Aphrodisiaque | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in the middle and dark brown to the edge. Tan head, 1/2". Aroma was heavy on the chocolate, a little lesser in the roast and vanilla. Enjoyable.

Bitterness, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt coffee notes to a lesser degree. Easily this brewery's best beer. Expensive though. Smooth even though bitter. Absorbs alcohol well.

Not really a repeat purchase kind of beer given the high price.

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Photo of Brewxer
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The unsweetened cocoa flavour surprised me a bit, I really liked it, especially as the beer warmed up. I think I might end up liking this beer even more the second time. Which might be tomorrow.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a fingers worth of tan head. The nose is chocolate with a hint of vanilla. The flavor is the opposite as I get more vanilla followed by the cocoa. The feel is medium to medium full. A little thicker and not very carbonated. This is a wonderful stout that is very easy to drink at 6.5%. Anytime I see it I grab a bottle.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a Guinness pint glass. Purchased a 4 pack from the LCBO for about $13 CDN. Marked as Aphrodite for the Ontario market perhaps. Virtually all other leads me to believe this is Aphrodisiaque. Bottled august 24, 2015.

Appearance - pitch black beer spills out from the bottle forming an ominous presence topped by a finger of short lived tan head. Some minimal lacing left behind and obviously clarity is impossible to tell due to color.

Smell - big aromas mainly of coffee and vanilla, reminiscent of an old fashioned mocha, with some wet fresh coffee grounds at the end. A dialed back version of Peche Mortel perhaps. Either way it smells good. A little graham cracker mixed in for good measure. Some off putting metallic characteristic on the back half of the bottle which was strange.

Taste - a little coffee, chocolate, vanilla and graham cracker up front, makes for a delicious initial sip. That turns a little more bitter as the coffee flavours spread their wings. Mild bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel- fairly light body, creamy qualities and good carbonation. Delightful feel especially as a dessert beer.

Overall - while it doesn't quite match Peche Mortel, this is a delightful lighter stout that captures the delicious combo of vanilla and coffee with hints of chocolate and graham cracker thrown in for good measure. Certainly worth a shot while it's in stock. And while most stouts I've enjoyed haven't had the drop of that certain other styles experience, it would certainly be great to have access fresher bottles.

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

Not as good as Péché Mortel but still lovely. Shimmering vanilla intersects with chocolate and you are the lucky recipient of this meeting.
Smooth and agreeable.

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Photo of WeizenMike
4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Stout's typically aren't my favourite style, but this is one of my all-time favourite beers. So deliciously smooth and decadent; a perfect mix of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. This is frequently a stable-hold as at The Only Cafe on their rotating taps and for great reason. Simply put, this is one of the tastiest and best beers Canada has to offer. This is more of a sipping beer rather than a getting drunk beer, but it is fantastic and highly recommended to any beer fan regardless of style preference

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Photo of agreenman19
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - a deep, decadent black. Mocha tan head. Creamy. Looks delicious.

S - pure milk chocolate. The rich kind too. Nothing thin and fleeting about it. The vanilla adds some serious sweetness.

T - a wonderful continuation of the aroma. Seamless transition. Slight buttering hops shine through in the middle and toward the end, leaving a tingling prickliness on the tongue. Dryness? Well balanced between vanilla and cocoa, this is a bang-up dessert beer.

F - med/thick feel. Satisfyingly complements the milky chocolate flavors. Could be a little thicker, but we're only working with 6.5% here.

O - pretty impressed! I thought it was gonna be another spicy Belgiany dubbel/stout that falls short in the advertises cocoa/vanilla, but they sure showed me! Downright delicious. Dessert beer heaven.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO. A 4pk for around $13.00. Served at 7deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a tiny brown head that lasts for a minute before film out. Very dark black colour

S- A bit of chocolate and malt

T- TONS of chocolate. Lots of coffee. Just a flavor bomb. Has a lot of complexity and some hops. Has a vanilla bean bottom end that lasts and lasts along with the chocolate. Excellent

M- Creamy good

O- Very nice overall blend. Will buy more for the cellar. Enjoyable to say the least

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went well with....... Chocolate cake!


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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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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,649 ratings.
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