Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by karengarys:
3.81/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Take this review with a grain of salt. I'm not a big Belgian guru, so I'll just head into this from a standard beer junkie point of view. You've been warned.
this pours a very nice hazy amber, leaving a nice off-white head, but it is a little pop-like.
This smells - Any guesses? RIGHT! CLOVES! Spicy. Like, food spices, not beer spices. I guess beers like this are supposed to be this way. Some day I'll understand. In the mean time I'm getting cloves, flowers, sugar...
Taste has a lot of.... Any guesses? Cloves! Cloves, and pepper, some nutmeg, some cinnamon... more... Fennel? no. But something with an edge. But there is a lot going on, and it is very interesting.
Mouthfeel is very clean. It is nice and fizzy, and as you drink it (mine didn't sit very long), it just carbonates all over. Yummy!
Overall, this is pretty good, but brace yourself for an overwhelming spice thing.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2013 02:04:20 | More by karengarys
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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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