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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 Cylinsier
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

75 cl

Pours a deep mostly clear brownish red with a pinkish white head about an inch and a half thick. Dissipates slowly.

Smells of fresh grassy malt grains, brett yeasts, and cherries.

Tastes tart and bretty, with some cherry sweetness and grain malt body. A mild hint of bitterness comes through in the end.

Feels moderate to full with frothy carbonation.

Pretty good unique ale, but definitely on the tart side. Has elements of Flanders ale to it. Probably not for everyone but good for what it is.

Cylinsier, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of fragilehearted
2.88/5  rDev -23%

750ml, corked & caged. Poured into my Ommegang chalice.

A - hazy medium rose-colored. Looks like a blush sparkling wine, but not as clear. Minimal head, goes down quickly.

S - Raspberries. A little citrus. Some funk, but overall somewhat muted compared to some other fruit beers I've had.

T - Almost a bit watery? It kind of tasted like beery raspberry wine. I may have been having too many sours lately, but this bummed me out a bit, since some reviews indicated it had a sourness, and I'm just not tasting it. Alcohol finish.

M - a little boozier than I feel like it should seem. Very carbonated - it's like dry pink champagne.

O/D - I'll be able to finish this, but I won't seek it out again. An interesting take on a fruit beer, but comes off as more of a wine. I have tried a fair amount of fruit beers, and that's why I rated it as such, just doesn't seem to measure up to the other greats of this style.

fragilehearted, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of mltobin
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

From a bottle, later in the night after stopping by their brewery.

Appearance is magenta with what seems to be a light pink bubbly head. It looks similar to a darker version of a rose champagne. The nose has cherries and some pear. While the taste has more of that, it also has a tartness to it, malts. It is a fairly sweet beer. Aphrodite is both bubbly, not then has a certain syrup texture in its` finish. I enjoyed this new one from Ommegang, an interesting fruit beer.

mltobin, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of celinett123
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Poured into a chalice at the Lazy Boy Lounge in White Plains, NY.

Appearance: A very pretty deep raspberrry color. A wispy frothy head with no large bubbles. It looks ethereal, true to its name.

Smell: Fruity, you can especially distinguish the berries with hints of nectar. Smells "sweet".

Tastes: Initially, a bit of sweetness, followed by a whole lot of tartness and funk (way too much funk)with a slight medicinal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated

Overall: Honestly, I'm not a big fan of the fruit beers, however this was especially difficult for me. The best way I can describe it is that it confused my senses. The color and smell made my brain expect one thing but the overpowering funk, tartness and carbonation just threw me off.

I love Ommegang, but wouldn't try this again.

celinett123, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Probably one of the redder beers I've ever seen. Much like a cherry Jolly Rancher. The head is initially quite bubbly and large, pink in color. Retention is not great and I don't notice any lacing.

S: Lots of cherries, tart, some raspberries mixed in too. Hints of brett, but not prominent. Musty.

T: A ton of berries on the taste, wow. Cherries up front, raspberries, perhaps blueberries. The same mustiness from the smell is noted, hardly any brett. Just short of syrupy. This beer has the fruity, tart taste you get from some sours, minus the typical sour characteristics, for better or worse.

MF: Light body, nicely carbonated. Taste coats the mouth as you drink.

O: Pretty good beer, was expecting it to be a little more sour, perhaps with some age. Seemed well balanced, but the drinkability is not terribly high.

russwbeck, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +7%

Sampled on tap at Tyler's in Apex, NC.

Red and hazy with a very small head. Aroma is sour cherries. Taste is sour (a bit reminiscent of Rodenbach) with cherries and a mild sweetness. A silky mouth feel with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

I liked the sour side of this but it could be a little drier.

GJ40, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of GrayHam
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Cloudy, deep red with a fine-bubbled pink head. Excellent lacing. One of the prettier beers I've ever seen.

S: Tart berries dominate, with wild yeast apparent.

T: True to the aroma, the delicate flavor is mostly tart berries with a surprisingly present hop bitterness at the end.

M: Very dry and effervescent. Champagne like.

