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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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Reviews: 176 | Ratings: 424
Photo of salvo
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived with a beautiful pink head that quickly disappeared leaving some streaking on the glass. Pomegranate red liquid with tiny champagne bubbled rising quickly through the raspberry and pear-scented clear beer.

Wonderfully rich fruit taste makes this a substantial challenge to those who eschew fruit beer. Sweet but not cloying, full bodied without being heavy. Dry, flavorful finish.

Overall, a rich and welcome surprise. Beats all the fruit beer I've tasted short of Blushing Monk.

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

Two drafts this week, seemingly different results. The first was crisp and tart, pure raspberry flavor. Second draft had a slick feel, sweet and a noticeable Brett presence. Reviewing the second draft...

Bright and saturated deep ruby scarlet color. Looks like a traditional Framboise or Kriek. Fluffy cap of foam that sticks around for a good while, visible trails of carbonation racing upwards.

Fresh raspberry aroma, some wet hay behind that from the Brett yeast. Not especially wild yet, but in time that aspect may develop in the bottled version.

Juicy raspberries, all natural and delicious. Moderately tart, with a slick full bodied feel. As stated before, the first draft sample was a bit more crisp. Everything comes together well here, the fruit and yeast are the showcase on display. Would drink again, and expect the bottled version to be a good short-term cellar candidate.

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Photo of NuclearRich
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a pair of snifters.
A. A very ripe raspberry red hue, opaque but sparkling through the haze. A lovely pink tinted white cap forms, receding into a small collar that laces like soap, which slides back onto the collar once the glass is upright.
S. A definite funk comes upfront, yeasty and musty. Raspberry floats around the brett aroma. As it warms, the faintest of pale malt comes through.
T + M. Fruity, tart and sour. Rasperry, pear, sour apple. Although rather dry and champagne-like (perfectly so), a lingering sour sits on the back of the tongue long after tasting.
D. Quite nice. A great brett introduction and something I will be happy to drink again when looking for something in the sour range.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Body is ruby with a touch of pink. Moderate head and retention. Fluffy bubbles, soapy lacing. Aroma is raspberry, cranberry, tart apples, brett, champagne and light cherry. Taste is a lovely helping of citric tartness with some cranberry and wispy light funk. Champagne like mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Delicious and very easy to drink for experts or beginners. Genious.

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Photo of wcintula
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer as I pan out into brett beers. Poured into a short trumpet, the beer is a reddish pink hue with a light pink fizzy head. Can tart be used to describe a smell? It certainly can here, as tart raspberries are apparent in the nose. I can't say much more than super tart and dry raspberry flavor. As the beer warms, some pear notes come trough in the flavor. The beer drinks like a sour soda with a well hidden high ABV. Very poignantly attractive is this Aphrodite.

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

This beer showed up on the shelves at Abe's Cold Beer recently in Bethlehem. Since I usually pick up anything new from Ommegang I followed the trend and got myself a bottle of this right away.

Over the weekend I was at my friends place and I took the bottle up there to share with him. The beer poured out as a very pretty looking cloudy red/purple color. The head was a little fizzy and had a slight pinkish color to it. The aroma was a little fruity with some funk on the nose as well. The taste of the beer had a subtle tartness from the Brett and Raspberry that were used to make the brew. The mouthfeel was bubbly, much like champagne and lighter bodied for a darker brew. Overall I thought this beer was pretty good, it fits right in with all the other Ommegang brews out there.

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

A: Wonderful looking beer - pours a deep red, purple highlights. Cream head. Impression of "mixed berry".

S: Dried fruit, impending brett onslaught.

T: Crisp, sweet, raspberry bite up front. A bit of tartness, though mostly backed up by funky yeasty brett. My mistake was letting the glass warm. Impression of fruit evolves into somewhat boozy, medicinal cherry.

M/O: High carbonation, decent drinkability when cold. Overall, slightly disappointed.

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

Served on tap in a chalice at Northdown.

Appearance: This arrives in a chalice with a deep cherry color with a light brown tint. A soft off white head fades quickly and leaves just a bit of lace.

Smell: The aroma is ripe raspberries and a touch of pear. Just a touch of funk in the background.

Taste: Up front, the flavor is a little bit sweet, with raspberries controlling the flavor all the way through. Some nice barnyard funk in the middle, and the flavor turns tart toward the end. The pear begins to push through onto my taste buds right at the end, complementing the now-tart raspberry flavor quite nicely.

Mouthfeel: This is smooth, creamy, and lightly acidic. There is no trace of the alcohol, impressive for a 8.9% raspberry beer. Although it starts sweet, it definitely ends dry, with some light tannins at the end of the sip.

