Aphrodisiaque | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

1,668 Ratings

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.

Added by Popsinc on 06-10-2003

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Ratings: 1,668 |  Reviews: 635
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jampics2
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Rozis Wine House. So glad this finally made it to Ohio. We drank 4 bottles at our Holiday tasting!

Pours a dark black with creamy light head. Beautiful beer!

Smell is a knockout. The vanilla just wafts around the room. This is beautiful - the only thing I can compare it to is the Southern Tier Creme Brulee, but this doesn't have the malt and "butterscotch" smells - it's pure vanilla. There's a bit of chocolate and roast too, but the vanilla is the star.

Tastes like a milk stout with vanilla beans. Chocolate and roasted malt support, but this is probably the smoothest stout ever. Wow, just an amazing REAL vanilla taste that lingers and rocks!

Mouthfeel is creamy, almost perfect velvet. Drinkability is exceptional. I could drink this forever! One of my favorite beers to brew is a vanilla bean porter and this beer brings all the elements I love about using real vanilla beans, but, of course, DDC ups the ante and rocks a much better base beer than I can pull off.

Highly recommended stuff here!

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (34,1 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : dark colour, with tan foamy head.
Smell : cocoa and roasted chocolate aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet with notes of cocoa, coffee, chocolate leading to a dry bitter cocoa finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style strong Stout (brewed with cocoa & vanilla beans).

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Photo of pisano
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ONUMello
3.95/5  rDev -6%
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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4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap the bluedog chalfont. Pour in a tulip.

A- comes to me with almost two fingers of khaki colored dense creamy head that settles very slowly to a small cap and a few patches of lace. Body is black as night with a few glimmers of dark brown at the edges in the light.

S- dark roasted coffee and cream, bakers chocolate, brown sugar. Caramel and vanilla. Beautiful interplay of roast and sweet.

T- opens up with the coffee and chocolate then rolls slowly into the sweet creamy vanilla and condensed milk. Malts are rich and deep. Some dark fruits buried in there. Long roasty finish.

M- above medium in body but not quite full. Lively active carb that lightens things up even more.

D- I really enjoyed this brew the flavors are well balanced and never become to much of one thing. Another hit by the best thing going in canada.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Vylo
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a Guinness pint glass. Purchased a 4 pack from the LCBO for about $13 CDN. Marked as Aphrodite for the Ontario market perhaps. Virtually all other leads me to believe this is Aphrodisiaque. Bottled august 24, 2015.

Appearance - pitch black beer spills out from the bottle forming an ominous presence topped by a finger of short lived tan head. Some minimal lacing left behind and obviously clarity is impossible to tell due to color.

Smell - big aromas mainly of coffee and vanilla, reminiscent of an old fashioned mocha, with some wet fresh coffee grounds at the end. A dialed back version of Peche Mortel perhaps. Either way it smells good. A little graham cracker mixed in for good measure. Some off putting metallic characteristic on the back half of the bottle which was strange.

Taste - a little coffee, chocolate, vanilla and graham cracker up front, makes for a delicious initial sip. That turns a little more bitter as the coffee flavours spread their wings. Mild bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel- fairly light body, creamy qualities and good carbonation. Delightful feel especially as a dessert beer.

Overall - while it doesn't quite match Peche Mortel, this is a delightful lighter stout that captures the delicious combo of vanilla and coffee with hints of chocolate and graham cracker thrown in for good measure. Certainly worth a shot while it's in stock. And while most stouts I've enjoyed haven't had the drop of that certain other styles experience, it would certainly be great to have access fresher bottles.

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4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. bottle

Pours opaque pitch black with a creamy frothy brown foam head. Smells like dark baking chocolate, cinnamon-esque sweet smoky spice, toasted graham crackery malt, marshmallow vanilla bean, cherry, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark bitter baking chocolate, vanilla bean, toasted graham crackery malt, sweet smoky spice, cherry, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice cocoa and vanilla bean stout.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of italianstallion
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a short pint glass (14.5 oz.).

A one finger head which was persistent for two to three minutes. This beer is black, even held up to light it does not show any other colour.

The smell is coffee, cocoa and vanilla. Upon tasting these flavors come through. There is a definite roasty taste to this beer and I find the cocoa and coffee flavor dominant. Perhaps it is my palate but the vanilla is overpowered by the other flavors.

I did enjoy this beer, but as opposed to my friend B who quite enjoys it, I will not be revisiting it any time soon.

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Photo of Nat1975
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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 TerryW
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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 vande
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 1,668 ratings
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