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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,076
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 129
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 andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Two finger creamy looking mocha colored head. The body is perfectly black.

The aroma is heavy with the vanilla with notes of toffee and chocolate. This smells nice and sweet. Yum.

The flavor starts out with a nice dose of sweet vanilla, and follows with nice bitter roasted flavor to dry it out. Nice balance.

The mouthfeel is on the light to medium side with a good crisp carbonation.

This is really delicious. I've come to expect super high quality from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 03:39:28 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of jondeelee


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

With ingredients like "water, malt, cocoa beans, hops, vanilla beans," a stout could go either way: tasty, or tasting like a vanilla coke. Luckily, this is Dieu Du Ciel brewery, and the beer is thus in good hands. Aphrodisiaque has a rich, thick and malty nose with quite un-subtle hints of chocolate malts and massive brown sugars, overlaid with a good dollop of pure vanilla. Coffee and maple syrup round out the nose, pointing to a brew that's going to go down easily.

And it does: on the tongue, the beer is extremely flavorful, deeply-roasted chocolate malts dancing nicely with vanilla and cocoa, very much resembling a decadent dessert. These flavors do take a few seconds to ramp up--at first, the brew is almost watery--but when they do kick in, they take over the entire tongue, and keep firing until the end. The aftertaste is more of the same, slowly fading into a chocolate burn. Mouthfeel is quite watery‚ far more so than I was expecting for a stout‚ and carbonation is medium.

If this beer does have a fault, it's that it's a bit too sweet, tasting like a good stout has been poured over rich vanilla bean ice cream. If that's your poison, then give this one a try. If you're more into bitter hops and burnt flavors, you might want to go for something a bit heavier.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 19:25:34 | More by jondeelee
Photo of Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1%

02-21-2014 07:35:17 | More by Erik-P
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
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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!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 03:48:20 | More by TCgoalie
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle from a 6 pack courtesy of my girlfriend. A deep motor oil pour with a gorgeous billowing froth of mocha head. Excellent lace. Nose is a blast of vanilla and dark chocolate, with roast malts and cocoa nibs. The flavour is great. Lots of dark chocolate with an upfront vanilla profile that really works well with the chocolate aspect. A bit of coffee with roasted malts and some cafe mocha. Creamy and very drinkable. Medium body is missing a little something mid palate, but only a minor detraction to this wonderful stout. Thankfully we have 5 more.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 10:59:25 | More by mrmanning
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Quebec (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on May 24, 2009.

A: Dark black. Wow, it is pitch black and looks dense... crazy color. The head is brown and disappear quickly. Big bubbles head.
S: Wow... I can't believe the smell. I get chocolate with hints of vanilla. The smell is of average intensity but it is soooo good!
T: Wow... Intense taste. First, chocolate with vanilla to balance everything. Very good. Roasted malts at the end with some vanilla again.
M: Creamy beer and very rich.
D: I guess I couldn't drink a 6-pack of this without getting sick :) However, the drinkability is very good. The beer goes down very smoothly and it make you feels good. Not a beer to drink in huge quantity, however, but very drinkable nevertheless!

To sum it up... Wow! :) A very good beer, not cheap however but quality and goodness has its price!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 02:23:40 | More by ZorPrime
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3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting. My bottle says "Aphrodite" on it, yet I could find no information regarding a name change, and surprisingly, it wasn't even listed as an alias. I wonder how old this bottle is.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Founders tulip. Beer pours a jet black shade with an extremely thin layer of what can best be simply described as a layer of carbonation. Whatever it is, it definitely does not constitute a "head" or a "crown". The layer is very bubbly, effervescent, and fleeting. This beer has absolutely no legs whatsoever. It doesn't cling to the glass even a little. The nose is very disappointing. There almost isn't one. The bottle's label mentions cocoa and vanilla beans. I don't detect either. Just some faded coffee. The taste is marginally better than the nose, in that I can actually get a grasp of the coffee element. It's not bold by any means, but it's there. Not a lot else going on. The mouthfeel simply isn't what I'd expect from this. It's thin, and despite the visual lack of carbonation on the pour, manages to give off a very tingly feel. On second thought, it's just astringent. This doesn't coat the mouth, and just leaves bitterness behind. I've got a feeling this is an older bottle. I wonder what it'd have been like fresh. I truly believe coffee beers are best enjoyed fresh, despite everyone's insatiable desire to cellar everything called a stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 20:04:05 | More by Retail1LO
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Appearance- dark chocolate black with a thin mocha head. Zero transparency.

Smell- Strong vanilla aromas, chocolate/cocoa, hint of cherry.

Taste- Vanilla and cocoa are predominate flavours. Hint of mocha/coffee taste. Not overly sweet and cocoa leaves pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel and a little on the thin side.

