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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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

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2,346 Ratings

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Ratings: 2346
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000)
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Photo of amstelcat


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured for me at a Belgian style cafe from a corked 750 ml bottle . Dark orange color in the low light available to me at the bar. Fruity esters hitting my nose as I take a sniff from my goblet. Thin lacing down the side of the glass. Taste is also a nice fruity, sweet/sour on the tongue with a bit of an oakey aftertaste. My fiance and I had no problem finishing it off with pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 01:58:32 | More by amstelcat
Photo of King_KongDCO93


4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

today 12/20/2012. I opened a bottle that was bottled 12/2011. I had this beer earlier this year but now its aged to protection: as the bottle says best by 12/12.

A: amber with a light head
S: lost of fruity notes tangerines, oranges, citrus, with some sweet spices
T: has great citrus flavor that is sweet and not so tangy.
M: perfectly carbonated and
O: originally I gave this beer a 3.5 but now its in the high 4s. Beer has refined itself and also my pallet has probably changed as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:27:29 | More by King_KongDCO93
Photo of RDHerm


3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Rare Vos pours a gorgeous amber color. It has a thick white head that thins up a bit, but holds for the duration.

Initial aroma of fruit, primarily citrus. It's followed by notes of malt and yeast. Very balanced, but a bit light.

The taste is pretty similar to what I expected based on the aroma. A strong taste of yeast and malt, with a solid flavor of citrus. There are also notes of spice, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

There's a strong fizziness and a light body. It was almost too carbonated, and as a consequence, felt rather dry; I wasn't a big fan.

It's reasonably smooth and very drinkable. It's not necessarily something I would sit and drink by itself, but I think it would pair well with food.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 02:30:14 | More by RDHerm
Photo of jonB

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very smooth and approachable Belgian style beer. The color and taste were both a little lighter than I was expecting, but it produced an enjoyable beer that goes down easy. The taste is light and somewhat subdued. It finishes slightly sweet, but unfortunately leaves me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 03:20:30 | More by jonB
Photo of brewsclues


4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Sly Fox" - big, bold, and beautiful amber.

A - Gorgeous amber color that pours very hazy with plenty of yeast collecting at the bottom. One of the best lacings I have seen - eggshell white, perfect.

S - Sweet malts, grains, spicy notes, with plenty of ripe fruits (orange peel and maybe some grapes).

T - Damn. Spicy, peppery notes on the tongue at first, some flavorful yeasts in the back of the mouth next, and plenty of delicious malts in the middle. Finishes with a nice, crisp citrus zest (clementines) and just a bit of hop-bitterness to balance it out. This is one outstanding beer.

M - Plenty of carbonation, finishes clean. Very sessionable.

Ommegang proves again that their "Belgian-style" isn't a joke. This is one of the best, if not the best, Belgian-style you can get without actually getting a plane ticket to Bruxelles. This is incredibly flavorful but subtle, sweet but finishes cleans, and plenty of Belgian yeasts to keep every sip interesting. Love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 04:02:26 | More by brewsclues
Photo of jisom123


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Sly fox is worth the money. Deep Amber color. Not the Best Ommegang offering, but still very good. Good head that dissipates after 2 minutes. Goes down smooth. Slightly more carbonated than I expected.
Cork in the top, like all Ommegang beers.
Clean and fresh enough to drink more than one in a sitting if you are up for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 03:32:39 | More by jisom123
Photo of beerhobo22


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traditional belgian aroma w cloves. Pours a brilliant copper w good head. Poor head retention, probably due to the glass.
Mellow fruit and malt w balanced hop bitterness. Medium body w a clean finish. Overall a very refreshing ale. Some mild spice isn't overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 23:21:40 | More by beerhobo22
Photo of mweso2000


5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rare Vos pours a cloudy amber color with a huge 3 finger head. It took two pours to fit in the pint glass despite a mild pour. Wow the aroma! Often I have to put my nose close to smell the beer, but I could smell the aroma of spice, hops, fruit and yeast as I poured. I paired Rare Vos with Thanksgiving dinner (Thank you Beer Advocate). This was THE PERFECT beer to go with the heavy starches, poultry and gravy. The fruit, spice, hops and yeast balanced out the heavy meal. Every sip was pure heaven. It has a medium body with medium carbonation. This beer is highly drinkable with a low abv. My only regret is that I had only 1 bottle to go with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 22:13:25 | More by mweso2000
Photo of mendonjoebeer

New York

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

I have had this beer many times- first review.

