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

Pours black with a rich mocha head atop it. Smells of coffee, but with sweetness. As time passes the dominant aroma became one of chocolate. The beer is quite complex and flavourful with sweet malt, chocolate and less coffee than I expected for a coffee stout. This is in no ways a criticism, as I found it better balanced than most coffee first - stout second beers I have drank. The coffee flavour is reminiscent of Kahlua, with a subtle smoothness. Light carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Casey10
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. While we do get this brewer in Maine I had been unable to find it. I picked this up at Nikkis in Rhode Island.

A - Dark chocolate looking. not much head wispy nice though.

S - Definate coffe vanilla and chocolate.

T - really like drinking a chocolate milk with vanilla, real complex really nice smooth.

M - Not bad definately nice leaves kind of a cocoa feel on the tounge that stays a bit.

D - Really good not sure it would want a ton at once but very nice !

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Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

A: Pours a dark coffee brown/black with a creamy, one finger, dark khaki colored head. Retention was fleeting but some nice looking sheets of lace were left behind.

S: The first aroma out of this is cocoa. As it warms, aromas of fresh vanilla bean, homemade fudge, roasted malt, and dark chocolate come out. Vanilla is pretty dominant at temp.

T: Pretty much just as above with a faint addition of french press dark roast and/or espresso in the finish as it comes up to temp.

M: Medium bodied with an excellent slice of hoppy bitterness that mixes well with the dry, roasty malt, and bitter dark chocolate.

D: A fine, fine stout. Just wish it wasn't $6 per bottle!

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Photo of afausser
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one on the way back from the Southampton release at Capone's--great place and I wish it were closer!

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, opaque and almost pitch black, save for light brown swirls down the side of the glass. A finger of fluffy mocha head sits ever so gently on top of the brew, making it look almost fake--it could be a food photographer's dream. Beautiful head retention and lacing--the head doesn't go away for nearly the entire time I'm drinking it.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, and cream stand out in the nose. Its incredibly smooth smelling. Roasted malt notes blend nicely with vanilla. There's also a hint of bourbon which adds a nice spice--when agitated it definitely jumps out a bit.

Taste: Very chocolatey. Like having cocoa powder, vanilla, and chocolate syrup in the same beer, blended with roasted coffee and malt notes as well as the slightest hint of smoke. I'm definitely also getting raspberry syrup from this one. Finishes slightly burnt and with hops taste. As it warms, the bourbon becomes more prominent, though there's not even a slight hint of heat.

Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is amazing, but its also on nitro tap. Couldn't possibly be smoother. Crisp and medium bodied with light but dense carbonation, and yet still manages to be so smooth and creamy. So I'll give this one a 5 with a disclaimer that its on nitro, but it still serves as an example of one of the better mouthfeels I've had.

Drinkability: Sooo drinkable. This may be the smoothest beer I've ever had (and if not, it's certainly up there!), with a complex blend of flavors, wonderful mouthfeel, beautiful appearance, and hardly and alcohol evident. Delicious.

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Photo of bret27
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of myself.

S: Roasty, chocolate, woody

A: Black w/drk brown head

T: Very smooth. Chocolate, toffee, licorice, vanilla, little roastiness just for balance.

M/D: Extremely slick and smooth, little grainy/gritty. No etoh presence, very drinkable.

Overall: Very delicious and smooth. Could drink this all day. Very tasty and complex without being a huge boozy imperial stout.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think Dieu Du Ciel might be my favorite foreign craft brewer. Every beer I have had from them has been exceptional. This is a Stout brewed with both cocoa and vanilla beans. Here is my review:

A: Pours extremely dark black. No light penetration whatsoever. Head is dark brown, but dissipates rather quickly. Looks very thick in the glass, but not quite up there with an Imperial Stout.

S/T: The aroma is full of bitter chocolate, coffee, and a woody type character, which is probably the vanilla. Taste is very nice. Lots of bitter, dark chocolate upfront, along with a bitter coffee, roasted malt combo. The vanilla really comes through in the finish. Somewhat woody and sweet. My only complaint is that the finish is a tad too clean. The bitter chocolate and sweet vanilla linger for a little bit, but isn't as lasting or creamy as I would have liked. Not too intense either. Very drinker friendly.

M/D: As far as Stouts go, this is more of a medium bodied brew. Finish is bitter-sweet and relatively clean. Drinkability is great. I think anybody could handle this.

I definetly prefer Peche Mortel to this, but this is still an excellent Stout. Might be one of the best non-Imperial Stouts I have had. The vanilla really adds another dimension to the beer. Well worth seeking this and other Dieu Du Ciel brews out.

