Rare VosMarch 1, 2001 Cooperstown, NY
Available: AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, IL. IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, VA, VT, WI
Rare Vos is Flemish for “Sly Fox,”and the name of one of Brussels’ great cafés. Rare Vos is a Brabant-style ale, typical of the region around Brussels.
Original gravity: 14.2
A big hit from Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Great scores for color--turbid orange with burnt sienna overtones; head--tiny bubbles hang on; aroma--tropical fruit; taste--wine-like balance of heather honey ; and finish--delicate and lingering. Not a me-too brew just for hot dogs. Steal away for appetizers of organic pears with aged Herkimer cheddar or a Brabant dinner of mussels and pomme frites finished with Belgian chocolate. Bottle-conditioned, Rare Vos will become a real home run with a season or so of cellaring.
- Charles Finkel
An amber ale spectacularly true to anyone’s Belgian beer dream! A fruity-spicy aroma that takes you to the heart of Belgian beer traditions. Am I in America or sitting at a street side cafe in any one of a hundred “best places to drink Belgian beer” places? The warmth of alcohol, the richness of malt, the subtle contribution of hops. The titillating tang of a Belgian ale. If the Belgians were smart, they’d annex this brewery!
- Charlie Papazian
This bottle-fermented ale has a hazy bronze color, a thick collar of foam like freshly fallen snow, and a superb aroma of spices and pear-like fruit. The spiciness takes on a nutmeg character in the mouth, and there’s a good balance of dark, toasted malt and hops. The finish is bitter-sweet, with a yeasty, malt-loaf note, and hops that begin to dominate and turn the beer dry and bitter. Another candidate for pasta dishes or Belgian Trappist cheeses.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.