Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada


on tap

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RATINGS: 1161   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoLdFiNgEr (111) - La Pocatière, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
Encore une autre excellente bière noire de la Brasserie Dieu du ciel! Dégusté au Mondial de la Bière à Montréal. Belle équilibre entre les saveurs. Belle note de cacao, avec une petite touche de vanille. Texture onctueuse, très douce au goût. En souhaitant que cette bière ce développe en bouteille! :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
October 2003. First visit to Dieu du Ciel. Drove the Estrogen Wagon to Montreal on the weekend. Sampled a bunch of cool new beers, and generally marveled at the uniqueness of the place. But No Aphrodisiaque.<P> June 2004. First trip to Mondial. 2 year old Peche Mortel on tap at the brewpub, Ciel Étoilé rocks my palate with some cool anise. Doing the festival on a budget thing with Radek. No Aphrodisiaque.<P> March 2005. TheRoot takes his bachelor party on the road. DDC is our first stop of the night before heading off to places more known for the size of their jugs than the quality of their beer. Some guy proposed at Peel Pub. Thats classy and a half. No Aphrodisiaque.<P> July 2005. Ratebeer Summer Gathering. 2 year old Quintessence in the bottle is simply awesome. Solstice d’Ete breaks through my preconceived notions. Fantastic day! No Aphrodisiaque.<P> September 2005. Great Migration Tour heading east to grad school. I think this was the first time I ever shared a beer with my dad! Most of a bottle of Equinoxe du Printemps to myself, delicious. No Aphrodisiaque.<P> May 2006. Summer move back to Ontario. Met up with Quevillion in the afternoon. Corne du Diable was new and quite nice. No Aphrodisiaque.<P> October 2006. Peche Mortel at Cask Day in Toronto, I’m in Halifax pondering the merits of flights home to no avail. No Aphrodisiaque, so at least theres that consolation.<P> December 2006. Driving the U-Haul from Halifax to Toronto. Stopped for the night in Montreal with a fellow Dal student. Cornemuse is a pleasant surprise. No Aphrodisiaque.<P> October 2007. Cask Days. I blend Peche Mortel with Black Oaks Bourbon Barrel stout for sacrilicious new delight. No Aphrodisiaque.<P> ?? 2007. R offers to share a bottle but we need to leave before he can re-appear with the Aphrodisiaque. Cass ended up being the lucky recipient instead I think. No Aphrodisiaque.<P> 2008-05-30. Mondial 2008. I proceed directly to the Dieu du Ciel booth and request Aphrodisiaque. Success at last!!!! The server’s eyes go bug-eyed when I comment that I have been waiting five years to try this beer. Pitch black body with a modest but delightfully creamy tan cafe au lait like head that swirls intriguingly. (4+) Served ludicrously cold it requires a few minutes to warm up enough to taste. Sweet aroma of vanilla beans that bring with them a light note of vegetation (not vegetal), mild roast malt undertones. (7+) Flavour has pleasant vanilla notes blended with mild roast, sweetish touch to the base of malt, light lingering bitterness to the finish. (7+) Smooth creamy medium palate could be more full bodied for my liking but is rather nice as is. Very nice beer overall. The highest rated Canadian beer that I had not had yet, I was going to wait to make it #3000 but didn’t want to risk missing it again! The inevitable question is whether it was worth waiting five years for, and the answer is no, but I doubt there is a beer that could possibily live up to that kind of anticipation! I am super glad to have tried this finally.
On tap, Mondial, Montreal, 2T

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frankieboy (12) - ste-justine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2008
Chocolatée au début, elle explose ensuite en bouche avec un goût de vanille intense. Cette bière est très rafraîchissante et devrais être, à mon avis, embouteiller à tout les étés. Délicieuse, tout simplement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9141) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2008
Enjoyed on-tap at the Mondiale 2008. A chocolate stout, with chocolate aroma. Dark with off-white foaming head,substantial lacing thereafter. A medium and creamy mouthfeel. Like a well blended chocolate shake. Some roast, very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
(deguste avec french tickler) biere noir avec un collet exeptionel. Arome tres cremeux, chocolat, cacao, vanille. Gout de cacao, vanille, chocolat, cremeux, alcohol. Une saveur tres developper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaxxDaddy (411) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2008
Nitro at Spuyten Duyvil. Pours near black with plenty of beige head. Aroma of cocoa and vanilla shockingly enough. The lacing on this beast was something else, leaving a spider-web down the entire glass. Flavor is lovely, with lots of sweet chocolate and vanilla. The taste of this greatly outperforms ST Choklat; it doesn’t feel forced at all. Palate was average and finished with chocolate and coffee. So glad I was able to try this. It’s damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2008
On nitro at SD. Deep dark chocolate brown in color with a nice off white creamy head. Chocolatety vanilla and roasty aroma. Dark fruity notes. Roasty caramel chocolatety flavorMalty roasty vanilla notes. Finish is bittersweet chocolate. Wow. Very nice beer. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2008
hot cocoa malty richness, ovaltine with alcohol. i loved this place, this beer, now these memories. one of my favorite stouts ever. it does everything for you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Nitro at Spuyten Duyvil: Near black pour with a dense creamy light tan head. The nose has a lot of grainy crystal malt, mild cocoa, vanilla and some herbal notes. Mildly carbonated (it was a nitro pour) The flavor has a medium roast with evident crystal malt graininess, almost wheat germ like. There’s also a very mild herbal character that I picked up, but couldn’t identify specifically. The finish is long and roasty. A well crafted Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (549) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Nitro tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Almost black color, creamy head. Great lacing. Chocolate. Again, not very well carbonated. Could have benefitted from sharp bite. Very creamy mouthfeel.

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