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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 150
Gots: 143 | 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 largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by nickd717. Been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours dark but clear brown, almost opaque in the glass. The small tan head disappeared pretty quickly, settling to a thin disc.

The aroma has a massive vanilla and chocolate presence, almost to the point of having no identifiable beer character. It's nicely done, though quite rich.

The taste is sweet up front, with big vanilla and chocolate flavors complementing the roasty, rich malt backbone. There's a fair amount of bitterness to contrast the vanilla and chocolate, but this is still pretty decadent and dessert-like. The body felt a touch thin to me, medium-light, but that may be because I was drinking bigger stouts before this. Quite good.

Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I found this today,I havent had a real earth shattering brew in awhile,this fit the bill.Poured a near jet black with only a slight hint of ruby showing thru when held up to the glass,a frothy mocha colored head atop.Deep cocoa in the nose,the vanilla takes a backseat but is there,a decent amount of roast shows up as well.Perfect mouthfeel,it almost feels like its nitrogen dispensed,just as creamy and smooth as all get out.Flavors are big on the coholate/vanilla but not to sweet due to a nice earthy dryness that hits late.A damn fine stout,easy to drink with its creamy feel and rich flavors,one of the better beers I have had in some time.

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

Appearance: Pours out an inky black body with an inch of dense tan-colored foam.

Smell: Oh my! What we have here is a rather vivid chocolate-scented aroma akin to cramming your nose up to a bowl of chocolate cupcake mix. Also, there's some good notes of roasted grains and split vanilla bean pods.

Taste: Flowing roasty, coffee-toned maltiness along with tastes of vanilla bean, unsweetened chocolate, and even dark chocolate. Moderate sweetness. Light touch of dried dark fruit. It's got a nice spicy component akin to putting a bit of nutmeg on one's tongue. Drying finish with a dusting of spice and final hints of cocoa and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A mellow, pleasant sweet treat of a stout that's in the same vein as Southern Tier's Choklat, though presented with a far more subtler touch.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

beautiful brew here from du ciel. expert use of vanilla and cocoa nibs in this stout, rich yet drinkable, never cloying, and as authentic as it comes as far as the additives are concerned. the nose on it is amazing, fresh vanilla beans, seeds scraped clean from the pod, and bitter roasted barley and dark chocolate malt. the flavor is the same, but the layers impress me most. coffee is subtle, not even in the beer, but i taste it. the cocoa is earthy and bittersweet, but it comes first, than the vanilla as it moves toward the finish, but at the end, it tastes like stout. rich, well made, creamy delicious stout. the additives are not dominant but complimentary, a fine balance. the feel is great too, velvety smooth and luscious on the palate, coating but not sugary or heavy. not a ton of carbonation, but it doesnt need more than what it has. an excellent beer worthy of the highest praise. another thing i love about this, and all of their beer really, is how affordable it is. five or six bucks a bottle for beer of this quality is incredibly fair. so many other breweries would brutally overcharge for beer this good. well done all around.

Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I grabbed a 341ml single bottle of this at the depanneur around the corner from Dieu Du Ciel, after an afternoon of sampling their draft offerings, as this wasn't available as one at the time last summer. Now, as the weather turns from summer to fall in the space of 48 hours, it feels like it's time to crack this souvenir open.

This beer pours a mostly opaque black, with slight mahogany highlights at the edges, and two flabby fingers or so of puffy, broadly bubbly, creamy beige head, which leaves a smattering of thin porous cloud lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of strong black coffee and the necessary cream, powdery milk chocolate, marshmallows, mildly roasted caramel malt, and an unloved earthy hoppiness. The taste is dry-roasted chocolate malt, bittersweet coffee, somewhat sugary vanilla pods, a strangely astringent twinge of mildly boozy wood, and some indistinct earthy hops.

The carbonation is rather fair and wan, the body conversely big, full in weight, and silky smooth. It finishes quite pointedly off-dry, the slightly smoky coffee essence lingering like an abandoned detritus-strewn table in a Montreal cafe.

This is a stellar, solid stout, nicely flavoured with cocoa and vanilla, and never too sweet. There's not really much more to say, other than, très magnifique!

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%

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 JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured with a small head of dark tan foam that lingers indefinitely on to of the beer. The body is black and opaque.

S - dark chocolate and vanilla dominate with some coffee and nutty caramel in the background.

T - smooth coffee up front with nutty toffee and caramel coming out in the middle. Bittersweet chocolate and lots of vanilla wash over the palate in the finish and the sweetness lingers on the palate like a dessert.

M - medium thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - the underlying beer is obviously fairly complex, but the chocolate and vanilla completely dominate. This is a perfect desert beer and despite its sweetness it doesn't become cloying like so many other chocolate stouts do.

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dense black, with a finger of creamy milk chocolate colored head. This retains with a very nice looking flare-up, which leaves some heavy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is an even mix of light and dark, with the sweetness of the vanilla playing off against those deep roasted chocolate accents. I'm getting just a touch of citric hops being present, as well as a bit of a "husk" smell from the cocoa nibs that this sat on. Underlying warmth gives this some thickness in the nostrils.

