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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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2,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,575
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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3/5  rDev -26.1%

11-22-2013 04:27:37 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of corby112


3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 750 ml. bottle.

Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick foamy white head and large chunks of yeast floating around. Citrus sour aroma of lemon, orange and grapefruit. Sweet citrus flavor that contains a lot of yeast and a touch of maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 07:21:10 | More by corby112
Photo of MarkyMOD


3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-15-2012 00:58:45 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in California and brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a hazed, slightly amber orange colour, with a full and frothy head, initially. This settles to a half-centimetre of fine off-white foam, leaving minimal lacing. Body is quite light. Not a bad look.

Nose is fragrant with organic Belgian notes, but also rather sharp, with a zesty carbonation whack livening up the palate. Hint of caramel grains and a touch of earthiness. All up, it's nice, but it's a little too sharp, and a little less powerful than I like.

Taste is clean and light, with vigorous carbonation that makes the palate smart. Pleasant mild Belgian phenols giving a cleansing sharpness, with a suggestion of acidity on the back. Quite light on flavour, and where it is, it's not the round sweetness I expect, but it's pleasant and drinkable.

It's a good beer, but in my opinion not a great beer. It's pleasant, light, drinkable and quite sessionable for its 6.5%. The characters are pleasant enough, but it doesn't really do anything exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:18:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy peachy amber color with active carbonation and a thick, persistent head.

S: Nose has crisp yeast scents complemented with fruity notes and a bit of peppery spice.

T: Light Belgian yeasy, some spice, clove and light booze sting

M: Alcohol warmth shows up more and more as the beer warms up. Nice feel, some bubblegum flavors

D: Very good

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2010 03:04:07 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle with seafood enchiladas at The Mission Restaurant in Syracuse, a great pairing. Rare Vos reminds me a bit of an amber Duvel, though not quite as the complex. The malts are sweet and mild with an apple, cherry, and berry taste. Very drinkable and tasty, but it might be overpriced if you're a budget beer shopper or think Rogue is too expensive.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 00:59:00 | More by tempest
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a 750 mL corked and caged bottle, poured into a Rare Vos stange (see the 'Glassware for Beer' section if you are wondering what a stange is).

Appearance: The beer pours cleanly, no hazy or sediment upfront (although there is a layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, so haze is in the near future). The beer is highly carbonated and gave me an immediate head of approximately 4 fingers. The head quickly dissapated to a constant 1 finger, leaving a very nice ring of lace around the stange.

Smell: The beer has a very natural smell, fresh with a note of muted hops.

Taste The muted hops make themselves known here. They are not overpowering, they just make themselves known. I also taste some fruity apple in the ale.

Mouthfeel: This ale sits nicely in the mouth. The malt and hops are nicely balanced, preventing either one from overpowering the taste buds.

Drinkability: Thiis one ale that could easily be consumed all day (and night long). The relatively low ABV (6.5%) means that it will not knock you out while giving you hours of drinking enjoyment.

Another great selection from Ommegang, the 2005 akorsak Brewery of the Year.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 00:58:28 | More by akorsak
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark orangy color with a sizable head that dissolves to a fine bubbly sheen...citrus seems to dominate in early glass, as it warms it reveals a nice balance of malt/hops. Spice in the finish..pepper, hint of cloves....grapefruit....this beer is excellent with spicy food, thai, mexican etc...the brewer at Ommegang told me (at Half time's recent 3 phillophs event) that this is the staff's favorite at the Brewery

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 11:45:18 | More by Billolick
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-20-2013 04:45:16 | More by oriolesfan4
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Once more, Bridgewaters Pub in 30th Street Station continued to impress me with their selection. This was on-tap on my way back to LNC from PHL on 20 January 2006, following the Rich Wagner lecture at Yards.

Danny brought this to me witha thick, tawny head with decent retention. The color was a slightly hazy medium-amber. The nose had a distinctive yeast-driven mustiness. The mouthfeel was thick, full, and very effervescent. The taste was fruity (like Juicyfruit gum), musty, and with a tang of spiciness. The finish was very dry with the mustiness leaving a dusty feeling on the back of my throat. Yow!

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2007 15:15:33 | More by woodychandler
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a hazy glowing golden-amber body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. On top is a thick mousy head that last and last leaving rings of lace after each sip.

S- This beer has a light sweet perfumed malt smell with notes of pears.

T- The soft sweet note of spun sugar is followed by a soft spice note with a faint hint of bubble gum. The finish has a light fresh dry spice note with hints of carbonic acid and soft green leaves. As this beer warms the notes of faint bubblegum and light brown sugar and notes of dried apples come through.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a nice crisp but slightly sweet finish.

D- This beer is light in sweetness but has a nice subtle complex flavor. The soft bitterness and the nice sweet flavor have some good depth.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 03:26:21 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken last month (8/21)

Pours a clowdy amber with thick 2 finger head. Big bubbles fade quickly to a lacey half finger of off white head. Fruity aroma with yeast present. Taste is filled with yeast, nearly bread like but has a fruit character akin to apples. Smells also of apples and spice as well. Light mouthfeel and mildly warming sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 17:30:48 | More by stakem
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North Carolina

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

Bottle from 2007.

A: Pours a very lightly hazy amber in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head the reduces to very thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed. There is quite a bit of visible yeast that pours into the glass at the end of the bottle.

S: There are aromas of a fruity yeast, some hints of spice/pepper, along with some sweet malts and hints of caramel/toffee.

