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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Photo of draheim
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750mL (bottled 6/10/2011) into a Hennepin glass. Pours a clear ruby pink w/ a light pink head, ample carbonation.

Araom is heavy on the raspberry with a slightly vinegary smell, also a slight earthy funk. Not sure if I really like it.

Taste is raspberry-sweet w/ pale malt & yeast way in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium, balanced, dry.

Overall this is a very different beer, tough to pin down or even describe. Just unique. But I'm not sure that makes it good. I wouldn't buy another one, so there's that.

Photo of drperm
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle briefly cellared for a few months, poured into a white wine goblet.

Appearance: like a dark rosé wine (or framboise lambic) with an ample light-pink foamy head.

Smell: tart, fruity, and Flemish-sour, with a pleasant grassy finish.

Taste: more up-front sourness and tartness than in the nose, with a pleasant lining of pear and pomegranate, also hinting at cherry, strawberry, and raspberry notes without being too sweet. Incredibly well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and thirst-quenching with a champagne-like spritz. Dangerously quenching, given the 8.9% punch it carries.

Overall: another winner from Ommegang. Different but worth seeking out, especially if you're a fan of Lambik styles or Flemish sours. Try with cheese, or seafood dishes.

Photo of SoonerNY
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice

A: Aphrodite poured a dark-pink with a 2+ finger head showing lots of carbonation.

S: The Brett is present but not over the top as you might expect from a bottle speaking of the funk. There is some fruit and maltiness in the nose as well.

T: The taste to me is more fruity and tart than sour. Raspberries and tart cherries are there with good carbonation like maybe a wine spritzer but with the extra Brett and grains of paradise finish.

M: The mouthfeel is light , dry, and tart like champagne.

O: Overall, this is another delicious brew from Ommegang. It's one to share and talk about and convince some wine drinkers that beer is worth the effort. It may not be one to blow you away but it's deliciously complex though not overwhelming .

Photo of cvm4
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a red-ish hue in color with a pink/white head. No lacing to speak of.

S - The nose is sweet. I can't detect a distinct smell.

T - Raspberry hits you first and then some lingering cherries followed by a tart finish. Malt is present through out.

M - Not heavy but enough carbonation to coat the palette.

O - It's a fruity, tart beer. It's almost like a wine on taste and champagne on carbonation.

Photo of DIM
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a dark cranberry red. It was served to me with a small, short lived fizzy cap.

s: Mildly sweet, musty raspberries dominate. There was fairly pronounced boozy aroma as well.

t: The raspberry flavors came across as fresh and genuine, but also kind of heavy and syrupy. There was a nice lingering tartness.

m: Very heavy feeling overall.

o: I liked this well enough but I think it might have worked better as a smaller beer.

Photo of phishsihq
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aphrodite pours an unusual reddish/pink color with a huge frothy, white head (2-3inches) that leaves some good lace. Raspberry notes intermingle with strong whiffs of Brettacomyces, all the while hints of citrus and grains of paradise linger in the back. Raspberry, citrus and pear fruit flavors are strong and tart out front, with some malty sweetness balanced in there. Lighter in body for the style, this crispy brew is also high in carbonation. Complex, tart and surprisingly refreshing, another GREAT brew from the folks at Brewery Ommegang, and an amazing finish to a great run!

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 KajII
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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 champ103
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of musicforairports
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of chocosushi
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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 webmanspidey
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of cptneutrino
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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 bjtr
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of whatthehull
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked bottle into a tulip. Packaged on 6/10/11.

Appearance: amber-pink hue with a clear body and a finger of lightly pink frothy foam. Interesting.

Smell: fruity aroma of berries and tart cider. It reminds me of sparkling cider with just a tiny touch of funkiness. Again, interesting.

Taste: bright fruity flavor with a good level of sweetness and tartness. A very dessert-like beer. Funk is at a minimum, but it is present toward the end. If you're in the mood for sweet and tart, this is a damn tasty fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a very good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: I could see one's appreciation for this beer depending highly on one's mood. I don't mind a sweet, tart beer right now, though. Drinkability for this is high, and the ABV is pretty deceptive; this stuff goes down awfully easy.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish orange and somewhat hazy, good head and lace. Aroma is a bit offputting, with a funky plastic-ish smell, but also has some fruitiness. Taste is pretty good, fruity and funky, grapes and light fruits, well balanced, and a nice tartness. Palate is nice, smooth and sweet, funk is light and there's a good crispiness to the finish. Overall it's a really nice beer, and well worth trying.

Photo of Cellach
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a stemless red wine glass. My first thought is that this beer looks like a Lambic, a hazy nuclear red hue with very assertive effervescence. The nose is wine-like, evoking layers of bright, tart fruit. Bright raspberry, cranberry, and red grapes dominate, with a faint mustiness lingering beneath. The palate confirms that this is a light-bodied, tart, and intensely fruity ale, not unlike a Lambic after all. I suppose the Brett yeast is partly to thank for that. The finish is bracingly tart.

If you are a fan of tart Belgian ales, particularly those of the spontaneously fermented variety, such as Lambics, you will no doubt love this bizarre cross-over ale. Although I appreciate those styles, I do think that the tartness and fruit are somewhat overblown in this iteration. "A" for effort, as they say, but I probably won't be coming back for more.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at the J. Clyde in Birmingham. From notes. Reviewed 24 October 2011.

A: A glowing amber interior. Little head. Clearish and pretty.

S: Tart raspberries remind me of Blushing Monk, which brings back a wave of memories. A bit sour, but very pleasant.

T: Interesting. Puckery and a little funky, but the sourness is not that of a lambic. Lots of fruit (raspberry), especially on the endtaste.

M: Lightly carbonated and quite pleasant. I enjoy drinking this Ommegang.

O: An excellent beer. I'm perhaps not crazy about the style, but the execution is spot-on. Highly recommended. I would drink again.

Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an orange/pink color that reminds me of a Tequila Sunrise (after the juices mix together) capped by a fluffy mauve head that leaves a range of foam patterns on the side of the tulip glass

Smell: Raspberry and grape juice, with a developing Brett funky character

Taste: Tart raspberry, up front, with white wine grape, pear and grains of paradise flavors underneath; by mid-palate, the Brett arrives to add a funky dimension that lingers, in the finish, with the tart fruit flavor

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with buoyant carbonation from the Champagne yeast

Overall: Just a bit too much going on here for my palate; the tart fruit, the herbal character and the Brett just add up to an overdose on the palate; interesting, but not something I would want again

Photo of StaveHooks
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pretty ruby color with 2 fingers of light pink head. Nice patterns of lacing left on the glass.

S - Fruit candy, raspberries, vanilla, nutty yeast, dry hay, gumdrop cake mix.

T - Tart and funky up front. The brett is very noticeable and blends with sharp raspberries, pears, green apples, and white grapes. Fresh grass comes out as well an unknown spice. Finishes with a salty woodiness and a dry funky tartness.

M - Full bodied, slightly grainy and spritzy carbonation.

Nice balance. A good mix of sweet and acidic flavors going on. The brett made it's presence known but did not overstep the welcome. The tartness was welcomed and I found this quite enjoyable.

Ommegang Aphrodite from Brewery Ommegang
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