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Rare Vos

Rare Vos

Judges Rating: 
98
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
40 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
20 / 20

Just about as close to perfection as you’ll find on Earth, Rare Vos is a singular drinking experience. A sultry amber, slightly hazy brew topped by a velvety, creamy and tawny head, this is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate. Bold aromas of cinnamon, cardamom, licorice, plums, cherrystones and papaya leap from the glass. Tim commented on the hints of clove, brown sugar and caramel in the nose and noted that they all play together to entice the drinker. Pete praised the clean spiciness and lush tropical fruitiness, and Tom found some intriguing peach notes under the rum raisin in this beer’s aroma. As expected of a Belgian pale ale, the flavor evinces a distinct spicy character, suggestive of clove and Tellicherry pepper, yet maintains an elegant Continental maltiness. The flavors come in waves, each complementing the next. This beer continually evolves in the glass, with each sip revealing another layer of complexity. Tom had high praise for the integration of spicy, bready and dark-fruit flavors, and Lee commented on the refined hop bitterness and light, yeasty spiciness in this beer’s flavor. A truly classic beer to be lingered over and enjoyed at one’s leisure. Too good to rush through, Rare Vos is the ideal cool weather tipple.

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