Aphrodisiaque | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of hopsbreath
2.22/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

After enjoying the rich coffee infused flavor of Peche Mortel, I wanted to see what else Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel was capable of. Aphrodite really pulled me in with the promise of vanilla bean infusion on the label but proved to be a disappointment.

Appearance was that of a stout with a quickly dissipating head. Was there for a half a minute, then gone like a dark cola.

This smells like stale coffee.

The taste is boring a lifeless. Where is the vanilla?

Prickly mouthfeel like a cola. Not appropriate for a stout.

Drinkability is meh. I could drink more but I don't want to.

There are far better stouts. At around $5 a bottle this seems like it is riding on the coat tails of Peche Mortel and living off of its success. Will not buy again and recommend steering clear.

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Photo of brystmar
2.83/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by blatantdream. Dated 4/3, no year given.

Pour is a stout-like deep brown, leaving a mild rim of tan fizz around the edges. Yeast dominates the nose, though some vanilla and chocolate do make it through.

Doesn't really taste like a stout. Tons of yeast here; second most prominent flavor is booze -- surprising given its low ABV. Totally missed the mark; this one needs work.

Swing and a miss for DDC.

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Photo of jsh420
2.95/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours jet black with a 1 finger tan head that has good retention and left spotted lacing

smell - while not overpowering - big vanilla a little milk and chocolate - very good for a stout of only 6.5%

taste is a bit of a let down - flavors a a bit thin the vanilla is a little overpowering and artificial

mouthfeel is thin light and boring(but the taste has a lot of play into this)

drinkability is not great - 5 bones a bottle and they gives us this watery thin stout - pass

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Photo of alexhahn82
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black Ale / American Stout

A: Super dark chocolaty brown, not quite solid black.

S. Super strong scent of chocolate with a light hint of vanilla

Taste&Mouthfeel: To put it in simple context (and a non insulting way) This is chocolate soda. Not creamy enough to taste light chocolate milk, but soda like consistency with all that cacao hitting you and a very almost imperceptible vanilla ending.

overall. Not bad, as crazy as it sounds this would pair extremely well with anything vanilla. I would like to give it a shot with some vanilla ice cream on the side.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.03/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting. My bottle says "Aphrodite" on it, yet I could find no information regarding a name change, and surprisingly, it wasn't even listed as an alias. I wonder how old this bottle is.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Founders tulip. Beer pours a jet black shade with an extremely thin layer of what can best be simply described as a layer of carbonation. Whatever it is, it definitely does not constitute a "head" or a "crown". The layer is very bubbly, effervescent, and fleeting. This beer has absolutely no legs whatsoever. It doesn't cling to the glass even a little. The nose is very disappointing. There almost isn't one. The bottle's label mentions cocoa and vanilla beans. I don't detect either. Just some faded coffee. The taste is marginally better than the nose, in that I can actually get a grasp of the coffee element. It's not bold by any means, but it's there. Not a lot else going on. The mouthfeel simply isn't what I'd expect from this. It's thin, and despite the visual lack of carbonation on the pour, manages to give off a very tingly feel. On second thought, it's just astringent. This doesn't coat the mouth, and just leaves bitterness behind. I've got a feeling this is an older bottle. I wonder what it'd have been like fresh. I truly believe coffee beers are best enjoyed fresh, despite everyone's insatiable desire to cellar everything called a stout.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.05/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pillowy head, khaki in colour, 3 fingers high. Totally black and opaque.

S - Coffee, vanilla, slight amount of booziness. Vanilla comes through the most.

T - Vanilla comes through in the finish. Starts all coffee and a hint of chocolate with vanilla in the aftertaste and a bitter tinge. Maybe some smoke in the finish too. Dangerously sweet from the vanilla for my tastes. Possibly some smoke in the finish.

M - Creamy. Slightly harsh going down, almost like I have to choke it down. Mild carbonation.

