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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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94
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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 151
Gots: 154 | 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:
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 jwc215
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head that doesn't last the duration (though holds on for some time). Vanishing/trailing lace leaves some dots behind.

The smell is robust! Cocoa and vanilla - dark maltiness and slight roast.

The taste is sweet - chocolatey with vanilla beans. Some alcohol warmth shows. A late touch of roast gives some balance to the sweetness, though it remains sweet in character.

It is medium-to-full bodied. Carbonation is on the higher end for what I was expecting for a "dessert" brew. Could be fuller.

Like a rich chocolate cake, the sweetness, while not sticky, is enough to be happy sharing this 11.5 oz. bottle and still be satisfied (though I was also happy having this by myself - wouldn't grab another though). This is a nice, sweet treat that showcases cocoa and vanilla well! Aromatic and delicious!

Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $6.00; the high pricetag is easily explained: Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 6.5% ABV confirmed. 11.5 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and appealing label art served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high; I love stouts and Dieu Du Ciel has impressed me in the past. Has label notches at 4 and 2, whatever that indicates.

Served straight from the fridge but allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a rather attractive one finger thick rich dark tan colour head of great cream, good thickness, and disappointingly average retention (~2 minutes). Decent lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black; not quite a jet black but certainly opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot on for a stout.

Sm: Inviting chocolate/cocoa, vanilla bean, dark malts, light caramel, cream, and more of that luxurious rich milky chocolate. Some buried roast - either from coffee or roasted barley. It's subtly done and I'm glad it's there; it's a requisite note for a great stout. A very inviting strong aroma. Little hop notes are detectable; hop character is floral if anything. No yeast character. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Delightful cocoa bitterness is well balanced with an understated vanilla bean sweetness. Dark malts and light caramel fill out the foundation, with minimal floral hopping acting as a preservative. A bit of cream. Some chocolatey bitterness pokes out, but unlike hop bitterness it's quite welcome. Well balanced, but disappointingly simple. It plays it safe, and the result is a solid stout, but there's nothing unique or special going on here. I do think the cocoa is quite well executed. Maybe some coffee is needed here? It just needs something to really set it apart from the pack. Lacks subtlety. That said, the balance is impressive. I quite like it; I just expected a bit more from it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some creamy character. Good thickness and carbonation. Good palate presence. Maybe a touch too smooth and slick; I'd like it a bit coarser so I could enjoy the flavours more.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Another solid beer from Dieu Du Ciel, but it isn't the amazing stout I expected it to be. Bell's Kalamazoo Stout this is not. But it's a great example of the style. I'm just not sure I'd want it again at this price point. Hides its ABV well. Definitely worth trying at least once, but the price is such a huge turn off. I'd definitely want to try it on nitro or draught.

High B

Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled under the name Aphrodite, this is the Anglicized version of L'Aphrodisiaque. It has the same label and cocoa/vanilla bean notes.

Thick beige head that settles quickly for the style. It leaves lots of webby lace. The color is nearly black. I cannot detect any light coming through.

The real cocoa comes through in the smell. There's also coffee, which makes this a mocha aroma beer.

Surprisingly, the cocoa flavor exceeds my expectations based on the smell. Think Nestle's quick added to a milk stout. Still, it is appealing. Vanilla is such a delicate spice, that I have not found it anywhere. The finish is coffee-ish but short lived. Solid body with a proper level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very easy beer to drink.

Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! It has a rich, chocolatey scent with hints of vanilla. It's damn sweet smelling and highly addictive. The taste is great as well. It has a dry, roasted flavor with lots of cocoa character and a bit of vanilla in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It s a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine chocolate stout. I'm a big fan of these guys. What an exceptional lineup of beers.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer. This beer was my youngest brother's 100th beer.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is vanilla, chocolate and smoke. The flavor is milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and light smoke. The beer tastes a whole lot like cream soda. Medium-thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled June 2010
A steady pour into my New Belgium much produces a huge dense foamy head that is a nicely browned rich, creamed cocoa color. The beer is a solid black color that shows some brown notes around its edges. Huge dark cocoa aromatics couple with aromas of darkly roasted coffee. The chocolate character is really quite decadent smelling here and is accompanied, or perhaps accentuated by a dark sweetness. If you really inspect the nose, ample toasted grain notes become noticeable towards the end: toasted, almost burn whole wheat cracker aromas, and rich browned bread crust aromatics become noticeable as does the Stout like roast malt aromas. I have just realized, after taking my first sip, that the sweetness that I am smelling is is actually vanilla; it is funny how the brain does that, associating vanilla with sweetness because that is usually were one encounters it.

