Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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American Stout
Ranked #11
Ranked #1,479
4.21 | pDev: 8.79%
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Notes: Also known as Aphrodite.

Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon 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. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.
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Reviews: 644 | Ratings: 1,698
Photo of janubio
2.58/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a balloon glass at Las Buenas Pulgas. Black colour, small beige head with short retention. Small lacing. Not much aroma, some chocolate, roasted malts, coconut and a hint of vanilla. Medium to light body, thin texture, flat carbonation. Roasted finish. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's something I can't fiebre it out and I don't like. A bit of a deception to me.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is fairly full-bodied, chocolate flavor and something a bit stronger nudges through--almost had a bourbon barrel aged quality. But the balance began to fall apart as the beer warmed. Some harshness, and surprising booziness for a 6.5%

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - black body, finger of almond head

S - Muted milk chocolate. Malty. Some coffee. Decent tobacco and licorice. Reminds me of GD Yeti.

T - More chocolate here. Lots of roasted malt.

F - Full

O - Its alright. Cocoa is ok, but no vanilla. Flavors are muted.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is jet black, leaking to mahogany on the edges, with a rich tan head. There’s a stone fruit note on the nose at first, then dark chocolate and hops.

The taste is a flavor adventure: black cherries, dark chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and smoky char. This is exceptional, IMHO.

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Photo of stevoj
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.5 oz bottle from Albertsons. Pours out thick and black, small creamy beige head. Aroma is roast malts, burnt toast, ashy, chocolate. Subtle but rich. Taste begins with the roast malt bitterness, hints of dark chocolate, toasted marshmallows. Again very subtle. A little bitterness lingers, hint of sweetness. Creamy and smooth. Not a big beer in ABV, but huge in taste and feel.

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Photo of Boto
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle: This one pours an inky, dark brown color. There was a small tan head that didn't linger long or leave any lacing. Good nose. Cocoa, caramel, vanilla, some roasted malts, The taste is good. A touch of bitterness. Cocoa, some caramel, faint vanilla. A good stout.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A good beer of a style that does not fascinate me. Accustomed to Belgian beers with this I lack powerfully. But we must recognize that the brewery that makes this beer is professional.

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Photo of bret717
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one was bottled on 4/13/17, so about 8 months ago

Look- pours black with a 1 finger tan head. very little lacing

Smell- caramel, vanilla, a little bit of roast

Taste- starts with a quick sweet jolt of vanilla, caramel and little chocolate, followed by an intense wallop of burnt roast and accompanying bitterness. The vanilla than comes back and it finishes slightly sweet and bitter.

Feel- fairly light bodied with easy carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall- I was worried that there wouldn't be much vanilla or chocolate left because of the age on this one, but both were there in varying amounts, especially the vanilla. The sweet and bitter compliment each other really nicely. I look forward to getting some more next time I see it.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Souch fun to have this after peche mortel. Peche mortel is incredibly smooth for the style but aphrodisiaque is on a whole other level.

The vanilla and cocoa are balanced, natural and not.over powering. A lot of highly rated additive stouts could learn a lot from this beer.

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Photo of Jtee
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 341ml bottle served at 19 degrees Celsius into a snifter. Bottled on date: 27.7.2016 – just about a full year in the bottle.

Look: The beer pours an opaque very dark brown with 4cm of dense, light brown head that settles into a craggy cap after 3+ minutes. Good lacing and retention.

Smell: Moderate strength and sweet. Predominant roasted malts, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Faint coffee, caramel, and alcohol. Some dark fruit esters have developed over time. There's a definite aged quality in the nose but not in a bad way.

Taste: Strong and bittersweet; a fine balance indeed. Moderate roasted malts with coffee, dark chocolate, and some caramel. Low hop and ester character.

Feel: Medium-full body with faint carbonation. Creamy, velvety smooth with restrained alcohol warmth and a hint of astringency. Beautiful texture.

Overall: Every time I have this beer I really enjoy it. The flavour profile and texture are great for a sipping dessert brew. Excellent craftsmanship. This one aged very nicely by adding complexity and changing the drinking experience ever so slightly. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to snifter. (labelled as Aphrodite, bottled 12/22/16.)

LOOK: dark black, but thin looking for a stout. Medium off white head.
AROMA: coffee, light chocolate.
TASTE: coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Still no vanilla. Touch of tobacco.
FEEL: thinness confirmed. There is also a Dryness. There is a nice carbonation that keeps this interesting.

Good beer. Would be better with a little more body and the touted vanilla. It's no Peche Mortel.


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a nonic. The appearance was a nice looking black color with a thin white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than twenty seconds. Stringy lacing wove around the glass. The smell had a strong roasty coffee bean and chocolate to sweet vanilla with an underscore of dark fruits. The taste possessed the strong roasty coffee bean and amplified the sweet level of chocolate to lead into the aftertaste and stroll right on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sessionable aspect about it. There was a nice roasty and slightly bitter quality rolling over my tongue. Overall, this was a very good American Stout that has a lot going on. I would definitely have it again.

