Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 3,069
Reviews: 1,123
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 164
Gots: 449 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

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Ratings: 3,069 | Reviews: 1,123
Photo of microbrewlover
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rare Vos, (Sly Fox), pours a perfect copper color. It is cloudy with tons of sediment swirling around in the glass. There is a four finger fluffy white head which lasts; it took me two pours to get all of the beer out of the bottle and into the glass. There is surprisingly little lacing left after that giant head but that does not matter with this style.

The smell is pretty plain, caramel and yeast with some spices. There is also a hint of fruit in there.

The taste really comes alive with what tastes like champagne yeast with tons of caramel and sweet malts. Very biscuty and fruity along with spices. I can detect lemon grass and orange peel for sure but there are other mixed fruits in there as well. The feel is bready, thick and biscuty.

Overall, another winner from Ommegang as well as a good representation of the style.

Photo of DanfromVan
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle
Drank from the glass shoe of a princess.
Nice lace,
Very little scent
The absolute best colour of any beer I think I have seen. It's like waking up in a beer ad.
Tight concentrated carbonation that improves about 15 min in to carpet your mouth with champagne-like ribbons of foam. Carbonation stays strong through the life of the bottle
Flavour is definitely muted, with hints of fruit and very subdued spice. Very slight sour/bitter finish on every drink
Flavour bumps up a few notches if you hand warm it and bring it close to the room temperature of a stone castle in May.
Not a style I seek out, but nice for what it was, US dollar makes this a pricy drink at apprx 12 Can so I will likely try something else next time.
If this was Flanders in 1918 and I just had my arm shot off I would have been good friends with this style. The ABV really makes it 2 bottles to oblivion.

Photo of E-McFarden
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light amber with resounding creamy white head. On the smell I get caramel and spiciness from the Belgian signature as well as some aroma hops barely trickling in the last second. The spiciness really shines through in the beginning of the taste, with a strong Belgian yeast strain profile making a statement. I also get just the right amount of bittering hops here, not overpowering the other aspects of the brew. This one feels nice on the palate, its carbonation level is perfect. Overall a great brew to me, it balances the flavors and incorporates the Belgian influence perfectly.

Photo of chessiejackson
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this is the first ommegang I'm doing a review on. Reason being, ambers are not my first choice, but as always, ommegang comes through. This was really good. A+ guys

Photo of tkolterman
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overly carbonated, decent taste, not a favorite of mine

Photo of T100Mark
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Cool label.

Appearance - Burnt orange color. Hazy. A big, foamy, lumpy head with great retention. A handsome brew!

Smell - Sour. Fruity. Spicy. Wow!

Taste - Initially, I tasted sweet (melon) and sour. This is followed by a rich, smooth malt flavor. The finish is spicy (think peppercorns). Awesome!

Mouth - Smooth yet zesty.

Overall - Ommegang OH My God! Watch out Belgium. A wonderfully complex ale. I would elaborate but I have to go back to the store and buy some more.

Photo of Wilshade
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amber Ale
ABV: 6.5%
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: opaque orange gold with a fluffy off white head. A beautiful beer.

Smell: very fruity with spicy notes

Taste: Well balanced with a slight tilt toward the sweet side. Strong orange notes.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with almost no after taste. Light and tingly on the tongue.

Overall: A beautiful, almost stunning, beer with a taste to match. Pairs very well with grilled steaks. Another instant favorite of mine from Brewery Ommegang.

Photo of hophead723
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy deep orange with a sexy billowing off-white head. I accidentally allowed some of the sediment to flow into the pour but it was my fault because of my technique, no problem. There is great lacing and the beer looks very appealing.

Smell: Rich malty aroma with a lot of subtle orange and spice going on in the background. There is also a nice amount of fruity ale yeast coming through.

Taste: A rich full taste of malt, honey, spices, and yeast. It is so complex and delicious.

Feel: Rich and smooth.

