Brewery Ommegang

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Fruit and Field Beer
3.81 | pDev: 16.01%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: 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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hippiasrex from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious. It's been a lot of years since I had it, but I recall it being a refreshing drink with a great pour and smell. I wish they would brew this again - I'd buy several cases.

Feb 23, 2021
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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

Opted for a tulip due to ABV, so Im assuming this is an imperial fruit beer. The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange color with a sly transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a cap of a little white foamy head. Mild lace. The aroma had some cherry skin, raspberry flesh, pear, grassiness, light lemon, touch of herbal and floral character all coinciding with the funky to tart to Brett-sour quality. Light rosehips, some hay and a little bit of basement flow in underneath. The flavor brought all of the prior mentioned aromas together - sweetly to bitter to sour and funky. Aftertaste was moderately sour, sweet and funky. Finish was quick with the sour and funk. The palate was about medium bodied with a sturdy sipping quality about it. ABV was felt but not burdensome. Carbonation felt fine. Overall, very nice imperial fruit ale that I would welcome again.

Jun 20, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours ruby tinted brown with a thin tan film on top. S: Smells like cherries with a little funk to back them up.
T: Cherry, spice, dark moist cake, over ripe fruit funk, lemony tartness, bitter hop accent on the finish.
F: Medium body with above average carbonation. Faint warming.
O: A big beer with a complex mix of flavors.

Jul 16, 2015
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle says packaged in 2011. SHouldnt be an issue reading a little about this beer.
It pours a slightly hazy chestnut color with some blush wine highlights and a fizzy rose wine colored head of 2.5 cm foams up very easily with a gentle pour. the head recedes quickly to a sturdy surface layer. The color is appealing and definitely catches my eye as it enters the glass.
Aroma is a little bit of musty blanket and some light sweet fruit sort of like cranberries.
First sip is tangy and a little tart and there is very fine tingly carbonation. the body is average thickness and crisp on each swallow.
Flavor is what the nose advertises tart fruit and some musty funk, finish is dry but does leave some pear flavors on my tongue after the swallow. I dont get any hops or booze on this beer and it is quite an interesting complex offering. I would definitely buy another bottle if found one.

Apr 19, 2015
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Hab11 from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed with Three Lions from a 750ml bottle in a tulip glass 8.9 abv.
Appearance: Well the bottle makes me think of something scary from days gone by like the 20's or 50's maybe. The beer itself well..Ruby red grapefruit color. Bright white head. Really really rich color like something from the Victorian era. I like it, a lot.
Smell: Grapefruit, Passion fruit, sweet smelling but not to much. No bitterness I. The smell at all. Can't wait to taste it. Not a candy fruit smell but more just picked from the tree. Ugly fruit and Kiwi is where I end up with this.
Taste: Has a ton of it. Lots of fruit. Not as much citrus on the tongue. Ape cider, pear and nectarine come through with a bit of a Pinot noir quality. Malty not overly bitter. I find my self liking this but I'm not really sure why as usually this wouldn't be my style.
Mouthfeel: Zesty, a little more than a little bit creamy but not over the top. Sharp on the the front of the tongue but truthfully not a lot going on in the rest of the mouth.
Overall: I like this quite a bit but like I said before not normally my thing. Maybe just maybe this style is growing on me. Idk but good.

Apr 12, 2014
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ThreeLions from Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Split with Hab11. I've had a lot of Ommegang before and have always been pleased so we'll see how this one is. I'd never even known about this one before randomly coming across it at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge MA so I snagged it up.

A: When I picked this one up I actually didn't know anything about it really. I saw that it was fermented with Brett so it was an easy sell to me since my brother in law just recently got into Brettanomyces. Just read the bottle before pouring and was pleasantly surprised to find out that it is made with raspberry and pear juices. So excited. Poured this into my Night Shift tulip to great surprise. Amazing ruby red grapefruit perfection. Dark pink. Very fizzy. Lowish carbonation but much more so than I am used to for the style which is a good thing in my book. Was almost able to get the entire bottle into both glasses in one pour without having to wait forever for the head to die down. However, there is a half finger head that lets us know the carbonation is there.

