Beer of the Week: Rare Vos Amber Ale

BY DAN VERHILLE | APRIL 11, 2013 5:00 AM

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It should be no secret to anyone who reads my columns that I’m a big fan of the folks over at Ommegang. I’ve stayed away from reviewing another one of their beers for as long as possible, but in the interest of full disclosure, I love them and couldn’t keep away any longer.

Smell: The aroma is one to savor; cinnamon, licorice, and dark fruits seem to be the most prominent components. Hints of brown sugar linger in the nostrils even minutes after taking a whiff of this work of art. 4.7/5

Appearance: The head is frothy, creamy, and lasting; it looks like homemade whipped cream atop a slice of pecan pie. The glass lacing is almost chunky — in a good way — and lasts as long as any I’ve ever seen. The amber body has an enticing shine and moderate carbonation; a beauty to behold. 4.9/5

Taste: A mellow flavor promotes high drinkability, and I must admit it’s as smooth a beer as I’ve ever had with a flavor profile that complex. The Rare Vos manages to strike a seemingly perfect harmony between the malty base and bitter hop finish. Dark and tropical fruits are featured like backup singers, but the spices have the solo in this situation: cinnamon, caramel, clove, and brown sugar gently coat the mouth. 4.8/5

As close to perfection as I’ve ever had for the style, Ommegang has given me one more reason to believe it’s the best in the brewing business. 14.4/15

Rare Vos Amber Ale

Product of: Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, N.Y.
Serving Size: 12 fluid ounces
Serving Style: pint glass
ABV: 6.5 percent

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