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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 590
Hads: 1,481
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 176
Gots: 203 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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

Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.
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Photo of bret27
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of myself.

S: Roasty, chocolate, woody

A: Black w/drk brown head

T: Very smooth. Chocolate, toffee, licorice, vanilla, little roastiness just for balance.

M/D: Extremely slick and smooth, little grainy/gritty. No etoh presence, very drinkable.

Overall: Very delicious and smooth. Could drink this all day. Very tasty and complex without being a huge boozy imperial stout.

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Photo of Fux
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque, very very dark brown, almost black. Thin dark head with quite a low retention.

S: Woh! Wonderful. All the advertised aromas are there: coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Nothing overpowering. This is very well balanced. Alcohol is also present here.

T: This is mainly coffee, dark chocolate. Faint notes of vanilla. Finishes dry with a mocha aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, a bit oily, perfect for the style.

O: A very good stout. Do not expect something explosive or aggressive, here. This is all in sweetness and faint subtle touches !

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with minimal off white head that fades quickly.

Lots of roast up front with a wonderful balance of chocolate and vanilla sugar behind it.

The taste is more of the same, though not quite as intense as the aroma.

This is a relatively light bodied beer. Typically chocolate and vanilla stouts are big heavy sweet monsters but this one is much lighter on the palate and what it lacks in punch it makes up for in drinkability.

Overall a very flavorful stout that is easy to drink, definitely worth checking out as a different take on the flavored stout.

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Photo of timiskin
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, opaque actually. Good head with poor retention.

S: Malty, with strong chocolate tones.

T: Very smooth, easily drinkable. Strong chocolate off the start with the vanilla coming through to the finish.

M: very smooth.

Overall, an exceptional stout. Not a chocolate or vanilla monster but very well balanced. Sessionable and delicious.

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Photo of garbercury
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lunch for the generous extra in trade!

Love this beer, really awesome. Until recently not really available readily in US...

Served in Unibroue snifter for full effect.

A--Deep mahogany, some lacing.

S--Coffee is dominant, dark chocolate. The smell of dark chocolate brownie.

T--This is where you can taste the vanilla incorporated into the brew. Coffee, chocolate are intertwined. This beer tastes really awesome!

S--Pretty silky mouthfeel.

D--I mentioned that I love this beer, so tasty and flavorful without being overbearing or cloying. Just enough flavor to give it some real character but not enough to overtake the stout. Nice!!! Highly recommmended.

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Photo of trippytbta
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into snifter

A: pours black with brown/tan head

S: roasted malts and a little vanilla

T: first taste is cocoa and roasted malts. Then comes hints of vanilla.

M: kind of thin, even tho the brew looks intense

Overall: a good stout. Easy to drink. Worth a try

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Photo of afausser
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one on the way back from the Southampton release at Capone's--great place and I wish it were closer!

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, opaque and almost pitch black, save for light brown swirls down the side of the glass. A finger of fluffy mocha head sits ever so gently on top of the brew, making it look almost fake--it could be a food photographer's dream. Beautiful head retention and lacing--the head doesn't go away for nearly the entire time I'm drinking it.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, and cream stand out in the nose. Its incredibly smooth smelling. Roasted malt notes blend nicely with vanilla. There's also a hint of bourbon which adds a nice spice--when agitated it definitely jumps out a bit.

Taste: Very chocolatey. Like having cocoa powder, vanilla, and chocolate syrup in the same beer, blended with roasted coffee and malt notes as well as the slightest hint of smoke. I'm definitely also getting raspberry syrup from this one. Finishes slightly burnt and with hops taste. As it warms, the bourbon becomes more prominent, though there's not even a slight hint of heat.

Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is amazing, but its also on nitro tap. Couldn't possibly be smoother. Crisp and medium bodied with light but dense carbonation, and yet still manages to be so smooth and creamy. So I'll give this one a 5 with a disclaimer that its on nitro, but it still serves as an example of one of the better mouthfeels I've had.

Drinkability: Sooo drinkable. This may be the smoothest beer I've ever had (and if not, it's certainly up there!), with a complex blend of flavors, wonderful mouthfeel, beautiful appearance, and hardly and alcohol evident. Delicious.

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Photo of drewba
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - deep dark black with a one finger khaki head. Dissipates down to nothing with a tiny bit of lacing.

S - Smells good, but not terribly exciting. Plenty of chocolate, coffee and smoke and a hint of vanilla. A little lemony metallic tinge near the end.

T - These flavors are incredible; the chocolate and coffee are creating a perfect mocha blend, the vanilla beans pop, and the smoke helps round the flavors out. After this warms up a bit, you can detect tiny bits of licorice and raisin, but they're really overpowered by everything else. This is a shining example of a marriage of flavors. Everything is balanced, complex and highly flavorful. For me, the chocolate, vanilla combo is whats working the best, the flavors compliment so well, but shine on their own. My mind is blown.

