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Ommegang Aphrodite | Brewery Ommegang

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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.

Added by AmericanGothic on 07-25-2011

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Photo of OutFox
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle. Vintage 2011 bottled on 6/9/11.

A - Poured into a Saison Dupont glass. Cherry red wood finish in color with a very minimal pinkish white head. Doesnt retain at all and theres no lacing. Reminds me of a cherry soda with the head that exists and then quickly dissipates. Looked exactly like soda.

S - Smells of raspberrys and Brett. Has a great sort of tart smell. Characteristics of red fruit are in the nose as well.

T - Same as the nose, but the beer comes off almost syrupy. Its fantastic though. Grains of paradise is a great spice for brewing and really shines here. The Brett is under control and not the dominating flavor. Love the tartness.

M - For how quickly the head dissapears it has a good carbonated feel in the mouth. Was really suprised. Love the sort of acidity and small bubbles that cover the tongue.

O - Great beer. Another hit for Ommegang. Keep the good beers coming.

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Photo of isitsavage
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of kbnooshay
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cranberry red color with a huge fluffy bight white foamy head. This smells like fruit punch and cranberry juice! Tastes like cranberries with a slight sourness. This is very refreshing, but barely tastes like beer. By the end the sweetness almost started to annoy but this was very cool. There is the slightest hint of champagne. Finish is dry and slightly fizzy.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear mahogany with a thick and rather persistent pale tan head. Strong aroma has a sweet fruity overtone that is mainly raspberry with apple and cherry hints. Fruity flavor has a firm underpinning of malt so it tastes like a beer rather than a cider. It is on the sweet side - then again, it is named after the Greek goddess of love. Full-bodied texture has plenty of fizz and leaves a nice fruity tingle. Pucker up!

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Photo of Greywulfken
1.55/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I get that this beer is not to my taste, and maybe someone who loves a lambic would feel differently, but I had to give it a try since Ommegang makes such great beer.

A: pink/orange/red-brown beer with a faintly pink head that starts off a finger thick and settles into a line - interesting, but not what I want to see in an ale.

S: fruity

T: ick: tart, sour, bitter raspberry and cherry

M: hard to evaluate the mouthfeel since I didn't like the taste, but it was lightly carbonated and left a sour aftertaste - like I washed down plain yogurt with orange juice.

O: not a repeater - pretty much confirms that I do not like fruity beers, sour beers, tart beers, or lambics. One of a very beers that I actually did not finish - emptied my glass and the bottle into the sink. Sorry, but this one was a stinker for me.

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

Ommegang Aphrodite has a hazy pinkish body, with a slim, pink head. Not really any retention or lacing.

The aroma has raspberries, but also touches of cherries and strawberries.

The flavor profile is mostly raspberry. Lots of sweetness, hints of natural tartness. As in the aroma, I taste some strawberry also, although I am pretty sure that none of that berry is in here. Hints of spicy, phenolic character, along with a very light mix of grain and some sort of very mild hop flavor. There is a slight frunky character that makes me think some bretty was added to this one, but it is barely noticeable. It is possible I am confusing natural raspberry tartness for brett. Very fruity and sweet overall; I have to do a lot of work to get to the other flavors. This one might actually be a little more interesting as it ages.

The body is medium and the carbonation is fairly high.

Just a few hints of warmth come through in this one. Not a bad fruit beer at all.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Aphrodite pours a gorgeous, crystal clear ruby red. There's just under about three fingers of foam that looks off white, with just a touch of rose blended in. Unfortunately, head retention is on the weak side, and lacing is pretty much nonexistent. There's a lot to like about the nose. Ripe raspberries, earthy funk, a little bit of peppery spiciness, and just a touch of sweetness are all present. There's one unwelcome addition to the aromas lineup though, in the bitter pale fruit scent of pears. At colder temperatures the beer starts off like a young, but nice framboise. There's a potent raspberry flavor, along with an as yet mild funky brett note. That all gets trampled mid palate though, and that harsh pear flavor takes over for the remainder of each sip. As the beer warms, both the raspberry and the pear fade. They're replaced by a more pronounced brett character, and a bit of spiciness from the grains of paradise. The mouthfeel is definitely the highlight of the beer. The body is light, yet still with a creamy edge. The bottle promises champagne-esue carbonation, and the beer delivers. The bubbles are many, and active, yet stop short of fizziness. Aphrodite is a case of a beer with just one too many ingredients for me. I think that this exact beer without the pear juice is something I'd really enjoy, but as is this is probably my least favorite Ommegang beer.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer has a decent pink head and a good rich burgundy wine color to it.
S: Nice funky sour notes and an undertone of raspberries.
T: Very rich and tart flavor with some good raspberry sweetness. The raspberries are sweet and natural tasting and the yeast really brings out some funky flavors and the grains of paradise adds some nice bitterness.
M/O: Very overpowering sweetness and not much of a presence of alcohol. Very good dessert beer.

