Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
4/5 rDev -1.7%
A- This is simply an excellent looking beer! Hazy with lots of suspended yeast, this has a beautiful amber color. The head is also brilliant looking, starting out about two fingers thick and slowly settling into a very nice pillow like cap over the brew. There appears to be mellow carbonation and the lacing is good too, with lots of sticky foam clinging to the glass. This will be as fine looking a beer as one will find on the market in my opinion!
S- The aromas are full of spice and citrus notes....in particular, tangerine or orange rind and ripe banana, blended with clove, cinnamon and even hints of black pepper. There is a subtle malt sweetness to break all of this up and the finish has a mild hop bitterness. Overall, I find the aroma to be mild yet distinctive.
T- The flavors are quite different than I imagined after smelling this. It is quite dry, and there is a potent blend of spice, yeasty biscuits, and bitterness. Slightly fruity as well, with notes of apple and banana. The dry bitterness carries straight through into the aftertaste, requiring more sips!
M- Again, this is very dry....the Earthiness of the spice and the bitterness of the hops are very fresh on the palate. The body, while leaning towards medium, is definitely lighter than I anticipated. Also, the carbonation is fine, providing for a smooth drinking beer.
O- I think this is a very decent beer, and is a great version of the style. Fruity, spicy, yeasty...this one has it all. The booze factor is noticeable to a degree as well. I can't honestly say it's my favorite type of beer to be drinking, but I think it's very deserving of it's rating. Would I drink this again...yes, but I'd drink this one only on occasion. I agree with the website that this would add a little something to a saucy meal such as chili!
06-01-2012 23:49:19 | More by ChrisCage
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours a hazy deep orange with a medium head that sticks around for quite some time,the aroma is orangy and pretty clovey.The taste is a little tart to begin with and a lingering spiciness to it.Nice mouthfeel to it and seems to be pretty drinkable, something a little different.
07-23-2003 20:11:55 | More by oberon
3.28/5 rDev -19.4%
A nice looking amber pour with a very generous, foamy white head. The nose to be quite subtle, almost dull. Light grassy notes with hints of lemon zest. The taste also seems more mild than i excpected. Bland up front followed by a very light caramel-fudge sweetness in the middle. The finish leans towards the sweeter side with mild spice, lemon and even a touch of woodiness. The mouthfeel is very smooth, almost flat...to light bodied for my liking. An easy drinker but not something i can see myself enjoying bottle after bottle.
03-28-2004 22:25:54 | More by Popsinc
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
My least favorite of Ommegangs beers but thats like saying that Last Crusade is my least favorite Indian Jones film. It may be the one I prefer least but its still a classic.]
Appearances first: Rare Vos, like most of Ommegangs brews opens with a thunderous pop capable of sending the cork flying across a large room. As I pour the beer into my glass a bright orange body is revealed and a tremendous fluffy off white cloud froths to the top of the glass. It is just magnificent.
The aroma explodes with yummy apricot biscuits, Belgian yeasts, honey muffins, cherries, grapes, floral hops, and pepper.
Medium body, lively spirit, citrusy and dry. Perfectly balanced. Taste is primarily orange peal wrapped in caramel with a touch of lemon zest and wheat.
Drinkable as any of this fine brewerys beers. Just a wonderful example of the style. Its miraculous that this is made in the states.
04-03-2006 01:35:13 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.68/5 rDev -9.6%
Enjoyed on 1/15/11. Thanks to BuckyFresh for bringing the bottle.
Rare Vos pours cloudy and amber-orange with a huge 3-finger head that is blindingly white. I can see through the beer right at the top of the body. Streaks and dots of lacing on the glass are very splashy.
A deep inhale reveals a very fruity smelling brew, with strong notes of pear and apple. Funky Belgian yeast is very prominent in my nose with softer floral notes also apparent. When agitated in my snifter the smell is very funky and spicy.
The taste is a very interesting combination of hearty malt malt and that spicy, funky yeast. That peppery spice really hits hard on the sides of mouth and the top of my tongue. Fruity notes of pear and crisp apple blend with a very floral taste.
The moutfeel is very medium bodied and smooth on my tongue while also being very nippy at the sides of my mouth. It is a spicy feel with just a little tartness to it.
This is a very easy drinker, but I really did not find it all that unique or interesting. Also, for me, the spiciness was just a bit overpowering and could have been balanced a little more by the fruitiness and a little bigger malt presence. Still, it is an enjoyable beer.
02-01-2011 21:06:30 | More by TCHopCraver
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: Poured a slightly hazy coppery amber color with about a 1/2" puffy white head. Good head retention and light lacing.
S: Aromas of malt, dates, and brown sugar.
T: Complex malt flavors come together fantastically as they flood the taste buds with the familiar Belgian ale taste. Oh yeah - this isn't authentic Belgian ale! I find it hard to tell the difference. Flavors are a touch dry with hints of candy sugar sweetness and some interesting fruit and spice flavors. Finish is malty and a bit dry with a fair amount of linger.
M&D: Mouthfeel is pretty good with a medium body despite the lighter flavors. Carbonation is light but steady adding to the lighter mouth feel. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
03-23-2008 03:06:25 | More by SIRIUS2
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Bought this and Hennepin recently; I prefer this one. It is an amber color with a small white head that remains present. A small amount of lacing. It has a sweet malty odor to it, mostly sweet. There is a very nice fruity taste with some spice and a little hoppiness. It feels very good in the mouth, not too carbonated. A very good beer, quite drinkable.
02-15-2006 22:35:46 | More by lordofthewiens
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
Presentation: 750ML Magnum Euro-style bottle with champagne cork and wire crown. Label notes: Beer is "Gauaranteed to be cellared at the brewery." Rare Vos is Flemish for "Sly Fox," which is a café in Brussels.
Appearance: Hazy amber with a very active carbonation. Head is near perfect, off-white, creamy, clingy and stays. Very appealing to look at. Loads of settled yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: Malt and grainy notes, a bit alcohol fruity, grape-like, with a dominant soft, sweet clove aroma.
Taste: Full bodied, malty sweet and with a spicy, yeast mouth. A bit peppery with a pleasant grassy dryness. Hop flavours are subtle, tea-like, and mingle with the grass flavours. Some dextrin sweetness as the beer warms. Finishes a bit dry with yeast flavours and semi-oily coating on the tongue.
Notes: A top fermented, bottle conditioned, Brabant Ale. Absolutey amazingly delicious! You almost forget you are not in Belgium, and for $4.50 a bottle it's a cheap imaginary trip to Belgium, for the taste buds and soul.
09-24-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from the bottle a nice dark copper color with a great amount of head, little bubble bath of froth from this lovely belgian. Very high carbination and a ton of lacing. Scents of fruits, banana, and alcohol. Hard to get away from the idiot at the bar with the stogie... definate impact on the senses... Tastes of dark fruits and vanilla ice-cream. Im terribly impressed with how long this ale held it's carbination. All in all it is just very nice, like it!
05-28-2004 00:25:26 | More by shapudding
4.97/5 rDev +22.1%
This is one "Sly Fox". It has a beautiful red/ orange amber color with a hazy body. Tiny bubbles form a thick foamy head that has a light tan color. An inviting aroma of sweet floral orange and spices mingle with doughy yeast and malts. On the tongue there is a complex sweet, fruity and spicy character with caramel malts and doughy yeast mixing with dark cherries, spices and orange peel. Hops add some light bitterness and dryness to the finish. The palate is full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. It is smooth and very drinkable. Outstanding!
05-09-2008 21:00:03 | More by generallee
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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