1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

Not Rated.
Rare Vos (Amber Ale)Rare Vos (Amber Ale)

Educational use only; do not reuse.

2,922 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,922
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 138
Gots: 322 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Rare Vos (Amber Ale) Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,922 | Reviews: 1,096 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kjrod20
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Light caramel/amber color. Lots of carbonation: an inch or so of thick head. Smell is sweet and candy-like, definitely a Belgian-esque aroma. Dark fruit, figs, dates, plums, etc..

Taste is pretty light and refreshing. It is somewhat sweet but there's a decent amount of hops and bitterness there as well. A fair amount of spiciness. Not strong at all, this is one of the more "sessionable" Belgian-style beers I've had. To me, it is a lighter and more drinkable version of the heavy hitting Trappist styles. Worth trying.

Photo of ElGuapo
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy light cherry colored brew with a serious white foamy head that pillows on top. Lace is left all over the glass. Sweet cherries hit the nose followed by a little bit of roastiness and toasted grains.

It has a crisp start and it then smoothes out. There is a lot of cherry flavor, like a blend of black cherry soda and black cherries. Grains and yeast blend this one nicely. The flavoring is fairly complex with the fruits, grains, and yeasts all balancing out to make a delicious brew. I did not get any hint of alcohol, but then again, it is not that high in abv.

The body is medium, and it is full of flavors. The complexity is not too much as to scare people away. I would think that this would be a great beer to turn someone on to the style.

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of aubuc1
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle in to a goblet. Hazy orange with off white head. Smells bready with some fruit in the background. Snappy sweet taste that is rather tart with some fruit in it. Carbonated mouthfeel that would do very well with food. Not a life changer, but a very nice beer.

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

Photo of mixed_master7
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Dave1999
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy golden colour with a small white head and plenty of lacing.

The smell is cloves and pepper and coriander.

The taste is light malts, sweet with spices and very slight hop bitterness.

It's medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer light and refreshing with enough flavour to keep me interested.

Photo of cavedave
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beautifully cloudy pour of golden hue is topped by a thin head of closely knit foam which recedes slowly to a persistent island. A gentle swirl leaves sheets of negative-imagery mountains on the snifter.

The nose is a full bodied aroma of belgiany yeast, light fruits, a hint of alcohol, and gentle notes of spice, sweet grain, and even lighter hints of citrus and bitter.

It has very gentle flavor for such a big beer. There is lots of flavor, but it is gentle. The yeast is less prominent, but it still leads a flavor brigade of pear, gentle spice, and an even gentler herbosity that leads to a juicy finish that is beyond my palate to relay. It is yummy, not too sweet, just as a beer this mild should be.

Mouthfeel is thinner side of medium, viscosity a bit too missing. I love Ommegang, but Rare Vos is the least of their offerings, no where more evidently than in mouthfeel.

Drinkability is o'kay, not as good as many others.

Impression: Not the best of their lot, but a good starting point for someone to get interested in Belgian-style ales.

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of hotstuff
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew poured a large, creamy head, but it left little to no lacing on the sides of my mug. It had a fruity aroma to it. It had a very smooth taste which was much to my liking. There was no bitterness to this brew in my opinion. I was very, very impressed with this brew and I hope to have the opportunity to enjoy this brew again.

Photo of OgreSanchez
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of slim2043
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Andreji
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Done with a respiratory physiology exam. Following my post-exam rituals, I pop open the rare vos 75cl I've kept for 6 months in my closet. previously refrigerated for an hr or so anyway.

The significant majority of the pour goes on the head. Thick and dominantly white, perhaps a it off. much lacing is left behind and the retention is above average, but still goes down rapidly to allow drinking. Bellow, a fizzy (ok, it's a duvel tulip. it fizzes up with freakin water) orange-to-red clearly translucid body.

The smell is stingy at first. due to a large majority concentrated in some citrus-fruityness. some oranges, perhaps a bit more tangy than that. the alcohol is clearly felt within. sweet and malty in a lower amount.

The taste was impressively moderate- in contrast with what I was expecting. rather sweet and fruity at first- just enough for you to wiggle it around for a bit, before gradually going from sweet to sour, from sour to bitter. smooth transition, and not overly-sweet, sour or bitter. rather soft. In the end, a bit wheaty and dry, sort of a nice aftertaste above the bitterness. that reminds me a bit of Club Colombia, a rather decent lager. it's a nice aftertaste, doubtless.

The mouthfeel i'd say is soothing. this is no large-contrast beer. the taste range goes across smoothly and from a soft sweet to a soft bitter. Not too carbonated, just right to accompany the transition, smoothen it out even further. the alcohol to the mouth is clearly hidden, as opposed to the nose. It isn't thick, rather medium bodied, but that I'd guessed from the pour itself.

The drinkability- considering the easygoing flavours and mouthfeel, I rank quite high. the only limitation is that the alcohol goes unnoticed while drinking it but not in the body. that's why I don't give it a 5 there.

Photo of nitter
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from this corked 750 into a tulip glass. I got a slightly hazy orangish-amber colored ale with a thick off-white head. Very frothy head with great lacing. Some rocky character as it fades.

A real nice bready malt aroma, earthy yeasts with some fruity pear and spicy hop notes. Tastes of sugary pear preserves, on fresh baked Cuban water bread. Earthiness and spice reminiscent of hot cross buns on Good Friday. This is a tasty relatively small Belgian style ale.

Nice medium body, with ample carbonation leading to a smooth substantial feel. I will have no problem polishing this 750 off, which is a nice change.

Photo of jman005
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of dcbeers
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dnichols
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a caged and corked 750 ml bottle into a chalice. I received this wonderful treat from my first out of state BA trade with bonezx86...Thanks.

A: It poured a cloudy amber body with a robust two finger white frothy head. The head was creamy, sticky and receded slowly to a shallow cover over the liquid. It generated a clingy lacing that left spotty remenents down the side of the glass.

S: It emitted a bready, malty aroma with white fruits (pears and apples) and spices (cloves, white pepper).

T: It was creamy, sweet, bready and spicy. It reminded me of drinking apple cider spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It was smooth and sweet malty on the front with a frutiy spicy back. The hops are recessive as is the alochol. There was a dry and peppery finsish.

M: It was full-bodied with a creamy, smooth profile, and it ended spicy and fruity with a lingering tangy fruity after taste.

D: It was a well balanced and surprising brew. Lots of spices, rich body and moderate ABV make this a great session brew.

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maddogruss
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a cloudy, golden body with a thick, off-white head with nice retention and lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Smells fairly bitter with lemon undertones. Slightly alcoholic smell that reminded me of tequila.

T: A fairly bitter, but smooth, taste with a slightly malty aftertaste.

M: Pretty smooth overall; a little on the thin side, but still very good.

D: An ok drinkable beer. Feels very nice on the palette, but the tequila characteristic of the beer took a little bit away from it for me. I think that someone else might be able to handle a sixer of these as it is a fairly rounded brew, but I just could not get over the tequila aftertaste.

Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 2,922 ratings.