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

Pinkish amber body, finger of white head that recedes into surface memory.

Smell is serious funk. Serious. A trace of raspberry.

Taste is much mellower and subdued. Tart raspberry swings in on the finish, sweetness and Brett dominate the main body. Tastes better than it smells.

Smooth, textured body. Nice.

Raspberry Brett stuff is so hit-or-miss. This is a hit.

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

Pours a cloudy prune color with a huge bubbly thick pink head that dies down to light lacing.

The aroma escapes me for the most part. Peppercorn and a dried chili peppers of all things. There is an underlying fruit juice smell with some funk rearing it's head every once in a while. Noticeable raspberry smell.

Tastes very fruity and only lightly tart. Funky backend that doesn't show up all too often.

Mouthfeel is light woth lots of carbonation.

Overall is really good and pretty interesting. Well worth picking one of these up just to try something a little different

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

A big ol' man sized pour at Gulu-Gulu during our Hurricane Irene walkabout.

Willy Wonka-esque purple-pink color with a Benadryle pink head. No retention or lace left by glass bottom but bonus points for brewing a beer that looks like it was created by Care Bears.

Aroma smells just like Juicy Juice fruit punch.

Tastes like a fruit cocktail: peach, plum, raspberry, artificial Kool-Aid cherry, maybe even a little watermelon. Yeast influenced strawberry banana finish. Mouthfeel is part lambic fizz and part regular beer - a combo that works well.

Up there with Berkshire Raspberry Barleywine and Smuttynose Pumpkin (off the top of my head)as one of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Too sweet for multiples though.

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Photo of Cannoneer
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had somewhat high hopes for this beer, mainly because I admire the brewery. So far I've never had a letdown beer from them. This was an exception.

It poured cherry-red, with hardly any head or smell. Just fruit, and somewhat chemical at that. I trust them when they say that it's made with real fruit, it's just that I didn't get that.

The taste was bizarre. I really wanted to like it, I did. But I couldn't get through the excessive acidity, the overwhelming sourness of it. That's all I tasted. No beer, hardly any fruit, just tartness.

As a result, I can't rate it high, even though I want to. It's just a cranberry juice adulterated with water and a bit of ale, to my taste. I do regret not having an advanced enough palate to detect anything else.

It does drink easy, though - definitely can't notice the high alcohol content. I probably won't forgive myself for saying this, but to me it was a (slightly) upscale version of Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wasn't going to buy until I saw the word Brett. Grains of Paradise made me think Sam Adams and scared me. 750mL brown glass cork and caged bottle. Neck dated Packaged on 06/10/11 and Best before 06/2014.

Pours a clearish pinkish red with very little head at all. Nose is of raspberries and rose hips, a little cranberry "funk" too. Pretty mellow, but very berry-like. Palate is light bodied and zippy with nice light carbonation, a little sweetness and a nice, raspberry-like sourness. There's a little fruity funk, raspberry, cranberry and red cherry come to mind. Some earthy, mulch like flavor is underneath. Finish is slightly acidic and dries out mostly.

Notes: A tasty, tart fruit beer. Would like to see it around it's "expiration" date.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a NBB snifter. "Pkg on 6/10/11 and best by 6/14" lasered on the neck. It was a clear ruby color with lots of carbonation. It had a large white head that slowly settled into a constant 1/8" foam cap. Great sheeting with good amount sticking.

The aroma as expected was heavy on raspberries with slight pear and a bit of brett funk. Not as good as NG Raspberry Tart in aroma but better than any other raspberry beer I've had to date. The taste follows the aroma with loads of raspberry augmented with the bear and then some sour brett to offset the sweet. Very tart especially if you do a bigger drink. Light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The brett mixed with the raspberry takes good during the drink but it leaves an odd aftertaste that hits shortly afterwards.

Overall, a really good raspberry beer that has the unique mix of the sweet fruit and sour brett that makes it rather interesting. A glass is enough for me as it does get to be a bit much so it's a good sharing beer. Also good to showcase with friends what beer can be besides the usual fare. Avail here in TX. Rotation - gonna get on to age and maybe another for now. Would like to try on-tap as well. [O;Y]

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

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy maroon with a pinkish head of a half inch. Errant dots of lacing and a partial skim coat for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics are chock full of raspberries and a hint of pear. Traces of cough syrup and cloves follow through.

Medium bodied with slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Raspberries up front on the palate with traces of pear pulp and cherries as well. Slightly tart and a bit sweet. Very fruity with no funk to speak of other than the tartness which is nice.

Finishes with lingering red berries, a vineous tartness, and a hint of cough syrup.

If this was fermented with Brett, maybe it was only dosed at bottling? If so it will be interesting to see where this one goes in the cellar.

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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 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 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 July2Nov
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy raspberry red in color with a thin lacing.

Smell: Fruity raspberry lambic that smells very sweet.

Taste & Mouthfeel: This taste exactly if you merged a Lindmen's Raspberry Lambic with a wild ale. For an 8.90%, the alcohol is well hidden. Has a sweet kick to it.

Overall: Might not be for everyone, but I for one liked and would drink on a regular basis, but since it's a limited release...I guess I'm one and done. But, it was oh so good for it's style.

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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 John_M
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, consisting of cherry coolaide, black tea and light wheat. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though the beer has both more sour and sweetness than I was expecting. There's something of a sweet tart finish, along with a touch of hoppy bitterness and light alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is otherwise medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet tart finish. Alcohol is fairly well integrated into the flavor profile.

While nothing terrible, I can't say I exactly fell in love with this beer either. Pretty sure this is one I won't be ordering again.

