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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 2,927
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 139
Gots: 323 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

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Photo of smibroncos
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a clear apricot copper color with a. Short white fizzy diminishing head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Orange, hay, straw, rubber

T. Citrus, fruity. Sweet up front some spiciness, coriander, and grapefruit. Bitter and dry finish.

M. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation.

D. Great brew, good balance. I could keep this brew and usually do, in my cellar. I am glad I live so close to the brewery that I never run out.

Photo of Duff27
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a booming three-fingered white head atop a dark amber beer into a tulip. Effervescence aplenty! Great head retention and thick lacing.

S- Belgian yeast and slight bread quality.

T- Caramel malts with the Belgian yeast spice. Hint of dark fruit.

M- Medium to light mouthfeel. Can feel the effervescence on my tongue.

D/O- I'm not so sure I'd want to have more than one, maybe two, of these. Can't remember the last time I gave a "5" for appearance. Reminded me a lot of Hennepin...guessing that's the yeast.

Photo of kwjd
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a restaurant in San Francisco. Pours an amber colour with a finger of slightly off-white head. Some nice lacing around the glass. Smells quite spicy with dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Very dry flavour, the spices come through even more in the aftertaste. Nice carbonation level. Another good beer from Ommegang.

Photo of MattyV
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, BB date 08/2011.

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a two-finger white head that leaves a ton of lacing as it slowly shrinks down into a thin cap.

Refreshing aroma, full of fruity/phenolic characteristics, a touch of spice and caramel.

Tastes sweet and a bit toasty, with noticeable spice and fruit imparted by the yeast. The finish is dry and crisp with a nice citrusy tartness.

Medium to light-bodied, effervescent carbonation.

Highly drinkable, this may be my favourite Ommegang beer that I've tried to date. A pleasant surprise, I wished I picked up a few more of these.

Photo of r0nyn
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip.

Pours a golden apricot hue that's hazy and translucent. Many lines of little effervescent bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to the top, collecting in an inch thick whiteish head that dissipates quite slowly. Leaves strings of loose, bubbly lacing coating the inside of the glass. Nose is pretty fruity, with essences of banana esters, pears and just a little bit of citrus and sourness at the end. Caramel malts are also detectable, along with a bit of spice, wheat and yeast.

Sweet malts greet the palate on the initial sip, followed quickly by the spicy notes of Belgian yeast. Mild bit of banana in the middle, then the yeast continues to assert itself in the form of a substantial breadiness that you can almost chew. Back end has some pronounced bittering from the hop profile, something I wasn't expecting out of a Belgian ale. Ends on a decidedly funky note. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a creamy feel. The carbonation is a touch bit more tickle-y than I prefer, but isn't obtrusive by any means.

Drinkability is quite good. Could easily have downed another one of these. If you're hankering for a good Belgian brew that's easy on the wallet, look no further than Ommegang. Their stuff isn't quite that Trappist quality, but it's as close as you're going to get on this side of the pond.

Photo of mattgreger
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the pop of the bottle I could tell this was going to be an excellent brew. I poured this brew in to a small snifter, to ensure I sip and enjoy every last drop. It poured a very nice gold color, with a beautifully thick, tall, eggshelled colored head. It has some retention, but fades. As you drink, small amount of lacing remains on the glass.

The aroma palate on this one is very nice. A power punch of all kinds of flavors floods you, and as you sniff this brew, you can slowly break some of them down, but there could be alot. I know that I can detect some fruits. Banana, apples, maybe some citrus. This is followed by a nice toasted caramel malts. It finishes with grassy hops and burst of spices. Its touches the nose and I already want to down this brew.

When it comes to the flavor of this brew, it doesn't let you down. Just like in the aroma, there is a huge amount of flavor that stimulates every taste bud possible. Its hard to break down all the fruits, but there is definitly some dried, dark fruits, as well as some citris as well. I can pick out a bit of banana as well. Its followed by the grassy hops and a great mixture of spices. Its finallly all rounded out with a bit of a bready/biscuit finish, that has a bit of bittersness, that is nice and dry, that closes it out. Amazing flavor.

The mouthful on this one is pretty good. Its a medium bodied brew, pushing the limits of a full. Its got some great flavors and during the sip is nice and juicy, but then finishes full of flavor, and nice a dry. Very much like a wine...but better. It does have a bit of a high carbonation, but I kind of like it. Its very balanced and gives you a nice refreshed feel after the sip. I enjoyed it very much.

Its has a nice drinkablity as well. I have seen some BA's talk this brew down, but I have enjoyed it very much. Its easy to drink, a lower ABV then many of the other brew in the style. Drinks very creamy and smooth. The flavors also come together so well that allows this brew to pair well with anything. This was a great brew from the Brewery Ommegang. I will be sure to pick up the bigger version of this brew on my next visit to the beer store.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy deep amber to glowing red with a creamy white head. The aroma is heavily fruity and light to medium spicy with tones of sweet yellow apples, apricots, peaches, pineapples, overripe pears, mild white pepper, coriander and light hints of fresh herbs. Malt and hops bring tones of crispy crackers, light caramel, white sugar and a touch of flowers and grass. The flavour is fruity up front with tones of citrus but there is also some notes of apples and apricots. Undertones of grassy bitter hops and toasted/cracker-like malt. The mouthfeel is soft carbonated and round. Light sweet and near medium hoppy. Bit dry. The aftertaste is earthy and grassy bitter. Medium bodied.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 1/15/11. Thanks to BuckyFresh for bringing the bottle.

