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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:
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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jake for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a massive tan head and a ton of carbonation.

S: The nose is rich and chocolate filled. Great sweet milk chocolate notes, vanilla, and a more subtle roasted character and a dark caramel note as well.

T: Like the nose, plenty of sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. A more pronounced roasted flavor along with some slightly burnt notes.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high carbonation that actually works alright.

D: Not quite as good as Peche Mortel, but still nice. Definitely overcarbonated, but a vigorous pour and some time in the glass helps to smooth that out.

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Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Goebbels in Wichita

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of mocha/brown colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Cocoa & a touch of iron, grows stronger as this warms, plus nice vanilla

T: Dark chcolate, iron, a touch of wet charred grains up front. Dryness, a bit of coffee, plus more dark chocolate, plus some herbal hops as this warms. Finishes dry with dark chocolate & with woody & herbal hops, plus vanilla

MF: Rich, silky & smooth with medium body

Great drinkability, this is a tasty stout in it own right, must try more beers from these guys...Only thing I didn't like about this beer was the price, about $5.50 for a single

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to GoGriz for this bottle!

Rockin' out to the Moody Blues' "Forever Autumn" with this one. Boom! It pours a straight death black topped by a half-finger of light tan foam. As the Moodies bleed into Alice in Chains's "Bleed the Freak" (damn, I'm slow), the nose shows itself to be utterly dizzominated by chocolate, both dark and milk, with some roasted malts hanging in the background, biding their time. It's very simple, but very effective nonetheless. The taste goes for a less sweet path, opting instead for a bitter dark chocolate leader. The roast makes itself more known, bringing a hint of leather with it. Again, the formula is simple, but does plenty with the small list of ingredients. The body is a rather light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, almost chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, proving the capability of this Canucklehead brewery.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to korguy123 for this one!

A: Pours a very dark black with a brown two finger head. Head maintained itself for a long time. Nice lacing down the sides on this one.

S: Very strong aromas of chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. Comes over very strong and makes me want to drink it!

T: Wow, this tastes great. Really complex, the chocolate and vanilla combination is amazing. There is also a hint of coffee, but not much.

M/D: Not as thick as expected, but seems just about right. Very smooth. Overall one of my favorites in the style thus far. I would never shy away from drinking this one. I couldn't drink more than two in a night, but I don't think I would ever want to. Compared to other stouts I have had, this one goes down real easy. Will get this again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled under the name Aphrodite, this is the Anglicized version of L'Aphrodisiaque. It has the same label and cocoa/vanilla bean notes.

Thick beige head that settles quickly for the style. It leaves lots of webby lace. The color is nearly black. I cannot detect any light coming through.

The real cocoa comes through in the smell. There's also coffee, which makes this a mocha aroma beer.

Surprisingly, the cocoa flavor exceeds my expectations based on the smell. Think Nestle's quick added to a milk stout. Still, it is appealing. Vanilla is such a delicate spice, that I have not found it anywhere. The finish is coffee-ish but short lived. Solid body with a proper level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very easy beer to drink.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at ChurchKey in DC today, 3/10/10.

a - Pours a dark brown with about 2 fingers of tan head. Excellent retention.

s - Smells strongly of cocoa chocolate. Also smells of vanilla, roasted malts, and a little bit of coffee.

t - The first taste to jump out is chocolate once again. It's a little bitter, but not too bitter. Also tastes of vanilla and roasted malts.

m - Very smooth and creamy. No carbonation and light to medium body. Extremely easy to drink and very light for a stout.

d - Overall I really enjoyed this stout. Big chocolate and vanilla smell and taste and the combo is perfect in this beer. The 6.5% ABV helps make it smooth and creamy; it is very easy to drink. I would definitely have this again and will be looking to get some more.

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

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is dark brown with a thick, beige head. Big blast of vanilla, chocolate. Smells like a sweet hot chocolate. A lactic presence in there as well. Very nice flavor, with prominent vanilla throughout. Like drinking milky hot chocolate. I would like more roast presence. Medium bodied with lingering sweetness. Overall, tasty beer that I would definitely have again.

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

Pours a dark brown color with lighter brown and red highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Fairly aggressive pour yields more than a finger of fluffy tan head that receeds leaving quite a solid curtain of lace on the glass. Aroma is full of sweet smelling chocolate and burnt grain character with a bit of the vanilla coming through in the backend. Taste is quite full of bittersweet chocolate upfront with a solid burnt grain taste filling out the rest of the body. Finish has a lasting taste of bitter chocolate blended with vanilla. The dark grain flavors are really accented nicely with the addition of the cocoa and vanilla without those additions overpowering the base characteristics of the stout. Feel is medium to light with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer that I would have again. Nicely done.

