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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

Rare Vos (Amber Ale)Rare Vos (Amber Ale)

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,355 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2355
Reviews: 1057
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,355 | Reviews: 1,057 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Murph
Murph

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy peach/orange color with a slightly fizzy head that leaves an excellent lace all the way down the glass. Slightly tart smell with some apples, peaches, and other lighter fruits. Great starting fruitiness that has a nice refreshing tartness to it with some definite apple, raisin, orange zest, and some sweet candy flavors as well. The sweet fruitiness is offset nicely by just enough earthy noble hop flavors. The brew is slightly effervescant across the tongue and also rather smooth as well. This is one very drinkable brew regardless of the time of year. They just don't seem to know how to make anything that isn't excellent at this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2002 11:51:52 | More by Murph
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a blazing orange and has thick, meringue-like topping that is well retained. Some fruity and yeasty tones are evident on the nose. Almost a bit of a musty smell as well. Light to medium body. Carbonation seems just right. Very mellow and drinkable beer. Some light notes of wood and smoke. Also get fruits (Grapes?) and bready yeastiness. Some hebal qualities seem to surface as well. No hint of alcohol on my buds. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2002 20:07:35 | More by Bighuge
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zerk

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite "value for my beer dollar" brews. A complex, and very drinkable Belgian-style ale for $4.50 per 750ml? I almost feel like I'm stealing from the liquor store.

Cloudy orange/amber with a persistant foam. The lace on this beer has staying power, and leaves a trail all down the glass. Floral and spicy in aroma, with clove and maybe pepper notes. The flavor is malty sweet and spicy, with a pleasant hop bitterness at the end. Medium to full body, with wonderfully balanced flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2002 09:09:34 | More by zerk
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mickeymac

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a very nice golden-orange with a fluffy white head that leaves lace all the way down the glass. The smell is subtly spicy. The taste is also a bit spicy, but quite mellow and understated. It goes down like silk and is very drinkable. I enjoyed this the most of Ommegang's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2002 19:50:25 | More by mickeymac
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marc77

California

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressive off - white fluffy, thick and very persistent head. Slight hazy copper - orange hue, w/ copious, effervescent bubbling. Quite attractive in appearance. The aroma is comprised of notes of peach & candied fruit followed by understated acetaldehyde w/ just a hint of phenol. Caramelized sweetness hits upfront, but is immediately mellowed by honey flavors & sour apple as well as black licorice. The high carbonation coupled with the relatively full and dextrinous body for style lend a spritzy (but not prickly) and enjoyable mouthfeel. All around yeast esters are more mellow than the typical Belgian, but contribute more than sufficient complexity to this very drinkable brew. The clean finish reveals hop bitterness on the back of the tongue as well as a light biscuit flavor and mustiness. Alcohol warmth slowly emerges long after the sip is over. The 750 mL bottle is perfect... it's drinkability makes 12 oz a tease.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2002 17:55:19 | More by marc77
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Wildman

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark golden color and formed a good medium tan head. Some lace on the side. Nice frangrances of spice and malt. Is a fairly carbonated beer and bears alot of the characteristics you find in a Belgian style. Has a slight foamy heavy feal in the taste. Gives it a heavier feel to the body then you would expect.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2002 16:18:05 | More by Wildman
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy off white head subside to a clinging cream coloured lace. Mild haze from the yeast, looks nearly clear with a pale copper hue. Fruity, estery and spicy aroma with hints of ripe plum and an earthy blend of anise, clove, nutmeg and citric zest. Dry malt palate that taste like a toasted multigrain cracker, big crisp mouth feel and a moderate body. Bitterness from the hops is noticeable. Estery with a slight peppery phenolic character that goes towards coarse and medicinal in the finish. The finish is dry and grain with residual phenols. Paired very well with whole grain crackers and aged hunters cheddar.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2002 19:24:43 | More by Jason
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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in appearance, nice carbonation. Has very fruity taste and a dry finish. Tried some with cheddar cheese and enjoyed it very much. Very comparable to Belgian made ales. I did have one bottle, perhaps served a bit warm, which did taste a little solventlike. However this seems to have been an exception.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2002 20:22:39 | More by mjohn27603
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from the small 12oz bottle. Ommegang doesn't seem to make any poor biers, do they. This is nice, although Ommegang (original) is still their best. Beauteous cloudy copper color, big creamy head bubbling out of the bottle, and many lacy rings left down the glass produce a fine appearance. Nose is an arromatic lemony/orangy combo. Good body and creaminess make for a pleasant mouthfeel. Flavor abounds with citrus flavors, ending with a hint of peppery-like spice. Good stuff!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4

