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 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 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 dar482
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a black color with a little bit of a tan head.

The aroma is wonderful on this. Huge vanilla bean, dark chocolate, coffee. I really inviting aroma that is super roasty and sweet.

The flavor follows with just tons of that chocolate, coffee, sugary dark fruit, and a hint of that vanilla on the back.

The body is quite creamy for a 6.5% ABV beer.

Being a regular stout, this is the best I've had. Absolutely love this beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and oily with a brownish tinted head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee, big roasted malt notes. In the taste, cocoa, vanilla, mocha coffee, and a hint of smoke. Really a solid flavorful stout brewed with cocoa and vanilla. It's easy to drink for a full bodied beer, and is almost like a very well made dessert in a glass.

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

Pours black- inky and viscous. Smells super chocolatey and with a fair bit of vanilla- Fox's U-bet syrup with some dark cacao added. The taste is similar, with the dark cacao evident especially on the finish. The mouthfeel is quite silky, but the flavor, while good, seems slightly thin. A bit more oomph in the flavor department would make this beer excellent. As it stands, it's a fine beer, but one of the more genteel chocolate beers around. The vanilla notes, however, are very nice without being overbearing. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into a tulip. This bottle is labeled Aphrodite, but has the same drawing of a woman as the Aphrodisiaque label.

Appearance: totally black with a finger of frothy dark tan foam. Not much more to say -- it's quite beautiful.

Smell: sweet and roasty with a definite vanilla character and a rather pronounced coffee character. Perhaps a little heavy on the vanilla, but still quite nice indeed.

Taste: quite sweet with a big vanilla flavor and a mild roastiness. I have to say, I think the vanilla outshines the more traditional stout characteristics here. It's definitely not bad at all, but I don't feel like it's particularly well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: OK, so it lacks balance and could be creamier. That said ... I'm still really enjoying this beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aphrodisiaque's unrevealing, bewitching black body is wooing me in for closer inspection; how can something this plainly dark and nebulous be so fetching, so beckoning? Its head is thick enough to make me think I'll have to chew my way through a pillow before being able to get at that oily, slick liquid beneath it. Already I feel infatuated and curiously enticed.

I don't mean to be biased but I am. I love chocolate, I love decadent desserts, I love Dieu de Ciel and I love indulging in the richest, most rousing stouts. The possibility of me not being completely enamored with (if not aroused by) the smell of this beer was possible but not probable. There's no sense using flowery language, it smells just downright heavenly.

The human tongue uses on average somewhere between 4000 and 10000 taste buds and you can bet that Aphrodisiaque puts every single one of them to work. Nevermind gourmet desserts - this is the pinnacle marriage of chocolate and vanilla. Both the cocoa and vanilla are as profound as possible. And it's *just* cocoa and vanilla.

Forget notions of coffee, fruits, hazelnut, caramelly malts or bourbon... this tastes of the deepest of black, smokiest and super-fine chocolates and only pure vanilla pods; it does not mince words and it does not need to. Nothing is "suggested". It picked a flavour (or two) and underlined and emphasized them (and only them) to infinity.

Most importantly, they are remarkably genuine flavours; the ingredients that went into this beer were no doubt of the highest (and most expensive) quality. This is most evident in the beer's smokey, roasty characteristic which is singly that of artisan unadulterated chocolate. And it's so refreshing to find a beer with *this* much flavour that isn't over 7% alcohol.

I'd wager it's safe to assume this pairs well with a world of different desserts. I can say for a fact that it made an intrinsic match for the rocky road ice cream, marshmallow and brownie cookies I had it with, equally so for the berry sorbet I also got to sample alongside it. Part of me wonders if it would team just as well with a smokey set of ribs or grilled steak?

This is the kind of beer that leaves you starring at the bottom of your glass for days. For my money, Quebec is the best province when it comes to gourmet foods; cheeses, game meats, and yes, beers, anything artisanal is usually extra-artisanal when it comes from La Belle Province and this is no exception. Zut alors, I'm love sick already.

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

I had been looking for this beer for some time before finally spotting on the shelves of Half Time in Wappingers Falls. It’s not bad but it didn’t come up to the level I anticipated due to the mostly glowing reviews here and word of mouth. The pour is deep black with a decent sized brown head that settles slowly and some sticky sheets of lacing. Looks very nice. Very chocolaty aroma with subtler but definitely present vanilla notes and a lightly roasted character.