S: I already know I'm going to like this one. Very fruity. Lots of strawberry, raspberry, cherry and cranberry with what seems like a decent amount of tartness in the nose. Very excited to try this one. Smells like cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving.

T: Wow that is quite complex. There's a LOT going on in this beer. There's probably too much going on. The appearance and the smell were stellar but the taste is somewhat lackluster. Where's the balance? It's tart but not in any way what I was expecting. It's bitter like the aforementioned cranberry sauce. This is like a beast with ten heads. I feel like I'm lost in a maze and I can't figure out which way to go. I keep going back and forth but I think I don't actually like this one. There's so much going on, lots of good stuff really, but there's no focus. What's the true point of this beer? Getting the pear now. The pear and raspberry meld interestingly but not necessarily well. Either one by themselves would have been superior. Not a bad taste, very complex, but it's a bit too much altogether.

M: Pretty good. Creamy and smooth. For an almost 9% beer this drinks very well.

Overall I"m not sure what else to say. Out of the gate this was exceptionally pleasing with appearance and aroma. Taste was quite lackluster. Too much going on and no actual direction. No balance. Mouthfeel brought it back a bit. This is an enjoyable beer to drink but I likely wouldn't ever buy another bottle of it. It was a great attempt from a great brewery but it's just too much of a kitchen sink brew. Generally I love those but this one wasn't quite a home run. Thanks a lot for the ambition. That's really what I want most out of a brewery followed by precision. This was a great attempt but never quite got to where the brewers probably meant it to be.

Apr 12, 2014
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zeledonia from Washington

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10 June 2011. Tasted 14 December 2013. Don't usually review beers this old, but this one's not being brewed again, to my knowledge.

Pours an interesting color, deep pinkish away from light, but looks almost clean dark amber with light behind it. Cloudy. Two finger of pinkish-white head, nice retention, solid lacing.

Smell is quite fruity, an ambiguous berry smell. Combo of raspberry, strawberry, cherry, and some other stuff. But all red berries. I find it over-sweet, like maraschino cherry juice. It could use some tartness, some balance, something different.

Taste is similar to the smell, but slightly more balanced. A little less sweet, a little more sour and tart. Still berry-ful.

Feel is the high point. Light-bodied, with excellent prickly carbonation that really brings out the best effervescence of the beer.

This is like a slightly soured, not-as-good version of one of the New Glarus fruit beers. It's super fruity, and at times I really like it, but at other times I find it overly syrupy and unbalanced.

Jan 12, 2014
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CPeterson from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - - A semi-viscous garnet hued liquid that pours to a one finger head that laces the glass with thin webs.

S - - Mild berry and funk, and a slight hint of herbs and grains.

T - - Sweet, sour, earthy, and funky. The raspberry and pear marry well to lend some acidic qualities to balance the sweetness of the juices. A hint of grain gives some depth and earthy, dry characteristics. The Brett is present but not dominating, which leaves a drying pucker and an subtly herbaceous finish.

M - - Medium Full bodied, with vigorous carbonation and a lingering pucker.

O - - Very solid product, worth the price and a repurchase. Excellent brew.

Jan 10, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 6/9/2011. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tart raspberry, cherry skin, pear, green apple, hay, straw, grass, Brett funk, vinegar, leather, clove, pepper, red wine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of tart fruits with spicy/funky yeast and brett notes with moderate malt sweetness; and great strength. Taste of tart raspberry, cherry skin, pear, green apple, pepper, clove, hay, straw, grass, Brett funk, vinegar, leather, red wine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart fruits, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, Brett funk, vinegar, leather, red wine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of tart fruit with spicy/funky yeast and brett notes; with a good tartness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, moderately syrupy, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited wild ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruit and yeast/brett flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 02, 2013
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blackie from Oregon

