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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 572
Hads: 1,421
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 5.49%
Wants: 166
Gots: 186 | FT: 10
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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 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. (570 characters)

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. (736 characters)

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. (968 characters)

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. (263 characters)

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! (648 characters)

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. (476 characters)

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. (923 characters)

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. (747 characters)

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. (316 characters)

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black as any stout with a small tan head that doesn't stick around too long.

S - Tons of bittersweet chocolate and a touch of sweet malt.

T - Lots of cocoa and vanilla as well as a bit of fruity malt. Tastes like I should drizzle this on ice cream.

M - Smooth and rather thick, not cloying in the least.

O - A very good dessert brew. I would recommend trying, but too expensive for all the time. (409 characters)

Photo of cooler4life
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I started with a rather aggressive pour which resulted in a one finger cream brown head which slowly settles. Color is almost pitch black. Really great lacing and retention along the edges of the glass.

S: Coffee, cocoa, and vanilla galore. I also detect some dark fruit, maybe dried cherries. Heavy on the malt just the way I like it.

T: Oh so smooth. Loaded with the chocolate, malt, vanilla, and coffee flavors. Like drinking melted mocha ice cream out of a waffle cone.

M: Insanely creamy but...lower on the carbonation scale. Medium bodied and ends just slightly dry.

O: I was pleasantly surprised, drinkability is great...now for another sip...wait the bottle is empty! (683 characters)

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. (472 characters)

Photo of cleeze
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with real cocoa and vanilla.

Poured a used motor oil black that was dark as night. Huge 3 finger (pushing 4) foamy tannish head that left some really bad ass lacing.

I really get the fresh baked cookies that someone mentioned before me. Over-whelming chocolate on the nose with loads of vanilla bean up in the mix. Also hints of coffee(they love their coffee,eh) Smells absolutley delicious. Probably my favorite aspect of this brew.

Taste again was over-whelming cocoa. I was hoping for a little more vanilla but deffinitely caught some great hints of it. Again a tad of coffee up in the mix

Mouthfeel was pretty slick and very drinkable (I don't think it's worth the 7$ price tag though) (700 characters)

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec 2013.

A: Typical black-brown, minimal head that disappears completely after a while, not even a ring. Red-brown along the edges.

S: Baker's chocolate, vanilla beans, ever-so-slight anise.

T: Powerful vanilla hit that gives way to a mixture of bitter chocolate and coffee beans. Slight... nuttiness?

M: Creamy but light.

O: Really pleasant! This followed up a bottle of Peche Mortel tonight, and while this doesn't have the horsepower of Peche and is much, much sweeter, it's also really enjoyable. (518 characters)

Photo of sk8man121
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.5 oz bottle poured into Allagash chalice. Best by 02/13. $5.99 at RSVP in Portland, ME.

A: Pours pitch black with dark-brown highlights. 2-finger mocha head settles into a thin cap, leaving a great deal of creamy lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

S: Vanilla, cocoa and fresh ground coffee; very "creamy" in the nose. Roasted malts apparent in the middle with little to no hop presence. No noticeable alcohol.

T: Cocoa is the predominant flavor, as well as vanilla bean. Notes of milk chocolate, fresh cream and espresso throughout, with a lingering hint of bourbon. Finish is somewhat bitter and smokey, but not at all unpleasant.

M: Medium-high carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue. Fits the style nicely.

O: When I think of the perfect vanilla bean stout, Aphrodite is what invariably comes to mind. Beautifully balanced, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better beer to match with a fruit or chocolate-based dessert. That said, it's not overly sweet and is very drinkable at 6.5% ABV, save for the high price tag.

A benchmark vanilla bean stout. (1,067 characters)

Photo of OskarL
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A thick black beer with a small head and leaves some lacing, impossible to see through.

Smell - Cocoa, chocolate, lots of vanilla, roasted barley and some sweet notes. I could smell this all night long!

Taste - An incredibly smooth beer! Cacao, vanilla with roasted barley and some christmasy spices. Sweet but finishes a bit bitter. Wonderfull!

Mouthfeel - Medium body, smooth, slightly carbonated, maybe a bit thin but it has only an abv of 6.5%.

This is a very smooth beer to drink, which smells and tastes very exciting! (541 characters)

Photo of Jparkanzky
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had 4 or 5 goblets on tap in the last week, and a couple of bottles at home. Currently drinking from an 11.5 oz bottle poured into a balloon-style stemless wine glass to allow temperature to rise quickly.

Drank at 60-65 Deg.

A) Pours very velvety.... has a creamy under-body to it with a reasonably dense mocha head.

S) Faint vanilla tones that actually remind me of 'sweet coconut' . Chocolate not very apparent.