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Photo of illidurit
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't know who brought this one but thanks. Pours a dark clear ruby-brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is mocha, vanilla, iced coffee, very sweet and appealing. Flavor is a great vanilla/chocolate tour-de-force. The cocoa and vanilla additions come through vividly, and while it's sweet, the roasty coffee finish evens it out to make it really drinkable. Smooth silky mouthfeel.

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Photo of Wildman
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured pitch black and formed an medium tan foamy head that left lattice lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate and anise. The flavor was of malt, coffee, anise and cocoa. The body was medium light and the finish slightly bittersweet. The mouth feel really brings this beer closer to a Baltic porter sense.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 ounce bottle, with Aphrodite printed on the label. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head that went away pretty quickly. Decent amount of lacing. Very nice aroma, it smells like chocolate, vanilla, coffee and roasted/burnt malt. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's sweet and bitter at the same time, with a nice roasty bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and well carbonated. Drinkability is very good, I'd drink this quite a bit if it was available all the time. I think this is a pretty good brew, I'll definitely buy this again the next time I can find it.

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Photo of heliosphann
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz twist-off bottle. Served in my new Sun King Pint Glass.

A: Pours pitch black. Head is almost nonexistent, but leaves a slight ring of tan foam around the rim. Lacing is fleeting, but there nonetheless.

S: Sweet vanilla bean hits the nose first. Light roasted coffee and cocoa are present as well. There's also an ever slight amount of whiskey to round things off.

T: Much like I mentioned above, the intense vanilla bean is dominant and the highlight of the beer. Bitterness and some chocolate flavors from the cocoa provide a nice balance. The finish is slightly boozy, with some bourbon like flavors.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is about as good as it gets, helping create a very smooth and velvety feel. It could be a little thicker for my tastes, but it's a small peeve.

D: A very drinkable stout with big flavors. At 6.5%, you could easily drink a few of these. The 12oz in my glass went far to fast.

Another very nice stout from our brethren up north! Easily one of the most vanilla forward beers I've had had the pleasure of sampiling. This would be a great one-two combo with a Peche Mortel.

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Photo of Brez07
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Novare Res about two weeks ago. Label actually said Aphrodite. 11.5oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Very dark pour with hints of red around the outside. There is a ring of sand colored head. Didn't get any lacing on the glass

S: Great nose starting with chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Eventually, vanilla enters the picture, almost making it smell like rich hot chocolate

T: Just like the smell. Starts with the chocolate/vanilla mix, but it's more of a dark chocolate taste. Roasted malts are next. The hops come out, causing a little bitterness

M: Very smooth and very creamy at first. Seems a little light for a stout. Leaves a dry finish

D: Superb. I've only seen this in stores a few times unfortunately, but would be a regular purchase if it was more available. Rivals Peche Mortel for this brewery's best offering, in my opinion

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Photo of yesyouam
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite is a very clear, dark brown ale with a beige head that slowly fades. It has a super chocolate vanilla aroma that's sweet and very unsubtle. It's medium bodied and super smooth with a dry finish. It has a super chocolate vanilla flavor to match the aroma. It's pretty sweet and pretty bitter. There's lots of coffee flavor in there, too. It has good balance and lots of flavor. I just love beer like this.

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Photo of nkersten
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from (twist off...) bottle, color is very dark brown/black. 1/4" tan head forms and quickly dissipates to clinging at the edges.
S- Hints of vanilla, roasted malt, dried cherries, dark chocolate and molasses stand out in the aroma. Some booze in the later notes, but barely noticeable.
T- Vanilla is present right off the bat, which fades away into chocolate malts and some bitterness. Cocoa is sweet, but also provides a decent amount of the balance in the bittering. A little bit of a smokey taste in the finish.
M- prickly carbonation at first, but after swirling the glass for a bit and letting it warm up, carbonation is just right. I keep thinking body is a little thin, then have to remind myself that this is not an imperial... just an American stout. And for what it is, a thinner mouthfeel is fine.
D- This is a very tasty brew, but none of the flavors are overpowering and they are very well balanced. If it weren't for the somewhat hefty price tag and often scarce availability, this would be a regular in my fridge. A decent stout, I would recommend trying this if you happen to stumble across it.

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

341ml bottle at Chancey Smith's.

Pours blackish brown in colour with a dark tan head that resembles cola foam. Head and lace retain well.

Smell and taste are strong cocoa powder, vanilla extract, freshly roasted coffee, table cream, dark unsweetened chocolate, and a mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is delicate and creamy, lush and chocolatey, with a smooth bitterness and chalky-drying finish.

Overall, this gorgeous stout is one of my personal favourites. Cheers to HMH for getting this into the province.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark for a single stout. Only the slightest hints of brown getting in around the edges. A quarter finger of coffee colored. head with some spotty lacing.