O: Ommegang hasn't let me down yet. A very interesting and well-executed beer.

GrayHam, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%

Served in a tulip glass

A: pours a very pretty reddish lavender color with thick pink head that is very foamy, pours very hazy with no carbonation bubbles and a nice amount of lacing
S: nice sweet scent of berries, strawberry, raspberry, and possible underlying blueberries
T: hits the palate initially with a dryness then a slight sweetness, not nearly as intense as the scent, slides onto the tongue, it finishes with the berry sweetness sliding off the back of the palate
M: intense carbonation, dryness
O: pretty decent, would have liked to se less carbonation and a bit more of the sweetness come out in the taste, nut overall not bad

BigPlay1824, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a light purple, cloudy, with a fine, off-white head.

Smells of raspberry with a faint hint of brett.

Taste is up-front funk with raspberry that fades into full-on raspberry/fruit notes with a dry, clean finish.

High carbonation and lighter in body. This is easy to drink and the alcohol is hidden well.

This is an interesting beer that is mostly raspberry with hints of brett funk and other fruit flavors. There is barely bitterness, but the lighter body make this refreshing and easy to drink. Not something I'd buy often but nice enough. I have a feeling the brett character would not do much to improve this beer with age....maybe though.

TenHornsProud, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Onibubba
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a very light auburn, with a quickly diminishing pinkish head. Head is coaxed back with some swirling, but it settles quickly with no lacing at all.

First smells upon popping the cork remind me of a Lindmann's type fruited lambic - very sweet and sugary, with only a hint of tartness. Surprisingly, there is little sweetness in the taste. Instead, I get more funk than Ommegeddon, and a pleasant bit of tartness. The fruitiness is more difficult to place. Where there were raspberries in the smell, taste is more plum like. Alcohol only makes itself known as the beer warms. In fact, it stayed hidden until my last glass, and then, there is was. A pleasant heat.

Overall, mouthfeel was a bit thin, but it did its job, especially as the beer warmed, becoming more coating and comforting. Another great sour/wild from Ommegang. I enjoyed this very much.

Onibubba, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

750ml corked and caged bottle (pkg on 6/10/11, best by 06/2014) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep raspberry pink/red color with two fingers of frothy pink, strawberry milk shake looking foam that fizzles away over a couple of minutes down to the surface with some lacing left on the glass.

S - Fresh raspberries spiked with a bit of booze. Really fruity and juicy, definitely raspberry, but I'm getting some kind of other fruitiness in there - strawberries, cherries maybe? Mildly tart, which I'm going to attribute almost entirely to the fruit itself.

T - Hmm, pretty good. Raspberry is the obvious first observation, although a bit wine-like, a touch of booze, pretty dry for a beer this fruity, brett induced earthiness and bitterness, no real "funk" to speak of, like the aroma tartness from the fruit only.

M - A bit on the thin side, strong carbonation that is quite fizzy on the tongue. Bretty bitterness that dries this out quite a bit. Nominally tart, quite fruity and more than a passing wine-like quality to it.

O - Well, I'm a bit torn on this one. Recently had a Blushing Monk, which was sweeter and more intensely raspberry, and I tend to benchmark all up front raspberry beers against NG Raspberry Tart (not really a fair fight, I think), but this is lacking a bit for me. I'm typically a brett beer lover, but not sure it marries that well here with the intense fruitiness. I think raspberries need a bit of sweetness to go along with them to really bring out their flavors and character. This is a case where I'd like a little less brett (even though at the moment its presence is really tempered...give it a couple of years, not sure what this could be like). I applaud the effort, and perhaps if you couldn't get your hands on the "rare/hyped" Blushing Monk, this might do the trick for you. Overall, another $15-18 raspberry beer in somewhat limited release (easy to find in MA at the moment tho) that doesn't measure up to the everyday available (in WI anyway), half the price NG Raspberry Tart...

portia99, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of sirdrinkwell
2.2/5  rDev -41.2%

A-opaque ruby pink in color as it pours into my ommegang chalice, fair amount of head and retention.

S-raspberry fruitiness abounds...smells a bit like raspberry soda, artificial flavoring and all...i was hoping it would have a more authentic, natural texture.

