Aphrodisiaque | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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 hoptualBrew
3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with my favorite label to date, love the artwork on the labels out of Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Bottle says "Aphrodite", so, like the last reviewer, I dont know how old this one is. It is marked 2-7 on the side, but I have no clue what that means.

Pours jet black & a dark khaki head sits atop, but sinks quick. Descent amount of lacing slides down the glass with each sip. Smell is kind of muted here in my opinion. I was expecting way more from this one but I do get a little of the ingredients - light java, sweet milk chocolates, a touch of vanilla, and a very sweet caramel apple like quality. Right off the bat, I feel the body is a bit thin for my taste in stouts, but it does go down smooth & creamy. Carbonation isnt quite there either & taste follows the nose but muted as well. I get more coffee quality out on the tongue - but I am thinking this is an old bottle & is not even close to a fresh bottle.

I'm going to try & get a fresh bottle via trade soon & re-review then, as I dont think this review does justice to the brew.

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

A: Pours a not-quite-pitch black with dark, blood red hues around the edges when held up to the light and streams of carbonation just barely visible. A frothy, beige head caps it off.

S: Sweet, dark chocolate is the dominant aroma and was evident as soon as the bottle was opened. Coming in behind it are notes of vanilla, coffee, some dark fruits - chocolate covered cherries come to mind - and a touch of caramel in tthe background. For a beer geek and lover of stouts, this aroma really is an aphrodisiac.

T: Not quite as robust as the aroma would indicate, but definitely not lacking on flavor. Chocolate isn't quite as strong as on the nose, backed by a good deal of vanilla, some coffee and dark fruits, and just a hint of bitterness.

M: Medium body with just above moderate carbonation. Could perhaps be a bit thicker, but that might just be my love of imperial stouts showing through. For a 6.5% ABV stout, it's very appropriate.

D: Drinks very easily, isn't a particularly high ABV, and the taste never gets too overpowering in any one direction - definitely one that could be enjoyed for an evening.

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

A: 4.25 Dark black, pours thick with a small, tan head that leaves quickly.

S: 4.25 Roasted malt and coffee with lots of vanilla and a bit of caramel.

T: 3.5 Not quite as nice as the nose. Mostly roasted malt bitterness and a good dose of vanilla. Bittersweet chocolate at the end.

M: 3.5 Looks viscous on the pour, but actually a little thin.

O: 3.75 Looks and smells great, but not as good as I was hoping. Taste and mouth feel are lacking. Definitely prefer peche mortel.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Brew date on the bottle of March 2010 (2 months ago).

A - Super dark allowing almost no light to pass through. Small (one finger) tan colored head shrinks down to a light bit of lacing around the edges after a couple minutes.

S - Coffee and chocolate notes, along with rich baking bread.

T - Amalgam of rich chocolate flavors backed by vanilla. Coffee bitterness endures long after a large taste. Lingers for minutes.

M - Rich and velvety; the bitterness dominates even while drinking.

D - In spite of the bitterness you still are compelled to drink, but it's just not as smooth as the Peche Mortel.

Very good beer, but too close to the Peche Mortel (which is an all-round better beer IMO). I wouldn't make this a 100% go-to beer, but I will certainly drink it from time to time. Overall the Peche Mortel is richer and better balanced, but this is also a very good beer (i.e. how can you beat a revelation?)

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Photo of Swedes21
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle poured in a chilled pint glass...

Picked up at LCBO under "Aphrodite"

Appearance - WHAT A GORGEOUS pour! The beer pours as a dark and heavy beer. I got about 3 inches of a solid light brown head. Head appears to have some "volume" to it as well, while maintaining a "foamy" look. Lacing is generous as the head dies off. Hard to tell about the carbonation cause of the DARK colour to the beer.

Smell - very strong smell of a chocolate/vanilla base. The aroma is very strong and appealing to taste.

Taste - U can really taste the chocolate in the tasting. I can also taste what appears to be a hint of coffee background. The vanilla adds a bit of sweetness to it, but is not brought forward. I do not taste much bitterness to this beer, actually fairly smooth.

