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Ommegang Aphrodite - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 25
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: AmericanGothic on 07-25-2011

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of shand
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

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.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of FUNKPhD
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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..

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a stagnant head of nothing. Smells idle enough with some mild fruit notes with an ever so slight tartness and an overall BPA yeast funkiness to it in a minimal aroma. Overall lacks any abundance of smell. The taste is indeed the most interesting facet of this beer. The most prominent flavors are PINE NUTS and SESAME STICKS! It has this ridiculously sharp succinct spiciness to it that tastes exactly like sesame sticks. Never has anything like it before. Sure there's some muffled fruitiness, but you can't even hear it knocking. Carbonation is on the low end. Unique for sure. Pts for uniqueness. No idea if this is how it tastes out of the bottle or is even how its supposed to taste, but its like nothing I've ever had before, except sesame sticks!

Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear candy apple red, with moderate light pink head.
S: It smelled funky and tart and sweet, with notes of artificial raspberry and whole wheat bread, and a bit of copper.
T: It tasted like strong sweet raspberry and tart cranberry, with some funk and sour cherry and a little wheat bread. It had a fairly clean sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate natural carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was surprisingly fruity and not dry or puckering. It had great balance in the scent and taste, but it wasn't my ideal flavor profile. The body wasn't as refined as expected either. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink (almost too easy, since I wish it had more brett funk to make it a sipping beer). Not sure if age would help bring out more character, but it wasn't terribly exciting fresh. Enjoyable but not worth the price.

Photo of david18
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm always up for a good sour so when this beer showed up at my local beer bar I was anxious to try it. It was sour but the problem was it also had a very mediciny taste that was very off-putting.

Appearance was clear redish pink with a nice amount of fizzy carbonation.

Aroma was somewhat fruity, you could get some of the sour characteristics in the nose.

Flavor was sour but more than that was the medicine taste that I really didn't like.

I'll try this again just in case it was a bad keg but based on my first taste I would suggest avoiding this beer.

Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear ruby red, one finger pinkish head.

S-Some tart notes and fruit as well.

T-Sweet fruit notes followed by some tartness and even a little bit of bitterness as well (not a hoppy bitter though)

M-Light, smooth but not much carbonation.

O-It was a decent beer, but a little out there. It needed some more carbonation for my tastes along with a less impactful fruit flavor.

Photo of Tschnab
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This one pours a pink, almost ruby hue. The head is a beautiful pinkish, off white, about 2 cm high, and the lace rings are thick, but don't cling.

S- tons of cranberry, rasberry, and a tiny hint of pear, as well as a soft brett like funk, kind of like wet hay.

T- cranberry and rhubarb, rasberries, vinegar, tiny funk notes. Very, very tart considering this isn't a wild ale. Delicious.

O- not quite a wild ale, instead this is a sour fruit beer that is delicious tasting, and gorgeous to look at. The tartness isn't very balanced, and is the dominating flavor. That would be my only criticism.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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 russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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 zaphodchak
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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 donkeyrunner
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big ol' man sized pour at Gulu-Gulu during our Hurricane Irene walkabout.

Willy Wonka-esque purple-pink color with a Benadryle pink head. No retention or lace left by glass bottom but bonus points for brewing a beer that looks like it was created by Care Bears.

Aroma smells just like Juicy Juice fruit punch.

Tastes like a fruit cocktail: peach, plum, raspberry, artificial Kool-Aid cherry, maybe even a little watermelon. Yeast influenced strawberry banana finish. Mouthfeel is part lambic fizz and part regular beer - a combo that works well.

Up there with Berkshire Raspberry Barleywine and Smuttynose Pumpkin (off the top of my head)as one of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Too sweet for multiples though.

Photo of Cannoneer
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had somewhat high hopes for this beer, mainly because I admire the brewery. So far I've never had a letdown beer from them. This was an exception.

It poured cherry-red, with hardly any head or smell. Just fruit, and somewhat chemical at that. I trust them when they say that it's made with real fruit, it's just that I didn't get that.

The taste was bizarre. I really wanted to like it, I did. But I couldn't get through the excessive acidity, the overwhelming sourness of it. That's all I tasted. No beer, hardly any fruit, just tartness.

As a result, I can't rate it high, even though I want to. It's just a cranberry juice adulterated with water and a bit of ale, to my taste. I do regret not having an advanced enough palate to detect anything else.

It does drink easy, though - definitely can't notice the high alcohol content. I probably won't forgive myself for saying this, but to me it was a (slightly) upscale version of Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wasn't going to buy until I saw the word Brett. Grains of Paradise made me think Sam Adams and scared me. 750mL brown glass cork and caged bottle. Neck dated Packaged on 06/10/11 and Best before 06/2014.

Pours a clearish pinkish red with very little head at all. Nose is of raspberries and rose hips, a little cranberry "funk" too. Pretty mellow, but very berry-like. Palate is light bodied and zippy with nice light carbonation, a little sweetness and a nice, raspberry-like sourness. There's a little fruity funk, raspberry, cranberry and red cherry come to mind. Some earthy, mulch like flavor is underneath. Finish is slightly acidic and dries out mostly.

