the complete finish. A sweet and creamy finish is what is left on the mouthfeel for this one and is truly one of a kind. All around great experience.

D: This is one of those very well done stouts that does not need to exceed in high ABV to hold amazing flavors. The lower ABV and the high flavor content makes this a beer that could be sessioned very well. I had shared a bottle of this with some family and friends ( those who are very knowledgeable about beer and other who are not and the feedback was very interesting to see that both parties like it, those looking for new and intense flavors and others who are hesitant to try a dark beer.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled June 2010
A steady pour into my New Belgium much produces a huge dense foamy head that is a nicely browned rich, creamed cocoa color. The beer is a solid black color that shows some brown notes around its edges. Huge dark cocoa aromatics couple with aromas of darkly roasted coffee. The chocolate character is really quite decadent smelling here and is accompanied, or perhaps accentuated by a dark sweetness. If you really inspect the nose, ample toasted grain notes become noticeable towards the end: toasted, almost burn whole wheat cracker aromas, and rich browned bread crust aromatics become noticeable as does the Stout like roast malt aromas. I have just realized, after taking my first sip, that the sweetness that I am smelling is is actually vanilla; it is funny how the brain does that, associating vanilla with sweetness because that is usually were one encounters it.

My first sip has me noticing just enough sweetness to accentuate a big dark chocolate note, but the beer ends up finishing quite dry with a bitter cocoa and roast malt character; hops definitely play there part in the bitterness but it is the roasted bitterness that seems to be the more noticed up front. The vanilla flavors, and aromas for that matter, seemed to be missing, but then I realized the sweetness I had smelled and tasted really wasn't sweetness, but was instead the vanilla notes contributing a perceived sweetness to this beer. Rich and somewhat viscous feeling on the tongue somehow, despite actually being fairly light bodied for something labeled as vanilla-chocolate stout; really though this is quite rich considering that this is not really malty-sweet. Some of the roast grain astringency, couples with the dark malt and the vanilla to even contribute a hint of induced Bourbon-barrel flavors.

This is quite a nice beer; rich and satiating without being heavy and the complexity that the vanilla and chocolate brings to the beer is quite appreciated. My only complaint is that the cocoa / roast bitterness can be a bit too much at times, though the beer definitely needs some of this to balance the up front rich chocolate and pervasive, though restrained vanilla notes. I could easily drink a lot of this beer if my wallet could afford it.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles of this little number at the uptown Waterloo LCBO. So excited to finally try it! (Again, huge love for the bottle artwork - terrific design)

Bottle dated August 2010. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

Nearly pitch black, with only the faintest line of chestnut near the brim. Produced about a half inch of mocha head, which left some scattered patches of lace and islands of foam lasting throughout the sample.

The nose on this is terrific: a lovely blend of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, cream, caramel and toasted marshmallow. All this without smelling artificial or syrupy. Delicious.

A very tasty stout, which opens with a big hit of chocolate, caramel and vanilla, but leaves with a bitter coffee finish. Good interplay of sweet and bitter here. A pleasure to drink.

Could have been a touch thicker, but the carbonation was right on the mark. Creamy and satisfying.

Outstanding stuff yet again from DDC. Well worth the wait, and very glad to see it grace Ontario shelves. About one an evening is about all I can handle, but certainly I will be back for many more of this.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap the bluedog chalfont. Pour in a tulip.

A- comes to me with almost two fingers of khaki colored dense creamy head that settles very slowly to a small cap and a few patches of lace. Body is black as night with a few glimmers of dark brown at the edges in the light.

S- dark roasted coffee and cream, bakers chocolate, brown sugar. Caramel and vanilla. Beautiful interplay of roast and sweet.

T- opens up with the coffee and chocolate then rolls slowly into the sweet creamy vanilla and condensed milk. Malts are rich and deep. Some dark fruits buried in there. Long roasty finish.

M- above medium in body but not quite full. Lively active carb that lightens things up even more.

D- I really enjoyed this brew the flavors are well balanced and never become to much of one thing. Another hit by the best thing going in canada.

Photo of uno99
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Born in August 2010, and purchased from my local LCBO. Served at 58 degrees.

A: Poured into my stolen Lucifer glass (the Devil made me do it) Very dark body rests underneath a tiny amount of kahki pant colored head. Not much lacing going on.

S: Very sweet smelling... ALOT of vanilla. Cocoa present as well... The bottle lists cocoa as the third ingredient! More cocoa in this than hops! A little bit of alcohol present.

T: This is certainly a sweet stout. lots of residual sugar and the vanilla and cocoa make it even more present. Hops are much more present than in the nose. Hop bitterness chases the sweet vanilla down the gullet.

M: Coats the pallet in a medium-thick blanket of chocolate and vanilla. A little sticky on the lips. nothing a seasoned stout drinker cant handle.

D: maybe a little too sweet for me to quaff or drink in quantity.

