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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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91
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2,574 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,574
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 104
Gots: 173 | 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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HabiMendes

Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'll start saying that this beer is a winner. It pours as a beautiful amber beer, with a white, well-retained neck. The orange peel and spices are absolutely clear. It is so great. The palate has a caramelized malt, not at all sweet, showing wonderfully expressed pepper-like tones. The high carbonation, and the hops, well balanced with malt and spices, is what we expect from the style. The aftertaste brings us hops and... pepper! What a wonderful beer. Perfect for a more intellectual conversation (I'm sure the 6.5 ABV would help...).

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:37:09 | More by HabiMendes
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campfirebrew

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-04-2013 18:05:09 | More by campfirebrew
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-03-2013 23:53:47 | More by smartassboiler
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RyFikes

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-03-2013 18:55:55 | More by RyFikes
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a coppery golden amber with a three finger white head with good retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma of clove, peach, pear and citrus fruit, light banana, enticing. Flavor is relatively muted compared to the aroma, with biscuit malt, caramel , finishing somewhat dry with a lingering dry caramel aftertaste with hints of hops. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. An unusual flavor combination that is well integrated so that individual caramel, light fruit and yeast flavors reveal themselves and fade away during the taste. I greatly enjoyed this ale, as I have all of Ommegang's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 02:33:36 | More by LiquidAmber
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dmmcgove

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17%

03-30-2013 23:41:50 | More by dmmcgove
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Rwainman

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-30-2013 23:06:28 | More by Rwainman
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-30-2013 04:11:15 | More by BAsbill
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lic217

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-29-2013 01:03:50 | More by lic217
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silverking

Florida

4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a hazy amber with a frothy off-white head. head retention is excellent and it leaves thick sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Clove, bready malt, and an underlying zesty fruitiness.

T- Orange zest, Corriander, clove, bready malt again. The finish has a slight hop bite and comes across dry.

M- Medium bodied and creamy. Carbonation is very lively and it adds a bit of depth to the beer.

O- Amazing. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 23:25:19 | More by silverking
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JGaudio

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.1%

03-28-2013 14:36:44 | More by JGaudio
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Bnoise11

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-28-2013 02:29:03 | More by Bnoise11
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Celtics76

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-26-2013 13:15:09 | More by Celtics76
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harpus

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-25-2013 15:11:24 | More by harpus
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DMXLOX22

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this bottle after a quick visit to a grocery store. Been hearing a lot of great things about this one. Let's see how it is.

Appearance: Pours a golden, amber hum with a look of butterscotch. Provides and shows off a beautiful frothy, white, foamy head. So professionally done, it could've been a postcard inviting you to just dive in and enjoy the pure Belgian style. The lacing left behind is something that I've been looking for and this beer nailed it.

Smell: Can definitely notice a aroma of strong peach-like, fruity scent. Clove is also noticeable and what else pulls through is an undertone of Belgian yeast.

Taste: Has a great flavor of sweet malt and some nice touches of earth-based fruits and citrus zest. Also quite noticeable is a hint of peppery malt which actually helps support a bitterness of yeast that really actually ties this together and creates a well-balance of flavors. An underestimated hint of floral hops also comes into play. Enjoyed this beyond my early expectations. Its a combo of creamy and rich flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Sort of soft on the palate and semi dry on the finish.

Overall: Upon coming into this beer, I was told great things by beer lovers alike. I did come into this with an open mind and tried to stay as unbiased as possible. It far exceeded my expectations. The overall balance of sweet and bitter came together just right and provided me with a texture of just pure, Belgian style beer. I will be getting this beer again as a great session brew and would totally recommend this to anyone looking to expand into the Belgian beer market. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 02:16:51 | More by DMXLOX22
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-25-2013 01:40:05 | More by Sparky44
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Focusf111

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-25-2013 01:06:50 | More by Focusf111
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Dave1999

North Carolina

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

Poured a slightly cloudy golden colour with a small white head and plenty of lacing.

The smell is cloves and pepper and coriander.

The taste is light malts, sweet with spices and very slight hop bitterness.

It's medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer light and refreshing with enough flavour to keep me interested.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 20:16:31 | More by Dave1999
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Lare453

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-24-2013 18:25:50 | More by Lare453
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Chuck_25

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-23-2013 02:04:42 | More by Chuck_25
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JMartin

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-22-2013 15:14:30 | More by JMartin
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DavidBart

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-18-2013 23:08:29 | More by DavidBart
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JohnQVD

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-17-2013 19:21:43 | More by JohnQVD
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice caramel straw color. Not amber. Smells sweet, with a citrus floral element--almost like a hefeweizen. Spicy aftertaste. The sweetness coupled with the citrus element work well. It grows on you and is definitely bitter-sweet. It covers a majority of the palate --bitter, sweet, citrus, spice, etc. Decent amount of carbonation. Nice summer (warm weather) beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 18:45:00 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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Muhly

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

A-amber with ruddy highlights. A good two fingers of white tightly knit head. Retention is low, but leaves a good layer once it has reduced. Lacing leaves small chunks and broken lines on the glass.

S-touches of apple and raisin with sweet bready malts. Some Belgian yeast floats throughout.

T-light malt sweetness with hints of pepper and fruit.

M-not effervescent, but there is a sense of a light biscuit on the tongue.

O-a nice complex Belgian beer that I could sip for hours. Lacks some yeast on the palate, but an otherwise tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 04:04:30 | More by Muhly
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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