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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
91
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2,591 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,591
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 105
Gots: 182 | 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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wrath98

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-01-2012 15:06:21 | More by wrath98
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Tumble

Florida

5/5  rDev +23.2%

02-28-2012 20:10:46 | More by Tumble
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onewetpaw

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A- Fruity esters I associate with belgian yeasts. Not much hop aroma present.

A- Slight haze. Light amber to reddish hue. Head was scant on mine probably more due to my pour than the beer.

F- Light phenols hit me immediately. Spicey undertones are present along with a grainy taste from the Pils malt I assume. The finish has a pronounced lemon flavor. No hot alcohol, which I appreciate.

M- Medium to high carbonation. Drying on the palate leaving me wanting more.

o- Interesting beer. I like the spice undertones, but the phenols don't quite suit me.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 01:12:19 | More by onewetpaw
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BB1313

Ohio

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent burnt orange which turns hazy, fluffy white head that fades a bit but leaves nice lacing and retention. Lots of sweet belgian funk blended with some earthy hops. There's some banana, cherry, and candied sugars in the mix as well. Tastes really nice, bittersweet flavors. It kinda tastes like a Belgian pale ale, but I see how it can be a Belgian amber. Flavors are earthy and finishe very very clean. Mouthfeel is really nice, lots of spritzy carbonation, smooth and slightly creamy; medium-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed and this is easy and fun to drink.

Just another really nice beer from Ommegang..

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 21:50:47 | More by BB1313
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-27-2012 15:19:30 | More by HamGlade10
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danielp215

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.2%

02-27-2012 14:23:59 | More by danielp215
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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-27-2012 14:03:26 | More by ortie
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-27-2012 01:16:41 | More by Archemedies
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HisDudness85

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice Amber color; 1 inch of head with plenty of lacing served in goblet.

Smell - Fruity; citrus with a bit of spices

Taste - Balanced: sweet caramel malt with hints of apple, plums, and vanilla. Earthy yeast and slight citrus hops.

Mouthful - Effervescent with a medium body, plenty of carbonation.

Overall - Pretty good offering from Ommegang. The overall balance of the flavors and the foaminess make this a very easy to drink BPA. It is marketed as a Belgian Amber.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 20:42:38 | More by HisDudness85
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Office Lounge in Toms River, NJ.

Appearance: A nice amber color with almost no head most likely due to the bartender's pour. A shame, since having some head seems to enhance this brew quite a bit

Smell: Fruity, with generous helpings of plum, anise, citrus, and a little spice.

Taste: Fruity, plum, anise, citrus, and a bit more subtle spice. Very well balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but relatively smooth, medium thickness

Overall: This is a beer I quite enjoy from Brewery Ommegang. I often overlook it, but I was happy to see such a good beer on tap next to a wide variety of more common beers (BMC, Guinness, etc). Went very well with my roasted half duckling.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 15:40:42 | More by MadCat
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bnes09

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber colored ale with a thick head and excellent retention. Some lacing.

Bright fruity and yeasty aromas with some hops mingled in.

Lots of fruit flavors, apple, banana, pineapple and lemon come to mind. Citric hops, semi-assertive. Fresh yeast flavor. Very well balanced.

Medium bodied with a lively carbonation.

Good stuff. Hard to believe this is not made in Belgium. Complex, refreshing and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 06:36:09 | More by bnes09
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ardy007

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-26-2012 04:23:30 | More by ardy007
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StoicBeast

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-25-2012 09:01:32 | More by StoicBeast
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very cloudy medium orange pour. Huge white head. Settles down slowly, leaving a nice trail of lacing.

S: Tons of dark fruit, very malty. Lots of sweet caramel, raisins, fig and banana. A touch of peach? Yeasty with plenty of cloves.

T: Again, very malty, tons of dark fruit. Raisins in particular. Quite boozy, also surprisingly. No noticeable hops. Tastes almost a little funky. Wonder if that's intended or not.

M: Surprisingly thin, oddly enough.

O: A very interesting BPA. Almost no hops, but super fruity and malty and even a little funky.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:49:40 | More by Dope
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Satan70

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-20-2012 03:08:34 | More by Satan70
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JedediahK

New York

3/5  rDev -26.1%

02-19-2012 05:58:02 | More by JedediahK
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Franz4

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-19-2012 00:38:51 | More by Franz4
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-18-2012 18:12:24 | More by chrispoint
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Jesse14

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.1%

02-18-2012 12:43:13 | More by Jesse14
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jk3

New York

3/5  rDev -26.1%

02-18-2012 05:19:51 | More by jk3
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber/copper color with a big cap of off-white foam. The tulip glass directed the yeasty aroma full of fruit and clove spices. The maltiness of the aroma transfers on to the palate. The malt is biscuit-like, almost crisp in nature. High carbonation leads the way toward a bitter and spicy finish. Dry and refreshing while still being malty with a hint of alcohol. This is pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 01:37:50 | More by BeardedBoffin
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grannaniwa

Massachusetts

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

Hazy, golden-to-amber appearance. Great lumpy head has some staying power. Very nice nose, smells very ‘Belgian.’ Fruity nose, maybe some apple or pear? The smell itself has a bit of bite to it, gives anticipation of sour/tart flavors.

Drinks much lighter than expected at first. Insane carbonation dominates the first experience. Entry doesn’t have much of a presence, tartness kicks in mid-palate, finish comes from the yeast, with some familiar banana notes. Finishes very dry. High alcohol doesn’t come through at all.

Overall: B

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 02:27:59 | More by grannaniwa
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ehnesandrew

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-16-2012 18:45:33 | More by ehnesandrew
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kbt5273

New York

5/5  rDev +23.2%

02-16-2012 14:03:14 | More by kbt5273
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ConorThomas

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-15-2012 11:58:26 | More by ConorThomas
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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