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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,842 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,842
Reviews: 1,084
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 125
Gots: 272 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

CSO, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of watermelonman
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice deep orange and gold with a medium head. The head shrank to a smaller size and left some minor head.

The smell is pleasant, with hints of candy and citrus on top of malt. The taste brings light fruit, malt, and good yeast flavors all the way through. The mouthfeel is full while drinkability is very good.

watermelonman, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of JAXSON
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber pour with a moderate creamy head. Really yeasty flavor, banana, bread, kind of bitter. Faint tropical fruit sweetness. Kind of too burdensome and sweet to be a session beer, but a bit simple to be considered anything special. Not bad, fine.

JAXSON, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of treehugger02010
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this 1 pint 9 ounce bottle at Gristedes in Scarsdale, New York and poured it into an oversized water glass.
Appearance: A deep cloudy orange body that was thick in the middle, but opaque on the sides. It was toped with a good sized white head, fine retention and ok lacing that dripped down the walls of the glass.
Smell: Fruity, not citrusy, perhaps light grapes, maybe plum.
Taste: Similar, but a lot more forward.
Mouthfeel: Dry.
Drinkability: Excellent.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of gmfessen
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking bottle, packaged like a champagne bottle. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy yellow-amber color with a frothy foamy head. Smell is mostly of amber malt, a slight hop profile and very slight tinge of alcohol; perhaps some small amount of spice. Taste is initially sweet of the amber malt, a slight metallic taste, followed by a hoppy, sort of dry finish. Mouthfeel is thick with carbonation, but the beer is rather light and goes down very smooth. Overall, this is definitely a drinkable beer and worth trying.

gmfessen, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a dark amber with as off-white head.

S: Smells of citrus, caramel sweetness and funk.

T: The taste is farmhouse mustiness, dark fruits and that Belgian yeast breadiness.

D: Easy enough to drink, but the mothfeel is a bit thin and the flavours aren't as complex as I would like.

Overall: A decent beer, no doubt, but not one of Ommegang's best. Still, worth a try.

JohnnyChicago, Feb 23, 2011
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.

Dave1999, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of nitter
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

nitter, Jan 27, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

AlaskanYoung, Aug 30, 2013
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 auxiliary
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Has a copper color to it with a nice large head, with some nice lace.

smell - Dark fruit and spices here.

taste - Has a cherry taste to it but not sweet, and has some spices along with the alchohol present.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Not bad, worth a try. Anything is good from Ommegang. I drank this almost a year later.

auxiliary, Dec 27, 2007
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

tripledbrew, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of atigerlife
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with a small head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma of apples, pears, hops.

Taste of pears, apples, cherries. Malt comes through. Tartness at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp.

Overall, very drinkable. Not great, but worth a try.

atigerlife, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of dcbeers
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

dcbeers, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

DrStiffington, Aug 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

HumphreyLee, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

csmalley, Jul 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Michaeldmanley, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Focusf111, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of alex_hart
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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3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours our light brown and sits orange-amber in the glass with a small off-white head.

Smells of sweet wheat malt and citrus (orange, lemon). Nice yeasty character with light traces of alcohol hiding beneath.

Sweet malts again in the mouth with tangy citrus. Medium bitterness in the finish with dry yeastiness and a slight touch of alcohol.

Light and crisp with bold carbonation. A bit much for my delicate tounge. Easy going down, but lacks anything of desire.

Skidz, Jun 14, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

6thstreetbrewpub, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

blknikon, Apr 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jman005, Mar 16, 2013
Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
91 out of 100 based on 2,842 ratings.