Photo of zachariaIPA
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There's no seeing through this thing! Amazing range of dark colors flowing through the head. Thick lacing! Very dramatic appearance.

Smells..chocolate, sugar, caramelized sugar- almost like a smore. Some vanilla bean in there, as well.

Very sweet on top of the tongue with lots of chocolate, but very bitter under the tongue. Somewhat unpleasant down there, had the tendency to keep it on top of the tongue for the bottle.

Definitely a dessert beer. Extremely flavorful but I could see how this could be a little too much at times. Share a bottle, or have a full bottle if you're feeling decadent.

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

Part four of the Dieu Du Ciel feature at the LCBO.

Pours a dark thick black with little head. Retention slowly fades.
Smells strongly of a stout. Alcoholic vapours are present, hints of cocoa, coffee and vanilla.
The taste: Wow. It is a stong burst of flavour. Here is where the cocoa and vanilla really work wonders. The stout's malts are roasty to the palate. Faily sweet and toasty as expected. No lingering heavy alcohol taste as I would have thought.
The mouthfeel is a medium for this guy. Smooth in texture and very well bodied.
Overall I am impressed with DDC's take on this stong stout. It is an appetizing beer and rivals the Young's Dble Choc. Stout.
A standout in the Dieu Du Ciel's lineup. High drinkability, perhaps not in succession but certainly regularly.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip

Poured dark brown with half a finger of foamy light brown head.

Heavy chocoalte notes dominate the nose with a nice overall roasted malt profile. A slight vanilla smell is also present. No real bitterness to speak of in the nose.

Nice roasted malt flavour with a big chocolate taste dominating. A hint of vanilla is present in the background but not all that easy to pick out. Overall this is quite a sweet stout with a nice smooth finish.

This was a very good stout but not a great one that I will look for regularly.

Medium body with and lightly carbonated

Photo of thierrynantes
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (34,1 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : dark colour, with tan foamy head.
Smell : cocoa and roasted chocolate aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet with notes of cocoa, coffee, chocolate leading to a dry bitter cocoa finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style strong Stout (brewed with cocoa & vanilla beans).

Photo of Otterburn
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grab this au dépanneur..

poured into a pint. pitch black brew with small moka head, left some laces.. I cannot see carb..

Smell: roasted, burnt, smoky, malty, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, some alcool..

Taste: its a stout, with special features..
you got the burnt malt, some smoky, the vanilla is present in a nice way. you got hop and a long after-taste of chocolate bitterness,coffee as well. very rich flavors here.

Mf: medium thickness. medium carbonation
it is a full body stout.

Drinkability: at first at tought it was a bit strong and strange but I realised that it went down pretty fine. so drinkability is good

perfect autumn brew!

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - this stout pours very dark with a big rocky head that is nearly identical to chocolate milk froth

S - strong lactic sweetness, then the advertised elements come out, roasted vanilla beans with dark cocoa powder

T - in the taste strong coffee notes emerge along with the major milky sweetness, these flavors are accented with cocoa and vanilla, however the cocoa and aroma take on a more supportive role than in the aroma

M&D - thinner than expected, yet absolutley silky smooth, easy down, the flavors are blended nicely, a nice flavored stout example

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pitch-black,semi-viscous,body with a substantial,two-finger,tawny head that showed good retention and left very attractive sheets of lace.Small plumes of carbonation were dispersed throughout the pint glass.

S-Dark roast coffee,dark chocolate and a small hint of fresh vanilla.Charred malts and scalded milk with more of a vanilla presence as it warmed.

T-Big bitter coffee and imported chocolate upfront with only a slight appearance made by the vanilla.Much like the smell,more vanilla was apparent as the beer warmed.

M-A little thinner than I expected.I purchased this based on the strength of the only other Dieu De Ciel product I've had(Peche Mortel)so I was slightly disappointed.This really came across as a pretty standard stout.A solid stout but nothing spectacular.

D-This beer was tasty and not too filling so I think it has pretty good drinkability.

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

Review #100 for me on here!

It pours like less viscous molasses, but looks just as dark and thick. The head is massive! It couldn't be poured all at once, not by a long shot. It's very thick and creamy on top, and more bubbly underneath. It lasts forever, with peaks, lumps, holes, and gaps forming in it along the way. It laces pretty well on the way down.

The smell is like sharp dark chocolate with that alcoholic vanilla. Some rye bread & molasses is also there.

At first, I taste more coffee than anything else. It has the flavour of chocolate-covered espresso beans. It reminds me a bit of Old Rasputin, or stronger beers, without as much alcohol. The vanilla and bourbon flavours in it give the illusion of a higher abv, though.

It's a little more watery than the appearance would lead you to believe. The finish is a little chewy, and not very dry.

Overall, a complex and great sippin' beer! Pretty impressive.

Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pops to a nose of nice doughy chocolate. The nose of eclair. An excellent feel of fluf. A bright stout. This has a nice malt, not a syrupy malt. Mild coffee bitter and softly sweet chocolate. This is a light end dessert. Very basic beer but there is no loose ends in the form. Can't complain but i can't really see anyone going crazy outside brewers for this one.

