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Ommegang Aphrodite - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 26
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: AmericanGothic on 07-25-2011)
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Photo of jdavren
4.78/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer.

Very pretty off pink color with the slightest pink tinge to the head.

Reserved nose, not too indicative of what will follow.

Lively carbonation. Great fruit taste over a reserved sour base. I get mostly raspberry, and it's very pleasant. Slightly reminescent of another favorite, the Duchesse de Bourgogne.

Great effort by one of my favorite breweries. Hope to see it again soon

jdavren, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of Naugros
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really pretty in the glass with a tall, pink head atop of a clear, garnet body and lots of evident carbonation. The smell gives off sour raspberry with not much sweetness and some cracker in the back, holding it up but not trying to steal the show from the fruit. The taste follows the smell with the raspberry sourness finishing off nice and dry. A little mineral sense in that dryness and the cracker still there. The alcohol is well-masked and makes this a dangerous, fruity drink. I'd prefer a little less dry as I felt I needed a glass of water after to wet my whistle.

Naugros, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at Central Market in Fort Worth. I didn't know it was out, but here we are. Let's give it a shot:

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy red-orange color with a 1/2" head of mixed size off white bubbles. The head was pretty solid for about 45 seconds and then faded to a small ring around the top of the beer. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they don't really stick once they get to the top. There is some pretty decent lacing left on the

Aroma: The aroma is a little milder than I thought from the hype, and this is a good thing. It doesn't have all of the leather and earth that you get from a beer fermented with ONLY Brett, so this is good that it makes it more palatable, and this is just my first impression. There is some earthy notes that are complimenting a sweet caramel note well. After the head falls, you can cleanly pick up some cherries and some less noticeable dark fruit. The alcohol is already giving some white pepper.

Taste: Man, the flavor is HUGE departure from the aroma. There is a whole lot of light fruit in here that didn't come out in the aroma. I am getting pears, apples, and all kinds of stuff that was allusive in the aroma. In fact, the flavor is based on fruit and the aroma is based more on the malt. The carbonation is ample for the beer, and the mouthfeel is a solid medium despite the beers gravity. The finish is a little dry from the attenuation and other yeast contributions, but there really isn't a whole lot of hops to talk about.

Opinion: Overall this is a well crafted beer, and one of the more surprising wild ales that I have tried in that there is not a whole lot of the wildness coming in, in the aroma, but the flavor is very complex and starts by hitting your cheeks like a sip of Concord grape juice. I like the complexity of this beer, no doubt. Overall it is really palatable. I will gladly drink all of this 750mL bottle. It is not amazing enough to want to buy 10 bottles or something, but I like it and wouldn't mind drinking it again.

SkeeterHawk, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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 TheWhiskerReview
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red with 2 fingers of off-white head. Settles to a solid layer of retention but very weak lace.

The nose is a wide spectrum of fruity aromas from the added pear and raspberry juices- notes of raspberry, red currant, cherry, pomegranate, pear, white peach. Everything else seems pretty mild and subdued underneath all that fruit. The brett is mild. The malty core is very small with some barely perceptible cereal grain, while the hops are buried almost completely into the more floral fruit aromas.

The full-bodied palate starts sweet and creamy with a frothy carbonation and flowery pomegranate flavors and quickly becomes moderately tart and bitter, picking up some spice. The brew ends dry with a lingering syrupy raspberry/apricot vibe.

Overall, not a bad brew, but the fruitiness definitely overwhelms most everything else, even to the point that I would tell Ommegang not to put the word Brett on the front of the bottle. No scratch that. Tell Ommegang to just make a more balanced brew.

TheWhiskerReview, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by djmiller92. Thanks Dave.

The beer appears a beautiful, vibrant red color, with a small, pink head. The aroma brings a heavy dose of sweet fruit, particularly sweet cherries and raspberries. Additional notes of malt, alcohol, and a very slight mustiness. The flavor is sweet, with little to no sour or funk presence. More funk / wild yeast would be a welcome addition. Sweet and fruity, this is more of a dessert beer. Best in small quantities. A good beer, I would have this again.

Huhzubendah, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Aphrodite is a tart fruit beer. It tastes a bit like a framboise. I don't love the way the Brett is mixed.