M - medium bodied with low ish carbonation, but it's silky smooth; actually reminds me of cold coffee.

D - I'd add this to my coffee in the morning if I had another bottle. So tasty, so drinkable.

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Photo of mcintire78
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Deep brown to black with a lot of head, which dissipates slowly. Very little carbonation.

s: Strong smell of coffee with a slight whiff of alcohol.

t: Roasted malts, with lesser chocolate and coffee flavors.

m: Strong carbonation up front.

o: A very good sweet stout, if a little high on alcohol at 6.5%. More balanced than a lot of other beers in this category.

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Photo of mfunk9786
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An absolutely delicious dessert beer, and one of my favorites from my favorite brewpub in the world.

A: Pours a nice jet black with a khaki head that doesn't take up too much space but certainly makes itself known. Doesn't pour all that thick, but looks great in the glass.

S: Smells very nice. The chocolate and vanilla dominate here, but there's a roastiness that's missing from the party. But who can complain when you're dealing with a beer that smells this good?

T: The most wonderful black and white milkshake flavor, I don't know how Dieu du Ciel achieved this gorgeous flavor (I have the same flabbergasted feeling drinking one of these that I do drinking Southern Tier's... well, anything they make). A quick look at the ingredients begins to give me an idea (how pure of them... "water, malt, cocoa beans, hops, vanilla beans") and by gum, they make every ingredient count.

M: Smooth without being flat. Sort of like a great chocolate soda at a '50s restaurant.

D: And like that aforementioned beverage, this goes down nice and smooth.

Please oh please, buy this beer and other Dieu du Ciel brews if you're in Quebec. You'll be glad you did - it usually costs $6-8 per bottle here in the U.S. for a Dieu du Ciel brew, but it's only, in the case of Aphrodisiaque, $12 for a six pack (so beautifully packaged in boxes with great artwork) in Montreal. Buy buy buy.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Jet black. Deep chocolate colored 1 finger head.

S: Rich espresso and milk chocolate. Slight maple syrup vibe.

T: Coffee, Espresso, slight dark chocolate finish. No Vanilla taste what so ever.

M: Thick but as thick as it should be for the style. Dry like an Irish dry stout.

O: Its just an ok coffee stout without any vanilla flavor. Sad that they advertise something one can't taste. Good beer would rate higher but must deduct due to lack of vanilla flavor.

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Photo of potownbill
3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very differeint with an overpowering Vanilla taste
Appearance: Black. Dark tan head that left a nice lacing on the top of the glass
Smell: Lots of promise. Roasted Malts, hint of vanilla, dark coffee, very stout like
Taste: This is where this beer lost me. Overpowering vanilla flavor, burying the roasted malt flavor. Mouthfeel: Almost chalky.
Drinkability: Got tired of the taste after the third sip.

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Photo of squaremile
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a near black, small light tan head that dissipates. Smell is faint vanilla and roasted almonds. Flavor is vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and butterscotch. Lovely (like the label)! Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Very sweet, vanilla is the dominant flavor but it is not overpowering, and the others are a nice balance. This is a great dessert beer.

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Photo of BZero007
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from The Wine and Cheese Shop!

Poured a extremly Void of Light Color which made everyone happy. The head formations was great and of a Chocolate brown color. The armoa to me was a bit minimal even with the great head formation. The taste was not boozy at all which is not a bad thing but was hard to detect the Bourbon. The Vanilla was there in the background helping to push the roasted and bourbon flavor to the front. The body was not to thin nor thick, but just right for a 6% brew. This would be a great session brew. It was also a crowed pleaser on NYE.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip glass. deep dark brown like motor oil, minimal effervescenewith ample off white head and persistent sticky lacing. smells strongly of cocoa, roasted malts, bread, leather and smoke. taste sweet malts forward followed by bittersweet cocoa, hint of smoke and coffee and ultimately clean dry finish. medium bodied - a little lighter than i expected but overall quite good.
Great beer - if you enjoy peche mortal or rigor mortis - you will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Tele
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: 4.25 Dark black, pours thick with a small, tan head that leaves quickly.

S: 4.25 Roasted malt and coffee with lots of vanilla and a bit of caramel.

T: 3.5 Not quite as nice as the nose. Mostly roasted malt bitterness and a good dose of vanilla. Bittersweet chocolate at the end.

M: 3.5 Looks viscous on the pour, but actually a little thin.

O: 3.75 Looks and smells great, but not as good as I was hoping. Taste and mouth feel are lacking. Definitely prefer peche mortel.

