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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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2,707 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,707
Reviews: 1,078
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 120
Gots: 223 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Dcunicelli, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

fooziex, Jun 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

quakeroatmealstout, Jun 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

naphi23, Jun 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

acurtis, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of BethanyB
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Reviewing to style, as well as subjective taste.

Appearance: Dark yellow to pale gold, lighter than what is typical for the Belgian pale ale style. Also rather hazy for a Belgian pale ale, which should be very clear. In terms of appearance, I'd say it's more of a Biere de Garde. Its head was slightly more true to style in that it was persistent, yet med-low and airy, and was a bright off-white color. Left lacing from top to bottom.

Smell: Spicy hops, toasty/biscuity malt, citrus fruits, and apricot made for a sweet, strong, and rich bouquet. A touch of vanilla complemented the light-as-a-marshmellow head. Enjoyable, impressive, and representative of the Belgian pale ale style.

Taste: For the most part, the taste matched the flavorful aroma. Citrus fruits were more prominent than I expected, but were fairly well-balanced by low-medium spicy hops. The notes of apricot, vanilla, and biscuity malt were unmistakably present. A touch of alcohol warmth felt unexpected, yet certainly welcome. On a subjective level, the flavor was a bit too fruit-focused for my taste. It reminded me of a much more complex, yet sadly, less refreshing version of a Blue Moon. The refreshing cons have more to do with the mouthfeel, as I describe below:

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body was not well-matched by the medium-low carbonation. More carbonation would have made this beer more bright and refreshing, which is what I imagine it was striving for.

Overall Impression: An enjoyable, complex, and interesting take on a Belgian pale ale that is certainly worth the taste! However, being neither altogether crisp and refreshing, nor very satisfying and filling, it left a bit of an emptiness in my belly. Could have done with less of the citrus fruit. There's already so much going on, that cutting back on the oranges a notch may actually bring out more of that complexity.

BethanyB, Jun 22, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Cloudy dark golden color with giant marshmallow floating over top. Aroma Belgian fruitiness: cinnamon apples, oranges in vodka, rinds, honey, and sharp spices. Taste of cinnamon apples, oranges and rind, honey, clove, and I aggressive but still noticeable booze. Big bodied but oddly, not that chewy, more fluffy. Easy drinkin' and flavorful. Nice for summer evenings.

JRed, Jun 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

csfcmitchell, Jun 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

cgarcer, Jun 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

mporter249, Jun 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

OB1, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

marybrooke, Jun 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

NoetheMatt, Jun 17, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

A - a light orange with some auburn notes; pale white head with reasonably good retention. A pretty brew, though a bit lighter than I had expected.

S - hoppy on the nose with an undertone of faint spices; a little bit of booze lingers after the initial smell.

T - orange and lemon zest with a tinge of light, floral hops; spice lingers in the aftertaste. The flavors are a bit subdued -- much more so than I expected from an Ommegang.

M - Decent carbonation, but it felt a little one dimensional.

O - this is a decent brew, but it is neither an outstanding Ommegang nor an outstanding amber. It is still worth the try, though. Reasonably priced and mildly flavored. Good for a hot, long day.

BingCrosby7, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

themind, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

jaxon53, Jun 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

weaselchew, Jun 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

richkrull, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Appearance: Orangish-bronze; cloudy; big frothy head dissipates quickly, but held ok due to tulip glass

Aroma: Belgian yeast with candy; spices; and pepper; apricot

Taste: Tart apricot up front with classic Belgian Ale yeast; spice and pepper in the mid; finishes semi sweet; overall thin mouthful, but well balanced; better as it warms

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

VictorWisc, Jun 14, 2013
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Riik3, Jun 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Eazy28, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

ObeMaltKinobee, Jun 12, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev -2%

This beer pours a reddish amber with a little haze and smells mildly fruity, orange with hints of spice. It’s creamy with a big head, but almost no retention. Good lacing and the taste is smooth . Again Ommegang has the made the perfect dubbel in that you can taste no alcohol except a touch in the finish. Little pepper on the nose and it’s a little on the thin side. Sweet yeasty malty, soft on the carbonation with a slightly sticky, dry finish. Although the hops are not up front on the palate they balance nicely with the malt and this beer is very delicious without tasting too heavy. Ommegang never fails to delight and this is a superb and contemporary Belgian Pale Ale.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 2,707 ratings.