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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 152
Gots: 159 | 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:
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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Ratings: 1,316 | Reviews: 558
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Darkness snifter. The label propaganda: "Aphrodite is a black ale expressing aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Never too sweet, this highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with first rate cocoa and vanilla beans".

It pours dark dark brown, more chocolatey than black, with about 1 finger of tan foam. Very opaque too. Strong vanilla bean in the aroma, definitely the leading component but not overbearing. Some cocoa too but it takes a backseat.

From the first sip this is delicious, plenty of vanilla in the flavor as expected. Also plenty of roasted malt, this comes across more as a roasted and slightly bitter stout than a sweet stout. Thick bodied for a beer with such low ABV, a lot on unfermented malts maybe. Very very good for the American stout style, highly recommended.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pour inscribed glass. 6.xx per bottle, DAMN!!

A= black and light is inpenatrable through this beer. Mild head, nice lacing, carbonation bubbles flowing up from Aphrodite's pool of passion!

S= insanely awesome, really the best part of this beer IMHO.. Milky chocolate, pure vanilla bean, deep but mildly malted, a desert beer ready to be enjoyed!

T= first the milk chocolate, then your brain perceives creaminess, but wait... The vanilla pops in, the the beer goes a little thin, and the bitterness walks up to the front stage! strange that I felt creaminess, but then thinness all in the same swig. Finishes off slightly dry and slightly bitter, but leaves you with the impression of a deep richness since that is what is first perceived.

M= give the mouthfeel a 4.5 since it is two different things in one sip. Not bad pulling that one off. Creamy smooth, then thins out followed by slight bitterness at the end, if you know hops, then maybe you will pick some up here... drink slowly and get mild prickly on your tongue.

D= 4.5 this is great, excellent, creamy, thin, bitter, dry, chocolately, vanilla~y and finishes with a roast bean flavor. I have to say though, the aroma before each sip IS the best part of this beer. They nailed aroma, and even if this beer sucked, the aroma would make you think your taste buds were fucking with you. You'd think "how could something that smelled so good suck"???? It must be my taste buds are off.... Haha that is how awesome this aroma is! I could easily drink 3 of these in a night, followed by a peche mortel, then a black raven IPA, then hit the sack!

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

Two fingers of tan head over dark brew. Aromas are fruity with a punch of vanilla. Flavors are predominantly chocolate, with some pleasant smokiness. This bottle didn't last long at all. The flavors reminded me of Peche, minus the heat. I have yet to be disappointed by Dieu du Ciel!

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

Poured an oily black with a one finger tan head that dissapated quietly yet quickly. Lacing is average.

Nose is very chocolately, with a semi-sweet flavor coming through. The vanilla comes out a bit more as the beer warms, offering a pleasantly sweet scent. The beer also smells quite roasty and crisp alternately.

Taste pretty much follows nose, with the chocolate weaker and the hops coming out a bit stronger. Roasty flavor is good, but doesn't have enough backup to be what it should be; it kind of floats around without any coffee or malt or chocolate behind it. Vanilla is noticeable nearing the end of the sip, and offers a nice baked taste for a few too-short moments.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and crisp thanks to the hoppy bitterness, and drinkability is good, as the flavors are reasonably balanced and the abv is ony 6.50%.

Photo of jrenihan
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated August 18, 2010.

Pours a dark black with two fingers of tan head. The head shrinks but does not disappear- it appears to be staying for awhile.

The smell is incredible. Both the chocolate and the vanilla come through very strongly, with the vanilla on top.

The taste is no surprise after the smell. A very smooth, silky chocolate flavour, with a generous does of vanilla. The beer is sweet but certainly not as sweet as some chocolate stouts can get, and finishes with a very mild bitterness. Lovely!

Mouthfeel is good- a little lighter than I may have expected, but still well bodied. The carbonation is light and nice. The 6.5% alcohol is very well hidden. This beer drinks like a dessert, and can disappear just as quickly. That being said, I certainly would not need a second!

Photo of timobkg
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip, a dark, blackish brown, with a light brown head.

The aroma is an intoxicating mix of roasted grains and chocolate. As soon as I smelled it, I thought "Wow, this is awesome!"

The taste is sweet, without being cloying. Chocolate and vanilla comes to the forefront over a backing of roasted grains. Most (imperial) stouts are far too bitter to pair with desert, despite the common recommendation. This stout is actually sweet enough to stand up to desert without being overwhelmed.

Incredibly drinkable. The sweetness is clearly present, but never becomes overwhelming. Likewise, the vanilla is balanced to never wear out its welcome. I could drink this all day, if not for the price. At $5 for a 12oz bottle, this will have to be a treat.

I also paired this with toffee hazelnut dark chocolate, and the pairing was fantastic. This is now my first choice for a desert beer.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body, off white head.

Vanilla bean, cocoa and roasted barley form a decadent bouquet.

Chocolate malt on the entry with cocoa powder mid palate and a long vanilla bean finish. Not very complex, but the vanilla and chocolate notes are pretty well balanced and simply delicious. It might improve with a little more subtlety, but that's just splitting hairs.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, maybe a little too carbonated.

