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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

2,659 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,659
Reviews: 1,078
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 113
Gots: 209 | 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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pbass78

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-09-2012 02:23:25 | More by pbass78
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Review taken many times over the last few years.

12 oz brown bottle with excellent label design. The sly fox pouring a drink for its prey. Or maybe its dearest of friends? Label is quite beautiful with a luxurious royal purple paired with red, gold, cream, and white. Ommegang produce some of my favorite labels and always deliver something that hits right at home. I poured this into a Ommegang pint glass.

A - pours an deep golden russet to light amber color. A milky haze throughout every inch of this clouded body. True Belgian style funk about this Sly Fox. Creamy shade of off white head pours quite large and looks like a fluffy pillow of creamy clumps atop its large head. Settles nicely leaving a thick ring of fluffy lacing that provides some very nice stick.

S - fruit and dry Belgian spices. Coriander and those hyped grains of paradise. Both lighter and dark fruits blend well together. Bready and toasted malt balance the spices allowing a very enjoyable aroma. Hints of chocolate as it warms.

T - fruity up front with citrus and some darker fruits though the lighter goodies dominate for the most part. Belgian spice with excellent yeast notes. Coriander, orange peel, and grains of paradise are all noticed as mentioned in this bottles description. Toasted bread malts balance the dry spiciness leaving you wanting that next sip.

M - medium bodied and bursting with delicious Belgian inspired flavor. Thickness and texture are spot on considering this is a fairly sessionable ale. It's almost surprising how much Ommegang pronounce the abundance of character and flavor notes in a somewhat normal abv range in the craft beer world we live in today. Creamy texture and smooth thickness allow me never to get bored or tired of this ale.

O - quite possibly the most underrated of all of Ommegang's great brews. I know they miss the mark on occasions with some releases, but their core group as well as some of their special releases are all top notch and for me this is the one that's overlooked at times. But I tell you, this may be Ommegang's best overall beer. It goes well when paired with about anything imaginable and is very drinkable. In fact, its one that could be enjoyed all day long in any season of the year. Here is my tribute to Rare Vos, the remarkable sly fox from New York's Belgian brewery.

05-13-2014 15:03:24 | More by BradtheGreat7
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JakeDebus

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-23-2013 18:03:57 | More by JakeDebus
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 3 finger off-white head with excellent retention to a 2 finger rocky cap. Decanted lightly. Laced in rings with thin dangling webs.

S: Sweet caramel and crackery malt. Belgian yeast; spice and banana. Citrus tickle.

T: Very consistent with the smell. Very smooth with rich flavors start to finish. A little light fruit lingers in the spicy finish.

M: Light to medium body. Ample carbonation; active on the palate. Rich and mildly balanced with fruit and malt lingering (in a good way).

O: Very drinkable; both flavor and balance.

10-20-2011 16:27:00 | More by Haybeerman
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grittybrews

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured a ruddy amber into a Duvel tulip with several fingers of loose, off-white head (long retention). Typical Belgian yeast aroma with spicy nutmeg notes.

Moderately high carbonation and a dry, light mouthfeel without being thin. Some tartness up front that borders on sour, leading to banana and sweet caramel. Long, dry, peppery finish. Pleasantly balanced and very easy-drinking.

09-18-2010 04:13:29 | More by grittybrews
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tard24

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-02-2014 06:33:14 | More by tard24
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fgilbert2

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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SonOfKyuss

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-05-2013 01:39:24 | More by SonOfKyuss
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Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-26-2014 01:47:21 | More by glinnebur
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wilfmaster

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-05-2014 02:40:18 | More by wilfmaster
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Lagerhouserules

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-18-2013 23:16:06 | More by Lagerhouserules
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mikem0487

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-29-2012 22:26:23 | More by mikem0487
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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kmos27

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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CarlosRuizsChauffeur

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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drew74

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-14-2013 00:16:22 | More by drew74
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athegreatest83

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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sbanacho

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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HollywoodNate

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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outsider

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Vogt52

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Element1290

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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AMCimpi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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brentblack1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-06-2012 18:40:14 | More by brentblack1
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bzach

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-16-2012 04:10:47 | More by bzach
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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