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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.

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Photo of n2185
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a ruby tint and two fingers of slightly pink head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Lots of fruity, sweet aromas here with raspberry and pear aromas giving it more sweetness than tartness. It has a passionfruit-like aroma as well. There are some slight funky aromas under the fruit, but the fruit dominates here.

T: You get fruits in the flavor as well, but they are more subtle here. There are tart raspberry flavors at first followed by lots of funky flavors from the Brett, part barnyard and part musty. There are some sour notes toward the finish along with a slightly bitter yeast flavor.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer has a nice, tart crispness.

O: A pretty decent beer, overall. It does a good job of balancing the fruit with the funky aspects so that it doesn't taste like pure fruit juice or a bland beer with only slight fruit notes.

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Photo of rudzud
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with bpk59 at his house.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a ruby hue with a rossy one finger head that leaves a nice light pink lacing.

S - Very light on the fruit basically too light. If I didn't know to look for fruit all I would not get it just the Belgian spices.

T - Similar to the nose in that there is Belgian spices but with more tart red fruit up front and faint fleeting strawberries on the aftertaste. Superlight with gentle sweetness.

M - Good mouthfeel here not cloy and sweet. Light on the mouth.

O - Overall not a bad fruit beer. Could stand to be a bit stronger with the fruit flavors.

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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 stephens101
2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

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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 illidurit
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at City Beer ages ago; review from notes. Ordered a snifter for like 9 bucks before looking over to see a 750 ml bottle on the shelf for $12. Thanks a lot City Beer. Anyway the bottom line for this beer is that it’s worthless on tap because it’s bottled with brett and it needs a while to develop any bretty character. Fresh and out of a keg, this beer is sweet and basically indistinguishable from its constituent fruit juice adjuncts. With enough time, I’m guessing that the brett would devour this excess sugar and create something interesting, but it sure hasn’t happened yet.

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

Pours a ruby red hazy color with a pink creamy head with great retention and average lacing.

Aroma is a very interesting fruity and tart combo that finishes a little sweet. Fruity notes are mainly raspberry, passion fruit, pear and strawberries.

Taste starts slightly sweet with dark caramelized malts and it soon shifts to nice tart fruity flavors of raspberries, pears and passion fruit. Finishes fairly dry with low astringency and mild to low residual sweetness. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Body is medium to low and carbonation is high. Highly drinkable and refreshing at 8.6% abv.

I really liked this beer, good balance of sweet and tart with fruits thrown in the mix. This is a close second to Three Philosophers in the Ommegang lineup.

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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 hop4RE
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in a pint glass consumed with grilled ahi tuna served rare.
A great compliment to seafood. I ordered a second pint after dinner and enjoyed it as a stand alone beer.Take your time and allow this beer to warm a bit to be able to savor the fruit flavors. This beer is describe as a sour, but raspberry and pear flavors give it more of a sweet taste. The alcohol taste is light for an 8.5% beer.

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

Deep hazy rose, tons of carbonation and an endless amount of sticky lacing.

Funky, sweet fruit, and touch of alcohol... So glad I drank this warmer than when i first had it at the brewery it smelled and tasted like a wine cooler.

Pretty strong pear with tart raspberries and some super funky Belgian goodness. Very dry, wine-like beer, but I really like it showcasing the Brett

Tart, dry, mouthwateringly sweet beer. There is tons of carbonation. The aftertaste is a little funky, and it becomes a little too dry after sipping on it for awhile.

I'm satisfied, this was definitely a good beer, but not a perfect followup from their zuur. Id like to see what they come out with next!'as long as they don't start fracking...

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Packaged 06/10/11. Tulip glass.

Pours dark dull rose with a smattering of off white head with largeish bubbles, receding to a ring with some remaining head. Rich raspberry and brett and malt, some apple, pear, and grape. Taste is some raspberry and pilsner malt, and a hint of funkiness (but not much) and spice. The malt and fruit don't quite work together for me. Finishes bone dry, too dry I think... I'd like a little more richness and sweetness. Carbonation is high, body is light. Overall, not bad champagne-like fruity sour (dry and highly carbed). Taste is a little boring, though.

