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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
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2,589 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,589
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 105
Gots: 181 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellarable. Nice hoppy carbonation from bottle conditioning after about 3 months. Light with Abundant head that settles into lace sealing of malt and Light spices in yeast including cinammon. Creamy mouth feel and must be sipped. Popular. Fruity aroma. I think the ladies like this too.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 03:24:31 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear amber with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 00:57:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-24-2011 01:36:34 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce capped bottle into a Bruery tulip. This is the number one BDA and I had somehow neglected to try it up until this point.

The color is a dark peach color with a single-finger white head that fades down to a quarter-inch and stays for awhile. Pretty good lacing as well. The aroma consists of some honey and Belgian yeast as well as a bit of pear and some slight dark fruits.

The flavor is quite nice with a big dose of pear, yeast, and some light banana. There is a very, very small amount of white pepper in the background. I also get a hint of stone fruit. The feel is somewhat light with good carbonation and a bit of creaminess. This drinks quite well and is one of the better Ommegang brews that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 03:17:20 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly murky butterscotch. The massive head is ecru in color with a yellowish tint and looks to have the consistency of an excellent lace maker. Fooled again; an underwhelming number of smallish chunks end up on the glass while a stiff mesa of foam sits defiantly in the center of the glass, refusing to fall lower than a few fingers.

Clove is the first aroma that I notice, but there are others present as well, including fermented apples and pears with an underlying mustiness, hay and a hint of white pepper. The beer has a pleasant flavor with a mild sourness and a clove-like yeastiness that marks it as a Belgian. Or in this case, a Belgian-style ale.

The spicy fruitiness lasts the longest, but isn't as supported as it could be due to the light body. For that reason, Rare Vos is more subtle than many of its style brethren. It fades from modestly sweet early to modestly dry late and leaves the palate clean. The light, airy, well-carbonated mouthfeel makes drinking easy and burping frequent.

I like Rare Vos marginally more than I liked 'Ommegang squared', but it isn't great beer in my mind. It isn't overly complex and the flavor profile doesn't push my buttons all that hard. I'm still glad that I gave it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 18:11:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured hazy dark orange-amber into a snifter glass with a generous head, which took a long time to settle down into a delicate lacing. There is a moderate to strong level of carbonation.
S: Dark fruits and malty sweetness are apparent in the aroma.
T: The initial flavors resemble the aroma, but are followed by hints of spices and a bit of bitterness in the finish. There is good balance among the different tastes, as one does not overpower the others.
M: The beer is medium bodied and feels a bit earthy on the palate, but the carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: This is a very versatile beer; it could be paired with food or just sipped by itself.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 02:12:35 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was nice. Light amber in color and very cloudy. Nice little touch of white on the top as well that reached a heightof around an inch before settling back down. Light grain aroma with hints of spice and light fruits was welcoming, albeit a touch light for me. Smooth, mellow, and a bit bland on the taste. Lots fo pepper like taste tried to cover up a lack of depth and an otherwise slightly bland overall vibe. Still decent feel and a very smooth, easy drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 02:50:50 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a huge white foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of floral malt, sweet hops with some subtle spices and a touch of Belgian-type yeast. Taste is a nice mix between some floral sweet malt and discreet yeast with some spices. Body is just above average but carbonation is a bit low for a Belgian Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 14:14:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Artisinal to the core, this 'Sly Fox' of a beer steals the flavors of suble dried fruits and bread crust from dubbel ales, yet still with the dryness and drinkability of Belgian pale ales. What a bold leap with this flagship ale.

Pouring a true medium amber color, the beer's early carbonation settles and the resulting head is creamy, fluid, and sturdy. The barley stained head laces fairly well, with sparse pockets of foam left behind. A diffused glow emmits from the moderate haze. A very handsome appearance that's maybe understated.

A bready, lightly biscuity and crusty aroma provides the pillow for fruit and spice. Dates, figs, and other dried fruits (cherries, apples, appricots...) give a suble glimpse into the medium sweet and estery nose. Lightly spiced with corriander and white pepper, the yeast is very much at work with the aromas of this beer.

The bready/biscuity/crusty flavors continue where the nose leaves off. Medium malty flavors of caramel and bread crust give ample support for a blend of stone fruits, dried fruits that stop shy of the intensity of raisons or prunes. Not yet fruit cake in nature, the appricots, cherries, apples, nuts and figs give a rich yet moderate tone to taste and without becomming rich or sweet. These fruit and malt flavors are the ideal balance for the spices of dried orange peel, corriander, cinnamon-nutmeg-allspice, white pepper, and alcohol. With such variety in flavor, the strength of each simply remain moderate and in superb balance as not to overwhelm the palate with any dominant flavor- truly a new flavor with each sip.