156

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2002 17:12:46 | More by Bierman9
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glass resembling iced-tea...sort of orange-brown with some haze. Creamy off white head defines retention.
Smells of spice (clove), bread and earthy hops.
Taste gets better as the bottle empties. Spiciness up front. Some grassy flavors. Slight Toffee/caramel maltiness. Yeast is present and plenty doughy, though lasks the general spiciness I desire (it's still present just bland). Grape like sweetness with perks of cherry and citrus. Faint traces of butter and nuttiness perhaps. Finishes up with a sharp blast of raw, earthy hops. Nice, if a little jarring for the style. Seemingly thin, but builds body as it sits. Don't bother sharing the bottle. In fact, get two for yourself.

All this for $3.99 / 750ml? I almost feel guilty.

Update: Not what I once believed it was (i.e. score 4.5). I've had both fresh and aged bottles since my initial review and all have seemed muted. This is certainly Americanized (Which is neither a good or bad thing). Yeast complexity is minor , bordering on nonexistant. Hops are too forward and throw the balance off.
Still a good budget Belgian-styled brew. But certainly not the classic I once thought.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2002 00:10:51 | More by cokes
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inebrius

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber American-Belgian beauty! Well carbonated and spicy, this beer says it all. High in the tart and fruity ester, but strong enough to keep it real. Mellow hoppiness. Top notch!

Cheers to frank4sail for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2002 23:14:45 | More by inebrius
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML Bottle
Bright Orange/Copper color, with a lasting head... and I mean lasting. Sweet spicey smell. Taste of esters, fruity, with a bite of spice. Great lace left in glass (Chimay goblet). The taste improves on your last glass.. swirl and pour the yeast it is good for you and improves the flavor. This is the most drinkable of Ommegang's products.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 21:11:27 | More by frank4sail
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mmthompson33

Kansas

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Other reviewers said it well. An exceptional beer that brings Belgium home.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2001 23:55:32 | More by mmthompson33
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John

New York

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The folks at Ommegang certainly did their homework. Rare Vos is a fine example. You can't go wrong with any of Ommegang's beers. I had the pleasure of visiting the brewery this past summer. Following the tour and tasting, I bought a sampler case!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2001 16:41:23 | More by John
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Todd

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ML Magnum Euro-style bottle with champagne cork and wire crown. Label notes: Beer is "Gauaranteed to be cellared at the brewery." Rare Vos is Flemish for "Sly Fox," which is a café in Brussels.

Appearance: Hazy amber with a very active carbonation. Head is near perfect, off-white, creamy, clingy and stays. Very appealing to look at. Loads of settled yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Malt and grainy notes, a bit alcohol fruity, grape-like, with a dominant soft, sweet clove aroma.

Taste: Full bodied, malty sweet and with a spicy, yeast mouth. A bit peppery with a pleasant grassy dryness. Hop flavours are subtle, tea-like, and mingle with the grass flavours. Some dextrin sweetness as the beer warms. Finishes a bit dry with yeast flavours and semi-oily coating on the tongue.

Notes: A top fermented, bottle conditioned, Brabant Ale. Absolutey amazingly delicious! You almost forget you are not in Belgium, and for $4.50 a bottle it's a cheap imaginary trip to Belgium, for the taste buds and soul.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a standard pint glass.

A- Maybe it was the lighting; an amber ale with true amber color, full creamy white head and lots of sticky foam lacing. A touch of haze in the body from the yeast, perhaps.

S- Orange and spice, some light malt and yeast.

T- Slightly sweet malt combined with yeast dryness and fruits, spices.

M- Easy drinking with some hope bitterness and yeast and spice pungency. Dry finish.

O- Friendly drinker with lots of flavor, 6.5% abv is manageable; right level of hop bitterness, too.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2014 12:09:15 | More by NiceTaps
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WheelsPSU

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Dinosaur BBQ (with a bbq brisket melt).

A - Copper in color with a rather small head. Lacing was average.

S - malt, caramel, bread, bananas and a touch of clove.