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Photo of julian89
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this beer with some friends.
Poured into a 160z pint glass.
Appearance- A rich dark translucent orange. Medium head with no lacing.
Smell- Strong fruit notes. Crispness of berries and raisins. Citrus is the strongest in smell.
Taste- A very strong fruit taste, the most I've ever had in a Belgian. A light malt flavor.
Mouthfeel- a very light body, good carbonation.
Overall- A pretty decent Belgian, a little too sweet for my taste and fruity. I prefer the dark Belgians more.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Pizza Port OB.
Pours a murky ruby red color with a small pinkish colored head that has some lasting bubbles. The aroma is pleasant with fruits, raspberry, cherry and a slight yeast character. In the taste the tartness comes out with some sweet and strong raspberry flavors and sweet fruits. It has a light mouthfeel with high carbonation and a dryness to the finish. Its a very dessert like beer, good but pretty sweet.

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Brewery Ommegang. Poured into an Ommegang snifter. Can't get more ideal than this....

A - Pours red with a fizzy foam. Plenty of carbonation. No lacing of note. Some cloudiness.

S - Scents of apples, and berries. Slightly yeasty. Smells sweet from fruit aroma.

T - Flavors of berries, apples, & pears are noticeable. Has qualities of a lambic. The brett yeast has a slight tangy flavor.

M - Smooth, mildly carbonated, and light bodied. Nice drinkability.

O - Just a good beer for what it is. The style doesn't work for everyone, but I kinda wished I saved this for a pre-Thanksgiving toast. Nice job Ommegang!

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Photo of agent2550
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful rosy amber color. Tiny bubbles draw up the clear fluid up to the champagne head.

The enchanting smell brings to mind strawberries, sour belt candy, and jam.

Light-medium body and tiny tingling bubbles pervade the mouth.

Slightly bitter, dry, and sour after taste. Bubbles linger.

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Photo of cbutova
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Murky pink red beer into the glass. Small light pink head with fine bubbles and low retention. Leaves a few spots of lace.

S- Kind of smells like sweet generic berry, apple, pear juice cocktail, fruity.

T- Has a raspberry and pear fruit character up front with the Brett yeast in the background. Some barnyard and straw as well. Fairly sweet.

MF- Light, fizzy carbonation that suits a fruit beer. Slightly bitter and tart on the palate.

Slightly funky fruit blend with an almost berry blend cocktail feel. The Brett adds a nice feel but the fruit and sweetness don't really do it for me here.

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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 DaveBlack
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This is one strange looking brew. The color is a muddy red/dark rose color. The head is very small with zero retention.

S: The smell is really fruity: grapes and raspberries, sour apple, a very slight yeasty-ness, and a hint of alcohol. A really interesting smelling beer with a lot of complexity.

T: Kind of tastes like a raspberry soda. Underneath the sweetness there is a tart sourness and a bit of the yeast, but this beer is super fruit-forward. Way too much fruit for my taste, and way too sweet.

M: Almost feel like champagne in the mouth, because of the small bubbles.

O: This beer is definitely not to my taste: the similarities to sparkling juice is just too overwhelming. That being said, I don't think this is a bad beer, if you're into that style.

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Photo of obywan59
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty wussy on the uncorking. The cork simply fell off the rim of the bottle.

Ruby red, but with a slight tinge of orange against a pure white backqround. Light pink head that recedes rather quickly. Lacing is near total at first, but then becomes rather light. Translucent. By the end of the glass, though, the head and lace disappear completely.

Nicely fruity. Smell of raspberry and light pear with woodsy funk. The second pour had a bit more sediment, and thus more funk. This time it smelled almost rubbery.

Very slightly sweet, but the overall impression is of tartness. More woodsy funk.

Medium-full bodied.Very peppery at the start, but the carbonation dissipeates quickly. Rather sticky/syrupy in the mouth with warming alcohol in the throat.

Overall, a decent brew, but I would have preferred the carbonation/head/lacing to have actually lasted. As it was, it ended up drinking almost as if it was a dry wine.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-ish to red color with a light pink head. In the aroma, light fruitiness and a small sourness. In the taste, fruity, especially raspberry, a small sourness and a dry yeastiness in the end. A small sour bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry sourness and fruit in the aftertaste. Fruity and tart, and hides the ABV very well.

