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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

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.

Added by Popsinc on 06-10-2003

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1,652
Reviews:
631
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.83%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Mondiale 2008. A chocolate stout, with chocolate aroma. Dark with off-white foaming head,substantial lacing thereafter. A medium and creamy mouthfeel. Like a well blended chocolate shake. Some roast and vanilla in taste, milky, very drinkable.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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 Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color, nearly black. The head was about a half inch thick and laced pretty well. The smell of the beer has a strong roasted aroma with a little bit of sweetness on the nose. The taste of the beer is on the sweeter side, it's got good flavors of chocolate and vanilla. The aftertaste is semi-sweet and had a toasted bitter flavor. The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and felt pretty slick. Overall it was a good stout, worth trying.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured jet black with a dark mocha-colored head that quickly faded away into a thin layer of bubbles. The beer is too dark to see any evidence of rising bubbles from the carbonation.
S: Aromas of dark chocolate and vanilla beans are present in the nose, but really only start to intensify as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very nicely balanced between flavors of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla. There are notes of sweetness and bitterness in the taste, similar to semisweet chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and smooth with a slight bit of dryness on the finish.
D: The beer is very drinkable and packs in a lot of flavor with a relatively low level of alcohol content. I definitely want to dry this beer again and would try pairing it with a sweet chocolate dessert. If you like chocolate and vanilla, this beer is a must-have.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a 341ml single bottle of this at the depanneur around the corner from Dieu Du Ciel last summer, after an afternoon of sampling their draft offerings, as this wasn't available as one at the time. Now, as the weather turns from summer to fall in the space of 48 hours, it feels like it's time to crack this souvenir open.

This beer pours a mostly opaque black, with slight mahogany highlights at the edges, and two flabby fingers or so of puffy, broadly bubbly, and creamy beige head, which leaves a smattering of thin porous cloud lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of strong black coffee and the necessary cream, powdery milk chocolate, marshmallows, mildly roasted caramel malt, and an unloved earthy hoppiness. The taste is dry-roasted chocolate malt, bittersweet coffee, somewhat sugary vanilla pods, a strangely astringent twinge of mildly boozy wood, and some indistinct earthy hops.

The carbonation is rather fair and wan, the body conversely big, full in weight, and silky smooth. It finishes quite pointedly off-dry, the slightly smoky coffee essence lingering like an abandoned detritus-strewn table in a Montreal cafe.

This is a stellar, solid stout, nicely flavoured with cocoa and vanilla, and never too sweet. There's not really much more to say, other than, très magnifique!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $6.00; the high pricetag is easily explained: Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 6.5% ABV confirmed. 11.5 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and appealing label art served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high; I love stouts and Dieu Du Ciel has impressed me in the past. Has label notches at 4 and 2, whatever that indicates.

Served straight from the fridge but allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a rather attractive one finger thick rich dark tan colour head of great cream, good thickness, and disappointingly average retention (~2 minutes). Decent lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black; not quite a jet black but certainly opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot on for a stout.

Sm: Inviting chocolate/cocoa, vanilla bean, dark malts, light caramel, cream, and more of that luxurious rich milky chocolate. Some buried roast - either from coffee or roasted barley. It's subtly done and I'm glad it's there; it's a requisite note for a great stout. A very inviting strong aroma. Little hop notes are detectable; hop character is floral if anything. No yeast character. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Delightful cocoa bitterness is well balanced with an understated vanilla bean sweetness. Dark malts and light caramel fill out the foundation, with minimal floral hopping acting as a preservative. A bit of cream. Some chocolatey bitterness pokes out, but unlike hop bitterness it's quite welcome. Well balanced, but disappointingly simple. It plays it safe, and the result is a solid stout, but there's nothing unique or special going on here. I do think the cocoa is quite well executed. Maybe some coffee is needed here? It just needs something to really set it apart from the pack. Lacks subtlety. That said, the balance is impressive. I quite like it; I just expected a bit more from it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some creamy character. Good thickness and carbonation. Good palate presence. Maybe a touch too smooth and slick; I'd like it a bit coarser so I could enjoy the flavours more.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Another solid beer from Dieu Du Ciel, but it isn't the amazing stout I expected it to be. Bell's Kalamazoo Stout this is not. But it's a great example of the style. I'm just not sure I'd want it again at this price point. Hides its ABV well. Definitely worth trying at least once, but the price is such a huge turn off. I'd definitely want to try it on nitro or draught.

High B

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Photo of brentk56
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a frothy mocha head that dribbles spotty lacing around the glass

Smell: Smells like a mocha milk shake - milk chocolate, coffee and vanilla

Taste: Milk chocolate, up front, with a developing vanilla and subtle fruit aspect; by mid-palate, the mocha flavor commands the profile and, after the swallow, it is pure milk shake with just a little bit of fruity ale flavors underneath (as the beer matures, however, the fruity elements build and become a bigger factor in the flavor profile)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with a silky character; low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Amazing that so much flavor was packed into a beer with a relatively low ABV; much better than many RISs that are shooting for the same flavor profile

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vanilla is dominating with some notes of black chocolate. Taste is also dominated by rich vanilla notes with some black chocolate and also some lightly bitter roasted malt notes at the end. Body is full with great carbonation. Very well done with some bourbon resemblance which might come from the vanilla. I guess I am slightly disappointed with all the hype that had been surrounding this one but still very good nonetheless.

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

Bottle shared by nickd717. Been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours dark but clear brown, almost opaque in the glass. The small tan head disappeared pretty quickly, settling to a thin disc.

The aroma has a massive vanilla and chocolate presence, almost to the point of having no identifiable beer character. It's nicely done, though quite rich.

The taste is sweet up front, with big vanilla and chocolate flavors complementing the roasty, rich malt backbone. There's a fair amount of bitterness to contrast the vanilla and chocolate, but this is still pretty decadent and dessert-like. The body felt a touch thin to me, medium-light, but that may be because I was drinking bigger stouts before this. Quite good.

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