Aphrodisiaque (Élevée En Barriques De Rhum)
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Aphrodisiaque (Élevée En Barriques De Rhum)Aphrodisiaque (Élevée En Barriques De Rhum)
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American Stout
Ranked #77
Ranked #7,158
4.08 | pDev: 9.8%
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Aphrodisiaque (Élevée En Barriques De Rhum)Aphrodisiaque (Élevée En Barriques De Rhum)
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Photo of patre_tim
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with an amber tinge when held to the light. Little visible carbonation, and a half finger of off white head.

Smells of rum, toffee, dark chocolate, raisins and coffee.

The taste is very rum forward with a big boozy quality, raisins, coffee, black liquorice and dark chocolate.

Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation. Actually gives the illusion of having more alcohol than it does.

Got this in a seasonal pack from this brewery, purchased at Brou Ha Ha in Gatineau, Quebec. Seriously good brew.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 341ml bottle, dated 2017-10-13. Labeled as 'AphroRhum' with a picture of a pirate on the label but, as best I can tell, it's the same beer so I won't add another one to the site. Served in a tulip, maybe a little on the cool side of optimum.

Pours a rich, warm mahogany, opaque in the glass with cherry highlights and a fat finger-and-a-half of pouffy, dark tan fluff. The head lasts for several minutes before subsiding to a misty cap and a semi-solid sheet of lacing. (4.25)

The smell is nickel-iron metallic (because it's too cold), dusty cocoa and sugary booze. Otherwise, not much going on nose-wise. (Doesn't change much as it warms). (3.5)

Not unexpectedly it tastes something like chocolate birthday cake soaked with rum. The dominant taste is the cocoa, Hersheys milk chocolate and cacao nibs, with the smooth and dreamy vanilla only coming in at the middle and end but with the rum character infusing the entire experience from start to finish. As it warms, I'm getting a little fig, demerara sugar and leather. (4.25)

Feel is smooth, creamy and rich, medium-plus bodied, moderate but adequate carbonation. (4.0)

Overall, delicious. Like Aphrodisiaque with the richness and booziness cranked up two notches and the complexity dialed back half a notch. Or something like that. Anyway, yum, right? (4.25)

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Photo of groleau
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage. Opened march 2017. No carbonation and no head at all from this bottle. Still have another one from the same batch, will update review if it's any different.

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Photo of Rutager
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thank you to Montrealbcr82 for this big want!! 2014 bottle.

Appearance. Pours pretty darn black, topped with almost a finger of dark khaki head.

Smell. Nice dark rum and molasses, some dark roasted malts and coffee with a very slight smokiness, a little vanilla too in kind of an ice cream way if that makes any sense and a bit of fresh wood. Nice stuff.

Taste. Sweet dark chocolate, some boozy rum and fresh bitter wood, dry roasty malts and powdery cocoa in the finish, lightly astringent.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice stuff, quite dry and I have to say I prefer rum barrels to bourbon. Yep, put that in your pipe and smoke it! Thanks again Tyler!!!

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Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from peensteen in a recent trade this past summer. Cheers for the brews man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2014
Stout with cacao, vanilla, then aged 6 months in rum barrels.

APPERANCE: A black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a full creamy cap with lots of lacing left on the top of the glass. Black body with no real carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some dabs of wisp down the glass.

SMELL: Milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet cream, rum, light oak and caramel butterscotch as well. Lots of sweet aromas. Bold and aromatic.

TASTE: Milk chocolate, vanilla and rum notes up front, then a bold finish of oak, sweet cream, vanilla, rum and alcohol, with roasted coffee and dark chocolate bitterness adding excellent balance. Flavorful and the barrel cuts the somewhat overwhelming vanilla flavors of the base beer. Complex and very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, smooth, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth-coating. Some measured heat from the barrels lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: Excellent. The barrels have cut the somewhat overwhelming vanilla sweetness of the base beer and added other flavors to the mix, lending a greater sense of balance and complexity to the brew. The light bitterness also adds a necessary element that kind of completes the show. Really nice and definitely worth seeking out. Thanks again peensteen. This was great!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

341ml 2014 bottle poured into tulip 19/9/14, some hoser gave me the bottle cheers dude!!

A nearing jet black with a thin cola edge, two fingers of loose dark foam makes a little noise as it quickly falls, no lace but some color left behind

S loads of vanilla, coco, fudge, chocolate covered raisins, I get the rum but not a whole lot of wood, just a hint of root beer, and coffee

T much more wood in the mouth, a little char, and everything I smell, chocolates strong, great barrel choice for this beer, the rum works wonders

M a little thin and just enough bubbles to give it some life, fairly slick on the palate, lots of rum and roast on the finish

O the most important parts are well taken care of because she smells and tastes great, good use of barrel with a great base beer

I know I say it often but I'm surprised this one doesn't get more love from my fellow BA's, pretty surprised this one doesn't even crack a 4 average.

