Beer #151 Dieu Du Ciel Aphrodite

  

Name:  Aphrodite (in Canada aka Aphrodisiaque or Aphrodisiac)

Dieu Du Ciel Aphrodite

 

Style: American Stout                      

Brewery: Microbrasserie Dieu Du Ciel.   website

Country:  Canada

Region: St-Jérôme, Quebec

ABV: 6.5% Abv

How served:  11.5 oz capped bottle poured into a De Struise Brouwers glass.           

My Overall Opinion:  Amazing.

I paired this beer with: The Saints vs. Seahawks wild card game.

Tasted on:  Saturday January 8th, 2011  

Note: This is a stout brewed with real cocoa and vanilla beans.

 It poured a dark brown/ black with a fluffy 2 ½ finger beige head leaving a minimal lacing on the glass.   The nose was mostly cocoa and coffee and a hint of vanilla, nothing in the nose was overwhelming.   The taste was of mocha, not on the sweet side but more of a bitter sweet mocha made with a deep roasted coffee.   As with the nose, the vanilla was well hidden and blended in well.  The mouthfeel was a medium body with a nice carbonation level.  The drinkability was excellent, as this wasn’t a “sweet drink”, nor was it too bitter & was more like drinking dessert, one which you would want a second helping.

On the Label:  Aphrodite is a black ale expressing aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate 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.  Never too sweet, this highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with first rate cocoa and vanilla beans.

 Illustration: yannick.brosseau@sympatico.ca

 From their website:  Aphrodisiaque (Aphrodisiac)  Cocoa and vanilla stout – 6.5% alc./vol.

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.

Aphrodisiaque won the prize for highest distinction in the 2003 Popular Beer Contest for the category “Ale” during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal, a silver medal in the 2006 Popular Beer Contest during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal, a gold medal in the 2008 Popular Beer Contest during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal, and a gold medal (seventh place amongst 10 gold medal winners) at the adjudicated “MBeer” contest during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal in 2008.
The Aphrodisiaque was born in our Montreal brewpub in May 20 

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Beer #29 Solstice d’hiver

 

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Solstice d'hiver

Name: Solstice d’hiver

Style: Barleywine

Brewery: Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel!  website

Country: Canada

Region: Montréal, Quebec

ABV: 9.8%

How served: 11.5 oz bottle poured into a La Mère Noël glass. 

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with: Pecan pie, a pre-thanksgiving snack.

Tasted on: Thursday November 26, 2009

Note:  This would have been a great beer to end the evening with, but I had it as an aperitif. I think it would do well if it was aged a year or two.

This is the 1st of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas Eve.

From their websiteSolstice d’hiver (Winter solstice)
Barley Wine – 9% alc./vol.
341 ml (11.5 fl.oz.)

This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel coming from the malt and a prolonged boiling time. It is a very bitter beer with aromas of hops and alcohol, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit brought by the English-type yeast we use to ferment it. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops. Solstice d’Hiver is brewed only once a year, and is then aged for 4 to 5 months before being sold. This aging process is necessary to achieve an ideal equilibrium between the sharp bitterness and the other flavours in the beer.

Solstice d’hiver is brewed only once a year, at the end of the summer. It is then aged for a few months in order to attain a perfect balance in taste. Then, it is sold starting mid-December of each year, until stocks last.

The Solstice d’hiver was born in our Montreal brewpub in December 1998

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