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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,535 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,535
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 102
Gots: 166 | 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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ufmj

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-07-2013 00:18:00 | More by ufmj
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-07-2013 00:07:23 | More by GreesyFizeek
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a wine glass.

A: Cloudy amber with a half-a-finger white white head.

S: Fruity, malt, earthy.

T: Dry malt, multigrain, pepper, and a noticeable medicinal edge in the finish.

M: Medium and creamy

O: A fine session beer (as the label suggests). Rare Vos has an enjoyable dry malt flavor with an edge of spice that would work well with most foods. Since it is not clingy or too heavy, it is enjoyable in more than one doses.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 19:09:26 | More by ianjsullivan
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nzerbe

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-06-2013 02:13:11 | More by nzerbe
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mscudder

Georgia

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

A - Cloudy amber body with a massive frothy head. Fair retention with light lacing.

S- Belgian yeast, citrus, caramel, mild hops and floral notes. Nice.

T - Sweet malts tie together Belgian yeast and spices. Far from complex, but carries good simple flavor.

M - Creamy light/medium body with big carbonation.

O - A nice BPA that should not go overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 04:00:28 | More by mscudder
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Andragos

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-04-2013 18:08:50 | More by Andragos
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WindedIndian

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-04-2013 14:37:18 | More by WindedIndian
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pottergator

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-03-2013 21:36:42 | More by pottergator
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-03-2013 04:12:08 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-02-2013 01:11:27 | More by Dactrius
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danpam1024

Florida

5/5  rDev +23.2%

03-01-2013 22:56:10 | More by danpam1024
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BeerManDan

California

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color when poured was reddish copper-amber, with loads of tight white foam and lace on the side of a tulip glass. Make sure you pour slowly or you'll get nothing but foam. The aroma was of yeast, spices with a fruity hint. The taste had a very pleasant carbonated bitter/sweet yeasty flavor, with spices with a very pleasant aftertaste. Nice combination of components to this fine Belgium Amber Ale. Another winner by Ommegang Brewing Co.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 22:23:39 | More by BeerManDan
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PingBob

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-27-2013 04:36:44 | More by PingBob
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-26-2013 21:44:15 | More by IanSpindler
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AMCPhD

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-26-2013 16:52:20 | More by AMCPhD
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CountryRock2001

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-24-2013 21:37:47 | More by CountryRock2001
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BrockGibson31

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-23-2013 21:00:34 | More by BrockGibson31
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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-22-2013 21:53:53 | More by Cugabuh
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roblund

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-22-2013 15:45:16 | More by roblund
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JMS1512

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.2%

02-21-2013 14:52:37 | More by JMS1512
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: "9/25/12" stamped on bottle, but uncertain if this is bottled on or best by date
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Ommegang has a solid, highly drinkable Belgian pale ale with Rare Vos, which sits well with any time of the year (while drinking this in winter, I can equally see myself enjoying it in summer with ease). The Belgian yeast and its byproducts are of major emphasis, along with a noticeable malt component, offering a wide variety of flavors to focus more deeply into. The beer's appearance and feel across the palate are equally complementary. As a whole, this is an excellent Belgian style ale.

Pours a tall (>3cm) head of fairly compressed, small bubbles that are quite frothy-looking, slowly fading (retention is quite good) to a solid cap resting atop the body. Lacing is modest, but present, small dots and lines cover a fair amount of the glass' inner surface. The body itself is a fairly rich, dark, cold orange-brown color, with light bringing out deep, cold, goldenrod yellow tones. Carbonation is visible through the semi-hazy body, moderately active as it streams up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of Belgian yeast heaviness with pineapple, toffee, boiled wheat, and nutmeg and clove-like phenolics.

Front of palate picks up mild toffee with stronger Belgian yeast with nutmeg and clove-like phenolics. Mid-palate of toffee, boiled wheat, Belgian yeast, fairly sharp bitterness from hop choice or yeast byproducts, and reduced nutmeg/clove-like phenolics. Back of palate picks up still sharp bitterness, nutmeg and clove-like phenolics, with a mild malt character. Aftertaste of Belgian yeast, modestly sharp bitterness, and a noticeable backbone of light caramel malt sweetness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of moderate intensity, which somehow manages to never feel fizzy on the palate, but still completely foam up as it moves across the tongue. The result is a soft and foamy (redundant, I know) mouthfeel that closes out quite dry, with little residual stickiness. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 04:47:33 | More by falloutsnow
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-21-2013 03:38:46 | More by BYOFB
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Filthyfloor

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +17%

02-21-2013 01:50:32 | More by Filthyfloor
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BeerDr101

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17%

02-20-2013 01:09:54 | More by BeerDr101
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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