Brewery Ommegang

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Fruit and Field Beer
3.81 | pDev: 15.75%
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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Reviews by PDXHops:
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4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into an oversized snifter. A striking initial appearance: frothy light pink head atop a hazy rose colored body. The head quickly reduces to a ring of foam and a wisp that's steadily fed by rising carbonation. Not much in the way of lacing, but the lingering foam makes for a handsome beverage.

I'm digging the nose. I'm not much of a brett guy, and it's definitely a background player here. Nice balance of sweet and tart raspberry, apple and pear, plus a fair amount of pepperish presence that's no doubt due to the grains of paradise.

A burst of raspberry and pear hits the tongue right away. By midswallow, they've lost most of their sweetness and juiciness, and things abrubtly turn tarter, drier and funkier. Just a touch of funk, though. The lively carbonation ensures you can let this sit awhile to open up, and also lends a hand in delivering an exceedingly crisp finish. The pils malt was a great choice. Light funk, raspberry seeds, light tartness and the grains of paradise combine for a satisfying finish. Exceedingly well balanced, alarmingly lacking in booziness.

Overall impression: Flavorful yet crisp and quenching, this is a nice choice for the hot weather. Those who dig a bigger brett presence may want to cellar this for a while to let the funk develop. For me, it hits the spot right now.

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PDXHops from South Carolina, Aug 02, 2011
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4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer.

Very pretty off pink color with the slightest pink tinge to the head.

Reserved nose, not too indicative of what will follow.

Lively carbonation. Great fruit taste over a reserved sour base. I get mostly raspberry, and it's very pleasant. Slightly reminescent of another favorite, the Duchesse de Bourgogne.

Great effort by one of my favorite breweries. Hope to see it again soon

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

BUNZILLA from Indiana, Oct 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Diomede from California, Jan 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bomber poured into an Ommegang flute

Pours an extremely clear light mahogany with a faint pink cap that rose 2+ fingers and settled to a thin layer of bubbly foam. No discernible lacing.

I'm getting three distinct layers on the nose. A thick layer of brett, bing cherries, and a spicy, peppery note from the grains of paradise. The brett is really clean, almost lending a lemony aroma.

Cherries and raspberries come through a little cleaner on the palate. A lemony presence, which points to the brett, is dominating. Overall, a tart and sweet flavor profile that doesn't really knock my socks off. I feel like its lacking something but I can't quite put my finger on what it is.

A light to medium body, very smooth with a tart, quasi-dry finish.

Overall, this was hit or miss. Above average practically across the board.

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ColForbinBC from New Jersey, Aug 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

CP20 from Massachusetts, Jan 30, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty beer. Rose colored, pink head that was fairly sticky.

Very sweet, fruity aroma. Definitely raspberry.

Funky taste to begin, a little tart. Then the sweet raspberries and other fruit take over. Again, it is very sweet. Also, the alcohol is noticeable.

Sweet and sharp. I would be happier with less sweet and more tart.

Interesting beer.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, Oct 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

CWhite from Wisconsin, Jan 10, 2012
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2.78/5  rDev -27%
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.

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david18 from New York, Sep 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This isn't my favorite style, but I got a good deal on this 750 mL bottle...dated 6/10/11.

A: Bright cranberry red in color...fizzy head quickly dissipates, leaving a smattering of fizzy bubbles. Looks refreshing and juicy.

S: I get all yeast funk in the nose...some mild fruit flavors...mainly pear. Some raspberry sweetness if I inhale extra deeply.

T: Not nearly as tart or sour as I was expecting/hoping. Definitely overly sweet...reminds me of a muted cranberry juice but not even as tart as that. Definitely a funky farmhouse taste that masks everything else. It's a nice funk, but there's nothing else to balance it out or complement it. Some slight warming in the chest cavity...

M: Very bubbly. Thin to medium bodied beer. Not a bad mouthfeel on this at all really. More juicy than dry at the end.

O: Well I haven't had a ton of Belgian style fruit beers, but this doesn't really even come close to the few I've had. Tons of funk here, but that's it. I don't get much of the fruit and I barely get any tartness or sourness at all. This was definitely a little dissapointing.

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kbuzz from North Carolina, Sep 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

rmmm16 from Illinois, Dec 31, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

dunix from Vermont, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

Burt from Rhode Island, Nov 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

tjcamm from Oregon, Apr 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jaxon53 from Connecticut, Jun 24, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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KajII from North Carolina, Feb 17, 2012
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4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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nickfl from Florida, Aug 13, 2011
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4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Busboys and Poets in DC.

Arrived to me in a snifter. Red/dark pink, almost like a Blush, zero head, a thin white wisp on top, spotty lacing.

Smell is subdued, tart fruits and berries, slightly medicinal, rubbing alcohol.

First sip is syrupy thick and sweet, lots of berry sweetness, heavy on the sweet strawberries at first. Eventually gives way to the tartness of raspberries, and cranberries. What was originally numbingly sweet has become pleasantly sour, but well balanced. I am into it.

Full bodied in the mouth, syrupy and coating. Drinkable, each sip leaves me wanting another. 8.9% ABV undetectable.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this, always avoided buying a bottle because I only see it in 750's but after trying it I may have to pick a couple up.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of WastingFreetime
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)

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Photo of stephens101
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The tan head scrams quickly, as if it has done something wrong, and doesn't want to get caught. It leaves no trace behind. Pure brown in color, and the only characteristic distinguishing this brew from a cup of tea was the froth. Sour fruits (soured fruits?), yeast and a little burnt sugar float languid from the goblet. Tastes tangy up front with big apricots, apples and white grapes. Small amounts of spice and taffy come into play. Has a soured, vinegary aftertaste that does not suit me in any form or fashion. A few sips in and things begining to calm down, but this one still has some serious issues with balance. Medium bodied. The Aprhrodite is not a drain pour, mostly because of the price, and I really don't have any inclination to write any more in regards to this one.

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stephens101 from Oklahoma, Dec 11, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, medium brown color with copper hints. One finger of pink head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt aromas predominate, not much fruit but good impression.

T: Light raspberry nectar up front, light tartness in the middle that lasts through the lingering finish. About half way through the glass, the pear starts to emerge. Very good flavor profile.

M: Quite light and refreshing with a slight creaminess.

O: I enjoyed this thoroughly. The subtlety and balance of the flavors is really wonderful. Here's hoping Ommegang decides to bring this one back again-- it's a keeper.

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4/5  rDev +5%

bonbini26 from New Jersey, Jan 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania, Jul 23, 2012
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