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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

Rare Vos (Amber Ale)Rare Vos (Amber Ale)

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Ratings: 2346
Reviews: 1057
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000)
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Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a standard pint glass.

A- Maybe it was the lighting; an amber ale with true amber color, full creamy white head and lots of sticky foam lacing. A touch of haze in the body from the yeast, perhaps.

S- Orange and spice, some light malt and yeast.

T- Slightly sweet malt combined with yeast dryness and fruits, spices.

M- Easy drinking with some hope bitterness and yeast and spice pungency. Dry finish.

O- Friendly drinker with lots of flavor, 6.5% abv is manageable; right level of hop bitterness, too.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2014 12:09:15 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: hazy light gold. Fat off white head. Thick lacing.
Smell: subtle pepper and yeast. Slightly sweet fruit, mostly dry nose.
Taste: most of the flavors in the nose though combined. Quite dry.
Overall: well done. Tasty and subtle. Classy comes to mind.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 23:05:02 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep amber hue with creamy white head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Distinct orange scent with hints of toasted malts and coriander.

Taste: Orange taste evident immediately, giving way to malts and ending with spice from the coriander.

Feel: Thin but not watery, very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 00:05:57 | More by BrewMakeMeFeel
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*12 oz. bottle*
Look: Nice orange shade of amber body, 2 1/2 finger white frothy head.

Smell: Toasted malts, mild citrus, spices, faint caramel sweetness, mild herbal qualities.

Taste: toasted oats, caramel, coriander, touch of a ripe banana, spicy yeast, mildly nutty, honey flavor not the sugary sweetness, dry finish.

Feel: Light body, tight carbonation.

Overall: This ale is very light on the palate for being 6.5% I like how all the flavors in what reminds me of a hearty bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, with a side order of bananas served with orange juice. There is a nice hop bite that sets up the right amount of bitterness to make this beer crisp. This is recommended

#Original Review on 10-30-13#

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 11:35:25 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rare Vos – Belgian Pale Ale (6.5%) - Brewery Ommegang (New York)

App: Pours a brilliant and hazy copper-red with a high, loose head that becomes creamier and more defined as the beer sits. Very active carbonation and sheet like lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast dominates aroma with notes of banana and persimmon. Some mild pepper aromas. Malt is present and sweet, but not particularly defined. Subtle lemony twinge, with hints of light caramel in the background.

Taste: Taste follows nose with hints of banana and clove. Very light herb spiciness. Light citrus notes commingle with ample malt sweetness and belgian funk. Hops bitterness does well against sweet malts and yeasty esters without being assertive. Little bit of phenols peeking through. Pleasantly sour aftertaste.

Mouth: Medium boded with significant effervescence that scrubs the palate in between sips and makes for a very refreshing beer. A tiny bit overcarbed for my tastes, but not against style.

Home tasting, 750ml into Tulip. 2/20/14.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 19:52:29 | More by ZoomanCru
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great be for a great brewery that show everything the label says, it is fruity and spicy yet mellow.

It pours a beautiful slightly dark slightly cloudy page color with fine but thin head. The aroma is a mild fruity thing. The taste follows suit with a mild but tasty refreshing beverage going on. The aftertaste is a simple refreshing feeling.

Overall, this is a great brew that I think I had one before in a large bottle. It may benefit from being on tap or corked as this one was a12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 19:29:05 | More by schoolboy
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4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a hazy light amber color with a soapy 2 finger head. Nice streaming carbonation.

S- Belgian yeast, banana, apple, pear, bready malts, and a little caramel.

T- There was the typical Belgian yeast, banana, apple/pear, and pepper there, but what impressed me most was the strong malt presence and rich caramel/clove/earthy hop finish. Flavors had a lot of substance, nice balance and complexity.

M- Thicker side of medium body. Nice crisp carbonation and slightly lingering fruit, spice, and hop.

O- I was pretty impressed with this beer. The more you drank, the more you knew how beautifully crafted it was. The caramel malt presence in the flavor added a rich dimension to this Belgian Pale I can't remember experiencing elsewhere. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 13:16:25 | More by tmm313
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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, purchased as a 3-pack at Costco (with Hennepin and Three Philosophers)
L - hazy amber with a huge ivory head that holds excellent retention and sticks to the glass on its way down
S - fruity, spicy, caramel, orange, yeast
T - orange, Juicy Fruit, yeast, spicy coriander, caramel, bread
F - medium body, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish with ample bitterness
O - second time around with this one, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd buy this again if the price was right.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 04:30:13 | More by barnzy78
Photo of KHarz

New York

4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer overall. As I'm not a huge fan of belgian beers in general, I enjoyed the fact that Rare Vos was extremely well balanced in terms of keeping the sugary Belgian flavors to a pleasant minimum. I didn't feel overwhelmed by these sugars and felt that they were kept in check by a pleasant level of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 17:30:41 | More by KHarz
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Dinosaur BBQ (with a bbq brisket melt).

