Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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United Kingdom (England)
3.76/5 rDev -7.6%
Pint in Alfie's on 9th Ave, New York on 18 Jan 2013: chalk board called it a 'Belgian style Amber' with 'Rare Vos' as an afterthought in brackets.
Belgian style Amber it is though, very drinkable in deed.
Slight cloud within the pour: light amber to dull gold in colour with a thinning white head on top.
The aroma was a mixed bag of smells, yeast, corriander and malts in that order.
The taste followed the smells too: add some grain feel into the blend, this was an easy drinking semi-sweet brew that I took too greatly: couldn't have another though, too many others to try!
05-28-2013 04:35:08 | More by BlackHaddock
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
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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