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass- I usually use a chalice, but pint glass was right there to use. Nice amber color- more clear than most Belgians, nice head- not too much carbonation

Some fruit,some spice,very balanced

Again very balanced,fruit,spice,malt,yeast- I love it

Nice feel- right amount of carbonation

Very drinkable- good even as session beer. Great with food. I plan to drink many more in the future

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 00:27:04 | More by mendonjoebeer
Photo of beerogre

New York

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

This has been on the shopping list for a few weeks now and as I had been anticipating, it turns out to be another winner from Ommegang, one of my favourite breweries.

As the name suggests, it's Amber coloured, but the things I like about this beer are the head, which does decrease in size with time but yet remains throughout, and the luxurious, creamy mouthfeel, both of which remind me of many an English pint I have sank in a former existance.

This is a beer I could imagine going out and drinking several pints of on a Thursday night, even though there's work on Friday. "It's okay, it's almost the weekend: Only Friday to get through."

I bought a four pack yesterday consumed two last night and was planning to just have one tonight and then something else, but bollocks to that idea, I've enjoyed this bottle so much I'm going to sup the last one as well, and then have something else, if I'm still thirsty....which I probably will be...

A "feel good factor" beer, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 03:21:35 | More by beerogre
Photo of Newmerator


3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Deep Amber, pale-copper, Cloudy,

S. Mildly sweet, malty, yeasty

T. Light, fruity, oily after taste

M. slick, light, medium body.

D. Good beer, session beer. Nothing to boast about, though.

I had some hype when going into this beer. I expected it to be better, I have liked most of the brews by Ommegang. This one, for me, fell a bit short of par.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 04:01:36 | More by Newmerator
Photo of ozzyCobblepot

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, bright copper color--brighter than expected for a dark ale, but looks like a refreshing summer brew that'll be perfect for ending a hot & humid day in Brooklyn. Brilliant citrus & pulpy fruit tones, with a slight hint of bitter hops rounding out the nose. Sweet, citrus, grainy malt flavors, vanilla(?). Great carbonation, moderate body rolls and lingers slightly sweet. A delicious, moderate-bodied summer brew that riffs on the style, adding something uniquely refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 23:49:24 | More by ozzyCobblepot
Photo of Shroud0fdoom


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*12 oz. bottle*
Look: Nice orange shade of amber body, 2 1/2 finger white frothy head.

Smell: Toasted malts, mild citrus, spices, faint caramel sweetness, mild herbal qualities.

Taste: toasted oats, caramel, coriander, touch of a ripe banana, spicy yeast, mildly nutty, honey flavor not the sugary sweetness, dry finish.

Feel: Light body, tight carbonation.

Overall: This ale is very light on the palate for being 6.5% I like how all the flavors in what reminds me of a hearty bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, with a side order of bananas served with orange juice. There is a nice hop bite that sets up the right amount of bitterness to make this beer crisp. This is recommended

#Original Review on 10-30-13#

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 11:35:25 | More by Shroud0fdoom
Photo of legatovibrato24


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy amber color, with a head that lingers into next week. Just a bit darker than the amber that dinosaur DNA was recovered from in Jurassic Park.

There is a slight spice apparent in the smell, and some sweetness. Not the sugary sweet but the fruity sweet.

The taste of this beer does bear some of the typical spiciness that is in so many Belgian style ales. This one is well balanced however. It is not off the deep end with spicy, it's just a subtle note that occasionally peeks out over the yeasty, bready flavors that are more apparent.

The carbonation tends to stand out with a bit more bite than most other Belgian styles I've had. By the end of the glass, I was either used to it or it gassed off, making the last few sips very enjoyable.

This is a very drinkable belgian style ale and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 23:32:00 | More by legatovibrato24
Photo of mmthompson33


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
Photo of copasetic


3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very hazy deep orange from the 750ml champagne-style bottle. For once, I didn't lose the cork after it exploded off the bottle. A light coarse head was formed in the process, but this dissapated to thin lacing shortly thereafter. The smell is not as punchy as other Belgian pales I've had, and is composed mostly of caramel malts and slight peppery/fruity overtones. Mild as it may be, I can still tell I'm drinking a Belgian, as its taste is dominated by fruity and peppery esters. The hops component is somewhat prominent in the back-end bitterness, but no noteworthy flavor or aroma components are apparent. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy with a gentle alcohol hit on the swallow.

Overall, not bad, but not terribly memorable. With some of the more challenging and wonderful offerings from Ommegang, I'll probably pass this one by in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 20:37:58 | More by copasetic
Photo of BingCrosby7


3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - a light orange with some auburn notes; pale white head with reasonably good retention. A pretty brew, though a bit lighter than I had expected.

S - hoppy on the nose with an undertone of faint spices; a little bit of booze lingers after the initial smell.

