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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,776 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,776
Reviews: 1,080
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 121
Gots: 245 | 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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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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, Feb 27, 2013
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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, Dec 18, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

bwv99f, Oct 24, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -69.3%

Shakydog68, Oct 24, 2013
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1.45/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I did not enjoy this beer at all.. couldn't even finish one glass. I was so excited to find it at the local gourmet foods store while vacationing, and I couldn't wait to get back to the hotel to try it. I love Belgian stong pale ales, and thought I would enjoy this (non-stong) pale, but I couldn't even stomach it.

I poured a hazy brown, with no head. Immediately I could smell corriander and bananna. The mouthfeel was flat, no carbonation whatsoever. The taste was sour. I think I must have gotten a bad batch of this stuff, as my experience of it is not consistent with other reviews. Either that, or I'm just not a fan of this style.

alysmith4, Oct 03, 2006
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1.63/5  rDev -60%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours a tawny amber hue with wispy white head that deposits a surprising volume of chiffon lace sheeting.

S - This smells suspicious at best, horrendous at worst; the nose seems to offer an impression of cheap jasmine fragrance atomized in an attempt to thwart rancid foot and body odor. No thanks.

T - Atop of the foul descriptors that construct the quantification of this brew's nose, just add hints of Raid bug spray and there you'll have it.

M - The feel is bad, but only because the experience of drinking this beer just feels so bad. Insert sad frog and snarky text line, that will suffice to define this brew.

D - I think this is so bad that it takes on comic (or tragic) proportions. Is this for real?

ktrillionaire, Feb 26, 2011
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

bernat1971, Feb 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

tatums1984, Jan 18, 2012
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2.03/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Out of bottle. Not my type of beer at all. Did not match the typical Belgian flavor beer of which I am not a big fan of anyway. For me this had a charcoal, ashtray type taste that is just not a match for my palatte. Seems some folks enjoy this, so give it a try if you'd like. I have turned the page on this one.

TheBigBoy, Sep 29, 2011
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2.03/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours out to a slightly hazy light amber with orange accents, forming a large light beige head after a vigorous pour. Head is sea-foam in consistency and has OK retention with sparse lacing. Aroma is of dry cloves, a faint whiff of bananas, apricots, a crisp toasted wheat note, Wyeast Belgian Wit yeast aromatics, and diabetic urine (seriously). Mouthfeel is spritzy, with a watery thin body. Taste begins with florid carbonation, immediately fading into a thin bitterness with nary a hint of hop flavor or aroma...more of a tannic bitterness, like oversteeped black tea. There is a toasty note in the middle, a mentionable complete lack of malt body or sugar, followed by more chemical bitterness in the watery, thin finish. The finish reminds me of chewing a Tylenol. In the aftertaste, I tend to pick up roasted barley astringency and some isopropyl alcohol. As it warms, the alcohol becomes obtrusive and drys out the mouth. Highly overrated, and nothing I would care to drink again.

Mitchster, Jul 01, 2003
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2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

MPPHISH, May 15, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

AlaskanYoung, Aug 30, 2013
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2.28/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Coriander. Slippery, Bain de Soleil-in glass-like coriander. This beer smells, tastes and feels exactly like coriander-infused sun tan lotion in a bottle. Disclaimer for any who might not know—I don’t like spiced beer and I especially don’t like coriander in my beer. It tastes too much like vegetables for me. In this case, Ommegang has taken that flavor profile to a whole new level. I think I can maintain some degree of objectivity, but we’ll see…

The beer pours an orangey-gold color with a pretty good sized head by American standards and a sub-par offering on the Belgian scale. The frothy, meringue-like character was non-existent, though a layer of white film lasted forever.

The aroma was coriander. Nothing but straight, in-my-face coriander. I smelled 5 or 6 times for something else, but I could only smell coriander. That being said, coriander in beer, to me smells like the aroma conjured up when I see the image of the nicely-bronzed little girl having her bum exposed by the overly-frisky family dog. Either sun tan lotion or celery. Is there a celery-scented Hawaiian Tropic product?

The flavor is the same, but with some depth. First, the greasy, celery-ish coriander smacked me on the tongue. Then I was granted a temporary reprieve by the green apple maltiness, flowed by some more Braeburn-like sweetness, before Banana Boat and cilantro fruit regained their strangle-hold on the flavors.

I hated, HATED this beer. But, I could appreciate how so many might like it. I was also impressed by the fact that the flavor didn’t follow in lock step with the aroma, offering up some nice appley tartness that was non-existent in the aroma. I will take off points for the possible addition of Coppertone and cabbage to the kettle, but I’ll be fair enough to recognize this beer strengths too…

TXHops, Mar 18, 2003
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2.33/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: 12 oz bottle. 2 fat finger head, lasted several minutes, light lacing, rustic orange color when poured.

S: heavy strong fruit aroma, noticabl malt and yeast smell.

T/M: served cold had medium body. tasted fruity, but not in a women mindset. strong carbonation.

D: Not a big fan of this one, alcohol was well hidden, taste didn't improve with warmth.

e11iott, Jan 07, 2011
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2.45/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Am I the only guy who doesn't like this stuff?

The aroma was enticing -- spicy hops, a little grassy, earthiness from Belgian yeast. Cloudy amber in color with big head. But then in the flavor... my first impression was, tastes sort of like Spaghetti-os (tomato)! It has a strange vegetal flavor that is hard to place, and I find undesirable. Other than that, it is certainly earthy and spicy in flavor as one might expect, and packs a little alcohol punch.

Overall, as far as Belgian styles, there are infinite others that are miles above this example, so I cannot recommend it.

dmtaylor, Feb 08, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Sazz9, Oct 05, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Kraig, Jul 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Mikexw, Apr 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Aclmin, Sep 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Rgalvin, Jan 23, 2014
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2.58/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: 12 oz bottle. 2 fat finger head, lasted several minutes, light lacing, brownish gold in color

S: malt and yeast smell, with a small amount fruitiness

T/M: strong carbonation. tasted slightly fruity

D: didn't care for this one as much as some others

heavy216, Jan 09, 2011
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2.58/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: opaque brown with 1 cm tan head.
Aroma: Slightly vinous aroma. Huge malty dark bread dough aroma. Aroma makes me remember the needing dough.
Taste: Funky dry varnishy mouthfeel, that jumps in the way before I can figure out the taste. dry toffee. Huge harsh citric acid. Nutty, biscuity. No back bone or finish. If I were to write anything more, I would repeate the words "acidic" and "biscuity" over and over and over again.
Drinkability: Why bother to finish the glass, I no not why.

Naerhu, Dec 17, 2003
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2.58/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This nice looking bottle pours a dirty rusty brown. It has a thick creamy tan cap that has amazing hang time,well the center has nice hang time,the edges colapse first, leaving a pillar of head jetting out of the center of my snifter. A few large chunks of yeast are swirling around,even on a slow and gentle pour. The nose is beyond understated and smells faintly of dried rasins, bread crust and light spice mixture. Right upfront I get a tangy tartness that is not appealing to me in the least. Light maltiness never comes full circle and seems weak and underpowered. A subtle yeasty fruitness is underlying and is really the best part of this disapointing offering. Ommegang has impressed me over and over,this one just didn't do it. I will try this again, just to see if this was a fluke. A thin mouthfeel and bitter dry finish did this no favors either.

orangemoustache, Dec 17, 2008
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2.6/5  rDev -36.1%

Klif, Oct 12, 2014
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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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