Ommegang Aphrodite - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 27
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AmericanGothic on 07-25-2011

In Greek mythology, Aphrodite rises from the foam of the waves of the sea, enchanting all who see her, and inciting thoughts of love and lust wherever she goes.

We could hardly say it more eloquently. Our Limited Edition Aphrodite Ale is ethereal, intriguing and mysterious – as the Goddess Aphrodite must have been. Aphrodite has champagne-like carbonation, much as the foam of the waves of the sea. Plus enchanting flavors with whispers of raspberry and pear, and hints of funk and tartness created by the Brett yeast. The refreshing dryness comes from the unusual combination of Ommegang and Brett yeasts, and incites feelings of love, though we don't know about lust. Grains of paradise are infused into the nectar, and when poured Aphrodite is crowned with a luxuriously shimmering rose-pink head.
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Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived with a beautiful pink head that quickly disappeared leaving some streaking on the glass. Pomegranate red liquid with tiny champagne bubbled rising quickly through the raspberry and pear-scented clear beer.

Wonderfully rich fruit taste makes this a substantial challenge to those who eschew fruit beer. Sweet but not cloying, full bodied without being heavy. Dry, flavorful finish.

Overall, a rich and welcome surprise. Beats all the fruit beer I've tasted short of Blushing Monk.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
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 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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

Photo of daveytheformer
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of gdkersey
2.38/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

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!

Photo of RickS95
2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Has a bit of a light cranberry juice look to it. Take orange, red and brown and dump the colors into a blender, the color of this beer is what you get. The head is pinkish and fleeting, gone in no time.

Smells like raspberries and carrots. It's really a funky smell and I'm on the fence as to whether or not it works.

The taste does nothing for me. Similar to an old lambic. The raspberry flavor is there but it's tart the whole way.

There's a champagne like quality to it, particularly with the very dry, bitter finish. Really doesn't taste much like a beer; more like a wine cooler.

I really like Ommegang and maybe this is a good representation of some type of beer, but it's not for a fruit beer. This was disappointing from the second I popped the cork.

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby tinged auburn with a finger of pink/rose colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Grape Juice (concord) & strawberry

T: Follows the nose, some hints of pineapple juice as well up front. Dryness takes over as this warms along with faint hay notes, not getting a lot of brett here... Finishes with strawberry tartness, golden delicious apples & grassy notes

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, thins out a touch once warm

Not bad as fruit beers go very quenching, but more of a one-off than something I would drink much of

Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Unibroue tulip. Poured ruby red with a two finger light pink head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sugar, raspberry, subtle metallic, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, sugar, raspberry, metallic, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this one really wowed me too much. The metallic notes was a little unpleasant, but it grew on you with time. Was really not expecting to get the sweet alcohol note due to all of the sugar going on in this one, but alas, there it was. Worth trying at least once to give it your own opinion.

Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy blood orange color with a small dense pink head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is slightly tart with notes of green apple. This is coupled with a subtle farmhouse aroma. A bit of hay and horse blanket. It is pleasant but not very strong.

The taste is of a nice tart fresh raspberry. There is a little bit of fruit sweetness that pops through as well. This is followed by some grassy bitterness, pepper and hay flavors. Some light malt presense is detected but only adds as a base to the brew.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Starts off sweet on the palate but ends with a grassy bitterness. Good balance with no lingering flavors. There is some ABV presence so some more age might do this beer well.

I like the brew, sweet and tart. Wide spectrum of flavors. Quite refreshing.

Photo of scootny
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just love this one. A lovely lightly cloudy pink with a pink rose colored head that leaves a touch of lacy streaks and spots here and there. Carbonation is evident and quite pretty. Smell has a goodly
amount of fruit as the berries sit on a yeasty bread malt backbone. Taste is an superb. A perfect balance of raspberry flavor and dry wine like palate. Whole grain malt and bread. Not quite a sour and that's a good thing. So close to a five in taste I may have to come back and up the score. No trace of alcohol anywhere. This is the beer equivalent to a white zinfandel as the fruity persona is so artfully balanced that it appeals to dryer preferences. Crisp to drink and perfect weight. A touch of creaminess as well. Top notch drinkability as I could go through several bottles of this without batting an eye. Add some cheese and crackers and it becomes an all night brew. The sunrise will only look better with a plate of brie, bread, and Aphrodite. Would also go well with a brie omelette and whole grain bread. A truly great beer.

Photo of GRG1313
2.89/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark cranberry red with a very thin fast fading white head.

Nose is sweet fruit with raspberry and pear tones; hint of sour; hint of brett; mouthfeel is thin but the flavors are unique and a bit overwhelming such that mouthfeel is not of great importance here, although one's initial reaction is that the beer is out of balance. I suspect that it's the flavor profile that "fools you."

Flavors are tart raspberry and pear but very fruit juice like. Very carbonated fruit drink with only a hint of alcohol and brett/funk character - you have to search it out.

