Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a very yellowy-brown, with a decent-sized head. Color is a bit light for a "dark" beer, though that often happens with Belgians.
Smell: Quite complex. The typical "Belgian" smell is certainly prevalent -- lots of yeast. However, there is also a lot of fruity notes, with a slight bit of nuttiness as well.
Taste: Starts out almost sweet, but not cloyingly so. The faint bitterness near the end is actually quite refreshing, since it adds a lot to the drinkability.
Mouthfeel: Much more balanced than you'd expect for a beer this alcoholic, especially from Ommegang.
Drinkability: If you discount Witte, this is probably the closest thing Ommegang has to a session beer. Some might consider that a negative thing, but man cannot survive on Three Phils alone.
This may not be the most complex Belgian you can find, but its relative simplicity makes it an important part of the Ommegang lineup. If someone was not very familiar with Belgians, I would certainly start them with this and not Abbey Ale or Three Phils.
Serving type: growler
07-14-2009 01:35:19 | More by beabear
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