Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel – Aphrodite

Tasting: May 21, 2011
Style: Stout

I love Peche Mortal (translates to “original sin”) — it’s a beautiful coffee stout from this Canadian brewer — I gave it 93 points. Well, how could you go wrong naming a beer after the goddess of love, beauty and sexuality? Speaking of gods and goddesses, today is the 21st of May and according to that old geezer, Harold Camping, today is judgment day (6:00 PM to be precise). Well, it’s about 4:30, and this might be my last beer. Maybe I should be doing other things since this could be my last couple of hours on earth. I decided to procrastinate on mowing the lawn. At least, I’ll be sure to tell my wife and kids how much I love them. Since he was wrong once (a miscalculation he says) and the bible says that the time and date are unknown to all but God, I’ll say that today isn’t going to be the day.

The bottle says brewed with real cocoa and vanilla beans (and unfiltered) — nice. I’m a bit surprised at the 6.5% ABV (Peche Mortal was 9.5%). This was $5 for the 11.5 ounce bottle. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the beautiful illustration of Aphrodite fondling a stalk of grain. I’m pouring into my Belgian strong ale glass. It’s an rich deep brown with a coffee colored head that thins out quickly. You can immediately pick up on the strong aroma of vanilla bean. I love vanilla. Give me a choice of a chocolate or vanilla shake — it’s vanilla every time. It’s an interesting taste. I get the vanilla, roasted malt and then cocoa. What’s interesting is that the cocoa is what lends the bitterness to this stout. I give it high marks for that, but I’ll label the mouthfeel as very thin, somewhat fizzy and disappointing.

This one is still nice — 85 points. I can see having one with dessert (say a nice cheesecake). Now if you excuse me, we may only have an hour left and there’s so much to do.

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