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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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2,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,877
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 126
Gots: 284 | FT: 0
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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 hunteraw
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Stubbie in Gainesville from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Much lighter in color than I expected, this doesn't seem to be a "dark ale" at all. Perhaps a bit darker than your typical Belgian Pale Ale, but not by much. Now I don't know what to expect... Amber in color, good head. Some lacing.

Smell: Again, much lighter than I'd expect. I though I might be mistaken, so I had a friend smell as well. Very light in the aroma department, with some mild belgian yeast character and perhaps a hint of spice.

Taste: I'm starting to wonder if I got a bad or mislabeled bottle, somehow. Again, the flavor profile is much ligher than I'd expect from a Belgian Dark Ale. Reminds me much more of a Belgian Pale, not the dark fruit and candi sugar of a Dark...

Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp, good. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Odd, drinkability is good but the beer is not what I was expecting, at all.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - this belgian pours initially with a five inch, but after sitting for a minute and a second pour, it calms down to an iced tea brown color witha a full finger of cream white head sitting atop it, plenty of busy carbonation keeps it afloat

S - a tart wheatiness with slight roasted characteristics and a definite alcohol aroma with some cloying fruity esthers, maybe apple. an up front bouquet, but not overpowering

T - nice bold flavor, wheaty and thick, like the aroma, quite tart slightly nutty, with faint appley hints, not afraid to show some flavor this beer, but not to the point of poignancy

M&D - thick and slightly chewy, but not syrupy, wheaty and yeasty, smooth, but quite tart yet still easy down

Ommegang brews a damn good Ameri-Belgian!

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

From the 750ml bottle with no freshness date evident. Decants with a nice “pop,” poured my beerheads.com pint glass. Pale amber-brown clear color with a plethora of Champaign-like bubbles. Thick light-tan head fades slowly leaving a thin cap and generous lacing. Nose of cloves, light malt, a touch of dark fruit, and the faintest hint of alcohol. Taste follows suit, making me think more of a Belgian Strong Pale than a Strong Dark. A small dark fruit presence is followed by a light clove/coriander spice presence. Finishes rather blandly with very little bitterness. Good flavor overall. Mouth is on the strong side of carbonated, watery edging toward thin, and smooth and easy on the palate. Drinkability is very good overall, but like all highly-carbonated beers tends to attack the old esophagus giving a heart-burn like feeling if drunk in anything less than moderation. The entire 750ml bottle should be sipped over time, but at a “mere” 6.5%, it’s definitely do-able.

Overall: Ommegang continues to prove a reliable “domestic Belgian” brewery. Not what I’d call a “Strong Dark” but a sold Belgian Ale nonetheless. I strongly recommend any of their offerings. One final point: I picked this one up for 5.99, which is a heck of a lot of bang for the buck.

Photo of gmfessen
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking bottle, packaged like a champagne bottle. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy yellow-amber color with a frothy foamy head. Smell is mostly of amber malt, a slight hop profile and very slight tinge of alcohol; perhaps some small amount of spice. Taste is initially sweet of the amber malt, a slight metallic taste, followed by a hoppy, sort of dry finish. Mouthfeel is thick with carbonation, but the beer is rather light and goes down very smooth. Overall, this is definitely a drinkable beer and worth trying.

Photo of mpyle
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big, long lasting, whitish head. Fairly good clarity, rich copper color.

Malty nose, a bit citrusty. No hop and not much (if any) spice. A small amount of alcohol, but otherwise clean and subdued.

Malty up front balanced by a big hit of hop bitterness. Finishes a bit malty and not overly dry.

Medium body, with some snappy carbonation. Despite the carbonation is generally creamy with a bit of alcohol warming.

Overall a bit too big and strong of a Belgian Pale for regular drinking, but a nice beer.

Photo of ekempey
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into a snifter. The beer has a gorgeous amber color with a frothy white head. This has a great taste of fruits, and is especially vibrant with a hint of orange. This went down smooth, and is very drinkable. I wish I had eaten something with this as it would go well with some of my meat dishes.

Photo of bigone4
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer from an in person trade with Silks636 back in October. I have just gotten around to give it a try. I have since found this brew locally in W. Springfield, MA at Town and Country Liquors. After popping the cork this beer poured a nice amber orange hue. Tons of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle which I left there since the label suggested doing when poured. Very nice fluffy off-white head with good solid head retention from start to finish. There was a mild clinging lace down the whole pint glass. Smells light and dough like. There are tones of malt sweetness with a touch of citrus hop florals. There was a certain fruitiness almost grape or plum essence hidden in the background. Smooth tasting flavor with a mix of different light malt flavor and slight caramel hints on the pallet. Definitely a mild yeast presence in the aftertaste. Sweet malt flavors up front followed by a nice well balanced mix of hop bitterness toward the finish. There was an almost sharp dry hopped taste to the finish.

