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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,679 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,679
Reviews: 1,078
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 118
Gots: 213 | 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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Plonk

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-29-2013 18:06:57 | More by Plonk
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DMax90

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

05-29-2013 02:23:17 | More by DMax90
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jabo134

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-28-2013 12:10:14 | More by jabo134
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.76/5  rDev -7.6%

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!

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-28-2013 01:24:20 | More by maxcoinage
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mpayne5

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

05-27-2013 23:16:58 | More by mpayne5
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DTown

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-27-2013 20:25:13 | More by DTown
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bconsidine

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-27-2013 15:25:49 | More by bconsidine
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yankhawk

Iowa

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-27-2013 00:26:19 | More by yankhawk
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Rohkey

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

05-26-2013 22:49:47 | More by Rohkey
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

I like the new Ommegang look; classy yet flashy. Plus, the fact that it’s a fresh 12 oz. bottle makes it look that much more inviting. Cheers!

Brewed a little over two months before the date of this tasting (03/18/13). Best by 03/2014.

A: The look of near-perfection: a three-inch head of beige froth forms, as weightless as a cloud. It stays up for a long, long time, adorning the top of a slightly cloudy, amber-orange body. I’m just struck by the texture of this head – it just looks so soft, so inviting.

S: Ah, the nose of a fresh country ale; it’s characterized by a mellow tartness, a yeast-forward quality rich in banana pudding, orange pulp, catty lemon, and coriander scents. Softened by a warm bread tone, the nose reaches out with a welcoming gesture of Belgian charm, extending to a final high point of apple and pear purée.

T: An ale with that loveable, drinkable complexity of Belgian session beer, centered around a controlled grain-and-yeast combo: banana bread, shredded wheat cereal, and key lime pie (buttery crust and all). You can taste the adjuncts – the coriander, the sweet orange peel, the grains of paradise – all in a separate sensory experience, creating a rich layered effect that only adds to this beer’s charm. A touch of zesty hops bring lemon-pepper into the finish, giving this some spice to go along with the juicy, lingering mandarin orange aftertaste.

M: Soft and drinkable in texture, just as I expected. It’s every bit as a smooth as you can imagine for a beer in this style, but with a slick fullness to it.

O: A four or six-pack of Rare Vos might just be one of my go-to beer choices from now on. And what’s more, I just brewed a light beer with orange peel, so this is a perfect archetype that I can look at my missteps with – hell, if I can ever make a beer this good, I’ll quit my job. A beauty of a beer!

05-26-2013 19:01:26 | More by BarryMFBurton
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MGodduclan5

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-26-2013 03:28:46 | More by MGodduclan5
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vfalstad

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-25-2013 00:33:59 | More by vfalstad
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Spaz7

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-24-2013 21:58:00 | More by Spaz7
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stortore

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-24-2013 19:35:05 | More by stortore
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ZEB89

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-24-2013 02:12:36 | More by ZEB89
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dennarb

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +19.2%

It pours a lovely amber with a creamy half inch head.
The aroma is a marvelous combination of french bread just out of the oven, and spices like cloves and nutmeg.
The taste is full and complex like a fine Belgian ale, that combination of a tad of sweetness opening up to an earthy stew of spice and hops.
It is amazing1

05-23-2013 00:54:23 | More by dennarb
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-23-2013 00:28:04 | More by WoodBrew
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puuj

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

05-22-2013 17:51:19 | More by puuj
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fgilbert2

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-22-2013 06:01:50 | More by fgilbert2
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johntfox

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-21-2013 00:45:51 | More by johntfox
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

a: This was a bright, shiny golden copper color. It poured with a mediym sized, firm, fizzy cap that left thick sheets of lace in its wake. Lots of suspended particulate as well.

s: Mellow, musty pot-pourri spiced, stewed dark fruits. Mild banana and some clove.

t: Mineral-y biscuits, strongly spiced dried fruit. All very nice so far. The finish is kind of heavy though; lots of clove, nutmeg, and allspice.

m: All of the spice character makes the same kind of heavy.

o: Good, but among my couple of least favorites from Ommegang.

05-19-2013 20:41:14 | More by DIM
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HinghamRick

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-19-2013 16:38:08 | More by HinghamRick
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Stalgondo

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-19-2013 16:33:23 | More by Stalgondo
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NJB145

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-19-2013 01:54:25 | More by NJB145
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 2,679 ratings.