T) Immediately the vanilla is present, and very pleasant. The after-taste of rich, bitter-sweet chocolate is the big pay-off though, as if being teased by the smallest drop of warm chocolate milk.

M) Seems to "foam" inside the mouth, as if being activated, but only chocolate flavors linger.

I have been enjoying this beer at every possible opportunity while one of my favorite local bars, The Tremont Tap house in Cleveland, has the handle up.

The beer must be enjoyed quite warm however, and it is entirely too cold, with too much of a 'booze' taste directly from the tap. (1,002 characters)

Photo of capeannbass36
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Almost black. A very, very dark brown.
One inch mocha head that runs away fairly quick. Nice lacing.
S- Chocolate, coffee, vanilla.
T- Milk chocolate, coffee, perhaps a slight hint of bourbon.
M-Medium carbonation. Silky, smooth, creamy.
O- Very drinkable. A definite dessert type treat. Delicious! This beer is a special treat! (331 characters)

Photo of Genghis22
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick motor oil black. Small coffee color head that quickly disappeared.

S - Bourbon, Vanilla, Chocolate and Coffee. Heavy smells of rich chocolate and vanilla.

T - Tons of vanilla and chocolate flavor. It borders on being too sweet, but the hops kick in and give just enough balance to make this beer enjoyable. Aftertaste is more vanilla, and some bitterness.

M - Medium body, with moderate to high carbonation. A bit too carbonated for my liking. Slightly thin, would like a bigger body from a stout.

D - One and done. This beer is tasty, but not something I would drink more than one of in a night. The mouthfeel is lacking, and sweet flavors of vanilla and chocolate make it too much like a dessert beer, one is all you need. (746 characters)

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. (479 characters)

Photo of pastradul
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out of 12oz into a Stone IRS tulip.

somewhat aggressive pour, results in an amazing 2 finger head. The foam is agreat deep mocha color!

the smell is cocoa, coffee and vanilla...amazing

the taste starts off with a coffee and vanilla. some roasted malts in the back ground but the two dueling flavors or te coffee and vanilla. Almost turns in it into a latte'esc flavor.

The mouthfeel is really good for only being 6.5%
, silky smooth with just enough carb.

For sure need to get some more of these! (508 characters)

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice rich pour, deep brown/black color with a dense tan head.

You can smell the vanilla right out of the blocks.

The taste was primary a sweet chocolate stout with a pronounced vanilla flavor.

The mouth feel was rich and creamy and drier that I was expecting.

All that said the beer was very drinkable, although I don't know how many I can drink. (351 characters)

Photo of Crossmd
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured about 40 degrees into a Stella stemglass. Bottled on 06/11

Pours an opaque black with the slightest semblance of some browner reflections. Dark tan 2.5 finger head that dissipates slowly into a sticky lace. Fine champagne bubbles rising from the bottom and around the rim. H

Roast Coffee, black beans, chocolate, touch of vanilla and spice. Nicely projected.

Tastewise, the bottle claims vanilla and cocoa, but to me this is really pretty cemented in coffee. As such, to my palate it doesn't have the subtlety that I was expecting. There are some dark chocolate notes, especially as the finish dries down into some cacao bitterness, but it seems largely to be coffee first, pushing everything else mostly into the far background. Still absolutely tasty though, just not exactly subtle.

Rich and relatively chewy in the mouthfeel with some slight effervescent structure, slick and almost slightly oily at times. Drenches the palate.

Overall, well crafted but difficult to look at in terms of what it wanted to be. Would absolutely buy again though, especially in the winter.

92. (1,090 characters)

Photo of alexhahn82
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black Ale / American Stout

A: Super dark chocolaty brown, not quite solid black.

S. Super strong scent of chocolate with a light hint of vanilla

Taste&Mouthfeel: To put it in simple context (and a non insulting way) This is chocolate soda. Not creamy enough to taste light chocolate milk, but soda like consistency with all that cacao hitting you and a very almost imperceptible vanilla ending.

overall. Not bad, as crazy as it sounds this would pair extremely well with anything vanilla. I would like to give it a shot with some vanilla ice cream on the side. (572 characters)

Photo of Nick3
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle has the same picture as shown above but is called Aphrodite which I assume is the English version/label for this beer. Beer is jet black with no head, but a small group of bubbles has me confident this baby is carbonated. Smell is utter heaven, wow, probably the best smelling beer I've ever had. Not overly complex but I don't care; vanilla and chocolate combo is great and reminds me of some of the best cappucino's I've ever had . . . but I'm hoping to enjoy this one more. Beer is very well balanced with as some bitterness drives through the entire beer and holds it at bay, was worried it would be too sweet after the smell but that is not the case. Finish has a roasted bitterness that leaves you longing for more. Truly a great beer worth seeking out! (769 characters)

Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
93 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.