Aphrodisiaque | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,664
Reviews:
634
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.83%
 
 
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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.

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

Appearance: Pours out an inky black body with an inch of dense tan-colored foam.

Smell: Oh my! What we have here is a rather vivid chocolate-scented aroma akin to cramming your nose up to a bowl of chocolate cupcake mix. Also, there's some good notes of roasted grains and split vanilla bean pods.

Taste: Flowing roasty, coffee-toned maltiness along with tastes of vanilla bean, unsweetened chocolate, and even dark chocolate. Moderate sweetness. Light touch of dried dark fruit. It's got a nice spicy component akin to putting a bit of nutmeg on one's tongue. Drying finish with a dusting of spice and final hints of cocoa and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A mellow, pleasant sweet treat of a stout that's in the same vein as Southern Tier's Choklat, though presented with a far more subtler touch.

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

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

"Even if you gods, and all the goddesses too, should be looking on, yet would I be glad to sleep with golden Aphrodite."

-Homer

Darkest vanilla bean brown with the slimmest of sepia accents along the bottom edge of the glass. In spite of an increasingly vigorous pour, barely one finger of caramel nougat colored foam was created. A short collar of thick and sticky lace is visually appealing and allows the above score to be chosen.

The aroma is outstanding, largely because cacao nibs and vanilla beans complement one another rather than compete or clash. Power is definitely not an issue. More breweries should add vanilla to their stouts... as long as do it this well.

Aphrodite is delicious beer from the very first sip. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel has used plenty of malt (the lack of which is the downfall of many a stout) and has hit the cocoa-vanilla balance right on the proverbial head. Too bad this stuff isn't more widely available and less expensive.

Specifics include melted Hershey bars, sugared vanilla beans and a roasted coffee bean presence that is probably coming from the darker malts (since I'm pretty sure coffee is not among the ingredients). Three major flavors may not result in complex beer, but it sure does result in tasty-as-hell beer. At least in this case.

The mouthfeel is at least medium for the style/ABV and is sneaky smooth and creamy to boot. After the soft escape of CO2 on cap cracking, my fear was that the carbonation would be too laid back. It isn't. Almost went with the 4.5 here.

Aphrodite is my second favorite beer from BDDC, behind only to Rigor Mortis and ahead of the widely heralded Peche Mortel (Imperial Stout Au Cafe). If you happen to run across this little beauty in your travels, don't hesitate to buy a bottle or three.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

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

A huge thanks to Denis for sending this one my way in the birthday BIF. I had been dying to try this one from the moment I saw it. I figured it had to be right up my alley. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/09/2009, my first beer in 4 days none the less.

The pour was fantastic. Huge tan head rises up above an entirely black body. Wonderful retention leaves it several inches high and deposits tons of side glass web like lace. The smooth vanilla and cocoa aroma melds wonderfully with hints of coffee and a touch of molasses. Very complex here. As i take a sip the huge full bodied feel comes in waves over the tongue and settles down with a wonderful coating feeling of sweet chocolate and vanilla. As this fades though a very nice bite of hops comes in and seals the deal. Super sessionable, it was far more complex then the ABV would suggest,

Overall this was beyond solid. Simply stated a fantastic stout I would love to drink again anyday!

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Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 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 PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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 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 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 WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,664 ratings.
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