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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 151
Gots: 154 | 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 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.

Photo of hardy008
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a one finger mocha head with decent retention and some lacing. The aroma has cocoa and vanilla. Not complex, but very nice.

The flavor also has cocoa, vanilla, and some roasted malt. There is a nice sweetness, balanced by the roasted malt. A nice balance of sweetness and bitterness which is always appreciated.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The aftertaste is a little sweetness, and a little bitter roasted malt. This is a very nice beer which is pretty easy to find. I will have to look for this again.

Photo of Goldfish19
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~ This stout pours dark black with a thin tan head.

The aroma is truly amazing. It's like sticking your nose inside a can of Ducan Hines Chocolate Frosting. Some vanilla and coffee are also present.

As for the taste, it pretty much mirrors the smell. There is a huge wave of dark, luscious chocolate upfront, and it's followed up by a dose of vanilla and roasted malt.

The body is medium-full with a creamy, silky smooth finish.

At 6% ABV, this stout is very easy to drink. If you love beer and chocolate (and who doesn't?), this is definitely a must try! ~

Photo of jsh420
2.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours jet black with a 1 finger tan head that has good retention and left spotted lacing

smell - while not overpowering - big vanilla a little milk and chocolate - very good for a stout of only 6.5%

taste is a bit of a let down - flavors a a bit thin the vanilla is a little overpowering and artificial

mouthfeel is thin light and boring(but the taste has a lot of play into this)

drinkability is not great - 5 bones a bottle and they gives us this watery thin stout - pass

Photo of mbusster88
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Jet black with absolutely no light showing through. Brown head is huge and sticks around very well. Looks like coffee, with chocolate milk on top. No apparent carbonation, although you cant see anything in the glass at all!

S: Get some great big cocoa notes right away. After that you get some light vanilla and some deep roasted notes.

T/M: Start off with some cocoa flavors on the tip of the tongue. Some faint vanilla, but not very much. Very dark roasted malt notes. Smooth mouth feel makes this one an easy drinker, and the flavor really opens up as it warms.

D: Love the big flavor of the cocoa in this one. Its like literally putting cocoa powder in your mouth. Really recommend this one for some chocolate stout fans.

Photo of ultrastiledivita
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle, picked up at a depanneur (i love living in montreal) poured into a nonic

A: Black, and i mean black you can't see across this beer. Nice tan head that is about half an inch big and dissipates after a while.

S: chocolate, vanilla, cookie dough, and coffee

t: Starts off tasting chocolatey, then immediate coffee taste kicks in, bitter finish in my opinion that stays until your next gulp. vanilla is hidden in there, it's not obvious but you pick it up after a while.

M: good carbonation, good body although i'd like it to be a bit thicker.

D: decent. although its slightly elevalted alcohol content is what's stopping it from becoming a session stout for me i'll probably stick to saint ambroise or deese nocturne for that.I could put 2 of these down before getting sick of the taste. Good beer but may get a bit overpowering after a while.

This was the beer that turned me onto DDC, and i love it although after having explored many styles i find it is not quite as i had remembered it.
Nonetheless great brew

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

Thanks to Jake for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a massive tan head and a ton of carbonation.

S: The nose is rich and chocolate filled. Great sweet milk chocolate notes, vanilla, and a more subtle roasted character and a dark caramel note as well.

T: Like the nose, plenty of sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. A more pronounced roasted flavor along with some slightly burnt notes.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high carbonation that actually works alright.

D: Not quite as good as Peche Mortel, but still nice. Definitely overcarbonated, but a vigorous pour and some time in the glass helps to smooth that out.

Photo of meatyard
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out with a 1-finger, milk chocolate colored, short lived head that leaves bits of lace. Color is very dark, nearly opaque except at the top edges which show as mahogany.

The smell is strongly cocoa powder which doesn't really yield to anything but with a big inhale you can get vanilla too.

The taste is some, but much less, of the cocoa and does yield to a strong, bitter coffee flavor. Dark chocolate and a hint of the vanilla round things out in the end.

Mouthfeel is full on the lips but medium/light in the mouth.

Drinkability: The first, big sip, was not what I expected, being strong a bitter coffee taste and I didn't care for it. When, after starting to take small sips, I found this grew on me. This is better than OK and even enjoyable some of the time.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown with the narrowest of chestnut highlights and two fingers of sudsy chocolate head. Beautiful.

Smell -- Cocoa, vanilla bean, roast malt, some leather. Overall, quite inviting, if somewhat on the sweet side.

Taste -- Much more balanced than the nose lets on. Dark chocolate and vanilla still in the forefront, but also burnt bread crust, coffee with cream, leather, pipe tobacco, and some smoky char. Finish is coffee with cream and vanilla bean.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, somewhat viscous, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability -- Wow, quite good. Avoids the pitfall of so many beers with vanilla and cocoa added of being sickly sweet. Very balanced. Glad to have finally gotten to try this one.

