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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) by Brewery Ommegang
Belgian Dark Ale
6.50 % ABV

Review by Oxymoron on 09/11/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 2009
How Rare is Rare Vos? I would say it is not rare at all based on how many reviews there are. Oh you mean "Sly Fox?" Who jumped over the lazy brown dog then? Never mind. The 750 bottle poured a truly amber color with a consistent white frothy head. The lacing is decent but the head is good and last a while.

The smell is fruity and Belgium-esk. Notes of banana mixed with pears. A slighter malt taste is noticeable in the background along with some coriander and ginger to boot.

The taste is more malty then the smell would expect. A noticeable biscuit taste, but not quite bready flavor. There is almost a chewy texture to it. The sweet malt is what I notice first but quickly is replaced by the Belgium candi taste as well as some fruity esters. Almost dessert qualities with a semi-sasion characteristic to it. Still a unique flavor.

The body is in the medium range. The texture is really nice with the sweet to bready glow. The alcohol is smooth and light. Overall this is a dessert deer but nice to share with another person.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 07/23/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 7 14 4 8 2008
Dull auburn with a slender copper highlighting the edges. Gorgeous one inch crown of dusty yellowed fluffy meringue roots itself to the top for an eternity. A thick muddled skim remains once it does fade through from consumption and the lacing collapses into thin webbed butterfly wings. Lavishly beautiful for the winkers!

Quite a dry yeastified nose with a touch of fruits.It's a dry yeast forest of dried mushrooms, dust, chalk, and alumnium foil with a trickling under current of fruits adding some soft banana, pear, and starfruit.

Flavors are extremely mellow and calm; it has an onslaught of yeasty dry stuff carrying over from the nose with a chalky, alkaline, celery thing taking up a good portion of it. Wheat cracker backing; smidges of fruits kinda surface around the corners; pear mostly, and I think thats mostly because of the feel which is much like a pear, it has that odd texture that kinda dulls the tongue off with a drying sense. The pushy chalk and tin sits far to long though and never wants to leave the palate or lets the fruits get by.

Feel is just shy of a medium body with a dump truck of dryness and the formly mentioned chalkyness and tin. Its not a total puckering though, its a mellow easy dryness, but by a fair amount over what I like.

This was to dry for my taste, the mellowness is too mellow and the complexity it seemingly has just doesn't seem to really peak any where and the dryness flat out takes too much out of it for me. A dry yeast beast masqueraded as a scrumptiously lush looking brew.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
Originally reviewed 07/09/06

Poured from 750ml bottle to tulip glass.

Without any agitation, this foamed over some when I popped the cork.

A - Wow, super carbonated. Watch it when you pour this one. Immediately foamed over with a white pillowy head. Dissipates fairly quickly. Very soapy looking head. Bright amber in color. Not nearly as hazy as I expected being bottle conditioned.

S - Sweet and yeasty. Almost a little hoppy?

T - Sweet and slightly bitter. Fruity and a little spicy.

M - Aggressive carbonation here, but not really cloying.

D - Light and refreshing, another home run from Ommegang.

Served In: Pint Glass

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