Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Year of Craft Beer, Vol. 47, Ommegang Rare Vos Amber Ale

Tonights world class beer is Ommegang Rare Vos Amber ale which to me tastes very Belgian.

This beer is in the Belgian Pale Ale class which during WWII tried to rival the pilsners.  It is brewed with sweet orange peel, coriander and grains of paradise much like my Gluten free Bleeding Gums Murphy.

After a long day on board Gazela tapping and removing deck spikes, my body is SORE and I needed a world class beer!

The glass is homebrew friendly.

It pours a hazy light amber color and the head is white and full with crop circle designs in the center that clings to the side with pillar shaped lacing.  This stays throughout the drink and has a creamy consistency that is like icing on a cake.

The aroma is a slightly yeasty and citrus mixed with caramel malts.  It reminds me of an orange pastry.

It tastes very similar to the aroma.  How odd!  :-)   Citrusy with a fruity belgian yeast with a nice amber malt backbone and those stay with you from start to finish until you finally arrive at the place where the creamy head meets a very slight black pepper and super mild hoppy dry finish.  Gorgeous.  After the finish some pepper stays with you,

Creamy mouthfeel!  Maybe a slight buttery aspect to it, and light buy playfully creamy carbonation.  

Overall, I think that if you don't like this beer, you need to be institutionalized.  Plain and simple.  World class.  Absolutely nothing wrong with this beer.  It's hazy, is that bad for this class of beer?  NO.

11 out of 10

Drink it.  If you don't like it eye will refund your money!

Don't gaze at the crop circle head too long!  You will swear it's moving!


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