Overall- A nice easy drinking stout by Dieu Du Ciel. Has a good balance of sweet vanilla and bitter chocolate flavours. Very lovely appearance and smoothness. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 02:59:04 | More by leaddog
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5%

02-17-2013 17:33:35 | More by ScaryEd
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-31-2014 03:55:26 | More by Burkbom23
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%

11-15-2011 15:38:00 | More by richbrew
Photo of sukwonee


4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-10-2014 09:13:19 | More by sukwonee
Photo of kaseydad


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 03:42:47 | More by kaseydad
Photo of nanobrew


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-14-2011 20:32:38 | More by nanobrew
Photo of HoppySeb


4/5  rDev -5%

05-30-2014 04:08:30 | More by HoppySeb
Photo of DaveHS


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

A-Deep, dark brown, almost black with a thin, mocha colored head. Reduces to a ring of soapy bubbles.

S-Cocoa powder, vanilla, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans.

T/M-Roasty, full bodied and lush, with big notes of vanilla, coffee and bitter chocolate. Vanilla dominates mid-palate, thinning to a lingering finish. Roasted malts prevent it from ever getting too sweet.

O-A lower ABV alternative to Ballast Point's Victory At Sea. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 02:30:15 | More by DaveHS
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New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours pitch black, with a one inch dark tan head, that leaves behind beautiful lace. Smell is Toffee, vanilla, butterscotch, coffee, and cocoa. Taste is all of that, the most dominant is butterscotch and vanilla. Body is maybe medium, just the right carbonation, a touch dry, and goes down easy. This is very nice, seems bigger than its abv. Nice stout, a bit expensive.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 00:32:19 | More by SawDog505
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3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Microbrasserie La Naufrageur stemmed glass.

The beer pours a nice deep black-brown color, a bit like cola out of the bottle, very opaque with a thin soft caramel colored head, a quick swirl of the glass brings about a better showing with better retention and some spotted lacing. The aroma is very vanilla heavy, quite sweet and does seem a bit artificial, some smooth chocolate is there as well but the vanilla really dominates the nose. The flavors are much more rounded, roasted coffee comes out quite nicely with smooth dark chocolate providing some nice bitterness to counterbalance the sweet vanilla, some rich grain also comes through quite nicely behind the vanilla, it’s fairly simple, not overly complex, but sure to satiate anyone with a sweet tooth. The body is nice, a touch thinner and more carbonated than I anticipated, but it’s by no means cloying and goes down quite smoothly.

Verdict: A nice stout from Dieu du Ciel!. The vanilla is really the star player here and while it comes off a bit artificial, the other supporting elements do enough to provide a bit of balance. This is certainly a great choice for desert or for anyone who has a sweet tooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 20:14:43 | More by kevanb
Photo of Houser


4/5  rDev -5%

03-24-2014 01:07:53 | More by Houser
Photo of JKV96


4.25/5  rDev +1%

02-15-2014 22:02:40 | More by JKV96
Photo of WYVYRN527


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

A:Pours black, almost opaquewith a thin beige head. Some nice lacing, yet only a thin film remains on the surface.

S: Some roasty notes linger behind a wall of chocolae and vanilla. Smells like one of those home made malted milkshakes.

T: Nice, dry and roasy flavors hang out up front, with some coffee notes. Then comes the flavors of bittersweet cocoa and vanilla. It finishes slightly dry with a nice hop character.

M: This is a more medium bodied stout, a bit thinner than I expected it to be.

D: This brewery has yet to dissapoint me. Very smooth and drinkable, this is another unique offering from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 01:02:04 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of ItsBeer4Me


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-13-2013 15:38:14 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Catching up on some more reviews from my notes. 12 oz bottle labeled "Aphrodite." Poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a completely opaque black color with a creamy, one finger, mocha colored head forming. It recedes to a cap of the same color.

S - I really enjoy the nose on this one. Roasted malts, cocoa powder and milk chocolate, and some nice sweet vanilla bean. I really enjoy the natural smelling vanilla aromas here. Some light coffee notes come out as well.

T - Sweet flavors of vanilla, cream, and some caramel come first mivxed with some dark, roasted malts and bitter cocoa powder. Some nice milk chocolate flavors roll around as well. Ever so slight coffee comes out as well mixing nicely.

M - Light to medium bodied beer that is really mostly medium bodied. Just feels a little thin here and there. Moderate carbonation adds nicely.

O - I really liked this one a lot. I really like the natural vanilla smells and flavors. I am constantly impressed with Dieu du Ciel's stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 00:34:33 | More by KAP1356
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-13-2012 22:01:55 | More by sludgegnome
Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,076 ratings.