Vos, which means Fox, is brewed by Stadsbrouwerij De Ridder. This brewery is located along the shores of the river Maas. Opposite the centre of the city Maastricht to be precise. Maastricht was founded by the Romans 150 BC, then called Mosaetrajectum which means ’where you can cross the Maas’.
In 1856 the brothers Van Aubel founded the brewery. Not their first brewery because they already owned other breweries in Roermond and Meersen. But also certainly not the first brewery in Maastricht. In those days it was common for a city to have more than a few breweries and Maastricht was no different. The Gebroeders van Aubel’s Bierbrouwerij - as De Ridder was called back then - was number 27! The brewery specialized in top fermented beers. But in 1925 the management decided to stop top fermentation due to the increasing demand for pilsners. Their new beer was called Ridderpils and in 1930 the brewery was renamed to De Ridder as well. De Ridder, which means The Knight was taken from Saint Martinus, Maltese knight and saint for the neighbouring church. This knight is still to be found in the brewery logo. In 1982 the brewery became part of the Heineken concern but with their own management, status and southern character. One concept of that character is that they are the only remaining brewery in the Netherlands with main fermentation taking place under pressure. This gives their beers a special touch. Since 1982 the production capacity increased from 15.000 hectolitre to 100.000 hectolitre. The rediscovery of beer culture in the Netherlands led to the reintroduction of top fermented beers. Wieckse Witte was born and soon to be followed by Vos Bovengistend Bier, Fox Top Fermented Beer!
Vos Bovengistend Bier
It has a moderate caramel aroma with light dough touch. The average rocky off-white head diminishes quickly but leaves a good lacing. Sparkling average sized bubbles raise to the surface from sight in middle of the bottom. The initial taste is sweet (a bit too sweet) and caramel. Personally I must advice not to drink more than one or maybe two otherwise the sweetness gets annoying. Some bitterness of the hops but I think they have been a bit cowered with that. It has a medium body and flat carbonation. In the average long and bit syrupy finish the hops come a bit better to the front but still…