Rare Vos Amber Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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4.07/5
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Rare Vos Amber AleRare 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 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,306
Reviews:
1,185
Ratings:
3,434
pDev:
10.81%
 
 
Wants:
220
Gots:
722
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,434 |  Reviews: 1,185
Photo of Profundobaso
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of jlmontague
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TrackBeer
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Mugman8
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, drinkable, but with a more complex dry, fruity taste. Carbonation is moderate. This is a good one!

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Photo of Poleng
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of moxo26
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of winehead247
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of dsippel
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobstockwell
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveW50
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Beer and great brewery. Visited while up in Cooperstown for sons Baseball tournament.

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Photo of JohnDon
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Commandophile
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Knickfan3
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brureview
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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

Photo of ben_tries_brews
2.67/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of jr5639
1.75/5  rDev -57%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

ewww

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Photo of Agent-86
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Draught 8oz snifter at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore

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Rare Vos Amber Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,434 ratings