On to the important stuff...tonight's beer. I'm still feeling love in the air after yesterday's sampling of Anchorage Brewing's Love Buzz Saison, so tonight we're drinking Ommegang's Aphrodite, which is a tart raspberry and pear ale. Oh. My. God. I went out for beer with the singular focus of having a Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout. But got totally sidetracked by this offering from Ommegang. I really like the beer that Ommegang produces: Ommegedon, Rare Vos, their Abbey Ale, Hennepin, Three Philosophers, and the Witte. There was one I tried and it tasted like sausage. In its defense, it was advertised as smoked. Of course, that was a couple years ago, I can't remember it's name and it's not listed on their website. I'm going to pretend that whole sordid tasting incident didn't even happen!
Ack! Sidetracked again. Anyway the Aphrodite called to me with her sweet, siren song and I was immediately entranced. (Note: All puns intended.) This ale has a quickly dissipating head and was merlot colored in my glass. A swirl wasn't even needed to get a noseful of the raspberry and pear. It had an interesting carbonation that I find difficult to describe -- consistent but light, perhaps? It drank on the thin side almost like a light white wine. The flavor was smooth, fruity and funky. The addition of Brett yeast is brilliant. It finished with a wonderful tartness.
A quick check of Ommegang's website describes the carbonation as champagne-like. This is why they are the professionals. Evidently I also missed the pale pink head, which disappeared by the time the beer made it to my table. (Go ahead, make your jokes. You know you want to.)
This is a limited edition beer and I know I'm going back for
Holy crap, folks. Tomorrow we enter the second month of this adventure. I love it! Cheers!