Aphrodisiaque | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Popsinc on 06-10-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
615
Ratings:
1,600
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
Wants:
183
Gots:
228
For Trade:
9
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Photo of farrago
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Healthy two finger head of incredibly dark brown hue, sizzles into a mottled surface, the lacing is thicker and stronger than might have been expected. Onyx black liquid, fully impenetrable and opaque, looks more clean than cloudy, tiny glimpse of a few bubbles as the break the surface. Densely packed nose of milk chocolate, cocoa and toffee yet manages a semidry texture in the nostrils, grainy with a light roast which gets smoothed out by lactose notes, scents linger nicely. Full-bodied and also nimble, for all of its weight it is not difficult to swallow and look forward to the next sip. More roast and graininess here, touch of mineral water as well. While concentrated, the chocolate, coffee, toffee, glazed nut, licorice flavors are not overly sweet and mostly cleaned up by the finish where the roast leaves instead a bit of charcoal or tar. Not getting much fruit flavor, mixed blacks at very best. Likewise, the vanilla seems lost in the mix. The mouth feel is steady and drinkability good, however, there’s something missing that can’t quite be fingered. Very good but short of excellent.

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Photo of braker649er
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed bottle to glass in Quebec City hotel room. Funny that the bottles are twist cap for a high-end brewery. Solid beer even if I didn't pick up all the flavors on the label. Good dark chocolate and vanilla. Not as heavy as peche mortel from same brewery, and not as bold, a little more bitter, still very strong.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

$4.99 for a 11.5oz bottle, labeled "Aphrodite" on my bottle, stout brewed with cocoa and vanilla, 6.5% ASBV per the bottle, no specs per the website. Pours out to a non-oily black, forming a modest tan head with average retention, sparse lacing, carbonation is moderate. Nose of black walnut, a little smoke, roast malt, vanilla, carob. Mouthfeel is kinda tart and acidic owing to the roasted malts, with a medium body, ending dry. The taste opens with chalk, sour milk, then black walnut, chocolate, some vanilla, ending in earthy bitterness (moderate), and ash. No off flavors or aroma.

This is an OK stout, but has too much roasted malt and ends up being acidic and astringent. it certainly is not a $5/bottle beer, more a $2/bottle beer. Much better stouts out there for the price.

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Photo of Shanex
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dieu du Ciels attempt at a stout is a success... Huge flavor of vanilla and cocao. Though and as mentioned before here I was expecting a much balanced and complex brew. Its definitely a good beer but slightly overrated.

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Photo of Bruno74200
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

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I'm a stout and Porter drinker, this one isn't entirely my cup of tea. Pitch black with a nice tan head that sticks around for a while and laces nicely.. The smell has an interesting wet canvas smell to my nose. The taste is simultaneously complex and watery (probably due to my experience with high grav American stouts). I taste unripe pears and tobacco. Different. Maybe even unique. I might even have one again . . . but I think it could have been better.

Look forward to trying their 9.5% Peche Mortel next time!

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Photo of portwood
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell: VANILLA! dark chocolate, toasted nuts, coffee.
Taste: bittersweet, cocoa, rich mouth feel.
Finish: dry, vanilla, chocolate, earthy hops, hint of smoke.
(bottled 08/25/15)

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours nearly black with ruby highlights when held to the light with a thin cap of creamy brown head that leaves natural rock archway formation lace as it recedes.

Smells of milk chocolate, dried vanilla, roasted caramel malt, soft coffee grounds and mild bitter hops.

Tastes of more roasted malt, rich milk chocolate, vanilla beans, cold creamy coffee and more faint leafy hops.

Feels surprisingly fizzy. Medium bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes drier than you'd think.

Verdict: Highly recommended. If the price isn't too dear, this would make a mean vanilla ice cream beer float.

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Photo of TerryW
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Proper porter look. Chocolate and vanilla in the nose. Comes across to me as chocolate cherry to taste. Pretty substantial on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel. Yeah, this is a dessert beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in the middle and dark brown to the edge. Tan head, 1/2". Aroma was heavy on the chocolate, a little lesser in the roast and vanilla. Enjoyable.

Bitterness, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt coffee notes to a lesser degree. Easily this brewery's best beer. Expensive though. Smooth even though bitter. Absorbs alcohol well.

Not really a repeat purchase kind of beer given the high price.