Overall: This was not the most complex beer I have had, but it had some good character to it. The change from sweet to tart was nice, and I would imagine that the sour and funky aspects of this beer would only grow over time. It is probably worth putting a bottle or two in the cellar and seeing how it progresses. In the past I have not really been impressed by what I have had from Ommegang, so this is probably my favorite offering from them. Looking at some of the other reviews has confused me a bit because I enjoyed this beer so much. Maybe it is the raspberries; a well done tart raspberry beer gets me every time.

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Photo of Brez07
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz pour into my chalice at Novare Res

A: Dark cherry, mostly opaque which I wasn't expecting. Just some wispy head sitting on the surface

S: Definitely brewed with rapsberries, that's for sure. Some yeast, sour cherry and earthy notes

T: Again, lots of raspberry. A little sweet even though there is an earthy bitterness accompanying. Over sweetening could be result of the pear. A little boozy too; bordering on medicinal. Starting to think this tastes a little like a carbonated wine cooler, but it's really not that bad

M: Light to medium bodied. Good level of carbonation. Lingering flavor is reminiscent of fruit skin

D: I enjoyed this beer at first but it became a little much towards the end. Not awful, but I won't be revisiting

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Photo of PDXHops
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into an oversized snifter. A striking initial appearance: frothy light pink head atop a hazy rose colored body. The head quickly reduces to a ring of foam and a wisp that's steadily fed by rising carbonation. Not much in the way of lacing, but the lingering foam makes for a handsome beverage.

I'm digging the nose. I'm not much of a brett guy, and it's definitely a background player here. Nice balance of sweet and tart raspberry, apple and pear, plus a fair amount of pepperish presence that's no doubt due to the grains of paradise.

A burst of raspberry and pear hits the tongue right away. By midswallow, they've lost most of their sweetness and juiciness, and things abrubtly turn tarter, drier and funkier. Just a touch of funk, though. The lively carbonation ensures you can let this sit awhile to open up, and also lends a hand in delivering an exceedingly crisp finish. The pils malt was a great choice. Light funk, raspberry seeds, light tartness and the grains of paradise combine for a satisfying finish. Exceedingly well balanced, alarmingly lacking in booziness.

Overall impression: Flavorful yet crisp and quenching, this is a nice choice for the hot weather. Those who dig a bigger brett presence may want to cellar this for a while to let the funk develop. For me, it hits the spot right now.

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

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

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

750 ml bottle, served twenty minutes after pulling out of the fridge

A- Lovely red candy color with a nice pink head. Beautiful to behold

S- Smells of a raspberry, honey, and just a touch of funk.

T- Raspberry up front, a touch of citrus in the middle, and a true Brett like finish. Bubbly like a champaigne, but still having substance.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable beer. I am sure it will age well, but frankly, I couldn't wait.

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Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy blood orange color with a small dense pink head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is slightly tart with notes of green apple. This is coupled with a subtle farmhouse aroma. A bit of hay and horse blanket. It is pleasant but not very strong.

The taste is of a nice tart fresh raspberry. There is a little bit of fruit sweetness that pops through as well. This is followed by some grassy bitterness, pepper and hay flavors. Some light malt presense is detected but only adds as a base to the brew.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Starts off sweet on the palate but ends with a grassy bitterness. Good balance with no lingering flavors. There is some ABV presence so some more age might do this beer well.

I like the brew, sweet and tart. Wide spectrum of flavors. Quite refreshing.

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

On tap at Bodega, $8.50/50 for a 10oz goblet. The beer is a cloudy pinkish red color with a light pink frothy head. The aroma is all raspberry, not so funky as I'd hoped... Maybe a little pale malt behind the raspberries. It tastes initially sweet with big raspberry character, a bit bitter aftertaste, hard for me to find the pears that I hard were there. Also very little bret funk, a bit of a disappointment there. Light carbonation, slower than expected drinking, maybe too bitter and not tart enough for my tastes.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brilliant red color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, pinkish, long-lasting head. Average lacing. A beautiful-looking beer.

S: A lot of funk in the aroma - more than you'd expect - with some fruit and malt as well.

T: Tasted of raspberries (not overpowering), malt, yeast, and a little pear in the finish. An incredibly vibrant, flavorful beer that actually gets better as it goes along.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: A completely drinkable and surprisingly complex beer.

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

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, medium brown color with copper hints. One finger of pink head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt aromas predominate, not much fruit but good impression.

T: Light raspberry nectar up front, light tartness in the middle that lasts through the lingering finish. About half way through the glass, the pear starts to emerge. Very good flavor profile.

M: Quite light and refreshing with a slight creaminess.

O: I enjoyed this thoroughly. The subtlety and balance of the flavors is really wonderful. Here's hoping Ommegang decides to bring this one back again-- it's a keeper.

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