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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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2,984 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,984
Reviews: 1,110
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 148
Gots: 380 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

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Ratings: 2,984 | Reviews: 1,110
Photo of hunteraw
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Stubbie in Gainesville from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Much lighter in color than I expected, this doesn't seem to be a "dark ale" at all. Perhaps a bit darker than your typical Belgian Pale Ale, but not by much. Now I don't know what to expect... Amber in color, good head. Some lacing.

Smell: Again, much lighter than I'd expect. I though I might be mistaken, so I had a friend smell as well. Very light in the aroma department, with some mild belgian yeast character and perhaps a hint of spice.

Taste: I'm starting to wonder if I got a bad or mislabeled bottle, somehow. Again, the flavor profile is much ligher than I'd expect from a Belgian Dark Ale. Reminds me much more of a Belgian Pale, not the dark fruit and candi sugar of a Dark...

Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp, good. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Odd, drinkability is good but the beer is not what I was expecting, at all.

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a nice big foamy white head. Head falls to small head that stays throughout glass with nice but minimal lacing.

Definite fruit in the nose with a spicy sweetness to it.

Sweet fruit taste. Subtle alcohol and nice maltiness to it.

Light to medium in the mouth.

East drinking beer, much enjoyed.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dacrza1
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft orange-brown body with a thick, three-finger head that forms like sponge--and lacing is a beautiful web that coats the OFFICIAL Rare Vos glass... yeasts are fruity and spicy--malts are interwoven with balance... without prior knowledge, this beer could smell like any number of styles--versatile! Palate is medium-bodied and a bit astringent--a finish with warmth befitting a 6.5% ABV... smooth and slick with lingering effects... citrus hops and strong malts collide in a seesaw that keeps the tongue in a suspended bliss... like a Belgian monk and a German beer wench brought forth a beautiful love child... rule one: Ommegang doesn't brew a bad beer; rule two: each is a study in itself, demanding a session of focus and appreciation, followed by another sessio to compare and rethink... Rare Vos is a complex beer that chllenges and rewards--excellent.

Photo of Samp01
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt, some yeast, with some light fruity notes. Taste is caramel malt, yeastiness and some dark fruit undertones. Palate is nice medium body, carbonation is good. Finish is malty, yeasty, with some dark fruity plums notes, light hops and a slightly sweet spicy and nutty aftertaste. Overall a very nice easy to drink ale.

Photo of tzieser
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ah, Rare Vos. Great brew.

a: poured from a 12oz bottle into my Rare Vos glass I got at Brewery Ommegang. Crystal clear amber color with a one finger white head that dissipates pretty quickly into thin lacing around the glass.

s: very thin nose, possibly because my beer was cold, but the malts were still there, the belgian yeast stood out, with a faint hop aroma. good, but a little more subtle than i expected.

t: delicate malts up front, that have a distinct candy-like sweetness to them, which is quickly followed by a touch of hops and the signature Belgian yeast. alcohol isn't noticible. surprisingly light tasting for the alcohol.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel, drinkability is expectional. I've had a few pints of these at a bar in Cooperstown with my girlfriend, and decided it was one of the most sessionable Belgian-style ales in existence

Photo of fmccormi
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute; bottling date of September 19, 2012 and a freshness date of September, 2013 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle (“PKG 0N 09/13/2012 BEST BY 09/2013”).

Appearance (4.5): This is a beautiful, beautiful beer: three fingers of cream-colored foam rise quickly off the pour, fading slowly to a thick, fluffy cap with rolling indentations like a damn meadow or something. The body is a rich, glowing amber-orange color with reddish hues, evenly hazy but not cloudy or particular—just clear enough to see little streams of bubbles. The head leaves great lacing, with fat, wide-arcing patches of thick foam.

Smell (4.25): Love the aroma on this: rich, warming spices (clove, ginger, coriander) mixed with a mix of dried pit fruit scents (apricots, dates, some plum). The malt body has a nice, moderately deep but not sticky caramel-ish complexity. There are some light scents of hay and lemon zest, in Ommegang’s very characteristic way.

Taste (4.25): The palate lightens up compared to the nose, giving some very juicy melon and citrus flavors without the acidic character you’d expect from a hoppy IPA—but it’s underlaid with modest caramel and rich, bready malt character. The spices are just as present in the nose, but more pronounced: coriander, ginger, some white pepper, maybe a bit of clove—and they’re cut off with a short, bright, herbal bitterness that dies off a bit and then lingers. As it warms, the beer gets richer in the fruit character and deeper in its spiciness—the spiciness becomes very, very pronounced, but doesn’t upset the balance. Great character for a Belgian Amber Ale.

Mouthfeel (4.0): A bit overactive carbonation, with an active, prickly sensation accompanied by a fluffy foaming action on the way down, expanding rapidly. The body finishes dry, showing off a lighter-than-medium weight and character that picks up the herbal finish to dry it out.

Overall (4.25): There’s a reason this has been one of Ommegang’s best sellers for years. Actually, several reasons. It has a fantastic balance of depth and character for a beer its size—it kind of reminds me of what a “baby Quad” might taste like, with a farmhouse side to it—and yet it’s still very easy to drink, and has something for everyone who enjoys Belgian styles of beer. Rare Vos is a winner.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BucBasil
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 750mL bottle into a large snifter. The beer is a brown color at first glance, but when held to light it reveals a cloudy reddish orange color. Head is 3 and a half fingers thick, slightly off-white, and with excellent retention.

Smell: Light fruits, but not hoppy - more like sweet - including green apple, tangerine, and pear. Somewhat yeasty as well with some light sugars detectable in the mix.

Taste: This reminds me somewhat of a Belgian dubbel, with many of the fruity, brown sugary characteristics of the style. Maltiness comes in the form of biscuits, but blended, much like a Fig Newton. Sweet, but in no way cloying, and nicely balanced throughout. Midpalate in nicely spicy with cinnamon and clove. Finishes spiced again with more fruit notes. A good interpretation of a Belgian style by an American brewery. Actually tastes Belgian. Refreshing.

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

Bottle.

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of scottum
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woah. Thems some brew. Pours a hazed red amber with a flowing white head. Fruity, spicy, grainish... what is it? Well for yeast sake, it's quite the belgiumish brew. Quite good indeed! Not the best Ommegang, but for a Belgium brew from the US this is up there for sure!

Photo of dcbeers
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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