1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,255 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,255
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,255 | Reviews: 551 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of samie85
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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
4/5  rDev -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
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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

Part of the Quebec Connection with freud. Thanks for the trade mate!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2 finger, medium looking tan head with good retention. Sits black in the glass with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp and ring that clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain and leave some decent clingy lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts and some smokiness. A little chalky with some cocoa powder, as well as hints of cream and vanilla. Bold and interesting.

TASTE: Roasted malts and lots of cream and vanilla. Perhaps vanilla ice cream. Notes of cocoa through the middle as well, but cream and vanilla are more dominant. Lingering aftertaste is bitter-sweet with cream and cocoa, as well as a little spicy booze, oddly enough. A tasty stout for sure, and definitely unique.

PALATE: Medium-full body and very creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. A very nice feel; super creamy for the style.

OVERALL: With the strong, sweet flavors here, it would be tough to have more than one. Though I had to work a bit by the end, the first half of the glass was very enjoyable and I had a tough time putting the glass down. It might be a good idea to share the 341ml bottle with a friend. Regardless, this was an interesting and enjoyable stout that I'm glad I had the chance to try. Thanks for fitting this one in the box freud.

Photo of r0nyn
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours an opaque blackness that is typical of most stouts, which I never tire of seeing. Leaves a small head that dissipates gradually, with a good amount of sticky lacing coating the insides of the glass. Smell is full of coffee and chocolate on the initial whiff. After letting it warm a bit, the alcohol is definitely detectable, even at the low-ish 6.5% ABV. Quite nice. Not a lot of vanilla though, which is surprising.

Big coffee bite up front, with a strong chocolate component as well. Not to much maltiness around. Finishes with a slight bitterness from the coffee and cocoa; hoppiness is non-existent. The flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms, but as with the smell, the vanilla is not present at all, which was slightly disappointing.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, with some distinctive carbonation. Drinkability is decent, thanks to the lighter alcohol content and smooth feel. A fine specimen of a stout, no doubt about it. I'll just have to stick to ST's Creme Brulee for my beery vanilla fix.

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

With a girl like that on the label, how can you not buy it? Add the fact Dieu du Ciel! brews it and I have combination that meets without resistance. This should be a good beer to fill my glass. On to the beer:

We're looking nearly pitch black with a little red hue at the bottom part of the glass. Dotty lacing sticks around, and some of the head lasts nearly all the way. Sniff, wow, that cocoa hit you in the face. There's the vanilla bean that mixes well with the cocoa. A wonderful marriage in the nose.

In the same way Péché Mortel is great, the Aphrodite/Aphrodisiaque follows closely in its footsteps. It's a little toasted with lots of semi-sweet cocoa and a hint of vanilla beans. It reminds me of drinking a chocolate milkshake. There is roasted bitterness, not enough to overcome the cocoa, and some hop flowers appears and dissapear to provide a moderate hoppiness that can be picked out of the crowd. Being medium bodied, somwheat smooth, and enjoyable to comsume without being a sipper help as well.

When it comes to flavored stouts, Dieu du Ciel is 2 for 2. The Aphrodite/Aphrodisiaque is great tasting beer. As for being an aphrodisiac, that is what sugar pills were invented for.

Photo of infi
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a completely opaque and dark pour that releases a nice thin light brown head, full of fine bubbles. Not much head retention during the drink duration and also leaves small sheets of soapy lacing throughout the glass. On the nose is an immense amount of roastiness and sweetness that beautifully resonates out. Dark roasted coffee, milk and dark chocolate, cocoa and fresh vanilla bean are easily identifiable, and delightfully so. I'm also able to find some boozy qualities, regardless of the low 6.5%.

Black coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa are the immediate flavors I taste, which then transitions to some malt sweetness and ends on a slight coffee and bitter chocolate astringency. Not much of a vanilla character in the taste, if any. As the brew warms up, the cocoa and chocolate become more enhanced, as well as the astringency. Unfortunately for the vanilla, there was no amplification.

The mouthfeel was smooth but a bit too carbonated for my liking, especially for a stout. It was substantially thin-bodied too as it didn't coat the mouth well, but it was still good. This stout drinks easily and holds its own very well. Overall, a little disappointed by this beer. Expected a little bit more.

Photo of H1N1
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug.

A- Poured very dark. One finger of reddish brown head. Head faded quickly into a thin skin of foam. Some lacing. Not much.

S- Smells sweet. Vanilla and coco like the label says. Not much else going on.

T- Very sweet. Almost too sweet. Strong vanilla. Too sweet for me. Not much depth in this beer.

M- Pretty light. If this beer wasn't so sweet, it would go down fast.

