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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 572
Hads: 1,422
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 167
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 dcmchew
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tar black pour with a really small brown head, quick to a thin margin and some modest lacing.
Rich chocolate on the nose, but more like natural, fragrant cocoa nibs, dark spices of the "woody" variety (like lots of vanilla, some cinnamon, some cardamom), nice roasted malt with a bit of smokiness, caramel, black peppercorn.
Wow, what a nice rich cocoa drink. Don't get me wrong, it's not overly sweet or "artificial", but taste like old-style cocoa drinks. Lots of decadent chocolate up front, perfectly mingling with caramel and a bit of slightly sugared coffee. Rich spices, with raw vanilla bean dominating, some dusty cinnamon, some pepper, faint ginger, even fainter anise. Roasted malts, but not too intensely, provide a nice sturdy backbone. Finishes dusty, just a bit earthy, just a bit bitter.
A really creamy body, tho medium carbonated, slowly goes down the throat and coats the whole palate. The aftertaste is long and rich, with lots of cocoa bean, caramel and vanilla, amongst the other spicy notes.
A great dark chocolatey beer, perfect for dessert, but without being too sweet, like other "Chocolate stouts". Great stuff! (1,140 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (2,491 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Giant tan head that fills my tulip. Very dark brown with a hint of red when illuminated from behind.

S: Roasty, then vanilla and a little whiff of chocolate

T: Rich and creamy. Dark cacao. Vanilla doesn't really show up here at all. A little one-toned.

M: creamy to start, finishes dry and mildly bitter. Little carbonation.

O: Good drinkable stout, but I was hoping for a little more from the vanilla beans. (415 characters)

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip

Poured dark brown with half a finger of foamy light brown head.

Heavy chocoalte notes dominate the nose with a nice overall roasted malt profile. A slight vanilla smell is also present. No real bitterness to speak of in the nose.

Nice roasted malt flavour with a big chocolate taste dominating. A hint of vanilla is present in the background but not all that easy to pick out. Overall this is quite a sweet stout with a nice smooth finish.

This was a very good stout but not a great one that I will look for regularly.

Medium body with and lightly carbonated (591 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. 5 and 1 checked on the side, but i dont know what that means

Pours a pitch black with absolutely 0 head. The smell is very nice with vanilla beans dominating the aroma, followed by a bit of cocoa nibs as well. The taste though doesnt follow suit, as i get a lot of burnt coffee and chocolate notes with only a slight bit of vanilla mixed in. Bitter aftertaste on the back end as well. Medium bodied, very low carbonation.

Overall a disappointing beer for me. Was expecting a lot more from this one. (544 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer ditmier provided at the tasting at his house on Friday.. poured into my new favorite glass.. descent retention from a tan head and the expected black brew.

Aroma begins as a pretty standard stout.. yet spiked with vanilla and cocoa.

Flavor begins sorta sweet and moves on to lite coffee.. cocoa for sure... even some milk chocolate.... but the big player is vanilla beans... it somehow seems mildly artificial but still helps push the stout flavors forward.. The body is sorta full for the style.. personally I would put this in the Sweet stout category.. just alot of things that are happening and never mesh.. coffee and chocolate and punched with vanilla..

Overall, I've had too many spiced/herbed/vegetable stouts over the years, and this one is pretty damn good, it still needs to find itself... I sorta like Peche Mortel everytime I try it, but the vanilla blows it out for me... too much. (912 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had been looking for this beer for some time before finally spotting on the shelves of Half Time in Wappingers Falls. It’s not bad but it didn’t come up to the level I anticipated due to the mostly glowing reviews here and word of mouth. The pour is deep black with a decent sized brown head that settles slowly and some sticky sheets of lacing. Looks very nice. Very chocolaty aroma with subtler but definitely present vanilla notes and a lightly roasted character.

Flavor mixes milk and bittersweet chocolate with a nice vanilla note and decent roasted, charred malt. Good sweetness that lingers a bit in the mouth during the finish. Should appeal to vanilla and chocolate fans alike.

For me the mouthfeel was a little lacking; it was on the thinner side of medium, with moderate carbonation and light creaminess, but it felt insubstantial for the flavors it packs. I know it’s not an imperial stout and shouldn’t have that hefty a body but it seemed a little thin overall. Not bad, certainly well made, but not something I’d go too nuts over tracking down again. (1,079 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%

A – Beautiful deep brown body with a dark tan head that pours 2 fingers high. Medium lace and great retention.

S – Dry chocolaty nose. Oreos , cocoa powder, brown sugar, toasted wheat bread, vanilla. Better as it warms.

T – There is something that doesn’t work on my palate here. A few of the people that I had this beer with had the same problem. What I got was super dry with an almost acetone-like alcohol character through the center and a really unpleasant polyurethane finish. Those that didn’t get the chemical character got cocoa, pumpernickel bread, chalk, touch of raisin, and a hint of cinnamon. (Numbers for this review are based on the majority that didn’t get the off flavors)

M – Medium-light frame that thins through the finish.

O – A difficult beer to review. There’s clearly a flavor that some of the people I reviewed this beer with picked up that really threw this beer off, but the rest of the reviewers loved it.

3.69 Aphrodisiac
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Anth- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.50 4.25 ------- 4.50 4.42 10%
S - 4.50 4.50 ------- 4.60 4.53 20%
T - 4.30 3.80 ------- 2.00 3.37 40%
M - 3.90 3.75 ------- 2.75 3.47 10%
O - 4.00 3.75 ------- 2.00 3.25 20% (1,299 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark ruby red-black. Faint dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Light malty stout aroma. Surprising body for the ABV. A light coffee, cocoa and strong roasty malt start with a quick drop off in flavor to a light malt English style stout finish. Interesting progression and the start is very nice. Worth picking up on the rare occasions it is available. (422 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,227 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a tan head, slight retention & lacing.