S: The nose is really great. You get the vanilla and cocoa. Smells like a beer with twice the ABV. For a single stout the nose on this beer is a 70. Little bit of sweetness creeping in. Quite a bit of chocolate and roast in there as well. Pretty much everything you are looking for in the style.

T: Lots more chocolate than the nose. The vanilla comes in strong at the end and finishes with it. Creamy is part of the taste. the roast is there as well. Fresh coffee grounds. Damn quite complex. This has everything a stout needs and then some.

M: Creamy and luscious.

D: To have this on a nitro tap would be a sin to the goddess herself. Great beer. One of the best stouts that I have ever had. At $6 a 12oz this is a nice occasional treat but that is it.

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Photo of garbercury
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lunch for the generous extra in trade!

Love this beer, really awesome. Until recently not really available readily in US...

Served in Unibroue snifter for full effect.

A--Deep mahogany, some lacing.

S--Coffee is dominant, dark chocolate. The smell of dark chocolate brownie.

T--This is where you can taste the vanilla incorporated into the brew. Coffee, chocolate are intertwined. This beer tastes really awesome!

S--Pretty silky mouthfeel.

D--I mentioned that I love this beer, so tasty and flavorful without being overbearing or cloying. Just enough flavor to give it some real character but not enough to overtake the stout. Nice!!! Highly recommmended.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking stout. Half finger tan coloured head formed on the pour into my Chimay chalice. Not much retention, although there is still some slight head above the nucleation site.

Very nice aroma. Espresso and chocolate with a hint of vanilla overtop a nice creamy nougat. A hint of deeply roasted malt that borders upon char also present, just before the earthy and leafy hops reveal themself.

Wow, the subtlety of the vanilla in the nose is blown away by loads of vanilla in the taste. I love vanilla but this is a touch too much for me, and it manages to detract from instead of add to the nice chocolate profile and nougaty malts. Hint of char and earthy leafy hops at the finish.

As far as mouthfeel goes this is a great beer. Medium bodied, and quite smooth. As far as the components go my only critique would be to cut the amount of vanilla present by at least 50%.

Fairly drinkable, as my palate becomes overloaded and numbed by the vanilla blast I can concentrate more on the nice chocolate profile present, and the yummy nougat character than really shines in Peche Mortel. Recommended, although this one did not live up to the hype fueled expectations for me.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up in the fall while on tour through Quebec.

The body is quite dark, nearly black and almost completely opaque. A tight mocha coloured head crowns this nicely leaving fine lacing all the way to the end of the glass.

The nose is of vanilla and chocolate almost completely, as is to be expected. Roast malt notes mingle nicely with the unabated vanilla aroma. On the sweeter side evocations of Bailey's and milk chocolate bars came to mind, very pleasing.

Lots of dark malt astringency attack the pallet from the first sip but quickly dissipate giving way to chocolaty sweetness. The chocolate flavours are very varied, bitter dark chocolate, truffles and hot chocolate all come to mind. Coffee notes manifest out of the roasted malt mixing nicely with the beautifully subtle vanilla flavour. A very dry finish tails the surprisingly light body.

A very nice beer, it certainly delivers what it promises.

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Photo of trbergman
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Deep brown body with a half-inch tan head.

S - Roast barley, cocoa, and loads of aromatic vanilla.

T - Cocoa really crowds out the vanilla on the palate and becomes a bit chalky. Roast barley lends a hint of coffee flavor, and I also get a little anise. No hop flavor to speak of, but an assertive bitterness. Honestly, the taste is a big letdown after the nose.

M - Full bodied and smooth, though with a powdery mouthfeel at times.

D - Certainly, this is not a bad beer. But I'm kind of disappointed, given that this is the same brewery that produced Péché Mortel.

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

Aphrodite pours a very dark mahogany color. It's not quite opaque, but it's close. A few burgundy highlights are revealed at the outermost edges of the glass. It's capped with a light mocha colored head. It reaches about a finger and a half deep. Retention was short and lacing was spotty and light.

The nose is good, but is a little on the weak side. The first whiff is loaded with chocolate malts. They're somewhere between sweet and bittersweet. Further examination reveals a healthy amount of roasted malts, as well. Vanilla and light roasted coffee are secondary, but add depth and complexity. There are subtle hints of hops present. It has a leafy, earthy scent that's subtle. Alcohol, while not very high at 6.5%, is blended well and is not noticeable.

