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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1342   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3177) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
taste like a bitter chocolate milkshake, the taste has heavy malts with Belgian chocolate. good stuff

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
The aroma has chocolate malted milk and vanilla. The appearance is dark brown with a thin head. The taste is somewhat like the aroma but with a bit of medicine. The palate is smooth. It does have some great qualities but still has a bad bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Served from a 11.5 oz bottle from the Liquor Collection in Honolulu. I guess the other 0.5 oz was lost in the exchange rate from Canada. The appearance is a perfect deep creamy black with a smaller cream brown head. Very very inviting! The nose is rich with intense vanilla beans and chocolate. Some hints of some cigarette or cigar smoke. The aromas roll right into the flavors. The creaminess of liquid chocolate with a fairly bitter hop undertone. Wonderful full roast malt backing. The mouth is oily and creamy but has a slightly off character to it. at times. A wonderful beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2223) - Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Almost came in my pants when I saw this sitting on the shelf today. Damn, they could make this beer into a ice cream, and even though I dont like ice cream, Id take a hit. Beer is the only way I can get into chocolate, and fuckin a. Delicious beer. Packed with chocolate and vanilla, with some roasty goodness of an excellent stout. I can see why this is the most highly rated stout around. Thick, creamy, full-bodied. Might cry when my glass is empty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 12, 2010
Pours opaque with a tan head. Aroma is rich with vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Rich flavor of vanilla greets the palate upon the first sip. Past that the tastes of chocolate, some coffe, and a hint of bourbon comes through.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1775) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Chocolate beers are a seemingly fool-proof product. Really, whats not to like? Sometimes I feel Im doing my readers a disservice by rating the majority I try so highly, but each seems to be better than the next. In the case of Aphrodite the Montreal-based microbrewery Dieu Du Ciel has created a beer that absolutely lives up its reputation (ranked in the 100th percentile on ratebeer.com and graded an A overall on beeradvocate.com). While I wouldnt say its the best chocolate stout ever made, I do think its an absolutely outstanding beer for all the right reasons.

NOTE: This beer is also and better known as Aprhodisiaque or Aphrodisiac. It goes by the name of Aphrodite in the United States due to FDA regulations (or so Im told).

APPEARANCE AND AROMA

Would it surprise you if I told you this beer pours to an opaque black body? While many stouts appear to be black they are actually dark ruby red, but Aphrodite does not have even the faintest trace of a red outline even when held up to direct light.

It forms a large, foamy, brown head which lasts throughout the life of the beer and leaves generous lacing on the glass. The aroma is surprisingly mild with a general malty scent, although chocolate is noticeable.

TASTE

Dieu Du Ciel describes Aphrodite as a cocoa and vanilla stout, which is already very intriguing before even tasting it. Sure there are plenty of stouts which describe themselves as chocolate but this beer intends to be a little more complex.

It was apparent to me from the first sip that was indeed true. The head itself is rich, sweet and chocolaty and once the beer itself hit me I was in love with it. Immediately my palate is saturated with a rich milk chocolate-like flavor followed by a lightly roasted malt finish. There is a distinct, but fairly mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Unlike a bakers chocolate aftertaste in other chocolate stouts this beer is noticeable sweeter most likely due to the usage of vanilla bean in the recipe.

Aphrodite is not, to my knowledge, oak-aged, but there is a distinct earthiness to the finish. This could be explained by the fact the brewery lists bourbon among the notable flavors to the palate. this taste becomes more noticeable as the beer warms and because this is not an imperial brew, its actually quite inviting.

DRINKABILITY

I never consider mouthfeel and drinkability all that important when it comes to beer-judging until I drink a beer as enjoyable as Aphrodite. Not only is the palate delicious, but the actual process of drinking it is a pleasure as well. For a carbonated beer this drinks like a nitrogen-charged brew with a thick, creamy texture and a velvety finish. In fact, its so tasty and so smooth it was a challenge for me to not slug it down.

At 6.5% ABV this is a perfectly-proportional beer. Its not trying to show off the way a lot of imperial stouts do, but its got the gusto the pedestrian, session stouts lack. Because this is indeed intended to be a dessert beer I think it works perfectly as a one-and-done serving (its like chocolate cake one piece is great but you probably wouldnt want to eat many slices in a row, right?).

FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks to the ever-growing craft beer industry, this great beer has finally been released to American markets. However, considering Dieu Du Ciels fairly small size I expect its distribution to be rather limited. I paid $6.29 for one 12oz bottle of Aphrodite, but it was well worth it. While that may seem pricey, trust me, youll know it was worth it if youre able to get it.

NOTE: watch the video version of this review at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1qrqr_yJb4

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (9929) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle with the Aphrodite label. Got this one in a trade, and cant remember from whom, so thank you whoever it was. Pours a deep dark black with a medium large deep tan head, nice small carbonation. Chocolate and vanilla, light coffee and roast, light candy and caramel. A little thicker than medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Great chocolate and cream flavors. Really tasty stuff. Finishes up with more light cocoa and vanilla, a light spicy roast note. I now wonder why this didnt get distro near me.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (7458) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle of Aphrodite picked up at the Clybourn Binnys for rating #1300. This beer pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Nose has an unexpected strong coffee aroma (I expected some, but there is more here) and some sweet chocolate. Not getting much vanilla. First sip - theres the vanilla! It smoothes out to semi-sweet chocolate before a dry coffee finish. Outstanding.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
12 oz bottle thanks to MrBunn! Pours a deep, rich black with minimal tan head. Aroma is coffee, toffee, and chocolate love with a touch of vanilla bean. Taste is strongly of chocolate, with a fading touch of oiled leather, bitter coffee and just lovely malt. Truly a joyous brew, worthy of the name

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6141) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2010 ( 341ml bottle thanks to blutt59) Pours black with good lacing and head. Nose is vanilla, Earthy, semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar. Taste is creme soda, vanilla, fudge, and cola root. Thick creamy mouthfeel, awesome linger. As you continue drinking a bit of acidic/bitter espresso lingers.


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