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Beer #127 – May 9, 2010: Aphrodite

July 5, 2010

Beer: Aphrodite (a.k.a. Aphrodisiaque)

Brewery: Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel, Montreal, Canada

Style: Per the label: “Stout brewed with real cocoa and vanilla beans”

Serving Type: 11.5 oz bottle

Price: $5.99 / bottle

Availability: Occasional release

Glassware: Glass mug

Strength: 6.5% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Tastes richer and stronger than it really is, almost like biting into dark chocolate bar, making for a totally unique and very enjoyable brew.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark chocolate hue with a frothy, meringue-like, big, tan head

Aroma: Sweet chocolate liqueur, with alcohol fumes warming my nose

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin with tiny bubbles of fizzy carbonation

Taste: Initial raw cocoa powder and vanilla bean flavors meld into a middle of chocolate liqueur and toasted coconut.  Warming alcohol notes come forward, then back to a unsweetened cocoa powder bitterness, with notes of walnut and a touch of pepper.

Pairing: A true dessert beer, whether with dessert or simply for dessert itself.

Trivia: Since 1994, Montreal has played host to the “Mondial de la Biere“, a huge international beer festival taking place over several days.  Between this renowned festival, and great area breweries such as Dieu du Ciel, McAuslan and Unibroue, Montreal may just be the premier “beer city” of Canada.

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