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Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer but the Brett presence was nonexistent and it certainly could have used the added interest and complexity to take it to the next level, though it wasn't as bad as most fruit beers. Pinkish amber in color, small collar of white foam. Tartness and black peppercorns followed by plum, white grape juice, and raspberry as it warms. Dryness accentuates the fruitiness without it seeming cloying and artificial. Meh, a big buildup and lots of ingredients and effort for a mostly forgettable beer. It would work well as an aperitif or go well with a salad course, but a 750mL on its own is a bit too much.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice ruby red color. It has a 2-finger fluffy light pink head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind a decent sheet of lace.

S - The nose has a big belgian yeast aroma up front. There are some fruity smells, such as strawberry, slightly unripe raspberry, and cherry. There is some light funkiness here as well.

T - The taste is sour, tart, and dry. All the fruits in the nose make an appearance in the flavor. There is a light acidic flavor, as well as some bread malts. The finish is sour and slightly acidic.

M - This has a medium body and high carbonation. There is a lot of tingling here from the carbonation. It is tart, sour, dry, and there is some acidity. The feel reminds me more of a champagne than beer, but I like it.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It is a nice fruit beer, and I could easily drink quite a few glasses of this. Overall, I thought this was a nice beer, and I would buy it again.

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Photo of MsRif
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My husband got this on-tap and said "whoa" when he smelled it, so I knew I had to have some. Poured a nice deep, dark red color with a pink head that quickly receded leaving a ring of lacing. Had an aroma of raspberries as well as some other subtle fruits and a definite "funk"...yeasty/Bret smell. Tasted strongly of raspberries...a little "juice like" and the yeast only came in towards the end which left me with a very funky taste on my palate. Not well balanced unfortunately. There is a little bit of spice to it as well, but it's hard to notice it due to the overwhelming nature of the raspberry flavor and yeast. I've had better beers of this style.

Moutfeel was medium and a little syrupy. Good carbonation. I wouldn't have this one again, but it was still a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/18/2011
Beautiful orange-red into cherry color. Rosie-white head, with a thin layer of tiny bubbles, holds well and clings to glass. Really pleasant aroma. Smells peachy with a slight brett character. Also notes of dark fruits. I find the sweetness in the smell disconcerting. My immediate reaction to drinking this beer is I must age another bottle. It tastes very young. I find the slight syrup flavored sweetness distracting. It does have a solid dry booziness to compliment. Really moderate sourness. Not as low Ph as expected. I would never have guessed grains of paradise but but the peppery note fits right in. The raspberry flavor is prominent. A really interesting Ommegang offering. Vast spectrum of flavors. But I highly encourage a good deal of cellaring. Also I disagree with the serving temperature recommendation. This beer is better on the warmer side.

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Photo of Pahn
1.96/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch fizzy pink head that dissipates steadily and loudly. Pours a semi-translucent red and leaves sweeping arches of lacing.

Smell: Smells bready, with a hint of funk and some raspberry. Bland. With warmth, some nice floral and woodsy aromas come out. It's nice and kind of refreshing... but do i want to drink it?

Taste: The answer is "No, I don't." Jesus, what a miss this beer is.

First sip is fruit juice and one-note dirty brett, with some mineral-y flavors and mildly puckering tartness. Bready aftertaste. Underlying hops and yeast have a bit of a cologne taste, but the dominant flavor is pear juice.

I was worried when I read the bottle that the raspberry juice and pear juice might have fully fermented out. My concern was unfounded; this tastes like a bottle of pear juice with some dirt and black pepper. I don't know what the fuck Ommegang was thinking with this.

There's more I could say, but no reason to bother. This is awful. Plus .5 points for the pepper note tasting good and the mild fresh raspberry that pops up every so often within the cologne / dirt / cheap fruit juice disaster.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not as dry as the bottle would have you believe. Sort of teases you with tartness, but rather than going all the way it presents you with gritty dirt. Almost as bad as the taste.

Overall: Shit.

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Ommegang Aphrodite from Brewery Ommegang
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