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Ommegang Aphrodite - Brewery Ommegang

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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 25
Gots: 55 | 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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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-19-2012 21:56:15 | More by AndrewMichael
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KajII

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Flute glass]

The pour was a medium cranberry with an orange hue and had a huge (3-4 finger) fluffy pink head that had great retention, lasting throughout with some good spotty foamy lacing.

The aroma was right up front with a strong funky sweet smell with some grain malts, a moderate scent of Brett yeast, and had notes of raspberry, pears and a touch of grains of paradise.

The taste was at first moderately sweet with a strong effervescence and had a nice soft note of raspberry and then finished sweetly tart and a bit acidic with a wonderful sour fruit note at the end. The flavor stuck around for quite a long while after the swallow with a strong sour fruit taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a bit light in body an a tad watery yet still dry in texture with champagne like carbonation.

Overall a nice tart and fruity brew with an almost Champagne and Strawberry like quality.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 21:20:44 | More by KajII
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 23:29:43 | More by tdm168
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champ103

Texas

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

A: Pours a reddish/pink color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace.
S: Fruits right up front and center. Slightly tart and acidic cherries are dominate. Some Belgian like yeast gives this a nice funk.
T: Follows the nose with cherries dominating. Slightly tart and acidic. Some funk, and finishes on the dry side.
M/D: A medium body that is pretty effervescent. Crisp and dry. Easy to drink, and very enjoyable.

I am not a big fruit beer fan, but when done right I can enjoy a few. This is one. Well balanced and something I want to come back to.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 06:10:55 | More by champ103
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-15-2012 04:18:44 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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musicforairports

New York

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red-pink and bubbly. head sticks around a while.

Smell is heavy on brett, with underlying fresh raspberry and other fruit. Some citrus.

Flavor switches the nose around--strong raspberry and pear, mostly. A bit syrupy in flavor, though the fruit notes are more real than artificial. Some citrus, and light spices. Brett takes a backseat, but keeps the sweetness in check with a bit of dryness. Still kind of sweet, though. ABV is nowhere to be found.

Less bubbly than I thought, medium.

This one is a little heavy on the fruit for me. Perhaps in another year it might be altogether different once the Brett eats up some of that sweetness. This is better and more Brett-heavy than I recall it tasting at Ommegang when it was released, though. The Brett component and the raspberry don't really mesh well, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 04:11:10 | More by musicforairports
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

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

Best by 06/14
Hennepin Chalice
A ~ Opens with an extremely sharp pop as expected, the pour is a deep and dark red with a 1/2 inch of slightly pink head descending quickly into a cap. Light webs of lace adorn.

S ~ Sharp brett with long notes of raspberry, and to a lesser extent: pear. Grains of Paradise & dried Lemon peel finish things up.

T ~ Tart Raspberry jam & fresh raspberry follow through with clean citric notes. An inviting tartness midpalette leads into ripe Pear. Slight raisin notes. Fruit flavors are pure & not exaggerated. ("artificial" taste)

M ~ Fruit is central with mellow tartness carrying things through, ending very clean & dry. Carb is fine & smooth.

D ~ Fruitiness in this beer is perfect. Drinkability is high with zero heat. Will buy again. Certainly would evolve for the better later on.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 23:56:40 | More by chocosushi
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dunix

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +27%

02-11-2012 16:37:36 | More by dunix
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap and served in tulip shaped glass

Appearance – A deep ruby red color with some haziness. A light head was present upon serving which faded giving a small amount of lacing.

Smell – The fruit aroma is really potent for this brew. Strong aromas of raspberries and cherry are at the start, souring as the aroma advances; giving a smell of citrusy lemon. At the very end a bit of booziness mixes in with the sour; finishing off the aroma.

Taste – The fruit that is present in the aroma is the first to be detected. Sweet flavors of raspberry and dried fruits meet the tongue. The maltier-bready backbone of the beer then starts to develop and maximizes in the middle of the taste profile. The sweet and maltiness slowly gives way to a much drier flavor profile toward the end. As the brew warmed it’s dryness intensified at the expense of the sweet. In many ways its flavor was very on par with a moderately dry champagne.

Mouthfeel – A crisp mouthfeel with a lighter body and a bit of a higher carbonation level. Again more dry champagne like; a bit of a bite on the tongue with some soothing carbonation bubbles.

