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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

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.

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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.


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


A: Moderate Chocolate and vanilla intermixed with grain roast.

A: Black, very opaque with a thick tannish head of uniform micro-bubbles. Some lacing evident in the glass.

T: Slightly sweet big vanilla flavor upfront that gives way to moderate chocolate and grain roast. The beer finishes semi-dry and there is moderate roast bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable sessionable stout that’s accentuated by additions of chocolate and vanilla. The beer would be even better if the beer finished with slightly less roast bitterness.

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

Appearance - dark brown/mahogany color with tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, roasted coffee bean

Taste - dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee bean, tobacco

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, vanilla and chocolate outfront, slight bitterness/ashyness on the back end, flavors linger a good deal

Overall - enjoyable beer, flavors are well inegrated, lots of flavor considering the ABV. recommended

Price Point - $5.99/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of stortore
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a very dark, opaque brown, with a short head, not much lacing. Smells of roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate/cocoa- more of both as it warms, some coffee- less as it warms. Taste leads with roasted malts, lots of cocoa, vanilla. A little hoppy bitterness starts about midway. Smooth, a little creamy, good body for the style, nicely carbonated.

Really good beer for the style. Lots of flavor, has some heft for a lighter ABV. Well worth a purchase, but sold by the bottle by me, so it has a higher price point. Ahh, you could still get a couple...

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with a moderately thick toffee colored pour.

S - Chocolate malt, cocoa nibs, milk chocolate.

T - Milk chocolate and cocoa, vanilla, and creamy from start to finish with a nice moderate dark chocolate bitterness to round out the sweetness.

M - Big medium body, velvety texture, sticky on the lips.

O - This is a great stout and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter, medium head. Aroma is strong with coffee notes. Flavor is pleasantly bitter from cocoa, with a well balanced stout flavor and a subtle vanilla aftertaste.

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Photo of thebeers
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with an extremely thin tan-colored head that leaves a ring around the glass. Roasted malts and bakers chocolate dominate the aroma. The flavor is sharply roasted up front, with vanilla in the middle, and hop bitterness in the aftertaste. There's no sweetness to this at all, yet it remains fairly well balanced -- the vanilla addition is a nice touch. Medium bodied with strong carbonation, despite the lack of head. Another great one from Dieu du Ciel.

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Photo of VTR
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells and tastes of vanilla, coco, chocolate, malts, and slight coffee. Very enjoyable but let it warm close to room temp to get the full effect of flavors. This was a beer that I picked up on spur of the moment for something different, and boy I am sure glad I did. If you see this pick it up I recommend this stout.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Dieu Du Ciel's Aphrodite a couple weeks ago for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while now and I'm glad it's finally available, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had around a half a fingers worth of darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, but I wish it had some lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that has a little bit of brown sugar like aroma with the vanilla being the first to show up and it goes into some cocoa, chocolate and coffee like aroma. Up next comes a noticeable smokey aroma with some roasted and slightly charred malts also showing up along with just just a little more sweetness. This beer has a good aroma, all the aspects show up pretty evenly.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetnsss with the vanilla still being the first to show up, but it's a good amount lighter than it was in the aroma and it's followed by an equal chocolate and coffee flavor. Up next comes some smokey malts with some roasted and lightly charred malts also showing up. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste with a watery roasted malt and smokey flavor. The taste is pretty nice, but it's not as robust as I was hoping it would be and the bitterness throws it off a little.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, slightly sticky, on the thick side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, but with all I had heard about this beer, I thought it might be pretty impressive, but it just had a few things that held it back from being as good as it could be. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, I wouldn't drink two in a row. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma and appearance, they were both good and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is that the taste wasn't as nice as robust as the aroma was. I might buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn it down. It;s worth a try, but I can't recommend it as a must try. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think if it was more robust with a little less bitterness it would be a very nice beer. It made for a nice first impression for this brewery, I'm interested in checking out more of their beers and it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, this was a nice Stout.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jet with sepia froth. 4
Cocoa, deep vanilla, and slight ash on the nose. 4
Huge vanilla, fig, slight ash, some cola and a Sambuca end. 4
Coffee grounds finish and slight black currant linger.
Dry, almost medium, flinty. 4

Lean and tight. Vanilla is there but the char is pretty astringent. A bit unforgiving. Definitely not Peche Mortel. 3.75

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours black with 2 fingers creamy brown head

Aroma - VANILLA, roasty malts some light chocolate and coffee.

Taste - again Vanilla shines above all else, followed by some chocolate and coffee and roasty malts light bitterness then finishes smooth

Mouth feel - Medium body, very creamy feel carbonation gives a "frothy" feeling.

