BeerCritic


Ommegang Rare Vos
05/03/2008, 4:51 AM
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Ommegang Rare VosABV: 6.5 %
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: weizen
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.50
Consumed at: home

Impression: Thick white head goes down to nothing quickly on top of a cloudy orange body. Amber tinged. Banana and fruit aroma is fairly common in this Belgian style. Slightly watery body is disappointing. Good aftertaste, but immediate impression is watery. Spicy finish. Flavors include peppers, coriander, banana, flowery hops, sandy yeast, and generally spicy presence.

Rare Vos focus on bodyAroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20. I liked the flavor, visuals, and aroma, but it was all just a bit lacking in impact.

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Ommegang Witte

Ommegang WitteABV: 5.1%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: weizen
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington NJ
Price:$2.50
Consumed at: home

Impression: Good fruity aroma. Good hazy color and depth. Head is lacking but haziness is there. Banana overtones, but watery finish. Visually in keeping with the style, but nothing particularly special here. Taste is good, but watery finish distracts from the overall effect. Palate is thin, watery, and diminishing.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20 I liked the flavor of what was there, but there was not enough ‘there’ there. Washed out watery undertone disrupts the effects of this beer. Not bad, but not great like other Ommegangs.



Oskar Blues Old Chub Scottish Style Ale
05/03/2008, 3:40 AM
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Oskar Blues Old ChubABV:8.0%
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz can
Glass: tulip (nee thistle)
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville
Price: $1.50 per can
Consumed at: home

Impression: Deep dark ruby brown. Rich. tastes of chocolate, coffee, and smoke in a slightly thin base, but not badly so. Visually stunning. Head starts off tannish brown and thick, but reduces to a wispy foam with little head on a sometimes brown, sometimes deep ruby body. Palate is slightly thin, but likely in keeping with the style. I’m not that familiar with Scotch Ale. A very nice color and aroma, and the alcohol is hidden well. Not nearly as rich as a chocolate or coffee stout, but certainly a drinkable, worthy ale.

pilsener servingAroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 15 out of 20 I liked the dark rich color, the chocolate aroma, and the relatively reasonable price per can for an Oskar Blues beer. Dale’s Pale Ale can go for upwards of 4.50 per can.



Dogfish Head Imperial IPA 2006
05/03/2008, 2:58 AM
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Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA c. 09072006ABV: 21 %
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $8.99
Consumed at: home

Impression: Wow. Knocks you over. 0-60 in 3 sips. The aroma fills the room with flowery hops. The malt is jumping. The bottle conditioning is a nice touch. I like a little haze in my 21% ABV ale (!). It’s syrupy with sweetness. It seems like a barleywine style, except for the IPA overtones. You are absolutely forced to sip and recover. The aftertaste is long, palate damaging, and delicious. I would find it hard to pair this with anything but the richest foods. This is the death by chocolate of hoppy beers. Thick yellowish head reduces to a wispy white foam with nice lacing. The reputation of this beer precedes it and it does not disappoint, though I thought I would enjoy it a bit more than I am, it simply whacks you over the head. It’s like trying to drink coke syrup. It’s exactly what I asked for, but as they say, be careful of what you ask for, they might serve it to you in a 12 oz bottle for 9 bucks.

Aroma: 10 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 18 out of 20 I liked the overwhelming nature of this beer, but it is at the same time its downfall. I think this would be a great beer for a wine enthusiast to try to enjoy, but for me, I think I’ll stick to the 60 or 90 minute IPAs from this same great brewer. At the very least those are more affordable. For me they would also be a bit more enjoyable.