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Ommegang Aphrodite - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

410 Ratings
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 26
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AmericanGothic on 07-25-2011)
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Reviews by Pahn:
Photo of Pahn
1.88/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch fizzy pink head that dissipates steadily and loudly. Pours a semi-translucent red and leaves sweeping arches of lacing.

Smell: Smells bready, with a hint of funk and some raspberry. Bland. With warmth, some nice floral and woodsy aromas come out. It's nice and kind of refreshing... but do i want to drink it?

Taste: The answer is "No, I don't." Jesus, what a miss this beer is.

First sip is fruit juice and one-note dirty brett, with some mineral-y flavors and mildly puckering tartness. Bready aftertaste. Underlying hops and yeast have a bit of a cologne taste, but the dominant flavor is pear juice.

I was worried when I read the bottle that the raspberry juice and pear juice might have fully fermented out. My concern was unfounded; this tastes like a bottle of pear juice with some dirt and black pepper. I don't know what the fuck Ommegang was thinking with this.

There's more I could say, but no reason to bother. This is awful. Plus .5 points for the pepper note tasting good and the mild fresh raspberry that pops up every so often within the cologne / dirt / cheap fruit juice disaster.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not as dry as the bottle would have you believe. Sort of teases you with tartness, but rather than going all the way it presents you with gritty dirt. Almost as bad as the taste.

Overall: Shit.

Pahn, Oct 19, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Monk Tuesday night.Came to the table n a tulip glass a somewhat murky pink with a very thin light pink head that was gone in a flash.Sweet and tart raspberries really jump out ya to go along with a very slight sour/yeasty funk,a trace of iron as well.Flavors start out with ripe tart raspberries with a more noticable funky spicy element coming into play as you drink more,it can a little sweet after awhile as well.A well made beer,its not all fruit but has some complexity and kick to it.

oberon, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty beer. Rose colored, pink head that was fairly sticky.

Very sweet, fruity aroma. Definitely raspberry.

Funky taste to begin, a little tart. Then the sweet raspberries and other fruit take over. Again, it is very sweet. Also, the alcohol is noticeable.

Sweet and sharp. I would be happier with less sweet and more tart.

Interesting beer.

lordofthewiens, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of heddar33
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of mctizzz
1/5  rDev -73.3%

mctizzz, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Had at New World Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, reddish brown in color, clear

Smell: brett, yeast, and dark fruit--not the best of smells

Taste: very juicy, cherry, grape, and pear--especially at the start, hay in the middle, and slight hops at the end. It has some characteristics of a dry rose wine.

Mouthfeel: sweet and slightly funky, dry aftertaste, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Very different. Kinda like a cross between a rose wine and a saison..it also has elements of a less sweet Leinie's berry. I would say this is a great beer for wine drinkers, but I have had way better from Ommegang. Not a bad beer, but several of their latest releases have blown me away. This sadly is not one of them.

tigg924, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of mkrass
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

mkrass, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Light ruby and red with a quickly forming, persistent off-white, light pink head.

Fresh, authentic raspberry aroma and a mild, unappealing plastic smell.

Sweet, juicy, authentic raspberry flavor and little else--very nice.

Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Appropriate and a pleasure to drink.

A delicious raspberry ale that truly allows the authentic, fresh, and vibrant flavor of the fruit to shine through. Quite nice!

ehammond1, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +6.7%

RyanPS, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of ryser2k
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

ryser2k, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of daveytheformer
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy prune color with a huge bubbly thick pink head that dies down to light lacing.

The aroma escapes me for the most part. Peppercorn and a dried chili peppers of all things. There is an underlying fruit juice smell with some funk rearing it's head every once in a while. Noticeable raspberry smell.

Tastes very fruity and only lightly tart. Funky backend that doesn't show up all too often.

Mouthfeel is light woth lots of carbonation.

Overall is really good and pretty interesting. Well worth picking one of these up just to try something a little different

daveytheformer, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of frankiepop
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: I popped the cork and the smoke pours out. The color is a surprising bright pinkish red hue with a foam head filled with whole lot of effervescent bubbles that cools down kind of quickly, but with some lacing. This beer has some real color and body to it.

S: This smells like beer, Belgian beer with a fruity sweet hints.

T: The taste is tangy and very tasty. It has a fruity flavor that is wine like and slight sourness. I have had some "Lambric" Belgian beers that really slam you with a hard tart fruit flavor that is overwhelming that almost seems like it should be mixed. This is gentle, smooth, tasty and palate cleansing. Real nice.

