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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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2,538 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,538
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 102
Gots: 166 | 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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

02-28-2012 20:10:46 | More by Tumble
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-06-2012 18:00:20 | More by meanmutt
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Holy crap! A Belgian-style beer that I like!

It makes me wonder how much candi sugar they used -- this beer lacks the normal paper-thin mouthfeel that I associate with Belgians. Instead, the mouthfeel is merely thin, but satisfying. A near-perfect (could be a tad thicker) mouthfeel in terms of funneling this beer down my gullet.

And the tastes, the smells! Gone are the oppressive yeast flavours I normally think of with Belgians. Oh yes, the yeast make much of the flavour of this brew, but they do so inoffensively. A touch of spice, a touch of fruit, but none of it overbearing. They work *with* rather than in spite of the malts. On top of that, the alcohol doesn't get in the way.

Delicious. I could drink this beer all day long, and I don't often day that about Belgians. And it is reasonable at 6.5% alcohol. None of that 8.5% crap here. Mmmm. Delicious.

If anyone knows of Belgians that are similar to this, feel free to beermail me the good news. You may convert me yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 23:25:13 | More by shbobdb


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-15-2013 14:52:26 | More by ROBSTARR
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a thin orange-red that glows in light, almost like the hue on a young fox (hence the name). Huge white head which forms an extremely sticky lace on the glass that just won't go away.

Smell: Floral freshness with the some open-air fruit market scent mixed in. Peaches, pears, apples, starfruit, and an overall pervading fruit sweetness.

Taste: Goes down like a complex tropical fruit/ plum/ nectarine/ jackfruit-flavored italian soda. Hop bitterness is just a suggestion at the end. The alcohol is even less detectable.

Overall: Very good, light, fruity brew. Extremely Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 05:29:36 | More by thekanna
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-03-2013 21:36:42 | More by pottergator
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-21-2014 12:21:28 | More by KFrank729
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orangish-bronze; cloudy; big frothy head dissipates quickly, but held ok due to tulip glass

Aroma: Belgian yeast with candy; spices; and pepper; apricot

Taste: Tart apricot up front with classic Belgian Ale yeast; spice and pepper in the mid; finishes semi sweet; overall thin mouthful, but well balanced; better as it warms

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:02:20 | More by IchLiebeBier
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South Carolina

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

Having tried some of Ommegang's other brews, I am hopeful this one live up to the high standards of the other brews. This brew pours a murky orange (not quite amber), very carbonated with champagne-like bubble streams rising to the top. Aroma is light grapes, a tad citrusy and some other fruits; not overwhelming like some other Belgian ales, reminds me of Chimay red. Taste is light and fruity, but a bit thin for my taste and this style; nothing really stands out on the palate. Drinkable and light, but again, thin.

I was a little disappointed in this brew as compared with some of Ommegang's other offerings. Not a bad brew, but I would rate 3 Philosophers and Hennepin well above this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 03:10:26 | More by saintwarrick
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New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL crowned and corked bottle was $5.99 from Price Chopper in Lebanon NH. There's a "best by:" space on the label but no markings. The label claims it is a Belgian Amber Ale and I'd agree (it isn't very dark...). Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Cork is forcefully ejected after a slight twist. Moderate pour generates a generous 4" of dirty white head that takes several minutes to settle to a drinkable level. The brew itself is a sparkling crystal clear amber. Smell is dominated by skunky pilsner style hops (what the heck??). Okay, after it breathes a bit, the skunk mostly dissipates and it becomes more like what I'd expect: warm cinnamon toast with a mixed citrusy hop tang. Taste is spicy cinnamon and clove first and foremost, which transitions into a tart spicy burn. A very sharp inky hop note lingers long in the finish, like only the bitterest parts of lemon rind. Some mixed fruit flavors make a muted appearance as it warms, mostly tart cherry and banana. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, a bit thin and watery, abundant carbonation, somewhat boozy finish. The head lingers throughout and leaves chunks of itself behind.

It is possible that this particular specimen is past its prime. The date is missing from the bottle and I doubt this circulates quickly at Price Chopper. The skunky nose is a bit of a red flag. *shrug*

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 02:36:04 | More by BeerNinja007
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- between copper and aubrun in color, big fluffy tan head with great rentent that settles to a foam ring through the remainder of the brew,some flaoting yeast, lacing is good

S- crisp, citrus, fruit, spice, overall a potent and inviting scent

T- warming sweet yet tangy spicey kick at the finish, aftertaste is spice as well, earthy flavor throughout, citrus with a soft & sweet orange flavor

M- much carbonation may a bit too much, somewhat coarse, light easy flowing body with a great feeling on the palate, bit sticky

D- IMO not a session beer, well brewed beer though. Only complaint is that at times carbonation kinda blanded out flavor. I will be back to this though.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 18:03:07 | More by tonistruth
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip from a 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

Appearance: Clear orange liquid with reddish highlights topped by a huge pale yellow head of dense, tiny bubbles. Active carbonation quite visible and maintains a healthy head all throughout consumption. No bona fide lacing, but there were some good sized bits of foam left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Gorgeously fruity aroma with hints of spices. Peach, orange, cherry, and melon fruit notes. Peppery and coriander spices. A great nose worth taking the time to savor.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt dominated by peppery spices. Slightly herby and medicinal with some banana esters and sourness on the finish. Malt is not quite strong enough to my liking, but it's still purty darn good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated. The cork took no effort to get out via hand. Flavors dance lightly on the tongue and mouth.

