Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Aphrodite

Today I'm drinking Aphrodite brewed by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. The neck label calls this a "True Belgian-Style Ale" so I'm expecting no Pretenders here. Aphrodite comes elegantly presented in a corked/caged wine bottle. Nice colors and nice story about what to expect. They make sure you know, assuming you are willing to read, that this beer is brewed with raspberry and pear juice, grains of paradise, and Brett yeast. Personally, it sounds fantastic and I've been looking forward to this bottle. Serve at 40 degrees F.

Now, I should probably take my own damn advice and read the bottles before I start opening and drinking. Because what I was NOT expecting was a ruby-red color in my glass. Cool. The aroma is not very powerful, but you will smell some berries and a hint of pears. Yes, I am sure it's pears! I guarantee that more pear juice passes through my house than in 99% of the homes in America. My youngest kid loves it! I basically have expert status.

Tart raspberry flavors are dominant in the beginning. You may make that sour face once or twice before getting used to it, but that you will. The funky Brett flavors aren't immediately front and center, but sure enough... 3. 2. 1. (No, NOT Contact!) Oh yeah! Some wild yeasty goodness and hay and sourness come along and take a good grip on your palate.

This beer is quite juicy throughout, mostly raspberry, but you do finally taste the pears toward the end. That pear flavor lasts right into the aftertaste and gives that pulpy, pear, grainy thickness you might expect. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, buy a can at the grocery store for $0.50. The carbonation is effervescent and welcome. The 8.9% alcohol is really masked behind the sharp raspberry tartness, but you somehow know it's there, flavor-wise and the way it makes you feel after a few glasses.

Very interesting beer with a multitude of flavors going on in harmony. I really liked this beer and you know what? Screw reading the label beforehand. Though this one practically nailed the description and profile, I liked figuring some stuff out on my own and comparing notes with the brewers as I drank. Get some, as long as you're a sour fan. Otherwise, don't! Also, it's a LIMITED EDITION!


Aphrodite -- Kylie Minogue

Walnut Acres Organic Juice, Raspberry, 32-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 3)

R.W. Knudsen Organic Pear Juice, 8-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 27)

2 comments:

dale said...

Well I don't have your expertise with pear flavor, but this is one interesting beer. I had it on tap last week at World of Beer, and really enjoyed it. I don't know that I've ever had a beer like it.

The red color threw me off a bit, too. Not what I was expecting, it looked more like wine than beer.

Cheers!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Dale.

Yeah, I should do a pear juice review, for sure. LOL

This beer is pretty interesting and unique. I liked it, pink and all.