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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up slight head which really has no retention- just enough for me to observe the color of the head which is a dark to medium beige. The body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. No lacing has been left and it looks as if no lacing will be. (And that is a fact!)

Nose- Huge dark chocolate from the bottle- reminiscent of Hershey's Dark. The glass shows more cocoa with hints of vanilla. It's not terribly complex but it is quite delicious. If this beer tastes anything like the aroma, it's going to be good. Some toffee and caramel. Even a touch of butterscotch.

Taste- Roasted malts and coffee seem to creep around the tongue as I swirl the beer around my mouth. Bitter notes of cocoa emerge and move into a note bordering on dark chocolate but it seems to stop short of tasting like actual chocolate. Not quite as enjoyable as the nose but pretty close. Seems a little thin. There's a bit of raisin and sourness caused by the roasted malts. These roasted malts bolster the beer and prevent it from seeming too thin. Some woodiness to the finish- mostly oak from the vanilla beans. Slight vanilla creaminess on the tip of the tongue after the finish is gone. Hints at white chocolate a bit. Most of this seems to fade and I'm left with mostly cocoa. Somewhat of a dry finish. I do like the residual vanilla but wish it had more presence in the rest of the flavor profile. Might lack a little in complexity but has wonderful balance and integration. Very good, quite solid beer. The mild hops works perfectly against the slight sweetness and gives this beer a lot of integrity.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied beer which manages to have a creamy silkiness to it despite heavy carbonation for a stout. Nice dry finish that still allows a slick vanilla linger on the tip of the tongue. A mixed bag that shows results.

Drinkability- Incredibly accessible and incredibly drinkable. The only negative is the price. This is worth 6 bucks but I wouldn't pay it most of the time. Especially when I could just grab a Peche Mortel instead.

Overall- Very good beer that shouldn't be a disappointment for stout lovers. Definitely worth a try and certainly a beer that I wouldn't mind having again. A winner when it comes to lower gravity stouts.

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4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 341 ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Bottle Date: 2013/09; Poured: 2013/10

A: Dark, jet black, almost totally opaque save for the very edge where a bit of light shine through highlighting the color. 3 fingers of a cloudy mocha head that falls fast to a thin creamy collar and leaves behind curtains of lace.

S: A big nose! Sweet chocolate and dark roasted malt, coffee and sweet vanilla.

T: Wow, so smooth! The roasted notes from the grain, dark malt and coffee first, but quickly mellows with rich chocolate and vanilla milkshake flavors. The finish is very long and complex transitioning between dark and roasted and sweet .

M: Medium-high body and medium carbonation; rich, smooth, silky.

O: Incredible depth of flavor and mouthfeel for a 6.5% beer; and it’s truly delicious to boot!

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours with a medium bodied thickness. Tan brownish head of about half a finger. Low active carbonation in glass while drinking. Stout blackness displayed.

Smell: the front is a rounded cocoa bittersweet aroma. Vanilla and roasted malt warm up in the body of this beer. Some dark coffee characteristics as well. The aroma is potent but at the same time very smooth and balanced.

Taste: the front is light, easy on the palate vanilla presence. The rest of the front of the beer is somewhat bland. The cocoa and roasted malt make a powerful appearance in the body. The cocoa rides through to the back end and lingers on the palate with a bright sweetness for a long time.

Mouthfeel: light dryness, sweet chocolate and vanilla felt for a long time.

Overall: good stuff but I was expecting more. Flavors and aromas are balanced but seem a little muted as well. The cocoa aspects of this beer are very strong and felt in diverse ways throughout.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a small snifter.
Every aspect of this stout is exceptional. It has a smooth, creamy near full feel with more-or-less perfect, soft carbonation. Very satisfying stout.
Taste: hint of sour; more bitter than sweet. Rich and complex. Dark fruits and coffee.
O: a very special beer

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle. Pours a deep black with a small khaki colored head. Big spicy earthy coffee aroma with hints of vanilla and roast in the background. Sweet roast and molasses up front fade into earthy coffee and lingering coffee vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side without much carbonation to save it. Seems to fall a little flat. Flavors are there but not as impressed as I was hoping. Pretty easy drinking overall.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,663 ratings.
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