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Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev -2%

Bottle from Papat444, with thanks.

This may be the first rum barrel beer I have had. An earlier reviewer remarked that the beer tasted like a rum and coke, and I wholeheartedly agree. The cocoa and vanilla of the base beer, when combined with the rum, certainly does result in a rum and coke flavour. I like that drink, and resultingly like the beer. However, I don't think the barrel is an improvement in this case. The regular Aphrodisiaque is a great beer. You can still taste it in this version, but the rum barrel is fairly strong. It so happens that the beer is better than the barrel. I like this beer, and am very glad to have tried it, but I prefer the regular version.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

341ml Bottle received in trade with mtomlins - thanks!!

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, booze

Taste & Mouth - There is a below amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some vanilla and I can taste the rum quite a bit.

Overall - Surprising that this beers still rings in at 6.5% given the barrel aging. Reminds me of a rum and coke a little bit taste wise. I'm a rum fan so I really enjoyed this one. Lots of flavour going on for a relatively lower abv beer. Well done.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 bottle.

Appearance - Black body. Minimal khaki head. Settles to a very thin collar.

Smell - Rum is pretty strong. Gives it a fruity aroma. Chocolate. Vanilla.

Taste - Chocolate. Strong oak with an astringent oak flavor. Vanilla is really strong. Lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel - The rum is pretty strong. Very astringent and adds to the booziness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The rum detracts from the drinkability but adds a nice component.

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Photo of papat444
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

***2014 release***

Poured from a 341ml bottle.

Pours a very black body with 3 fingers of dark brown foam, good retention. Aroma is a mix of vanilla and rum. Flavor is mostly rum but there`s hints of cocoa in the aftertaste. Body is a little thin. If i compare to the base beer, the rum doesn`t really add more and if anything, i actually find it to be a lesser beer. Still good but expected more.

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Photo of jegross2
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Reviewing the Rum Barrel Aged Aphrodisiaque from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel out of Montréal, Quebec (the Rome of Canada). This beer is their lovely Aphrodisiaque imperial stout aged in rum barrels.

Score: 90

January 2014 vintage bottle served in an O'so snifter and enjoyed on 05/07/14. Big shout out and thank you Adam and Marcus, my Canadian buddies, for helping me acquire this one.

Appearance: Black bodied with a half finger layer of khaki head off the pour. Okay lacing, good retention, solid cling. 4/5

Smell: Huge, smack-you-across-the-face vanilla cake and vanilla frosting. Also, milk chocolate and brown sugar, rounded out by rum and light wood-like character. Not the most complex, but the vanilla character here is incredibly appetizing. The brown sugar note slowly turns syrupy as it warms up. Really, really well-integrated nose. I could smell this all evening. 5/5

Taste: Unfortunately, the taste is not very well-integrated or as much of an explosive desserty vanilla bomb as the nose. Still, there are delicious pieces here. Vanilla-forward rum, chocolate, and wood. The finish is somewhat crisp, with just a bit of that wood flavor lasting. A touch boozy and heavy on the wood character, in my opinion. As it warms up, the rum develops a nicer finish. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, low carbonation. Nice balance, not very sweet, but watery mouthfeel. 3/5

Overall: While the rum aging has given this delectable stout an epic nose, the barrel treatment caused this beer to take step back in the taste department in my opinion. I like the added complexity of the rum/vanilla notes, but they were not particularly well-integrated and the taste was a bit too boozy/woody for my preference (especially given the lack of a viscous body to back it up). There is clearly a tease of greatness here; some wonderful characteristics (the nose...the nose....it is so amazing that I might as well just smell this beer instead of drink it!) with plenty of roughness around the edges. I imagine that if Dieu Du Ciel tinkered with this one a bit, that over time this could become better than Barrel Aged Peche Mortel. I would certainly be interested in sampling future batches of this one. Thank you for the hookup Adam and Marcus! Cheers.

Cost: $8 for a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of peensteen
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jones153 for the bottle!