A very good stout and a great way to incorporate vanilla and cocoa in beer. That said, the more I think about Aphrodite, the more I am reminded of just how perfect the Dry Dock Vanilla Porter is. As good as this is, the Dry Dock offering is even better.

Photo of FosterJM
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

244th review
bottle to new belgium globe
11.2 oz
01/2009 bottle code

2009 vintage

App- A dark chocolate brown pour with a light tan one finger head. Left some nice swirls. Lacking the lacing I was looking for.

Smell- Lots of medium malts with an upfront cocoa nib smell. Small whisps of vanilla come and go.

Taste- Finally the stout with vanilla I have been looking for. This was a good marriage of light and dark flavors.

Mouth- Medium/Full bodied with a bitter dark chocolate after taste.

Drink- A great stout. Creamy, flavorful and some wonderful vanilla flavors.

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with one finger of tan head.

S - The first aroma to hit is some strong vanilla, followed by cocoa. These scents seem to cover up whatever else might be going on, but still very nice.

T - Again vanilla and cocoa, with some nice hops and roasted malts more apparent in the taste than the aroma.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not overly heavy. Nice bitterness from the cocoa and to a lesser extent from the hops. I like this a lot.

D - With the intensity of bitter chocolate and vanilla, would probably stop after one, but a very good and well made stout.

Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 11.5 ounce bottle, sporting a label with a girl who has ridiculously huge eyes, the beer is an utterly black color. Obsidian with a very slight brownish head. The first thought upon sniffing is smoke...a pleasant hardwood smoldering, along with a touch of background malt (heavily roasted). No scent of the chocolate or vanilla that are mentioned on the label. These ingredients do, however, step out in the taste. Decent malt character, a touch of bitter chocolate, and some fleeting vanilla bean are there in the flavor. Dry, very dry. Flirts with oiliness, but not quite there. Full mouthfeel. Nice dry stout.

Photo of kaseydad
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow. She sure is pertyyy. I am under her spell.

Snifter pour and I am met with with a beautiful black ale with a major mocha foamy head which dissolves to a thin layer. The aroma is amazing. Major chocolate aroma with a dose of roasted malts, vanilla, toffee and cocoa. I could smell this all day. Hmmm. Sort of a letdown on the taste. First off the drink is much too thin for what I thought would be big-bodied. Coffee characteristics in the flavor with some smokiness and big roasted malt! Drinkability is good but the mouthfeel is very distracting to me. I was hoping for so much more and though this is a good beer, a little fuller body would make this beer top notch.

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

"Even if you gods, and all the goddesses too, should be looking on, yet would I be glad to sleep with golden Aphrodite."


Darkest vanilla bean brown with the slimmest of sepia accents along the bottom edge of the glass. In spite of an increasingly vigorous pour, barely one finger of caramel nougat colored foam was created. A short collar of thick and sticky lace is visually appealing and allows the above score to be chosen.

The aroma is outstanding, largely because cacao nibs and vanilla beans complement one another rather than compete or clash. Power is definitely not an issue. More breweries should add vanilla to their stouts... as long as do it this well.

Aphrodite is delicious beer from the very first sip. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel has used plenty of malt (the lack of which is the downfall of many a stout) and has hit the cocoa-vanilla balance right on the proverbial head. Too bad this stuff isn't more widely available and less expensive.

Specifics include melted Hershey bars, sugared vanilla beans and a roasted coffee bean presence that is probably coming from the darker malts (since I'm pretty sure coffee is not among the ingredients). Three major flavors may not result in complex beer, but it sure does result in tasty-as-hell beer. At least in this case.

The mouthfeel is at least medium for the style/ABV and is sneaky smooth and creamy to boot. After the soft escape of CO2 on cap cracking, my fear was that the carbonation would be too laid back. It isn't. Almost went with the 4.5 here.

Aphrodite is my second favorite beer from BDDC, behind only to Rigor Mortis and ahead of the widely heralded Peche Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe). If you happen to run across this little beauty in your travels, don't hesitate to buy a bottle or three.

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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a DFH tulip, pours a beige/brown head atop a deeply dark brown body. Didn't notice the visuals too much, but almost passes the decent test.

The aromas are killer. One of the richest of the bouquets I have *whiffed* in awhile (meaning the intensity is high), with sweet vanilla and coffee notes permeating primarily.

Flavors of dry espresso, vanilla ice cream with vanilla beans, and a touch of mocha. The balance is excellent, everything dovetails just right, and if there were another beer I would compare it with in taste and quality I'd go with Ballast Point's 'Victory at Sea'. But then, I continue drinking... (assessment continued below)

Mouthfeel is indeed thin, with little improvement upon swishing.

Overall, the first half of this is transcendent as an incredibly delicious vanilla stout; the second half becomes not so much tedious as mildly cloying. I think it comes down to the thinner mouthfeel along with the vanilla suddenly and nearly overpowering everything else. Granted, there was a copious amount of drinking prior to this, so I shall purchase again for another whirl as I love the initial impression this brought me.

Photo of mexikrainian
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: black with thick, bubbly tan head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: chocolate, vanilla, malts, and smoky.

