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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Comet Coffee Shop. Pink bodied with a thin head. A slightly malty beginning followed by a raspberry tartness. Other fruit mellows the raspberry bite.Fruity aroma. Medium modied. Not that wild, refreshing with a decent bitterness.Appropriate carbonation.
Felt the same with the bottled version, except that I liked the more purple colour better. Funky musty aroma.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.89/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark cranberry red with a very thin fast fading white head.

Nose is sweet fruit with raspberry and pear tones; hint of sour; hint of brett; mouthfeel is thin but the flavors are unique and a bit overwhelming such that mouthfeel is not of great importance here, although one's initial reaction is that the beer is out of balance. I suspect that it's the flavor profile that "fools you."

Flavors are tart raspberry and pear but very fruit juice like. Very carbonated fruit drink with only a hint of alcohol and brett/funk character - you have to search it out.

Finish is citrus tart. I applaud the effort but I fear this one is a bit of a failure. I can't see drinking it.

The flavors are just not integrated and there is just really a fruit juice/soda pop character all around.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy ruby red in color. It poured with a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are strong aromas of raspberries in the taste.
T: The initial taste has very sweet flavors of raspberries but these become tarter. The tartness lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is overly too sweet and has a one dimensional taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang hits a firm home run with their first go at fruited Belgian ales. The focus on raspberries lead the charge from sip to finish with authentic raspberry flavor and moderate graceful sweetness.

The beer decants with a vibrant russet mauve hue and with medium haze. A viscous and creamy, lightly pinkish head caps the beer with tremendous staying power and clearly defined rings of lace left behind as the beer fades. A very firm and feminine appearance throughout.

Mouthwatering aromas of ripe raspberries rise from the tulip with the most gentle swirl. Dense musty fruit scents are very authentic of freshly picked varieties, allowing the more gentle spiced pear aroma to surface after the beer warms and the carbonation subsides. The support of malt and hops are light but deliver the right amount of background complexity to keep the beer from smelling of wine coolers or mixed drinks.

Flavors also demostrate what's best about the freshly picked, vibrant, and seductive raspberry fruit. Without the syrupy downfall of many, and avoiding the tannic properties of pectin, Ommegang delivers that perfect 'sweet-spot' where the flavors of the fruit are ideally delivered, but not exacerbated by unnecessary sweetness or bite. The fruit and yeast contribute just enough acidity to balance, similar to red wines, but a great substitute for any decernible hop character. Spicy phenolics start with a white pepper bite, but round into a soft cumin, curacao, cinnamon flavor as the succulent pear flavors rise in finish. Masterful in taste, but the Brettanomyaces character will take time to develop more of the musty, leathery notes that are thus far lacking in this young release.

Medium bodied at first, the acidic and otherwise dry beer is inflated with a burst of zesty carbonation that gives a soft prickle to the mouth and a fuller impression at first. As the champagne-like carbonation subsides, the beer turns quickly to a mostly dry, medium acidic, and lighlty powdery finish due to low astringency. Very drinkable and allowing for the next sip to happen much faster than an 9% beer should.

For those like me who like fruited beers just fine but find major flaws with most on the market, Ommegang Aphrodite does all that fruit beers ask- genuine fruit character with the right ratio of sweetness to acidity with low tanins and solid dryness in finish. I just with that the more characterful yeast had made a greater impact, but that's to come with proper cellaring.

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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

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark red with a half finger of off white head that fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Natural raspberries. There is some tartness from the fruit along with a mild sweetness.

Taste: Tart Raspberries with a very mild sourness in the finish. I expected a little more sourness. I thought the fruit tasted very natural and there was a component to the beer I can only describe as earthy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit slick.

Overall: This wasn't as sour as I thought it would be. Very easy to drink. On a side note, I mixed the last couple ounces of this with the last couple ounces of Marshal Zuhkov and that was awesome!