S: Awesome. Vanilla, chocolate, grain & espresso. Exceptional.

T: Jahva, vanilla, molasses, dark caramel, light fruity esters, good bitterness. Huge flavour; seems bigger than it is.

M: Moderate body is smooth.

D: A good drinker. I'd love to try it fresh on tap or cask! (327 characters)

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

Poured a dark as night black with brown highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. Lots of stuff going on here but was able to detect roastiness, chocolate, oat grains, vanilla, and faint cocoa notes; very appealing. The vanilla and chocolate were more apparent on the palate with cocoa raosty accents but had a touch of oat grain. It did have mild hop notes on the backend. The brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a roasty, sweet, and silky finish. It drank really good and would definitely like to grab more bottle of this brew. I honestly think I might take aphrodite over peche mortal. (677 characters)

Photo of harpus
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Dark brown colour. Lots and lots of lace. Great retention.

A : Chocolate, bit of vanilla, black malt.

T : Earthy, chocolatey, sweet at first with medium bitterness. Vanilla throughout.

M : Thick & sticky, very pleasing.

D : Enjoyed this one for what it as. (264 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (621 characters)

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

Picked this up in Fallon, NV of all places. That's about the best/most rare beer I've ever come across there. Anyways, black, dark brown appearance, beige head, clumpy and clingy. Aroma was heavy roast, vanilla, all the nice things from a stout.

Great taste, a decent bitter hop counterpart I wasn't expecting, these guys can't make their ipa hoppy, but then the stout is? Velvety smooth after you adjust to the apt bitterness, plenty of vanilla feel to it, paired with sweetness, this beer gives you a good amount of everything I tend to hold 'good' in a stout, and never seemed boozy. Only downside of this was that it was about $5 for a 12oz bottle. (653 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass on sept21 2009

A I held it up too the sun and shes black as night. It poured half a glass of mocha colored head with good retention and decent lace. As the head fell it left a 1/4inch of dense film that didn't coat the glass but left thicker lace as the glass emptied.

S As the box says vanilla and chocolate are well represented but I also smell some faint booze and coffee

T Again vanilla and chocolate mix well with each other, the booze I smell is well concealed and the mild coffee is still there. This tastes as it smells and that's a good thing.

M Not as thick as I expected but fairly creamy nonetheless

D Zero problems drinking this one, it's worth seeking out

I was pleased when this one showed up in Alberta, putting it on my got list felt good, but not as good as taking it of my want list. This beer is wonderful and you should pick it up if you get the chance. (922 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a nice tan head. Decent head retention.

Really solid cocoa aroma. Mild sweetness. I don't really get the vanilla.

The flavour is a combination of roast, bitter chocolate and mild sweetness. There's a bit of a vanilla undertone. Very good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. This could be a little silkier.

The overall impression here is good with nice flavour and no faults. The beer is fairly accurate to its description and the only thing I'd like is a bit more vanilla. (497 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a two-finger brown head into my glass. Nice presentation so far.

Vanilla and cream peek out in the nose with a hint of cocoa as well. Very nice so far.

Taste is nice and creamy with a good amount of vanilla in the middle followed by cocoa and a hint of coffee as well.

Mouthfeel is very slick and full of strong cocoa and coffee aftertastes. Almost a bit too strong and nearly unpleasant.

Something should be dialed back on this beer and I can't figure out exactly what it is. Carbonation is an issue and of course, one of the aftertastes. Drinkable but you can do better. (609 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 ounce bottle, with Aphrodite printed on the label. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head that went away pretty quickly. Decent amount of lacing. Very nice aroma, it smells like chocolate, vanilla, coffee and roasted/burnt malt. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's sweet and bitter at the same time, with a nice roasty bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and well carbonated. Drinkability is very good, I'd drink this quite a bit if it was available all the time. I think this is a pretty good brew, I'll definitely buy this again the next time I can find it. (636 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Darkness snifter. The label propaganda: "Aphrodite is a black ale expressing aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, 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. Never too sweet, this highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with first rate cocoa and vanilla beans".

It pours dark dark brown, more chocolatey than black, with about 1 finger of tan foam. Very opaque too. Strong vanilla bean in the aroma, definitely the leading component but not overbearing. Some cocoa too but it takes a backseat.

From the first sip this is delicious, plenty of vanilla in the flavor as expected. Also plenty of roasted malt, this comes across more as a roasted and slightly bitter stout than a sweet stout. Thick bodied for a beer with such low ABV, a lot on unfermented malts maybe. Very very good for the American stout style, highly recommended. (1,028 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours black with a thin tan head. The head quickly recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with large amounts of smooth dark chocolate aromas. As it warms the dark chocolate sweetens more with hints of milk chocolate vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as refined. Mild roasted malt flavors and dark chocolate kick things off. The dark chocolate flavors with hints of unsweetened cocoa powder take over quickly and carry through to mild amounts of vanilla flavors midway through the sip. The combination of the three then carries through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was surprised by how much chocolate was fit into this beer without tasting overly syrupy or fake. Still, if it were a bit thicker and the roasted malt flavors more robust it could be a very good beer. As it stands now it's worth a shot but not worth seeking out unless you're a big fan of chocolate stouts. (1,184 characters)

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