D - Good but too sweet from the vanilla aspect. Not my scene. Really complex and packed with flavours, just the wrong ones for me.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with my favorite label to date, love the artwork on the labels out of Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Bottle says "Aphrodite", so, like the last reviewer, I dont know how old this one is. It is marked 2-7 on the side, but I have no clue what that means.

Pours jet black & a dark khaki head sits atop, but sinks quick. Descent amount of lacing slides down the glass with each sip. Smell is kind of muted here in my opinion. I was expecting way more from this one but I do get a little of the ingredients - light java, sweet milk chocolates, a touch of vanilla, and a very sweet caramel apple like quality. Right off the bat, I feel the body is a bit thin for my taste in stouts, but it does go down smooth & creamy. Carbonation isnt quite there either & taste follows the nose but muted as well. I get more coffee quality out on the tongue - but I am thinking this is an old bottle & is not even close to a fresh bottle.

I'm going to try & get a fresh bottle via trade soon & re-review then, as I dont think this review does justice to the brew.

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Photo of potownbill
3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very differeint with an overpowering Vanilla taste
Appearance: Black. Dark tan head that left a nice lacing on the top of the glass
Smell: Lots of promise. Roasted Malts, hint of vanilla, dark coffee, very stout like
Taste: This is where this beer lost me. Overpowering vanilla flavor, burying the roasted malt flavor. Mouthfeel: Almost chalky.
Drinkability: Got tired of the taste after the third sip.

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Photo of DawnL
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This poured a deep black with brown rim and small head that dissipated to lace. The beer was poured too cold.

Cocoa nibs and roasted coffee on the nose with a definite malt sweetness underneath.

The first sip was a complete - WOW!! moment. Cocoa and coffee with a nice bitter finish. It wasn't sweet like a dessert beer. It has real power behind it. Definitely has gobs of bitter chocolate flavor - very cocoa-like. Reminds me of drinking melted baker's chocolate, but in a good way.

After that initial WOW - the palate never changed. I didn't get any more characters from the beer and the brew started to become boring. I was hoping for an earthiness or a spice or something to kick in as the beer warmed - nothing.

I love the unctuous mouthfeel of this beer. I love a good, toothsome brew anyday!

Drinkability suffered because my lack of interest. If this were a tasting pour of 2oz - the review would have been stellar. But, this was a bottle- and it was difficult to drink the entirety.

I would purchase this beer again. I would want to have it with food. There is a recipe Three Ingredient Prime Rib Roast that this beer would marry quite well with: 1/3 cup finely ground coffee; 2 Tablespoons kosher salt; 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper; 1/4 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped; 1 12-pound, bone-in prime rib roast (5 bones)

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Photo of TheHammer
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Produce a finger of darker lace that modestly retained and laced. Black as night as to be expected from a stout. Nice, but nothing to write home about.

Smell: It smells like dark coffee with notes of dark chocolate and only the barest undertones of vanilla. Warming is really needed for this offering, as the sweeter elements begin to come out.

Taste: Starts with a hint of vanilla and chocolate that gradually shifts to a very bitter and overly roasted malt that dominates the experience, building to an almost unbearable level before being smoothed out by the return of the darker chocolate and a bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Has a bit of a sticky aftertaste, and a bitterness that lingers for far too long. Smooth and has some decent transitions. The carbonation however falls a bit flat at the half way point, which is disappointing.

Drinkability: I dunno, even for a standard stout it seems just a bit too roasted for my tastes. The sweeter elements seem out of place here, and really the only thing they serve to do is poorly reign in the overwhelming burnt malt. Refreshing I suppose, but it's just not as good as I'd expect it to be.

Final Thoughts: I was really expecting more of a vanilla flavor/scent to this offering. I was also expecting this stout to fall more on the sweeter side. After having it, it seems to suffer from an identity crisis. It's not sure if it should be a sweet stout or a stronger double stout. This is certainly no Peche Mortel, and frankly I am surprised it is in the Canadian top 10.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Notches on the 2 and 7.5, whatever date that means. Tulip glass.