The flavor is likewise good. It has a flavorful malty base that's equal parts chocolate and roasted malts. The flavor leans hard in the bittersweet chocolate direction. It's not sweet at all. That's a little surprising, but no less tasty. Roasted coffee and vanilla are noted, but they are secondary. However, they complement the malt flavors very well and really round out the flavor. I'm a little surprised by the strong hop presence. It is earthy, but adds a nice bitter kick. That flavor is somewhat leafy and floral. Alcohol is blended very well and isn't noticeable. It finishes malty, bitter, and a little dry.

Aphrodite has a light-medium body and feels a little too thin. It's far from a big, badass bold stout. Carbonation is light and it does have a smooth feel. But, it needs to be bigger. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor a lot and it goes down relatively easy. I'd prefer more body, but it's pretty damn good as it is.

Aphrodite is good beer. It doesn't quite reach the level of Péché Mortel, but is a pretty impressive release. Its biggest problem is that it doesn't have as much body as it needs. It needs to be a little bigger and a little more badass to truly display its best qualities. The nose would also benefit from more strength. Having said all that, it is good beer. I like it and have enjoyed the bottle. Grab a bottle if you see it. It's worth it.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I found this today,I havent had a real earth shattering brew in awhile,this fit the bill.Poured a near jet black with only a slight hint of ruby showing thru when held up to the glass,a frothy mocha colored head atop.Deep cocoa in the nose,the vanilla takes a backseat but is there,a decent amount of roast shows up as well.Perfect mouthfeel,it almost feels like its nitrogen dispensed,just as creamy and smooth as all get out.Flavors are big on the coholate/vanilla but not to sweet due to a nice earthy dryness that hits late.A damn fine stout,easy to drink with its creamy feel and rich flavors,one of the better beers I have had in some time.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as black as the dark side of love with the good ol tan stouty head. Head dissipates after a while leaving spotty lacing. Smell is quite enticing, pure vanilla, chocolate and some roasted malts. Taste is extraordinary! The vanilla and chocolate mixture is incredible, though I found vanilla to be the weaker of the two. Some roasted malt and light hops. I'm eating strawberry ice cream while drinking it and it tastes like neopolitan ice cream. Mouthfeel is decent, oily, carbonation starts to show alot through towards the end and it's a little thin, but hardly a complaint when it tastes this good. Another excellent beer from DDC.

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

Poured black color with medium creamy tan head that lasted with excellent lacing. Aroma is very complex with roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy chocolate bittersweet flavor and moderate to heavy complex dark sweet bourbon finish of long duration. Standout complex beer for dessert or with a cigar.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a motor oil color....a very dark brown that hinges on black. The bit of a foamy head is a tan color and I didn't get the thick fizzy head that I've read about. There is some lacing, but not too sticky and I can't tell how carbonated this beer is. It also looks quite thick.

S- This beer has a dominant fresh unsweetened chocolate aroma, but I also smell very much the dark roasted malts that have a coffee aroma. As it warms up though, the aromas soften and it smells more like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies....I'm guessing the vanilla used is sweetening this up a bit.

T- Wow! This is a great tasting beer if you like dark chocolate. The main flavor here is of cocoa powder, with just a hint of the vanilla bean in the backround. The sweetness of the malts are very muted, as the amount of roasting is really forefront. This has a very good bitterness on the finish that sticks around on the palate for awhile afterward.

M- This is a full bodied stout, really letting me feel like I've just enjoyed a hunk of bittersweet chocolate and the hint of sweetness also makes me feel like I just enjoyed some fresh baking. I do have to say that the carbonation is a little heavy for this style, so I can't give full marks.

D- Give me this beer any time and I'll enjoy it! It's unique and I really like the combination of cocoa and vanilla beans. The alcohol is very well hidden and I'd like to try this again with some dessert after a meal. However, I'd be very much open to enjoying several of these over an evening during the winter in a warm room.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark opaque brown/black with a bit of brown head that rapidly fades. Kind of fizzed on the pour, makes me worry that it's over-carbonated for my tastes, but I'll keep an open mind. The aroma on this one is pretty impressive--a complex blend of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Taste follows the nose, but focuses on the roasted malts rather than the chocolate and vanilla. Vanilla is basically just a shadow, and the chocolate is overpowered by the stoutiness of this stout. Not sure that's a bad thing, but I was hoping for a bit more after the description. Oh wait, there's a big whiff of vanilla... damn, now it's gone. In any case, it's a robust beer like Peche Mortel, just not on the same level. Finishes with a bit of a piney hop bitterness, paired with some chocolate bitterness. My fears are somewhat confirmed on the mouthfeel--a bit thin for a stout, and over-carbonated for my taste. It does drink nicely, however, not a bad beer overall. The first offering I had from Dieu Du Ciel was Peche Mortel, so I guess I was expecting a similar caliber brew. Not there, but definitely a good stout.

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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