Overall: Yet another awesome beer from Ommegang proves these masters really know what they are doing. The quality is like the stark contrast of fine leather compared to vinyl. Enjoy.

Photo of KevChiTown
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best head on a beer I've ever seen. Tons of bubbles with a sticky lacing. Very soft BPA, that's incredibly slamable.

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer from what I have found to be one of the most consistently excellent makers of craft beers. Not one of their best, but even their "misses" are still very good.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Most beautiful beer I've seen to date, but the taste just isn't there for me. I'd drink again, but I wouldn't buy again. Taste like the older brother of dogfish head namaste

Photo of Bone53
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear rich orange color with a white head

Smell: Heavy on coriander and spices with some fruity esters and bready yeast

Taste: Cloves, pear, apples, slight caramel, yeast

Mouthfeel: Light medium body; Very easy drinking, crisp, and refreshing. Slight bitter finish

Overall: Not realizing that this brewery focuses on belgian style ales, i saw amber ale on the label and went for it. I dont know why this is classified as an amber ale? Its a straightforward belgian pale ale if you ask me. It has that classic Belgian spice and yeast with some fruit complexity. One of the better American Belgian style ales iv had actually. Overall a solid beer in a style i normally wouldnt seek out

Photo of ChaimS
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper. medium lacing. thick head. moderate carbonation. taste of Belgian pale and hop

Photo of rand
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a nonic pint glass

I love the debate on categories here. The brew most definitely straddles a number of styles. It LOOKS like a classic American amber, with a crisp copper-tan color and moderate opacity. The nose is Belgian Pale, with fruity esters and grassy malted grain, enclosed by suggestions of fresh pastries. Its flavors are a little more broad. Estery, crackery, as a Belgian Pale should taste, but it's got distinct caramelly malts in front of any hop snap.

Suggestions of apple, citrus zest, allspice, cinnamon, and floral, grassy notes can all be parsed. Alcohol is moderate, and the beer closes with a medium, balanced finish.

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Guess it's the east. Just not a big fan.

Photo of dd43
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It's a Belgian pale. Or an amber. But not exactly either. Has the yeast aroma you expect from Ommegang with a mix of clove and banana on the nose. Highly carbonated in appearance and texture, which is juxtaposed with a creaminess that I found rather appealing. This beers maintains a thin but dense head all the way to the bottom of the glass. Little to no hop punch, this is malt and yeast forward beer to be sure. Not a huge fan of ambers in general but this is one of the better ones I've had, perhaps because of its departure from the style.

Photo of founddrama
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Belgian IPA" is what they call it. I get that. It's more sweet than hoppy, and consequently reads like a mild dubbel.

Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep cognac orange color with heavy head. slightly boozy and sweet banana nose (after warmed in a snifter). highly carbonated mouthfeel. taste is dominated by belgian yeast, accents of pepper and coriander, and a general slight fruit sweetness. it was hard to pinpoint any specific sweet flavors in this pour. aftertase is belgian yeast and slight fruit.

Photo of munnster76
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Par for the course for a good triple

Photo of Torilynn86
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers!

Photo of Tok
3.12/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Farther from Amber ale than expected, resembles a witbier in overall character and taste with strong yeast overtones.

Photo of classixIII
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick creamy head hangs around quite awhile on top of a hazy dark honey color.
Not much on the nose , grain, clove some yeast. Great carbonation, creamy feel. Taste is crisp, yeast, pepper, hops are there and alcohol at the end. Like pretty much everything from Brewery Ommegang, Great Brew!

Photo of GOBLIN
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable Belgian beer done by one of the best in the business . . . Ommegang.

Photo of bmeehan
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ommegang never ceases to amaze. Rare Vos pours a beautiful orange-gold and tastes like every other amber ale should taste. It's not a beer that you'll shed a tear over, but it stands as what should be the beer all other beers model themselves after.

Photo of Teenieyogini76
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic Belgian style ale. Very good

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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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