Review: Dieu Du Ciel Aphrodite (Bottle)
By Niko I (FF)
The Montreal based Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel just celebrated it’s 13 year anniversary on Septermber 17th, so I thought what better way to celebrate what is arguably Canada’s best brewery (hmm hint that a battle may be coming soon? I think so) then to review two of their finest beers: Aphrodite today, and within the next few days Peche Mortel. Ok fine it was just coincidence, but regardless I was definitely excited to try these stouts.
Couldn’t find much in terms of company history or background so I’ll get right to the beer, which poured mocha black with a nice but thin caramel brown head. It comes in at 6.5% so it’s not really an imperial despite pouring like one. The aroma is amazing: why don’t they make candles that smell like this? Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, malt, alcohol… complex and really good. On to the first sip, which coated my tongue with syrupy black goodness. Nut and oak become apparent with espresso and dark as well as sweet chocolate. Their is a hint of vanilla but not as much as I was expecting. This is a great dessert beer, but it is by no means overly sweet, though I will say the honey/caremal/vanilla sugariness does intensify as the beer warms. There’s also noticeable carbonation for a stout.
I have to say I really enjoyed this stout: superbly balanced and complex. It’s easily one of the better stouts I’ve had in a while, but stay tuned to see if Dieu Du Ciel can out do itself with Peche Mortel.
Niko I (FF) Score = 9.25/10