Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
I like the new Ommegang look; classy yet flashy. Plus, the fact that it’s a fresh 12 oz. bottle makes it look that much more inviting. Cheers!
Brewed a little over two months before the date of this tasting (03/18/13). Best by 03/2014.
A: The look of near-perfection: a three-inch head of beige froth forms, as weightless as a cloud. It stays up for a long, long time, adorning the top of a slightly cloudy, amber-orange body. I’m just struck by the texture of this head – it just looks so soft, so inviting.
S: Ah, the nose of a fresh country ale; it’s characterized by a mellow tartness, a yeast-forward quality rich in banana pudding, orange pulp, catty lemon, and coriander scents. Softened by a warm bread tone, the nose reaches out with a welcoming gesture of Belgian charm, extending to a final high point of apple and pear purée.
T: An ale with that loveable, drinkable complexity of Belgian session beer, centered around a controlled grain-and-yeast combo: banana bread, shredded wheat cereal, and key lime pie (buttery crust and all). You can taste the adjuncts – the coriander, the sweet orange peel, the grains of paradise – all in a separate sensory experience, creating a rich layered effect that only adds to this beer’s charm. A touch of zesty hops bring lemon-pepper into the finish, giving this some spice to go along with the juicy, lingering mandarin orange aftertaste.
M: Soft and drinkable in texture, just as I expected. It’s every bit as a smooth as you can imagine for a beer in this style, but with a slick fullness to it.
O: A four or six-pack of Rare Vos might just be one of my go-to beer choices from now on. And what’s more, I just brewed a light beer with orange peel, so this is a perfect archetype that I can look at my missteps with – hell, if I can ever make a beer this good, I’ll quit my job. A beauty of a beer!
05-26-2013 19:01:26 | More by BarryMFBurton
4.85/5 rDev +19.2%
It pours a lovely amber with a creamy half inch head.
The aroma is a marvelous combination of french bread just out of the oven, and spices like cloves and nutmeg.
The taste is full and complex like a fine Belgian ale, that combination of a tad of sweetness opening up to an earthy stew of spice and hops.
It is amazing1
05-23-2013 00:54:23 | More by dennarb
3.63/5 rDev -10.8%
a: This was a bright, shiny golden copper color. It poured with a mediym sized, firm, fizzy cap that left thick sheets of lace in its wake. Lots of suspended particulate as well.
s: Mellow, musty pot-pourri spiced, stewed dark fruits. Mild banana and some clove.
t: Mineral-y biscuits, strongly spiced dried fruit. All very nice so far. The finish is kind of heavy though; lots of clove, nutmeg, and allspice.
m: All of the spice character makes the same kind of heavy.
o: Good, but among my couple of least favorites from Ommegang.
05-19-2013 20:41:14 | More by DIM
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 11/13/2012. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy orange amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big banana, pear, apple, orange peel, light caramel, clove, pepper, coriander, floral, bread, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast notes with malt and spices. Taste of big banana, pear, apple, orange peel, clove, pepper, light caramel, bread, coriander, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, orange peel, clove, pepper, caramel, bread, coriander, floral, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with malt sweetness and spices; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, foamy, and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian pale ale! Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink, even at high carbonation. A highly enjoyable offering.
05-17-2013 04:13:22 | More by superspak
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 2,679 ratings.