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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 2,728
Reviews: 1,078
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 120
Gots: 232 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000)
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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

MakeMineADoubleJack, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of frank4sail
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML Bottle
Bright Orange/Copper color, with a lasting head... and I mean lasting. Sweet spicey smell. Taste of esters, fruity, with a bite of spice. Great lace left in glass (Chimay goblet). The taste improves on your last glass.. swirl and pour the yeast it is good for you and improves the flavor. This is the most drinkable of Ommegang's products.

frank4sail, Mar 26, 2002
Photo of TheDeuce
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a huge head and active carbonation, banana undertones and a crisp fruity prescence punctuated with controlled alcohol scents and some grain pulls through as well. Full taste, carbonation sits in as you drink it all the way down, fully flavored but not too heavy. A fantastic beer, stunning in quality for the price.

TheDeuce, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of beeragent
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

A - Pours a medium slightly hazy amber, forming a creamy 1 inch head, that fades rather quickly. Light spots of lacing dot the glass.

S - Strong fruity aroma created from the yeast, along with a noticeable hint of alcohol.

T - Sweet fruity taste coats the palate, followed by a nice sweet malt thickness. Spices seem to come out a bit more in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Very nice full flavor and smooth finishing beer. Definitely a sessionable ale. The not so high alcohol content allows for a few of these in one night.

beeragent, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of changeup45
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very easy drinking beer. Pours a light amber color with a generous off-white head and a bit of lacing. It really does have a great look to it. Aroma was faint but pleasant, subtle hops, malts with a sweet spiciness to it. There's not a ton of flavor but it's good for the summer. Somewhat spicy, with floral notes, sugar, a mild bitter hop bite and some yeast. Very smooth and a pretty good mix of flavors.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

blknikon, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of mzwolinski
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An Amber ale, very well carbonated with a thick and creamy head. The aroma is slightly sour, orange-like and fruity. As it warms it develops a malty richness. Very nice. Taste starts with a big malty sweetness, followed by some darker fruits (fig perhaps) and spices. Somewhat dry, sour finish, with a mildly sweet aftertaste. Quite drinkable, even if not quite up to the standards of the brewery's namesake beer.

mzwolinski, Oct 30, 2002
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

slim2043, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Bieniek30, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

maxcoinage, May 28, 2013
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The overall color of Rare Vos is a slightly muted orange heading in the direction of amber. The wheat content of the beer makes it cloudy as is typically seen with other wheat beers but seems to be even cloudier than most. The smell hold citrus notes which helps the beer achieve a higher level of drinkablilty because it is not too strong of a wheat taste. When poured out of the bottle it produces a nice fluffy head which beatifully compliments the color of the brew. This is my personal favorite of the original ommegang beers and is a must try in my book for anyone seeking a quality beer.

BigPlay1824, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of sgregory
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

sgregory, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice amber color with a good tanish head. The aroma was a nice bouquet of sweet malts. Very enjoyable. The taste is a pleasant hit of malty goodness with a bit of hops but not overpowering. There are also some spices in this one that work well. This medium bodied beer is very pleasant and drinkable in my opinion.

ggaughan, Mar 30, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

RobinLee, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Murky light amber with a frothy light tan head of about 2 fingers. Maybe not the most beautiful looking beer, but it does have fantastic lacing.

S- Fundy musk of Belgium yeast. Dirt with some clove. Some dark fruits with earthy hop character.

T- Funk from the nose with a nice, peppery spice undertone that was a terrific surprise that the nose failed to indicate. Pepper, phenols, coriander, and orange zest. Sweetness complements the damp musk, along with some herbal hops that generates a welcoming balance. A hint of some dark fruits- plums and grapes. Almost a bit medicinal

M- Light, refreshing, crisp as can be. High carbonation helps with the drinkability. Mid body bordering on full. Impressive feel to this one.

O- A different but welcomed change of pace from most Belgium and most ambers I have had. A mellow beer with a satisfying level of complexity. Didn't make me jump out of my seat, but good value that's worth a try

Bottled 3/6/13
Consumed 8/2/13
$6.99 for 750 ml

Bosoxfan20, Aug 11, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ommegang Rare Vos is a Belgian dark ale, deep amber in color with a huge two inch, cream color head displaying very good retention.

The aroma is the mildewed smell that I find in a number of Belgians.

The taste is sweet fruit, pears up front and orange at the back of the throat. This is primarily a malty brew with a hops backbone and loads of carbonation to make it interesting.

The mouth feel is medium bodied, oily and as mentioned, highly carbonated.

The drinkability is very good, reasonable ABV and great taste, what's not to love?

As you can probably tell, I greatly enjoyed Rare Vos. I can tell you there will always be a full bottle in my cellar from now on. It's only sour note is aroma.

kegger22, Jan 04, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

falconxman, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

dcbeers, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of acevenom
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, decanting properly so as not to disturb the yeast sediment. Pours slightly hazy copper with a tall, soapy eggshell colored head. The head dissipates slowly. There are lots of noticeable tiny bubbles in this beer. The Belgian yeast aromas hit the nose first, delivering fruity notes of banana and apple. I can pick up some biscuit aromas from the malt. There's also a touch of citrus. The flavors follow the profile of a typical Belgian amber. The yeast brings the fruit flavor profiles from the nose like that banana, apple, and citrus. There's some mild spiciness. The malt provides a nice backbone for this beer without being too heavy. The shot of beer left at the bottom of the bottle really had some nice Belgian yeast flavor. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean. The drinkability is very high. This is a very good beer.

acevenom, Sep 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

dwoolley1, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Zraly
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, apricot-orange with a creamy, off-white head pours beautifully. Wonderful malt and grain note with a hint of a fruit bowl smell. Carbonation is somewhat fizzy and provides an interesting dimension to the complexity of this ale.

Full and forward, the malts prove prominent. Notes of citrus and has bread-like, yeasty flavors. Underlying these is a slight note of spice, almost has a unique cinnamon n' sugar quality to it. A little bit o' honey lingering around as well. The hops are a smooth ending compliment to this powerful and quite divine brew.

I'm fairly new to Belgian-style ales. But if the majority of them are like this, count me in. A gamey meal would go along just fine.

Zraly, Aug 03, 2003
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful amber that somehow reminds me of a hazy gold. I'm not sure how else to explain it, and im sure not many other people would see it like that.

smell: the ever delightful belgian funk, sweet florals, and a bit of orange.

taste: a surprising bitterness runs through right after the top is popped and you take the first sip at fridge temperature, but when let sit and warmed a pleasant sweetness takes hold of the bitterness and blends nicely together. More belgian funk (in a fantastic way), and even a slight wheat flavor comes through.

Mouthfeel: light and fluffy. light bodied with good carbonation and no lingering feeling on the tongue.

overall: another treat from ommegang

alex_hart, Apr 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Neffbeer, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

weaselchew, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

themind, Jun 17, 2013
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 2,728 ratings.