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 bbtkd
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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).

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of tlema1
3.98/5  rDev -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

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of senglish7
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice hint of vanilla on the nose. Taste was sweet, somewhat crisp with a clean finish. Not super boozy at all. Overall a good stout that I enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle, US date of 4/28/16, labeled "Aphrodite." Pours black with a larger sized light khaki head; lots of small carbonation bubbles. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, earthy hops, licorice, roasted malt, and caramel. The taste follows with roasted malt, cocoa, licorice, earthy hops, vanilla, and caramel. Medium bitterness, medium dryness, and light sweetness. Average carbonation and body for the style. Overall, nothing really stands out in this one, but it's tasty with some unique notes of licorice and caramel.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black, with a finger of foamy beige head. Too dark to see any carbonation.

Smells of chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla, and cream.

Tastes of chocolate, milk chocolate, light berry notes. Deep and rich for the style.

Medium body, smooth, foamy carbonation.

Got at the brewery, Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! near Montreal, St Jerome, tonight, Sept 25th, 2016. Nice experience, crowded bar, delicious brew!

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Photo of Easton70
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This could have used a more vigorous pour because the head disappeared pretty quickly but stuck to the edges of the glass. It looks amazing: jet black. The aroma is thick, chocolatey, coffee and sweet. The flavour is awesome. You can definitely pick up on the vanilla notes.

I've just got back home from a busy day at work and this is a real treat to start the evening. The only problem is, I have Guinness for after and I doubt it will live up to the challenge for this amazing stout.

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Photo of kitch
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 250ml pour on tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas into a Moeder Lambic snifter glass.

Appearance: It was a pitch black colour with a just less than two finger tanned head that had great retention and lacing.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee bean.

Taste: Dark chocolate truffles with vanilla and a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to light bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: Looks and smells great. Body is a bit on the light side, but it was smooth and well balanced. One of the best stouts out there.

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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 JakeScully
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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