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Photo of crusian
2.02/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

bottle from the local bottle shop.

pours a ruby red with about a finger of pink head... why is my beer pink?

nose is strong raspberry with a wheat finish... not too bad, but is smells like it is going to be artificially sweetened, much like a lindemans...

taste is raspberry... strong raspberry... a bit of booze, and sweet. it actually does taste like a raspberry lindemans... or maybe a carbinated boons farms a bit... not quite to that extreme, but certainly reminds me of that. I am having a hard time drinking this. it is not good.

mouthfeels is fine, but this is kind of turning my stomach. I need to stop drinking this. It is going down the drain. man this was not good.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of allengarvin
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium chalice. The pour leaves us with a dark red, very hazy beer, with a medium-small, tannish head. Oh! The nose is very appetizing, with plenty of tart raspberry notes, together with a deliciously acidic tartness, and nice Brett horseblanket funkiness. In fact, I just had some kimchi about an hour ago, and it reminds me of that; I never realized kimchi had a brett-like character before.

Very good flavor as well. It has a good malt character, but it is so well-attenuated that no sweetness at all comes through, which makes it quite unique. There's a hint of roastiness to the malt character as well. Bitterness is moderate, but also slightly unusual because most of the sour beers of Belgium used hops past their date. Fruitiness is a key component of the flavor, but it's not as strong as I expected. The malt, hops, and raspberry are well-balanced and highly interesting. The finish is very dry, in the dry-wine sense (not the hoppy dry sensation).

What a unique beer! I will be buying several more of these. I'd really like to see it age a year or so out.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Unibroue tulip. Poured ruby red with a two finger light pink head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sugar, raspberry, subtle metallic, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, sugar, raspberry, metallic, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this one really wowed me too much. The metallic notes was a little unpleasant, but it grew on you with time. Was really not expecting to get the sweet alcohol note due to all of the sugar going on in this one, but alas, there it was. Worth trying at least once to give it your own opinion.

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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 Cylinsier
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a deep mostly clear brownish red with a pinkish white head about an inch and a half thick. Dissipates slowly.

Smells of fresh grassy malt grains, brett yeasts, and cherries.

Tastes tart and bretty, with some cherry sweetness and grain malt body. A mild hint of bitterness comes through in the end.

Feels moderate to full with frothy carbonation.

Pretty good unique ale, but definitely on the tart side. Has elements of Flanders ale to it. Probably not for everyone but good for what it is.

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Photo of fragilehearted
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml, corked & caged. Poured into my Ommegang chalice.

A - hazy medium rose-colored. Looks like a blush sparkling wine, but not as clear. Minimal head, goes down quickly.

S - Raspberries. A little citrus. Some funk, but overall somewhat muted compared to some other fruit beers I've had.

T - Almost a bit watery? It kind of tasted like beery raspberry wine. I may have been having too many sours lately, but this bummed me out a bit, since some reviews indicated it had a sourness, and I'm just not tasting it. Alcohol finish.

M - a little boozier than I feel like it should seem. Very carbonated - it's like dry pink champagne.

O/D - I'll be able to finish this, but I won't seek it out again. An interesting take on a fruit beer, but comes off as more of a wine. I have tried a fair amount of fruit beers, and that's why I rated it as such, just doesn't seem to measure up to the other greats of this style.

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Photo of mltobin
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, later in the night after stopping by their brewery.

Appearance is magenta with what seems to be a light pink bubbly head. It looks similar to a darker version of a rose champagne. The nose has cherries and some pear. While the taste has more of that, it also has a tartness to it, malts. It is a fairly sweet beer. Aphrodite is both bubbly, not then has a certain syrup texture in its` finish. I enjoyed this new one from Ommegang, an interesting fruit beer.

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Photo of celinett123
2.6/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a chalice at the Lazy Boy Lounge in White Plains, NY.

Appearance: A very pretty deep raspberrry color. A wispy frothy head with no large bubbles. It looks ethereal, true to its name.

Smell: Fruity, you can especially distinguish the berries with hints of nectar. Smells "sweet".

Tastes: Initially, a bit of sweetness, followed by a whole lot of tartness and funk (way too much funk)with a slight medicinal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated

Overall: Honestly, I'm not a big fan of the fruit beers, however this was especially difficult for me. The best way I can describe it is that it confused my senses. The color and smell made my brain expect one thing but the overpowering funk, tartness and carbonation just threw me off.

I love Ommegang, but wouldn't try this again.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Probably one of the redder beers I've ever seen. Much like a cherry Jolly Rancher. The head is initially quite bubbly and large, pink in color. Retention is not great and I don't notice any lacing.

S: Lots of cherries, tart, some raspberries mixed in too. Hints of brett, but not prominent. Musty.

T: A ton of berries on the taste, wow. Cherries up front, raspberries, perhaps blueberries. The same mustiness from the smell is noted, hardly any brett. Just short of syrupy. This beer has the fruity, tart taste you get from some sours, minus the typical sour characteristics, for better or worse.

MF: Light body, nicely carbonated. Taste coats the mouth as you drink.

O: Pretty good beer, was expecting it to be a little more sour, perhaps with some age. Seemed well balanced, but the drinkability is not terribly high.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Tyler's in Apex, NC.

Red and hazy with a very small head. Aroma is sour cherries. Taste is sour (a bit reminiscent of Rodenbach) with cherries and a mild sweetness. A silky mouth feel with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

I liked the sour side of this but it could be a little drier.

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

A: Cloudy, deep red with a fine-bubbled pink head. Excellent lacing. One of the prettier beers I've ever seen.

S: Tart berries dominate, with wild yeast apparent.

T: True to the aroma, the delicate flavor is mostly tart berries with a surprisingly present hop bitterness at the end.

M: Very dry and effervescent. Champagne like.

O: Ommegang hasn't let me down yet. A very interesting and well-executed beer.

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