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Photo of nickfl
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Monk Tuesday night.Came to the table n a tulip glass a somewhat murky pink with a very thin light pink head that was gone in a flash.Sweet and tart raspberries really jump out ya to go along with a very slight sour/yeasty funk,a trace of iron as well.Flavors start out with ripe tart raspberries with a more noticable funky spicy element coming into play as you drink more,it can a little sweet after awhile as well.A well made beer,its not all fruit but has some complexity and kick to it.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rosy 1 finger fizzy head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing over mostly clear bright reddish kool-aid like neon red color.

Nose brings some nice tart sour fruit right off, hints of lemon and reddish berry fruit, sour malts, some nice light Brett funk and lacto tart malt aromas, a bit of a bready malt, and a juicy soured malt aroma.

Taste brings bright reddish fruit right off, juicy almost fruit juice flavor, then some tart fruit flavors and hint of sour malt. Then a bready malt flavor, very light funk and some sweet malts, and a bit spicy. A little bit of tingly booze, and a malty sweet almost heavy malt. Finish is dry with some light lactic acid and juicy tart fruit and light sour malt flavors.

Mouth is a bit bigger bodied, decent carb, some tingly and warming booze, and mouth watering lactic acid finish.

Overall not what I was expecting, the nose was great with nice tart lactic fruit, light funk and even some bready malts, but the taste was more sweet malt forward, it would have been much nicer with much less malts. The nice tart fruits were nice but the heavy malts were too much.

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Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sour ale with raspberries. It's just missing the olive oil for the vinegarette dressing. Actually, after some tasting, it has a lot of berry flavor. Woody mouthfeel. Some sweetness along with the big fruit. Sour but not too much vinegar. Beautiful pink Champale appearance. Tart and fizzy. Are you man enough?

Nice nose of raspberries along with malt vinegar and cherry pie. Sharp and flavorful beer that is quite drinkable though a small dose may be plenty.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery, Paoli, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, an opaque vermillion with a fluffy, pink-tinted head that laced well, but receded to almost nothing after a few minutes. Lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation visible. Raspberry right up front in the nose, pear, spice, and yeast. Tasted almost like a framboise on first sip, but mellowed out a bit with time. Definitely had more body than a framboise, though the tart raspberry was the dominant flavor. A chewy breadiness followed, with a definite twinge from the Brett yeast, which also lent a distinct funk to the beer. Some pear notes also detectable, and just enough peppery spice to keep this more on the fruit beer side, and less on the saison side. Medium body, a bit syrupy, not as sour as you'd expect, and quite pleasant to drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served a clouded, reddish-pink body with a fine, thin head tinged faintly pink.

Smell: A bouquet of viciously pureed berries, faintly sweetish and slightly tart scented with a hint of coarse-ground spice at the edges.

Taste: A tart start with a taste of stomped Smarties candies with fruity accents of sour cherries and raspberries. Some faint sweetness felt here and there. Moderate acidity throughout. Low bitterness, nil hop character, but there's some spiciness noted from the grains of paradise, the faint phenols, and the alcohol within. Sweetish, tart finish with increasing alcohol warmth as it progresses.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Fairly good. Personally, I'd hoped for a more pronounced Brett yeast character, but them's the breaks.

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Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby tinged auburn with a finger of pink/rose colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Grape Juice (concord) & strawberry

T: Follows the nose, some hints of pineapple juice as well up front. Dryness takes over as this warms along with faint hay notes, not getting a lot of brett here... Finishes with strawberry tartness, golden delicious apples & grassy notes

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, thins out a touch once warm

Not bad as fruit beers go very quenching, but more of a one-off than something I would drink much of

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice light pinkish hue to it with a foamy off white head that left a light lacing on the sides of the glass.

i am a sucker for a good fruit beer and this hit me off just right. a near perfect aroma of berries and sweet fruit notes came through the air, really just wonderful and opened my eyes instantly. smooth flavor, raspberry, strawberries, light peach and plum notes with a hint of light citrus and a spike at the end. a wonderful mix of fruit flavors and light body that is balanced to near perfection. light dry finish

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Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into my Allagash glass Ruby red color with a thin, frothy, pink head barely covering the top of the beer. Cool color to it.