Finish is citrus tart. I applaud the effort but I fear this one is a bit of a failure. I can't see drinking it.

The flavors are just not integrated and there is just really a fruit juice/soda pop character all around.

Photo of kbuzz
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This isn't my favorite style, but I got a good deal on this 750 mL bottle...dated 6/10/11.

A: Bright cranberry red in color...fizzy head quickly dissipates, leaving a smattering of fizzy bubbles. Looks refreshing and juicy.

S: I get all yeast funk in the nose...some mild fruit flavors...mainly pear. Some raspberry sweetness if I inhale extra deeply.

T: Not nearly as tart or sour as I was expecting/hoping. Definitely overly sweet...reminds me of a muted cranberry juice but not even as tart as that. Definitely a funky farmhouse taste that masks everything else. It's a nice funk, but there's nothing else to balance it out or complement it. Some slight warming in the chest cavity...

M: Very bubbly. Thin to medium bodied beer. Not a bad mouthfeel on this at all really. More juicy than dry at the end.

O: Well I haven't had a ton of Belgian style fruit beers, but this doesn't really even come close to the few I've had. Tons of funk here, but that's it. I don't get much of the fruit and I barely get any tartness or sourness at all. This was definitely a little dissapointing.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light cherry pour with pink grapefruit highlights glistening around the edges from the light. The coloring in the glass shows a dark ruby-glazed caramel apple tone with a frothy head that was dominantly tan with pinkish hues about. The lacing was clean. Really liked the coloring both coming out of the bottle and in the glass. Retention on the head was modest, a few minutes of stay enough to enjoy those pinkish hues.

S: rather soft, semi-dry cherries, cranberries and raspberries along with a light Belgian yeastiness. No much in terms of grains of paradise just yet.

T: The flavor was dominantly raspberries with some cranberries and tart cherries thrown into the mixture. Fruity and tart but very smooth with an acidic bite on the swallow. Estery notes come from the yeast. Tart, acidic but overall nicely balanced.

M: very sharp and tingly on the tongue making it dance for awhile. Slippery silky texture, turning malty and creamy on longer holds. Leaves the tongue with a tart fruity fade.

O: Overall a solid good flavor that was exceptionally smooth as with all their drinks. Their beers all show a certain refined and polished nature, very rounded and drinkable. Unique coloring, very good mouthful, an acidic bite of tartness on the close and an overall smooth drinkability rating makes this a try especially for fruit beer fans.

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle from Hometown Deli in Oneonta.

A: The ale has the pretty rosé red. Still translucent, the ale doesn't have much of a bubbly body. Instead, the white head pools like a web in the center of the glass.

S: A hint of sourness amongst cherries, raspberries and grains of paradise. The spices aren't as strong as the fruit; likewise the sourness overtakes the fruit with a citric green apple bite. The citric sharpness is exciting.

T: The citric presence isn't as strong as the nose would indicate, a real boon for the fruits. The light raspberry flavor, sweet, stands out right away. Carbonation brings on the spiciness with light citric bitterness coming through until the finish. The mild lemony, apple bite brings the sweetness to a halt. The spices return as the bite fades, a nice twist that sends the ale off. A combination of light biscuity breads, spices, and lemon come together as the lasting finish. Surprisingly nice, a combination that doesn't go too heavy on the fruits, spices, or sourness.

M: The citric bite, mid-sip, could be a little stronger (like it is in the nose), but otherwise no complaints. The fruits come through with a nice bite and the spices work too. A good Belgian-style ale, surprising even though I know not to be surprised by Ommegang.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two drafts this week, seemingly different results. The first was crisp and tart, pure raspberry flavor. Second draft had a slick feel, sweet and a noticeable Brett presence. Reviewing the second draft...

Bright and saturated deep ruby scarlet color. Looks like a traditional Framboise or Kriek. Fluffy cap of foam that sticks around for a good while, visible trails of carbonation racing upwards.

Fresh raspberry aroma, some wet hay behind that from the Brett yeast. Not especially wild yet, but in time that aspect may develop in the bottled version.

Juicy raspberries, all natural and delicious. Moderately tart, with a slick full bodied feel. As stated before, the first draft sample was a bit more crisp. Everything comes together well here, the fruit and yeast are the showcase on display. Would drink again, and expect the bottled version to be a good short-term cellar candidate.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottle stamp says packaged on 06/09/11, best before 6/2014. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a reddish/pink color with about an inch light pink head that stayed around a little while. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and fruity, it smells like raspberries, pears, light tart berries and some brett. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's more balance between the sweet and tart flavors (at first anyway, then it gets sweeter), and there's also a yeasty/herbal flavor noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and smooth, and also easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I enjoyed it. $11.49 a bottle.

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Ommegang Aphrodite from Brewery Ommegang
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