overall
100
100
style
Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1359   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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.

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4.7
drowland (8629) - Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2009
12oz bottle (labeled Aphrodite 2009) into a pint glass. Pours solid black with a 2-finger dark milk chocolate head floating on top. The aroma is mostly chocolate with some roasted malt and a solid dose of sour stout. The flavor on this is amazing - it’s a giant mix of chocolate, coffee, stout roasted malts, vanilla, coconut, and more than I could explain without giving you a taste. This stuff is really good!

3.9
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2009
12 oz bottle - US version; pours dense black with tam head to the edges; aromas of sweet chocoalte, coffee, candy roast; once this warmed up, it was all creamy chocoalte and rich coffee; very sweet, rich and creamy; pretty damn good, but a tad sweet and not quite up to expectations

4.2
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 11, 2009
On tap at Novare Res. Pours a dark black with a little tan head. Aroma is chocolate and vanilla with a jim beam hint. Flavors are just like the aroma, tons of vanilla at work here, the chocolate dominates the aftertaste and lends a nice bitterness to this beer.

4.1
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Poured very black, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, little molasses, little nutty.

4
JorisPPattyn (9929) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2009
Black as sin, viscous, with just a small dark-beige head. Molasses, chocolate, very strong and sweet coffee, moccha filling with vanilla for dessert. Vanilla - definitely the beans, not the better pods - more prominent in the taste, like vanilla-aromatised truffles, bitter chocolate chocolates (pralines), with a slightly roasted hint. Café glacée cookies, retronasal some sweetish vegetable I can’t place - cooked celeriac or scorzanera? Very slick, very well-bodied, chewy, very nice texture, inciting to more. Initially the concoction seems a jumble of conflicting flavours and aromas, but stealthily, a balance creeps in, resulting in a wonderful beer. Which means that Aphrodisiaque is exactly the wrong name for it, as in love, it’s usually the other way round... Grand merci à Sylvain et sa bande, cette bière vaut vraiment sa réputation, comme la brasserie.

4.4
MrBunn (2812) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Bottle to help celebrate the official arrival of unspeakable cold weather here and the first good wood stove fire of winter. Aphrodite, unlike the picture on the bottle is the darkest of browns with a fluffy cocoa head and great aromas of cocoa, dark fruit and earth/peat. That said, the nose is disappointing when compared to the flavor. Rich chocolate is running wild in this one with a cream and vanilla smoothness. A bit of dark fruit is there as well, but this is fairly one-dimensional. Creamy chocolate with a smooth finish. The only thing is that it is an amazing one-dimensional beer. Worth the trouble and worth the wait.

3.7
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Pours an opaque brown color with a nice rich brown head. Aroma is bitter cocoa, dark roast, some sweet vanilla, some coffee, a touch of smoke, brown sugar, and some mint. Flavor is cocoa, vanilla, dark roast, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and a bitter spicy finish.

4.5
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2009
(bottle - 341 ml) Dark black pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is mild with a very nice cocoa and bitter roasted malt smell and the lightest touch of vanilla. Flavor is rich and smooth. Lots of roasted malts and cocoa at the beginning with a roasted and sweet vanilla middle. Finishes very bitter and bittersweet with a light hint of coffee and cream. Outstanding.

4
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle (thanks to Tweety for sharing this)... Black with a thin, light brown head. Chocolate and vanilla meshed nicely in the aroma with smoked, roasted, cocoa malt character too. Seemed heavier than the tame alcohol percent it contained. Chocolate and smooth malt presence and a touch of coffee-like tones. The vanilla shined through in the end. Really simple, but wonderfully complex at the same time.

4.2
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2009
11.5oz bottle, labeled Aphrodite. body is black with no color at edges. head is tall and fluffy, dark tan/sienna. aroma is vanilla, chocolate malt, almost like a black & white malt shake. yes, milk chocolate syrup, and marshmallows too. flavor is roasted chocolate malt, some baking chocolate and then vanilla & milk chocolate too. dryish and a little bitter in the finish, with a roasty dry aftertaste. nice profile for a beer that’s only 6.5% ABV. lots of thin lacing all up & down the glass.


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