Flavor: cocoa, cocoa and cocoa!

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: too bold for me, but worth a try.

Photo of abcentfishing
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an outstanding beer. I first had it at Olive tree market tasting room and could not live without it so home I went with my bottles in hand. I enjoyed all of this beer from the bottle to the nose to the taste. Especially the taste. The more I drank the more the flavors spoke to me. The slight sweetness that seems just right and the fragrance and touch of vanilla was just right. It was smoooth and delicious. My wife the wine drinker(not for long) had me buy an extra bottle so she could share one with me. That has never happened. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of oreo
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep black with a 1 finger white head.

Smells like vanilla, mocha, and booze

Tastes AWESOME. Tons of vanilla and chocolate with a hint of tobacco flavors. Really drinkable. Mouthfeel is a little lacking, thin for a big stout.

Overall an exceptional beer full of vanilla and chocolate

Photo of drewba
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - deep dark black with a one finger khaki head. Dissipates down to nothing with a tiny bit of lacing.

S - Smells good, but not terribly exciting. Plenty of chocolate, coffee and smoke and a hint of vanilla. A little lemony metallic tinge near the end.

T - These flavors are incredible; the chocolate and coffee are creating a perfect mocha blend, the vanilla beans pop, and the smoke helps round the flavors out. After this warms up a bit, you can detect tiny bits of licorice and raisin, but they're really overpowered by everything else. This is a shining example of a marriage of flavors. Everything is balanced, complex and highly flavorful. For me, the chocolate, vanilla combo is whats working the best, the flavors compliment so well, but shine on their own. My mind is blown.

M - medium bodied with low ish carbonation, but it's silky smooth; actually reminds me of cold coffee.

D - I'd add this to my coffee in the morning if I had another bottle. So tasty, so drinkable.

Photo of Tilley4
3.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a deep dark black with virtually no head at all... Dead and lifeless...

Lots of smoked meat and roasted malts in the aroma... Not much in the way of cocoa really... Perhaps some vanilla...

Way too thin for this style... Almost feels and tastes like a Schwarzbier instead of a stout... More smoked meat in the flavor along with some coffee and vanilla...

Just ok to me.. Not as rich and deep as I was hoping...

Photo of eric5bellies
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Chimay Chalice.

A - Pours a dark ebony colour with a tanned head that lasts the length of the glass.

S - Lots of dark chocolate and roastyness

T - Sweet cocoa and vanilla up front that balances out with raosted malt. Very well balanced indeed.

M - Medium to full body, with low to medium carbonation.

D - A very high quality stout that I will try again.

Photo of BZero007
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from The Wine and Cheese Shop!

Poured a extremly Void of Light Color which made everyone happy. The head formations was great and of a Chocolate brown color. The armoa to me was a bit minimal even with the great head formation. The taste was not boozy at all which is not a bad thing but was hard to detect the Bourbon. The Vanilla was there in the background helping to push the roasted and bourbon flavor to the front. The body was not to thin nor thick, but just right for a 6% brew. This would be a great session brew. It was also a crowed pleaser on NYE.

Photo of icculus304
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.5oz. bottle with USA label (Aphrodite instead of Aphrodisiaque) from Beer Baron in Livonia, Michigan. Pours black with little to no head. Medium to heavy body. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon. Taste of vanilla, coffee, bourbon, and chocolate. Silky palate. I absolutely loved this beer!!

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

The beer is dark dark brown, almost black, the head is tan, thick, settling rather quickly, but leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is sweet, and intensely of chocolate and vanilla.

The taste is also sweet, very chocolaty, like a cold chocolate milk drink, a touch of coffee and some bitter cocoa beans.

Low carbonation, small bubbles, thick and syrup-like, a medium body, a dry finish.

My brain gets confused from all the chocolate, vanilla sweetness - it screams "O'boy"!

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark as night black with brown highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. Lots of stuff going on here but was able to detect roastiness, chocolate, oat grains, vanilla, and faint cocoa notes; very appealing. The vanilla and chocolate were more apparent on the palate with cocoa raosty accents but had a touch of oat grain. It did have mild hop notes on the backend. The brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a roasty, sweet, and silky finish. It drank really good and would definitely like to grab more bottle of this brew. I honestly think I might take aphrodite over peche mortal.

Photo of Spica66
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black pour with excellent head formation and retention. Good level of carbonation and nice lacing.

S: Dark roast malt with definite chocolate and vanilla highlights.

T: Tastes exactly like it smells. Complex dark roast with wonderful chocolate-vanilla taste and a nice bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, very nice carbonation and a nice round feel.

D: This disappeared way to quickly! Very easy to drink.

Photo of berley31
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-large, tan, thick head that had excellent lasting power, and left sheets of lacing on the glass as it finally receded to 1/2-finger. Body is jet-black and opaque.

S: Very nice aroma of dark chocolate, some roastiness, and a touch of vanilla.

T: Very complex beer... the sweetness comes through with the chocolate and vanilla in there, and a bit of roasted flavors as well. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-full bodied, with moderate-high carbonation.

D: An excellent stout... tasty, complex, and fantastic-looking. A must-try.

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