Notes: A tasty, tart fruit beer. Would like to see it around it's "expiration" date.

Photo of TexIndy
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a NBB snifter. "Pkg on 6/10/11 and best by 6/14" lasered on the neck. It was a clear ruby color with lots of carbonation. It had a large white head that slowly settled into a constant 1/8" foam cap. Great sheeting with good amount sticking.

The aroma as expected was heavy on raspberries with slight pear and a bit of brett funk. Not as good as NG Raspberry Tart in aroma but better than any other raspberry beer I've had to date. The taste follows the aroma with loads of raspberry augmented with the bear and then some sour brett to offset the sweet. Very tart especially if you do a bigger drink. Light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The brett mixed with the raspberry takes good during the drink but it leaves an odd aftertaste that hits shortly afterwards.

Overall, a really good raspberry beer that has the unique mix of the sweet fruit and sour brett that makes it rather interesting. A glass is enough for me as it does get to be a bit much so it's a good sharing beer. Also good to showcase with friends what beer can be besides the usual fare. Avail here in TX. Rotation - gonna get on to age and maybe another for now. Would like to try on-tap as well. [O;Y]

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy maroon with a pinkish head of a half inch. Errant dots of lacing and a partial skim coat for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics are chock full of raspberries and a hint of pear. Traces of cough syrup and cloves follow through.

Medium bodied with slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Raspberries up front on the palate with traces of pear pulp and cherries as well. Slightly tart and a bit sweet. Very fruity with no funk to speak of other than the tartness which is nice.

Finishes with lingering red berries, a vineous tartness, and a hint of cough syrup.

If this was fermented with Brett, maybe it was only dosed at bottling? If so it will be interesting to see where this one goes in the cellar.

Photo of Gavage
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark purple-tinted reddish color with a short 1/4" head that lasted only seconds before breaking apart.

Smell: loads of raspberries with a hint of sourness.

Taste: the first sip was a blast of raspberry with some strawberry sweetness in the background. The sourness was very mild but arrived late. Alcohol was barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with some drying late.

Overall: this was very enjoyable and somewhat refreshing - like a bowl of fresh berries with a light tartness / sourness. One glass is enough in a session. I had this as a dessert beer and it was a nice way to end a meal.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang hits a firm home run with their first go at fruited Belgian ales. The focus on raspberries lead the charge from sip to finish with authentic raspberry flavor and moderate graceful sweetness.

The beer decants with a vibrant russet mauve hue and with medium haze. A viscous and creamy, lightly pinkish head caps the beer with tremendous staying power and clearly defined rings of lace left behind as the beer fades. A very firm and feminine appearance throughout.

Mouthwatering aromas of ripe raspberries rise from the tulip with the most gentle swirl. Dense musty fruit scents are very authentic of freshly picked varieties, allowing the more gentle spiced pear aroma to surface after the beer warms and the carbonation subsides. The support of malt and hops are light but deliver the right amount of background complexity to keep the beer from smelling of wine coolers or mixed drinks.

Flavors also demostrate what's best about the freshly picked, vibrant, and seductive raspberry fruit. Without the syrupy downfall of many, and avoiding the tannic properties of pectin, Ommegang delivers that perfect 'sweet-spot' where the flavors of the fruit are ideally delivered, but not exacerbated by unnecessary sweetness or bite. The fruit and yeast contribute just enough acidity to balance, similar to red wines, but a great substitute for any decernible hop character. Spicy phenolics start with a white pepper bite, but round into a soft cumin, curacao, cinnamon flavor as the succulent pear flavors rise in finish. Masterful in taste, but the Brettanomyaces character will take time to develop more of the musty, leathery notes that are thus far lacking in this young release.

Medium bodied at first, the acidic and otherwise dry beer is inflated with a burst of zesty carbonation that gives a soft prickle to the mouth and a fuller impression at first. As the champagne-like carbonation subsides, the beer turns quickly to a mostly dry, medium acidic, and lighlty powdery finish due to low astringency. Very drinkable and allowing for the next sip to happen much faster than an 9% beer should.

For those like me who like fruited beers just fine but find major flaws with most on the market, Ommegang Aphrodite does all that fruit beers ask- genuine fruit character with the right ratio of sweetness to acidity with low tanins and solid dryness in finish. I just with that the more characterful yeast had made a greater impact, but that's to come with proper cellaring.

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery, Paoli, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, an opaque vermillion with a fluffy, pink-tinted head that laced well, but receded to almost nothing after a few minutes. Lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation visible. Raspberry right up front in the nose, pear, spice, and yeast. Tasted almost like a framboise on first sip, but mellowed out a bit with time. Definitely had more body than a framboise, though the tart raspberry was the dominant flavor. A chewy breadiness followed, with a definite twinge from the Brett yeast, which also lent a distinct funk to the beer. Some pear notes also detectable, and just enough peppery spice to keep this more on the fruit beer side, and less on the saison side. Medium body, a bit syrupy, not as sour as you'd expect, and quite pleasant to drink.

Ommegang Aphrodite from Brewery Ommegang
84 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.