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Aphrodisiaque | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Popsinc on 06-10-2003

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass after dinner.
Opaque black with a foamy 1/4" mocha colored head that recedes to a thin froth. Leaves ropey lacing.
On the nose there's subtle vanilla and cocoa, roasty malt. There's a milk chocolatey character as it warms up, as well as a hint of dark fruit.
The taste shows bitter dark chocolate and coffee up front, then some roasted malt and a little molasses, and ends with subtle rich vanilla and dryness. It had a pretty nice bitter chocolate/coffee aftertaste that lasts a while after drinking.
Has a soft and velvety texture, ends a little thin.
Smooth and very drinkable, maybe a touch less bitterness on the end would be good.
A very delicate dessert-type beer without being too sweet. I'd like a little more richness out of it for it to be perfect, but for a non-imperial stout it's very full-flavored.

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Photo of regspeir
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 0z. bottle into a standard pint glass
An aggressive pour yielded an opaque black with a huge mocha-colored head which never completely dissapated. Lacing is lasting as well. Nose is not overwhelming - chocolate and vanilla prevail with some traces of roasted malt. Taste is chocolate, vanilla a bready malt flavor and a nice semi-bitter finish with a little alcohol warming. Very creamy and not overly thick mouthfeel. Good carbonation. This is a very tasty sipper and, except for the price, one I will want again.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a thin mocha colored head. The head fades fairly quickly to a thin film across the top. Overall it appears very still like staring into an abyss.

S: It kicks off with a lot of vanilla and coffee. Roasted malts and dark, slightly bitter chocolate come in a bit later. A good aroma for a stout, pretty much what you'd expect.

T: Similar to the aroma, but the vanilla and chocolate are the main players here. Sweet milk chocolate and vanilla are complemented with touches of roasted coffee bean and caramel.

M: Medium bodied with an almost silky feel to it. It is very smooth and lightly carbonated, just enough to move the flavors across the palate.

O: I really enjoyed this stout. I've been a little underwhelmed with this brewery in the past, but they certainly don't disappoint here. I'll definitely be picking this one up again, I actually think I like it better than the peche mortel.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a DFH tulip, pours a beige/brown head atop a deeply dark brown body. Didn't notice the visuals too much, but almost passes the decent test.

The aromas are killer. One of the richest of the bouquets I have *whiffed* in awhile (meaning the intensity is high), with sweet vanilla and coffee notes permeating primarily.

Flavors of dry espresso, vanilla ice cream with vanilla beans, and a touch of mocha. The balance is excellent, everything dovetails just right, and if there were another beer I would compare it with in taste and quality I'd go with Ballast Point's 'Victory at Sea'. But then, I continue drinking... (assessment continued below)

Mouthfeel is indeed thin, with little improvement upon swishing.

Overall, the first half of this is transcendent as an incredibly delicious vanilla stout; the second half becomes not so much tedious as mildly cloying. I think it comes down to the thinner mouthfeel along with the vanilla suddenly and nearly overpowering everything else. Granted, there was a copious amount of drinking prior to this, so I shall purchase again for another whirl as I love the initial impression this brought me.

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Photo of bob3701
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip type glass. Pours black with no light able to shine through, it is said to be unfilter but who could tell. After a fairly hard pour only a small tan head appears and disapates very quickly into a thin ring with very very minor lacing. Strong aroma of chocolate, lesser vanilla and coffee, roasted malt. Big bitter taste of chocolate, hints of vanilla and heavy on roasted malt. Very good. Smooth in the mouth but almost has a grainy texture (which it does not) but not unpleasant. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of cooch69
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I got the Aprodite version of this one. It came in a screw top bottle and poured a deep murky black with the slightest shades of brown on the edges. Small one finger tan head.

Nose is semi-sweet 60% chocolate with some roasty toasty malts. The level of vanilla in the nose and taste comes off as more of a pure vanilla extract rather than anything artificial or fabricated.

Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety. This beer is inbetween a sipper and a session. As the bottle says this should go perfect with deserts of many kinds and I wish that I had a fancy chocolate cake right now.

My first impression on Dieu De Ciel is fairly good and I think I'll be back for some other offerings rather soon. I'm surprised it took me so long to try one of their beer's.

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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 OldIronLungs
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled labeled "Aphrodite" - not sure when the change took place. Poured into a Portsmouth balloon a dark black with a finger of tawny head that clings nicely to the edge of the glass as it quickly fades to a film.

Big chocolate on the nose, a touch of roasted coffee and brown sugar.

A sip is smooth and slightly viscous early on but thinning out through the sip. Some good prickly carbonation. It honestly reminds me a little bit of an egg cream. If you're unfamiliar, an egg cream is chocolate syrup, milk, and soda water. Not a big hop presence as you might expect in an American Stout, definitely a chocolate-forward example.

