Rare Vos Amber Ale
Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #2
Ranked #7,331
4.07 | pDev: 10.81%
May 03, 2022
Sep 24, 2000
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Notes: 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.
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4.19 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Apr 27, 2022
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

From a can, pours as a clear copper color with a TALL frothy white head and loads of carbonation. Aroma of cloves and yeasty bread. Lots of spices (without being overpowering): cinnamon, cloves, coriander, and pepper; dark fruits but not too sweet; good malts and even caramel. But, quickly passing flavors leave it all a bit thin.

Feb 13, 2022
3.83 by TheItalianStallion from New York on Dec 16, 2021
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4.86/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by SaisonSamurai


L: Hazy Amber and beautiful.

S: Aroma for daaaaays. Citrus, malt, spice. Oh yeah.

T: The aroma is present on the palate. Orange. Spice. Quite a good bit of sweet malt. It's great.

F: Medium thickeness. And I'm here for it. So good.

This is a fantastic, premiere beer. Spicy and zesty in all the right ways. It delivers on the promises of orange zest and spice that many beers make.

Dec 03, 2021
4.5 by Greg_ehr from New York on Dec 01, 2021
4.18 by allenson21 from New York on Oct 20, 2021
4 by zbooks from Texas on Sep 01, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Boeflex2

Definitely one of my favorites.

Jul 10, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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
3.64 by Newtobeet345 from Georgia on May 21, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

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
3.94 by Taenim from New Jersey on Feb 27, 2021
4.5 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts on Feb 22, 2021
3.79 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts on Jan 02, 2021
4.35 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Oct 24, 2020
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4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by Jonoesh5 from Illinois

Wonderfully balanced Belgian, malty and sweet, smooth, crisp, perfect with a burger on a fall evening. Will seek out again

Oct 11, 2020
4.25 by whatsgoody from Vermont on Sep 15, 2020
4 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Sep 08, 2020
4.96 by Shan-man from New Jersey on Sep 06, 2020
4.13 by smb71481 from Vermont on Aug 15, 2020
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 22, 2020
4.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 24, 2020
4 by Zylod from West Virginia on Apr 28, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jjamadorphd from Florida

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
4.23 by beerrat from Virginia on Apr 26, 2020
4 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 04, 2020
4.08 by DBosco from Massachusetts on Feb 27, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Navanation from Pennsylvania

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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3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Trailboss76 from Virginia

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
4.22 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jan 29, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by cratez from Canada (ON)

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
4.45 by Pythanoc from New York on Jan 04, 2020
4.05 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Dec 12, 2019
4 by MJSFS from Florida on Dec 07, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by 3Vandoo from Canada (QC)

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
3.94 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Nov 02, 2019
4.02 by MGibbons from Maryland on Sep 29, 2019
4.28 by travisvb from New York on Sep 23, 2019
Rare Vos Amber Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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