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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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

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3,009 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,009
Reviews: 1,115
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 153
Gots: 397 | 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: 3,009 | Reviews: 1,115
Reviews by Eeroomnhoj:
Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came home from the local wine store and had three bottles of beer. This was recommended as being a great beer and I am enjoying it. Seems a bit fizzy (or is it yeasty?). Enjoyable nonetheless. With that being said I am not sure I would want to drink several of these, might be wrong though. This is definitely a beer worth having again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of carlos_fleico
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark honey amber color. Forms about 3 fingers of a firm thick head with great retention. (4.75)

S: Caramel malts, bready. Citric hints, orange zest. Floral hops, syrupy, and peppery hints. (4.75)

T: A bit spicy, sweet. Citrusy, follows the nose on the orange and light hints of lemon. Nutty, moderately bitter. Dry and yeasty in the end. (4.5)

M: Medium-bodied, very rich and refreshing. Perfect carbonation, somewhat creamy. (4.5)

O: I would drink this over Three Philosophers or Tripel Perfection any day, absolutely love this brew. Very rich and refreshing. (4.75)

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Popsinc
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My least favorite of Ommegang’s beers but that’s like saying that Last Crusade is my least favorite Indian Jones film. It may be the one I prefer least but it’s still a classic.]

Appearances first: Rare Vos, like most of Ommegang’s 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 brewery’s beers. Just a wonderful example of the style. It’s miraculous that this is made in the states.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of shapudding
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of generallee
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of jisom123
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Sly fox is worth the money. Deep Amber color. Not the Best Ommegang offering, but still very good. Good head that dissipates after 2 minutes. Goes down smooth. Slightly more carbonated than I expected.
Cork in the top, like all Ommegang beers.
Clean and fresh enough to drink more than one in a sitting if you are up for it.

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

Big frothy off white head subside to a clinging cream coloured lace. Mild haze from the yeast, looks nearly clear with a pale copper hue. Fruity, estery and spicy aroma with hints of ripe plum and an earthy blend of anise, clove, nutmeg and citric zest. Dry malt palate that taste like a toasted multigrain cracker, big crisp mouth feel and a moderate body. Bitterness from the hops is noticeable. Estery with a slight peppery phenolic character that goes towards coarse and medicinal in the finish. The finish is dry and grain with residual phenols. Paired very well with whole grain crackers and aged hunters cheddar.

Photo of tjthresh
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great looking beer. Copper orange, hazy, with a big head. Notes of orange, spice, and some barn yard smells. Fairly uneventful drink. The orange/citrus and spice hit again, but nothing that is worth talking about. Very drying. Wish I’d picked the Hennepin.

Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle of this Brabant Ale poured into a goblet a slightly hazy dark burnt orange, with a huge head of tiny bubbles. Head eventually melts into ring and sheet lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits, florals, and peppery spices. Mouthfeel is bready and full bodied, with lots of carbonation. Taste is sweet caramel malts upfront, yeasty breadiness, peppery spices, and a touch of bittering hops. Finishes a bit dry without any overpowering aftertaste. A decent American version of a Belgian Pale Ale, but it doesn't seem very strong. Seems to me, it's missing something. Maybe in the yeast strains they're using. Very drinkable for this style.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark orangy color with a sizable head that dissolves to a fine bubbly sheen...citrus seems to dominate in early glass, as it warms it reveals a nice balance of malt/hops. Spice in the finish..pepper, hint of cloves....grapefruit....this beer is excellent with spicy food, thai, mexican etc...the brewer at Ommegang told me (at Half time's recent 3 phillophs event) that this is the staff's favorite at the Brewery

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, moderate carbonation, orange-red in color, cloudy

Smell: toasted malt and dark fruit--very much the scent I associate with Unibroue

Taste: sweet malt, pear, dark fruit and a bit of hay at the end

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet, smooth, high carbonation

Drinkability: A nice intro beer to this style. I would have this again but am glad I got a smaller single as opposed to a bomber. Decent, not outstanding.

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

Pleasantly surprised by this amber ale. Will definitely purchase and consume again.

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

Appearance: deep , hazy , amber/orange , with a thick , creamy layer of off-white foam.

Smell: malty, yeasty , light citrus , a bit fruity and floral , and a hint of clove.

Taste: very fresh malt that has a nice biscuity and fruity flavor , slight citrus on the light lemon/acidic side , pleasant dry yeast , a noticeable hop bitterness, some spice in the end. Refreshing. Just a hint of metalic flavor.

Mouthfeel: creamy , active carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable Belgian Ale. Nice and fresh , not to heavy or strong. Exellent taste! Tried this with mussels recently ...Nice!

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Mostly clear copper with a billowing, off-white, sticky head. Persistent with lots of lacing.

Smell: Fruity, floral and spicy with definite banana and clove notes from the yeast.

Taste: Extremely spicy and biscuity, and the added orange peel, grains of paradise and coriander are quite noticeable. Not as yeast-like as the aroma, unless some of the spiciness is from the yeast.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, fairly dry finish.

Overall: Nice, everyday Belgian Ale, but the 6.5% abv keeps this from being as sessionable as it tastes. However, I guess 6.5% is a session beer for Belgians.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with a weizen like head. Sticks around.

Smell: That familiar Belgian aroma, only a little faint.

Taste: My first beer of the style but a definite let down, I don't think I like the Ommegang abbey ale or this one as much as other Belgians because they just aren't sweet enough for my taste. The flavor is malts and Belgian yeast produced esters, lightly sweet, more bitter than I would expect. Less flavorful than the Belgian Strong Dark ale, to be expected I suppose.

Mouthfeel: OK

Drinkability: Had the dunkelweizen at Piece brewpub again last night. That was far superior to this one, on the drinkability scale. Good, but I'd take the Hennepin over this one any day.

Photo of Swedes21
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a gorgeous clear deep copper/light auburn colour. very nice off-white head with a lot of volume and good lasting effect. there is some nice lacing occurring along with some good carbonations.

Smell - banana, malts, sweetness, citrus and some fine hops, very dynamic yet good smelling beer.

Taste - very clean and fresh tasting beer. this beer offers the malts upfront with some banana and citrus taste. the hops finish the beer off with some slight bitterness but nothing lasting.

Mouthfeel - add volume brings a little more bitterness out, but for the most part the beer remains the same.

Overall - such a fine tasting beer upset I only have one to taste. would love to sit back and have a few good sessions with this beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottles poured into a wine glass.

Pours a ruby color with no head. Has a nice hoppy and sweet aroma.

Taste is somewhat sweet and a bit malty. Nice and sharp with a bit of hoppiness and some good thick flavors, overall pretty decent but not one of my favorites from Ommegang.

Photo of mjtiernan
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Drank this out of a snifter at cellar temp.

A: Expected, hoped for and received a huge pillowy head. Color is textbook amber. Leaves a sheet of massive lacing.

S: Soft Belgian yeast, caramel and spice! Palette isn't good enough to pick the spices out individually but orange peel is pretty easy to notice.

T: A nice fruitiness from the yeast (my favorite part), orange peel, grains of paradise. Not much of the caramel that I smelled.

M: A little bit thin on the mouthfeel but there is some burn from the alcohol and spices.

D: I'll reserve this one for the warmer weather when I'm looking for a brew with this much spice presence but is easy to drink and refreshing. Would probably be a great transition beer for a Blue Moon fan.

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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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