I think this is going to be a little bit better with some warmth, but the body is a thin overall. I don't get many more dimensions other than the chocolate and a touch of roast. Solid beer, a little underwhelming for the price.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think Dieu Du Ciel might be my favorite foreign craft brewer. Every beer I have had from them has been exceptional. This is a Stout brewed with both cocoa and vanilla beans. Here is my review:

A: Pours extremely dark black. No light penetration whatsoever. Head is dark brown, but dissipates rather quickly. Looks very thick in the glass, but not quite up there with an Imperial Stout.

S/T: The aroma is full of bitter chocolate, coffee, and a woody type character, which is probably the vanilla. Taste is very nice. Lots of bitter, dark chocolate upfront, along with a bitter coffee, roasted malt combo. The vanilla really comes through in the finish. Somewhat woody and sweet. My only complaint is that the finish is a tad too clean. The bitter chocolate and sweet vanilla linger for a little bit, but isn't as lasting or creamy as I would have liked. Not too intense either. Very drinker friendly.

M/D: As far as Stouts go, this is more of a medium bodied brew. Finish is bitter-sweet and relatively clean. Drinkability is great. I think anybody could handle this.

I definetly prefer Peche Mortel to this, but this is still an excellent Stout. Might be one of the best non-Imperial Stouts I have had. The vanilla really adds another dimension to the beer. Well worth seeking this and other Dieu Du Ciel brews out.

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Photo of Aenema
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep, jet black. Very thin, tan head quickly fades away. Dark brown highlights. No lacing.
Smell - Smooth, chocolate, vanilla.
Taste - Roasted malt, chocolate, sweet vanilla, bitter hop backbone. Smooth blend of chocolate and vanilla.
Mouthfeel - Thicker than expected, somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Medium to full-bodied.
Drinkability - Rich and drinkable, but quite filling - a slow sipper.
Overall - Great mix of chocolate and vanilla flavors make this beer stand out. Very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice warm, dark, similar to dark chocolate brown body, with a bit of red around the edges. The healthy two-finger head stays around through a sip or two, and there is still a film of bubbles resting on the body throughout my sipping.

S: Definitely get them there vanilla beans. Some chocolate and roast also present themselves in a lesser way.

T: Starts off with a burst of sweetness, though I can't tell if it's the vanilla or a sort of milk chocolate. The vanilla beans slowly fade as I push the beer around in my mouth, while semi-sweet chocolate and roast notes come to the forefront, though they are never as powerful as the initial blast of flavor. Aftertaste is probably the most bitter part of the beer, with only roast detectable.

M: I find the beer to be slightly over-carbonated for the first second or two, but once the bubbles settle down, there is a lovely silkiness.

O: The stouts I drink these days are about 10% abv on average. When I occasionally try something around 5%, I am generally unhappy with the amount of flavor. While this beer's taste fades a bit and is not as big as a Black Tuesday or Dark Lord, it has a great deal of flavor for 6.5%. On the sweeter side of stouts thanks to the vanilla beans, which is just fine by me. It could be more complex, but it still may be my favorite non-imperial or double stout.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to my bottle, the beer named Aprodite pours pret-ty, pret-ty black with a nice two finger head after a rollicking pour into my snifter. This head is a beige-brown color in which my girlfriend swore she saw a pinkish hue (I don't see it). The lacing is quite sticky and forms a strinking snow covered mountain look.

The smell is lovely with aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla melding together effortlessly. When swirled vigorously in my glass, the roasted malt flavors open up a lot. I pick up other aromas of dark fruits and caramel in the background. There is just enough of a toasted aroma to make this smell a bit like a S'more.

Mmm, the flavor is just as well balanced as the smell. The roasted malt provides just enough bitter astrigency on the sides of my mouth and tip of my tongue to counteract the sweetness of the cocoa and vanilla flavors on the flat of my tongue. Really, the balance between sweet and bitter is just about perfect. The finish of each sip is nicely bittersweet and tastes like a good coffee.

The mouthfeel of Aphrodite is just on the lighter side of medium bodied. The roastiness on the bitter receptors of my palate does a good job of balancing the sweetness on my tongue. The carbonation is low; this is just about perfect for the flavor and body.

Aphrodite is very, very drinkable. I could certainly have a couple of these in a sitting, and it is a beer that I will seek out again. The price is a bit of a deterent, so it is not one that I will buy often, but the quality of the product overpowers the price tag for me.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When pour notice a nice chocolate dark body. The aroma of chocolate and vanilla is present. From the sip the hops are mild but the cocoa bitterness comes through and this is working well with my taste buds.

