Ommegang Aphrodite | Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang AphroditeOmmegang Aphrodite

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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 jsprain1
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruby red, slightly pinkish head has mediocre retention but what's left seems to all stick on the glass.
S- The aroma is really fruity and sweet. I mean it's sugary sweet. The raspberry comes through but the Brett is pretty mild.
T- Up front there's an intial bit of funk. It's not strong, but it catches me off guard because it is much more noticable than on the nose. The raspberries come through but it's a bit more sugary than really fruity. A little tart, but restrained.
M- Initially it's active carbonation, but it settles down midsip. The finish isn't syrupy, but it does have that fruit juice sticking to your throat kind of feel. Medium-light body generally.
O- It is a unique beer and it theoretically is a good idea but I'd like to see them dial back on the raspberries and increase the brett componant. As it stands it's a bit too sugary for me.

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Photo of kbuzz
3/5  rDev -20%
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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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 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 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 beerthulhu
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light cherry pour with pink grapefruit highlights glistening around the edges from the light. The coloring in the glass shows a dark ruby-glazed caramel apple tone with a frothy head that was dominantly tan with pinkish hues about. The lacing was clean. Really liked the coloring both coming out of the bottle and in the glass. Retention on the head was modest, a few minutes of stay enough to enjoy those pinkish hues.

S: rather soft, semi-dry cherries, cranberries and raspberries along with a light Belgian yeastiness. No much in terms of grains of paradise just yet.

T: The flavor was dominantly raspberries with some cranberries and tart cherries thrown into the mixture. Fruity and tart but very smooth with an acidic bite on the swallow. Estery notes come from the yeast. Tart, acidic but overall nicely balanced.

M: very sharp and tingly on the tongue making it dance for awhile. Slippery silky texture, turning malty and creamy on longer holds. Leaves the tongue with a tart fruity fade.

O: Overall a solid good flavor that was exceptionally smooth as with all their drinks. Their beers all show a certain refined and polished nature, very rounded and drinkable. Unique coloring, very good mouthful, an acidic bite of tartness on the close and an overall smooth drinkability rating makes this a try especially for fruit beer fans.

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

Straight pour from C&C 750ml bottle to a Bruery tulip. Packaging date of June 9, 2011 and Best By date of June 2014 printed on the neck of the bottle (PKG ON 06/09/11—BEST BY 06/2014)

Appearance (4.0): One-finger of off-white, slightly pinkish head settling down to a nice ring around the edge, actually somewhat coarse bubbles; the body is like a dark magenta, some sort of burgundy, and almost looks like some sort of hazy Kool-Aid when held up to the light. Very pretty!

Smell (4.0): Raspberries, slight funk, very modest malt base. Lots of berries, nothing overly sweet about it—cool, maybe not-quite-ripe raspberries.

Taste (4.5): After the nose, raspberries! The funk isn’t the “horseblanket” kind, but more of the tart, bretty kind. This is not sour. In fact, this is really made up of moderately tart raspberry and maybe some cherry flavor, suspended over some relatively neutral malt backbone. Very, very nice—brett is intertwined with the fruit perfectly. More tartness coming through on the back of the palate. No alcohol heat to speak of.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Smooth, on the light side of medium, but a good mix of velvety and coarse, champagne-like bubbles (though more restrained).

Overall (4.5): Boy, would I love to see what this does in two years. It’s great now, and very interesting—tart, refreshing, and unique. The fruit would settle down, I’m sure, and it’d turn into something very interesting and funky. Frankly, I’d call this a win-win. This is a beer to try if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a dark cherry color with some golden hues. Light pinkish head fades to some wispy film and a few spots of lacing.

Bite of tartness in the tongue with splashes of fruit. A little sweet, but nice touches of brett funk and yeast try to balance it out.

Raspberry and tart up front, plenty of bretty qualities. Some juicy fruit sweetness from pear and a slight tropical touch. Sweeter malts creep through with touches of burnt sugar. Some alcohol warmth towards the finish.

Medium body, higher carbonation, sticky and bubbly on the tongue. This wasn't bad, but not really worth the price - also a little too sweet and boozy considering what I was hoping for.

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Photo of Brent
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderfully understated beer. Poured an interesting color - somewhere between raspberry and ruby, with a bit of haze. Berry fruit in the aroma and up front, quickly followed by a slightly drying cidery sour note, well balanced against the sweet berry character. Body is light and easy to drink. I was able to decant the entire bottle, as the sediment clung tightly to the bottom of the bottle. Alcohol was not in the least prominent. Since pork goes so well with sweet and sour, I would think this a great companion for a dish of roast port.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was first exposed to this beer at an Ommegang dinner put on at Degan's in Lakewood. I thought it a nice, light fruit beer that paired well with our salad that evening. Tonight, though, it is being enjoyed as a pre-dinner cocktail. Let's see how it stands up on its own.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a ruby, almost garnet red, with a three finger head comprised of tiny bubbles which slowly reduces.

Has a tart, raspberry aroma, with loads of cherry, strawberry and other red fruit smells. Mild malt helps balance out the citrus notes of this very effervescent smelling brew.

Starts tart, with plenty of lemon and other citrus exploding on the tongue. The tart fades to a mild malt, ending dry. Somewhat tannic, if I was given this on a blind taste test, I would guess it to be a dry sparkling blush champagne, and not a beer.