Rare Vos pours cloudy and amber-orange with a huge 3-finger head that is blindingly white. I can see through the beer right at the top of the body. Streaks and dots of lacing on the glass are very splashy.

A deep inhale reveals a very fruity smelling brew, with strong notes of pear and apple. Funky Belgian yeast is very prominent in my nose with softer floral notes also apparent. When agitated in my snifter the smell is very funky and spicy.

The taste is a very interesting combination of hearty malt malt and that spicy, funky yeast. That peppery spice really hits hard on the sides of mouth and the top of my tongue. Fruity notes of pear and crisp apple blend with a very floral taste.

The moutfeel is very medium bodied and smooth on my tongue while also being very nippy at the sides of my mouth. It is a spicy feel with just a little tartness to it.

This is a very easy drinker, but I really did not find it all that unique or interesting. Also, for me, the spiciness was just a bit overpowering and could have been balanced a little more by the fruitiness and a little bigger malt presence. Still, it is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of AdamBear
2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-dark golden orange with a decent white head. seems that this should possibly be darker but it does look nice.

S-smells like honey and spicy blegian yeasts almost like a belgian witbier. its a pretty good strength

T-comes in with sweet belgian yeasts but mostly its just very malty. goes out with the belgian malts as well. the after-taste is of fruity belgian malts but mostly has this odd plastic-like taste to it that i find upsetting.

M-medium carbonation that is good, however there is a finish that makes you question if the beer is poisoned

D-its really not a fun beer to drink, i was excited for it to be done with soon after opening it. the plastic-like taste towards the finish seems to grow throughout the glass. this is definitely not something i'll ever be getting again.

Photo of buschbeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
Served in tulip glass.

A - It is an amber colored beer with orange highlights. The off white head on this one was very generous.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast, orange peels, and tea.

T - The taste is more mild than the aroma. The yeast is there with muted spiciness.

M - Moderate with adequate carbonation.

D - This is an impressive beer, much like everything from Ommegang. I am regretting passing this beer up so many times. It goes down way to easy. I wish I would have gotten more than a single.

Photo of Gunslinger711
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet.

Less than a finger of head that disappates quickly. Light amber in color. Warm caramel scent. Mouth feel is a little bitey, good amount of carbonation present. Warmth and and caramel carry over into the taste, along with the some cinnamon hints.

Like a lot of other belgians this beer tastes like a friend invites you over to their farm and let's you taste beer they've brewed right there on the farm. A warm and cozy beer that tastes good on a cold night like tonight.

Photo of KTCamm
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a champagne bottle into my Duvel glass.

Pours reddish amber with 1/2 layer white foam. Cloudy active bubbles. Malty smell, some orange hints. Light citrus taste, very mellow. Candied sugar. Belgian yeast notes but in background. Little bubbles of carbonation create a buzz if you look for it. Good flavor, easy to drink, another solid ommegang offering.

Photo of zoso1967
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BuckyFresh for sharing this bottle with TCHopCraver and I.

Rare Vos pours a slightly brownish amber color with a light tan head that is frothy and has good retention. The lacing is just okay and the beer itself is a little bit cloudy.

The aroma is lead by spicy Belgian yeast with notes of clove, cinnamon and white pepper. Along with the spice is a nice sweetness that has soft pear notes and some dark sugar. There is also just a rumor of sour, but it is not nearly as evident as in many other Belgian style ales.

The taste has a bit more toasted character in it and less of the fruitiness. It has a smooth bready sweetness, a touch of toffee and some raisin. The spice is even more evident in the flavor with the clove and white pepper making themselves noticed. There is still a bit of that nice orchard fruit character from the nose, but it is pretty well buried in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is great with a light/medium body. The beer has a nice subdued carbonation and a finish that is not too dry or too sweet. I really dig the softness of this beer's texture.

This is a pretty drinkable Belgian ale, but it is just not quite there for me. I love the mouthfeel and the aroma, but the taste is a bit too spicy and lacks that nice fresh orchard fruit character. It is definitely a well crafted ale, but I think there are a lot of better examples out there.

Photo of scottfrie
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter. Thanks StormKing47 for this one.