A: Cloudy red colour and 5 mm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Strong yeasty aroma with some tart fruitiness. 4

T: Sour tart and a little bitterness. Some subtle fruitiness. A little strong and sweet for me. Too much sour at the end. 3.5

M: Foamy and a vinegary. 4

O: 4

vandemonian, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruby red, slightly pinkish head has mediocre retention but what's left seems to all stick on the glass.
S- The aroma is really fruity and sweet. I mean it's sugary sweet. The raspberry comes through but the Brett is pretty mild.
T- Up front there's an intial bit of funk. It's not strong, but it catches me off guard because it is much more noticable than on the nose. The raspberries come through but it's a bit more sugary than really fruity. A little tart, but restrained.
M- Initially it's active carbonation, but it settles down midsip. The finish isn't syrupy, but it does have that fruit juice sticking to your throat kind of feel. Medium-light body generally.
O- It is a unique beer and it theoretically is a good idea but I'd like to see them dial back on the raspberries and increase the brett componant. As it stands it's a bit too sugary for me.

jsprain1, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of kbuzz
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

kbuzz, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Churchill's

A: The beer pours a rather interesting color: bright ruby red. There isn't much head to go with it, though.

S: A rather sweet, fruity, and sugary aroma to this. The nose borders on cloying, but I'll be kind and just call it overly sweet. Some mild straw, raspberry, and just a lot of sugar.

T: Raspberry flavor is prominent, which at least helps to break up the sweetness a bit. Fairly fruity overall with just a light grass note. Otherwise, it's just very sweet and sugary.

M: The body is medium with moderate carbonation.

O: Far too sweet and the nose wasn't all that full of raspberry.

womencantsail, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap tonight at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy dark reddish orange color with one white of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of strawberries, Belgian yeast, raspberries, cherries and dark fruits. Very fruity, and a little sweet, but nice.

t - Tastes of strawberries, raspberries, lightly tart, Belgian yeast, and fruit malts. Little bit ot tart, almost brett like, to the taste, which I really like. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty good fruit beer. Half a pint was probably enough, but I liked the tartness in the taste. One to share with some friends, but worth checking out.

mdfb79, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

beerthulhu, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of fmccormi
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from C&C 750ml bottle to a Bruery tulip. Packaging date of June 9, 2011 and Best By date of June 2014 printed on the neck of the bottle (PKG ON 06/09/11—BEST BY 06/2014)

Appearance (4.0): One-finger of off-white, slightly pinkish head settling down to a nice ring around the edge, actually somewhat coarse bubbles; the body is like a dark magenta, some sort of burgundy, and almost looks like some sort of hazy Kool-Aid when held up to the light. Very pretty!

Smell (4.0): Raspberries, slight funk, very modest malt base. Lots of berries, nothing overly sweet about it—cool, maybe not-quite-ripe raspberries.

Taste (4.5): After the nose, raspberries! The funk isn’t the “horseblanket” kind, but more of the tart, bretty kind. This is not sour. In fact, this is really made up of moderately tart raspberry and maybe some cherry flavor, suspended over some relatively neutral malt backbone. Very, very nice—brett is intertwined with the fruit perfectly. More tartness coming through on the back of the palate. No alcohol heat to speak of.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Smooth, on the light side of medium, but a good mix of velvety and coarse, champagne-like bubbles (though more restrained).

Overall (4.5): Boy, would I love to see what this does in two years. It’s great now, and very interesting—tart, refreshing, and unique. The fruit would settle down, I’m sure, and it’d turn into something very interesting and funky. Frankly, I’d call this a win-win. This is a beer to try if you can get your hands on it.

fmccormi, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a dark cherry color with some golden hues. Light pinkish head fades to some wispy film and a few spots of lacing.

Bite of tartness in the tongue with splashes of fruit. A little sweet, but nice touches of brett funk and yeast try to balance it out.

Raspberry and tart up front, plenty of bretty qualities. Some juicy fruit sweetness from pear and a slight tropical touch. Sweeter malts creep through with touches of burnt sugar. Some alcohol warmth towards the finish.

Medium body, higher carbonation, sticky and bubbly on the tongue. This wasn't bad, but not really worth the price - also a little too sweet and boozy considering what I was hoping for.

xnicknj, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Brent
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderfully understated beer. Poured an interesting color - somewhere between raspberry and ruby, with a bit of haze. Berry fruit in the aroma and up front, quickly followed by a slightly drying cidery sour note, well balanced against the sweet berry character. Body is light and easy to drink. I was able to decant the entire bottle, as the sediment clung tightly to the bottom of the bottle. Alcohol was not in the least prominent. Since pork goes so well with sweet and sour, I would think this a great companion for a dish of roast port.

Brent, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was first exposed to this beer at an Ommegang dinner put on at Degan's in Lakewood. I thought it a nice, light fruit beer that paired well with our salad that evening. Tonight, though, it is being enjoyed as a pre-dinner cocktail. Let's see how it stands up on its own.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a ruby, almost garnet red, with a three finger head comprised of tiny bubbles which slowly reduces.

Has a tart, raspberry aroma, with loads of cherry, strawberry and other red fruit smells. Mild malt helps balance out the citrus notes of this very effervescent smelling brew.

Starts tart, with plenty of lemon and other citrus exploding on the tongue. The tart fades to a mild malt, ending dry. Somewhat tannic, if I was given this on a blind taste test, I would guess it to be a dry sparkling blush champagne, and not a beer.

