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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 1207   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
12 oz bottle. Poured dark brown/black in color with a thin tan head that left little lacing on the glass. Aroma of hot chocolate mix (powder), light vanilla. Tastes of cocoa powder mix, milk chocolate, vanilla. Finishes with a darker bitter chocolate. Very drinkable brew. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoth (608) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Pours dark brown and inky, nearly black in the glass, with a medium sized tan head, very fine lasting lacing. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and molasses and leaves. Medium-light body, velvety crisp and lively. Initial sweetness, chocolate and vanilla, then some light bitterness, coffee, grass, and a tang of citrus. Well balanced and highly quaffable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukasmh (607) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2014
Tap. Pours black with big creamy tan head, lasts a long time. Aroma roasty coffee, dark chocolate along som me sweet vanilla. Taste is dry bitter dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. A good portion of roasted malts and medium sweetness. Bit watery body, but at the same time a oily texture. Vanilla and dry coffee finish. A lot of taste considering the abv!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JRock72 (605) - - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle. Poured hazy dark black with small light tan head. Aroma is mostly of vanilla and strong dark malts. Taste is of vanilla right up front with the malt, chocolate and hint of alcohol in the finish. Finish is really smooth. One of the best stouts I have ever had.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Nice aroma of dark chocolate and lightly roasted malts. Flavor is perfectly sweetened by the vanilla and cocoa and doesn’t mask the wonderful roasted malt base. Everything comes together just as it should. A great smooth brew that isn’t over the top but serves as an excellent stout for any occasion.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcolw (601) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2009
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Unde (594) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 29, 2014
Black beer with head going to the sides. Aroma has vanilla, lots of dark chocolate, cocoa and roasted malts. And what a taste! Straight 10/10! There is sweet vanilla, dark chocolate, cocoa beans and some roasted malts to balance the sweetness. Quite full body with low carbonation. For a sweet tooth like me, this was exceptional beer, just mind-blowing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aquilo (590) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Aphrodite bottle. Pour is perfect for a stout, pitch black and full bodied, with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is mostly bitter chocolate, but with a foundation of roasty malts and espresso, and I fancy that I can smell a bit of the vanilla as well. Flavor seems a bit thin to me at first. Just a standard stout flavor. But the flavors begin to open up for me. I can taste coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts and nuts. I believe the vanilla does more to mello all the flavors out than to add any flavor of its own. This is a very good and well balanced stout. I’m glad I gave it a try. Plus the label is pretty cute.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
12 oz bottle pours dark black, decent tan head. Aroma is incredibly complex with tons of vanilla, chocolate and hints of fruit. Decent sweetness and a slightly harsh bitter chocolate finish. Complex, pretty drinkable and a solid stout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pumpkinhead2 (589) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 Bière noire comme la nuit, aucune lumière ne la traverse, effervescence difficile à observer mais qui semble bonne, et surmontée d’un col couleur moka, dense, riche et crémeux, qui se réduit tranquillement en collant littéralement sur les parois du verre. Arômes de malt torréfié, beaucoup de chocolat, du chocolat noir, mais également du chocolat au lait et du cacao. On note également certains effluves de café léger, de levure terreuse, et d’un houblon plutôt floral, avec un agréable parfum de vanille. Nez très intéressant, intensité et complexité adéquates. En bouche, ce n’est pas tellement pétillant ou mousseux, onctuosité moyenne au palais. Au goût, le chocolat domine, autant le chocolat noir que le chocolat au lait et le cacao, et on a un peu de levure terreuse et d’alcool, ainsi qu’une bonne dose de houblon floral. La vanille semble rester tranquillement en arrière-plan, quoique parfois elle semble ressortir davantage. À vrai dire, j’ai goûté à plusieurs reprises à cette bière (toujours en bouteille), et la vanille m’a semblé parfois bien présente, le plus souvent plutôt subtile, et d’autres fois carrément difficile à discerner. Contrairement à ce qu’on aurait pu penser, cette bière n’est que très peu sucrée, présentant plutôt une amertume bien franche de faible à modérée. Les différentes saveurs sont bien intégrées les unes aux autres, bonne intensité en bouche, complexité qui laisse un peu à désirer cependant, très bonne bière néanmoins. [Note : J’ai laissé vieillir en cellier une bouteille pendant 1 an, le résultat en a été plutôt décevant. La bière est beaucoup moins intense, des flaveurs de levure à pain, de caramel et de mélasse ont pris le dessus sur les chocolats et le houblon qui se sont grandement atténués, alors que la vanille est devenue presque inexistante. Je recommande donc de consommer cette bière la plus jeune possible. Il paraît qu’en fût directement au brouepub, elle n’a pas son égale…]


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