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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,182
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 139
Gots: 128 | 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:
Also known as Aphrodite or Aphrodisiac in the USA.

(Cacao Et A La Vanille)

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-10-2003)
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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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 06, 2010
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

kojevergas, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -9%
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.

Halcyondays, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Gavage, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

GClarkage, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

drewone, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

corby112, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

weeare138, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

stakem, Mar 13, 2010
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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +1%

wrightst, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

dbrauneis, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -5%

duceswild, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DoubleJ, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jdhilt, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +1%

afsdan, May 08, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

Aphrodite Label

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.

Wasatch, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

mdaschaf, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

smakawhat, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -5%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

John_M, Aug 27, 2010
Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
94 out of 100 based on 1,182 ratings.