Flavor mixes milk and bittersweet chocolate with a nice vanilla note and decent roasted, charred malt. Good sweetness that lingers a bit in the mouth during the finish. Should appeal to vanilla and chocolate fans alike.

For me the mouthfeel was a little lacking; it was on the thinner side of medium, with moderate carbonation and light creaminess, but it felt insubstantial for the flavors it packs. I know it’s not an imperial stout and shouldn’t have that hefty a body but it seemed a little thin overall. Not bad, certainly well made, but not something I’d go too nuts over tracking down again.

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

Sampled June 2010
A steady pour into my New Belgium much produces a huge dense foamy head that is a nicely browned rich, creamed cocoa color. The beer is a solid black color that shows some brown notes around its edges. Huge dark cocoa aromatics couple with aromas of darkly roasted coffee. The chocolate character is really quite decadent smelling here and is accompanied, or perhaps accentuated by a dark sweetness. If you really inspect the nose, ample toasted grain notes become noticeable towards the end: toasted, almost burn whole wheat cracker aromas, and rich browned bread crust aromatics become noticeable as does the Stout like roast malt aromas. I have just realized, after taking my first sip, that the sweetness that I am smelling is is actually vanilla; it is funny how the brain does that, associating vanilla with sweetness because that is usually were one encounters it.

My first sip has me noticing just enough sweetness to accentuate a big dark chocolate note, but the beer ends up finishing quite dry with a bitter cocoa and roast malt character; hops definitely play there part in the bitterness but it is the roasted bitterness that seems to be the more noticed up front. The vanilla flavors, and aromas for that matter, seemed to be missing, but then I realized the sweetness I had smelled and tasted really wasn't sweetness, but was instead the vanilla notes contributing a perceived sweetness to this beer. Rich and somewhat viscous feeling on the tongue somehow, despite actually being fairly light bodied for something labeled as vanilla-chocolate stout; really though this is quite rich considering that this is not really malty-sweet. Some of the roast grain astringency, couples with the dark malt and the vanilla to even contribute a hint of induced Bourbon-barrel flavors.

This is quite a nice beer; rich and satiating without being heavy and the complexity that the vanilla and chocolate brings to the beer is quite appreciated. My only complaint is that the cocoa / roast bitterness can be a bit too much at times, though the beer definitely needs some of this to balance the up front rich chocolate and pervasive, though restrained vanilla notes. I could easily drink a lot of this beer if my wallet could afford it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer ditmier provided at the tasting at his house on Friday.. poured into my new favorite glass.. descent retention from a tan head and the expected black brew.

Aroma begins as a pretty standard stout.. yet spiked with vanilla and cocoa.

Flavor begins sorta sweet and moves on to lite coffee.. cocoa for sure... even some milk chocolate.... but the big player is vanilla beans... it somehow seems mildly artificial but still helps push the stout flavors forward.. The body is sorta full for the style.. personally I would put this in the Sweet stout category.. just alot of things that are happening and never mesh.. coffee and chocolate and punched with vanilla..

Overall, I've had too many spiced/herbed/vegetable stouts over the years, and this one is pretty damn good, it still needs to find itself... I sorta like Peche Mortel everytime I try it, but the vanilla blows it out for me... too much.

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing coffee and chocolate, some leather and light vanilla. Interestingly, you can tell just from the way this beer smells that the alcohol is not all that high in this beer. Regardless, the beer doesn't lack for flavor, and I get some cherry liquier and licorise along with the melange of different aromas I pick up on the nose. Mouthfeel is impressive for the abv. Despite the relatively low abv., the beer is till full and fairly creamy on the palate, with a long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

It's not the peche mortal, but nonentheless, this is a pretty impressive beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.5 oz. bottle,

"Why did you have to hire Venus herself?" (Niles Crane to Frasier about Daphne)

A: One of the darkest beers I've seen in a while. Opaque pitch black, with a moderate creamy tan head. Good lace.

S: Mix of vanilla and dark chocolate, though the vanilla is dominant. Fragant, the nose of an imperial stout in a lower ABV beer.

