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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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2,708 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,708
Reviews: 1,078
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 120
Gots: 224 | 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 HisDudness85
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

HisDudness85, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

MadCat, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of bnes09
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

bnes09, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of ardy007
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

ardy007, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of StoicBeast
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

StoicBeast, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Dope, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Satan70
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Satan70, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of JedediahK
3/5  rDev -26.3%

JedediahK, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Franz4
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Franz4, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -14%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Jesse14
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Jesse14, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of jk3
3/5  rDev -26.3%

jk3, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

BeardedBoffin, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of grannaniwa
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
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

grannaniwa, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of ehnesandrew
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

ehnesandrew, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of kbt5273
5/5  rDev +22.9%

kbt5273, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of ConorThomas
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ConorThomas, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of lommym
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

lommym, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of spark3148857
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

spark3148857, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Blueribbon666
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color into Duvel tulip with good half inch head and smells of yeast and citrus. Mmmm sweet yeasty Belgian-like goodness with a bit of orangey citrusness among the yeasty floaters. Very, very good example of Belgian style brewed in the states. Great mouthfeel and great find, will enjoy this fully and keep my eyes out for more from Ommegang.

Blueribbon666, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +22.9%

tfsimpkins, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of PorterBoy14
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

PorterBoy14, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of phattman073
4/5  rDev -1.7%

phattman073, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of bkaj21
4/5  rDev -1.7%

bkaj21, Feb 08, 2012
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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