Aphrodisiaque / Aphrodite
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Stout - American
Ranked #10
Ranked #2,929
4.2 | pDev: 8.81%
Apr 13, 2022
Jun 10, 2003
Aphrodisiaque / AphroditeAphrodisiaque / Aphrodite
Notes: 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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4 by akk14 from Illinois on Apr 13, 2022
4 by doctorgary from New York on Dec 22, 2021
4 by micada from New York on Sep 05, 2021
4.25 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jun 23, 2021
3.77 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on May 10, 2021
3.5 by Iski100 from Massachusetts on Apr 20, 2021
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

341 ml bottle, from a Quebecois co-worker. ABV is 6.5%. Black colour, low tan head. Strong and pleasant aroma of cocoa and vanilla. The flavour is not very sweet, but has plenty of cocoa powder and vanilla, with strong coffee and bittering hops in the finish. No aphrodisiaque effect detected - maybe I am immune?

Mar 20, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

This is my new favourite stout among those that I can buy in my region. At $14 for 4 bottles it's so much better than I would have expected.
The look is pretty standard for a 7% ish abv stout. Dark black with brownish head that leaves a small amount of lacing.
The smell on this beer is by far the best I have ever experienced. I didn't have a bottle opener when I tried it for the first time so I had to whack it on the counter and when some spilled there was this huge rush of vanilla, chocolate, and beautiful malt.
The taste on this beer is very cool and the added flavours of vanilla and chocolate are done very well. The vanilla comes up front but is subtle and the sweetness is balanced well by the roasted malt. The chocolate follows into the aftertaste and is again balanced well by the bitter coffee notes of the roasted malt.
The mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium-full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Maybe a little more carbonation would be nice, but I like it.
Overall this beer is closer to a 97 for me. I imagine if you buy it from a store that stores it warm and it was bottled a year ago it'll be pretty rough. I got mine stored cold and bottled 3 months ago so all was well with mine. Honestly worth a trip to Quebec to try it on tap along with the other bangers by Dieu du Ciel. Great beer.

Feb 20, 2021
3.92 by jakecattleco from California on Dec 30, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by zolotarov from Canada (QC)

Appearance: Almost black brown
Smell: Malt, port, coffee
Taste: Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, dark dry fruits, malt
Mouthfeel: low carbonation
Overall: A tasty stout with pronounced flavours that complement each other well

Dec 10, 2020
5 by MiomiWencat from Canada (QC) on Nov 06, 2020
3.24 by aklavall from Canada (AB) on Oct 26, 2020
4.18 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Aug 20, 2020
4.32 by Teion from Canada (AB) on Jun 11, 2020
4.46 by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts on Mar 07, 2020
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on Feb 08, 2020
3.78 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Jan 22, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Unknown vintage; drank on draft @ Hopleaf on 1/14/20.

Black appearance. Nice nitro head; strong, frothy lace.

Creamy vanilla, mild chocolate syrup & faint fresh earth notes in the nose.

Creamy, silky mouthfeel.

Creamy vanilla & mild milk chocolate flavors up front; faint fresh earth & faint hop bite notes on the finish.

Complex but easy to enjoy...I really liked this.

Jan 16, 2020
4.04 by Wolvesinthetaproom from New Hampshire on Jan 03, 2020
4.47 by JoebRogers from Canada (QC) on Oct 01, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jkblr from Indiana

11.5oz twist off bottle labeled "Aphrodite" poured into a teku glass at just above fridge temp 6.5% ABV. Bottled on 2018-01-16 (21 months ago). The beer pours dense black with just a glimmer of brown highlight if held to light. The head is modest, mocha brown in color and settles to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Minimal lacing. The aroma is faintly sweet with the cocoa and vanilla present. The taste is surprisingly bitter up front with dark roasted malt first, chocolate second and vanilla nearly gone. The finish is less bitter and somewhat drying. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, good. Not what I expected. Shame on Shelton Brothers for delivering an 18 month old beer to the store and shame on me for buying it. Definitely a pass at this age, this price (5.99) and stored warm. I'm giving some leeway in my numerical score and hoping to find this fresher in the future.

Sep 23, 2019
3.79 by Arseniy from Canada (QC) on Aug 03, 2019
4.09 by RMW66 from Australia on Jul 14, 2019
4.09 by Ajlvt from Washington on Jul 09, 2019
4.25 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB) on Jul 06, 2019
3.68 by reitzbrewing from Pennsylvania on Jun 16, 2019
3.74 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2019
4.03 by brandoneast from Texas on Apr 24, 2019
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2.58/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by janubio from Spain

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.

Apr 14, 2019
4.02 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Apr 06, 2019
4.19 by garthbrennan from Canada (AB) on Mar 13, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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%

Mar 01, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 17, 2019
4.51 by flyersfan900 from Virginia on Feb 16, 2019
4.43 by baklo from North Carolina on Jan 02, 2019
3 by jeschaefer from Texas on Sep 29, 2018
4.05 by KevinMc from Illinois on Sep 27, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

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.

Sep 24, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

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.

Aug 27, 2018
4.39 by Jibs from Canada (QC) on Aug 12, 2018
Aphrodisiaque / Aphrodite from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1718 ratings