My first sip has me noticing just enough sweetness to accentuate a big dark chocolate note, but the beer ends up finishing quite dry with a bitter cocoa and roast malt character; hops definitely play there part in the bitterness but it is the roasted bitterness that seems to be the more noticed up front. The vanilla flavors, and aromas for that matter, seemed to be missing, but then I realized the sweetness I had smelled and tasted really wasn't sweetness, but was instead the vanilla notes contributing a perceived sweetness to this beer. Rich and somewhat viscous feeling on the tongue somehow, despite actually being fairly light bodied for something labeled as vanilla-chocolate stout; really though this is quite rich considering that this is not really malty-sweet. Some of the roast grain astringency, couples with the dark malt and the vanilla to even contribute a hint of induced Bourbon-barrel flavors.

This is quite a nice beer; rich and satiating without being heavy and the complexity that the vanilla and chocolate brings to the beer is quite appreciated. My only complaint is that the cocoa / roast bitterness can be a bit too much at times, though the beer definitely needs some of this to balance the up front rich chocolate and pervasive, though restrained vanilla notes. I could easily drink a lot of this beer if my wallet could afford it.

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of GClarkage
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/30/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a date strip on the side label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Super black in color. Nice solid dirty white 3/4 inch head. Lacing is minor with some light spotting and streaks.

Smell- Very nice aroma of both coffee and dark-bittersweet chocolate with the added bonus of a nice light vanilla bean scent.

Taste- I think the coffee leads the way in this one. Dark chocolate follows suit with a cola like flavor. Vanilla is very light. It's noticable, but doesn't add as much as I'd like to this beer. Still is tasty though.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher on the carbonation side. Decent chocolate malted aftertaste.

Drinkability- As said above..would have liked a bit more vanialla bean. Pretty solid offering though even without the vanilla.

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: balck in color with a 2" fluffy tan colored head. The head lasts for a while before becoming a thick surface foam.

Smell: roasted malts and vanilla create a pleasant aroma.

Taste: big vanilla flavor here with roasted malt sweetness, prunes, hint of coffee, and a nice bitterness. There is a hint of earthiness to this brew.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start, creamy and smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer has a great flavor profile and is very easy to drink. Several can be had in a session. Worth seeking this one out.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.5 oz. bottle,

"Why did you have to hire Venus herself?" (Niles Crane to Frasier about Daphne)

A: One of the darkest beers I've seen in a while. Opaque pitch black, with a moderate creamy tan head. Good lace.

S: Mix of vanilla and dark chocolate, though the vanilla is dominant. Fragant, the nose of an imperial stout in a lower ABV beer.

T: Bitter dark chocolate dominates with some roasted malt/coffee type flavours. Hint of charcoal/burnt sugar reminiscent of Obsidian with the vanilla coming in to finish, but a much lighter note than in the nose.

M: Medium light body, fairly bitter/acrid finish, not the best part of the beer.

D: A solid stout, not super delicious but a good flavour. Quite a bitter stout, something to pair with a fruity dessert like raspberry cheesecake, not a beer to really be drunk by itself unless you like really dark (85%+ cacao) chocolate.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some garnet hints when held up to the light. The beer had a quarter finger tall tan head that reduced to a thin ring at the edges. Very light lacing is observed.

S: There is lots of cocoa in the aroma, almost as if you are opening the package of baking cocoa powder and taking a whiff. There are also some lighter hints of vanilla behind the cocoa powder.

T: There are a lot of taste of dark roasted malts, very intense bittersweet chocolate/cocoa, along with lighter hints of vanilla. The beer has a very light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.

O: The beer is very enjoyable, especially since it has the tastes of the cocoa and vanilla but is not sweet - it paired greatly with the dessert when it was served. I wish that the body was just a hint fuller but this is still a really great beer. Definitely one I would get again.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, cream, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/cocoa spicing; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, vanilla, dark bread, cream, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, cream, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and cocoa/vanilla spice flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome spiced stout style. All around great robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa/vanilla spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with lighter brown and red highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Fairly aggressive pour yields more than a finger of fluffy tan head that receeds leaving quite a solid curtain of lace on the glass. Aroma is full of sweet smelling chocolate and burnt grain character with a bit of the vanilla coming through in the backend. Taste is quite full of bittersweet chocolate upfront with a solid burnt grain taste filling out the rest of the body. Finish has a lasting taste of bitter chocolate blended with vanilla. The dark grain flavors are really accented nicely with the addition of the cocoa and vanilla without those additions overpowering the base characteristics of the stout. Feel is medium to light with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer that I would have again. Nicely done.

