Aphrodisiaque
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Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #9
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,605
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 8.79%
Reviews:
646
Ratings:
1,706
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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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Mehinaman from Washington

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 08, 2015
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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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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

beautiful brew here from du ciel. expert use of vanilla and cocoa nibs in this stout, rich yet drinkable, never cloying, and as authentic as it comes as far as the additives are concerned. the nose on it is amazing, fresh vanilla beans, seeds scraped clean from the pod, and bitter roasted barley and dark chocolate malt. the flavor is the same, but the layers impress me most. coffee is subtle, not even in the beer, but i taste it. the cocoa is earthy and bittersweet, but it comes first, than the vanilla as it moves toward the finish, but at the end, it tastes like stout. rich, well made, creamy delicious stout. the additives are not dominant but complimentary, a fine balance. the feel is great too, velvety smooth and luscious on the palate, coating but not sugary or heavy. not a ton of carbonation, but it doesnt need more than what it has. an excellent beer worthy of the highest praise. another thing i love about this, and all of their beer really, is how affordable it is. five or six bucks a bottle for beer of this quality is incredibly fair. so many other breweries would brutally overcharge for beer this good. well done all around.

Feb 28, 2014
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Bruno74200 from France

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The smell of this beer Is greatness. Cocoa, vanilla, marshmallow, dark fruit. The taste Is less complex than the smell and the thin mouthfeel doesn't do it any good. It could be of great complexity but it's not as thick as it should be

Jun 20, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a small 1 inch khaki colored head that fades to a tiny cap. Decent rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malt, dark cocoa powder, and vanilla beans. Taste is of rich chocolate syrup, roasted malts, and vanilla beans. The tastes are very balanced and overall this beer is not sweet at all. There is a dark chocolate bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is a bit flat making for a thin and light presence in the mouth. Overall, this is a good stout with nice cocoa and vanilla flavors that shows that a beer doesn't have to be sweet to have these flavors on display.

Apr 26, 2011
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(bottle notched at 7 and 3 on the label - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: black liquid with a khaki-colored head... the tall, glistening foam stand slowly disintegrates into a rocky texture, leaving some crackly bands of lace... I still can't figure out why they keep using twist-off caps...

S: creme-filled, dark chocolate candy (a la easter-time eggs)... light-fair amount of smoke in the back, which gradually gives way to more roasted barley aroma... no hops. little-to-no alcohol, and no discernible malt sweetness... overall, fine for a stout, but not as dynamically aromatic considering the additives

T: almost like a black-n-white milkshake (or a Twirl bar) mixed with an extra-roasty/bitter stout... its roastiness comes forward more and collects in the middle of the palate with each sip... vanilla merely highlights - its covered up, not in the nude

F: somewhat silky smooth medium-full body with a hint of roughness on the edges... not much gassy sizzle - blanket soft... little bit of residual sediment on palate, but otherwise quiet and dry enough

O: decadent, but not quite a sipper - it's alright, take big gulps... they've made some pleasant enhancements to a relatively straight-forward stout... this sold a lot at a bar I worked at - great label/name - but one is enough

Jun 10, 2015
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MasterSki from Canada

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #300! Big thanks to papat444 (via grub) for sending a few bottles of this my way. Served in my FOBAB taster.

A - Huge three-fingered mocha foam with excellent retention and some glass-coating lacing. Pitch black, with a hint of brown at the fringes of the glass. This is what a single stout should look like.

S - Loads of bittersweet chocolate, roasty malts, a touch of leather, vanilla bean, and caramel. Awesome stuff - hard to imagine this much flavor is packed into a 6.5% brew.

T - Taste is a little more understated, with lots of roastiness, chocolate, and maybe a bit of wood/barrel flavor at the back end. The bottle mentions bourbon as one of the smells, but it doesn't smell/taste like a barrel-aged beer other than the dry woody notes. A mix of roast bitterness and wood in the aftertaste.

M - The body is a little thinner than I like, verging on the lighter side of medium. There's tons of residual stickiness and mild carbonation, and it's super smooth. I just wish there was more body to this one.

D - Damn - my 6oz pour went like nothing. This is super drinkable stuff, and the only thing impeding session status is the strong roast bitterness in the aftertaste.

Awesome stuff - can't way to see "Aphrodite" in stores in the US.

Jul 01, 2009
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babaracas from Florida

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aphrodite, too bad it doesn't "google" easily. Very very dark brown, one finger of fluffy medium brown head settles quickly, delicate spray of lace trails the liquid. Smell: vanilla, high cocoa (but not too high!) chocolate, plum, caramel. Holy balls this smells amazing. Hyped out the b imperial stouts can't touch this. Taste: vanilla, white chocolate, high cocoa chocolat,e black plum (very ripe), mild roast. Wow. Peche Mortel isn't the only world beating stout coming out of Du Ciel. Aphrodite / whatever is intense and incredibly well done.

Mar 30, 2015
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD 6/16. Pours black. Quite outstanding head volume with world class lacing and retention.

Almost world class nose of cocoa, sweet chocolate, mild roast and vanilla notes.

