Aphrodisiaque (Élevée En Barriques De Rhum) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by FrostBlast:
3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
APPEARANCE : Typical stout looks - pitch black with a dark mocha head. The head barely rises and goes straight back down into the brew. Nothing out of the ordinary, but definitely pleasing.
SMELL : First nose mixes vanilla with cocoa and definite rhum aromas - you can't make any mistake here, this was aged in rhums casks allright. It goes to the point of having some hints of fresh sugar cane. Second nose brings out the vanilla/cocoa to the forefront. Third nose mixes everything up and brings out the alcohol, which is actually well integrated. The whole does smell like it's going to be awefully sweet, though, and that'd a slight turn off to me. We'l see how it goes.
TASTE : First attack is chocolate milk, straight and honest, period. Then come some woody aromas and more complexity. The rhum is very well blended into the whole. I have to say though, it's just as sweet and cloying as I expected it to be and it's bordering on being sickly sweet. I'll go easy on those, and I'll probably share the next ones with a friend - half of one seems plenty. Marshmallows? They're in there as well. Rich. Maybe too rich?
MOUTHFEEL : As I mentionned, cloying nearly to the point of seeming unbalanced, but then I assume this is what they were aiming for. This strkes me as a candy cocoa-vanilla stout. Carbonation is fine, nothing to complain about there.
OVERALL : Very impressive beer, but DAMN this stuff is sweet. I just opened a bottle for this review and I'm already wondering if I'm going to need maalox before the evening is through. I will definitely keep the other ones I have for sharing and/or trading. I'm very, very glad I tasted this brew, but I'm not quite sure I would've bought so much of it if I'd known what it was like.
03-02-2014 02:28:06 | More by FrostBlast
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev 0%
330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 bottle.
Appearance - Black body. Minimal khaki head. Settles to a very thin collar.
Smell - Rum is pretty strong. Gives it a fruity aroma. Chocolate. Vanilla.
Taste - Chocolate. Strong oak with an astringent oak flavor. Vanilla is really strong. Lingers into the finish.
Mouthfeel - The rum is pretty strong. Very astringent and adds to the booziness. Medium carbonation.
Overall - The rum detracts from the drinkability but adds a nice component.
07-29-2014 01:51:04 | More by Alieniloquium
4.24/5 rDev +6.3%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium size brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of cacao and vanilla with some rich creamy black chocolate notes. Taste is also a mix of rich black chocolate notes with real cacao coming through with some vanilla and light rum notes also noticeable. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Smooth drinking stout with rum barely noticeable but smoothing some of the edges out.
03-29-2014 02:57:28 | More by Phyl21ca
4.24/5 rDev +6.3%
A - Pitch black with a thin layer of medium brown head that immediately receded to a ring around the edges of the glass.
S - Heavy chocolate and vanilla aromas. Fairly sweet with some roast. Not getting much barrel in the nose, but the vanilla aroma is likely masking it.
T - Roast, sweet chocolate and vanilla flavours. Light oak and spice, but otherwise not a huge barrel presence. Almost has a chocolate milkshake like flavour to it. Very nice flavour profile but would love more barrel.
M - Medium body. Very creamy and silky. Light carbonation.
03-19-2014 01:05:48 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.99/5 rDev 0%
BEER REVIEW #550!
Reviewing the Rum Barrel Aged Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel out of Montréal, Quebec (the Rome of Canada). This beer is their lovely Aphrodisiaque imperial stout aged in rum barrels.
January 2014 vintage bottle served in an O'so snifter and enjoyed on 05/07/14. Big shout out and thank you Adam and Marcus, my Canadian buddies, for helping me acquire this one.