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a small snifter.
Every aspect of this stout is exceptional. It has a smooth, creamy near full feel with more-or-less perfect, soft carbonation. Very satisfying stout.
Taste: hint of sour; more bitter than sweet. Rich and complex. Dark fruits and coffee.
O: a very special beer

Photo of corby112
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to brian23456 for sending this one to me as an extra in a recent trade!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with absolutely no hint of light colored edges even when held to a light source. Three finger frothy dark tan/coffee colored head that has excellent retention, very slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with lacing on it's way down.

Sweet chocolate malt aroma with a nice bit of roasted coffee and espresso bean as well as some vanilla bean, burnt toast and subtle hops. The deep rich coffee aroma is pretty amazing with the perfect amount of chocolate.

Thick medium body with the perfect balance of smooth silky chocolate maltiness, roasted coffee, burnt toast, subtle hops and bitter dark chocolate. This beer is very well balanced and complex with the sweet notes from the chocolate and vanilla bean perfectly balancing out the roasted coffee/espresso bean and burnt toast flavors. Slight alcohol warmth but otherwise the ABV is very well masked. None of these flavors overpower the other, instead they all bounce off of each other and I'm picking up something different on each sip. This is one of the most well-balanced beers I've ever had. I want to slowly drink it and contemplate each sip but I find myself drinking it pretty quickly. Highly recommended!

Photo of mdaschaf
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to korguy123 for this one!

A: Pours a very dark black with a brown two finger head. Head maintained itself for a long time. Nice lacing down the sides on this one.

S: Very strong aromas of chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. Comes over very strong and makes me want to drink it!

T: Wow, this tastes great. Really complex, the chocolate and vanilla combination is amazing. There is also a hint of coffee, but not much.

M/D: Not as thick as expected, but seems just about right. Very smooth. Overall one of my favorites in the style thus far. I would never shy away from drinking this one. I couldn't drink more than two in a night, but I don't think I would ever want to. Compared to other stouts I have had, this one goes down real easy. Will get this again.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I've been waiting a looong time to try this one.
Appears an opaque black with a small tan cap that fades into a collar. Spotty bits are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge vanilla, cocoa, roast grain, espresso, and sugary ice cream.
Taste is of the aroma with standout vanilla coming through. Sweet cocoa rounding out the flavorful punch.
Mouthfeel is chewy, sweet, lip smacking, and delightful.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is dark brown with a thick, beige head. Big blast of vanilla, chocolate. Smells like a sweet hot chocolate. A lactic presence in there as well. Very nice flavor, with prominent vanilla throughout. Like drinking milky hot chocolate. I would like more roast presence. Medium bodied with lingering sweetness. Overall, tasty beer that I would definitely have again.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black- inky and viscous. Smells super chocolatey and with a fair bit of vanilla- Fox's U-bet syrup with some dark cacao added. The taste is similar, with the dark cacao evident especially on the finish. The mouthfeel is quite silky, but the flavor, while good, seems slightly thin. A bit more oomph in the flavor department would make this beer excellent. As it stands, it's a fine beer, but one of the more genteel chocolate beers around. The vanilla notes, however, are very nice without being overbearing. Worth trying for sure.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst as part of their Canadian Beer SpecTapular.

Pours a very deep, opaque black, with a crusty head of mocha foam. Thick, with lots of statick bubbles in the body under the head. Heavy, devilish and delicious-looking.

Huge chocolate, nutty and vinally ice-cream characters on the nose, with a hint of rye crackers and Nutella. So sweet and lovely; really, really awesome. Not a huge amount of layering of complexity, but the intensity and sweet deliciousness of the characters is great.

Smooth entry, light hints of dark grain, before the soothing vanilla and chocolate sauce characters come through to mellow the palate into sweetness. Very sweet, with only a whiff of roasted charred characters, giving a slight cigar smoke piquancy. Really delicious.

This was a sensational beer, and one of the very best on the day. So delectable, so rich, but so mellow and seductive. Awesome.

Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.