Aphrodisiaque | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

1,668 Ratings

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Popsinc on 06-10-2003

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Ratings: 1,668 |  Reviews: 635
Photo of quirkzoo
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with minimal off white head that fades quickly.

Lots of roast up front with a wonderful balance of chocolate and vanilla sugar behind it.

The taste is more of the same, though not quite as intense as the aroma.

This is a relatively light bodied beer. Typically chocolate and vanilla stouts are big heavy sweet monsters but this one is much lighter on the palate and what it lacks in punch it makes up for in drinkability.

Overall a very flavorful stout that is easy to drink, definitely worth checking out as a different take on the flavored stout.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A dark black stout, with a thin chocolate colored head. Lacing is light.

Smell – Chocolate, malt, with a hint of vanilla.

Taste – Similar to the smell, but more of a darker chocolate.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability – An easy drinking beer. A fine example of a chocolate stout.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a true pint, the beer is a brown-to-black coloring with a thick, dark chocolate milk colored head. Aromas of dark chocolate abound, with some milk chocolate blending flavors. Flavors are sweet and smooth, with a roasty backbone. Vanilla and cream sweetness counteract the bitter chocolate presence. Creamy and bitter aftertaste blends nicely with the palate. Smooth, rich finish. This is a strong, tasty brew.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick looking black color with a thin brown head. No lacing and no retention but kind of digging the look anyways.

S: Lots of vanilla and milk chocolate on the nose. Some darker notes of roasted malt and a touch of anise. Smell is pretty amazing.

T: Lots of roasted malt and vanilla upfront. Chocolate is there, but much darker than the aroma suggests. Some charred wood and a touch of rye on the finish. Mouthfeel is definitely a bit thin, but for a stout this low in ABV, this is very complex and awesome.

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Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had been looking for this beer for some time before finally spotting on the shelves of Half Time in Wappingers Falls. It’s not bad but it didn’t come up to the level I anticipated due to the mostly glowing reviews here and word of mouth. The pour is deep black with a decent sized brown head that settles slowly and some sticky sheets of lacing. Looks very nice. Very chocolaty aroma with subtler but definitely present vanilla notes and a lightly roasted character.

Flavor mixes milk and bittersweet chocolate with a nice vanilla note and decent roasted, charred malt. Good sweetness that lingers a bit in the mouth during the finish. Should appeal to vanilla and chocolate fans alike.

For me the mouthfeel was a little lacking; it was on the thinner side of medium, with moderate carbonation and light creaminess, but it felt insubstantial for the flavors it packs. I know it’s not an imperial stout and shouldn’t have that hefty a body but it seemed a little thin overall. Not bad, certainly well made, but not something I’d go too nuts over tracking down again.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep solid black with 1 finger of tan head, similar to espresso crema. Varying bubbles hold for only a short moment and leave behind a simple cap and lacing up the glass.

S: Burst full of coco powder, vanilla and sweet malts - incredible similar to Kalula. Hints of some alcohol at the end of the draw in that prepare the palate for a warm alcohol touch.

T: Starts out with a high note of dry bitter coco followed by a round and smooth note of vanilla. Notes of roasted malts and hint of dry acrid coffee, maybe even coffee grounds. At the end I get a hint o f warm alcohol presences - but only the slightest amount; and finishes with a mild bitter aftertaste.

M: More stings and pricks from the carbonate then I expected. It's medium bodied, although I'd prefer a thicker, heavier & creamier mouth feel.

O: The stunning scent and flavour easily stand up as a dessert on it's own. Although not overly sweet, the notes of coco and vanilla develop a delightfully deep and robust brew. I'd love to try this again with triamisu. My only wish is that it had a heavier & creamier mouthfeel.

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Photo of sammo
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of cburns48
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mikes
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark with a substantial head
S: A slight smell of vanilla
T: I love the cocoa and vanilla flavors in this brew; thankfully they don't overpower the rest of the beer
M: Creamy, as one would expect from a stout
O: A unique beer that is smooth and creamy with flavors of roasted cocoa and vanilla

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Photo of Andrewb
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

A: 1/8" brown head that dissipated quickly over black liquid.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate and some yeast.

T: Roasted malt and cocoa with some vanilla in the finish. Very pleasant.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and tasty, definitely one of Canada's top beers.

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Photo of Jaldama
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at the Brewery in Montreal. Pours a creamy deep black brown. Thick foamy creamy off white head. Smells of roasted malty chocolate. Delicious creamy roasted chocolate flavor. Mixed with roasted malts and vanilla...
so good. This is smooth as can be.
Overall, what a fantastic brew. Worth every penny and then some!

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Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of TJMcScmeebs
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Yabev15
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of kkmiller76
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of KnightRider
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of dejongjohn
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of WorldWideStout
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice warm, dark, similar to dark chocolate brown body, with a bit of red around the edges. The healthy two-finger head stays around through a sip or two, and there is still a film of bubbles resting on the body throughout my sipping.

S: Definitely get them there vanilla beans. Some chocolate and roast also present themselves in a lesser way.

T: Starts off with a burst of sweetness, though I can't tell if it's the vanilla or a sort of milk chocolate. The vanilla beans slowly fade as I push the beer around in my mouth, while semi-sweet chocolate and roast notes come to the forefront, though they are never as powerful as the initial blast of flavor. Aftertaste is probably the most bitter part of the beer, with only roast detectable.

M: I find the beer to be slightly over-carbonated for the first second or two, but once the bubbles settle down, there is a lovely silkiness.

O: The stouts I drink these days are about 10% abv on average. When I occasionally try something around 5%, I am generally unhappy with the amount of flavor. While this beer's taste fades a bit and is not as big as a Black Tuesday or Dark Lord, it has a great deal of flavor for 6.5%. On the sweeter side of stouts thanks to the vanilla beans, which is just fine by me. It could be more complex, but it still may be my favorite non-imperial or double stout.

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Photo of andrewfjohnson
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 1,668 ratings
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