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Photo of Brewxer
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The unsweetened cocoa flavour surprised me a bit, I really liked it, especially as the beer warmed up. I think I might end up liking this beer even more the second time. Which might be tomorrow.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a fingers worth of tan head. The nose is chocolate with a hint of vanilla. The flavor is the opposite as I get more vanilla followed by the cocoa. The feel is medium to medium full. A little thicker and not very carbonated. This is a wonderful stout that is very easy to drink at 6.5%. Anytime I see it I grab a bottle.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a Guinness pint glass. Purchased a 4 pack from the LCBO for about $13 CDN. Marked as Aphrodite for the Ontario market perhaps. Virtually all other leads me to believe this is Aphrodisiaque. Bottled august 24, 2015.

Appearance - pitch black beer spills out from the bottle forming an ominous presence topped by a finger of short lived tan head. Some minimal lacing left behind and obviously clarity is impossible to tell due to color.

Smell - big aromas mainly of coffee and vanilla, reminiscent of an old fashioned mocha, with some wet fresh coffee grounds at the end. A dialed back version of Peche Mortel perhaps. Either way it smells good. A little graham cracker mixed in for good measure. Some off putting metallic characteristic on the back half of the bottle which was strange.

Taste - a little coffee, chocolate, vanilla and graham cracker up front, makes for a delicious initial sip. That turns a little more bitter as the coffee flavours spread their wings. Mild bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel- fairly light body, creamy qualities and good carbonation. Delightful feel especially as a dessert beer.

Overall - while it doesn't quite match Peche Mortel, this is a delightful lighter stout that captures the delicious combo of vanilla and coffee with hints of chocolate and graham cracker thrown in for good measure. Certainly worth a shot while it's in stock. And while most stouts I've enjoyed haven't had the drop of that certain other styles experience, it would certainly be great to have access fresher bottles.

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

Not as good as Péché Mortel but still lovely. Shimmering vanilla intersects with chocolate and you are the lucky recipient of this meeting.
Smooth and agreeable.

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Photo of WeizenMike
4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Stout's typically aren't my favourite style, but this is one of my all-time favourite beers. So deliciously smooth and decadent; a perfect mix of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. This is frequently a stable-hold as at The Only Cafe on their rotating taps and for great reason. Simply put, this is one of the tastiest and best beers Canada has to offer. This is more of a sipping beer rather than a getting drunk beer, but it is fantastic and highly recommended to any beer fan regardless of style preference

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Photo of agreenman19
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - a deep, decadent black. Mocha tan head. Creamy. Looks delicious.

S - pure milk chocolate. The rich kind too. Nothing thin and fleeting about it. The vanilla adds some serious sweetness.

T - a wonderful continuation of the aroma. Seamless transition. Slight buttering hops shine through in the middle and toward the end, leaving a tingling prickliness on the tongue. Dryness? Well balanced between vanilla and cocoa, this is a bang-up dessert beer.

F - med/thick feel. Satisfyingly complements the milky chocolate flavors. Could be a little thicker, but we're only working with 6.5% here.

O - pretty impressed! I thought it was gonna be another spicy Belgiany dubbel/stout that falls short in the advertises cocoa/vanilla, but they sure showed me! Downright delicious. Dessert beer heaven.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO. A 4pk for around $13.00. Served at 7deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a tiny brown head that lasts for a minute before film out. Very dark black colour

S- A bit of chocolate and malt

T- TONS of chocolate. Lots of coffee. Just a flavor bomb. Has a lot of complexity and some hops. Has a vanilla bean bottom end that lasts and lasts along with the chocolate. Excellent

M- Creamy good

O- Very nice overall blend. Will buy more for the cellar. Enjoyable to say the least

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went well with....... Chocolate cake!

Enjoy

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

341 mL bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; bottled Aug 24 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours inky black, generating one finger of frothy tan-coloured head. It fades over the next 60 seconds or so, leaving behind a thin, loose collar and a modest quantity of lace. Vanilla and dark chocolate dominate the nose, with additional notes of roasted malts, coffee w/cream, molasses and maybe some dark fruits. I'd give it a higher grade for aroma, but honestly I find the vanilla a bit cloying.

