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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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2,924 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,924
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 139
Gots: 322 | 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 BadBadger
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This belgian pale ale pours a nice cloudy golden color, with a good white foamy head. The smell was not pleasant, a first I thought of regurgitate, then skunked came to mind (if subsequent samplings prove this smell an anomaly, I will come back and re-review). The taste is nice, with a fruity flavoring. The mouthfell is plesant. I good beer which I look forward to enjoying again. And hopefully the smell will be better next time.

Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Rare Vos pours a medium copper color with a thick off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. This bottle was brewed in Cooperstown. The smell is predominately malty with a touch of fruitiness. The taste has that typical Belgium character, it's fairly light and a bit fruity too. This is quite a good take on the style. Recommended.

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

750 ml bottle

a - huge head that dissipated quickly, deep burnt orange color

s - fruity aroma, maybe a little pear or apple in with the banana

t - once again, very fruity, a little malty, a bit yeasty, very well-rounded flavor, dry on the finish

m - light and just right on carbonation

d - very drinkable, this one will become a regular for me - it's my first Ommegang offering, and I hope the rest are this good

Photo of clickpush
3.19/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour: 750ml bottle to wide mouth wine glass. This beer looks absolutely mouth watering, like cloudy, fizzy apricot juice. Weakest part was the quickly disappearing head, but even that left okay lacings.

Nose: I was surprised when this beer had a weak aroma because it wasn't consistent with the beauty of the pour. Most dectable scents were citrus and honey.

Mouth: Another disappointment. This beer is too sour and tasted of some variety of winter squash - which I found unfavorable. Mouthfeel is okay though, good carbonation.

Overall: More eye candy than anything else.

Photo of Franchise
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich brown with purple/red highlights leaving an off white head that is sticky. The aroma is yeasty, figs, plums, honey, cloves, and ginger spices. The feel starts off highly carbonated, moves to a strong bitter bite of grapefruit that is complimented by some fruit sweetness that finishes slightly harsh on the palate.

Photo of whynot44
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a loud pop when the cork is pulled. A very nice hazy orange color with a huge off-white head that subsides slowly and leaves lots of nice lace.

The aroma is fruity - orange, apple, banana, honeydew melon - with hints of cloves and herbal hops.

The taste goes along with the aroma, slightly dry, spicy but smooth.

Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel and plenty of carbonation. Alcohol is not really noticeable until afterward, easy to drink. Went well with shrimp scampi and should work well with most foods. A good buy.

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

Pours a hazy orange with a huge head and active carbonation, banana undertones and a crisp fruity prescence punctuated with controlled alcohol scents and some grain pulls through as well. Full taste, carbonation sits in as you drink it all the way down, fully flavored but not too heavy. A fantastic beer, stunning in quality for the price.

Photo of Contra
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden hazy, and it’s interesting to watch the carbination rush to the top. Powerful yeast flavor, with banana undertones. I was surprised to detect some hops. Mildly dry finish, unless it’s just my current palate influencing it. Overall, a very nice beer.

Photo of SethB2
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay Chalice.

Pours darker than typical Belgian Pales. Medium brown with a nice head and exceptional lacing. Looks very nice. Smells of clove and banana with a little bit of melon mixed in there as well. Taste is very good. I'm getting the typical Beligian fruits, but there is also a tart apple that is very nice. The clove and melons flavors also come through. Mouthfeel is great. It finishes so dry that it leaves you reaching for another glass. Drinkablility is also very good.

This is my first beer from Ommegang, and I am impressed. Looking forward to trying some other offerings.

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

This poured to a nice deep orange and gold with a medium head. The head shrank to a smaller size and left some minor head.

The smell is pleasant, with hints of candy and citrus on top of malt. The taste brings light fruit, malt, and good yeast flavors all the way through. The mouthfeel is full while drinkability is very good.

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

My least favorite of Ommegang’s beers but that’s like saying that Last Crusade is my least favorite Indian Jones film. It may be the one I prefer least but it’s still a classic.]

Appearances first: Rare Vos, like most of Ommegang’s brews opens with a thunderous pop capable of sending the cork flying across a large room. As I pour the beer into my glass a bright orange body is revealed and a tremendous fluffy off white cloud froths to the top of the glass. It is just magnificent.

