Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Stout - American
Ranked #9
Ranked #1,598
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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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

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
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jkblr from Indiana

3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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janubio from Spain

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.

Apr 14, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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%

Mar 01, 2019
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 17, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

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.

Sep 24, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

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.

Aug 27, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

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.

Aug 11, 2018
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lmaduells from Spain

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.

Feb 25, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 04, 2017
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csmrx7 from Canada

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.

Sep 18, 2017
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Jtee from Canada

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.

Jul 26, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

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.


Jun 16, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 10, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

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

May 03, 2017
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bbtkd from South Dakota

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.

Apr 26, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 08, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Jan 19, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 16, 2017
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Jesterr44 from Canada

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).

Jan 06, 2017
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 03, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

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.

Jan 03, 2017
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

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

Dec 26, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

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.

Nov 21, 2016
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unclekeith from Alaska

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!

Nov 09, 2016
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