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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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle, appeared spring/summer 2013
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Aphrodite is an excellent dessert beer, rich and roasted with vanilla-like complexity, without going into imperial territory. The only drawback is its price, which at $6 for a 12oz bottle is a major limiting factor on enjoying this again. For a special dessert occasion, it would be nice to have this available; otherwise, I don't think I'd return.

Pours a 1.5cm head of tan-colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, fading in under one minute to a thin ring of residual foam around the perimeter of the beer and a small island of wispy foam lingering over the center of the body. Lacing is minimal, a few small dots and lines cling to the insides of the glass. Beer is a black color, with light bringing no change to its complexity. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque beer.

Aroma of dark chocolate mixed with coffee grounds, acrid roasted malt, and mild cornflake-like graininess and vanilla generating an almost brownie-with-ice cream-like intensity. Ridiculously enticing, an excellent dessert beer.

Front of palate picks up big, sweetened dark chocolate and acrid roasted malt flavors with an underlying vanilla and slight coffee-with-cream note. Mid-palate of roasted and chocolate malts with mild bitterness, vanilla flavor, slight sweetness, altogether reminiscent of a dense, flourless chocolate cake with vanilla beans. Back of palate picks up rich chocolate and roasted malt flavors with slight bitterness and hints of vanilla. Aftertaste of roasted malt acridness with bitter dark chocolate, slight coffee, and smooth vanilla flavors.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a gently foamy, smooth mouthfeel that fits the beer and its flavors quite well. Closes dry, with medium levels of stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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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  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-cocoa, dark roasted malt, coffee, vanilla

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, earthy, vanilla, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-great stout,very enjoyable after dinner or with dessert

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SawDog505
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours pitch black, with a one inch dark tan head, that leaves behind beautiful lace. Smell is Toffee, vanilla, butterscotch, coffee, and cocoa. Taste is all of that, the most dominant is butterscotch and vanilla. Body is maybe medium, just the right carbonation, a touch dry, and goes down easy. This is very nice, seems bigger than its abv. Nice stout, a bit expensive.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Mikkeller bar in SF.

A: Real dark. Opaque.

S: Smells like booze .vanilla. Amazing.

T/M: Disappointingly thin. Weak chocolate. Oatmeal ish? Eh. Ain't that good.

O: Not a terrible beer but also not a great one. I wouldn't have another based on this, though I suppose this may not be the best representation.

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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