Rare Vos Amber Ale
Brewery Ommegang

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Style:
Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #2
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,010
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Reviews:
1,198
Ratings:
3,489
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Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  231
Gots
  733
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Rare Vos Amber Ale is styled after the smooth, drinkable beers popular in Belgian cafés. It pours a light copper hue, contrasting beautifully with a big, creamy white head. The nose offers orange blossoms and slight spice.

On the palate, the caramel maltiness shines strongly but with little sweetness. The profile leans toward dry fruity (yeast-affiliated), slightly fruity/hoppy with a beguiling spiciness. This complex, medium-bodied beer has a smooth mid-palate and moderate dry finish.

Well-balanced in all elements, it's a mild, mellow brew.
Reviews: 1,198 | Ratings: 3,489 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is copper, head is off white with small bubbles, presents 1 finger thick and dissipates quickly to a ring on the glass sides.

Smell is light bready malt, raisin like fruitiness, yeast and the dry spice, esters; simple yet complex leading you into the taste.

Taste is light caramel and toasted malt, quickly out maneuvered by the yeast spice and dryness, intermixed with fruity interplay of caramel and yeasty notes. Really drinkable, but yet quite complex. With warmth notes of bread, apples, and esters emerge.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, settling with warmth, then moderate sweetness, and drying bitter finish.

Overall - such a great beer and great to find out you haven't done a tasting after drinking on occasion for many years.

Jun 09, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 8/8/21

I've had this one on my list since damn near the beginning of my beer journey, but didn't find it anywhere until a trip to Total Wine a few weeks ago. Naturally, I had to grab a bottle. It's not a super hot beer, but I'm so happy I'm finally getting to try it

Pours a cloudy orange amber with 3 fingers of rocky off white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing, plenty of active carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass as well

There's definitely a spicy Belgian yeast character in the nose, but it's wonderfully balanced by sweet malt and fruity esters. I'm picking up on aromas of orange peel, white pepper, apple skin, caramel, doughy malt, and earthy wheat

Still balanced in taste, but more heavily reliant on spices, especially on the finish. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting lemon, white pepper, pear, orange peel, and bready malt. The swallow brings notes of banana, earthy coriander, doughy malt, clove, and some light floral hops

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a super smooth yet lightly sticky beer. Finishes slick with a mild spice

A delicious beer we have here. I'm thrilled that I've finally had the chance to try it, now I just wish it was available a bit closer to me

Mar 25, 2021
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very good offering from a brewery that I really, really like...

Over the years, Ommegang has done a great job with most of all the brews I have had of theirs. There's been some strange ones, but this one is not in that category. Instead, its a very good ale - great coloration, the smell is light but sweet, and the mouthfeel is light on carbonation (like I like it.) Its taste is full of malt, a distant taste of spice, and overall something that probably doesn't get enough credit. Well here, I'm tellin' ya, this deserves a hard look - do it.

Apr 27, 2020
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Navanation from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Deep reddish amber with a nice foamy head. Meatier than many amber ales. Not as sweet as some. Just a slight malt aftertaste, which is pleasant. Well balanced malt and hop characteristics.

Feb 16, 2020
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says "Amber Ale with... blah, blah, blah..." Here on Beer Advocate it is categorized as a Belgian Pale Ale... This helps makes sense out of the fact that I was awaiting what I think of as an Amber Ale only to get - in my mind (and taste buds) - Hefeweizen-like qualities. Ok, so in reality we jumped the border from Deutschland to Belgium but there are decided similarities. This beer does pour an amber color with a nearly white huge, long lasting head (ok, no "that's what she said" jokes...!!). It's got floral and spicy aroma traits. It's murky like our aforementioned German beer. For people who like this Belgian Pale Ale style, this guy is probably up there toward the top... Caveat on my rating - this is not one of my favorite styles, so even the best on the planet will only be so high in my book.

Feb 12, 2020
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rating from notes. Consumed August 2014. "A dandy little Belgian-style ale with big yeasty, spice box, and fruity aromas, flavours and a spicy, peppery mouthfeel."

Jan 26, 2020
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3Vandoo from Canada (QC)

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber with copper hues; this looks good. Head is creamy but is as shy as me as a teenager surrounded by a bunch of ladies.

Nose wise: Well balanced: grassy smokey which reminds me of peaty scotch. A wee bit of sugar candy in there with cloves.

In mouth this is too well balanced: malty; spiced; it is well dancing in my palate. A well done job

Nov 24, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/21/14; drank 8/23/14 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange hue.

HUGE cream head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Banana bread & mild orange citrus nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild banana bread & slight spice flavors up front, with a dry champagne finish.

Sessionable but not memorable.

Aug 12, 2019
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nick_perry from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Red-orange color with a lot of rising bubbles. Bitter taste from the orange peel, and notes of ginger come through. Coriander and other spices sneak in on the finish. Interesting and complex. Strong carbonation, creates a soapy, bubbly mouthfeel.

Jul 04, 2019
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a semi/hazy , but with bold amber color, and nice slightly off white foam with nice lacing to go along with the very nice bold color.
The aroma is very pleasant, just as the over look is...it has somewhat of sweet caramel with the Belgian coming thru nicely.
As for taste...well here comes the Belgian...for me sweet heaven, nectar of the gods. It has the fruits, slight caramel, and the Belgian everthing coming thru. So Gooood! With nice straight up soft snap finish.
The feel is smooth enjoyment with that nice dry snap finish that you don't even feel unless you are thinking about it...that is what makes this brew a fav of mine.
A must try for the Belgian in you.