Mouthfeel is light and sharp, with loads of carbonation.

Truly a champagne of beers, Ommegang's Aprodite is a light, carbonated dry fruit beer reminiscent of a nice New Year's eve celebratory toasting drink. Enjoyable, to be sure, and something which I will consider using for a New Year's toast rather than the traditional chanpagne.

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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 shand
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter.

This beer is a brilliant ruby color in the glass, crested with a lite pink head that doesn't last very long. The aroma is bizarre. I smell the grains of paradise up front, along with the berries, and just a little bit of a funky aroma. The taste works a lot better, it's got a strong fruit flavor, along with a bit of a tart funkiness. There's also some pale malts in here, along with some graininess.

The mouthfeel on this? Carbonated. Extremely carbonated. This one's going to prickle all the way down, I'll guarantee it. The drinkability is about average for what it is, it's actually a big beer, even if it's a bit "sneaky" with the alcohol. Overall, a good brew, but not worth the high price tag.

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

Shared a tulip of this one with my wife yesterday at Hops & Pie in North Denver. Poured a gorgeous ruby color with a nice pink hued head. Aromas of freshly picked raspberries, tartness and a hint of pear. On the palate, this one is light bodied, with a nice punch. Tart, with flavors of juicy raspberries, pears and a light pepperiness.

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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 caddybuyer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the source at Brewery Ommegang.

A-Pours a slighly veiled bright crimson with a thick and ample pink head. Unusual, and cool

S-Overwhelming pungent raspberry and pear. Mouthwatering.

T-Dry, slightly sour raspberry is at the fore, giving way to green pear and a building sensation of dry sourness. Brett is definately present. Impossible to believe this is almost 9% abv.

M-Medium astringent mouth with well balanced carbonation.

O-I am not a huge fruit beer fan, and I am not big on sours, but this is a nice little changeup brew that I enjoyed alot and would buy again.

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

A - Pours amber/pink into my snifter with less then a finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Mild raspberry and a hint of pear, with some funk from the brett.

T - Sweet and tart, raspberries and a little pear, mildly sour and moderately funky.

M - Medium bodied, mellows out a little in the glass, overall suites the style rather well.

O - I grabbed this one because I didn't see much and didn't want to miss out. I could have gone either way, not a bad beer, but missing it wouldn't have been a big loss.

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Photo of FUNKPhD
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being a limited release from a reputable brewer, I figured I'd get a few bottles, one to pop, one to sit on.

Upon popping, it wasn't as aromatic as I was hoping for, but the pour was quite nice. It has a nice rosy pour, with a pink head to match. The head hung around for quite some time, and there were some nice leggings to it. There was a sour aroma to it, very berry. The flavor was about the same, hits of sour berries and acid, with a little booze. It was tart and dry, and very carbonated. Very similar to a rose champagne.

Overall, I think I enjoyed it more than what most reviews led one, but I can say that I've had much better sours. I'm hoping that the bottle I'm sitting on ages well..

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a stagnant head of nothing. Smells idle enough with some mild fruit notes with an ever so slight tartness and an overall BPA yeast funkiness to it in a minimal aroma. Overall lacks any abundance of smell. The taste is indeed the most interesting facet of this beer. The most prominent flavors are PINE NUTS and SESAME STICKS! It has this ridiculously sharp succinct spiciness to it that tastes exactly like sesame sticks. Never has anything like it before. Sure there's some muffled fruitiness, but you can't even hear it knocking. Carbonation is on the low end. Unique for sure. Pts for uniqueness. No idea if this is how it tastes out of the bottle or is even how its supposed to taste, but its like nothing I've ever had before, except sesame sticks!

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

A: This poured a clear candy apple red, with moderate light pink head.
S: It smelled funky and tart and sweet, with notes of artificial raspberry and whole wheat bread, and a bit of copper.
T: It tasted like strong sweet raspberry and tart cranberry, with some funk and sour cherry and a little wheat bread. It had a fairly clean sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate natural carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was surprisingly fruity and not dry or puckering. It had great balance in the scent and taste, but it wasn't my ideal flavor profile. The body wasn't as refined as expected either. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink (almost too easy, since I wish it had more brett funk to make it a sipping beer). Not sure if age would help bring out more character, but it wasn't terribly exciting fresh. Enjoyable but not worth the price.

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Photo of david18
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
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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Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear ruby red, one finger pinkish head.

S-Some tart notes and fruit as well.

T-Sweet fruit notes followed by some tartness and even a little bit of bitterness as well (not a hoppy bitter though)

M-Light, smooth but not much carbonation.

O-It was a decent beer, but a little out there. It needed some more carbonation for my tastes along with a less impactful fruit flavor.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This one pours a pink, almost ruby hue. The head is a beautiful pinkish, off white, about 2 cm high, and the lace rings are thick, but don't cling.

S- tons of cranberry, rasberry, and a tiny hint of pear, as well as a soft brett like funk, kind of like wet hay.

T- cranberry and rhubarb, rasberries, vinegar, tiny funk notes. Very, very tart considering this isn't a wild ale. Delicious.

O- not quite a wild ale, instead this is a sour fruit beer that is delicious tasting, and gorgeous to look at. The tartness isn't very balanced, and is the dominating flavor. That would be my only criticism.

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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 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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Ommegang Aphrodite from Brewery Ommegang
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