M: This is a smooth brew that is a nice drink. I normally prefer low carb, but this works as a high carbonation beverage. It's like sherbert and cleanses your palate. "Sure Herbert take a bite." Robert Creeley poet

O: Overall this is a really good beer.

This beer is meant to be drank with Latin Jazz. I recommend Chico O'Farrill or William Cepada!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-28-2011 22:04:36

frankiepop, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of LucienDeRubempre
4/5  rDev +6.7%

LucienDeRubempre, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev 0%

ste5venla, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the source at Brewery Ommegang.

A-Pours a slighly veiled bright crimson with a thick and ample pink head. Unusual, and cool

S-Overwhelming pungent raspberry and pear. Mouthwatering.

T-Dry, slightly sour raspberry is at the fore, giving way to green pear and a building sensation of dry sourness. Brett is definately present. Impossible to believe this is almost 9% abv.

M-Medium astringent mouth with well balanced carbonation.

O-I am not a huge fruit beer fan, and I am not big on sours, but this is a nice little changeup brew that I enjoyed alot and would buy again.

caddybuyer, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

weonfire, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Comet Coffee Shop. Pink bodied with a thin head. A slightly malty beginning followed by a raspberry tartness. Other fruit mellows the raspberry bite.Fruity aroma. Medium modied. Not that wild, refreshing with a decent bitterness.Appropriate carbonation.
Felt the same with the bottled version, except that I liked the more purple colour better. Funky musty aroma.

Sammy, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood; served in a 10oz goblet.

Hazy ruby body glows like a lantern while supporting a thin layer of cherry-blossom-tinged suds. Average retention, feeble lacing.

Fresh fruit aromatics are a unique hard-to-identify blend, reminds me of a well crafted cocktail. Raspberry and pear are present in equal measure in the nose, and play off one another marvelously.

Raspberries are tart and bracing up-front. A touch of acohol arrives mid-palate and pears show up at the beginning of the finish. Tart yet well balanced. Any other ingredients are pure but restrained.

Medium-light bodied with sufficient carbonation and free of astringency.

Bright, fresh, clean, and expertly blended, while perhaps lacking in complexity, this is one of the most approachable sours I've had.

augustgarage, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +6.7%

whatname, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wold of Beer at North Hills 2/16/12.

Pours a faint reddish pink with a thick mountain of soft, pink head that has decent retention. The nose is sweet and fruity. The taste is sweet and fruity, tart with a little bit of raspberry coming through. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp.

This is a smooth beer. For the ABV you would have no idea. The flavor is a little one dimensional but it's still enjoyable and tasty. In my opinion it's worth checking out.

tdm168, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pinkish amber body, finger of white head that recedes into surface memory.

Smell is serious funk. Serious. A trace of raspberry.

Taste is much mellower and subdued. Tart raspberry swings in on the finish, sweetness and Brett dominate the main body. Tastes better than it smells.

Smooth, textured body. Nice.

Raspberry Brett stuff is so hit-or-miss. This is a hit.

zaphodchak, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of gdkersey
2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle bought back in Feb '12, drank in Aug '12.

A: Pours ruby red with minimal red and no retention; like carbonated cranberry juice. Slight haze.

S: I can't help but think V8 Splash. Extremely sweet berry. Really no hint of brett.

T: Bready malt supplemented with strong, sweet fruits - sweet raspberry/strawberry. Slight tartness, unsure whether it's fruit or brett. Slight bitterness, finishes dry.

M: light body, dry finish, good carbonation

I'm not sure whether I dislike this style of beer (whatever you would call this), but I feel like the juices are overdone. More emphasis on the brett/yeast with the raspberry/pear juice as a supplement may have worked better. I seriously feel like I'm drinking a V8 Splash, not a beer.

gdkersey, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Snow81
3/5  rDev -20%

Snow81, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Brewery Ommegang. Poured into an Ommegang snifter. Can't get more ideal than this....

A - Pours red with a fizzy foam. Plenty of carbonation. No lacing of note. Some cloudiness.

S - Scents of apples, and berries. Slightly yeasty. Smells sweet from fruit aroma.

T - Flavors of berries, apples, & pears are noticeable. Has qualities of a lambic. The brett yeast has a slight tangy flavor.

M - Smooth, mildly carbonated, and light bodied. Nice drinkability.

O - Just a good beer for what it is. The style doesn't work for everyone, but I kinda wished I saved this for a pre-Thanksgiving toast. Nice job Ommegang!

socon67, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of henrisimo
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

henrisimo, Aug 01, 2013
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Ommegang Aphrodite from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.