BDark brown near black in colour, ring of tan head, no lace to mention here. Smell is a mix of rum, vanilla and chocolate, a bit of oak as well with some roast, as this warmed a bit it smells like tiramisu cake and is really quite nice. Taste is all chocolate and vanilla upfront before bringing in some rum and oaky/woody flavours, roast with a bit of coffee, lots of vanilla in the aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium-light body. Quite nice, the base beer comes through quite a bit here as the rum and oak are a bit on the subtle side but still add some nice complexity, more body would be apreciated but body wise it is pretty close to the base beer which makes sense.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium size brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of cacao and vanilla with some rich creamy black chocolate notes. Taste is also a mix of rich black chocolate notes with real cacao coming through with some vanilla and light rum notes also noticeable. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Smooth drinking stout with rum barely noticeable but smoothing some of the edges out.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black with a thin layer of medium brown head that immediately receded to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Heavy chocolate and vanilla aromas. Fairly sweet with some roast. Not getting much barrel in the nose, but the vanilla aroma is likely masking it.

T - Roast, sweet chocolate and vanilla flavours. Light oak and spice, but otherwise not a huge barrel presence. Almost has a chocolate milkshake like flavour to it. Very nice flavour profile but would love more barrel.

M - Medium body. Very creamy and silky. Light carbonation.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pure black with a dark and creamy looking head. Retention is pretty bad as well as the volume. Lacing is strong even though the alcohol is pretty low.

S: You definitely get the vanilla and cocoa that brings a (duh) milk chocolate like smell to the beer. BUT, the rhum is also definitely present and blends in very very well with the rest of the beer. You get the woody notes from the barrels, some caramel and brown sugar. Very complex, fragrant and well balanced.

T: Extremely well balanced and follows the nose perfectly. Another reviewer said the beer was cloying, but it is definitely not the case here since I really don't like overly sweet beers. One of the finest tasting low ABV stout you can get.

M: This is where the beer is quite lacking. It has a very light body. Maybe a different yeast strain could have helped here, I'm not sure. Still, the beer is light bodied and carbonation is a bit "stingy" for my taste in a stout.

O: Well, this is a very very fine beer, especially considering the ABV. One of the best stouts I had in my life, no doubt about it. I can't stress how well balanced this beer is. I usually don't give scores above the average, but this is the exception. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341 ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Dark and black and almost opaque with a nice cloudy mocha head that falls fast to a thin creamy collar and leaves behind some lace.

S: A big nose that takes me straight back to the beaches of Cuba with a big sweet rum dominating. Sweet chocolate and dark roasted malt, coffee and sweet vanilla.

T: The barrel mellows on the palate but there is still some hot alcohol present that overpower some of the subtle complexities of the not barrel versions. Still there is big flavor, roasted grain, dark malt and coffee with rich chocolate and vanilla milkshake flavors. The finish is very long, complex and sweet .

M: Medium-high body and medium carbonation; rich, smooth, silky.

O: Incredible depth of flavor and mouthfeel especially for a 6.5% beer and there is a nice balance of boozy barrel and other flavors.

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Photo of FrostBlast
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-

APPEARANCE : Typical stout looks - pitch black with a dark mocha head. The head barely rises and goes straight back down into the brew. Nothing out of the ordinary, but definitely pleasing.

SMELL : First nose mixes vanilla with cocoa and definite rhum aromas - you can't make any mistake here, this was aged in rhums casks allright. It goes to the point of having some hints of fresh sugar cane. Second nose brings out the vanilla/cocoa to the forefront. Third nose mixes everything up and brings out the alcohol, which is actually well integrated. The whole does smell like it's going to be awefully sweet, though, and that'd a slight turn off to me. We'l see how it goes.

TASTE : First attack is chocolate milk, straight and honest, period. Then come some woody aromas and more complexity. The rhum is very well blended into the whole. I have to say though, it's just as sweet and cloying as I expected it to be and it's bordering on being sickly sweet. I'll go easy on those, and I'll probably share the next ones with a friend - half of one seems plenty. Marshmallows? They're in there as well. Rich. Maybe too rich?

MOUTHFEEL : As I mentionned, cloying nearly to the point of seeming unbalanced, but then I assume this is what they were aiming for. This strkes me as a candy cocoa-vanilla stout. Carbonation is fine, nothing to complain about there.

OVERALL : Very impressive beer, but DAMN this stuff is sweet. I just opened a bottle for this review and I'm already wondering if I'm going to need maalox before the evening is through. I will definitely keep the other ones I have for sharing and/or trading. I'm very, very glad I tasted this brew, but I'm not quite sure I would've bought so much of it if I'd known what it was like.

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Photo of SebD
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice almost jet-black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of rum, cocoa, vanilla, roasted coffee and some sweet caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some rum, cocoa, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and faint caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Aphrodisiaque (Élevée En Barriques De Rhum) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 65 ratings