A: Pours a hazy apricot amber with a thin, dense, off-white head that lasted forever and receded into a fuzzy film. Great retention but hardly any lace.
S: Smells a lot like a dubbel, very sweet and fruity. I get notes of apple juice, lemon, orange, and peppery yeast. Notes of clove and allspice as well.
T: Follows the nose with a lot of light fruit flavors, manly apple cider. Spices are there as well with a touch of hops and hay. Overall very malty. Maybe a hint of fig and pear. Slight funk.
M: Medium body, crisp mouthfeel with frothy carbonation. Finish is slightly dry but sweet.
D: Sweet, fruity, malty and spicy: just what you'd expect out of the style, and a great example of it. Not my favorite beer, but a great one none the less.

Photo of heavy216
2.6/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: 12 oz bottle. 2 fat finger head, lasted several minutes, light lacing, brownish gold in color

S: malt and yeast smell, with a small amount fruitiness

T/M: strong carbonation. tasted slightly fruity

D: didn't care for this one as much as some others

Photo of kjyost
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at brewery BB 06/2011. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Looks nice, amber with a nice white head. Light lacing and above average retention. Aromas are very enjoyable, although light. A bit of sweetness, with standard belgian aromas of light barnyard (that became more pronounced over time), a bit of citrus and sourness. The beer really falls flat at this point for me. It is thin with very subdued flavours. A bit of belgian nature comes through but no real malt, although the beer does not finish dry... Decent beer, but of all their offerings, ,this is the one I would least look to redrink.

Photo of e11iott
2.36/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: 12 oz bottle. 2 fat finger head, lasted several minutes, light lacing, rustic orange color when poured.

S: heavy strong fruit aroma, noticabl malt and yeast smell.

T/M: served cold had medium body. tasted fruity, but not in a women mindset. strong carbonation.

D: Not a big fan of this one, alcohol was well hidden, taste didn't improve with warmth.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottles aged in my cellar

Pours murky and orange with lots of foamy head. Smells yeasty with lots of floral hints. Tastes very yeasty and belgiany. A solid but not necessarily outstanding beer. A bit of hoppiness but nothing too crazy. A thck mouthfeel That's a bit rough from the bitterness. Overall fairly drinkable

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle to chalice.
Pours a hazy amber color with a full 2 finger head. Mild lacing with adequate retention. The nose on this brew is a little sweet with dark fruits and a little must. Palate is complex and tasty. A nice bready malt backbone with some spice and funk from the yeast and some sweet candied flavors. An extremely drinkable and enjoyable offering. Worth seeking out, enjoying, then seeking out again.

Photo of juankzas
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber into my Duvel glass. Lots of sediments left in the bottle.

A: Orangey cooper with a beautiful beige head that lasts forever, excellent lacing. Plenty of bubbles coming from the bottom.

S: Some raisins, lightly spiced, fresh bread, belgian yeast.

T: Some malty sweetness, lightly earthy, hops very slightly noticed. A dry finish.

M: Great mouthfeel with the perfect level of carbonation. Tha alcohol is not noticed.

Photo of tapman
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a belgian dark ale it is very light, I would say a medium orange, light amber. You can make as big a head as you want. Abundantly carbonated.

Sweet caramel and bananas with some pepper spice and a dark, candy/fruit aroma.

Sweet and caramel-like, some yeast by-product of clove and a well-balanced Saaz-like hopiness give it a very smooth taste. No hints of alcohol at all. The finish is as clean as .

Smooth yet with a satisfying bite from the carbonation. Barely any dryness.

Very well balanced and while this brews flavor is pretty good, it is the lack of off flavors, tricky to control with certain Belgian strains, that makes this one a well brewed ale.

Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer many times- first review.

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass- I usually use a chalice, but pint glass was right there to use. Nice amber color- more clear than most Belgians, nice head- not too much carbonation

Some fruit,some spice,very balanced

Again very balanced,fruit,spice,malt,yeast- I love it

Nice feel- right amount of carbonation

Very drinkable- good even as session beer. Great with food. I plan to drink many more in the future

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tan to amber and almost clear. Great lasting head that never seemed to completely disappear and thick, chunky lacing. Plenty of rising bubbles.

Smells spicy and yeasty with a fruit and grain backbone that's slightly sweet and very nice indeed.

Tastes fabulous, a semi-sweet fruit is the first thing I notice. The yeast is present but not overpowering. A lightly dry malt complements a moderate hop bitterness. Spiced just the right amount, noticeable light pepper.

Feels medium bodied and very tangy from the high carbonation. Bitterness lingers a bit more than you'd expect. Moderate dryness.

Given the moderate ABV this one is extremely tasty, very easy to drink, and very desirable to buy again.

The price wasn't bad at all for such a high quality brew. Great stuff.

Photo of dizknee24
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - amber of course. rusty color, nice soft head dissipates after a min or so. opaque.

S - spicy like a typical belgian

t - heavy but light with a mild spice very mild.

m - perfect

d - i could do a bottle of this my self, would have no problem buying again

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a darker amber color, with a large lacing head. Smelt of spices typical of a good beligin beer. The taste was a bit heavy, lots of spices were present, a bit malty also. A very full flavor, but nothing that made it very difficult to drink: everyone could enjoy it. Overall I found this beer VERY enjoyable.

Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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