T-tart syrupy fruit with sour back end.

M-acidic. medium bodied, with sour afteraste.

O-you can't go terribly wrong with Ommegang, so i don't feel total buyer's remorse, but as a limited release this isn't something i'll miss once it's gone. in general, after this i think i give up on the fruit/vegetable beer style altogether. but hey, if you're into it...bottoms up!


sirdrinkwell, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Served into a chalice @ GingerMan NYC. A reddish pink color with a thin small eggshell head. Decent carbonation and nice lacing. Slightly hazy.

Aromas of raspberry/strawberry fruitiness. Upon re-examining you get a nice pale, bready, biscuity maltiness with some nice doughy Belgian yeast as it warms.

The tastes begin with the bready and biscuity sweet malts; couple with tart raspberries and a nice lactic finish. I wouldn't have said over ripe juicy pears initially, but I just read the beer's description and I can pick it out now that I know it is there. I really appreciate the balance here of the base beer with the added fruits and fruit juices. Not too much in either direction and the fruit additions taste real compared to many artificial tasting fruit beers in today's market.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied; finish is full but balanced/mellowed by the tart beery so it almost finished dry. Slightly sticky in the finish.

Overall this is one of the best fruit beers I have ever had; extremely well balanced with the base beer/malts/yeast and the fruits. Much less tart and fruity than the Blushing Monk I had recently. Both are great in there own way but I get much more beer in this one compared to the more juice flavors I got in that raspberry beer. Very very drinkable and definitely recommended.

claspada, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a medium fuschia with a full frothy pink head, some lace, solid retention.

S: Big raspberry initially noticable leather and orange spice/grains of paradise, some Brett.

T: Sweet raspberry and pear juice. Fruity for sure, lightly tart. Hint of Brett in the finish, but for now the raspberry dominates. Gets quite a bit better and comes together as it warms, 1 hr later a 3.5 becomes a 4.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, spritzy at times, mild acidity.

O: It's a nice fruit beer and doesn't taste artificial thank God. A nice drink, but compare this to something like Raspberry Tart there's no comparison. At $15 I'm a little disappointed, but it'll be interesting to see where this goes when the Brett comes out.

Halcyondays, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +7%

appearance: lovely pink fruit rose color, pretty... i felt weird drinking it in the bar

smell: tropical fruit dominant, like a cocktail, but yes it did smell good.

taste: tropical fruit, pears and other tree fruit. sour presence was there but not too much

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: damn, I thought this beer would have more sour aspect to it. But, I have to admit, maybe the best fruit beer I have had.

CampusCrew, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

A - Pours with one finger of pink tinted foam on top of a hazy, amber-brown body. The head fades quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A nice, dry sour raspberry aroma with a hint of caramel malt in the background. Simple, but very nice.

T - Sweet malt and sour, lightly funky cherry compete on the palate up front. More distinct fruity character comes in the middle where it becomes apparent that it is actually raspberry rather than cherry. Things finish up with moderate sourness and a dry, fruity raspberry note with a hint of strawberry.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a moderately dry finish.

D - A nice, sour fruit beer from Ommegang. The aroma is very well executed with an appropriately high level of acidity to bring out the real character of the fruit. The flavor profile is a bit less exciting, though it has all the requisite notes of fruit and funky yeast it lacks the depth the the truly world class examples such as Cantillon possess.

nickfl, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

A- Pours a reddish pink color with a thin white head. Decent carbonation, and little lacing at all. Fairly light in color, and easy to see through.

S- Raspberry and Brett. That's about it. Nothing too complicated here. Not bad.

T- Same profile as the nose. It doesn't seem as crazy as some of the Brett beers I've tried, almost a little too tame for me.

M- Full feel, and not super bitter or tart. Very easy going down. You could easily drink a couple of these in spite of the ABV.