Tasty stuff. Vanilla is still one of the more prominent facets of the flavour profile, but the brew's roasted malt backing provides enough kick to balance it out a bit. Molasses sweetness comes through clearly, as does the cocoa, which is buoyed by some added chocolatey roasted malt flavours. Light hints of coffee and cocoa powder bitterness towards the finish, with a bittersweet aftertaste and subtly lingering vanilla. Semi-dry. Medium in body, with restrained carbonation levels that result in a relatively soft, smooth mouthfeel. A good stout, but given its excellent aggregate score I was expecting a bit more.

Final Grade: 4.04, an A-. Not sure if it's the old bottle or my general disinterest in vanilla as an adjunct, but Aphrodite/Aphrodisiaque isn't blowing me away like some of DDC's other products have managed to. It's still quite good, and I would probably recommend it to others, but I am still left feeling underwhelmed. Perhaps it's simply a case of my expectations being too high? It's a distinct possibility, and so I'll be sure to revisit this one in the future if fresh stock shows up - say, bottles that are less than half a year old. Hope that's not asking too much LCBO... oh who am I kidding. Of course it is.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a jet black color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that reduces to just a ring around the glass

S- roasted dark malts, fig & prune, vanilla & cocoa nibs, hint of coffee, brownies

T- dark and roasty, giving flavors of black licorice, vanilla bean, cocoa nibs, chocolate wafers, hints of char & coffee, slightly sweet finish with more cocoa and vanilla on the linger

M- thick and creamy body with moderate carbonation leads to a thick and chewy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- very tasty stout that packs plenty of punch, without having to up the abv to imperial level, very good

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter. This most excellent stout pours a rich black with a fantastic head of light brown foam that subsides to a THICK ring, nice full pooling layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla, and cream. Flavor exceed the nose with rich roasted coffee awash in chocolate and sweet cream on the front and middle. Middle to back of the taste fades to a nice vanilla bean note that is not overpowering embracing a great balance on the back with a touch of herbal hops. Smooth smooth mouth feel, subtly creamy, low carbonation, and a roasted malt aftertaste. Excellence from an excellent brewery.

Cheers

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Photo of larryarms847
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rather viscous, motor oil brown/black with a thin khaki head.

Vanilla, cocoa powder, and roasted malt.

Wonderful balance of chocolate and vanilla without being too sweet. Nice overall roasty bitterness.

Medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, slightly chewy, subtle bitterness, and rather smooth.

Overall, I was rather pleasantly surprised how thick this brew is considering the lower ABV. Nicely balanced and a creamy smooth drinker.

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Photo of ERK_ANDREWS
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had the chance to visit Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! about a year ago and sample three of their beers (will dig out my notes on those for another review). Was extremely impressed. Saw this on a drink menu and had to order it.

Date: 1/2/16
Source: Bottle - Restaurant in NYC
Glass: Tulip

A: Near black. Quarter of an inch tan head that died down pretty quick.

S: Wow! Sweet. Brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee…could smell but didn’t identify the vanilla at first (I didn’t read label until I’d tasted)…though after two sips it really came through.

T: Not as sweet as I thought it would be based on the smell and none of the flavors dominated overall…I’d get the vanilla with the initial sip and that would evolve to chocolate/cocoa and then roast coffee finishing with just a touch of bitterness. That being said it hit all the spots…and I’d have to say was really balanced.

M: Medium, smooth and a bit velvety. Lighter than it looks.

O: Very nice. Really appreciated the balance of flavor. An excellent unwind beer. Had three in a row and enjoyed every one of them.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Hill Farmstead wine glass, nice tan lacing and minimal head on top of a black body. Aromas are roasted malt, dark chocolate, notes of vanilla.
Taste matches aroma, with cocoa and vanilla very present. Delicious American stout.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a thick motor oil like black color (think I even heard the "glug glug" as it poured out of the bottle). A light foamy white cap of a head sat atop of the beer. Light stringy lacing slides in and around the glass in the wake of the head.
The smell had a roasty coffee blended nicely with some vanilla and light bourbon.
The taste was roasty and sweet through the previously mentioned flavors. There's a lingering sweet to roasty aftertaste leading into the same sort of finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a super nice sessionability about it. Carbonation comes across fairly refined.
Overall, this was an exceptional stout. American, eh, well, the use of the hops seemed a bit low, but hey, everything else really hit the spot. I'd have this again, I wonder if this is meant to be an English styled stout, not sure.

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