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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 2,713
Reviews: 1,078
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 120
Gots: 225 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one "Sly Fox". It has a beautiful red/ orange amber color with a hazy body. Tiny bubbles form a thick foamy head that has a light tan color. An inviting aroma of sweet floral orange and spices mingle with doughy yeast and malts. On the tongue there is a complex sweet, fruity and spicy character with caramel malts and doughy yeast mixing with dark cherries, spices and orange peel. Hops add some light bitterness and dryness to the finish. The palate is full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. It is smooth and very drinkable. Outstanding!

generallee, May 09, 2008
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured with an excellent, burnt brown-colored head. Dark amber color with patchy lacing on the sides. Aromas are wicked, wicked rich in citrus, grains, hints of toffee maybe even caramel. I liked the slight sense of burnt sweetness to the drink too. Taste has a great, great sweetness to it that mixes oranges, lemons, biscuity grains, honey and even syrup. Carbonation is so well balanced that it makes the drink very refreshing but smooth at the same time. Complemented with the flavor and the aromas, this is one gosh darn awesome drink. Cheers!

fitzy84, Jun 23, 2009
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

time to get a pseudo-belgian fix once again

A- pours a hazy color of red ripe papaya flesh up to incandescent light as it is night time and that's all i have. sunlight would be the same except a bit duller, a deep variety orange and reddish orange and persimmon. spectacular ecru head, active and puffy with waves and curley-cues of lace everywhere, great retention, and an all around good look. not as dark as i expected, but a very nice saturated color.

S- tropical fruity yeast and toasty caramel malt. banana, mango, papaya, clementine, pineapple, cherry, apple, pear, you name it and i bet it's in here. a bit of lemony noble hop grassiness comes through but for me it's all about the yeast (again). great depth to these microbes, the have a spicy level as well with clove, allspice, and white pepper with a hint of nutmeg backed up by a pleasant sour cheese aroma that adds another level to this already complex nose.

T- taste is no disappointment either, very fruity at first before an abrupt change to very dry, then to a nice flavorful noble hop bitterness, as the toasty bready malt blends with the sharp grassiness. it's hard to decipher the fruit flavors, as the website states, they are elusive and only stick around for a mere 1/2 second before morphing into other flavors. the catch 22 of the thing is that i have to keep drinking to work out the tastes and i only have one bottle. hrm, shoula bought a 750ml. here goes: banana, orange peel, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, apple skin, plum skin, dried strawberry, dried fig, date, white raisin, dry white wine, but not exactly a chardonnay, maybe chablis? i don't know, fuck wine. sorry wine, i didn't mean that. funky yeast spiciness moves in zingy peppery fashion with a paradise grains zip and a clove zap. extraordinary toasty golden brown biscuit finish with just enough bitterness to really make it stand out.

MF- nearly full and totally juicy, all the fruity flavors impart a real natural fructose feeling but before any sugary feeling has a chance to take hold, they are squeegied away by a near perfect balance of dryness, toastiness, and acidity. carbonation is a little on the high end for me but that does little to effect the supreme feeling of this brew. liquid fruit cocktail with a splash of dry wine.

D- a few non-connoisseurs that i've talked to (not that i am one...YET) have expressed a sincere dislike for this beer and i couldn't agree less. as far as american belgians go, i put it at the top of the list, or very close to it, and i really feel as if i'm drinking something imported. it has that taste you only get from the real deal AND the boldness and audacity that you rarely find outside of america. a perfect pairing of old world tradition and new world ingenuity and a definite 'members only' spot in my fridge.

hustlesworth, Jun 20, 2008
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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