O- On draft at the Ommegang brewery- I enjoyed this one. It would be a good beer to intro Brett to people who haven't tried it.

jayhawk73, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of salvo
4/5  rDev +7%

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.

salvo, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

emerge077, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of NuclearRich
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured from a 22oz into a pair of snifters.
A. A very ripe raspberry red hue, opaque but sparkling through the haze. A lovely pink tinted white cap forms, receding into a small collar that laces like soap, which slides back onto the collar once the glass is upright.
S. A definite funk comes upfront, yeasty and musty. Raspberry floats around the brett aroma. As it warms, the faintest of pale malt comes through.
T + M. Fruity, tart and sour. Rasperry, pear, sour apple. Although rather dry and champagne-like (perfectly so), a lingering sour sits on the back of the tongue long after tasting.
D. Quite nice. A great brett introduction and something I will be happy to drink again when looking for something in the sour range.

NuclearRich, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.78/5  rDev +27.8%

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Body is ruby with a touch of pink. Moderate head and retention. Fluffy bubbles, soapy lacing. Aroma is raspberry, cranberry, tart apples, brett, champagne and light cherry. Taste is a lovely helping of citric tartness with some cranberry and wispy light funk. Champagne like mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Delicious and very easy to drink for experts or beginners. Genious.

KickbacksSteve, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of wcintula
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

An interesting beer as I pan out into brett beers. Poured into a short trumpet, the beer is a reddish pink hue with a light pink fizzy head. Can tart be used to describe a smell? It certainly can here, as tart raspberries are apparent in the nose. I can't say much more than super tart and dry raspberry flavor. As the beer warms, some pear notes come trough in the flavor. The beer drinks like a sour soda with a well hidden high ABV. Very poignantly attractive is this Aphrodite.

wcintula, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer showed up on the shelves at Abe's Cold Beer recently in Bethlehem. Since I usually pick up anything new from Ommegang I followed the trend and got myself a bottle of this right away.

Over the weekend I was at my friends place and I took the bottle up there to share with him. The beer poured out as a very pretty looking cloudy red/purple color. The head was a little fizzy and had a slight pinkish color to it. The aroma was a little fruity with some funk on the nose as well. The taste of the beer had a subtle tartness from the Brett and Raspberry that were used to make the brew. The mouthfeel was bubbly, much like champagne and lighter bodied for a darker brew. Overall I thought this beer was pretty good, it fits right in with all the other Ommegang brews out there.

Knapp85, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of zoolzoo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

A: Wonderful looking beer - pours a deep red, purple highlights. Cream head. Impression of "mixed berry".

S: Dried fruit, impending brett onslaught.

T: Crisp, sweet, raspberry bite up front. A bit of tartness, though mostly backed up by funky yeasty brett. My mistake was letting the glass warm. Impression of fruit evolves into somewhat boozy, medicinal cherry.

M/O: High carbonation, decent drinkability when cold. Overall, slightly disappointed.

zoolzoo, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%

Served on tap in a chalice at Northdown.

Appearance: This arrives in a chalice with a deep cherry color with a light brown tint. A soft off white head fades quickly and leaves just a bit of lace.

Smell: The aroma is ripe raspberries and a touch of pear. Just a touch of funk in the background.

Taste: Up front, the flavor is a little bit sweet, with raspberries controlling the flavor all the way through. Some nice barnyard funk in the middle, and the flavor turns tart toward the end. The pear begins to push through onto my taste buds right at the end, complementing the now-tart raspberry flavor quite nicely.

Mouthfeel: This is smooth, creamy, and lightly acidic. There is no trace of the alcohol, impressive for a 8.9% raspberry beer. Although it starts sweet, it definitely ends dry, with some light tannins at the end of the sip.

Overall: This was not the most complex beer I have had, but it had some good character to it. The change from sweet to tart was nice, and I would imagine that the sour and funky aspects of this beer would only grow over time. It is probably worth putting a bottle or two in the cellar and seeing how it progresses. In the past I have not really been impressed by what I have had from Ommegang, so this is probably my favorite offering from them. Looking at some of the other reviews has confused me a bit because I enjoyed this beer so much. Maybe it is the raspberries; a well done tart raspberry beer gets me every time.

KickInTheChalice, Aug 03, 2011
Ommegang Aphrodite from Brewery Ommegang
84 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.