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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 131
Gots: 112 | 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 Shadman

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
Photo of scottg


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
Photo of papat444

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
Photo of cleeze


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
Photo of steve8robin


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
Photo of niangelo

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

A: This beer pours a deep dark opaque brown with a one finger of light brown head. Head recedes rapidly leaving spotty lacing all over the glass.

S: Nose is of serious vanilla, cream, and cocoa

T: Taste starts with a healthy dose of cocoa, lending in to a blended cream and vanilla presence. Finish is of coffee. In most beers with a vanilla hint, it's far too sharp. Balancing and enhancing the vanilla taste is very well done in this beer.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy body with a slick sticky finish.

D: This is the first beer brewed with vanilla that I truly enjoyed. Well blended, and balanced. Goes down easily, very tasty. That said, this isn't a sessionable beer but most certainly one to sit and enjoy A pint.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 04:21:28 | More by Jayli
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: balck in color with a 2" fluffy tan colored head. The head lasts for a while before becoming a thick surface foam.

Smell: roasted malts and vanilla create a pleasant aroma.

Taste: big vanilla flavor here with roasted malt sweetness, prunes, hint of coffee, and a nice bitterness. There is a hint of earthiness to this brew.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start, creamy and smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer has a great flavor profile and is very easy to drink. Several can be had in a session. Worth seeking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 12:48:08 | More by Gavage
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3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

odd 11.5oz bottle. labeled as "aphrodite" but reviewed here as the site asks. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours a black colored body with a tightly knit khaki colored head. rings of lacing left after each sip.

S- lots of chocolate. slight vanilla. a little bit of dark roasted malts. very sweet.

T- the roasted malts come through stronger in the taste than in the nose. tons of dark chocolate. a little bit of vanilla. i was expecting more. bitter coffee in the finish.

M- full bodied. bitter and dry aftertaste. the carbonation seems a bit high for this one.

D- this kind of seems like a novelty beer. it looks and smells great, but the taste is kind of a let down. something i doubt ill pick up again. glad i got to try it though.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 04:07:53 | More by jwinship83
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labled Aphrodite...

Pours a deep dark black with stiff tan colored head. Minimal retention but decent lacing. Smell is of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasted grains. Taste follows scent with dark chocolate up front with a nice bitterness, vanilla and oak in the rear with a overall roasted grain background. Not terribly complex and better as it reaches room temperature. Feels a tad thinner and not as creamy or silky as I had hoped. Overall decent tasting brew, but for double the cost of a FBS and the same price as a KBS, not nearly in their class like the Peche Mortel manages to do.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 14:54:10 | More by rfgetz
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small tan colored head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla. Smells like a great dessert.

Lots of sweet chocolate and tons of vanilla are present in the flavor. Lots of roasted malt and bitterness from it in the background. There is a hint of fruitiness in the background also. Lots of great flavors.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Pleasant level of carbonation. A very easy drinking beer. Not quite on the level of Peche Mortel, but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:51:04 | More by hckyfn9999
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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours deep black with a light cream and mocha head

light cocoa and light coffee, a bit faint for what i expected.

light chocolate up front through the finish. light roasted malts with a bit of a charcoal flavor. semi sweet and light hints of coffee. light vanilla

fairly full with nice carbonation, a tad but much but overall decent.

not bad.... could use more cocoa. i expected a bit more but enjoyed it. its hard not to compare to peche mortel which blows this away.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 01:47:08 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of baggio


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


A: Dark brown with a small beige head.

S: Vanilla, Milkchocolate, Coffee latte, Dark caramel.

T: Roasted malts, Vanilla, Milkchocolate, Dark caramel, Coffe latte.

M: Extremely balanced beer with a quite thin body.

The perfect dessertbeer? Very nice. Only downside is the rather thin body.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 13:56:18 | More by baggio
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3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at State Line to see what the fuss is all about.

In my Duvel glass, Aphrodite sits black with no discernible highlights. A dense, brown head caps the beer, leaving some lacework.
The nose is decent, with a blend of vanilla, cream and cocoa that's more along the lines of a hot chocolate mix than pure cocoa. The cocoa character seems a little whelmed by the vanilla, but not terribly, and this just makes this more milk shake like. While a little roast is noticeable, as is some burnt toast, this is a touch unbalanced.
The flavors open with some vanilla sugar with burnt caramel, followed by some cocoa. While the vanilla is strong to the point that it's a fault, it's not as obscene as, say, ST Creme Brulee or Vanilla Bean Dark Lord. The vanilla sweetness does get to be a bit much after a while, and the mild cocoa bitterness and roasted malt character doesn't really counter it too well. The base stout characteristics are washed out. The beer finishes pretty well, long with a blend of vanilla sweetness and burnt malt and cocoa bitterness. Medium light in body with a fairly high level of carbonation, this is decent on the palate. While I'm drinking my bottle, I doubt I will go back to this.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 06:03:42 | More by DefenCorps
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Pours as dark as any beer I've seen, opaque in the glass with a thick finger of mocha coloured head on top. Good retention and a sheet of lacing.

Smells mostly of dark chocolate, but vanilla is certainly notable. Some faint roasted aroma, but it is dominated by the dark chocolate. Certainly inviting.

Rich, and chocolatey, with a certain astringency to the back half of the mouth. Vanilla seems to be a little subdued in this bottle, which suits me fine, as I definitely prefer the chocolate flavour. Really nice.

Very smooth and full bodied, almost creamy. Just the slight sharpness to it at the finish, but that only takes a little away.

This bottle certainly pleased me more than the rest I had from this six pack. I wonder if even more time would make me like this beer even more.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 03:44:36 | More by elricorico
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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a two-finger brown head into my glass. Nice presentation so far.

Vanilla and cream peek out in the nose with a hint of cocoa as well. Very nice so far.

Taste is nice and creamy with a good amount of vanilla in the middle followed by cocoa and a hint of coffee as well.

Mouthfeel is very slick and full of strong cocoa and coffee aftertastes. Almost a bit too strong and nearly unpleasant.

Something should be dialed back on this beer and I can't figure out exactly what it is. Carbonation is an issue and of course, one of the aftertastes. Drinkable but you can do better.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 02:23:48 | More by Brad007
Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.