Liam Deegan

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Beer Review: Dieu Du Ciel Aphrodite

In Reviews, Stout on January 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm

This is the last beer I’m reviewing from Dieu Du Ciel. It’s a stout brewed with fair trade cocoa and what they are calling “first rate” vanilla beans.  Once again, I am pleased with the use of fair trade ingredients and the focus on quality. Here’s the review:

Pours a thick dark brown, almost black with a mocha colored halo and a miniscule layer of foam capping the surface but does not have much retention and minimal lacing.  The smell is roasted coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla.  The roasted coffee hits the palate first, followed by creamy, sweet chocolate and vanilla then a bitter, somewhat dry finish.  The malt gives this beer a full, rounded body with a creamy mouthfeel.  Aphrodite makes for a great cold weather dessert beer.  Peche Mortel is delicious, but not as drinkable as the Aphrodite because of how rich it is, and Aphrodite is a little more balanced, and has a lower ABV.

Overall this was a really good stout that would be great on a cold night in front of a fire, and after dinner.  This is the last beer from Dieu Du Ciel that I am featuring for now.  There are a few others that for the most part have a grade of A or B on BeerAdvocate, and the ones up here are my favorites that I would suggest you go out and find.  Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel makes great beers, uses quality ingredients and is really one of the more progressive craft breweries out there, so go drink some yourself!  Next beers up are Louisiana’s newest arrival, Stone!