Mouthfeel - I appreciate the amount of carbonation added in the mouthfeel. The bitterness really comes through at this stage, very strong start and finish. Its not a thick beer as it would appear either, just nice.

Drinkability - This is a beer i would drink again, overall i could not drink 10 of these in a sitting, but can see myself enjoying a nice cigar while sipping away.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A dark black stout, with a thin chocolate colored head. Lacing is light.

Smell – Chocolate, malt, with a hint of vanilla.

Taste – Similar to the smell, but more of a darker chocolate.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability – An easy drinking beer. A fine example of a chocolate stout.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours black with 2 fingers creamy brown head

Aroma - VANILLA, roasty malts some light chocolate and coffee.

Taste - again Vanilla shines above all else, followed by some chocolate and coffee and roasty malts light bitterness then finishes smooth

Mouth feel - Medium body, very creamy feel carbonation gives a "frothy" feeling.

Overall - Very good stout and very different. I love the vanilla outshining the chocolate wow.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown color with a creamy head.
A sweet smelling beer with lots of vanilla and chocolate notes.
Vanilla and chocolate almost like some desert type beverage. A slight syrupy chocolate character is present in the taste as well as the body.A heavy milk/cream flavor has a role in the picture as well.A full mouthfeel that coats the tongue and is right where is should be.
A fantastic beer that I am looking forward to seeing on shelves in the future. According the brewery this beer will be called Aphrodite when it enters the U.S. Market.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip glass. deep dark brown like motor oil, minimal effervescenewith ample off white head and persistent sticky lacing. smells strongly of cocoa, roasted malts, bread, leather and smoke. taste sweet malts forward followed by bittersweet cocoa, hint of smoke and coffee and ultimately clean dry finish. medium bodied - a little lighter than i expected but overall quite good.
Great beer - if you enjoy peche mortal or rigor mortis - you will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours nearly black with ruby highlights when held to the light with a thin cap of creamy brown head that leaves natural rock archway formation lace as it recedes.

Smells of milk chocolate, dried vanilla, roasted caramel malt, soft coffee grounds and mild bitter hops.

Tastes of more roasted malt, rich milk chocolate, vanilla beans, cold creamy coffee and more faint leafy hops.

Feels surprisingly fizzy. Medium bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes drier than you'd think.

Verdict: Highly recommended. If the price isn't too dear, this would make a mean vanilla ice cream beer float.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alex (MasterSki) keeps showering me with beer gifts when I drink at his place so he busted this one out for his 300th review and I got to leech off of him.

A: Pours dark black with a lot of khaki colored head that after awhile starts to settle but still leaves a nice layer of head and laces the glass too.

S: Smells like vanilla, chocolate, some slight roast and slight coffee even, the smell is somewhat subtle and not intense...somewhat bready and yeasty

T: very similar to the smell, lots of balanced vanilla and chocolate, very slight coffee/roast flavors

M: Nicely carbonated, but slightly thin although it is a regular stout so it should be expected.

D: Pretty easily drinkable stout with no alcohol flavor and a good taste.

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Photo of fear025
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Hot chocolate with a little bit of alcohol.

Appearance:Black, Tan head, good head retention, poor lacing.

Taste:Delicious! Tons of dark chocolate, a little bit of vanilla. The flavor is the same from the foretaste thru the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Smooth and creamy with just a little carbonation.

Drinkability:Chocolaty and delicious, this beer is quite a treat.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to worthy sniffer

A:pours dark brown like coffee but looks darker in the glass like black coffee with no head pours like motor oil thick and heavy

S: smells of roasted cocoa and vanilla very delicious but not much else there or much depth

T: okay not what I expected at all but I guess I should have known with the low abv but its very light. The coca taste hits you immediately along with the vanilla that blend for a much stronger taste then the feel

M: okay this is super light for a stout I mean I know it's no imperial but like water there is a grittiness to it as if the coco powder was there oily and slimy goes down easy but not smooth with legit no carbonation at all

