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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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2,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,931
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 139
Gots: 326 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into Bruery tulip.

Pours a very murky brownish copper, the dull color of copper that's lost all brightness. Think the yeast suspension is due to a fairly careless pour, but oh well. Head is very nice, nice two-finger light tan head, with nothing but the tiniest bubbles and a firm, creamy consistency; excellent retention (I don't think I ever saw the top of the beer in the glass) and a lot of really nice delicate lacing. More clarity (which is almost certainly my own fault) and I believe this one would have been a perfect 5.

Nose carries a healthy dose of apples and even a bit of pear, a fresh, rich breadiness, and an unexpected spiciness - clove? - alongside just a bit of yeasty depth and a hint of vanilla. A lot of classic Biere de Garde characteristics. Not getting much in the way of hops though; this may be an older bottle.

Taste is entirely in line with the nose. Richly bready with like fresh baked white bread, just a hint of sourdough, drizzled oh so lightly with caramel and served with fresh apples and pears dusted with ground clove and cinnamon. Biere de Garde has crept up and quite possibly become my favorite style, and this is a dead ringer. Would have been exceptional if not for the faintest metallic ring towards the finish. Still very good bordering on excellent.

Mouthfeel is spritzy, light, with lots of sharp, tiny bubbles; could have used just a bit more creaminess, but not bad.

The only thing at all holding the drinkability down are that metallic ring, and a faintly harsh prickly alcohol bite. My suspicion is a super-fresh bottle of this would be rid of that, and thus several notches higher. I'll keep my eyes open for a newer bottle and hope to adjust later; even as is, still quite a tasty beer.

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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 Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BeerEnergy
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dmheinz57
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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 sabitu
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bulldogg915
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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 freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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!

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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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