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

Pours a solid black color with a good sized tan head that quickly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of vanilla and chocolate up front with hints of caramel, coffee, and roasted grain. Smells like a sweet stout with vanilla added. The flavor is very chocolatey with a vanilla edge just like the nose promised. There's a lactose type sweetness along with some earthy hops and a lingering sweet roasty finish. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet light syrupy mouthfeel. This is a nice easy drinking flavorful sweet stout, I really enjoyed this!

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Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head that doesn't last the duration (though holds on for some time). Vanishing/trailing lace leaves some dots behind.

The smell is robust! Cocoa and vanilla - dark maltiness and slight roast.

The taste is sweet - chocolatey with vanilla beans. Some alcohol warmth shows. A late touch of roast gives some balance to the sweetness, though it remains sweet in character.

It is medium-to-full bodied. Carbonation is on the higher end for what I was expecting for a "dessert" brew. Could be fuller.

Like a rich chocolate cake, the sweetness, while not sticky, is enough to be happy sharing this 11.5 oz. bottle and still be satisfied (though I was also happy having this by myself - wouldn't grab another though). This is a nice, sweet treat that showcases cocoa and vanilla well! Aromatic and delicious!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. Batch code 2-7 refers to bottling date of May 2011.

Jet black body on appearance with a nice cocoa brown head. Big tiny bubbles of lacing sheets on the glass and some thick whipped bubbles for a real wild appearance.

Smell is a faint chocolate instant Quick breakfast drink, grain husk, and just a hint of vanilla.

Taste is quite a surprise, mostly a good solid tobacco dryness in the palate, with a creamy texture. Husky like grain chew comes through a little bit in the swallow. An unusual heat on the gulping comes through giving a big tobacco burst.

Overall pretty interesting, but I was thinking more vanilla would be presented but it didn't come out. It's still a great stout for it's style would have again anytime.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brasserie Dieu du ciel Aphrodite

Cast in ebony shades, with a great helping of creamy brown head up on top.

Aroma: vanilla hits first, then the cocoa, a lovely mix.

Taste :Mmmm,now, here's a chocolate stout! Vanilla bean, cocoa beans, all add up to deliciousness. Might be a touch too much on the sweet side for some...(even even me)...it's a well-integrated, rounded, balanced mesh of flavors,though, and it really delivers. A little astringent at the back of the throat, though...Ends chalky and rough, then dry.

All in all, though, yum. I continue to be amazed by these guys.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%

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

Review #300! Big thanks to papat444 (via grub) for sending a few bottles of this my way. Served in my FOBAB taster.

A - Huge three-fingered mocha foam with excellent retention and some glass-coating lacing. Pitch black, with a hint of brown at the fringes of the glass. This is what a single stout should look like.

S - Loads of bittersweet chocolate, roasty malts, a touch of leather, vanilla bean, and caramel. Awesome stuff - hard to imagine this much flavor is packed into a 6.5% brew.

T - Taste is a little more understated, with lots of roastiness, chocolate, and maybe a bit of wood/barrel flavor at the back end. The bottle mentions bourbon as one of the smells, but it doesn't smell/taste like a barrel-aged beer other than the dry woody notes. A mix of roast bitterness and wood in the aftertaste.

M - The body is a little thinner than I like, verging on the lighter side of medium. There's tons of residual stickiness and mild carbonation, and it's super smooth. I just wish there was more body to this one.

D - Damn - my 6oz pour went like nothing. This is super drinkable stuff, and the only thing impeding session status is the strong roast bitterness in the aftertaste.

Awesome stuff - can't way to see "Aphrodite" in stores in the US.

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

Poured from a bottle into a true pint, the beer is a brown-to-black coloring with a thick, dark chocolate milk colored head. Aromas of dark chocolate abound, with some milk chocolate blending flavors. Flavors are sweet and smooth, with a roasty backbone. Vanilla and cream sweetness counteract the bitter chocolate presence. Creamy and bitter aftertaste blends nicely with the palate. Smooth, rich finish. This is a strong, tasty brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peche Mortel's retarded little sister. Just kidding, it's a good beer.

Beer is black and dark with a thin tan head that halos quickly leaving minimal lacing under low carbonation.

Aroma is sweeter than Peche Mortel, more vanilla, more sweetness, less coffee.

