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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,182
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 139
Gots: 128 | 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)
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4/5  rDev -5%

jayhunter357, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Jet black; 1/2 finger head
S: Smells just like chocolate ice cream
T: Chocolate, coffee, a hint of vanilla
M: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, but comes across a bit watery as well
O: Definitely a solid beer. I did not find it as sweet as some have mentioned

ONUMello, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Goliath
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a thin layer of head on top that quickly dissipates.

the aroma is nice. Dark malts provide notes of chocolate and coffee and they are quickly accompanied by some sweet notes of vanilla.

The taste follows suit with the nose. Notes of chocolate, coffee and a touch of vanilla do the builk of the work.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an average dose of carbonation.

Drinkability is relatively high. The flavors are pleasing and the ABV is easily managed making for a well constructed and easy drinking pleaser.

Goliath, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of NightINgale
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark, opaque brown body, with a rich brown head. Decent head retention and some lacing going on.

S- Very defined chocolate notes, as well as vanilla, roasted malts, and maybe some dark fruits.

T- Hits you with sweet chocolate and vanilla notes at first, then you feel the roastiness of the malts. Finishes with nice, lingering sweetness and a roasted feel on the palate. Overall, this tastes like a dry stout with loads more flavour and sweetness, but the sweetness isn't overwhelming.

M- Medium body, low carbonation. very smooth mouthfeel to it.

D- Quite drinkable, but I'd advise to enjoy this beer in moderation. A true sipper, indeed! Another amazing DDC brew!

NightINgale, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of ThickNStout
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.5oz (341mL) bottle from La Duchesse D'Aiguillon (Quebec City). 11.99/ 6 pack. Damn these duel 1-10 notches, no clue when "4&6" was bottled. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours very dark brown with a quarter finger pale tan head. Small points of lace.

Smells of chocolate, roast malts and faint vanilla.

Taste follows the nose. Plenty of bittetsweet cocoa, roasty malts, vanilla cream, mild coffee and leather. Nice blend of cocoa and vanilla.

Lighter side of medium body with fairly light carbonation. Long bittersweet cocoa finish with hints of the vanilla still peeking through.

Not as robust as the other couple stouts I've had from Dieu Du Ciel but this is quite nice. I'm sure glad I brought a 6 pack back from Quebec City but I won't be hunting down any more.

ThickNStout, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. This beer is normally not available in my area, so I have relatively high expectations even though I was slightly disappointed by Peche Mortel last night.

Appearance - Motor oil black with some very slight ruby brown edges. Dark mocha head appears but does not last long and recedes to nothing at all.

Aroma - Vanilla and sweet dark fruitiness domintes the aroma at first. Some subtle chocolate and char form in toward the end, but are not that heavy. Very pleasant overall aroma with nice balance.

Taste - Chocolate and some burnt sugar are the first flavors to hit my tongue. The chocolate flavor is bitter and when mixed with the char leaves a distinct bitter note that travels throughout each sip. Sweet vanilla fades in toward the end and lingers for a bit. Afertaste is a bitter chocolate coating on the tongue. The vanilla flavor does not shine here as much as it did in the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly smooth and crisp, but without any carbonation. Lighter bodied for a stout of such bold flavors.

Drinkability - The ABV does not indicate how much flavor is in this beer. A nice beer to enjoy sipping on all night without ever feeling the effects.

Overall, an incredibly bold and assertive beer for its ABV. Balanced and multi- dimensional without being overpowering. A shining example of how a nice. lighter stout should be made. No sacrifice in flavor here. Highly recommended. My favorite from this brewery that I have had.

Gosox8787, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of dcloeren
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep coffee brown with 2 fingers of creamy cinnamon colored head. Slowly receded into a thin film... no lacing.

Great aromas of cocoa dominate the nose. I feel like I'm smelling a hot chocolate or the inside of a powdered packet of hot chocolate mix. Vanilla notes round out the smell, very well done.

Great cocoa taste upfront with vanilla bean and cream rounding it off. Basically it follows the nose...

Medium to light body with an abundant amount of carbonation. Goes down super easy with a semi sweet aftertaste.