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Photo of scifan
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as an extra in a trade with sirsyphco. Thanks again.
Poured into a tulip glass. Jet black with a nice fluffy brown head that settles down quickly leaving some lacing along the glass. Smells incredible, there's lots going on here. Chocolate and vanilla blend together beautifully, but the vanilla might get a slight edge. There's also a bit of some roasted malts in the background. Taste almost as good as it smells. Vanilla hits the palate first but a good dose of chocolate is there to help balance. There's some roasted malt in the middle with a sweet finish. Has a slightly thin mouthfeel and that is its only flaw. Wish it more just a touch thicker and creamy. All in all a great beer that I will try and find again.

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Photo of dismal
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a good sized light tan head. The head slowly reduces but retains a good size for quite some time. Though the head looks nice has good retention it leaves little to no lacing. The smell has a good roasted malt aroma with coffee and chocolate present. Pretty strong smell, I knew from the smell alone I would like this beer. The taste is roasted malts up front and a nice lingering sweet chocolate. The coffee taste doesn't come for me until later and is strong in the aftertaste. There is a little vanilla but to me it's barely in the smell or taste but it is hidden there. The mouthfeel is great for the style, a little thick but creamy as well. The ABV on this one is good, it's not staggering and that's good with all these high ABV stouts these days. That being said I could drink this one all day. I'll pick it up again but not much of it as it's a bit pricey for a 12oz bottle but I'll pick a couple more up just to have when I want a good stout.

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Photo of mikul93
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a nice 1 finger mocha head.

S chocolate, vanilla and roast.

T Chocolate and vanilla with some coffee. Delicious beer!

M Creamy and smooth. Such a nice beer

O Loved this beer! The balance between the cocoa and the vanilla. Just outstanding.

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Photo of Otterburn
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grab this au dépanneur..

poured into a pint. pitch black brew with small moka head, left some laces.. I cannot see carb..

Smell: roasted, burnt, smoky, malty, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, some alcool..

Taste: its a stout, with special features..
you got the burnt malt, some smoky, the vanilla is present in a nice way. you got hop and a long after-taste of chocolate bitterness,coffee as well. very rich flavors here.

Mf: medium thickness. medium carbonation
it is a full body stout.

Drinkability: at first at tought it was a bit strong and strange but I realised that it went down pretty fine. so drinkability is good

perfect autumn brew!

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a thick dark brown, almost black with a mocha colored halo and a miniscule layer of foam capping the surface but does not have much retention and minimal lacing. The smell is roasted coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. The roasted coffee hits the palate first, followed by creamy, sweet chocolate and vanilla then a bitter, somewhat dry finish. The malt gives this beer a full, rounded body with a creamy mouthfeel. Aphrodite makes for a great cold weather dessert beer.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #100 for me on here!

It pours like less viscous molasses, but looks just as dark and thick. The head is massive! It couldn't be poured all at once, not by a long shot. It's very thick and creamy on top, and more bubbly underneath. It lasts forever, with peaks, lumps, holes, and gaps forming in it along the way. It laces pretty well on the way down.

The smell is like sharp dark chocolate with that alcoholic vanilla. Some rye bread & molasses is also there.

At first, I taste more coffee than anything else. It has the flavour of chocolate-covered espresso beans. It reminds me a bit of Old Rasputin, or stronger beers, without as much alcohol. The vanilla and bourbon flavours in it give the illusion of a higher abv, though.

It's a little more watery than the appearance would lead you to believe. The finish is a little chewy, and not very dry.

Overall, a complex and great sippin' beer! Pretty impressive.

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Photo of thebeers
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with an extremely thin tan-colored head that leaves a ring around the glass. Roasted malts and bakers chocolate dominate the aroma. The flavor is sharply roasted up front, with vanilla in the middle, and hop bitterness in the aftertaste. There's no sweetness to this at all, yet it remains fairly well balanced -- the vanilla addition is a nice touch. Medium bodied with strong carbonation, despite the lack of head. Another great one from Dieu du Ciel.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Black with a light tan head that fizzles pretty quick but lingers to the sides.

S - Chocolate is in the forefront with the vanilla coming up behind and enhancing it more. The combo almost smells bitter coffeeish. Some roasted malt, but a full robust smell.

T - Chocolate is nice and smooth, with that vanilla coming in behind and enhancing the richness. Malt is a little lacking in the back but present.

M - Not terribly heavy. Kind of light in the backend and easy drinking. Carbonation a smidge high than I like for stouts, but nothing too distracting.

O - Good solid stout and full of flavor. Drink near room temperature, cold can take alot out of the flavor of this beer. Great after dinner beer.

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Photo of dqrull
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark liquid with a creamy nicely tan head.

Smells of overwhelming cocoa, some vanilla, chocolate cake and light roasted notes.

Taste is bitter cocoa along with sweet faint vanilla and some light roasted cofee, not much more, yummy but pretty one-dimensional.

Light but creamy mouthfeel, really creamy carbonation.

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
93 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.