The aroma explodes with yummy apricot biscuits, Belgian yeasts, honey muffins, cherries, grapes, floral hops, and pepper.

Medium body, lively spirit, citrusy and dry. Perfectly balanced. Taste is primarily orange peal wrapped in caramel with a touch of lemon zest and wheat.

Drinkable as any of this fine brewery’s beers. Just a wonderful example of the style. It’s miraculous that this is made in the states.

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

Warm, glowing orange-amber with a thin, creamy ivory head. Gentle fruity (pear) aroma with some spicy / bready yeast - a little dry sweetness. Soft, rounded malts mix with peppery fruit esters - slightly phenolic and pretty dry. Fresh, crisp mouthfeel.

A nice dry, mellowed-out Belgian ale. I could probably make a session out of it...

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

This beer poured a nice amber color with a good tanish head. The aroma was a nice bouquet of sweet malts. Very enjoyable. The taste is a pleasant hit of malty goodness with a bit of hops but not overpowering. There are also some spices in this one that work well. This medium bodied beer is very pleasant and drinkable in my opinion.

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

Murky amber brown-red color wih a nice dense white head. Great retention and lacing. Smells creamy, of spicey yeast with various fruits and floral hops, and slightly wine-like. Very pleasant aroma. Taste is juicy, sweet and mellow. Relaxing and very nice, almost like candy (but not overly sweet). Very balanced between the malts and candy like hops. Great prolonged slight bitter, dry finish. It kind of makes your mouth implode with the nice dry finish. Lush texured creamy mouth, and goes down like butter.

Awesome Belgium style brew from NY.

Photo of aforbes10
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

what the hell is a belgian amber? well, ok, this is from ommegang so ill give it a try. amber color and a bit cloudy. smells like any other belgium. sour tinges, nice and smooth. clove, malt flavors. very tasty beer. not too hard hitting like some other big bad belgians. quite impressed.

Photo of shbobdb
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Holy crap! A Belgian-style beer that I like!

It makes me wonder how much candi sugar they used -- this beer lacks the normal paper-thin mouthfeel that I associate with Belgians. Instead, the mouthfeel is merely thin, but satisfying. A near-perfect (could be a tad thicker) mouthfeel in terms of funneling this beer down my gullet.

And the tastes, the smells! Gone are the oppressive yeast flavours I normally think of with Belgians. Oh yes, the yeast make much of the flavour of this brew, but they do so inoffensively. A touch of spice, a touch of fruit, but none of it overbearing. They work *with* rather than in spite of the malts. On top of that, the alcohol doesn't get in the way.

Delicious. I could drink this beer all day long, and I don't often day that about Belgians. And it is reasonable at 6.5% alcohol. None of that 8.5% crap here. Mmmm. Delicious.

If anyone knows of Belgians that are similar to this, feel free to beermail me the good news. You may convert me yet.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.81/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ommegang- Rare Vos

Appearance- ruby red/ brown with a big thick head. Took several minutes until I could pour the rest of the beer into the glass.
Smell- Light fruit (grape and cherry) and a sugary candy malt.
Taste- very weak! Where the hell is the flavor?! The lightest of fruit punch mixed with malt and slight toasted hops.
Mouthfeel- watery and weak.

Overall- This was so weak I could not believe. My wife drank a bottle and couldn't believe the lack of flavor, more like the watered down flavor. Thumbs down until Ommegang bumps the flavor in this 1!

Photo of joeskirkie
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my oversized wine glass with a strong bubbly head and a nice brown/copper body.

A cherry cough drop aroma to it, some malts and grains there too, not bad.

Flavor: first a sourness like lime, a berry note thoughout, theres grains and a slite bite in the end. Carbonation is apparent. It's very well drinkable.

Photo of kevin62
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian ale poured out a dark golden amber with a good size hrad.The aromas were of hops,malt and citrus,also in the taste.The beer also was yeatsy and rich and all in all a pretty good offering from Ommegang,although I do not believe it's there best.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange color with wispy head. I'm not sure it's a Belgian pale ale as BA says. It's more of an amber ale.

The flavor is on the malty side, some hops but not too much. I can't really say that the aroma was very strong. Not a bad thing really, but...

