Origin: Saint-Jérôme, QC
Style: American-Style Stout
The beginnings of Brasserie Dieu du Ciel occurred during a time that is ancient history to all, even those who lived through it. The early 1990s was a raucous time of cultural upheaval - even if television didn’t make it appear so. Jean Francois Gravel began his own contribution to this upheaval in 1991 when he began experimenting with a home brewing kit. He quickly decided that making beer was going to be his life’s work. It took until 1998 to get Dieu du Ciel on its feet and pouring pints. By 2005 the production was roaring and demanded the opening of another production facility - so the second brewpub was constructed. The past decade has seen a steady increase in their position and the number of beers they’ve created (over 500). Now it’s breaking out of the bunker in Quebec and heading across Canada for all to sample. Aphrodite is a dessert Stout with flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. Serves well at 10°C and can stay in the cellar up to a year.
Pours a deep dark colour with opaque body and low carbonation. A thick head of creamy bubbles the colour of chocolate milk rests on top.
A sweet, almost chocolatey aroma comes at you with power, behind it is some floral and herbal notes, and a creamy aroma like lactose.
This is the nearest beer to iced coffee you’re likely to drink. Slightly sweet and creamy, there’s also a bitter bite like coffee beans, although it doesn’t have quite the distinct flavour of that. The smooth aspect fades off fairly quickly and then you get some herbal and grassy notes, an astringent feel in the mouth, and an aftertaste like a swallow of medium roast coffee.
Recommend you try this beer solo - that’s how tasty it is.