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

From Bierkraft. In Teku glass. Playing 8Bit Adventures. Lots of vanilla here,sometimes I found myself thinking it's too much but then I found myself eager for the next sip.Not much roasted profile

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Photo of bbtkd
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Aphrodite, 6.5% ABV. Pours medium viscosity and black, with a one finger tan head. Nose is milk, chocolate and vanilla. Taste follows, with slight bitterness, slight alcohol heat, and a bit of carbonation burn on the close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! "Aphrodisiaque"
on tap at the brewery on 1 Octobre 2014
$6.50 / pint

Notes: Nitro-stout appearance... not sure if it is, but it has that densely creamy tan head over a black-brown body. Aroma: cocoa in the nose kind of like walking into a chocolate shop. Flavor: Cocoa and vanilla upfront. Stout then steps in with a solid roastiness. Moderate bitterness. It walks the line between a dessert beer and a regular stout. Creamy medium body.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark black pour, no head.

Aroma of milk chocolate. Lactose.

Lots of roast malts to start with bitter dark chocolate on the back. Lactose floating somewhere too.

Milky feel with a drying, roasty finish.

Overall, not a bad stout. Wish it were thicker and sweeter.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle

Pours opaque pitch black with a creamy frothy brown foam head. Smells like dark baking chocolate, cinnamon-esque sweet smoky spice, toasted graham crackery malt, marshmallow vanilla bean, cherry, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark bitter baking chocolate, vanilla bean, toasted graham crackery malt, sweet smoky spice, cherry, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice cocoa and vanilla bean stout.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Called Aphrodite when I bought a 4 pack at an LCBO near Toronto. Pours a deep brown/black with a nice tan/brown head with significant lacing. Lots of taste with chocolate, coffee, etc & a nice smooth & full mouthfeel. This becomes one of my top 2 favourite Canadian Stouts alongside St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout (admittedly I'm not a fan of the Imperial stout style but have heard there are some great Canadian offerings in that style).

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and oily with a brownish tinted head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee, big roasted malt notes. In the taste, cocoa, vanilla, mocha coffee, and a hint of smoke. Really a solid flavorful stout brewed with cocoa and vanilla. It's easy to drink for a full bodied beer, and is almost like a very well made dessert in a glass.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 09/12/16

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. Cocoa-powder colored head that peaks at a half finger's width and fades rather quickly, leaving a mostly barren surface and a razor thin ring of suds around the edge of the edge of the glass. Minuscule spots, most of which slide back into the drink, make up the lacing.

Smell - Prominent vanilla with lesser milk chocolate. Very faint roast peaks through after it warms.

Taste - Follows the nose. Tons of vanilla upfront and throughout, with lesser cocoa/chocolate character that comes in soon after. There's a touch of bitterness in the finish after the brew warms, but too little, too late.

Mouthfeel - Near full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky, nigh creamy texture with a slightly drying finish.

Overall - After the brilliance of it's sister, Peche Mortel, I can't help but be let down by this one. Too much prominent vanilla cuts out much of the darker character, leaving this tasting a bit too one-dimensional, even after warming up and flashing a bit of bittering balance. A one-and-done buy for me.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: jet black, with a nice tan lacing head
S: not much on the nose
T: soft, toasty malts, faint coffee, vanilla and chocolate
F: lots of upfront mouthfeel, creamy
O: delicious

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours opaque and pitch black with a lazy but persistent dark tan head. A few suspended particles floating around in there, but that never hurt anyone.

A: A perfect blend of equal parts chocolate and vanilla, followed by roasted hazelnuts, then molasses lingers in the background.

F: Chocolate and vanilla again leading the way with a bit of burnt toast and nuttines, and the slightest sense of dark cherries. Almost like a perfect and classic ice cream sundae: one scoop vanilla, one scoop chocolate, and a cherry on top! (Hold the whipped cream please.)

F: Wonderful feel. Creamy almost velvety, coats the roof of your mouth and tongue, finishes dry and surprisingly balanced despite what its flavor and aroma would suggest.

O: An amazing stout overall. I would love to have this every night for dessert! I couldn't think of changing a thing.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle (12/21/15) into a snifter

L: Black with a billowing khaki head, settling to a collar leaving nice lacing
S: Coffee, Vanilla, Roasted malt
T: Follows the nose, big vanilla in the back, no hops, not much in the way of bitterness
M: A tad thin, nice carb
O: Great easy drinking, complex stout - very nice!

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Photo of senglish7
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice hint of vanilla on the nose. Taste was sweet, somewhat crisp with a clean finish. Not super boozy at all. Overall a good stout that I enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle, US date of 4/28/16, labeled "Aphrodite." Pours black with a larger sized light khaki head; lots of small carbonation bubbles. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, earthy hops, licorice, roasted malt, and caramel. The taste follows with roasted malt, cocoa, licorice, earthy hops, vanilla, and caramel. Medium bitterness, medium dryness, and light sweetness. Average carbonation and body for the style. Overall, nothing really stands out in this one, but it's tasty with some unique notes of licorice and caramel.

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