T - orange and lemon zest with a tinge of light, floral hops; spice lingers in the aftertaste. The flavors are a bit subdued -- much more so than I expected from an Ommegang.

M - Decent carbonation, but it felt a little one dimensional.

O - this is a decent brew, but it is neither an outstanding Ommegang nor an outstanding amber. It is still worth the try, though. Reasonably priced and mildly flavored. Good for a hot, long day.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 05:45:12 | More by BingCrosby7
Photo of kwill


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

The slightly sweet and malty smell hit me as soon as I removed the bottle cap. This smell was coming from at least a foot and a half away, and out of a one inch diameter hole - I knew this was going to be a good beer :).

Appearance is a nice, cloudy amber. The taste has a slightly sweet and malty flavor with a very slight hoppy aftertaste.

A very good beer. I will definitely purchase this one again and try all of the other offerings from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 19:40:15 | More by kwill
Photo of TheBigBoy


2.03/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Out of bottle. Not my type of beer at all. Did not match the typical Belgian flavor beer of which I am not a big fan of anyway. For me this had a charcoal, ashtray type taste that is just not a match for my palatte. Seems some folks enjoy this, so give it a try if you'd like. I have turned the page on this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 15:28:50 | More by TheBigBoy
Photo of wavz


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

A- Great head very much like its brother Duvel, but doesnt stick around as long. Also a great yellow amber in color when you pour this one out.

S- Sugary yeasty like a good belgium beer should be but the malt also stands out at the end of this great beer.

T- Again sugar stands out as the most dominate feature, but as that fades away you get the finshing sweet malts and light spiciness.

M- above average lacing with plenty of carbination. Dry and smooth on the finish.

D- If you like belgium beers like I do, this could easily become a bottle a day habit.


Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 04:17:46 | More by wavz
Photo of e11iott

New York

2.33/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: 12 oz bottle. 2 fat finger head, lasted several minutes, light lacing, rustic orange color when poured.

S: heavy strong fruit aroma, noticabl malt and yeast smell.

T/M: served cold had medium body. tasted fruity, but not in a women mindset. strong carbonation.

D: Not a big fan of this one, alcohol was well hidden, taste didn't improve with warmth.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 04:44:49 | More by e11iott
Photo of JamesBerry


4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This fox was so eager to be imbibed that it literally blew its own cork to get out. Once it settled down, it slipped down with a rich mahogany color and a smooth full head. As soon as it began to lace the rim, I noticed a fruity banana aroma coming out of the glass. The first sip revealed a smooth body that left a slight tingle on the tongue. Its light and relaxed malty flavor, laced with spicy undertones is not as rich or filling as Ommegang's other brews, but (with its relatively low ABV) would make this a great session brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 05:24:56 | More by JamesBerry
Photo of mash4077

New York

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Bright amber color and huge head (to be expected) Head is white and smooth, disipating slowly and faster around the glass surface.

S- Smell is something a little closer to a smoothie or milkshake, milky and fruity. There's a definite metalic smell that stands out. There's also a roasted, smokey smell, similar to bourbon. Unique and varried.

T- Follows smell pretty well. Roasted caramel and oaky flavors hit first, followed by the metalic taste. The milky flavor observed in the nose makes a subdued appearance. The better malt flavors are stronger as it warms. There's a sort of warm peach flavor, not refreshing but not terrible. Balance isn't great. All in all I was expecting something better.

M- Carbonation and creaminess combine in a "fluffiness" to the mouth.

D- Not very drinkable, but not terrible. Perhaps after the Abbey Ale (not had on the same night) my expectations were too high.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 08:11:24 | More by mash4077
Photo of Jef59

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours a beautiful amber with a 1-1.5" cream colored head.

Smells of sweet malts and alcohols with hints of caramel and orange zest.

Tastes of citrus hops, caramel with a little chocolate on the back of the palate. A lot of sweet malts dominate the character of the beer. Somewhat of a nutty finish.

The mouthfeel is velvety and a little chewy. It's a pretty heavy brew. It's fairly drinkable, but I don't think I could drink more than one.

A great beer overall. I will definitely come back to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:19:43 | More by Jef59
Photo of leansean88

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - That lovely Ommegang head and cloudy amber ale. No complaints here.

S - A pleasant smell of fruits and spices. Not quite as nice as the Abbey Ale, but nice none the less.

T - Fruits and spices definitely dominate. There is that taste of malt and a bit of hops.

M - Sadly the carbonation gets in the way of an otherwise tender mouthfeel. Still it's a nice sampling of the spiciness.

O - It's the kind of beer I'd expect from Ommegang. Not the best, but still really nice. The bottle was good, but I'd recommend on tap if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 22:57:22 | More by leansean88
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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