O: tastes as advertised with lots of strong flavors for an otherwise completly light stout easy to drink dispite the heavy dessert flavors impressive stuff for a standard stout definitely worth a try but twilight of the idols was better taste and it was a porter

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Photo of Mandrake
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, nearly totally black with just the barest hints of ruby peeking from the corners of my glass. Head is a quite dark tan with decent retention but no lacing. Smell is very nice, quite sweet with obvious chocolate coming on strong. Vanilla hints get stronger as the beer warms. Taste sees much of the vanilla fall away in favour of the aforementioned dark chocolate. Lightly hopped as well. Mouthfeel is full and nicely carbonated, very nice, and drinkability is good. All in all, not as sweet as I'd have thought before breaking in to it, but probably better balanced. Very good stout.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341mL bottle with bottled-on date notched in label tasted from a snifter.

Pours an opaque black, with one finger of tan head that quickly fades to a haze.

Mostly cacao in the nose, complemented by some dark fruit, roasted grains and subtle oaky vanilla.

Smooth and creamy sweet cacao powder up front, tending toward darker charred grains and coffee notes toward the finish. Soft vanilla is there, but light and in the background. Bit of a whisky or bourbon on the finish with a bit of residual sweet chocolate and fruitiness. Very nice melding of flavours here, not too sweet or too burnt.

Mouthfeel is a decent medium body, creamy and bubbly carbonation and a lingering sticky finish.

Tasty, creamy, and with a decently robust body given the abv. A sweeter, more "everyday" alternative to the bigger Peche Mortel.

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

I found this at the LCBO as Aphrodite, but it's also called Aphrodisiaque in Quebec. It's a lot darker than I expected however I didn't even read the label when I purchased it. It's from Dieu du Ciel and I've immensely enjoyed all of their beers.
As it turns out this is a dark roasted malt with very subtle hops. The texture is chalky and tastes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and something berry like. I wouldn't say this is my favourite of this type of beer but it's certainly very well crafted.

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Photo of MattyV
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour into a Maudite snifter pours an inky jet black liquid... yields about a finger of creamy light brown head that leads lots of messy lacing

Roasted malt and cococa are at the forefront of the nose, only maybe picking up a pinch of vanilla?... rather sweet smelling

There's a few flavours working together here... the burnt bitterness of the malt along with the sweet cococa flavour noticed in the nose... vanilla still quite subdued but becomes slightly more noticeable on the finish/aftertaste... a very pleasant profile... sort've like a chocolate milkshake? delicious!

Full-bodied, nice and creamy, maybe just slightly overcarbonated.

Very tasty and drinkable... would work great as a desert beer

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Photo of Fux
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque, very very dark brown, almost black. Thin dark head with quite a low retention.

S: Woh! Wonderful. All the advertised aromas are there: coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Nothing overpowering. This is very well balanced. Alcohol is also present here.

T: This is mainly coffee, dark chocolate. Faint notes of vanilla. Finishes dry with a mocha aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, a bit oily, perfect for the style.

O: A very good stout. Do not expect something explosive or aggressive, here. This is all in sweetness and faint subtle touches !

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass after dinner.
Opaque black with a foamy 1/4" mocha colored head that recedes to a thin froth. Leaves ropey lacing.
On the nose there's subtle vanilla and cocoa, roasty malt. There's a milk chocolatey character as it warms up, as well as a hint of dark fruit.
The taste shows bitter dark chocolate and coffee up front, then some roasted malt and a little molasses, and ends with subtle rich vanilla and dryness. It had a pretty nice bitter chocolate/coffee aftertaste that lasts a while after drinking.
Has a soft and velvety texture, ends a little thin.
Smooth and very drinkable, maybe a touch less bitterness on the end would be good.
A very delicate dessert-type beer without being too sweet. I'd like a little more richness out of it for it to be perfect, but for a non-imperial stout it's very full-flavored.

