Rare Vos (Amber Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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4.07/5
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3,384 Ratings
Rare Vos (Amber Ale)Rare Vos (Amber Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rare Vos Amber Ale is styled after the smooth, drinkable beers popular in Belgian caf├ęs. 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,476
Reviews:
1,172
Ratings:
3,384
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
Wants:
208
Gots:
696
Trade:
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Photo of Heybeerman59
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang never disappoints. Nice caramel colored beer with a nice fruity taste. Definitely get the yeast and Belgian style malt flavors. I recommend.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of puck1225
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of ogman
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OompaMentor
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of 22Blue
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gdobber
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Diura
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On top at a bar in New York. Found the ale thick, cloying and distinctly sweet, good flavor with a touch of dried fruit. Would probably try again from a bottle.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bellce0
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this on tap at the City Tap in Boston and so glad I did. I was really impressed with its sweetly fruity malt character and yeasty spiciness. What a combination!

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Photo of mthomp081
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rare Vos = Sly Fox in Flemish. Love this brewer.
a) Pours a cloudy dark amber body supporting a creamy, sturdy lasting head that amply laces. Starts as a tan lumpy cap.
s) I find aroma starts with fruit, spice, orchard, yeast, fall fallen fruit, cellar stairs, up which waft crusty fresh baked bread.
t) Taste follows smell and adds: apples, dates, figs, and dried fruit spiced with coriander and white pepper on a yeasty bake shop backdrop.
f) Creamy see saw from sweet, ripened fruit to a nice drying finish.
o) Great Belgian craft at reasonable price. Drink at cask temperature.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hephaestos
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of devilmakesthree
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rpjterp
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeers
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange-amber with an off-white head that dissipates into a nice crown. Sweet aroma of cherry and raisin and earthy, tea-like character. This continues to the taste with strong cloves that give a definite Belgian impression. Medium bodied with relatively strong carbonation that contributes to a semi-dry finish. Not bad.

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a hazy, orange-amber color with at least a 2 inch head initially, clearing to about one inch with good retention, but only soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of cloves, caramel, and toast predominate. Maybe a little fig or raisin.
T: Taste follows the nose with a large spicy presence. Bitterness evident late and in nice balance overall.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Little aftertaste.
O: A very drinkable Belgian influenced Pale Ale. I would certain drink again or serve to friends.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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