A - Copper in color with a rather small head. Lacing was average.

S - malt, caramel, bread, bananas and a touch of clove.

T - The Belgian yeast strain is quite good in this. More bananas and clove from the nose with a healthy dose of spiciness and bread.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, but a touch chewy. Also the initial blast of carbonation was soda like but it quickly calmed down.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2014 03:55:16 | More by WheelsPSU
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4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Tulip

Appearance- copper/burnt orange. hazy, big white head with lots of lacing

Aroma- Belgian yeast, spicey, pepper, banana, fruity, apple and pear esters, funk, bready malts, very nice

Flavor- A little more spicy/funk here and less fruity than the aroma, well balanced, with a dry lingering finish

Mouthfeel- Medium, good carbonation

Overall- Very tasty, and one I've returned to many times. recommend trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:23:44 | More by LI_PO12
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3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Foggy golden-amber color with two fingers of very frothy head and decent lacing.

S: Belgian yeast is at the forefront, with lots of banana, clove, bubblegum, and some tropical fruit. While it sounds pretty standard for a Belgian brew, it's well done here.

T: Some bread and citrus flavors come out to complement those in the aroma (yeast, banana, and clove).

M: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation, very smooth and creamy with a nice dry finish.

O: Solid offering from Ommegang; it evaded me for a long time, but I'm glad I finally picked a bottle up. For the price tag, this is definitely something I'll be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 06:06:10 | More by AwYeh
Photo of CochonKing

New York

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours a caramel mixed with amber in color. Light frothy head that lasts for a couple of minutes. Excellent lacing - 4.5

Smell - Malt with notes of lemon and bubble gum with light caramel notes underneath. Leading into a nice spice note that ommegang is so amazing at. Cloves and ginger among many other spices are faint and almost undetectable in the back ground. - 5

Taste - Excellent malt forward flavor with clove and spices backing it that leave a long finish and a crisp and refreshing flavor. - 4.75

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light crisp bubbles. This beer is excellent on the palate . 4.75

I would recommend trying this beer with some braised pork belly. It pulls fat off the palate excellently.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 02:34:13 | More by CochonKing
Photo of NeedBeerHere


4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark amber/orange in color with a NICE three finger head with good retention. Smell is of nice Belgian yeast -- bananas and cloves. A little fruity in the nose but the yeast takes the forefront here. Taste is more of the nice Belgian yeast and what was in the nose. There is a little fruity hops with a great aftertaste that includes a slight bitterness but not overwhelming. I really love the Belgian yeast so this is all win for me. Mouthfeel is really quite thick for the style which is hard to do and keep all these variables together in such a nice beer. Really a nice beer that I haven't had for years and really glad I tried it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 04:13:30 | More by NeedBeerHere
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a few of the Ommegang christmas packs so am regular with Rare Vos. Good looking beer that smells very good. Very tasty, one of the better Ambers. Like the beer but would not buy on its own but would certainly buy as a value along with some of the other Ommegang beers. Excellent beer but not a great buy alone.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 03:29:27 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of ThaneMcC


4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- amber, with thin off white foam and mild effervescence

S- floral and fruit esters, very nice without being perfumey

F- sweet up front with transition to hoppy bitter balance with clean finish

M- good mouthfeel, good carbonation and astringent enough to cleanse the palate

O- overall very good beer, excellent belgian style beer at a reasonable price! Would definitely purchase again and share with friends

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 23:19:47 | More by ThaneMcC
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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich, murky amber color with a bountiful cap of eggshell foam; the presentation is pretty much exactly what you expect from a Belgian ale. The aroma is fresh and vibrant, smelling of coriander, orange, shades of wheat, and some Saaz.

The taste is similar to the aroma, featuring each of the elements described above. There is also an accent of something resembling tropical fruit--not sure if that's the grains of paradise or something else. Just enough bitterness lingers long enough to finally peak through on the back end. The yeast lends a perky, chalky character that complements the other flavors nicely. The balance really is excellent, as no single facet ever overpowers another, and this remains true to the finish. The carbonation is predictably lively as well. The body, however, is noticeably thin and possessed of an unusual slickness for the style. It's not heinous, though it did strike me immediately upon tasting. A heavier body just would have supported the bountiful flavors more ably.