Photo of dgilks
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a nice tan head. Decent head retention.

Really solid cocoa aroma. Mild sweetness. I don't really get the vanilla.

The flavour is a combination of roast, bitter chocolate and mild sweetness. There's a bit of a vanilla undertone. Very good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. This could be a little silkier.

The overall impression here is good with nice flavour and no faults. The beer is fairly accurate to its description and the only thing I'd like is a bit more vanilla.

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

Thanks to korguy123 for this one!

A: Pours a very dark black with a brown two finger head. Head maintained itself for a long time. Nice lacing down the sides on this one.

S: Very strong aromas of chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. Comes over very strong and makes me want to drink it!

T: Wow, this tastes great. Really complex, the chocolate and vanilla combination is amazing. There is also a hint of coffee, but not much.

M/D: Not as thick as expected, but seems just about right. Very smooth. Overall one of my favorites in the style thus far. I would never shy away from drinking this one. I couldn't drink more than two in a night, but I don't think I would ever want to. Compared to other stouts I have had, this one goes down real easy. Will get this again.

Photo of mintjellie
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in colour, except for some dark brown where the glass itself narrows and meets the stem. Thin mocha head leaves a few tiny wisps of lace. Subtle notes of chocolate and percolating coffee underly a vanilla aroma that is distinct but not heavy-handed. Tastes bittersweet with flavours of vanilla, bitter cocoa, and black coffee. Firm bitterness with mild acidity in the finish. The use of cocoa and vanilla in this is much more subtle than the use of coffee in Peche Mortel, Dieu du Ciel's other (and stronger) stout.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. This is a real easy drinking stout, and I don't think the lighter body detracts from it at all. Not every stout is meant to be huge and beastly. There is a real elegance in the way the flavour of vanilla enhances that sensation of smoothness and lightness in the mouth.

Photo of mrnobody
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an oversized tulip. An aggressive pour yields 3 fingers of fluffy brown head on a pitch black body. Some head hangs around as does some lacing. The aroma is vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Tastes of chocolate, bitter coffee in the finish while the vanilla smooths things out a bit. The flavour is good, I just wish there was more of it! Mouthfeel is a little thin, carbonation is just right. Overall very good and extremely drinkable, I just wish the flavours were a little more robust.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Appearance is quite dark. Deceptive when pouring, looks rather translucent, but in the end it's nice and opaque. Foamy tan head that produced about a finger head. Not much of anything in the way of lacing, retention was pretty minimal too.

S - Interesting smell. At first it's hard to discern what you are smelling, it has a sort of candy-like aroma to it. Took a few sniffs to figure out that it was vanilla causing the smell. The chocolate was pretty minimal, as were most other flavours. While the smell is unique and interesting, it was kind of strange too. I'll give it a 4.

T - Taste was quite interesting. The vanilla shines through, and I was surprised to detect traces of a hop bite in the flavour. The chocolate and coffee flavour is quite subtle as well, these flavours have a roasted taste to them.

M/D - The body has a nice medium feel to it. I usually like stouts that are heavier, but this stout is quite drinkable and creamy smooth. The flavours of this beer are unique and interesting, and while they make you want to take your time in drinking it, the drinkability remains high.

I agree with the other reviews that praise this beer for retaining a full range of flavours with a restrained ABV. It was light for a stout, but still very enjoyable.

Photo of domtronzero
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 - Great balance of dark malts, roasty chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Caramel and sweet malts. Medium bitterness, accentuated by dark malts. Medium-full bodied, a little rich. Moderate carbonation with a dry, chocolaty finish.

D - Good but quite rich. Flavorful and full-bodied, clean and well brewed, but more than a bottle would be too much for me.

Photo of Swedes21
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle poured in a chilled pint glass...

Picked up at LCBO under "Aphrodite"

Appearance - WHAT A GORGEOUS pour! The beer pours as a dark and heavy beer. I got about 3 inches of a solid light brown head. Head appears to have some "volume" to it as well, while maintaining a "foamy" look. Lacing is generous as the head dies off. Hard to tell about the carbonation cause of the DARK colour to the beer.

Smell - very strong smell of a chocolate/vanilla base. The aroma is very strong and appealing to taste.

Taste - U can really taste the chocolate in the tasting. I can also taste what appears to be a hint of coffee background. The vanilla adds a bit of sweetness to it, but is not brought forward. I do not taste much bitterness to this beer, actually fairly smooth.

Mouthfeel - I appreciate the amount of carbonation added in the mouthfeel. The bitterness really comes through at this stage, very strong start and finish. Its not a thick beer as it would appear either, just nice.

Drinkability - This is a beer i would drink again, overall i could not drink 10 of these in a sitting, but can see myself enjoying a nice cigar while sipping away.

Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.