Mar 10, 2019
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ssimpson89 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber, with floating yeast. Aroma is burnt candy sugar and molasses. Taste is mire light dubbel to me, maybe it’s the look that has me thinking this is a bit different. I drank it quickly and wanted more, so maybe I need to get more than a single next time. Good beer.

Mar 01, 2019
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Profundobaso from New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Massive three-finger head with significant amounts of lacing. Cloudy and amber in color. A real beauty.
Smell - dried fruits, caramel, and plenty of Belgian style yeast. The smell is sweet, with a hint of spiciness, and very inviting.
Taste - fruits, wheat backbone, again strong Belgian yeast flavor, and a very dry finish. What a tasty beer.
Feel - medium to medium-full body, moderately-low carbonation, and just a hint of booziness at 6.5% ABV.
Overall - This beer is one of my all-time favorites. Balanced is a good way of describing this beer, and just downright delicious is another. Very enjoyable.

Jan 19, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium amber, with brown tint, and a large tan head that turns into Rocky craters.

S: fig and clove come out with Belgian yeast, and perhaps a touch of raisin.

T: fruity, with clove, dark berries, and a touch herbal. A bit of caramel, and a touch of biscuit.

M: medium light,with high carbonation. Finish is dry.

O:overall a tasty brew.

Jan 06, 2019
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very unusual tasting beer and quite unlike most anything else. Sharp taste with yeast and tart fruit with plenty pf carbonation. Somewhat dry finish and overall, a very "busy" taste with a lot going on. You'll either like this one or you won't. A must try.

Aug 31, 2018
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in an Orval Trappist glass.

Cloudy amber color, 1F head.

Nice aroma: spicy, lemon.

MF- excellent- smooth, not too carbonated, fuller body than most beers in the style.

Taste: spicy,apple.

Spicy finish.

Enjoyable beer.

Aug 20, 2018
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ben_tries_brews from Tennessee

2.67/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I wish I’d enjoyed this more than I did after seeing the high marks it gets here. It has a nice burnt orange color which is attractive to look at but it the caramel is too cloyingly sweet and the apple and banana flavors taste rotten. Probably will no revisit this for a second opinion.

Jul 27, 2018
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear burnt orange color with a slightly off white head. Smell is only slightly hoppy. Taste is sweet then hoppy with a good flavor finish. The feel is a little to carbonated. Overall, a good but average beer.

Jul 25, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tarnished copper orange in color with dark red hues and a heavy haze. Aggressive carbonation bubbles stream upward from the bottom of the glass. Poured with a huge, billowy, light tan foam with excellent retention. Aromas of Belgian yeast, sweet candied red apple, light banana, light caramel malt and hints of pepper. Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation, creamy feel through the middle followed by light tartness, and pleasant warmth near the finish. Sweet fruit and caramel malt flavors with mellow peppery esters on the edges. Medium tart, bitterness through the middle followed by caramel malt, earthy hops, light pepper and subdued fruitiness. Finished dryly with yeast, fruit and light caramel malt notes. Nice complexity and a great feel and dry finish.

Jul 12, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep orange color with an extremely well retained one inch head that left lacing all the way down the glass. Smells of sweet malts, orange, honey and spices. Taste follows the nose with additional flavors of cloves and yeast. Medium bodied, well carbonated, dry finish and mouth feel.

May 26, 2018
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Jason_Barrows from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to casual beer. I love drinking this when I really want to just enjoy a beer. There is a lot to this one for sure. There is definitely a film at the end of the taste but it is such a unique yet classic Belgium like beer quality to this beer, it’s absolutely fantastic. The color is very attractive and the smell is also good. All around, one of my favorites for sure.

Apr 24, 2018
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feuematt from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy colored beer with a slowly fading head. Taste is caramel malts and orange zest. Overall an OK beer that in my opinion you could take or leave.

Mar 04, 2018
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flgimp from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an active major 3-4 fingered. frothy head into a frosted pilsner glass. Light continuous lacing while drinking. Color is a hazy copper. Smell is earthy and malty. Taste is a robust complexity of dry malt, orange peel and lingering cloves spice. Interesting and bold. The feel is crisp, medium body and decent carbonation. Over all a great Amber with unique character.

Feb 27, 2018
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DodgerLove from California

3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into oversized wine glass:

Appearance - Beautiful pumpkin orange, can barely see through the glass. Pretty highly carbonated and a beautiful 1/4 finger head of light cream white.

Aroma - Primarily getting strong orange and maybe a hint of honey.

Taste - Primarily clove and orange, a bit more clove which seems to overpower. There is some slight acidic orange flavor as well, but it's definitely in the background.

Mouthfeel - Dry, a bit flat for the amount of bubbles apparent in the glass.

Overall - Overall this was a decent beer. I felt like it was a bit too clove/spice forward and masked most of the fruit/orange flavor. Though the orange did come out a bit as the beer warmed. Felt as though the acidity didn't quite work well in this beer.

Feb 11, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Mid copper with a thick, rocky off-white head that stuck around and left nice lacing. This is what a beer should look like.

S---Orange with spices. I'm not refined enough to identify the spices, though.

T---Malty. Orange and spiciness are prevalent. Fruitiness is there as well.

F---Medium mouthfeel. A bit dry, but with nice carbonation.

O---Ommegang makes quality stuff and this is right in line with everything else they do. High quality.

Jan 10, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very pleasant beer! Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Absolutely beautiful creamy head and great lacing. The color is cloudy amber. Smell is sweet and fruity. The taste mingles sweet fruitiness, Belgium yeast with a bit of warm spice, and a nice malt background. Enjoyed it!

Jan 06, 2018
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