Et voilà, here I am reviewing another Québec microbrewery's beer. This time, I'm going to sit down and review Dieu du Ciel!'s Aphrodisiaque. And yes, I'm fully aware this is the second review of a stout in as many days. What can I say? I love stouts and the season is upon us. So let's see how this one stacks up.
I picked this beer up as a single at Bières du Monde in Aylmer. $2.99 for a 341mL bottle. It's a stout with a 6.5% ABV and to add a bit of a twist it's brewed with cocoa and vanilla beans.
First of all, that's some beauty artwork on the bottle. Some of their art I can do without, it just doesn't work for me, but this is nice. Simple and elegant.
As expected with a stout it pours a jet black. The head ends up a thin (half finger) with a beige-khaki colour. Retention is minimal and lacing is non-existant.
The aroma on this is strong. Some very bold roasted malts and dark chocolate up front. Subtle notes of coffee grinds and vanilla can also be noticed.
Okay, flavor. Wow. That roasted malt hits hard and really brings out the coffee tones, adding a level of coffee-bitterness that I wasn't really expecting. Vanilla and chocolate blend very well together. Both pronounced, neither overpowering. The sweetness from both does a good job of mellowing out that initial coffee.
There's a nice full-bodied creaminess that coats the mouth quite well. Carbonation is a little too low, I'd expect just a touch more.
Overall, this is a solid stout. As such, it deserves a solid score: 4/5. The aroma really does it for me, it really keeps me going back for more. A touch more sweetness from the vanilla and cocoa and/or a touch less of the coffee bitterness would quite possibly make this one of my favorite stouts. That being said it's still a cut above the majority of stouts out there. Like I said in a previous review of a DDC! product, I'll try anything of theirs once, they have yet to disappoint. If you're just getting into the Québec craft beer scene, this is definitely a brewery you should check out. And don't worry about making the trek to the other side of the river, you can usually find something from them at an LCBO with a decent craft beer selection.