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

On Tap at Hulmeville Inn

Aphrodite goes in the glass a pretty shade of redish/pink that looks just right. A nice amount of active bubbles on top bright white in color that fades with time, not much lace. Smell is fruity yet not too artificial. Raspberry and other berry with a small Belgian yeast scent. It's pretty simple and nice. Taste is pretty much fruity. A nice raspberry puree taste with a small bite of tart cherry on the end. Small bread on the end. Feel is active, this one dances in the mouth. Medium bodied with a tart aftertaste that ain't to aggressive. If this was any lower in ABV, I would of had another, Aphrodite is pretty good stuff.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruddy reddish-brown color. Poured a 2 finger fizzy white head the dissipated to a bubbly skim. Laced in runny patches.

S: Lots of fruit (berries); raspberry and some cherry. Sour yeast. Grains of Paradise as the beer warmed a bit.

T: Much like the nose. the Brett yeast much more pronounced. Big sweet/sour punch transitions quickly to a light spiciness and a little warming alcohol (overall though, ABV is disguised well).

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Sweet, tart then dry; transitions one to the next quickly. Finishes a little dry.

O: Fruit and spice; not complex. Brett yeast fades quickly in the flavor to bring on a bit of imbalance.

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Photo of scootny
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just love this one. A lovely lightly cloudy pink with a pink rose colored head that leaves a touch of lacy streaks and spots here and there. Carbonation is evident and quite pretty. Smell has a goodly
amount of fruit as the berries sit on a yeasty bread malt backbone. Taste is an superb. A perfect balance of raspberry flavor and dry wine like palate. Whole grain malt and bread. Not quite a sour and that's a good thing. So close to a five in taste I may have to come back and up the score. No trace of alcohol anywhere. This is the beer equivalent to a white zinfandel as the fruity persona is so artfully balanced that it appeals to dryer preferences. Crisp to drink and perfect weight. A touch of creaminess as well. Top notch drinkability as I could go through several bottles of this without batting an eye. Add some cheese and crackers and it becomes an all night brew. The sunrise will only look better with a plate of brie, bread, and Aphrodite. Would also go well with a brie omelette and whole grain bread. A truly great beer.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Lovely rose color with a decent sized pinkish head

S: Mostly raspberry in the nose, a little bit of heavier vegetal funk.

T: Lots of delicious raspberry flavor here. Slight tartness, just a little bitterness in the finish.

M: medium+ carbonation, long linger. Good light-medium body.

O: Nice, but perhaps a little one note on the raspberry.

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

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@Boho Gastropub, Hollywood, CA

App- A good mix of a few berry colors. A bit of cherry red mixed with a little bit of that pink/purple raspberry. A 1-1/2 finger head disappeared quite quickly.

Smell- I liked this one but it seemed a little too one dimensional. Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry and yeast.

Taste- A little bit off in the mix with the high ABV and the thicker spicy red fruits. It's decent but just falls short of being good. Not what I expected from Ommegang on this one. With the ABV hidden well it couldv'e gone with more pop.

Mouth- A bit dry with a medium body and a medium carbonation. This wouldve done well with a bit more bubbles and lightness to it.

Drink- A fruity spice is all I am left with. The yeast fades in the taste and it seems a bit unbalanced and just a bit below being a good beer. Its a little above average. I hope if I decide to pull the trigger on a bottle its a bit better.

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Photo of RickS95
2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Has a bit of a light cranberry juice look to it. Take orange, red and brown and dump the colors into a blender, the color of this beer is what you get. The head is pinkish and fleeting, gone in no time.

Smells like raspberries and carrots. It's really a funky smell and I'm on the fence as to whether or not it works.

The taste does nothing for me. Similar to an old lambic. The raspberry flavor is there but it's tart the whole way.

There's a champagne like quality to it, particularly with the very dry, bitter finish. Really doesn't taste much like a beer; more like a wine cooler.

I really like Ommegang and maybe this is a good representation of some type of beer, but it's not for a fruit beer. This was disappointing from the second I popped the cork.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2.5" rose pink head. Smell is berries and vanilla and not at all off-putting from the Brett fermentation, but it doesn't really smell like beer. The body is a lovely hazy rosehips red. Taste has a sweet and sour fruit aspect leaning more towards sour but it's far more understated in all these tastes than a fruit lambic would demonstrate. There's a wee touch of spiciness from the grains of paradise. Overall it's a lovely beer and I dare say unique.

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

A: Pours a gorgeous ruby with a fizzy, thin pinkish mousse. I love the color, but am unimpressed by the lack of an appreciable head.

S: Scents of warming alcohol, red raspberry, and grains of paradise are muted upon pouring. As the beer settles and warms, concentrated scents of spice and raspberry emerge more fully.

T: Enters tart and prickly with notes of raspberry, strawberry, cherry skin, grains of paradise, minerals, funky yeast, and prickly, peppery alcohol. Finishes on a mellow, gentle note while displaying a nice swell of raspberry and strawberry flavors underpinned by oaky notes from the Brettanomyces.

M: Medium-to-full bodied. Feels a little thicker than it really is. Gentle carbonation and a hint of firm minerality make this one go down easily.

O: I am pleasantly surprised by this beer, but then again, I guess I shouldn't be since I like most of Ommegang's products. Very pleasant and smooth.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of Daniellobo
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice raspberry driven ale, with fair sour touches and not much complexity.

