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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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2,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,595
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 105
Gots: 183 | 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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Photo of giblet


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a gem. this poured nice with a strong head at first. decent carbontion with good lacing down the glass. smells of malt and caramel raisins. quite tasty! it is lighter than the color would make you think. good finish. overall yum!

suckem up and movem out


Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 11:22:49 | More by giblet
Photo of Mark5252


4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-28-2014 00:47:32 | More by Mark5252
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 03:27:12 | More by alex_hart
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a fairly elegant beer at a low price. Slightly less enjoyable than the Unibroue line, but still very good.

Pours light and dusty orange with a good sized, retentive head.
Smell is of malt, nutmeg, and a slight kelp-like, organic note. Honestly I don't know what corriander smells like, so I can't compare it to that, but I didn't find it offensive.

Taste was notably dry for the style, with a frothy mouthfeel. A bit of a bitter but sharp finish takes over from an odd middle. Sort of spicy, peppery, with hints of yeast and that mysterious vegetable note. Faint cloves, nutmeg, and even a bit of a brine note. Malt lurks in the background.

An odd, but not unpleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 18:01:56 | More by shirfan


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-15-2013 14:52:26 | More by ROBSTARR
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-17-2013 14:14:52 | More by fizzyted
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2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of the 4 new brews I had tonight, this was probably the most dissapointing. This beers flavor was just about the most average tasting "belgian" style beer I've had in a long time. The flavors that were there were weak and not interesting. This left a bad aftertaste as well. Maybe I just had a bad bottle, but this was pretty damn rough.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 07:47:05 | More by santoslhalper
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden amber color with a big foamy head that reduces to a froth that holds on. Moderate lacing.

Smells very yeasty and spicy, with clove and citrus.

Everything in the nose comes through in the taste and then some. Very spicy and sweet up front with a crisp finish that leaves the mouth slightly dry. Lots of clove and fruit in the flavor. Good level of maltiness and perfectly hopped.

Mouthfeel is a tad harsh and prickly. High carbonation levels even after a good pour. Nice warming alcohol effect usually only felt with a higher ABV.

Haven't had a beer from this brewery yet that wasn't delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 19:26:31 | More by Hoagie1973
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Tulip

A. Poured a big 3 finger head. Lots of carbonation. Nice orange/amber color. Very thin lacing.

S. Spices, clove, yeast, malt, some fruit.

T. Spices, clove, some bitterness, slight malt sweetness. A underlying sourness that I didn't detect until almost the bottom of the glass.

M. Medium bodied. Very dry. Well carbonated.

D. A drikable beer. Pretty straightforward with not much complexity. Probably a little more dry than I prefer. Overall not my favorite from Brewery Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 21:48:15 | More by siradmiralnelson
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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the second beer I had from tis brewery. Yesterday I reviewed their "three philosophers" brew. Great stuff!
" rare VOS" pours a rich deeper gold and creates a nice tall white head.
The smell is very fruity and hints a freshness you would like in a beer in a hot summer. Very inviting.
The taste up front is a grainy fruity mix, maybe some apple, hint of orange, being checked by mild hops in the middle and a very interesting earthy finish.
Very nice mouthfeel and the lightness of body in this beer invites for more, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 05:01:52 | More by Hopfenpeter
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-15-2014 03:04:39 | More by RobinLee
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Pours a nice amber/red color with a nice bubbly head that never really disappates completely. Continues to look pretty active after initial pour

S- Has a sweet banana sort of smell that isn't overwhelming

T- Has a nice sweet start, noticeable banana and citrus overtones... typical amber finish. Not my favorite, but good and drinkable

M- Pretty light bodied with some medium light carbonation. Not much lingering flavor after swallowing

D- Very drinkable. Not my first choice in beer styles, but tasty none the less


Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 00:44:20 | More by bbeane
Photo of Evarigan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-13-2013 03:36:59 | More by Evarigan
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

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

Discovered I was one of a kind with this one on 10/15/2004. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

¾-inch initial cream head, very thick with sticking lace. Light gold hue with a peach skin tint and some active haze. Tart grapefruit nose, with a wet straw yeastiness following up. Lemony tartness, coriander, almost an odd rubbery flavor and a trailing hop bite that cleanses the palate. Tasty, medium to light body that doesn’t force itself on you, but rather gently makes its presence known.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 22:02:31 | More by Truh
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Compares favorably to a Duvel or Flemish style ale. Pours white, puffy head that thins quickly, leaving nice rings of lace, even in my plastic cup. Color is like a pilsner with a touch more haze. I taste a fine, toasted caramel sweetness, with pleasant nose of coriander, grains of paradise(?), a bit of Curacao orange. Comes in with a slight banana note at the finish. I wish I could've keep this to cellar, but I went a little crazy at the store where I bought this, near our motel. Ended up buying 13 bottles of various micros, and had to trim down to fit in my luggage.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 20:55:37 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-04-2012 01:46:54 | More by tbeer40
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3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A-Relatively clear amber brew. Big, fluffy lighter-tan head retained decently, eventually down to a consistent, thin layer.

S-Spicy over a yeasty breadiness. Somthing peppery-soury over the top of it.

T-Fruity character mixes with breadiness and spice with a black pepper character on top of it all. Bitterness is not apparent. Finishes with an almost sour fruitiness, and relatively dry.

M-High carbonation, medium body. Probalby appropriate, but it just didn't quite feel right to me.

D-An easy-drinking amber ale with a nice touch of Belgian influence and flavor. This is easy and smooth enough that it could be a good gateway beer into Belgian-style flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 16:44:07 | More by CHSLBrew
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-02-2011 23:53:44 | More by dwoolley1
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3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:02:31 | More by Bosoxfan20
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-24-2014 06:44:00 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a very nice golden-orange with a fluffy white head that leaves lace all the way down the glass. The smell is subtly spicy. The taste is also a bit spicy, but quite mellow and understated. It goes down like silk and is very drinkable. I enjoyed this the most of Ommegang's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2002 19:50:25 | More by mickeymac
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper. Produced a very healthy three fingers width of white head.

S- Combination of spices, malt, and little bits of citrus.

T- Initially a hint of sweetness hits the tongue. As the beer is consumed a pepper, citrus maltiness takes over providing for a nice finish.

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation.

D- Very drinkable.

Overall, I'm starting to really like Ommegang's lineup of beers. This is another solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 06:09:56 | More by rhinos00
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-03-2013 21:36:42 | More by pottergator
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured slightly hazy orange golden with a huge frothy off-white head head that was large and fell very slowly to coat the glass with stick albeit sparse lace.

The aroma was black earth-loam and humus with some yeast fruit and spice.

The flavor was slightly malty but more earthy that anything else. The earth flavors and slight fruitiness along with a slight caramel impression make for an interesting flavor. The finish is dry with an vinous flavor that evolves into a dry hoppy finish.

The body was medium with some active effervescence.

This one paired nicely with spicy turkey chili.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 00:15:41 | More by Citadel82
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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