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

draft at Granville Moore, DC

a: served in a GM logo glass, tall chalice, raspberry red in color - not shockingly so - this still looks like beer, with a slight yeasty milkiness, head low

s: nose of tart raspberry, clean pils malts, generally fruity, aged hops, and a nice balance of mild brett funk

m: carbonation moderate-high, lively, light bodied and crisp

t: a clean pils malt base holds a modest but obvious flavor of fresh raspberry, nicely tart with a slightly sweet edge quickly spirited away, papery hop flavors, nice brett flavor that's only lightly funky, and adds a nice clean sour

o: enjoyed this beer but the fruity side could wear after awhile, all told an interesting, well-crafted beer

Apr 05, 2013
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, bottle stamp says packaged on 06/09/11, best before 6/2014. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a reddish/pink color with about an inch light pink head that stayed around a little while. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and fruity, it smells like raspberries, pears, light tart berries and some brett. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's more balance between the sweet and tart flavors (at first anyway, then it gets sweeter), and there's also a yeasty/herbal flavor noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and smooth, and also easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I enjoyed it. $11.49 a bottle.

Nov 16, 2012
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Steve (?), 750ml into a tulip. Packaged June 9, 2011, best by June 2014.

Reddish mahogany with a cream head. Great retention and lace. Nose has light bretty, raspberry, pear skins fruity and lightly tart. Tastes of tart raspberry juice, fruits, light brett and subtle acetic character. Medium feel, light tartness puckers for a moment. Higher medium carbonation. A good bretty, fruity Belgian - I'd welcome this again.

Aug 23, 2012
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JayQue from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something different from Ommegang. Still pretty good. This beer provides a little bit of "fruit lambic light", "sour light" as well as a nice refreshing fruity/malty beer.

Pours a light red/dark pink color with a delicately bubbly light pink head. At first, it resembles the dreaded Bud Chelada in color. Of course the aroma dissipates any hint of that foul concoction. The initial aroma is fresh raspberies, funky Belgian yeast and a little vinegary sourness.. As the beer warms, it seems that the raspberries and maltiness are the predominant aromas.

Tastes pretty good. Sweet raspberries, funky / wild Belgian yeast, malts and some mild sourness are all part of the flavor experience.

Mouthfeel is rich. The sweetness is contained by the sour aspect and there is a little warming alcohol.

This is a pretty good slow sipping beer, For those without much experience with fruit lambics or sour beers, this is a nice, slow introduction to those styles as well.

Aug 23, 2012
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bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pouts a cherry red with a two finger pink head. Looks pretty nice and interesting

S- light raspberry aroma coming out of this, but overall, not a whole lot of anything

T- the brett gives the raspberry flavor a nice kick. The flavor isn't overly tart, but there is a definite distinct flavor to this, and I really like it.

M- the champagne yeast used gives the beer a nice effervescent quality, and the body of the beer is on the lighter side of medium, but extremely well balanced

O- how you feel about this beer really depends on your expectations. If you're looking for a tongue-buckling sour, you probably won't enjoy this, and by the same token, you won't like it if you're looking for a fruity, New Glarus style beer. If you go in with an open mind though, you'll probably enjoy this. Fantastic stuff

Aug 13, 2012
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a clouded pinkish-orange color with a two finger head of exactly the same color, fairly decent retention time and lacing patterns.

Smells mostly of raspberry glace, with a light undertone of yeast funk and just a whisper of tartness. It could have stood to benefit from more yeast character relative to the raspberry in the nose IMHO.

Flavor is a bit tart at first but mellows down into a white pepper and tea leaf-spiced pear/raspberry blend that never gets cloying nor overly astringent. Brett presence seems to be underplayed on purpose, in order to allow the fruit/tart/spice to take center stage, but again I find myself wishing for just a bit more funk. The Grains of Paradise are expressed as a sort of cinnamon / clove combo to my palate.

Body is well carbonated, light and...fluffy, for lack of a better adjective. (A hybrid texture between fizzy and creamy)

Aug 07, 2012
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gdkersey from Massachusetts

2.38/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle bought back in Feb '12, drank in Aug '12.

A: Pours ruby red with minimal red and no retention; like carbonated cranberry juice. Slight haze.

S: I can't help but think V8 Splash. Extremely sweet berry. Really no hint of brett.

T: Bready malt supplemented with strong, sweet fruits - sweet raspberry/strawberry. Slight tartness, unsure whether it's fruit or brett. Slight bitterness, finishes dry.