Extremely smooth and drinkable. Very nice offering that I will certainly will have again. I recommend giving this one a try. It is certainly worth it. I may have to cellar a few bottles for a while and taste the difference. Overall a great brew with a lot of taste and provides to be quite an enjoyable Belgium style beer.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this with my Easter dinner (ham). Blame my 2 year old for taking my notepad and scribbling all over it, then hiding it. Oh well...

It poured a nice dark amber, a warm unfiltered haze of brassy, burnt orange. Head was over a finger of thick, sticky, off-white foam that stuck around a while & laced nicely.

Nose is rich, sweetness, dark brown sugar, malts, maybe molasses, earthy, some citrus poking through, the classic spice qualities Ommegang is known for peek over the alcohol esters...very nice.

Its crisp on the pallete. Malted, spiced nicely (some light clove, maybe a hint of pepper), traces of bread/yeast. Its surprisingly creamy as well as crisp...nice. The tastes meld & dance on the tongue as the spices mix with the sweet malts. Its crisp & dry on the finish, a nice bittersweet echo & aftertaste (with a trace of citrus) linger as it fades away. Very nice.

It paired, as many Belgian Ales do, very well with Easter dinner. Of particular interest was the way it danced with the glazed, spiced smoked ham - awesome. I could easily see it doing very well with some sharp, drier cheeses.

A great interpretation, and a great bang for the buck as well. Would drink it again (meal or no meal) again in an instant. Highly recommended.

Photo of jpkoch1962
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Frothy, long lasting head tops a deep amber, slightly yeasty appearance. The aromas was full of soft esters; cloves, citrus, and sweet malts was quite inviting. This ale is a smooth, complex, well balanced assortment of cloves, ginger, and lemons which compliment a soft maltiness. A nice peppery earthiness was detected through out. For such a complex brew, the finish is surprisingly dry and spritzy, with just some phenols lingering in the aftertaste. This has got to be one of the finest ales I've drank. Tonight is St Nicholas Eve. A very nice ale to compliment my wife's spicey German christmas cookies. A real steal for 3.99 for a 25 oz bottle.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Actually a rather nice looking beer. Beer goes from red to yellow, depending on how I hold the class and the light going through it. Scent has a nice lemony tinge, though a bit of alcohol slips though (which really is surprising as the ABV isn't too terribly high).

Taste is rather nicely balanced. Citrus flavors up front, and a not too overwhelming oily hop flavor on the finish. A decent beer, though I really wish there were some specific aspect of it that stood out a bit more.

Well worth a try though.

Photo of brdc
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, an amber, hazy beer with some golden overtones. It has a creamy/fluffy/bubbly white head that dissipates after five-six minutes leaving a nice lacing behind.
Delicate smell of earth, alcohol and oranges.
Very nice taste of caramel, with a hint of citric fruits, earth and yeast with a dry hop finish, but subdued when compared to the hoppiness of some american pale ales. Very well balanced.
Medium to high-medium body, easy to drink.
A very good ale, another excellent job from Ommegang.

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orangish/brownish with a creamy head this is very well-retained. It leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of fruitcake with sugary spices. A touch of alcohol. Wonderfullly rich smell.

The taste is of sweet fruity malt with spiced earthy breadiness. Warming alcohol notes emerge but never overwhelm. It has a creamy body with a spicy tang. A tartness balances out the sweetness. Just a touch of hops emerge as it warms and nears the finish. It's very well-balanced, with the sweet spiciness coming out ahead. It has a long, crisp, dry finish.

It has a nice texture with a lingering fruity spiciness.

This is a very nice "sipping" brew. A very nice interpretation of a Belgian. Serves well as an apperitif or as a complement to a creamy Belgian or French cheese plate.

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

Appearance: Hazy medium brown color, with a small white head which retains well.

Aroma: Intense candy-like aroma, with light fruit notes, restrained notes of sweet alcohol, and a vague mustiness.

Taste: Opens with a slightly spicy, malty flavor, with apple and pear notes and a mild hop bitterness. The finish is quite sweet and dry, with a lingering spiciness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A quite drinkable example of the style, seems quite authentic when compared to Belgian-brewed examples.

Photo of Freshie
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much darker than I expected. Cloudy amber colour with gread head retention. Fantastic lacing.

The smell is yeasty with pungent hops lingering.

The taste is both bitter and sweet. Spicy hops starts and sweet malt finishes. Very active carbonation adds to the bite.

The aftertaste is a bit too bitter and heavy for myself, though the ale is still very drinkable.

Photo of wavz
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Great head very much like its brother Duvel, but doesnt stick around as long. Also a great yellow amber in color when you pour this one out.

S- Sugary yeasty like a good belgium beer should be but the malt also stands out at the end of this great beer.

T- Again sugar stands out as the most dominate feature, but as that fades away you get the finshing sweet malts and light spiciness.

M- above average lacing with plenty of carbination. Dry and smooth on the finish.