The hint of vanilla is notice as well although settle in the background but still noticeable and has a velvety smooth finish. A very good worth buying again.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
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

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Photo of uno99
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Born in August 2010, and purchased from my local LCBO. Served at 58 degrees.

A: Poured into my stolen Lucifer glass (the Devil made me do it) Very dark body rests underneath a tiny amount of kahki pant colored head. Not much lacing going on.

S: Very sweet smelling... ALOT of vanilla. Cocoa present as well... The bottle lists cocoa as the third ingredient! More cocoa in this than hops! A little bit of alcohol present.

T: This is certainly a sweet stout. lots of residual sugar and the vanilla and cocoa make it even more present. Hops are much more present than in the nose. Hop bitterness chases the sweet vanilla down the gullet.

M: Coats the pallet in a medium-thick blanket of chocolate and vanilla. A little sticky on the lips. nothing a seasoned stout drinker cant handle.

D: maybe a little too sweet for me to quaff or drink in quantity.

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Photo of Marty30
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz bottle,poured into my Founders snifter,from the cellar at 55 degrees.

A. Very Black body,no light shining through.A one finger khaki colored head that dissapates very quickly.Leaves no lacing behind.

S. Lots of roasted malts come first.Get alot of the cocoa and chocolate.I'm getting some dark fruits in there as well.I don't pick up the vanilla.

T. Taste is alot like the smell,lots of cocoa and a bitter chocolate .Definately getting the vanilla in the taste.Not bad, bitter aftertaste lingers.

M. Kind of thin mouth,very carbonated as I sip this,stings the tounge.Like I said earlier leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Overall pretty decent beer, taste is not bad at all.The bottle says brewed with cocoa and vanilla and that is pretty much what you get.I have had some better American stouts.That being said its worth a try.

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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 Buschyfor3
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in snifter

A: Nearly jet black on the pour, with only flecks of mahogany providing light-colored highlights as the ale escapes the neck of the bottle; mocha colored head swirls and settles about a half finger thick before quickly receding to a patchy "oil slick" on the surface and a thin collar of fine bubbles ringing the edge of the snifter; spots of lacing in the drink down

S: Roasted malt and coffee grounds to the foreground; a dash of bittersweet chocolate; smoky char; an earthy, almost leather-like note on the backend; not picking up any vanilla sweetness/creaminess from the onset - however, once the glass warms, a hint of that promised vanilla begins to express itself; nose definitely opens with greater emphasis on the chocolate and vanilla after about 20 minutes.

T: Palate is much more expressive in all aspect; more roasted flavors on the initial sip - roasted malts; French press coffee with a nice, bitter edge; burnt sugar; some char; sweetness arises in tandem with an initial impression of bittersweet bakers chocolate followed by the flavor of rich fudge brownies and mocha; a dark fruit flavor flashes through as well, but then the vanilla hits with a smooth, creamy sweetness that carries through the middle and underlines the contrast between the roasted and sweet qualities of this stout; finish dries out as a pleasing roasted flavor takes command of the palate, drawing parallels to toasted nuts, espresso and burnt toast.

M: Slick, creamy mouthfeel, with a slightly frothy quality; sufficient carbonation allows to the complex flavors to layer on the palate and linger

O: Another enjoyable stout from Dieu Du Ciel. A pleasing blend of flavors and highly drinkable at 6.5% ABV with no hints of alcohol anywhere on the palate. Better than Peche Mortel? I'm not sure it's even a fair comparison. This is not a coffee stout, but has those nice coffee/chocolate/mocha overtones with a creamy vanilla hint, but is not as bold or robust. Still, one worth checking out if you enjoy solid stouts.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, but not in a glossy Guinness sort of way - this is more of a dull black. Big head. I haven't seen many this big and dense that weren't nitro.

Smells of dark malts. Coffee, chocolate. It's a gritty smell, and dry. Taste first yields typical flavours for a cream stout. It wasn't until the second taste that the cocoa hit me in the middle body of the beer. (yeah, it's cocoa, less refined than chocolate). It was even longer before I picked up the vanilla, but there it was towards the end.

Dry in the mouth, with a taste that lingers kind of sweetly. I could drink this forever.

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

Pours nearly black in color with light brown, lively head. First smell reminded me of cigars (don't ask me why). At second smell it's rich, dark chocolate aroma. Quite spectacular. I want to light a cigar and get some vanilla ice cream (my favorite food combination with stouts) at the same time. Taste is again dark chocolate. It's sweet with a touch of dark bitterness. This is really liquid chocolate in a pint glass. It reminded me of Java Stout I had at Kuhnhenn some years ago except there it was all about coffee.

The more I drink this beer while writing this review, I'm trying to come up with possible dessert combinations. This is such an excellent dessert beer.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and body is substantial. A wonderful beer and a very welcome gift from my friends in Montreal!

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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 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 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 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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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
93 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.