T - The Belgian yeast strain is quite good in this. More bananas and clove from the nose with a healthy dose of spiciness and bread.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, but a touch chewy. Also the initial blast of carbonation was soda like but it quickly calmed down.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2014 03:55:16 | More by WheelsPSU
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a great look and feel but is lacking in taste in my mind. Needs more citrus or more maltiness to keep it from tasting flat. I love Ommegang and I think they do Belgians right, but this is a bit lacking for me. Wish I liked it more. I'll try it in bottle to see if its the keg but maybe I'm just not a fan.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 01:52:26 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Edward19

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had this beer multiple times and that should speak to how good this beer is but I will review my first encounter with it.

Beer was purchashed on tap at the Eagle Tavern in Liverpool, NY (they no longer have it on tap). Outstanding beer. I would recommend this to all of the beer lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 16:38:39 | More by Edward19
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Galileos in Boone.

A: Golden-orange with a white head that stayed for the duration of the beer. There was a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Orange is the dominant aroma with a fair amount of pepper and coriander, possibly a few other spices as well as other less prominent citrus notes.

T: Again orange taste along with the spices mentioned above. There was a slight medicinal taste also, although not unpleasant.The alcohol is hidden very well.

F: This beer was very easy to drink. It had the perfect amount of carbonation which complimented both the citrus and the spice notes in the taste and smell. There was a nice zing on the tongue after drinking

O: I really enjoyed this beer It was only a dollar to upgrade from a budlight and worth every penny($4 a pint $14 a pitcher on non special days). This is a perfect end of summer beginning of fall brew, fruity enough to be enjoyed on a hot day but enough spice to remind one that the leaves are changing and the weather is becoming cooler. I wouldn't hesitate to order this again and highly recommend it to others. Plus at 6.5 abv theres enough to give a solid buzz but not so much that it would be unsafe to drive after ordering another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 22:09:29 | More by watermelon
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dar482

New York

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a copper amber color with tons of carbonation.

The aroma has banana, lots of spiciness, Belgian yeast and breadiness. A good amount of dark fruit from raisin to plum.

The flavor has a good balance between fruits. There's some citrus, lemon, and floral notes. Then there's lots of spice with pepper and clove. There's also apricot and also some very ripe banana.

The mouthfeel is quite light and makes it drinkable, but I found that there was a bit too much carbonation.

A well made brew and packs a good amount of flavor for its ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 02:29:56 | More by dar482
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Spicy, banana, clove, malty, yeasty esters, and bready.

Taste: Same as above with a little bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and a little tingly bitterness in the end.

Overall: Pretty solid BPA. Thought I had it before, but I guess not. Definitely will have more now.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 23:10:47 | More by Flounder57
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint in Alfie's on 9th Ave, New York on 18 Jan 2013: chalk board called it a 'Belgian style Amber' with 'Rare Vos' as an afterthought in brackets.

Belgian style Amber it is though, very drinkable in deed.

Slight cloud within the pour: light amber to dull gold in colour with a thinning white head on top.

The aroma was a mixed bag of smells, yeast, corriander and malts in that order.

The taste followed the smells too: add some grain feel into the blend, this was an easy drinking semi-sweet brew that I took too greatly: couldn't have another though, too many others to try!

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 04:35:08 | More by BlackHaddock
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hopheadhoward

Florida

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a great way to start your Belgian beer tour. Why start with Stella? In fact, don't. This NY beer is probably closer to the real Belgian beer taste than Stella has ever tried to be.

To start, Ommegang Rare VOS has a beautiful amber color, setting the stage for the full flavor that will follow. The nose is typical Belgian, which is a good thing, as you know you want to drink this. So to the taste... I love a full flavored beer, and as this is a pale ale, my expectations weren't too high. But forget expectations. This is not some great IPA (my favorite), but this IS a great beer. Will I get it again? Yes! Full flavor, great nose, lots of color and can you believe it is made in the USA?

Yeah, this is a good one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 00:19:45 | More by hopheadhoward
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dgilks

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colour with a small white head. Fair at best head retention.

Clove and banana dominates. The Belgian/German yeast aroma is what you get here. I quite like the overall picture.

A moderate body and medium fizziness. Intense but not well regarded

This is a good beer. The Belgian note are prominent and the flavours work. A really sid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 07:26:06 | More by dgilks
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 2,355 ratings.