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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Ratings: 1,667 |  Reviews: 635
Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vanilla is dominating with some notes of black chocolate. Taste is also dominated by rich vanilla notes with some black chocolate and also some lightly bitter roasted malt notes at the end. Body is full with great carbonation. Very well done with some bourbon resemblance which might come from the vanilla. I guess I am slightly disappointed with all the hype that had been surrounding this one but still very good nonetheless.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by nickd717. Been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours dark but clear brown, almost opaque in the glass. The small tan head disappeared pretty quickly, settling to a thin disc.

The aroma has a massive vanilla and chocolate presence, almost to the point of having no identifiable beer character. It's nicely done, though quite rich.

The taste is sweet up front, with big vanilla and chocolate flavors complementing the roasty, rich malt backbone. There's a fair amount of bitterness to contrast the vanilla and chocolate, but this is still pretty decadent and dessert-like. The body felt a touch thin to me, medium-light, but that may be because I was drinking bigger stouts before this. Quite good.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, cream, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/cocoa spicing; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, vanilla, dark bread, cream, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, cream, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and cocoa/vanilla spice flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome spiced stout style. All around great robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa/vanilla spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! "Aphrodisiaque"
on tap at the brewery on 1 Octobre 2014
$6.50 / pint

Notes: Nitro-stout appearance... not sure if it is, but it has that densely creamy tan head over a black-brown body. Aroma: cocoa in the nose kind of like walking into a chocolate shop. Flavor: Cocoa and vanilla upfront. Stout then steps in with a solid roastiness. Moderate bitterness. It walks the line between a dessert beer and a regular stout. Creamy medium body.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into oversized DFH snifter

A: Pitch black color with dark brown almost black head of about 1 finger that fades semi quickly

N: Lots of oatmeal and dark roasted malts and tons of chocolate, a touch of oak and vanilla and some coffee

T: Wow! Starts with lots roasted malts and coffee, some chocolate, touch of oak and vanilla, creamy and rich, some rich dark fruits hit towards the end with a bitterness, theres so much going on, very slight alcohol, its very smooth

M: Thick and creamy with perfect carbonation, coats the whole mouth

F: It finishes slightly sweet that dries very quickly and leaves a slight chocolate and coffee bitterness on the tongue, makes me think of a chocolate milk with some coffee in it

Final thoughts: This is a very rich and complex beer with lots of roasted malts and coffee, chocolate, oak and vanilla, as well as some deep rich fruit that surprises you, very light alcohol taste and makes my mouth water quite a bit. I think this will age very well also. All the flavors are blended pretty well and I think aging it will just round it off even more. I'll have to cellar a few of them.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep black with a fairly-nice brown head.

S: A little bit of chocolate, but mostly overcome by a faint smell of fake vanilla.

T: Roasted malt and chocolate, but even more so than the nose, this one was just dominated by a vanilla extract type flavor. Didn't taste at all like other beers with vanilla-bean aging.

M: Good and creamy. Low carbonation.

D: Too fake to be that great. I was really excited to try this and it was quite the letdown.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some garnet hints when held up to the light. The beer had a quarter finger tall tan head that reduced to a thin ring at the edges. Very light lacing is observed.

S: There is lots of cocoa in the aroma, almost as if you are opening the package of baking cocoa powder and taking a whiff. There are also some lighter hints of vanilla behind the cocoa powder.

T: There are a lot of taste of dark roasted malts, very intense bittersweet chocolate/cocoa, along with lighter hints of vanilla. The beer has a very light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.

O: The beer is very enjoyable, especially since it has the tastes of the cocoa and vanilla but is not sweet - it paired greatly with the dessert when it was served. I wish that the body was just a hint fuller but this is still a really great beer. Definitely one I would get again.

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured with a small head of dark tan foam that lingers indefinitely on to of the beer. The body is black and opaque.

S - dark chocolate and vanilla dominate with some coffee and nutty caramel in the background.