Overall, this was a great bottle my fiance picked out on our trip to Chicago. I wish that this was available to me down here because it would be a staple in my fridge for sure. Great aroma and taste and easy to drink on top of that. The 6.5% is a nice touch as you could easily have a few of these.

dcloeren, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

ksimons, Jun 09, 2014
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.

samie85, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

yeahnatenelson, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Pours black with a nice two finger brown head. The aroma is a nice blend of chocolate and vanilla with some floral/waxy hoppiness underneath. A tad woody and toasty, but I believe that is just how the chocolate notes are projecting themselves.

The flavor is like fried ice cream...a nice toasty maltiness and vanilla make for a nice treat. I have had this once before and thought it tasted like a vanilla beer milkshake, but with a few months on this bottle the vanilla has faded a tad and rounded out the flavor profile nicely.

The body is medium and carbonation is on point for the style. Overall this is a very nice stout, and one of the best ones I can think of that is under 7% ABV.

alcstradamus, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Pecan
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Burkbom23
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Burkbom23, May 31, 2014
Photo of elricorico
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.

elricorico, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown screw cap, no date, really attractive label, one of the cooler ones from BDDC.

Appearance: Black beer, not much in the way of light getting through; dark sandy cap with good retention and some lace rings.

Smell: Big doses of rich, homemade hot chocolate and tons of vanilla cream. Some light roastiness as well. Quite pleaseant overall.

Taste: Smoky roasted malts, coffee, vanilla cream, ultra-dark, rich Belgian chocolate. The smoky/chocolate flavors go together quite well, actually. Fairly big roasty bitterness, but not over-the-top by any means. Hint of earthy black fruit on the finish as this warms. Really a tasty chocolate stout, one of the better ones I've had.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, not bad for the abv though.

Drinkability: Pretty good, though this tastes a lot richer and more full than the abv would suggest

Conclusion: Glad I got to try this; great stout. Right up there with some of the best chocolate stouts.

BedetheVenerable, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev -5%

Hophead717, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of LampertLand
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brassiere Dieu Du Ciel 'Aphrodisiaque' @ 6.5% , served from a lot of 341 ml bottle purchased for $3.75 each

A-pour is almost black from the bottle to glass with a small tan head which is leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-i like , chocolate and

T-so smooth tasting almost chocolate milk with booze , this big tasting stout has a bit complex some resin , slight bitter coffee finish

MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied , a lingering dry smokeyness

Ov-wow , great beer , hard to drink just one , damn , butt worth the good beer buzz !

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Blanco
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Blanco, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Roguer
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, 3/4 finger dark brown head, firm and fizzly. After about a minute, the head is completely gone, leaving a thin dark line around the rim and an oily sheen on the surface. The brew is oily black and viscous. You can still see some bubbling coming up; there's a hint of cherry red highlights peering through. Lacing is short-lived.

Milk and coffee stout aroma: sweet cream, cacao beans, smooth vanilla. Coffee comes across very evenly, with only a small hint of roasted dark beans.

Taste initially follows the nose, with cream and milk notes, but is immediately followed by black roasted coffee, much more like a breakfast stout than the nose implied. Barley, very dark cacao, and just hints of vanilla swirling in the back. Very tasty, extremely smooth, and well balanced.

Good balance, full flavor, and full body. It's a lot chewier than the initial impression, because it's also silkily smooth. Excellent bite paired with a cloying sweetness.

This is a very good to excellent breakfast stout. No real bells and whistles; smooth, sweet, coffee stout, just the way it should be.

Bottle labeled "Aphrodite." Unsure on the bottle date.

Roguer, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Mersh, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of TheRuss9585
4.25/5  rDev +1%

TheRuss9585, May 01, 2013
Photo of Rastacouere
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark like a moonless night. A rich nose of vanilla extract interlaced with white belgian chocolate. Warming and creamy taste, the texture is so nice that you don't want to swallow. Tastingbuds detect chocolate and an eternal Bitterness. Rich and generous just like I want it.

Rastacouere, Dec 09, 2003
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -5%

Houser, Mar 24, 2014
Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,182 ratings.