Light medium body that is smooth but is slightly creamy in the effervescent finish. Carbonation is balanced well for the body with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a solid burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is quite good, but not as complex as I had hoped. It leads with cocoa that attempts to morph into chocolate, but fails due to a lack of balancing sweetness. The middle is mildly bittered from roast with a bit of hops. The finish is a slow fade that lingers with an unsweetened cocoa note. If you look for it, you can taste the vanilla but it is quite understated in the flavor profile.

Mar 31, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A serious aroma of vanilla and cocoa swirl about the nose even before decanting the beer. Mouthwatering and seductive upfront and I'll later learn that the beer doesn't let up.

Pitch black in color and with a dense lace of foam that proudly sits atop the beer through most of the session while continually lacing all the way. A great look to this beer.

Large maltiness sets the stage for bold coffee, nuts, barley sweetness, and that cocoa and vanilla blend that dominates the beer throughout. Sweetness, however has a simplified confection (powdered sugar) flavor that my hinge a bit on aspirtame taste. The seetness seems right for a Sweet Stout or Milk Stout. This sweetness seems to amplify the cocoa and vanilla notes but hinder the roasted barley and coffee characteristics.

Quite weighted and velvety to texture because of fleeting carbonation and rising sweetness that prevents drying. A long linger of cocoa and vanilla keeps the memory of the beer all over the mouth making this beer very drinkable and palatable. This glass emptied way too fast.

Thanks jlindros!

Sep 13, 2009
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Derek from Canada

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Sep 29, 2009
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buffs9 from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown, clear but almost opaque. Long lasting, big, frothy mocha head. Lots of lacing.

S - Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roasty dark malts, raisins.

F/M - balance of dark malts, roasty chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Caramel and sweet malts. Some bitterness and dark malts. Medium-full bodied, a little rich, but nothing that exciting going on here. Moderate carbonation with a dry, chocolaty finish.

D - Was expecting to like this beer a lot more. Flavors need to be stronger for my tastes.

May 03, 2011
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Tele from California

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: 4.25 Dark black, pours thick with a small, tan head that leaves quickly.

S: 4.25 Roasted malt and coffee with lots of vanilla and a bit of caramel.

T: 3.5 Not quite as nice as the nose. Mostly roasted malt bitterness and a good dose of vanilla. Bittersweet chocolate at the end.

M: 3.5 Looks viscous on the pour, but actually a little thin.

O: 3.75 Looks and smells great, but not as good as I was hoping. Taste and mouth feel are lacking. Definitely prefer peche mortel.

Jul 03, 2014
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muskiesman from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Apr 01, 2012
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GonzoHomebrewer from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1%

Apr 27, 2014
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PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 11, 2015
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Maciejone

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 19, 2015
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Kirk from England

4/5  rDev -5%

Dec 24, 2013
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fear025 from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Hot chocolate with a little bit of alcohol.

Appearance:Black, Tan head, good head retention, poor lacing.

Taste:Delicious! Tons of dark chocolate, a little bit of vanilla. The flavor is the same from the foretaste thru the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Smooth and creamy with just a little carbonation.

Drinkability:Chocolaty and delicious, this beer is quite a treat.

Jul 10, 2010
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pwoody11 from Delaware

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is of the Aphrodite label.

Pours a pitch black with a dark brown head. Not much retention, but a little lace action going on.

Aroma- Chocolate, espresso and vanilla. Almost iced frappuccino-ish.

Taste- Same as it smells for the most part. Bottle says hops are evident, but I'm not picking up anything. Any of the bitterness I'm picking up is coming from the cocoa. Not as sweet as I expected with the vanilla bean in the ingredient list. Some roasted malt is there, but for the most part the cocoa and espresso dominate the beers flavor characteristics.

This is a nice beer. Perfect with a dessert. Vanilla gelato perhaps or even better with some cheesecake. Drinks very smooth. I'm diggin the mouthfeel here. Not the best stout I've ever had, but well above average.

Mar 30, 2010
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Paccamacca from California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

Jun 13, 2013
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22Blue from Kansas

4/5  rDev -5%

Aug 22, 2014
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AppaZappa from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an inviting beer that pours a rich dark brown with light and somewhat skimpy head that faded quickly. The smell is very nice--rich roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, a touch of coffee, smoke, and caramel. The taste delivers similar notes but in a much more subtle fashion. The chocolate and vanilla predominate, but I suppose I wanted a bit more 'punch' here that I got. The moutfeel is similar--much more thin than others in the style (though consistent with the ABV). This is a solid offering and is much less sweet and bold than others of the style.

Aug 19, 2015
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle bought from Brewdogs online shop

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Dirty tan head poured very fairly thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong roasted bready malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... caramel, cocoa, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), light vanilla, earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above.. hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts...

Feel - Sharp and dry with a little creaminess underneath... medium bodied... at 6.5% this is a dangerously drinkable brew...

Overall - A world class stout - so well balanced and drinkable... highly recommended...

Dec 01, 2013
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kjyost from Canada

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a rich mocha head atop it. Smells of coffee, but with sweetness. As time passes the dominant aroma became one of chocolate. The beer is quite complex and flavourful with sweet malt, chocolate and less coffee than I expected for a coffee stout. This is in no ways a criticism, as I found it better balanced than most coffee first - stout second beers I have drank. The coffee flavour is reminiscent of Kahlua, with a subtle smoothness. Light carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

Feb 06, 2010
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