D- I'm glad I only bought one. I'm not a fan of sweet beer, although I can kind of see what the were going for with this. Some people may be into this beer, but personally, I will not buy this tastes like it came from starbucks. I won't buy it again.

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

On tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst as part of their Canadian Beer SpecTapular.

Pours a very deep, opaque black, with a crusty head of mocha foam. Thick, with lots of statick bubbles in the body under the head. Heavy, devilish and delicious-looking.

Huge chocolate, nutty and vinally ice-cream characters on the nose, with a hint of rye crackers and Nutella. So sweet and lovely; really, really awesome. Not a huge amount of layering of complexity, but the intensity and sweet deliciousness of the characters is great.

Smooth entry, light hints of dark grain, before the soothing vanilla and chocolate sauce characters come through to mellow the palate into sweetness. Very sweet, with only a whiff of roasted charred characters, giving a slight cigar smoke piquancy. Really delicious.

This was a sensational beer, and one of the very best on the day. So delectable, so rich, but so mellow and seductive. Awesome.

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

11.5 oz. bottle,

"Why did you have to hire Venus herself?" (Niles Crane to Frasier about Daphne)

A: One of the darkest beers I've seen in a while. Opaque pitch black, with a moderate creamy tan head. Good lace.

S: Mix of vanilla and dark chocolate, though the vanilla is dominant. Fragant, the nose of an imperial stout in a lower ABV beer.

T: Bitter dark chocolate dominates with some roasted malt/coffee type flavours. Hint of charcoal/burnt sugar reminiscent of Obsidian with the vanilla coming in to finish, but a much lighter note than in the nose.

M: Medium light body, fairly bitter/acrid finish, not the best part of the beer.

D: A solid stout, not super delicious but a good flavour. Quite a bitter stout, something to pair with a fruity dessert like raspberry cheesecake, not a beer to really be drunk by itself unless you like really dark (85%+ cacao) chocolate.

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours black with a thin tan head. The head quickly recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with large amounts of smooth dark chocolate aromas. As it warms the dark chocolate sweetens more with hints of milk chocolate vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as refined. Mild roasted malt flavors and dark chocolate kick things off. The dark chocolate flavors with hints of unsweetened cocoa powder take over quickly and carry through to mild amounts of vanilla flavors midway through the sip. The combination of the three then carries through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was surprised by how much chocolate was fit into this beer without tasting overly syrupy or fake. Still, if it were a bit thicker and the roasted malt flavors more robust it could be a very good beer. As it stands now it's worth a shot but not worth seeking out unless you're a big fan of chocolate stouts.

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

Stout brewed with cocoa and vanilla bean
From bottle to pint glass, 08/14/2010

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a reddish hue, and leaves a 1 inch, frothy, mocha-colored head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing but it slowly cascades down the glass, not leaving a lot of residue.

N: Coffee, molasses and smoked wood. A nice nose, about par for a good stout, but I'm not picking up any vanilla.

T: Wow, there are many layers of flavor hidden from the nose. Slightly bitter mocha-coffee is prominent in the front of the sip, followed by vanilla, smoky dark chocolate and some alcohol spice. The vanilla really comes through as the pint warms - probably best to serve this brew around 55°F.

M: This is a fairly light-bodied stout, but it works for the flavor profile. The vanilla and chocolate flavors are really distinct and don't seem inhibited by an overly oily complexion.

D: This stout goes down quite easily, and I could see a lot of people unfamiliar to the style enjoying this. The sweet vanilla and chocolate tones are enough to enjoy in place of a desert wine, but aren't so sweet as to turn off any stout fans. Given that stouts can be rather subtle in their variance, the brew's unique layers of flavor make this a 'must-try' for any fans of the style.

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

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - wow.. dark brown almost black, huge foamy brown colored head that hangs around for a while. Lots of lacing.

Smell - toasted oats, roasted nuts, vanilla, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - simply amazing flavors, nice and smooth at the start, then a bitterness hits, and a delicious satisfying finish.

Drink - I normally wouldn't want to drink more than one of beers in this category. But I would gladly drink a few of these. An absolute fantastic beer, and a MUST try.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When pour notice a nice chocolate dark body. The aroma of chocolate and vanilla is present. From the sip the hops are mild but the cocoa bitterness comes through and this is working well with my taste buds.

The hint of vanilla is notice as well although settle in the background but still noticeable and has a velvety smooth finish. A very good worth buying again.

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

Aphrodite pours a dark black color with two fingers of tan head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass. This is one aromatic brew. How did they pack so much chocolate and vanilla into the aroma? Dark malt also adds nice compliments. Thankfully the flavor is not overly sweet. The chocolate is bittersweet and the vanilla is more underpowered than in the aroma. Dark malt gives a solid foundation for the chocolate and vanilla to play with your taste buds. This is one finely crafted beer and this was achieved with a relatively low ABV. Many brewers cannot provide this much flavor with twice the ABV. I would of liked a little more body for a dessert beer, but it is fine for a single stout and has nice carbonation. This is by far my favorite beer from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to GoGriz for this bottle!