The aroma shows a lot of the raspberry juice to it. I get a little bit of a tart pear presence to it, but not nearly as strong as the raspberry. I don't really get much of the Brett influence in the aroma as the sweet fruit juices seem to dominate.

The taste has a lot of the sweet, raspberry juice to it up front. In the finish more of the tart, crisp pear comes out. I get just a hint of the funky, dry Brett in the finish. The raspberry juice seems to overpower most everything else.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high. Overall it was a decent raspberry forward beer, but it didn't really show any of the funky, Brett flavors I was hoping for. The sweet raspberry juice just seemed to dominate a little too much for me.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Churchill's

A: The beer pours a rather interesting color: bright ruby red. There isn't much head to go with it, though.

S: A rather sweet, fruity, and sugary aroma to this. The nose borders on cloying, but I'll be kind and just call it overly sweet. Some mild straw, raspberry, and just a lot of sugar.

T: Raspberry flavor is prominent, which at least helps to break up the sweetness a bit. Fairly fruity overall with just a light grass note. Otherwise, it's just very sweet and sugary.

M: The body is medium with moderate carbonation.

O: Far too sweet and the nose wasn't all that full of raspberry.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Old Style shaker pint glass.

Picked this bottle up following a small tasting in the big city. It pours a hazy ruby red grapefruit juice topped by a finger of pink-tinted foam. Considering the fruit involved, I can't be too upset about the colors. The nose comprises raspberries, light Brett, light sour strawberries, light sour cherry, wheat, and a touch of lemongrass. The taste follows this plan pretty closely, with the berries coming through fairly tartly, with the Brett backing things up nicely. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a moderate carbonation and a nearly sticky finish. Overall, though I didn't love it, I did enjoy this beer. I can't say I can have very many in a short amount of time, but it is in no way really bad. A nice tart-fruit beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap tonight at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy dark reddish orange color with one white of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of strawberries, Belgian yeast, raspberries, cherries and dark fruits. Very fruity, and a little sweet, but nice.

t - Tastes of strawberries, raspberries, lightly tart, Belgian yeast, and fruit malts. Little bit ot tart, almost brett like, to the taste, which I really like. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty good fruit beer. Half a pint was probably enough, but I liked the tartness in the taste. One to share with some friends, but worth checking out.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by djmiller92. Thanks Dave.

The beer appears a beautiful, vibrant red color, with a small, pink head. The aroma brings a heavy dose of sweet fruit, particularly sweet cherries and raspberries. Additional notes of malt, alcohol, and a very slight mustiness. The flavor is sweet, with little to no sour or funk presence. More funk / wild yeast would be a welcome addition. Sweet and fruity, this is more of a dessert beer. Best in small quantities. A good beer, I would have this again.

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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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark purple-tinted reddish color with a short 1/4" head that lasted only seconds before breaking apart.

Smell: loads of raspberries with a hint of sourness.

Taste: the first sip was a blast of raspberry with some strawberry sweetness in the background. The sourness was very mild but arrived late. Alcohol was barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with some drying late.

Overall: this was very enjoyable and somewhat refreshing - like a bowl of fresh berries with a light tartness / sourness. One glass is enough in a session. I had this as a dessert beer and it was a nice way to end a meal.

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Photo of aasher
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful cherry red in color with a light off white lacing around the glass. It looks beautiful, like a raspberry beer should. It smells of tart raspberries with a touch of water. It also has a strange, matches like aroma (pre-lit). It smells like a poor man's Rubaeus, and slightly watered down. The longer I take to quaff and experience it I get some strange, moist, sweaty socks or something of that nature. It's appealing yet goes down. It smells nice but isn't as strong as it could be. It tastes of both sweet and tart raspberries. I don't get any pear but the brett shows itself and is kind of dry, as is the yeast. This beer is interesting and complex. I like it. Overall this beer is flavorful, complex, interesting, and drinkable. It's dry but not too dry and is a fine drinker. I'm a fan.

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