1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

Not Rated.
Rare Vos (Amber Ale)Rare Vos (Amber Ale)

Educational use only; do not reuse.

2,967 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,967
Reviews: 1,103
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 143
Gots: 354 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Rare Vos (Amber Ale) Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,967 | Reviews: 1,103 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brdc
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
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
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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
1.54/5  rDev -62.2%
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
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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??

Photo of demcorhip
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, tawny amber brew with hues of copper. Nice creamy offwhite head formed on the pour and wanted to stick around. Once the head settled down a bit the thick lacings were there to appreciate in this decently carbonated brew.

Malty scents of toast and caramel greeted the nose. An earthy grassiness, a hint of citrus, and a touch of sourness and clove were also present.

Toasted bread enhanced with a mild caramel sweetness complimented by a very pleasant floral earthiness, with a hint of lemon and an even lesser hint of clove. Intriguing and pleasant undertones of leather and tobacco revealed more of their character as this one warmed during drinking this fine ale.

This was a smooth and almost creamy light-medium bodied ale. A nicely balanced complex brew with depth and substance without an in your face attitude.

This is a very tasty and drinkable complex brew. Would make for a great all night savouring session brew, and while deep and complex is also an approachable beer and as such would make good crossover fare. I will be drinking this one again.

Photo of jhollick
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a burnt orange color with amber highlights. A nice fluffy white head appeared initially, but disappeared quickly. The smell is very sweet, with Belgian yeast, spice, and estery smells leading the way. Taste is similar, with the addition of some fruitier flavors such as banana and citric acid. A peppery flavor lingers towards the end of a taste, much like la Maudite. The aftertaste is dry and slick, as the sweetness of the yeast, malts, and fruits are offset rather aggressively (for the style) by hops. There is a lot of nice flavor here, and this is the first corked Belgian style ale I have had that isn't intimidatingly high in alcohol. This bomber will do me just fine. This is an interesting, exciting, and very drinkable take. In my parts, this is going for almost $9/bottle, rather than the $6ish it should be going for, so it is difficult to choose this over comparably priced Chimay. Still though, another stellar effort from Ommegang.

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

This has been on the shopping list for a few weeks now and as I had been anticipating, it turns out to be another winner from Ommegang, one of my favourite breweries.

As the name suggests, it's Amber coloured, but the things I like about this beer are the head, which does decrease in size with time but yet remains throughout, and the luxurious, creamy mouthfeel, both of which remind me of many an English pint I have sank in a former existance.

This is a beer I could imagine going out and drinking several pints of on a Thursday night, even though there's work on Friday. "It's okay, it's almost the weekend: Only Friday to get through."

I bought a four pack yesterday consumed two last night and was planning to just have one tonight and then something else, but bollocks to that idea, I've enjoyed this bottle so much I'm going to sup the last one as well, and then have something else, if I'm still thirsty....which I probably will be...

A "feel good factor" beer, for sure.

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

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a hazy orange/amber color with fluffy, off-white head (ever so slightly with a hint of orange). One+ finger of head helps fill the goblet to the rim.

S: Holy esters. Banana, citrus, clove, coriander. Bit of sweet malt. Black pepper notes. Just a wonderful, unmistakably yeasty Belgian aroma.

T/M: Banana and spice up front with sweet malt toward the middle to balance it out. Bready and lightly bitter finish. Has a long tail that has a bit of an alcohol flavor, which is my only real criticism of the beer; other Ommegang beers hide their alcohol far better than this one does.

D: This is one of my favorite go-to session beers. It's huge on flavor and at 6.5% abv, it's something I can drink a few of. Terrific beer.

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

The beer is crystal clear after decanting "according to directions" and has a light copper color with a decent white head. The aroma is kind of sparse, it has a little bit of malt and a little bit of fruity ester kind of like passionflower but overall its kind of light. The flavor is good, not really strong or dominating but pretty appropriate for style. Overall this is a good drinkin' beer, not your usual Belgian rocket fuel but good. I confess I'd like a little more distinctive aromas though.

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

Poured a clear amber-orange color with massive puffy white head. Smell is a tantalizing mixture of sweet fruit with some background spiciness. Taste foloows through on the smell with the spiciness becoming more prominent, but not overshadowing the sweet fruitiness. Some yeastiness also to be found. Nice full creamy finish with the sweet spices really showing through. Great drinkability. I paired this with grilled shrimp and scallops for an excellent meal.

Photo of tonistruth
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- between copper and aubrun in color, big fluffy tan head with great rentent that settles to a foam ring through the remainder of the brew,some flaoting yeast, lacing is good

S- crisp, citrus, fruit, spice, overall a potent and inviting scent

T- warming sweet yet tangy spicey kick at the finish, aftertaste is spice as well, earthy flavor throughout, citrus with a soft & sweet orange flavor

M- much carbonation may a bit too much, somewhat coarse, light easy flowing body with a great feeling on the palate, bit sticky

D- IMO not a session beer, well brewed beer though. Only complaint is that at times carbonation kinda blanded out flavor. I will be back to this though.

Photo of geographie
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A :: Clear, amber colour, little head.

S :: Smoky and minty, a refreshing blend. Not too much else, although serving was a bit too cold. As this one warms, and oragne aroma shines through.

T :: Wow. Completely unexpected big, rich, sweet malty front. Tast of caramel overrides this and finishes elegantly and without a trace of hops to finish. Balance is remarquable. Slightly alcoholic finish, unexpected for its relatively modest 6.5 %.

M :: Hmm, excellent carbonation. Tactfully fills your mouth and washes down smooth. Quite light feel for its big taste - impressive. Almost cleanses the palate.

D :: An easy drinking, huge-bodied belgian style without a ridicoulous alcohol content? Bring this one on!!

Photo of davidshamoon
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, beautiful honey color with a thick, but not creamy, head. The smell is deliciously sweet with the slightest hint of hard cheese. A nice full, sweet taste, too, highlighted with spicy essences.

Those flavors are well complemented by the carbonation, which is of a medium-grade, bold but not overwhelming. It's the fine bubbles that are most responsible for the Rare Vos's mouthfeel, which I rate a 4.0.

This a beer that may be better without food than with. Enjoy a glass before or after dinner.

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

Poured into a Duvel glass from the 750 mL corked and caged bottle. First pour created three fingers of white head. Body was crystal clear golden amber. Some lace remained. Second pour was significantly hazy/cloudy with more lacing.

Smell was spicy, very mild banana. Tart green apples. Very pleasant.

Taste reflected the aroma well. Tartness over a malty frame. Mild and fruity. Yeasty complexity; substantial.

Mouthfeel was teriffic. Tiny champange bubbles, yet not overwhelming.

Very drinkable.

Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 2,967 ratings.