Presentation: 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle. Label with the Ommegang "0" in a fuchsia and golden pattern. Side notes offer a history of the style, main ingredient and intent, as well as general Ommegang background info, and serving indications. Shows packaging date (06/09/11), and best by date (06/2014). Notes Alc. by Vol. (8.9%). Served in a snifter.

A - Shiny ruby-amber pour with a good 1"+ bubbly head, moderate retention, small surface memory and minimal lacing.

S - Lightly tart and fruity, raspberry and a yeasty sense.

T - Raspberry profile, nice tartness, not too assertive with a touch of remote sweetness. Funk and spices are almost absent but the remaining profile around the fruit is pleasing as a soft dessert drink.

M - Light body with generous carbonation initially that seems to fade a bit quickly and a relatively smooth finish with a good lasting presence.

O - It has a nice balance, not too inspiring but it is a nice fruity ale.

Notes: It actually sits in a comfortable position, not too sugary or fruity and with a solid raspberry backbone. Better than plenty of similar offerings I´ve tried recently albeit not particularly memorable. But if one is into a slightly sour raspberry ale this is not bad at all.

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Photo of jdavren
4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
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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Photo of Naugros
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really pretty in the glass with a tall, pink head atop of a clear, garnet body and lots of evident carbonation. The smell gives off sour raspberry with not much sweetness and some cracker in the back, holding it up but not trying to steal the show from the fruit. The taste follows the smell with the raspberry sourness finishing off nice and dry. A little mineral sense in that dryness and the cracker still there. The alcohol is well-masked and makes this a dangerous, fruity drink. I'd prefer a little less dry as I felt I needed a glass of water after to wet my whistle.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at Central Market in Fort Worth. I didn't know it was out, but here we are. Let's give it a shot:

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy red-orange color with a 1/2" head of mixed size off white bubbles. The head was pretty solid for about 45 seconds and then faded to a small ring around the top of the beer. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they don't really stick once they get to the top. There is some pretty decent lacing left on the

Aroma: The aroma is a little milder than I thought from the hype, and this is a good thing. It doesn't have all of the leather and earth that you get from a beer fermented with ONLY Brett, so this is good that it makes it more palatable, and this is just my first impression. There is some earthy notes that are complimenting a sweet caramel note well. After the head falls, you can cleanly pick up some cherries and some less noticeable dark fruit. The alcohol is already giving some white pepper.

Taste: Man, the flavor is HUGE departure from the aroma. There is a whole lot of light fruit in here that didn't come out in the aroma. I am getting pears, apples, and all kinds of stuff that was allusive in the aroma. In fact, the flavor is based on fruit and the aroma is based more on the malt. The carbonation is ample for the beer, and the mouthfeel is a solid medium despite the beers gravity. The finish is a little dry from the attenuation and other yeast contributions, but there really isn't a whole lot of hops to talk about.

Opinion: Overall this is a well crafted beer, and one of the more surprising wild ales that I have tried in that there is not a whole lot of the wildness coming in, in the aroma, but the flavor is very complex and starts by hitting your cheeks like a sip of Concord grape juice. I like the complexity of this beer, no doubt. Overall it is really palatable. I will gladly drink all of this 750mL bottle. It is not amazing enough to want to buy 10 bottles or something, but I like it and wouldn't mind drinking it again.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Light ruby and red with a quickly forming, persistent off-white, light pink head.

Fresh, authentic raspberry aroma and a mild, unappealing plastic smell.

Sweet, juicy, authentic raspberry flavor and little else--very nice.

Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Appropriate and a pleasure to drink.

A delicious raspberry ale that truly allows the authentic, fresh, and vibrant flavor of the fruit to shine through. Quite nice!

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red with 2 fingers of off-white head. Settles to a solid layer of retention but very weak lace.

The nose is a wide spectrum of fruity aromas from the added pear and raspberry juices- notes of raspberry, red currant, cherry, pomegranate, pear, white peach. Everything else seems pretty mild and subdued underneath all that fruit. The brett is mild. The malty core is very small with some barely perceptible cereal grain, while the hops are buried almost completely into the more floral fruit aromas.

The full-bodied palate starts sweet and creamy with a frothy carbonation and flowery pomegranate flavors and quickly becomes moderately tart and bitter, picking up some spice. The brew ends dry with a lingering syrupy raspberry/apricot vibe.

Overall, not a bad brew, but the fruitiness definitely overwhelms most everything else, even to the point that I would tell Ommegang not to put the word Brett on the front of the bottle. No scratch that. Tell Ommegang to just make a more balanced brew.

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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 vandemonian
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Aphrodite is a tart fruit beer. It tastes a bit like a framboise. I don't love the way the Brett is mixed.

A: Cloudy red colour and 5 mm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Strong yeasty aroma with some tart fruitiness. 4

T: Sour tart and a little bitterness. Some subtle fruitiness. A little strong and sweet for me. Too much sour at the end. 3.5

M: Foamy and a vinegary. 4

O: 4

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Ommegang Aphrodite from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 426 ratings
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