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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,585 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,585
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 105
Gots: 179 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000)
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, opaque color of rust/burnt orange, with a firm and foamy head made of super-tiny bubbles. Excellent retention, and it paints the sides of the glass with wild strings and dots of lace as it slowly lessens.

The nose if mostly fruity, recalling pear, peach and a smidgen of apple, and something that reminds of some kind of mildly cheddar-ish farmhouse cheese. Weird huh? But I mean that in a good way. Like walking through the curdling area at a cheesemaker's while eating some fruit. And drinking a lightly herbal tea, as there's some of that here too.

No real surprises in the flavor, partly because I didn't actually expect it to taste cheesy, although there's still a more general rawness to it that keeps a nice artisanal flair going. Succulent fruits pop out most (pear, peach, apple, cherry) although these are not too sweet and kept in check by a more down-to-earth mineral flavor and an herbal layer. Yeast could have been amplified just a bit, but overall nice balance and impressively subtle flavors.

Sharp tickles on the tongue, thanks to very active carbonation, but there's a softer side to the feel as well that keeps things balanced.

Overall Rare Vos is a "4" because it's easily accessible, totally quaffable, enjoyable and 100% quality. Just nothing supremely remarkable; Ommegang can and does do better.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 23:55:32 | More by Metalmonk
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S - Floral notes with a little basil or kalamata olive coming through. Very interesting aroma.

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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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