Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Big frothy off white head subside to a clinging cream coloured lace. Mild haze from the yeast, looks nearly clear with a pale copper hue. Fruity, estery and spicy aroma with hints of ripe plum and an earthy blend of anise, clove, nutmeg and citric zest. Dry malt palate that taste like a toasted multigrain cracker, big crisp mouth feel and a moderate body. Bitterness from the hops is noticeable. Estery with a slight peppery phenolic character that goes towards coarse and medicinal in the finish. The finish is dry and grain with residual phenols. Paired very well with whole grain crackers and aged hunters cheddar.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2002 19:24:43 | More by Jason
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 750ML Magnum Euro-style bottle with champagne cork and wire crown. Label notes: Beer is "Gauaranteed to be cellared at the brewery." Rare Vos is Flemish for "Sly Fox," which is a café in Brussels.
Appearance: Hazy amber with a very active carbonation. Head is near perfect, off-white, creamy, clingy and stays. Very appealing to look at. Loads of settled yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: Malt and grainy notes, a bit alcohol fruity, grape-like, with a dominant soft, sweet clove aroma.
Taste: Full bodied, malty sweet and with a spicy, yeast mouth. A bit peppery with a pleasant grassy dryness. Hop flavours are subtle, tea-like, and mingle with the grass flavours. Some dextrin sweetness as the beer warms. Finishes a bit dry with yeast flavours and semi-oily coating on the tongue.
Notes: A top fermented, bottle conditioned, Brabant Ale. Absolutey amazingly delicious! You almost forget you are not in Belgium, and for $4.50 a bottle it's a cheap imaginary trip to Belgium, for the taste buds and soul.
Serving type: bottle
09-24-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Golden straw, slightly cloudy with a copper glow featuring a nice thick firm head.
The nose is so pronounced! Baked apple, pecan pie, peach cobbler, caramel sauce, brioche and oak chips.
The palate is much softer having more fresh fruit such as golden delicious apple, pear, quince, hazelnut and salt water taffy.
The finish is moderate in length and the mouthfeel is very good, not great.
I sometimes feel like I am underwhelmed by some Ommegang beers because the quality is so high and expectations are beyond great for every offering. I was a touch thrown by the heightened aromatic profile versus the moderate palate complexity. This beer is quality, and so much better than some of the pretenders that seem to pop up every week that occupy these price points.
I am going to buy this offering again and cook up some wagyu burgers with coleslaw and vinegar potato salad, and see what this offering is really all about.
All in all, another solid beer in the Ommegang lineup.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 07:53:34 | More by vegassommelier
4.49/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
What a beer!!
Served in a "fancy glass" (which is what the bartender called it) at Vinetopia in Overland Park, KS. It was actually just a large tulip glass.
A: Rich, thick amber. Equal parts red, gold and brown. Beautifully rich colors and a thick, long-lasting head (my favorite kind, ahem).
S: Similarly rich, tons of malt and a very distinctive peaty earthiness that resembles a whiskey. Lots of caramel, rich roasted malts and maybe a sweet honey note as well.
T: Spicy, roasted malts laced with cinnamon, anise, pepper, honey and that wonderful peaty smoky whiskey like an Islay scotch. Thick and rich with tons of flavor. It's literally an assault. Probably one of the beers I've had packed with the most abundance of different flavors. Each sip has a different hint as it's warming to room temperature. Wonderful, wonderful thing.
M: Silky smooth with a dry finish that is very grainy and malty. A pleasant aftertaste. Hops are present but not overpowering. Some carbonation, but the thickness of the beer makes you welcome it dearly.
O: I loved this one. Will definitely order it again if I ever see it on another menu. Another draft that I really wish was local.
Serving type: on-tap
07-02-2014 22:54:49 | More by jsausley
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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