Overall, this is yet another zesty, vibrant, drinkable Belgian-style ale from Ommegang. This would be dynamite in the summer or spring.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 02:57:40 | More by MaximalC
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4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P- Wegman's in mechanicsburg

My 500th review

A- light amber color with a 3 finger head that is foamy and leaves a frothy laving on my cru. A nice mountainous head as well. great look and inviting.

S- fruity esters but almost floral like. there but not there a perfect combination almost. Citrus and yeasty maltiness.

F- the fruity esters follow a bready yeast. Very smooth transition. this is nice. not much else to say. damn good

M- light bodied yet creamy but smooth. goes down with ease. The grain warms my throat but it isn't strong.

O- a great beer for my 500th. I would love a case of it. This goes in to my top 10!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 01:40:31 | More by Dodo2step
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3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours out a lighter cloudy amber. The creamy white head has great retention and leaves nice lacing

S- the aroma is almost non-existent having only a very slight citrus

T- the taste is also pretty subtle, with hints of citrus and caramel and spice bouncing around

M- full but not heavy

O- It's a well made beer which makes me wish it was more flavorful than it was. It is a dialed back version of a Belgian Dubbel and seemed muted.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 14:18:38 | More by delta490
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4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber with a touch of redness, hazy to cloudy, with a thick, dense head the color of vanilla cream; lacing was scant in comparison to the head.

S: A mix of grain and fruity esters, then orange oil, then a mix of citrus & evergreen notes from the hops, and finally some spices (white pepper & coriander).

T: Flavors evolve quickly in the mouth, so it took a few sips to really take it all in. There's a moment of bready flavors that quickly drowns under a wave of tart, fruity flavors. Malt sweetness is there for a moment, then gone as tart fruit takes over again. The finish has two waves of bitterness: a short, spicy wave where I definitely appreciate the flavoring a they threw into the kettle to boil; and a second, lingering wave of tangy-bitter hops.

M: Crisp and well-carbonated. Thin, and more dry than moist, although not quite astringent.

O: A superb Belgian ale with spices. Mine paired nicely with Asian crackers and spicy ahi poke. Probably better suited to warmer weather, but good anytime.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 20:15:35 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a great look and feel but is lacking in taste in my mind. Needs more citrus or more maltiness to keep it from tasting flat. I love Ommegang and I think they do Belgians right, but this is a bit lacking for me. Wish I liked it more. I'll try it in bottle to see if its the keg but maybe I'm just not a fan.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 01:52:26 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had this beer multiple times and that should speak to how good this beer is but I will review my first encounter with it.

Beer was purchashed on tap at the Eagle Tavern in Liverpool, NY (they no longer have it on tap). Outstanding beer. I would recommend this to all of the beer lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 16:38:39 | More by Edward19
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a thick white head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet bread and Belgian yeast aroma with hints of Belgian candy.

T: Sweet Belgian brew with a slightly fruity tart middle that finishes dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid beer – great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 02:21:27 | More by ckollias
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3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


Take this review with a grain of salt. I'm not a big Belgian guru, so I'll just head into this from a standard beer junkie point of view. You've been warned.


this pours a very nice hazy amber, leaving a nice off-white head, but it is a little pop-like.


This smells - Any guesses? RIGHT! CLOVES! Spicy. Like, food spices, not beer spices. I guess beers like this are supposed to be this way. Some day I'll understand. In the mean time I'm getting cloves, flowers, sugar...


Taste has a lot of.... Any guesses? Cloves! Cloves, and pepper, some nutmeg, some cinnamon... more... Fennel? no. But something with an edge. But there is a lot going on, and it is very interesting.


Mouthfeel is very clean. It is nice and fizzy, and as you drink it (mine didn't sit very long), it just carbonates all over. Yummy!

Overall, this is pretty good, but brace yourself for an overwhelming spice thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:04:20 | More by karengarys
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a foamy two fingers of head on a cloudy medium straw colored body. Great retention.
The aroma has lots of bright fruit: apricot, banana and orange.
The taste is full of flavor but still easy drinking. Mild sweet fruit notes with some lemon bitterness.
The texture is a fun fizzy with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 00:57:14 | More by Fatehunter
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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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