Pours a very dark coffee brown with a greyish dark brown head which dissipates rather quickly to a ring. Not much lacing. Smells like nicely melded dark chocolate, coffee, and a soupcon of vanilla, and some roastiness. Taste is weak vanilla on the forefront and some cola and cocoa nibs, kind of thin in a way that really detracts from my enjoyment. Medium carbonation which has a cola-like synthetic feel, and the thin mouthfeel is really lacking. Overall, this was a disappointment from an otherwise great brewery. I would pass in the future.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.24/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From Camperdown cellars. Bottled 12/11.

Pours black. Aggressive pour yields barely one finger head that fizzes and dies. Little film. No lace.

Aromas are of bitter coffee, and vanilla essence.

Taste is somewhat harsh and disjointed. Vanilla yes, cocoa yes, but not as one by any means.

Mouthfeel medium weight and lightly carbonated. Have to say almost watery for the ABV.

Overall a disappointment given ratings here. Not up to par, due to disintegrated nature.

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Photo of H1N1
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug.

A- Poured very dark. One finger of reddish brown head. Head faded quickly into a thin skin of foam. Some lacing. Not much.

S- Smells sweet. Vanilla and coco like the label says. Not much else going on.

T- Very sweet. Almost too sweet. Strong vanilla. Too sweet for me. Not much depth in this beer.

M- Pretty light. If this beer wasn't so sweet, it would go down fast.

D- I'm glad I only bought one. I'm not a fan of sweet beer, although I can kind of see what the were going for with this. Some people may be into this beer, but personally, I will not buy this tastes like it came from starbucks. I won't buy it again.

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Photo of monitorpop
3.27/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black with thin tan head.

S: Coffee, vanilla and hot coco.

T: Espresso, bitter dark chocolate. Slightly tart finish. Unfortunately, the vanilla is barely coming through for me.

M: Slightly creamy upfront with a light carbonation.

O: I was really looking forward to trying this, but overall I'm disappointed.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep black with a fairly-nice brown head.

S: A little bit of chocolate, but mostly overcome by a faint smell of fake vanilla.

T: Roasted malt and chocolate, but even more so than the nose, this one was just dominated by a vanilla extract type flavor. Didn't taste at all like other beers with vanilla-bean aging.

M: Good and creamy. Low carbonation.

D: Too fake to be that great. I was really excited to try this and it was quite the letdown.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wrote a pretty long review of this beer but my browser deleted. On the quick:

Smelt pretty offensive of smoke and bacon but had a gorgeous creamy mouthfeel with sweet vanilla and cocoa up front followed by burnt malts and balancing hops. Has the mouthfeel of a creamy coffee with the taste profile of a gorgeous well done black coffee. Touch of alcohol detectable though and i'm pretty sure i'm gonna get lead poisoning from the bottle cap! Fun though!

Nice balancing bitterness.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.31/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at the Cloverleaf.

A: Pours a dark brown body that was a few shades short of being black. A nice, dark, milk chocolate brown head with very nice retention and excellent lacing along the side of the glass.

S: A slightly roasted coffee smell that is typical of the style.

T: A sweet, roasted coffee taste with a hint of chocolate notes. A dry, coffee aftertaste that seemed like eating coffee beans. The dark chocolate notes made themselves more evident - as well as a slight alcohol bite - as the beer warmed up.

M: A pretty full bodied and smooth mouthfeel that felt nice on the palette and was good for the style.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination, overall, made this beer pretty drinkable. The beer only got better as it got warmer which, in turn, made it even more drinkable. A nice drinking beer overall.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice dark stout with a medium-sized, dense head and only a little bit of lacing.

S - Vanilla, char and chocolate. It has a nice aroma.

T - Immediately dark malts, a hint of sweetness, charred cacao and a touch of cola. Aftertaste is a little unpleasant, sort of a very bitter cocoa bean flavor.

M - Smooth, thick to medium bodied, marginally refreshing.

