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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

2,594 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,594
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 105
Gots: 183 | 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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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: "9/25/12" stamped on bottle, but uncertain if this is bottled on or best by date
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Ommegang has a solid, highly drinkable Belgian pale ale with Rare Vos, which sits well with any time of the year (while drinking this in winter, I can equally see myself enjoying it in summer with ease). The Belgian yeast and its byproducts are of major emphasis, along with a noticeable malt component, offering a wide variety of flavors to focus more deeply into. The beer's appearance and feel across the palate are equally complementary. As a whole, this is an excellent Belgian style ale.

Pours a tall (>3cm) head of fairly compressed, small bubbles that are quite frothy-looking, slowly fading (retention is quite good) to a solid cap resting atop the body. Lacing is modest, but present, small dots and lines cover a fair amount of the glass' inner surface. The body itself is a fairly rich, dark, cold orange-brown color, with light bringing out deep, cold, goldenrod yellow tones. Carbonation is visible through the semi-hazy body, moderately active as it streams up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of Belgian yeast heaviness with pineapple, toffee, boiled wheat, and nutmeg and clove-like phenolics.

Front of palate picks up mild toffee with stronger Belgian yeast with nutmeg and clove-like phenolics. Mid-palate of toffee, boiled wheat, Belgian yeast, fairly sharp bitterness from hop choice or yeast byproducts, and reduced nutmeg/clove-like phenolics. Back of palate picks up still sharp bitterness, nutmeg and clove-like phenolics, with a mild malt character. Aftertaste of Belgian yeast, modestly sharp bitterness, and a noticeable backbone of light caramel malt sweetness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of moderate intensity, which somehow manages to never feel fizzy on the palate, but still completely foam up as it moves across the tongue. The result is a soft and foamy (redundant, I know) mouthfeel that closes out quite dry, with little residual stickiness. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 04:47:33 | More by falloutsnow
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-21-2013 03:38:46 | More by BYOFB
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Filthyfloor

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +17%

02-21-2013 01:50:32 | More by Filthyfloor
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BeerDr101

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17%

02-20-2013 01:09:54 | More by BeerDr101
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JSkone09

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-19-2013 22:48:00 | More by JSkone09
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dpage27

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-19-2013 22:35:11 | More by dpage27
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Lagerhouserules

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-18-2013 23:12:55 | More by BamfBacon
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -20%

02-18-2013 19:19:03 | More by DIPAFAN
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Danielr26

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-18-2013 17:18:33 | More by Danielr26
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JLapadura

New York

3/5  rDev -26.1%

02-18-2013 06:28:52 | More by JLapadura
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Mavigo

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 3 for 2 Ommegang box set consisting of Three Philosophers, Hennepin and this from Costco during the holiday season, a good deal. Served this in a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy, bubbly light orange color, with a short, but long retaining white head with bits of lacing.

S: Has a pleasant aroma, wheat, citrus, hops, malts, spices, grapes, champagne tinges to it.

T: Good flavor, wheat, barley, malt sugars, yeast, honey, grapes, citrus, and hints of hops, very robust, a little bit bitter at the end.

M: Bit higher on the carbonated side, but it is complemented well with its robust and refreshing flavors, a full bodied beer but smooth at the same time.

O: Another incredible beer from Ommegang, fairly light, compared to other Ommegang beers that I've tried, but it's a great beer. I got it for an incredible deal, normally it would be a bit more expensive, but I would say it is worth it, its got its reputation behind it, recommended by for everyone, superb.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:26:03 | More by Mavigo
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-15-2013 14:52:26 | More by ROBSTARR
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Rare Vos poured from a chilled bomber bottle was hazy amber in the glass, with a creamy, durable off-white head. The nose is fruity, more so than the lightly fruity flavor. The flavor also has some peppery spice and nutty yeast. Some delicate hops in the mildly bitter finish and aftertaste.

M: good body, appropriate to style, and finishes dry.

O: more than credible US version of this Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 02:37:10 | More by chinchill
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GoGata

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-14-2013 22:55:46 | More by GoGata
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songoose

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

02-14-2013 01:40:49 | More by songoose
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Willcourt

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20%

02-12-2013 22:28:42 | More by Willcourt
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Ranz

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into my Flying Saucer Father's Day glass, this amber ale has a nice orange-copper tone. It created about a finger of foamy head that spritzes away in nice dollops. The 750mL bottle has an incredibly class presentation. I really like Ommegang's new designs.

S: As the bottle testfies, the orange peel and coriander are very present here. There's also a nice Belgian-y funk that I'm really enjoying.

T: The herbal spice works beautifully with the banana and clove profile from the yeast. You get the subtlety of the coriander here, too.

M: It's a lot more buttery than I would have expected from looking at it. It has some play for carbonation, but overall quite creamy for mouthfeel.

O: This would be a fantastic gateway beer for someone hesitant to wade the dark waters of true Belgians. Ommegang, keep 'em coming.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 02:16:05 | More by Ranz
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-11-2013 05:11:14 | More by vrbulldog22
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JustinMc

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-10-2013 19:26:00 | More by JustinMc
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callmeoz

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-10-2013 02:07:01 | More by callmeoz
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Iustus

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-10-2013 02:04:42 | More by Iustus
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MikeF11


4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-09-2013 20:29:30 | More by MikeF11
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Erockss

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-09-2013 19:28:20 | More by Erockss
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ThomasAWilson2

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-08-2013 21:21:08 | More by ThomasAWilson2
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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