T: Bready malts followed by a little bit of caramel/toffee malts, then the fruity yeast shows through, and finally some very light spice/pepper. There is a slight bit of oak to this beer as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: A very drinkable beer and one that I have had many times, I think that it actually improves some with aging though my guess is that aging it much more than 5 years and it could be on the down slope. I really like this beer and it could easily be a session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 20:00:07 | More by dbrauneis
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New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five-finger thick white head that takes forever to fade leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Wheat/yeast nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is fruity & yeasty, almost a clean finish. 750ml bottle $5.99 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 23:39:16 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Zorro


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper colored brew.

Smell is all spices, Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and mint.

Taste is mildly sweet with a big spicy flavor. Coriander, cloves, allspice and celery dominate the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A spicy drinkable brew, almost tastes like a Hefe-Weissen.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 04:27:14 | More by Zorro
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a beautiful glow to it and a relatively thin white head. Slightly tart nose, but fruity with pear, a touch of lemon, a light dusting of clove, and a bit of breadiness. Pleasant. The taste is even better. Beautifully balanced with nice spicebox and fruit notes balanced by some yeasty breadiness and a touch of caramel. More pear and clove, but everything is rather restrained rather than in your face. Subtlety can be a good think. The finish is harmonious union of the pear, caramel, and clove- without being very sweet. Slightly on the carbonated side, but with a creamy, soft fizz to it. Very nice with a cheese plate, and quite drinkable. Lovely.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 20:43:28 | More by Georgiabeer
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-21-2014 02:10:08 | More by DrunkinYogi
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with a damaged cork. On to the beer:

Amber orange colored with a billowy head that shows some retention and leaves some lacing. Tempting is the aroma, soft aromas of spice, coriander, orange peel (what is this, an amber witbier, lol), some yeast action which provides some fruit skins.

There's fruit running around the palate. Cinnamon apples come to mind at first. Secondary flavors of pear than become dominant with a light baking spice. You could mix this with flour to make some killer pie crust. The carbonation is soft and easy in the mouth, and equally easy to drink.

Despite a damaged cork, Ommegang impresses with the Sly Fox. I forget how much I like these guys until I drink their beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 03:27:27 | More by DoubleJ
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-10-2013 06:10:21 | More by zestar
Photo of Wasatch


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


Poured into a chalice a nice light orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, minimal lacing though. The nose is malty, with some slight yeast, tangy (citrus/grapefruit/grapes), with some slight spice and caramel. The taste is malty/yeasty, I really enjoy the tangyness (grapey) tones this brew has, slight spice/caramel. Medium body, a well-rounded, complex brew. Very drinkable, another very tasty brew from Ommegang, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 01:40:47 | More by Wasatch
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

07-23-2014 18:55:13 | More by mothman
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A- A nice bright golden, slight bronze look to it out of a Ommegang glass. A nice frothy white head sat on top looking rather thick. Once the foam faded into nothing a few swirls would bring it back. Tight lacing.

S- Deep caramel from toasted malts and some bittering hops giving off a rather earthy aroma. Some biscuits and bread with faint fruit like apple. Rather straight forward but gets better as it opens up.

T- Not a whole lot going on but I get a nice blend of malts and apples, with a nice bitter hop taste to make it a nice quaff. Sweet caramel is up front and makes a dent while lasting on the tounge for a bit. nice floral and earthy notes from this.

M- I did not care for this cold but as it warmed the flavor came out on the mouth more. Medium bodied with not over the top carbonation. Goes down easy and big gulps can be taking without being over whelmed.

D- Extremely drinkable with low alcohol, making it even easier to drink a lot. Vos tasted kind of bland to me fresh off the tap but 10 or so minutes in the flavor just came together making me smile. A good Belgian Pale Ale of which there are alot.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 03:37:22 | More by BARFLYB
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why this is classified as a dark ale because it pours a light amber color. Has the trademark Belgian yeast taste and is a very good beer. If you are new to Belgians this is a good starting point. Very well made and easy to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 01:49:11 | More by ejimhof
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bounteous volume of creamy suds raised to the very edge of the glass, denying the bottom quarter inch of the bottle and its accompanying yeast sludge any room to fit. As result, this Rare Vos would stay vibrantly clear. The head remains fluffed high with stiff peaks and the body shines incandescently with unsullied tones of bright orange and amber.

I gave a perfect score on appearance - just looking at it makes my mouth water - and I'm tempted to do the same for aroma. This is a smell my nostrils will never tire of. It pairs whole classes of spices with entire schools of fruits and insists they hold hands. Cinnamon with apple, aniseed with orange, lemon and allspice, pepper with pear - the combinations seem endless. It's amazing the array of scents that can be derived from yeast!

The taste isn't quite as dynamic but it showcases much of the same spice/fruit pairings. In particular, I note sweet oranges and cooked red apples with traces of allspice. More bready flavours and hints of toffee emerge. The beer is certainly flavourful but leaves plenty of room on the palate if you wanted to pair this with a meal.

And I can imagine it being well suited to a wide collection of meals. It is elegant, suggestive and diverse in its flavours. It is uncharacteristically light bodied for a beer this flavourful (and one of slightly higher than average alcohol percentage.) It's probably spicy enough to stack up against grilled, fatty meats but is also elegant enough to pair alongside soups and light appetizers (I'm thinking tapas.)

Ommegang rightfully advertises their beers' ability to pair amazingly with foods. Indeed they do, I haven't had a Thanksgiving or Easter in years without one of their products at the table. But those big 750ml bottles also make nice treats unto themselves. I'll tell you from experience they suit a good book, a breezy spring night by candles, or the company of good friends just as well as any dish you can think of.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 01:12:18 | More by biegaman
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-15-2013 17:53:38 | More by BillRoth
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 2,575 ratings.