Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.47/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
11-13-2009 12:48:08 | More by Gavage
3.71/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
01-27-2013 06:12:47 | More by kojevergas
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
10-03-2009 01:22:52 | More by GClarkage
4.85/5 rDev +15.2%
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!
09-30-2009 02:52:32 | More by corby112
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
02-14-2010 01:19:56 | More by weeare138
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
08-17-2010 01:56:41 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
03-13-2010 21:47:27 | More by stakem
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
08-21-2011 02:11:40 | More by Georgiabeer
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
03-28-2012 13:29:33 | More by dbrauneis
4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring, leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Vanilla and cocoa nose. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is almost burnt coffee balanced by a smooth, sweet vanilla. Expensive at $7.00 for a 11.5oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
03-05-2010 23:20:36 | More by jdhilt
4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
With a girl like that on the label, how can you not buy it? Add the fact Dieu du Ciel! brews it and I have combination that meets without resistance. This should be a good beer to fill my glass. On to the beer:
We're looking nearly pitch black with a little red hue at the bottom part of the glass. Dotty lacing sticks around, and some of the head lasts nearly all the way. Sniff, wow, that cocoa hit you in the face. There's the vanilla bean that mixes well with the cocoa. A wonderful marriage in the nose.
In the same way Péché Mortel is great, the Aphrodite/Aphrodisiaque follows closely in its footsteps. It's a little toasted with lots of semi-sweet cocoa and a hint of vanilla beans. It reminds me of drinking a chocolate milkshake. There is roasted bitterness, not enough to overcome the cocoa, and some hop flowers appears and dissapear to provide a moderate hoppiness that can be picked out of the crowd. Being medium bodied, somwheat smooth, and enjoyable to comsume without being a sipper help as well.
When it comes to flavored stouts, Dieu du Ciel is 2 for 2. The Aphrodite/Aphrodisiaque is great tasting beer. As for being an aphrodisiac, that is what sugar pills were invented for.
08-26-2010 04:55:13 | More by DoubleJ
4.28/5 rDev +1.7%
Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.
Poured into a chalice a black color, some carbonation, not much of a head for a stout, no sticky lacing also. The nose is malty, with some cocoa, chocolate, toffee. The taste is very nice, malty, with lots of nice dark stuff, and some nice vanilla notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, wish there was a better head/lacing for just a Stout at 6.5% ABV.
03-29-2010 23:57:04 | More by Wasatch
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
01-13-2012 21:51:31 | More by Huhzubendah
4.83/5 rDev +14.7%
Aphrodisiaque's unrevealing, bewitching black body is wooing me in for closer inspection; how can something this plainly dark and nebulous be so fetching, so beckoning? Its head is thick enough to make me think I'll have to chew my way through a pillow before being able to get at that oily, slick liquid beneath it. Already I feel infatuated and curiously enticed.
I don't mean to be biased but I am. I love chocolate, I love decadent desserts, I love Dieu de Ciel and I love indulging in the richest, most rousing stouts. The possibility of me not being completely enamored with (if not aroused by) the smell of this beer was possible but not probable. There's no sense using flowery language, it smells just downright heavenly.
The human tongue uses on average somewhere between 4000 and 10000 taste buds and you can bet that Aphrodisiaque puts every single one of them to work. Nevermind gourmet desserts - this is the pinnacle marriage of chocolate and vanilla. Both the cocoa and vanilla are as profound as possible. And it's *just* cocoa and vanilla.
Forget notions of coffee, fruits, hazelnut, caramelly malts or bourbon... this tastes of the deepest of black, smokiest and super-fine chocolates and only pure vanilla pods; it does not mince words and it does not need to. Nothing is "suggested". It picked a flavour (or two) and underlined and emphasized them (and only them) to infinity.
Most importantly, they are remarkably genuine flavours; the ingredients that went into this beer were no doubt of the highest (and most expensive) quality. This is most evident in the beer's smokey, roasty characteristic which is singly that of artisan unadulterated chocolate. And it's so refreshing to find a beer with *this* much flavour that isn't over 7% alcohol.
I'd wager it's safe to assume this pairs well with a world of different desserts. I can say for a fact that it made an intrinsic match for the rocky road ice cream, marshmallow and brownie cookies I had it with, equally so for the berry sorbet I also got to sample alongside it. Part of me wonders if it would team just as well with a smokey set of ribs or grilled steak?
This is the kind of beer that leaves you starring at the bottom of your glass for days. For my money, Quebec is the best province when it comes to gourmet foods; cheeses, game meats, and yes, beers, anything artisanal is usually extra-artisanal when it comes from La Belle Province and this is no exception. Zut alors, I'm love sick already.
04-11-2010 01:08:25 | More by biegaman
4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing coffee and chocolate, some leather and light vanilla. Interestingly, you can tell just from the way this beer smells that the alcohol is not all that high in this beer. Regardless, the beer doesn't lack for flavor, and I get some cherry liquier and licorise along with the melange of different aromas I pick up on the nose. Mouthfeel is impressive for the abv. Despite the relatively low abv., the beer is till full and fairly creamy on the palate, with a long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.
It's not the peche mortal, but nonentheless, this is a pretty impressive beer.
08-27-2010 22:24:57 | More by John_M
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. Batch code 2-7 refers to bottling date of May 2011.
Jet black body on appearance with a nice cocoa brown head. Big tiny bubbles of lacing sheets on the glass and some thick whipped bubbles for a real wild appearance.
Smell is a faint chocolate instant Quick breakfast drink, grain husk, and just a hint of vanilla.
Taste is quite a surprise, mostly a good solid tobacco dryness in the palate, with a creamy texture. Husky like grain chew comes through a little bit in the swallow. An unusual heat on the gulping comes through giving a big tobacco burst.
Overall pretty interesting, but I was thinking more vanilla would be presented but it didn't come out. It's still a great stout for it's style would have again anytime.
06-17-2011 19:43:36 | More by smakawhat
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
A: Poured a flat black with a nutmeg colored, fizzy head that dissipated rather quickly. A thin band encircles the glass in an attempt at a lacing. Standard color issue and nice head coloring. A sturdier head display might of warranted a push but ends up better then average but short of good.
S: The nose had deep espresso beans with some dried creamer notes. Rich dark chocolate is also dominant along with ripe dark fruit (plums) that was moderate in strength.
T: The flavor had a deep roasty nature with a good deal of bitterness, but came off exceptionally smooth. Burnt chocolate and espresso beans along with dark fruit provides an incredibly rich flavor. Roasted grains and dried vanilla beans come through nicely on the closing fade and swallow while a wee bit of alcohol detection blends well adding flavor and spice to an already great experience.
M: The mouthful was light to medium with a silky smoothness. A beautiful roasty fade ensures on the swallow.
D: A dark stout loaded with a rich roasted malting makes for a great meal in a bottle and a wonderful drinking experience. Case worthy and always worthy to have on hand, I would have a hard time tiring of this but would certainly indulge in trying to.
04-05-2010 22:23:54 | More by beerthulhu
4.6/5 rDev +9.3%
On tap at Mondial, finally got to try this one.
Pours a hazy dark brown, red in the edges, huge cascading tan head forms, drops lace like its nobodies business, great retention, solid layer throughout. Smell is awesome, toffee, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood, dark fruit, even more cocoa, more vanilla, dates, amazing. Taste is similar, chocolate and vanilla candy drink, dark fruit, dark chocolate and coffee, caramel, some licorice, vanilla again, very rich, perfect balance in the finish, nice soft cocoa bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, low carbonation, silky smooth. Fantastic, need to have again.
07-28-2008 16:49:41 | More by Viggo
Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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