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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Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lord Hobo. Served in a 12 oz glass. Very dark brown color. Little to no head. Faint smell of cocoa powder. Very mellow flavor of chocolate and malt. On the dry side for an American stout. Mostly smooth mouthfeel. A nice dessert beer, but not an earth shattering stout.

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

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

An 11.5 ounce twist off bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $5. Uncapped and poured into my nonic Imperial pit glass. The stout appears a very dark brown color with about a finger of deep ecru colored foam. Nose and flavors consist of caramel, chocolate tootsie rolls, rich roasted grains, dark chocolate, cocoa, bitter and sweet, rather authentic tasting vanilla which compliments the chocolate notes quite nicely. Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. Finish leaves behind a pleasant bitterness. Smooth and easy to drink, but a bit too pricey to have regularly.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a tan skim ring around the glass. No true lacing.

Amazing aromas. Nothing off-balance or overpowering. Dark chocolate, french-roast coffee, and sweet vanilla bean blend wonderfully together. This one smells sweet and rich.

Surprise! This one is not sweet at all! Some dry dark malt, dark bitter chocolate, hints of vanilla (no sweetness). Some smoky edges, and some good depth of flavor. Wonderful transitions from malt and charred bitterness. Finish is long and very pleasant. You get just a slight hint of alcohol, and it brings it all together. They could have easily ruined this one by making it boozy -- they didn't and it shines.

Full bodied, but not mouth coating. Some slight prickliness on the tongue from carbonation as you hold a sip in your mouth.

Got some rare 5's in here for me. Loved this brew. Steep price for 12 oz. ($8), but well worth it. You will wish you had another.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generously shared by nickd717 at a tasting last night. Thanks Nick!

A: Pours an impenetrable brown body that darkens to black in the center of the glass. Develops a finger of tan-colored head that recedes quickly into a light donut / film on top of the brew. With so many people sharing from the same glass (mmm disease!), there is no place for the suds to latch on... But even on the first swig, there wasn't much lacing anyway.

S: Lots of vanilla, but not so strong that it blasts the nose and becomes a beer parody. It's subdued, and blends into the rest of the mellow nose with cocoa, roasted malt, and nuts.

T: Again, I taste the vanilla very strongly, but the roasted malts are much stronger in the flavor than cocoa. There is a strange artificial sweetness to the beer that becomes especially obvious near the finish. Slight smoke on the exhalation.

M: Medium-full body, with low carbonation that makes it very velvety and smooth. Finishes malty / sweet, obviously.

D: I thought this was pretty decent. This beer isn't available around here, but if I saw it I might pick up another bottle.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dogleg
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Photo of TerryW
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Proper porter look. Chocolate and vanilla in the nose. Comes across to me as chocolate cherry to taste. Pretty substantial on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel. Yeah, this is a dessert beer.

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Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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 rye726
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours near black with tints of dark brown around the edges and a creamy mocha head.

Nose has vanilla up front followed by cocoa, coffee, roasted malts and subtle hops.

Taste is dark and roasty with molasses, bitter hops, espresso, chocolate and vanilla.

Medium body is well carbonated. Very nice stout from Dieu Du Ciel.

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Photo of cfalovo97
1/5  rDev -76.1%

Photo of jegross2
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Aphrodite (aka Aphrodisiaque) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel out of Montreal in Canada. DDC is probably best known for their imperial coffee stout Peche Mortel.
Score: 91

Unknown vintage bottle with the 2 and 7 ticked on the side of the label. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 10/16/12.

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with a thin layer of tan head that settles to a ring around the glass. Average lacing, but good retention. 4/5

Smell:Roasted chocolate, faint coffee and toasted oatmeal. Mild amounts of non-sweet molasses too. Hint of fig and caramel. 4.25/5

Taste: Primarily oatmeal and bittersweet bakers chocolate. Mild coffee flavor and some creamy milk chocolate too. Somewhat simple and uncomplex, but tasty. 4/5

Mouthfeel: A little over-carbonated, but not enough so to kill the beer. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. 3.5/5

Overall: A delicious oatmeal stout that had too much carbonation and is overpriced. That said, I'd absolutely drink this one again.

Recommendation: Worth drinking, but not worth specifically seeking out. Really drinkable and flavorful for 6.5% ABV.

Pairings: Flank steak.

Cost: $5 for a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of kbrown
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Vylo
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hardy008
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a one finger mocha head with decent retention and some lacing. The aroma has cocoa and vanilla. Not complex, but very nice.

The flavor also has cocoa, vanilla, and some roasted malt. There is a nice sweetness, balanced by the roasted malt. A nice balance of sweetness and bitterness which is always appreciated.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The aftertaste is a little sweetness, and a little bitter roasted malt. This is a very nice beer which is pretty easy to find. I will have to look for this again.

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

A: Midnight black w/ a light shady brown lace clinging to my New Belgium goblet

S: Roasty, chocolaty powdery cocoa...hints of vanilla

M: Not as full/thick as I'd like... kinda runs through your mouth

T: Pleasant. As it warms, it opens.. the cocoa and vanilla beans roll off the tongue... Not bad for being in the cellar for a year...maybe longer - don't remember!

D: Of course! If I could find it. Until then, I'll have to work through some of the Peche I picked up :)

Definitely worth hittin' up again though.

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

11.5oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Jet black; 1/2 finger head
S: Smells just like chocolate ice cream
T: Chocolate, coffee, a hint of vanilla
M: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, but comes across a bit watery as well
O: Definitely a solid beer. I did not find it as sweet as some have mentioned

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Photo of DavidHume
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Tried at Gambrinus in London. Bottle was marked September 2009.

Appearance: It has a nice dark black colour to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderatly and has nice creamy lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of chocolate with vanilla, caramel and a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet chocolate maltiness with hints of vanilla and caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice sweet maltiness.

Drinkability: It's a great beer accompanined with great flavours and aromas. Great dessert beer.

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Photo of jayhunter357
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, opaque black, not a hint of light gets through. Thin creamy tan head and good lacing.

S-Sweet malt, lots of chocolate and vanilla sweetness.

T-Very flavorful. Sweet from start to finish, but in no way cloying. Malt, then sweet chocolate and vanilla bean flavors kick in. Finishes like a chocolate milkshake.

M-Nicely rich for the style and ABV.

D-Delicious. Great blend of flavor and moderate ABV make this a sweet beer I can have more than one of.


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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,652 ratings.
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