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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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2,707 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,707
Reviews: 1,078
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 120
Gots: 223 | 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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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Bosoxfan20, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of sgregory
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

sgregory, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of PEBKAC
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%

Bottle via Stop & Shop. It was cheaper then usual. I'm suspicious. No print in the "best by" date area.

750 poured into my Rare Vos tumbler. Left most of the yeast cake on the bottom. Yay for me.

Body is an ever so slightly stirred, amber/orange color, with an inch of slightly yellowed, wispy head.

Smells sort of like unripened pears, Kaiser rolls, a bit of pine, & sticky beer residue.

Honey bread crust, a little green grape sweetness, & pepper stand out most. Cereal grains, salt, mild yeast, muted orange rind bitterness, & a touch of alcohol burn. Mild bittersweet grain finish.

Yeasty sediment makes it feel somewhat creamy, though the carbonation is a touch strong. 6.5% ABV feels about right.

Probably tied for my least favorite Ommagang Beer(along with the Witte). I don't think it deserves the big bottle treatment or the pricetag, as it's just an everyday so-so amber in a flooded market. Though even then, it seems it gets a decent score from me.

PEBKAC, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of JLapadura
3/5  rDev -26.3%

JLapadura, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of linnymtu
4/5  rDev -1.7%

linnymtu, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours reddish amber in color with a 1/4 inch fluffy white head. The smell is malty with a hint of sweetness. The taste is Belgian all the way. Spicy, sweet and a hint of banana. I have had this beer a couple of times before but never had the chance to review it. It's like a baby Belgian Ale that just can't go all the way. I say that but I really love this beer. Another great offering from a great brewery.

CharlesRiver, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of fitzy84
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%

Poured with an excellent, burnt brown-colored head. Dark amber color with patchy lacing on the sides. Aromas are wicked, wicked rich in citrus, grains, hints of toffee maybe even caramel. I liked the slight sense of burnt sweetness to the drink too. Taste has a great, great sweetness to it that mixes oranges, lemons, biscuity grains, honey and even syrup. Carbonation is so well balanced that it makes the drink very refreshing but smooth at the same time. Complemented with the flavor and the aromas, this is one gosh darn awesome drink. Cheers!

fitzy84, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Somewhere between a copper and orange hue; a bit hazy and murky looking, as well as a decent amount of lacing to be noted. On the nose, fresh fruits, cherries, peaches, green apples, pears, simply amazing. A bit twangy and just on the border of being chewy, but not quite. Dry and a bit laid back; decent yeasty body with some reserved sugar, candy cane offerings. Sticky as it warms, sort of a bubble gum palate and a bit rustic. Reserved flavoring in the background, certainly drinkable; one that should be enjoyed by most BA's.

GeoffRizzo, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of bluerabbit
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

bluerabbit, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

22 oz bottle, caged and corked. Brick/terracotta color, crystal clear atleast for the first pour. A lot of carbonation and a bright white fine head that hangs around.

Spices: clove, cinnamon, corriander in the nose.

Spicy peppercorn, fruit (pear, apple, etc), clove and anise. A good amount of carbonation in the mouth too, fizz assaults the tounge. No yeast or bready characteristics in the first pour, but by my last glass, a good amound of sediment improved this, in my opinion. Additional flavors of yeast and buttery bread really make this a winner.

Drinkability is there, for sure. I could easily be pursuaded that this is a true belgian, not a US micro. Great job!

SurlyDuff, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of MarioM
4/5  rDev -1.7%

MarioM, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev -1.7%

A pretty nice stab at the Belgian style ale from the people at Ommegang. This corked 750ml bottle pours a nice orange bronze color with a touch of haze, but fairly translucent. A nice rocky head rests on top of the beer. Smell is a nice big boquet of mellow fruit scencts, floral hops, and mellow ripe malts. A bit biscuity and buttery as well. Taste is much the same, a nice mellow a sweet taste, with hints of hops and fruits and malts all coming at different times, and a tad yeasty. Very smooth mouthfeel and this is definately and easy beer to put down.

twelvsies, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

This was a pretty good beer though I guess that ambers and browns aren't really my favorite beers. The nose on this one was a bit weak, and somewhat boozy, though there was some nice malty tones to it. Flavor follows with a nice roasty, toasty, bready, and cracker-y malt profile. I'm not really getting the fruits that others are talking about, but there is a fair amount of yeast notes to it too. Overall, not a bad beer by Ommegang. Pretty drinkable with some pleasant flavors.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

MakeMineADoubleJack, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Vogt52
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Vogt52, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of nitter
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

nitter, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Michaeldmanley
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Michaeldmanley, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of ChicagoShakeAndBake26
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

ChicagoShakeAndBake26, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of alex_hart
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: A beautiful amber that somehow reminds me of a hazy gold. I'm not sure how else to explain it, and im sure not many other people would see it like that.

smell: the ever delightful belgian funk, sweet florals, and a bit of orange.

taste: a surprising bitterness runs through right after the top is popped and you take the first sip at fridge temperature, but when let sit and warmed a pleasant sweetness takes hold of the bitterness and blends nicely together. More belgian funk (in a fantastic way), and even a slight wheat flavor comes through.

Mouthfeel: light and fluffy. light bodied with good carbonation and no lingering feeling on the tongue.

overall: another treat from ommegang

alex_hart, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev -1.7%

IanSpindler, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Mark5252
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Mark5252, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of delta490
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%

A- pours out a lighter cloudy amber. The creamy white head has great retention and leaves nice lacing

S- the aroma is almost non-existent having only a very slight citrus

T- the taste is also pretty subtle, with hints of citrus and caramel and spice bouncing around

M- full but not heavy

O- It's a well made beer which makes me wish it was more flavorful than it was. It is a dialed back version of a Belgian Dubbel and seemed muted.

delta490, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of supercolter
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

This beer really impressed me.
I haven't had a great belgian dark since I began experimenting with Unibroue about a year back.
Appearance is great medium to dark brown, almost purpleish with a nice billowing head.
Smell is a bit lighter than expected plums, malt, and spices come thru the nose.
The resembles the smell, but as it warms up it is nice and potent.
Mouthfeel is medium in body.
Drinkablity is wonderful.

supercolter, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of swierczt
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

swierczt, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of cowboy83
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

cowboy83, Jun 06, 2012
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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