Appearance: Black bodied with a half finger layer of khaki head off the pour. Okay lacing, good retention, solid cling. 4/5
Smell: Huge, smack-you-across-the-face vanilla cake and vanilla frosting. Also, milk chocolate and brown sugar, rounded out by rum and light wood-like character. Not the most complex, but the vanilla character here is incredibly appetizing. The brown sugar note slowly turns syrupy as it warms up. Really, really well-integrated nose. I could smell this all evening. 5/5
Taste: Unfortunately, the taste is not very well-integrated or as much of an explosive desserty vanilla bomb as the nose. Still, there are delicious pieces here. Vanilla-forward rum, chocolate, and wood. The finish is somewhat crisp, with just a bit of that wood flavor lasting. A touch boozy and heavy on the wood character, in my opinion. As it warms up, the rum develops a nicer finish. 3.75/5
Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, low carbonation. Nice balance, not very sweet, but watery mouthfeel. 3/5
Overall: While the rum aging has given this delectable stout an epic nose, the barrel treatment caused this beer to take step back in the taste department in my opinion. I like the added complexity of the rum/vanilla notes, but they were not particularly well-integrated and the taste was a bit too boozy/woody for my preference (especially given the lack of a viscous body to back it up). There is clearly a tease of greatness here; some wonderful characteristics (the nose...the nose....it is so amazing that I might as well just smell this beer instead of drink it!) with plenty of roughness around the edges. I imagine that if Dieu Du Ciel tinkered with this one a bit, that over time this could become better than Barrel Aged Peche Mortel. I would certainly be interested in sampling future batches of this one. Thank you for the hookup Adam and Marcus! Cheers.
Cost: $8 for a 12 oz bottle.
05-08-2014 04:19:15 | More by jegross2
4.49/5 rDev +12.5%
Poured from a 341 ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
A: Dark and black and almost opaque with a nice cloudy mocha head that falls fast to a thin creamy collar and leaves behind some lace.
S: A big nose that takes me straight back to the beaches of Cuba with a big sweet rum dominating. Sweet chocolate and dark roasted malt, coffee and sweet vanilla.
T: The barrel mellows on the palate but there is still some hot alcohol present that overpower some of the subtle complexities of the not barrel versions. Still there is big flavor, roasted grain, dark malt and coffee with rich chocolate and vanilla milkshake flavors. The finish is very long, complex and sweet .
M: Medium-high body and medium carbonation; rich, smooth, silky.
O: Incredible depth of flavor and mouthfeel especially for a 6.5% beer and there is a nice balance of boozy barrel and other flavors.
03-14-2014 14:26:30 | More by mtomlins
3.74/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured from a 341ml bottle.
Pours a very black body with 3 fingers of dark brown foam, good retention. Aroma is a mix of vanilla and rum. Flavor is mostly rum but there`s hints of cocoa in the aftertaste. Body is a little thin. If i compare to the base beer, the rum doesn`t really add more and if anything, i actually find it to be a lesser beer. Still good but expected more.
07-01-2014 08:44:20 | More by papat444
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearance: It has a nice almost jet-black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of rum, cocoa, vanilla, roasted coffee and some sweet caramel.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has some rum, cocoa, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and faint caramel.
Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.
02-22-2014 23:11:57 | More by SebD
4.43/5 rDev +11%
A: Pours pure black with a dark and creamy looking head. Retention is pretty bad as well as the volume. Lacing is strong even though the alcohol is pretty low.
S: You definitely get the vanilla and cocoa that brings a (duh) milk chocolate like smell to the beer. BUT, the rhum is also definitely present and blends in very very well with the rest of the beer. You get the woody notes from the barrels, some caramel and brown sugar. Very complex, fragrant and well balanced.
T: Extremely well balanced and follows the nose perfectly. Another reviewer said the beer was cloying, but it is definitely not the case here since I really don't like overly sweet beers. One of the finest tasting low ABV stout you can get.
M: This is where the beer is quite lacking. It has a very light body. Maybe a different yeast strain could have helped here, I'm not sure. Still, the beer is light bodied and carbonation is a bit "stingy" for my taste in a stout.
O: Well, this is a very very fine beer, especially considering the ABV. One of the best stouts I had in my life, no doubt about it. I can't stress how well balanced this beer is. I usually don't give scores above the average, but this is the exception. Highly recommended.
03-14-2014 20:29:00 | More by flipper2gv
4.01/5 rDev +0.5%
Thanks to Jones153 for the bottle!
BDark brown near black in colour, ring of tan head, no lace to mention here. Smell is a mix of rum, vanilla and chocolate, a bit of oak as well with some roast, as this warmed a bit it smells like tiramisu cake and is really quite nice. Taste is all chocolate and vanilla upfront before bringing in some rum and oaky/woody flavours, roast with a bit of coffee, lots of vanilla in the aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium-light body. Quite nice, the base beer comes through quite a bit here as the rum and oak are a bit on the subtle side but still add some nice complexity, more body would be apreciated but body wise it is pretty close to the base beer which makes sense.
03-31-2014 16:31:55 | More by peensteen
Aphrodisiaque (Élevée En Barriques De Rhum) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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