Rockin' out to the Moody Blues' "Forever Autumn" with this one. Boom! It pours a straight death black topped by a half-finger of light tan foam. As the Moodies bleed into Alice in Chains's "Bleed the Freak" (damn, I'm slow), the nose shows itself to be utterly dizzominated by chocolate, both dark and milk, with some roasted malts hanging in the background, biding their time. It's very simple, but very effective nonetheless. The taste goes for a less sweet path, opting instead for a bitter dark chocolate leader. The roast makes itself more known, bringing a hint of leather with it. Again, the formula is simple, but does plenty with the small list of ingredients. The body is a rather light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, almost chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, proving the capability of this Canucklehead brewery.

Photo of drpimento
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hahahahaha! Man, I caint believe my good luck! Nother fabulous beer. Ah musta been blest. Or, I just recognised a good beer when I saw it. In any case, this is sublime. Poured with a medium tan to light brown head that settled down to a light cover quickly and some lace. Color is absolute opaque black. Aroma is a sweet blend of melting chocolate, malt, caramel, vanilla, and pipe tobacco. Flavor is like that and lots bigger: all qualities are more prominant along with a definite smokieness. Body is very soft and carbonation just where it should be in this case. Finish is like flavor and very slowly tapers in a long finish. Ultimate after dinner beer.

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

11.5oz bottle into a Stella glass

A: Pours black with noticeable ruby tinges on the side with a dark tan head that fades quickly leaving no real lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is mostly cocoa with hints of vanilla and dark fruits. Excellent nose.

T: The taste is more of the cocoa from the nose, roasty coffee, and slight vanilla flavors.

M: The feel is medium bodied and slightly oily. The carbonation isn't high enough to make it creamy but it leaves an oily coating in your mouth.

D: This is pretty drinkable for a stout and if it wasn't so expensive I'd have more of it to drink all the time.

Good stuff.

Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, opaque black, not a hint of light gets through. Thin creamy tan head and good lacing.

S-Sweet malt, lots of chocolate and vanilla sweetness.

T-Very flavorful. Sweet from start to finish, but in no way cloying. Malt, then sweet chocolate and vanilla bean flavors kick in. Finishes like a chocolate milkshake.

M-Nicely rich for the style and ABV.

D-Delicious. Great blend of flavor and moderate ABV make this a sweet beer I can have more than one of.


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

341ml bottle poured into 250ml Heineken glass

A: Pours near black. Hints of dark brown hue around the edges but otherwise opaque. Thin brown to dark brown head, minimal retention and thinnish lacing.

S: Dark chocolate/coffee and strong vanilla tones come through. Almost like a chocolate milkshake. Love it. My type of stout aroma.

T: More balanced than the smell. Vanilla still prominent, but dark chocolate (perhaps even roasted coffee) also features. Certainly a lot more bitter than what the aroma suggests. Slight alcoholic back end but mostly muted despite the 6.5%.

M: Moderately viscous but not oil thick. Good for this style.

D: I'd get it over and over again, very drinkable for a 6.5% stout and overall a solid beer.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola-brown, with the colour only visible at the edges once in the glass. Slightly pink-tinged beige head that dissipates to leave deliciously thick lines of lacing around the glass. Steady carbonation is visible. Looks alright, could be better.

Nose is quite delicious, with the aroma detectable during the pour, nice and strong. Sweet cocoa-rich chocolate on the nose with a decent milkiness to it. Can't get any distinct vanilla because it's lost in the sweet mélange presented to me. Toasted grain, sweet corn/rice on there, with light caramelisation, cream and cinnamon. Very tasty, hearty and sexy fragrance.

Taste leands more heavily on the cocoa side and as a result is more bitter. Starts with that sweet character with caramel, vanilla and some lightly toasted bread notes, then cocoa takes over, imparting a strong, robust unsweetened chocolate flavour for the mid which is rich and earthy. Finish lets the sweetness trail off and bitterness abounds, with a light ashy flavour late, notes of spent coffee and tobacco on there. Particularly prominent on the aftertaste, and I'm finding a very slight watery gap late on the finish before that bitterness takes over. From my nose expectations I'm disappointed but despire its faults this is a fairly tasty stout.

Feel is smooth with a little bubbliness as it goes down. Perfect viscosity coats your mouth.

Definitely a good one to drink. At 6.5% it can almost pass for sessionable, and the doses of bitter and sweet are balanced enough to keep you coming back. Look forward to trying this on tap at the Moose and Mountie spectapular at the Local Taphouse in a couple of weeks.

Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,255 ratings.