Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750 ml bottle into Bruery tulip.
Pours a very murky brownish copper, the dull color of copper that's lost all brightness. Think the yeast suspension is due to a fairly careless pour, but oh well. Head is very nice, nice two-finger light tan head, with nothing but the tiniest bubbles and a firm, creamy consistency; excellent retention (I don't think I ever saw the top of the beer in the glass) and a lot of really nice delicate lacing. More clarity (which is almost certainly my own fault) and I believe this one would have been a perfect 5.
Nose carries a healthy dose of apples and even a bit of pear, a fresh, rich breadiness, and an unexpected spiciness - clove? - alongside just a bit of yeasty depth and a hint of vanilla. A lot of classic Biere de Garde characteristics. Not getting much in the way of hops though; this may be an older bottle.
Taste is entirely in line with the nose. Richly bready with like fresh baked white bread, just a hint of sourdough, drizzled oh so lightly with caramel and served with fresh apples and pears dusted with ground clove and cinnamon. Biere de Garde has crept up and quite possibly become my favorite style, and this is a dead ringer. Would have been exceptional if not for the faintest metallic ring towards the finish. Still very good bordering on excellent.
Mouthfeel is spritzy, light, with lots of sharp, tiny bubbles; could have used just a bit more creaminess, but not bad.
The only thing at all holding the drinkability down are that metallic ring, and a faintly harsh prickly alcohol bite. My suspicion is a super-fresh bottle of this would be rid of that, and thus several notches higher. I'll keep my eyes open for a newer bottle and hope to adjust later; even as is, still quite a tasty beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2010 01:39:18 | More by JohnQVegas
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