Drinkability: Oh god, yes. A solid beer with a bargain basement price. They could charge twice as much for it and I'd still consider this well worth it. I like Hennepin and Ommegang a little better, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 02:52:11 | More by ManekiNeko
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very impressive beer, which had a nice malty flavor. It was mellow, maybe from age. But it had a lot of fruity flavors and smells. The color was a beautiful amber, or something similar. Cloudy, due to the yeast. Quite good. Not an everyday beer, but definitely one to come back to.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 12:41:33 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-24-2014 06:44:00 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Murky light amber with a frothy light tan head of about 2 fingers. Maybe not the most beautiful looking beer, but it does have fantastic lacing.

S- Fundy musk of Belgium yeast. Dirt with some clove. Some dark fruits with earthy hop character.

T- Funk from the nose with a nice, peppery spice undertone that was a terrific surprise that the nose failed to indicate. Pepper, phenols, coriander, and orange zest. Sweetness complements the damp musk, along with some herbal hops that generates a welcoming balance. A hint of some dark fruits- plums and grapes. Almost a bit medicinal

M- Light, refreshing, crisp as can be. High carbonation helps with the drinkability. Mid body bordering on full. Impressive feel to this one.

O- A different but welcomed change of pace from most Belgium and most ambers I have had. A mellow beer with a satisfying level of complexity. Didn't make me jump out of my seat, but good value that's worth a try

Bottled 3/6/13
Consumed 8/2/13
$6.99 for 750 ml

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:02:31 | More by Bosoxfan20
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-04-2012 03:09:15 | More by rcjennings
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy peach/orange color with a slightly fizzy head that leaves an excellent lace all the way down the glass. Slightly tart smell with some apples, peaches, and other lighter fruits. Great starting fruitiness that has a nice refreshing tartness to it with some definite apple, raisin, orange zest, and some sweet candy flavors as well. The sweet fruitiness is offset nicely by just enough earthy noble hop flavors. The brew is slightly effervescant across the tongue and also rather smooth as well. This is one very drinkable brew regardless of the time of year. They just don't seem to know how to make anything that isn't excellent at this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2002 11:51:52 | More by Murph
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4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear caramel color with a solid half-inch head. Aroma is light, sugary and lemony with just a touch of mustiness. A thick layer of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle -- but the beer remains sparkling clear.

Taste is sweet pale malt followed by some light candy sugar. The sugary bits are not overpowering and are tempered with white pepper flavors and a nice yeasty element. Hints of lemon, white grapes, maple syrup and just a touch of pine. With all this sweetness, it still manages to finish dry and with just a memory of hops.

Mouthfeel is very light, very clean. Well done for a Yankee micro, would stand up well to any native Belgian pale. I could definitely session a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 02:16:41 | More by assurbanipaul
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New Jersey

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

Lately I've been staying away from Belgian Styles. However I always meant to try this brew and it called my name in the liquor store today.

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into am oversized wine glass.

A - Pours out a truly beautiful amber color. A bit lighter than most Belgian darks. Lots of effervescent bubbles and a large, frothy white head. Simply a gorgeous beer to behold lookswise.

S - Big smell of yeast. Some clovey/spicey aromas there.

T - Has a yeasty flavor with some spice. Some phenolic taste. Some fruits, with bannanas leading but giving way to some berry-like flavors. Finishes quite dry.

M - Lively carbonation and a light body in the mouth.

D - Pretty good. Fairly low ABV for a Belgian and a pleasant flavor. A bit phenolic but splitting the bottle would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 00:31:21 | More by EStreet20
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New York

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a single at Cost Plus. My first, but not my last of this beer! Enjoyed in a tulip.

A: About 3 fingers frothy light beige head over a dark amber (red in the light) body. Good retention and nice webbed lacing.
S: Big fruits at the pour. Very ripe and sweet. Pleasant on the nose. A bit of earth I would expect in an Ommegang brew, and the clove spice and wheat I expect in a Belgian ale. Spices are wonderful, and the aroma is almost perfumey.
T: Emphasis on the clove and other dark spices. Wheat-like and earthy, all of which I expected from the aroma. Grassy. Delicious.
M: Medium body with high, crisp carbonation.
D: I am a big fan of this brew. To me, it seems like a less horse blanket version of Hennepin. Refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 01:30:44 | More by washburnkid
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

12-06-2012 16:45:14 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a corked 750ml bottle

A: A hazy red-amber color, with fluffy white foam that clings and stays

S: Mostly malt and a little aromatic fruit

T: Sweet malt upfront with some bitter balance, then juicy fruit before a dry acidic finish. Complex but not overly challenging

M: Smooth, medium body with great carbonation that really helps to make this beer very refreshing on the palette

D: The relatively low alcohol, refreshing carbonation, and interesting flavor makes this something I could enjoy many of

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 04:57:16 | More by Soonami
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-31-2013 01:19:25 | More by Lawl3ss
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

12-01-2013 05:40:03 | More by Pens1967
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice burnt orange color with a wonderful sweet malty aroma. The initial taste is peppery with a bread like texture. The alcohol is very well hidden and I would recommend this one to anyone who wants to start trying belgian styles. Not as good as Hennepin, but still solid!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 01:18:32 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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