T - smooth coffee up front with nutty toffee and caramel coming out in the middle. Bittersweet chocolate and lots of vanilla wash over the palate in the finish and the sweetness lingers on the palate like a dessert.

M - medium thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - the underlying beer is obviously fairly complex, but the chocolate and vanilla completely dominate. This is a perfect desert beer and despite its sweetness it doesn't become cloying like so many other chocolate stouts do.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dense black, with a finger of creamy milk chocolate colored head. This retains with a very nice looking flare-up, which leaves some heavy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is an even mix of light and dark, with the sweetness of the vanilla playing off against those deep roasted chocolate accents. I'm getting just a touch of citric hops being present, as well as a bit of a "husk" smell from the cocoa nibs that this sat on. Underlying warmth gives this some thickness in the nostrils.

The taste is rich with bitter chocolate and roasted malts, with a moderate amount of lightly spicy hop activity giving this some extra zip on the tongue. Just enough vanilla flavor blooms out across the back of the palate to help balance out some of darker flavors here but it isn't overdone by any means. This finishes with a strong dry and roasty feel, as well as just a smidge of leftover spice from the hops. The mouthfeel sits with a heavier medium bodied feel in the mouth but retains a relatively mellow easiness to the carbonation. There is some warmth in the back of the throat after each sip but I do think that this could stand to use just a bit more beef to the body.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tar black pour with a really small brown head, quick to a thin margin and some modest lacing.
Rich chocolate on the nose, but more like natural, fragrant cocoa nibs, dark spices of the "woody" variety (like lots of vanilla, some cinnamon, some cardamom), nice roasted malt with a bit of smokiness, caramel, black peppercorn.
Wow, what a nice rich cocoa drink. Don't get me wrong, it's not overly sweet or "artificial", but taste like old-style cocoa drinks. Lots of decadent chocolate up front, perfectly mingling with caramel and a bit of slightly sugared coffee. Rich spices, with raw vanilla bean dominating, some dusty cinnamon, some pepper, faint ginger, even fainter anise. Roasted malts, but not too intensely, provide a nice sturdy backbone. Finishes dusty, just a bit earthy, just a bit bitter.
A really creamy body, tho medium carbonated, slowly goes down the throat and coats the whole palate. The aftertaste is long and rich, with lots of cocoa bean, caramel and vanilla, amongst the other spicy notes.
A great dark chocolatey beer, perfect for dessert, but without being too sweet, like other "Chocolate stouts". Great stuff!

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4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a half-inch tan head which fades leaving spot lace.

N: Roast, cocoa powder, vanilla and trace coffee and char.

T: Dark cocoa and roast. Simple and balanced.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth finish with roasty notes.

O: Nice, with vanilla increasing on warming.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of vfgccp
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%

A – Beautiful deep brown body with a dark tan head that pours 2 fingers high. Medium lace and great retention.

S – Dry chocolaty nose. Oreos , cocoa powder, brown sugar, toasted wheat bread, vanilla. Better as it warms.

T – There is something that doesn’t work on my palate here. A few of the people that I had this beer with had the same problem. What I got was super dry with an almost acetone-like alcohol character through the center and a really unpleasant polyurethane finish. Those that didn’t get the chemical character got cocoa, pumpernickel bread, chalk, touch of raisin, and a hint of cinnamon. (Numbers for this review are based on the majority that didn’t get the off flavors)

M – Medium-light frame that thins through the finish.

O – A difficult beer to review. There’s clearly a flavor that some of the people I reviewed this beer with picked up that really threw this beer off, but the rest of the reviewers loved it.

3.69 Aphrodisiac
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Anth- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.50 4.25 ------- 4.50 4.42 10%
S - 4.50 4.50 ------- 4.60 4.53 20%
T - 4.30 3.80 ------- 2.00 3.37 40%
M - 3.90 3.75 ------- 2.75 3.47 10%
O - 4.00 3.75 ------- 2.00 3.25 20%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 92.4% out of 100 with 1,667 ratings
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