Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5
Poured from a 750ml "Bottled at the Brewery in Cooperstown" bottle into a stemless wine glass.
A--Medium, maybe finger and a half cream-colored and creamily consisted head with a good looking dark caramel/coppery body. No lacing and the head didn't hold much but skim after a couple minutes, but overall an inviting pour.
S--Mostly brown bread and some sharp spiciness (coriander and clove), with an elusive sweetness that's almost like strawberry syrup--like the strawberry topping they put on ice cream sundaes, believe it or not.
T--This is a tricky beer, and lives up to its moniker. Starts malty and fooled me into thinking it was an Octoberfest, either because of the time of year I'm drinking it or because I've been sampling more than one of the style or because I'm a dope, only to smack me around almost immediately into a wash of Belgian spices, as if to say, Wake up, dummy, this ain't Munich. Nice clove and coriander persists in the middle alongside the yeast and finishes fairly clean with hints of celery seed and a touch of floral hops. But again, there's that dance of a strand of sweetness with the entire spectrum that ties the whole thing together as it weaves in and out of each phase, that's a combination between a candied strawberry flavor and a more musty, overripe bruised pear. Works really well to intrigue and keep me sipping.
M--More carbonation than I'd like (cork pretty much flew out of the bottle once I uncaged it) that doesn't serve the beer well as it warms, but other than that I have no complaints.
D--At 6.5 this is a great in-between beer, in the sense that it's full-flavored without knocking you flat on your ass like a George Foreman haymaker (cf. Brooklyn Local 1, which I reviewed yesterday and felt woozy after finishing a bottle of). Much like the middle bowl of porridge--a beer for a medium-sized bear, unless you feel like being Goldilocks. Hey, man, whatever yer into--it's none of my business.
Not my favorite Ommegang, though I haven't tried them all, but that ain't saying much, because I consistently prefer their output head and shoulders over almost any other American brewery.
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2008 18:52:40 | More by TheycallmeTim
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4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Deep amber hue with creamy white head that clings to the glass.
Smell: Distinct orange scent with hints of toasted malts and coriander.
Taste: Orange taste evident immediately, giving way to malts and ending with spice from the coriander.
Feel: Thin but not watery, very smooth.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 00:05:57 | More by BrewMakeMeFeel
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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