D- If you like belgium beers like I do, this could easily become a bottle a day habit.


Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Poured with a cream white head with large bubbles. Non-clear golden yellow with lots of suspended yeast. Yeast totally non-flocculating, so even a careful pour would have left 1/2 the bottle behind if I didn’t take some yeast. Aroma was typical Ommegang, sour and spicy with vapors of peach and cherry. Palate was less sour than aroma and about 1/2 way between Duvel and Ommegang Ommegang. The "fine dose of yeast" did cause massive rumbling in my plumbing later that night though.

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

Pours deep amber, nice amount of white head.

Smells and tastes of mostly malts. Seeing Belgian on the label I was expecting an overly sweet brew, nice but a bit heavy. This brew was anything but. Nice malty flavors obviously shine through but this beer is not out of balance at all. Refreshing and drinkable are what I would describe it as.

This is a full flavored beer which I enjoyed very much, I would recommend it to all.

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

Appearance: deep , hazy , amber/orange , with a thick , creamy layer of off-white foam.

Smell: malty, yeasty , light citrus , a bit fruity and floral , and a hint of clove.

Taste: very fresh malt that has a nice biscuity and fruity flavor , slight citrus on the light lemon/acidic side , pleasant dry yeast , a noticeable hop bitterness, some spice in the end. Refreshing. Just a hint of metalic flavor.

Mouthfeel: creamy , active carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable Belgian Ale. Nice and fresh , not to heavy or strong. Exellent taste! Tried this with mussels recently ...Nice!

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

Pours a rich amber color with a fluffy white head, and actually looks kinda like apple cider. Aroma is slight fruit, with a little yeast....not noticing much else. Flavor starts off with that trademark belgian spice, with notes of pear, toasty malt, yeast, and a slight alcohol warmth. Very smooth on the palate, and finishes clean. This is very good beer, but don't get carried away with it, I made the mistake of having 6 of these at a happy hour one night...there was no work the following day.

Great beer by Ommegang!

Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no date, although I'm sure it can be cellared for years to come. Pours a beautiful clear copper with a rocky white head. Excellent retention. Smells of spices, hints of the yeast, and toasted malt. Very nice - kinda earthy. Taste reflects much of the same. A real yeasty, malty character to it, with hints of citrus. Travels well. Touch of bitter hops at the end. Flavors of the alcohol, too, but not overwhelming. Nice mouthfeel, although it could be a little thicker, I think. Overall, very good; glad I got a four pack of this.

Photo of calinative68
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is orange and hazy with a big white head that quickly goes away.
Smell has amalty aroma.
Flavor is complex: pepper, malt, hops, and yeast. Kinda dry as well and has good balance.
Good example of a Belgian and Ommegang is becoming one of my favorite brews!
Recommended anytime.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL corked, caged bottle.

A- Cloudy amber color with huge rocky head. Head fills the glass like most of ommegang's beers. Settles very slowly.

S- Malty, soft, mild fruit, yeast.

T- Perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Sweet on the tongue, bitter on the lips. Slight caramel taste throughout, mainly in the beginning. The bitter comes through at the end.

M- Smooth, rich, and pleasant. I served this at room temperature and it could have been about 55-60 for a better feel. Mild carbonation that isn't offensive or spicy.

D- Just strong enough to enjoy and relax on a late night. Great for enjoying with a friend or girlfriend/wife after a long day at work.

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an amber/orange color. A head white foamy head. Left lots of lacing.

S - It smelled of corriander and yeast. There was a sweetness to it as well.

T - The taste was fruity with hints of malt and spice. The alcohol is also present.

M - It is cirsp. And light to medium-bodied.

D - Very good. Not nearly as spicy as some Belgian-style ales but still quite good.

Photo of alysmith4
1.45/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I did not enjoy this beer at all.. couldn't even finish one glass. I was so excited to find it at the local gourmet foods store while vacationing, and I couldn't wait to get back to the hotel to try it. I love Belgian stong pale ales, and thought I would enjoy this (non-stong) pale, but I couldn't even stomach it.

I poured a hazy brown, with no head. Immediately I could smell corriander and bananna. The mouthfeel was flat, no carbonation whatsoever. The taste was sour. I think I must have gotten a bad batch of this stuff, as my experience of it is not consistent with other reviews. Either that, or I'm just not a fan of this style.

Photo of Chsyhkr
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Belgian Pale Ale or Flander Red??

This is one interesting beer. I got it from a local Brew Festival along with some other goodies.

Pours a nice carbonated lacy, long lasting head.

Aroma is dried fruit, yeast, fruit, a hint of clove and a nice sourness.

Flavor is a melange of Munich malt, dark breads and dried fruits. Quite complex with a nice tinge our sourness.

A great beer with food or have just one. Great effort, how do they sour this thing?? Funny the other reviews don't mention sour? Bottle conditioned? Did something get growing in here??

Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 2,877 ratings.