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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 598
Hads: 1,528
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 178
Gots: 216 | FT: 11
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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

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 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 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 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 AppaZappa
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an inviting beer that pours a rich dark brown with light and somewhat skimpy head that faded quickly. The smell is very nice--rich roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, a touch of coffee, smoke, and caramel. The taste delivers similar notes but in a much more subtle fashion. The chocolate and vanilla predominate, but I suppose I wanted a bit more 'punch' here that I got. The moutfeel is similar--much more thin than others in the style (though consistent with the ABV). This is a solid offering and is much less sweet and bold than others of the style.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
93 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.