The taste is rich with bitter chocolate and roasted malts, with a moderate amount of lightly spicy hop activity giving this some extra zip on the tongue. Just enough vanilla flavor blooms out across the back of the palate to help balance out some of darker flavors here but it isn't overdone by any means. This finishes with a strong dry and roasty feel, as well as just a smidge of leftover spice from the hops. The mouthfeel sits with a heavier medium bodied feel in the mouth but retains a relatively mellow easiness to the carbonation. There is some warmth in the back of the throat after each sip but I do think that this could stand to use just a bit more beef to the body.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

Poured into oversized DFH snifter

A: Pitch black color with dark brown almost black head of about 1 finger that fades semi quickly

N: Lots of oatmeal and dark roasted malts and tons of chocolate, a touch of oak and vanilla and some coffee

T: Wow! Starts with lots roasted malts and coffee, some chocolate, touch of oak and vanilla, creamy and rich, some rich dark fruits hit towards the end with a bitterness, theres so much going on, very slight alcohol, its very smooth

M: Thick and creamy with perfect carbonation, coats the whole mouth

F: It finishes slightly sweet that dries very quickly and leaves a slight chocolate and coffee bitterness on the tongue, makes me think of a chocolate milk with some coffee in it

Final thoughts: This is a very rich and complex beer with lots of roasted malts and coffee, chocolate, oak and vanilla, as well as some deep rich fruit that surprises you, very light alcohol taste and makes my mouth water quite a bit. I think this will age very well also. All the flavors are blended pretty well and I think aging it will just round it off even more. I'll have to cellar a few of them.

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Goebbels in Wichita

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of mocha/brown colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Cocoa & a touch of iron, grows stronger as this warms, plus nice vanilla

T: Dark chcolate, iron, a touch of wet charred grains up front. Dryness, a bit of coffee, plus more dark chocolate, plus some herbal hops as this warms. Finishes dry with dark chocolate & with woody & herbal hops, plus vanilla

MF: Rich, silky & smooth with medium body

Great drinkability, this is a tasty stout in it own right, must try more beers from these guys...Only thing I didn't like about this beer was the price, about $5.50 for a single

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #300! Big thanks to papat444 (via grub) for sending a few bottles of this my way. Served in my FOBAB taster.

A - Huge three-fingered mocha foam with excellent retention and some glass-coating lacing. Pitch black, with a hint of brown at the fringes of the glass. This is what a single stout should look like.

S - Loads of bittersweet chocolate, roasty malts, a touch of leather, vanilla bean, and caramel. Awesome stuff - hard to imagine this much flavor is packed into a 6.5% brew.

T - Taste is a little more understated, with lots of roastiness, chocolate, and maybe a bit of wood/barrel flavor at the back end. The bottle mentions bourbon as one of the smells, but it doesn't smell/taste like a barrel-aged beer other than the dry woody notes. A mix of roast bitterness and wood in the aftertaste.

M - The body is a little thinner than I like, verging on the lighter side of medium. There's tons of residual stickiness and mild carbonation, and it's super smooth. I just wish there was more body to this one.

D - Damn - my 6oz pour went like nothing. This is super drinkable stuff, and the only thing impeding session status is the strong roast bitterness in the aftertaste.

Awesome stuff - can't way to see "Aphrodite" in stores in the US.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -5%

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

Peche Mortel's retarded little sister. Just kidding, it's a good beer.

Beer is black and dark with a thin tan head that halos quickly leaving minimal lacing under low carbonation.

Aroma is sweeter than Peche Mortel, more vanilla, more sweetness, less coffee.

Beer is medium body, sweet up front, moderate bitterness at the back of the beer, the midpalate has some vanilla and more sweetness. I'd have it again, my wife loves this beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brasserie Dieu du ciel Aphrodite

Cast in ebony shades, with a great helping of creamy brown head up on top.

Aroma: vanilla hits first, then the cocoa, a lovely mix.

Taste :Mmmm,now, here's a chocolate stout! Vanilla bean, cocoa beans, all add up to deliciousness. Might be a touch too much on the sweet side for some...(even even me)...it's a well-integrated, rounded, balanced mesh of flavors,though, and it really delivers. A little astringent at the back of the throat, though...Ends chalky and rough, then dry.

All in all, though, yum. I continue to be amazed by these guys.

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at ChurchKey in DC today, 3/10/10.

a - Pours a dark brown with about 2 fingers of tan head. Excellent retention.

s - Smells strongly of cocoa chocolate. Also smells of vanilla, roasted malts, and a little bit of coffee.

t - The first taste to jump out is chocolate once again. It's a little bitter, but not too bitter. Also tastes of vanilla and roasted malts.

m - Very smooth and creamy. No carbonation and light to medium body. Extremely easy to drink and very light for a stout.

d - Overall I really enjoyed this stout. Big chocolate and vanilla smell and taste and the combo is perfect in this beer. The 6.5% ABV helps make it smooth and creamy; it is very easy to drink. I would definitely have this again and will be looking to get some more.

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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

The beer pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! It has a rich, chocolatey scent with hints of vanilla. It's damn sweet smelling and highly addictive. The taste is great as well. It has a dry, roasted flavor with lots of cocoa character and a bit of vanilla in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It s a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine chocolate stout. I'm a big fan of these guys. What an exceptional lineup of beers.

Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,271 ratings.