Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rare Vos

I've been reminded lately of my family's inability to close things tightly. OK, I guess add it to my list of pet peeves, which as you can see is decently long, yet still warranted. My wife always says that when I turn 70, she hopes she's already dead, because I am going to be one cranky old man. But really, how hard is it to shut my front door (I am even flexible when you have an armful of kid or groceries) so the 95 degree air stops rushing in? We pay a monster electric bill to cool this joint. How difficult is it to make sure the drawers and cabinets are closed all the way? I can't tell you how many times the cabinets have been ripped from the hinges with me forced to play Handy Manny fix-it dude. And why do I need to give "lessons" on how to screw the tops back on the milk and orange juice to preserve their freshness? The world may never know.

I was down to zero new bottles to drink and think about here tonight, so I made my way over to Total Wine on the way home from work. I've had several great beers from Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York, but somehow Rare Vos, which is apparently Flemish for "Sly Fox", has escaped me for months. Until now. So far, Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend is my favorite. OK, I think it's time to open this guy--I've been waiting for it to reach 40 degrees as the bottle suggested.

Light floral and orange aroma. The flavors are mostly subtle yet nice. Carbonation is medium-high, which is the first thing that comes out. You will taste some banana, other light citrus and spicy flavors, mainly cloves and black pepper as the carbonation settles down, and the spices persist. There are also some bready qualities in there. This beer is not sweet at all, rather bitter but not in a bad way. However, it's a little thin. The finish is dry, and you keep that dryness on your palate even as the other flavors disappear. Not a favorite, but decent. That's about all I have to say.

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