Overall - Very good stout and very different. I love the vanilla outshining the chocolate wow.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

4oz nitro sample at bar hop (peter st), toronto, oct 7 2015. dark but not fully black, with light brown head. bitter cocoa, roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and slight sweet vanilla in the nose. taste follows the aromas, with everything being pretty balanced. a bit sweet on the back-end but still has that bitter cocoa & coffee presence. was hoping for more a more explosive flavour profile, but i can't complain. excellent creamy mouthfeel. a tasty stout for sure, waited too long to try this one


341ml bottle. bottled on aug 24 2015, consumed mar 1 2016. roasty, vanilla sweetness, bitter cocoa. excellent nose and taste with an appropriate strong dry finish, but severely lacking in body -- light and fizzy, almost like a lager

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with no head.

The smell is heavy with cocoa and vanilla.

The first sip is heavy on vanilla with a slight cocoa finish. The mouth feel is incredibly and disappointingly thin, almost like cola. The thin, headless pour lead me to believe that this was still but in fact it was very highly carbonated which continued to detract from the mouth feel.

There are some intense and promising flavors and aromas in this one, but they developed very little even upon warming up. The mouth feel was the biggest disappointment, and really detracted from what I had hoped was a promising and exciting offering.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this single stout. Tons of vanilla on the nose, with how nets of cocoa hiding behind the vanilla goodness. The taste is much more balanced, and fairly complex as well. Vanilla and chocolate upfront in tandem, before a strong hit of roasty chocolate, with some coffee as well, and a vanilla roasty finish. The mouth feel is creamy, spot on for a single stout. Love this beer, love this brewery.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into a tulip. This bottle is labeled Aphrodite, but has the same drawing of a woman as the Aphrodisiaque label.

Appearance: totally black with a finger of frothy dark tan foam. Not much more to say -- it's quite beautiful.

Smell: sweet and roasty with a definite vanilla character and a rather pronounced coffee character. Perhaps a little heavy on the vanilla, but still quite nice indeed.

Taste: quite sweet with a big vanilla flavor and a mild roastiness. I have to say, I think the vanilla outshines the more traditional stout characteristics here. It's definitely not bad at all, but I don't feel like it's particularly well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: OK, so it lacks balance and could be creamier. That said ... I'm still really enjoying this beer.

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Photo of Tilly
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Black, opaque, quickly dissipating khaki 1" head with lovely glass lacing.
A: Chocolate, french roast coffee, vanilla, nicotine.
T: Just like the aroma, milky, No nicotine. Delicious.
M: Slightly sweet, milky, robust, Delicious.
O: I've heard some grumblings about this brewery, all good! Great stout!

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in snifter

A: Nearly jet black on the pour, with only flecks of mahogany providing light-colored highlights as the ale escapes the neck of the bottle; mocha colored head swirls and settles about a half finger thick before quickly receding to a patchy "oil slick" on the surface and a thin collar of fine bubbles ringing the edge of the snifter; spots of lacing in the drink down

S: Roasted malt and coffee grounds to the foreground; a dash of bittersweet chocolate; smoky char; an earthy, almost leather-like note on the backend; not picking up any vanilla sweetness/creaminess from the onset - however, once the glass warms, a hint of that promised vanilla begins to express itself; nose definitely opens with greater emphasis on the chocolate and vanilla after about 20 minutes.

T: Palate is much more expressive in all aspect; more roasted flavors on the initial sip - roasted malts; French press coffee with a nice, bitter edge; burnt sugar; some char; sweetness arises in tandem with an initial impression of bittersweet bakers chocolate followed by the flavor of rich fudge brownies and mocha; a dark fruit flavor flashes through as well, but then the vanilla hits with a smooth, creamy sweetness that carries through the middle and underlines the contrast between the roasted and sweet qualities of this stout; finish dries out as a pleasing roasted flavor takes command of the palate, drawing parallels to toasted nuts, espresso and burnt toast.

M: Slick, creamy mouthfeel, with a slightly frothy quality; sufficient carbonation allows to the complex flavors to layer on the palate and linger

O: Another enjoyable stout from Dieu Du Ciel. A pleasing blend of flavors and highly drinkable at 6.5% ABV with no hints of alcohol anywhere on the palate. Better than Peche Mortel? I'm not sure it's even a fair comparison. This is not a coffee stout, but has those nice coffee/chocolate/mocha overtones with a creamy vanilla hint, but is not as bold or robust. Still, one worth checking out if you enjoy solid stouts.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip glass. deep dark brown like motor oil, minimal effervescenewith ample off white head and persistent sticky lacing. smells strongly of cocoa, roasted malts, bread, leather and smoke. taste sweet malts forward followed by bittersweet cocoa, hint of smoke and coffee and ultimately clean dry finish. medium bodied - a little lighter than i expected but overall quite good.
Great beer - if you enjoy peche mortal or rigor mortis - you will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of AppaZappa
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an inviting beer that pours a rich dark brown with light and somewhat skimpy head that faded quickly. The smell is very nice--rich roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, a touch of coffee, smoke, and caramel. The taste delivers similar notes but in a much more subtle fashion. The chocolate and vanilla predominate, but I suppose I wanted a bit more 'punch' here that I got. The moutfeel is similar--much more thin than others in the style (though consistent with the ABV). This is a solid offering and is much less sweet and bold than others of the style.

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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