Overall – It was worth a try, but nothing I would go to on any real occasion. If looking of a beer alternative to a champange then this is it, but otherwise nothing too spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 01:12:52 | More by Darkmagus82
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MichaelBuck

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-06-2012 01:52:59 | More by MichaelBuck
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:09:37 | More by akorsak
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CP20

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

01-30-2012 23:43:19 | More by CP20
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TobinMitnick

New York

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

01-30-2012 21:01:25 | More by TobinMitnick
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CaptainHate

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

01-29-2012 05:34:47 | More by CaptainHate
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a translucent mixture of ruby red and brown, fizzy and well carbonated. The smells are sweet with lots of Belgian yeasts and fruit (mostly apples and raspberries). The taste is sour and tart: very different from the smell. Raspberries are very pronounced here, and the fruit is definitely the defining characteristic of this beer. The alcohol is only mildly present, keeping this very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 02:08:39 | More by webmanspidey
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cptneutrino

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, OR in January 2012. Served in a goblet.

The beer pours ruby in color with essentially no head and very small bubbles. The smell is pleasantly sharp and tart with a hint of raspberries. Neither the sourness nor the fruitiness taste overwhelming. The beer is light-bodied for its strength (almost 9%) with a long and dry finish. I found it very drinkable for the style, especially for a relative newcomer to soured beers. I would happily purchase another of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 16:01:47 | More by cptneutrino
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sitarist

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%

01-25-2012 12:33:16 | More by sitarist
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jskennedy

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7%

01-25-2012 06:16:19 | More by jskennedy
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augustgarage

California

4/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 04:12:49 | More by augustgarage
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-23-2012 17:02:06 | More by THECPJ
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bjtr

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle purchased at Midtown Wine & Spirits, Nashville, TN. Stored at ~ 45 - 60 degrees F at home for ~ 1 month. Consumed from refrigerator poured into Stella Artois glass (Stalla is not my favorite beer by far, but it's nice glassware, especially when it's a giveaway for winning a trivia night :-) ). Sipping as I write and pay half-attention to the AFC championship game.

Appearance: Pink, turning to reddish brown as the glass fills. Color is absolutely beautiful and different from anything else I've had. Even the head is tinged with a faint pink. Head dissipates quickly but leaves long-lasting lace.

Smell: Champagne dryness and sour fruit off the cork continues in the glass. Not a strong smell of alcohol given the 8.9% ABV.

Taste: Sour raspberry and sour cherry dominate a slight bitter undertone. At first might have thought of citrus peel, but definitely more sour red fruit. Some astringency and the tartness keeps this from being an overwhelming one-note fruit flavor. Tart and a bit sweet while avoiding becoming beer lemonade. Fades slowly to a dry champagne flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin. Goes well with the tartness.

Overall: For someone like me who really like Flemish reds and other sour ales, all I can say is "Wow!" If you are not into fruit / tart flavors in your beer, this may not be for you, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 21:17:09 | More by bjtr
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whatthehull

California

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip

A - Really nice cloudy blood orange, half finger vanilla head and a bit of lacing

S - Tons of fruit (dried fruits, berries, grapes, plums and sucj), nice huge yeast note, very sweet Belgian, has a nice funk not, wood, earth and very minerally

T - Nice sour then sweet, wood, tons of berries (cran and raz stick out the most), great yeast note, nice funk, very nice bitter almost hop like note and the booze not is great

M - Medium plus body, nice balance, interesting complexity, medium acidity and very nice long finish

D/O - This is a very nice beer. I like wild ales/sours, they are fun tasty and make reviewing great. If you don't like sours you may like this one a lot less sour, but still, very nice. Crisp refreshing and very enjoyable

Final thought - While I like the 9% abv and this beer, $13 seems like a lot. I know RR has theirs in 375 and for $11, but those are godsends. Make this beast $8 a pop and I will, buy, buy and buy again

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 08:00:11 | More by whatthehull
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greid

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

01-21-2012 14:08:40 | More by greid
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demgoth

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-21-2012 05:29:37 | More by demgoth
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M27

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-21-2012 01:20:50 | More by M27
Ommegang Aphrodite from Brewery Ommegang
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