T: Bitter dark chocolate dominates with some roasted malt/coffee type flavours. Hint of charcoal/burnt sugar reminiscent of Obsidian with the vanilla coming in to finish, but a much lighter note than in the nose.

M: Medium light body, fairly bitter/acrid finish, not the best part of the beer.

D: A solid stout, not super delicious but a good flavour. Quite a bitter stout, something to pair with a fruity dessert like raspberry cheesecake, not a beer to really be drunk by itself unless you like really dark (85%+ cacao) chocolate.

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Photo of Derek
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a tan head, slight retention & lacing.

S: Awesome. Vanilla, chocolate, grain & espresso. Exceptional.

T: Jahva, vanilla, molasses, dark caramel, light fruity esters, good bitterness. Huge flavour; seems bigger than it is.

M: Moderate body is smooth.

D: A good drinker. I'd love to try it fresh on tap or cask!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, the beer is black and opaque with a fluffy one inch, brown head. Retention is good and when the head recedes some lacing is left clinging to the glass.

The initial aroma I perceive is of freshly roasted black coffee. It doesn't smell like weasel shit coffee or anything, just normal black coffee. As the beer warms, notes of cocoa become apparent, as well as vanilla. The beer is quite complex when it completely warms, and there are a lot of nuances I didn't pick up when I first stuck my nose in the glass. I'm keenly aware of wood and bourbon notes, and the vanilla and cocoa have become more powerful after the beer has had time to breathe. The coffee aroma has backed off quite a bit and is really in the background now.

The flavor is of black coffee with some bitterness and cocoa. The beer has just a touch of sweetness, lending itself more to the dry and roasted end of things. Notes of wood are apparent, as well as dark chocolate and a touch of bourbon. Vanilla is present, though it was much more powerful in the nose. The finish is dry and roasted, with notes of cocoa and coffee. Bitterness lingers. The taste had more bitterness than I was expecting, though it wasn't a bad thing.

L'Aphrodisiaque is full bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This is a great beer with a fantastic nose.

Here's an interesting fact I stumbled upon while researching this beer: "The Aphrodisiaque won the prize for highest distinction in the 2003 Popular Beer Contest for the category "Ale"..."

That's an awesome category.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with a moderately thick toffee colored pour.

S - Chocolate malt, cocoa nibs, milk chocolate.

T - Milk chocolate and cocoa, vanilla, and creamy from start to finish with a nice moderate dark chocolate bitterness to round out the sweetness.

M - Big medium body, velvety texture, sticky on the lips.

O - This is a great stout and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - wow.. dark brown almost black, huge foamy brown colored head that hangs around for a while. Lots of lacing.

Smell - toasted oats, roasted nuts, vanilla, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - simply amazing flavors, nice and smooth at the start, then a bitterness hits, and a delicious satisfying finish.

Drink - I normally wouldn't want to drink more than one of beers in this category. But I would gladly drink a few of these. An absolute fantastic beer, and a MUST try.

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

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring, leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Vanilla and cocoa nose. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is almost burnt coffee balanced by a smooth, sweet vanilla. Expensive at $7.00 for a 11.5oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I've been waiting a looong time to try this one.
Appears an opaque black with a small tan cap that fades into a collar. Spotty bits are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge vanilla, cocoa, roast grain, espresso, and sugary ice cream.
Taste is of the aroma with standout vanilla coming through. Sweet cocoa rounding out the flavorful punch.
Mouthfeel is chewy, sweet, lip smacking, and delightful.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a flat black with a nutmeg colored, fizzy head that dissipated rather quickly. A thin band encircles the glass in an attempt at a lacing. Standard color issue and nice head coloring. A sturdier head display might of warranted a push but ends up better then average but short of good.

S: The nose had deep espresso beans with some dried creamer notes. Rich dark chocolate is also dominant along with ripe dark fruit (plums) that was moderate in strength.

T: The flavor had a deep roasty nature with a good deal of bitterness, but came off exceptionally smooth. Burnt chocolate and espresso beans along with dark fruit provides an incredibly rich flavor. Roasted grains and dried vanilla beans come through nicely on the closing fade and swallow while a wee bit of alcohol detection blends well adding flavor and spice to an already great experience.

M: The mouthful was light to medium with a silky smoothness. A beautiful roasty fade ensures on the swallow.