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Photo of regspeir
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 0z. bottle into a standard pint glass
An aggressive pour yielded an opaque black with a huge mocha-colored head which never completely dissapated. Lacing is lasting as well. Nose is not overwhelming - chocolate and vanilla prevail with some traces of roasted malt. Taste is chocolate, vanilla a bready malt flavor and a nice semi-bitter finish with a little alcohol warming. Very creamy and not overly thick mouthfeel. Good carbonation. This is a very tasty sipper and, except for the price, one I will want again.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a thin mocha colored head. The head fades fairly quickly to a thin film across the top. Overall it appears very still like staring into an abyss.

S: It kicks off with a lot of vanilla and coffee. Roasted malts and dark, slightly bitter chocolate come in a bit later. A good aroma for a stout, pretty much what you'd expect.

T: Similar to the aroma, but the vanilla and chocolate are the main players here. Sweet milk chocolate and vanilla are complemented with touches of roasted coffee bean and caramel.

M: Medium bodied with an almost silky feel to it. It is very smooth and lightly carbonated, just enough to move the flavors across the palate.

O: I really enjoyed this stout. I've been a little underwhelmed with this brewery in the past, but they certainly don't disappoint here. I'll definitely be picking this one up again, I actually think I like it better than the peche mortel.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a DFH tulip, pours a beige/brown head atop a deeply dark brown body. Didn't notice the visuals too much, but almost passes the decent test.

The aromas are killer. One of the richest of the bouquets I have *whiffed* in awhile (meaning the intensity is high), with sweet vanilla and coffee notes permeating primarily.

Flavors of dry espresso, vanilla ice cream with vanilla beans, and a touch of mocha. The balance is excellent, everything dovetails just right, and if there were another beer I would compare it with in taste and quality I'd go with Ballast Point's 'Victory at Sea'. But then, I continue drinking... (assessment continued below)

Mouthfeel is indeed thin, with little improvement upon swishing.

Overall, the first half of this is transcendent as an incredibly delicious vanilla stout; the second half becomes not so much tedious as mildly cloying. I think it comes down to the thinner mouthfeel along with the vanilla suddenly and nearly overpowering everything else. Granted, there was a copious amount of drinking prior to this, so I shall purchase again for another whirl as I love the initial impression this brought me.

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Photo of cooch69
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I got the Aprodite version of this one. It came in a screw top bottle and poured a deep murky black with the slightest shades of brown on the edges. Small one finger tan head.

Nose is semi-sweet 60% chocolate with some roasty toasty malts. The level of vanilla in the nose and taste comes off as more of a pure vanilla extract rather than anything artificial or fabricated.

Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety. This beer is inbetween a sipper and a session. As the bottle says this should go perfect with deserts of many kinds and I wish that I had a fancy chocolate cake right now.

My first impression on Dieu De Ciel is fairly good and I think I'll be back for some other offerings rather soon. I'm surprised it took me so long to try one of their beer's.

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Photo of bob3701
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip type glass. Pours black with no light able to shine through, it is said to be unfilter but who could tell. After a fairly hard pour only a small tan head appears and disapates very quickly into a thin ring with very very minor lacing. Strong aroma of chocolate, lesser vanilla and coffee, roasted malt. Big bitter taste of chocolate, hints of vanilla and heavy on roasted malt. Very good. Smooth in the mouth but almost has a grainy texture (which it does not) but not unpleasant. Highly drinkable.

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

Bottled labeled "Aphrodite" - not sure when the change took place. Poured into a Portsmouth balloon a dark black with a finger of tawny head that clings nicely to the edge of the glass as it quickly fades to a film.

Big chocolate on the nose, a touch of roasted coffee and brown sugar.

A sip is smooth and slightly viscous early on but thinning out through the sip. Some good prickly carbonation. It honestly reminds me a little bit of an egg cream. If you're unfamiliar, an egg cream is chocolate syrup, milk, and soda water. Not a big hop presence as you might expect in an American Stout, definitely a chocolate-forward example.

I think this is going to be a little bit better with some warmth, but the body is a thin overall. I don't get many more dimensions other than the chocolate and a touch of roast. Solid beer, a little underwhelming for the price.

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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