Mouthfeel is light and sharp, with loads of carbonation.

Truly a champagne of beers, Ommegang's Aprodite is a light, carbonated dry fruit beer reminiscent of a nice New Year's eve celebratory toasting drink. Enjoyable, to be sure, and something which I will consider using for a New Year's toast rather than the traditional chanpagne.

TheHoppiest, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rosy 1 finger fizzy head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing over mostly clear bright reddish kool-aid like neon red color.

Nose brings some nice tart sour fruit right off, hints of lemon and reddish berry fruit, sour malts, some nice light Brett funk and lacto tart malt aromas, a bit of a bready malt, and a juicy soured malt aroma.

Taste brings bright reddish fruit right off, juicy almost fruit juice flavor, then some tart fruit flavors and hint of sour malt. Then a bready malt flavor, very light funk and some sweet malts, and a bit spicy. A little bit of tingly booze, and a malty sweet almost heavy malt. Finish is dry with some light lactic acid and juicy tart fruit and light sour malt flavors.

Mouth is a bit bigger bodied, decent carb, some tingly and warming booze, and mouth watering lactic acid finish.

Overall not what I was expecting, the nose was great with nice tart lactic fruit, light funk and even some bready malts, but the taste was more sweet malt forward, it would have been much nicer with much less malts. The nice tart fruits were nice but the heavy malts were too much.

jlindros, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter.

This beer is a brilliant ruby color in the glass, crested with a lite pink head that doesn't last very long. The aroma is bizarre. I smell the grains of paradise up front, along with the berries, and just a little bit of a funky aroma. The taste works a lot better, it's got a strong fruit flavor, along with a bit of a tart funkiness. There's also some pale malts in here, along with some graininess.

The mouthfeel on this? Carbonated. Extremely carbonated. This one's going to prickle all the way down, I'll guarantee it. The drinkability is about average for what it is, it's actually a big beer, even if it's a bit "sneaky" with the alcohol. Overall, a good brew, but not worth the high price tag.

shand, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served a clouded, reddish-pink body with a fine, thin head tinged faintly pink.

Smell: A bouquet of viciously pureed berries, faintly sweetish and slightly tart scented with a hint of coarse-ground spice at the edges.

Taste: A tart start with a taste of stomped Smarties candies with fruity accents of sour cherries and raspberries. Some faint sweetness felt here and there. Moderate acidity throughout. Low bitterness, nil hop character, but there's some spiciness noted from the grains of paradise, the faint phenols, and the alcohol within. Sweetish, tart finish with increasing alcohol warmth as it progresses.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Fairly good. Personally, I'd hoped for a more pronounced Brett yeast character, but them's the breaks.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a tulip of this one with my wife yesterday at Hops & Pie in North Denver. Poured a gorgeous ruby color with a nice pink hued head. Aromas of freshly picked raspberries, tartness and a hint of pear. On the palate, this one is light bodied, with a nice punch. Tart, with flavors of juicy raspberries, pears and a light pepperiness.

emmasdad, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark red with a half finger of off white head that fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Natural raspberries. There is some tartness from the fruit along with a mild sweetness.

Taste: Tart Raspberries with a very mild sourness in the finish. I expected a little more sourness. I thought the fruit tasted very natural and there was a component to the beer I can only describe as earthy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit slick.

Overall: This wasn't as sour as I thought it would be. Very easy to drink. On a side note, I mixed the last couple ounces of this with the last couple ounces of Marshal Zuhkov and that was awesome!

oline73, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev +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 StoneBrewFanatic
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber/pink into my snifter with less then a finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Mild raspberry and a hint of pear, with some funk from the brett.

T - Sweet and tart, raspberries and a little pear, mildly sour and moderately funky.

M - Medium bodied, mellows out a little in the glass, overall suites the style rather well.

O - I grabbed this one because I didn't see much and didn't want to miss out. I could have gone either way, not a bad beer, but missing it wouldn't have been a big loss.

StoneBrewFanatic, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of FUNKPhD
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being a limited release from a reputable brewer, I figured I'd get a few bottles, one to pop, one to sit on.

Upon popping, it wasn't as aromatic as I was hoping for, but the pour was quite nice. It has a nice rosy pour, with a pink head to match. The head hung around for quite some time, and there were some nice leggings to it. There was a sour aroma to it, very berry. The flavor was about the same, hits of sour berries and acid, with a little booze. It was tart and dry, and very carbonated. Very similar to a rose champagne.

Overall, I think I enjoyed it more than what most reviews led one, but I can say that I've had much better sours. I'm hoping that the bottle I'm sitting on ages well..

FUNKPhD, Sep 09, 2011
Ommegang Aphrodite from Brewery Ommegang
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