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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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2,707 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,707
Reviews: 1,078
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 119
Gots: 223 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours an opaque amber, possibly got some yeast there in the pour, medium white head, solid retention.

S: Bread, Belgian yeast, spice, pretty much what I expected.

T: Tasty dark bread mixing with dark fruit esters starts out the drink. Strong clovey spice bluntly intervenes, with a light acidity in the end.

M: Too much carbonation at first, but dies down with a gentle swirl, as the beer warms up the acidity comes out more, overall light/medium body.

D: This is a tasty dark Belgian-style beer and certainly one of the cheapest 750s you're going to see in the store, that alone demands a repurchase at some point. Good beer.

Halcyondays, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
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!

BlackHaddock, May 28, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a short head.

Smell: yeast, pears, and apples are most notable.

Taste: caramel, big yeast flavors, ripe plums, pears, and golden apples. Bitterness is moderate but nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish with some mild dryness late.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff this beer. This is a beer you can drink all day long.

Gavage, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -1%

07/07/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked, but undated. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Very hefty large bubbled head. A lighter brown-copper colored pour. Perfectly adequate lacing as well.

Smell- Spices all around. Maybe a touch of dark fruit in the nose. Lots of pepper.

Taste- Dark cherry flavor hits you right off the bat. Not really sweet dark cherry. Kind of a dark cherry mixed with some real dark chocolate. Pepper, anise, clove and other spices all surround the alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Lower than expected carbonation. Not too heavy.

Drinkability- Wasn't expecting the flavor I got. Still tasting it in my mouth. Interesting and enjoyable. May not be for everyone though.

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -1.7%

oriolesfan4, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

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!

woodychandler, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

tempest, May 12, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

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

barleywinefiend, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

stakem, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

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

Billolick, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -1%

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.

dbrauneis, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Georgiabeer, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

akorsak, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

DoubleJ, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

jdhilt, May 24, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Zorro, May 06, 2004
Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -14%

mothman, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

ejimhof, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev -1.7%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%


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.

BARFLYB, Jul 20, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 11/13/2012. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy orange amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big banana, pear, apple, orange peel, light caramel, clove, pepper, coriander, floral, bread, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast notes with malt and spices. Taste of big banana, pear, apple, orange peel, clove, pepper, light caramel, bread, coriander, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, orange peel, clove, pepper, caramel, bread, coriander, floral, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with malt sweetness and spices; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, foamy, and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian pale ale! Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink, even at high carbonation. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, May 17, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%


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.

Wasatch, Feb 26, 2008
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 2,707 ratings.