M: light body, dry finish, good carbonation

I'm not sure whether I dislike this style of beer (whatever you would call this), but I feel like the juices are overdone. More emphasis on the brett/yeast with the raspberry/pear juice as a supplement may have worked better. I seriously feel like I'm drinking a V8 Splash, not a beer.

Aug 03, 2012
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark pink (awkward but nice) to amber color very unique.

Smell: Really nice right off the bat, strong citrus scent. Dark fruit feel that won't leave the nose.

Taste: This beer takes a bit to adapt to it., it is a little sour and a notch bitter. Besides that it is also sweet with cherry and raspberry finishes.

Mouth: Sip after sit this beer gets better and smoother, makes you think of a carbonated Cabernet. After taste is definitely a little dry.

Overall: This is real good beer, takes time to appreciate the effort into this brew. If it had another name it would be called "Acquired Taste". Take my word for it....any Belgian beer fan would agree. Salud!

Jul 02, 2012
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jsanford from Georgia

4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours rosy-red with a dense white head that settles to a thin haze. Nice aromas of raspberry jam, ripe pear, earthy Brettanomyces, and a touch of peppery spice. Quite nice, and it reminds me a bit of Blushing Monk from Founders (definitely a good thing). Taste is similarly raspberry-forward, with more Brett and spice (Grains of Paradise in this case). Great balance between the fruit and the earthy Brett, this beer is a lovely display of balance. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a medium body, spritzy carbonation, and a exquisitely dry finish. This could easily take the place of a dry Rosé as a before or after-dinner cocktail. Overall a very nice brew from Ommegang, on of the best I've had from them!

Jun 13, 2012
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear ruby-red with a finger of frothy white head with a touch of pink. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong raspberries with some Brett and a bit of funk. There is a bit of wheat and pale malts, and just a hint of vanilla.

T - Starts off with some sweet raspberries with some some wheat and pale malt and a bit of acidity. Through the middle, some more tartness and funky Brett flavors come through. The finish is a mix of raspberries and other berry fruits with some funky Brett and yeast flavors and a bit of pale malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-lively carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, sweet, and tart finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice tart raspberry flavors with some good funky flavors from the Brett. Nicely balanced.

Jun 04, 2012
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suspect from New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear reddish purple color. Gentle pour leaves a fluffy 2 finger head that fades to a one-finger head after a few minutes. Lacing is spotty but present.

S: Aroma brings notes of tart wild-raspberries, vinegar, slight leather, straw, and a lovely does of funk.

T: Really yummy sweet-tart of wild raspberries take stage front and center. There is yeasty smell that is in tact with this one, slight grape smell as well as that vinegar/funky flavor that came through with the nose as well.

M: Perfectly carbonated, these kind of beers are easily over carbonated but this one hits the bulls eye. Crisp dry champagne finish that really delivers.

O: This is a really nice beer that's easily drinkable and extremely enjoyable. I would most definitely buy another one of these.

May 21, 2012
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby red in color with no head. Scent brings notes of tart raspberry vinaigrette and artificially flavored, sugary drinks, notes of light straw. Taste brings tart raspberry and vinegar, light honey, straw and powdered sugar, some bitter notes contained in the fruit and vinegar. Lighter side of medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Not sure what to make of this one, decent taste, but not much else going on.

May 14, 2012
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martyl1000 from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cooper's Tavern, tail end of Madison Craft Beer Week. Fabulous lacing, though I still don't know what that represents. A bit cloudy, pinkish. The aroma of a yeasty sour Flanders red. Surprising balsamic vinegar flavor -- was expecting a sweetness more like the fruit beers I've known from New Glarus or ___ -- that cloying sweetness that makes the New Glarus seem gimmicky (though I like the NG "Raspberry Tart" and "Apple Ale", quite a lot). This tasted way more like a Belgian sour than a fruit beer.

May 14, 2012
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draheim from Washington

3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Mar 25, 2012
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drperm from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Mar 08, 2012
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SoonerNY from New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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 .

Mar 05, 2012
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