D - Not too bad. I think I'll pass on this one if I encounter again. It was called "Aphrodite," not "Aphrodisiac," but I am almost certain it is the right beer.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received in trade from the ghengis22 thanks for setting this one up

a-black...when held up to light has a cola appearance to it...khaki frothing on top that fell quickly..no carb appears in this brew thanks to the darkness..as the review will go the appearance was the best part to me..

s-vanilla and roast...tad coffee and toffee up front...chocolate...

t-almost a chemical sweetness...vanilla forward and chocolate...some roasty bitterness in the middle..this beer falls apart somewhat from the chemical aspect...but is palatable to an extent...

m-thin...way to thin for a stout....bordering on watery...carb is slightly prickly...but finishes way to dry

d-one and done...glad i got to try it..

overall slightly disappointing...if the chemical aspect was removed, the sweetness toned down and cleaned up a bit i could see it being a good but not great beer

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Photo of Tilley4
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a deep dark black with virtually no head at all... Dead and lifeless...

Lots of smoked meat and roasted malts in the aroma... Not much in the way of cocoa really... Perhaps some vanilla...

Way too thin for this style... Almost feels and tastes like a Schwarzbier instead of a stout... More smoked meat in the flavor along with some coffee and vanilla...

Just ok to me.. Not as rich and deep as I was hoping...

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Photo of biglite351
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - black as tar with a tall far head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S - vanilla and roasted malts with maybe some dark chocolate

T - strong vanilla flavor with some chocolate. Almost like an ice cream Sunday, but not as sweet.

M -light coating with a very mild tingle on the front of tongue in after taste.

D - tasty, but nearly dessert like, maybe two, nut no more.

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Photo of Patou
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice aroma of chocolate and coffee. Black color with nice white head. Taste is rather bitter with strong notes of dark chocolate, vanilla hidden behind, not really percievable. Full-bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation.
Overall, this is a nice original stout, but not my favourite though. Tastes more like a dry stout. I prefer the Mikkeller BeerGeek Breakfast by far. I precise that I tried it both for apertizer and dessert with black chocolate.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Jet black. Deep chocolate colored 1 finger head.

S: Rich espresso and milk chocolate. Slight maple syrup vibe.

T: Coffee, Espresso, slight dark chocolate finish. No Vanilla taste what so ever.

M: Thick but as thick as it should be for the style. Dry like an Irish dry stout.

O: Its just an ok coffee stout without any vanilla flavor. Sad that they advertise something one can't taste. Good beer would rate higher but must deduct due to lack of vanilla flavor.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with cocoa and vanilla beans. Pours black with a dark tan/brown head.

Nose of Hershey's chocolate syrup and fresh chocolate with assertive vanilla. Smells like fresh baked cookies.

Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and with medium cream.

Flavors are very assertive and easily identifiable-chocolate candy/syrup, vanilla bean and undertones of espresso. Nice but simple flavors with little complexities or layers. Pleasant chocolate character but after "an inch or two" it takes on a "chocolate soda" character.

Some bitter hops in the flavor undertones and some nice bitter hops in the finish. Interesting, but perhaps no so drinkable. There are a lot more "chocolate" "coffee" brews that are more integrated and balanced and which would go better with food and/or to sip. Too much chocolate syrup character.

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Photo of ccg
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: less than half a finger of head. Not completely opaque: noticeably reddish tint around the edges.

Smell: Roasty chocolate with hints of vanilla.

Taste: A bit more on the bitter side than I was expecting from the scent. Chocolate and vanilla present but not fully integrated. The taste didn't quite live up to the smell.

Feel: About average for an adjunct stout.

Overall: Certainly above average for a stout, but for this style, I would probably go with a hometown beer like Off Color's Dino S'mores or Pipeworks' S'more Money, S'more Problems, both of which I think are similar but a little smoother and chewier. Aphrodite is good, but I would not go out of my way to get it again. Still, kudos to Dieu Du Ciel for distributing it in 12-ounce bottles instead of 22-ounce bombers.

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