During a recent tour of the brewery I saw that they add some flavors to this near the end of boil. I don't remember which ones (I think coriander is used for the Hennepin, and anise for the Ommegang, but there was also "seeds of paradise" or something peppery).

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear caramel color with a solid half-inch head. Aroma is light, sugary and lemony with just a touch of mustiness. A thick layer of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle -- but the beer remains sparkling clear.

Taste is sweet pale malt followed by some light candy sugar. The sugary bits are not overpowering and are tempered with white pepper flavors and a nice yeasty element. Hints of lemon, white grapes, maple syrup and just a touch of pine. With all this sweetness, it still manages to finish dry and with just a memory of hops.

Mouthfeel is very light, very clean. Well done for a Yankee micro, would stand up well to any native Belgian pale. I could definitely session a few of these.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a small 1/4" head of off white foam. The beer is so cloudy that I can't tell if there are many bubbles rising or not. There is already a little lacing on the glass after the little bitty head fell.

Aroma: Really fruity aroma with a bunch of apples, pears, grapes, and some citrus fruit being the most noticeable. There is some dry and earthy malt in there that may be based on wheat. There is a bit of oxidation as it is apparent that this beer has some age on it.

Taste: It has a really fruity flavor also. I get all of the aforementioned fruits as well as a dry/grainy malt flavor that is as much mouthfeel as it is a flavor. The beer is super dry and attenuated. The carbonation is light, but the dryness caries it across you palate pretty quickly. The finish is dry, but manages to have a bit of sweetness present to linger for a while. The flavors imparted by the age mellow as the beer breathes for a while.

Opinion: Well, this beer has some serious age on it, so it obviously isn't in its prime. The flavor is still really complex, and I would really like to try a really fresh example. I will be trying this beer again for sure.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this and Hennepin recently; I prefer this one. It is an amber color with a small white head that remains present. A small amount of lacing. It has a sweet malty odor to it, mostly sweet. There is a very nice fruity taste with some spice and a little hoppiness. It feels very good in the mouth, not too carbonated. A very good beer, quite drinkable.

Photo of mochunk
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second offering from Ommegang I've had... This is considered a Belgian Pale Ale, or as the bottle describes, a Belgian Amber Ale, the latter being a little more accurate I should say.

Pours from a corked 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip... Careful proper pour lends to a half glass or so of fine dirty copper colored brew with a creme colored gravely head about 1.5-2 inches thick. Dissapating quick enough to the eye, but not fast... Settles to a nice thin head that never dissapears, sparse spotty lacing that stays in place after a few minutes.

Smells of fruits of some kind, a bit of hops, but also a bit of malts, mostly fruits...

Taste of course echoes the nose but the fruits are a bit more apparent, even through the finish. The hops and malts are just about right, the former just barely masking the other. Not balanced but probably better for it. It's pretty dry with a medium carbonated mouthfeel and goes down smooth as glass and finishes dry with just the right amount of belgian aftertaste, only a bit hoppier than usual, but just barely. But pleasantly so.

Second pour I mix it up fully and dump the entire contents in, yeast and all. This seems to further balance it and bring a bit more complexity to it, but still nothing to shake a stick at. But I think that's where it really wins me over here. It's not overly complex. It's completely unoffensive anywhere, which means a great brew that is simply enjoyed, not over-bearing.

For the price, an amazing value, as was the Hennepin I've tasted previously. I'll definitely revisit this one. A good choice for someone wanting to break into Belgians.

This is my first ever public review, I felt compelled on this one, so that must mean something.

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

Poured into a Moinette goblet from a 750 ml bottle as a lively orange color with golden accents. Big, rocky head of a cream color. Fantastic retention and much lacing in the inner rim of the goblet. Nose is lively with citrus, spices, white grapes, and fruit salad! Taste profile is pleasingly light, yet very complex and exciting. Citrus offers a lively play on the tongue, encouraged in its performance by a worthy hop presence. Best described as a refreshing taste, leaning toward hops and citrus fruity lightness, with some expression of yeast to add complexity. Alcohol is not assertive. Light-bodies and lively, this is a great beer. Immenently drinkable and "user-friendly." Recommended!

Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 2,924 ratings.