Creamy and moderately rich, the beer has an even keel fade from initial semi-fullness into a soft simmer at mid palate where the carbonation waivers and the alcohol dryness sets in. Drying late into a malty-dry finish, the alcohol has a menthol cooling feel and a fleeting malt texture. Never reaching peak dryness, the beer has a unique shaddow that keeps the memory of flavor alive into the next sip, but without any lingering sweetness, maltiness, bitterness, or spice.

While Rare Vos never recognizes any of the styles that are generally given to Belgian Ales, it simply does its artistry with benevolence, grace, and artistry- just as true Belgian brewers would have it!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 01:14:31 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

06-22-2013 18:52:53 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

08-12-2013 14:11:20 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-01-2011 19:38:48 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$5.25 for a 16oz. serving at the Crabapple Taco Mac location. Served, oddly enough, with a gigantic orange slice.

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium copper body

Smell: Aroma of toasted malts with unripened bananas, candied dried fruits, and coriander.

Taste: Toasty, bready maltiness with a restrained sweetness. Fruity and a bit flowery. Coriander and maybe even a cinnamon stick tossed in. Tempering hop bitterness. Pervasive, sour yeastiness throughout. Dry, yeasty finish.Banana lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, easy-drinking brew from Ommegang. Certainly worth a try. Oh, and the orange slice? It was delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 19:25:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-30-2012 23:07:03 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-24-2013 14:01:12 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2 finger frothy head with excellent lacing on a cloudy orange with amber and brown hues body. Dark fruit, yeast, some citrus, caramel malts. this one is really bland actually. Flavor is the mosty unidimensional with some herbal and bland barley up front moving to orange peel citrus otherwise nothing else. Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. I was expecting a lot from this one and it was very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 14:03:57 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-11-2013 05:57:02 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 20:11:55 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-06-2014 14:49:58 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a slightly cloudy amber color. The head if fluffy and tan. The lacing is pretty nice on the glass. The smell ofthe beer has a good amour of yeast and some hops on the nose. The taste ofthe beer has a soft malt sweetness with a bitter dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and remains drinkable. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 23:17:06 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

See, there is a beer with "Rare" in the name that doesn't get blasted by many BAs. It pours a cloudy red-orange topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises clove, orange peel, black pepper, light nutmeg, wheat, and a plenty o' bread, which seems to smother everything else after a few sniffs. The taste tones down the bread in favor of the spicier notes, and the orange really shines through a bit more here. I think I get a touch of cinnamon in the background. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate (though kinda prickly) carbonation and a finish that borders on the refreshing. Overall, a pretty nice Belgian-style brew, but I think it's one of the lower points in Ommegang's repertoire.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:46:46 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an amber/orange color. A head white foamy head. Left lots of lacing.

S - It smelled of corriander and yeast. There was a sweetness to it as well.

T - The taste was fruity with hints of malt and spice. The alcohol is also present.

M - It is cirsp. And light to medium-bodied.

D - Very good. Not nearly as spicy as some Belgian-style ales but still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 22:25:59 | More by zeff80
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-09-2014 02:49:19 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle. The label makes it sound like this is an amber witbier.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of foamy, creamy, and marshmallow-esque ecru head, which maintains an increasingly familiar stubborn retention, once again eventually leaving a wide ring of drooping lace around the glass when it does deem it permissible to dissipate.

It smells of earthy, zippy yeast, mild bready wheat and pale grain, a bit of ripe banana, suggestions of underripe citrus, rather subtle savoury spice, and musty leafy hops. The taste is edgy grainy, cereal-heavy wheat malt, a thankfully much-lessened yeastiness, mild musty dark fruit, some still subdued clove and white pepper spiciness, and floral, somewhat funky hops.

The carbonation is kind of frothy, but ultimately on the low side, the body a wavering medium weight, and just a bit too prickly to be considered all that smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the grain more and more outmatched by the musty, herbal nature, be it from spice, hop, or yeast.

Definitely on the funky side of Belgian pale ales, with a hefty nod to all things fruity, though the witbier treatment kind of falls flat with the weak-seeming spice and aforementioned intermixed fruitiness. I cannot tell a lie and say that this lacks flavour, but it's just not my particular thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 23:35:57 | More by biboergosum
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-23-2014 22:33:18 | More by largadeer
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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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