Photo of umfskibum
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a snifter, the Aphrodite is a beautiful beer. Nearly pitch black in the body, the stout has a creamy tan head that fills a few fingers above the beer. The nose is a powerful blast of vanilla, not unlike high-quality vanilla extract. Still, it's far from one-dimensional, as chocolate - specifically dark, bitter chocolate - coffee, and some roasted barley round things out.

The taste? Heaven. Aphrodite is the beer version of a chocolate and vanilla milkshake. The taste is a flip of the nose - chocolate dominates, with vanilla taking the back seat. There's a bit of coffee in the background, too. The full, round flavor, which leans a little on the sweet with a bit of bitter cocoa, isn't far off from a mocha latte. Seriously, this is close to the perfect damn beer. Imagine your favorite coffee, chocolate or vanilla drink, and you'll have notes of it in the Aphrodite. At 6.5% and packed full of flavor, the beer is almost a sipper - but tastes so good you might find yourself gulping it down.

Photo of samie85
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours jet black with a half-finger mocha colored head. Leaves some lacing behind.

S-The smell is phenomenal. I'm getting cocoa, vanilla, dark chocolate and some roasted and earthy notes.

T-Subtle roasted notes upfront with cocoa, vanilla, some bitterness from the cocoa and an earthiness on the finish.

M-Medium bodied, with some dry notes which I perceive to be mainly from the cocoa. Carbonation is pretty low, which is not detrimental to this style.

D--At first the bitterness from the cocoa is a bit too much, but as this one warms up it becomes a really solid, easy drinking, and delicious stout.

Photo of harpus
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Dark brown colour. Lots and lots of lace. Great retention.

A : Chocolate, bit of vanilla, black malt.

T : Earthy, chocolatey, sweet at first with medium bitterness. Vanilla throughout.

M : Thick & sticky, very pleasing.

D : Enjoyed this one for what it as.

Photo of chickenm
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black color with a brown head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. Taste is very sweet with chocolate, vanilla, sugar, and some light bitterness. Great creamy smooth mouthfeel. Drinkabilty is just so-so.. this is a bit one-dimensional and the vanilla sweetness becomes a bit too much after a while.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Traded for this one at the BA SC release. Thanks BigSexy410!

A - Black body with a tan/brown head.

S - When I first poured this I didn't pick up much but now that it has warmed I am picking up a nice chocolaty aroma with a hint of vanilla. I think I'm gonna enjoy this!

T - Nice mixture of roast and chocolate up front with a sweet vanilla finish. This is actually pretty good but something seems like it is missing. Nice dark roast coffee flavor in the mix as well. Aftertaste lingers similar to a black dark roast coffee with a bit of chocolate mixed in.

M - medium body with a good bit of carbonation. Could be a little thicker to match the flavors.

D - Pretty good brew. Definitely delivers on the chocolate and vanilla notes as it warms. A thinner than normal body is the only thing holding this back from being amazing. Also could use a bit more maltiness to sweeten it up a tad. Still a pretty awesome beer!

Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark black with a nice mocha colored head. Okay retention with nice spotty lace.

S: Very milky chocolate, with notes of very dark malt. Light coffee notes with a nice blast of vanilla.

T: Lots of creamy coffee up front. Hershey milk chocolate goodness with bold real vanilla bean. The finish is grainy real cocoa.

M: Medium in body, rich, smooth and refreshing.

D: Real good. What a nice tasty treat. Pairs up wonderfully with some nice mocha Belgian chocolate!

Photo of TCgoalie
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm assuming this is the same as Aphrodite. The picture and ABV are the same.

Pours pitch black with a small mocha head. The head quickly recedes leaving not much but a couple of bubbles in the center. Some lacing is evident along the sides.

Deep notes of chocolate and vanilla coat my nose as I smell this brew. There is also a coffee like aroma that leaves a clean nose flavor.

Yes, this is a nice stout. Loads of milk chocolate lead the flavor with subtle vanilla notes. Soon after very mild hops creep in adding complexity. The aftertaste has mild roasted flavors and is very clean.

For its single stout style, the mouthfeel is excellent. It provides a good full feeling which is soft around the edges though sticky in the end.

Given its style and ABV, it would be difficult to find a stout this good given the same playing field. High marks for this, I can't wait to try Péché Mortel which is waiting for me tomorrow!

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing coffee and chocolate, some leather and light vanilla. Interestingly, you can tell just from the way this beer smells that the alcohol is not all that high in this beer. Regardless, the beer doesn't lack for flavor, and I get some cherry liquier and licorise along with the melange of different aromas I pick up on the nose. Mouthfeel is impressive for the abv. Despite the relatively low abv., the beer is till full and fairly creamy on the palate, with a long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

It's not the peche mortal, but nonentheless, this is a pretty impressive beer.

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