D: A dark stout loaded with a rich roasted malting makes for a great meal in a bottle and a wonderful drinking experience. Case worthy and always worthy to have on hand, I would have a hard time tiring of this but would certainly indulge in trying to.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.5oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date. Thanks to kstrickler for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color that didnt produce any head formation, just some frothy looking brown bubbles.

(S)- Lots of roasted-like coffee & chocolate with bits of vanilla & molasses.

(T)- A very big roasted profile of coffee & bitter cocoa with bits of raisin & molasses. Vanilla is there, but very subtle behind the big roastedness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very bitter & roasted. Normally I like this in a stout, but it just feels weird or is too much in this one. Its brewed with cocoa & vanilla; where's the sweetness?

(D)- A decent stout that could be much better. I still enjoyed it though, just not exactly what I was expecting. I dont know how fresh or old this is, but I dont think that is a factor. I guess I just was expecting more cocoa & vanilla since the bottle says it was brewed with both.

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

On tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst as part of their Canadian Beer SpecTapular.

Pours a very deep, opaque black, with a crusty head of mocha foam. Thick, with lots of statick bubbles in the body under the head. Heavy, devilish and delicious-looking.

Huge chocolate, nutty and vinally ice-cream characters on the nose, with a hint of rye crackers and Nutella. So sweet and lovely; really, really awesome. Not a huge amount of layering of complexity, but the intensity and sweet deliciousness of the characters is great.

Smooth entry, light hints of dark grain, before the soothing vanilla and chocolate sauce characters come through to mellow the palate into sweetness. Very sweet, with only a whiff of roasted charred characters, giving a slight cigar smoke piquancy. Really delicious.

This was a sensational beer, and one of the very best on the day. So delectable, so rich, but so mellow and seductive. Awesome.

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Photo of corby112
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to brian23456 for sending this one to me as an extra in a recent trade!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with absolutely no hint of light colored edges even when held to a light source. Three finger frothy dark tan/coffee colored head that has excellent retention, very slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with lacing on it's way down.

Sweet chocolate malt aroma with a nice bit of roasted coffee and espresso bean as well as some vanilla bean, burnt toast and subtle hops. The deep rich coffee aroma is pretty amazing with the perfect amount of chocolate.

Thick medium body with the perfect balance of smooth silky chocolate maltiness, roasted coffee, burnt toast, subtle hops and bitter dark chocolate. This beer is very well balanced and complex with the sweet notes from the chocolate and vanilla bean perfectly balancing out the roasted coffee/espresso bean and burnt toast flavors. Slight alcohol warmth but otherwise the ABV is very well masked. None of these flavors overpower the other, instead they all bounce off of each other and I'm picking up something different on each sip. This is one of the most well-balanced beers I've ever had. I want to slowly drink it and contemplate each sip but I find myself drinking it pretty quickly. Highly recommended!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in the middle and dark brown to the edge. Tan head, 1/2". Aroma was heavy on the chocolate, a little lesser in the roast and vanilla. Enjoyable.

Bitterness, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt coffee notes to a lesser degree. Easily this brewery's best beer. Expensive though. Smooth even though bitter. Absorbs alcohol well.

Not really a repeat purchase kind of beer given the high price.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Dated 7/2014. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark, thick motor oil black body, two finger mocha head with fair retention time. Degrades eventually into a thick collar and thin film, splotchy lacing. Looks great. Smells of cocoa, faint vanilla, chocolate, roast, espresso. For the most part, smells fairly sweet. Very nice dark and milk chocolate combination. Flavour is primarily milk and dark chocolate, quite a bit of cocoa, a fair bit of roast, faint vanilla. It isn't as strong on the coffee as it smells, but still very nice. Mild earthy astringency on the backend. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit more robust than expected for a lower ABV stout like this. A nice depth of flavour. Good carbonation, smooth and silky, creamy and easy to drink. Overall, a nice drinking stout with plenty of vanilla, although the price tag is a bit hefty.

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Photo of harpus
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Dark brown colour. Lots and lots of lace. Great retention.

A : Chocolate, bit of vanilla, black malt.

T : Earthy, chocolatey, sweet at first with medium bitterness. Vanilla throughout.

M : Thick & sticky, very pleasing.

D : Enjoyed this one for what it as.

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Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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