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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

2,673 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,673
Reviews: 1,078
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 115
Gots: 211 | 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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Reviews by onewetpaw:
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onewetpaw

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured into a tulip

A- Fruity esters I associate with belgian yeasts. Not much hop aroma present.

A- Slight haze. Light amber to reddish hue. Head was scant on mine probably more due to my pour than the beer.

F- Light phenols hit me immediately. Spicey undertones are present along with a grainy taste from the Pils malt I assume. The finish has a pronounced lemon flavor. No hot alcohol, which I appreciate.

M- Medium to high carbonation. Drying on the palate leaving me wanting more.

o- Interesting beer. I like the spice undertones, but the phenols don't quite suit me.

02-28-2012 01:12:19 | More by onewetpaw
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

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
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-07-2013 00:10:13 | More by aszatk01
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

04-03-2006 01:35:13 | More by DaPeculierDane
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

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
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Zakk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-11-2012 00:19:21 | More by Zakk
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BeerEnergy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-23-2014 12:37:25 | More by BeerEnergy
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-02-2014 01:27:37 | More by tbryan5
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dmheinz57

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

03-01-2014 03:10:21 | More by dmheinz57
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SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-05-2014 17:39:06 | More by SkiBum22
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

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
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sabitu

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-31-2014 19:20:35 | More by sabitu
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-06-2014 03:22:01 | More by bulldogg915
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-17-2014 02:49:53 | More by FadetoBock
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-17-2013 18:30:12 | More by danthehopslamman
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kuishinbo_tantei

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

07-06-2014 01:52:16 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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
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freshflesh

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-01-2014 05:23:24 | More by freshflesh
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BK2084

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

08-25-2012 03:16:42 | More by BK2084
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Todd

Colorado

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
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

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
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generallee

New York

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
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-10-2013 06:40:58 | More by nstroup
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kbt5273

New York

5/5  rDev +22.9%

02-16-2012 14:03:14 | More by kbt5273
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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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