Beer is medium body, sweet up front, moderate bitterness at the back of the beer, the midpalate has some vanilla and more sweetness. I'd have it again, my wife loves this beer.

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

09/30/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a date strip on the side label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Super black in color. Nice solid dirty white 3/4 inch head. Lacing is minor with some light spotting and streaks.

Smell- Very nice aroma of both coffee and dark-bittersweet chocolate with the added bonus of a nice light vanilla bean scent.

Taste- I think the coffee leads the way in this one. Dark chocolate follows suit with a cola like flavor. Vanilla is very light. It's noticable, but doesn't add as much as I'd like to this beer. Still is tasty though.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher on the carbonation side. Decent chocolate malted aftertaste.

Drinkability- As said above..would have liked a bit more vanialla bean. Pretty solid offering though even without the vanilla.

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

Poured a dark as night black with brown highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. Lots of stuff going on here but was able to detect roastiness, chocolate, oat grains, vanilla, and faint cocoa notes; very appealing. The vanilla and chocolate were more apparent on the palate with cocoa raosty accents but had a touch of oat grain. It did have mild hop notes on the backend. The brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a roasty, sweet, and silky finish. It drank really good and would definitely like to grab more bottle of this brew. I honestly think I might take aphrodite over peche mortal.

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip

Poured dark brown with half a finger of foamy light brown head.

Heavy chocoalte notes dominate the nose with a nice overall roasted malt profile. A slight vanilla smell is also present. No real bitterness to speak of in the nose.

Nice roasted malt flavour with a big chocolate taste dominating. A hint of vanilla is present in the background but not all that easy to pick out. Overall this is quite a sweet stout with a nice smooth finish.

This was a very good stout but not a great one that I will look for regularly.

Medium body with and lightly carbonated

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

Appearance: balck in color with a 2" fluffy tan colored head. The head lasts for a while before becoming a thick surface foam.

Smell: roasted malts and vanilla create a pleasant aroma.

Taste: big vanilla flavor here with roasted malt sweetness, prunes, hint of coffee, and a nice bitterness. There is a hint of earthiness to this brew.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start, creamy and smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer has a great flavor profile and is very easy to drink. Several can be had in a session. Worth seeking this one out.

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

The beer pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! It has a rich, chocolatey scent with hints of vanilla. It's damn sweet smelling and highly addictive. The taste is great as well. It has a dry, roasted flavor with lots of cocoa character and a bit of vanilla in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It s a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine chocolate stout. I'm a big fan of these guys. What an exceptional lineup of beers.

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

With a girl like that on the label, how can you not buy it? Add the fact Dieu du Ciel! brews it and I have combination that meets without resistance. This should be a good beer to fill my glass. On to the beer:

We're looking nearly pitch black with a little red hue at the bottom part of the glass. Dotty lacing sticks around, and some of the head lasts nearly all the way. Sniff, wow, that cocoa hit you in the face. There's the vanilla bean that mixes well with the cocoa. A wonderful marriage in the nose.

In the same way Péché Mortel is great, the Aphrodite/Aphrodisiaque follows closely in its footsteps. It's a little toasted with lots of semi-sweet cocoa and a hint of vanilla beans. It reminds me of drinking a chocolate milkshake. There is roasted bitterness, not enough to overcome the cocoa, and some hop flowers appears and dissapear to provide a moderate hoppiness that can be picked out of the crowd. Being medium bodied, somwheat smooth, and enjoyable to comsume without being a sipper help as well.

When it comes to flavored stouts, Dieu du Ciel is 2 for 2. The Aphrodite/Aphrodisiaque is great tasting beer. As for being an aphrodisiac, that is what sugar pills were invented for.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark ruby red-black. Faint dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Light malty stout aroma. Surprising body for the ABV. A light coffee, cocoa and strong roasty malt start with a quick drop off in flavor to a light malt English style stout finish. Interesting progression and the start is very nice. Worth picking up on the rare occasions it is available.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer. This beer was my youngest brother's 100th beer.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is vanilla, chocolate and smoke. The flavor is milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and light smoke. The beer tastes a whole lot like cream soda. Medium-thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

Aphrodite Label

Poured into a chalice a black color, some carbonation, not much of a head for a stout, no sticky lacing also. The nose is malty, with some cocoa, chocolate, toffee. The taste is very nice, malty, with lots of nice dark stuff, and some nice vanilla notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, wish there was a better head/lacing for just a Stout at 6.5% ABV.

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,624 ratings.
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