Name: Aphrodite (in Canada aka Aphrodisiaque or Aphrodisiac)
Style: American Stout
Brewery: Microbrasserie Dieu Du Ciel. website
Region: St-Jérôme, Quebec
ABV: 6.5% Abv
How served: 11.5 oz capped bottle poured into a De Struise Brouwers glass.
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.
From their website: Aphrodisiaque (Aphrodisiac) Cocoa and vanilla stout – 6.5% alc./vol.
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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