Rare Vos Amber Ale
Brewery Ommegang

Rare Vos Amber AleRare Vos Amber Ale
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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #2
Ranked #3,841
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Rare Vos Amber AleRare Vos Amber Ale
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.
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 26, 2016
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ricke49 from Oregon

4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a pleasant Belgian style ale. And pleased to find in 12 oz bottle with tasteful graphics. Spiced just right, so as to not be distracting; Alcohol level perfect; appearance is classic with deep Amber color and mature head. Good as a sipper - or as a quencher. Great domestic rendition of traditional Belgian style.

Apr 04, 2016
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If any of you are following my dozens of reviews you will find it apparent that I absolutely love Ommegang. They are truly a world-class brewery and I think everyone should pay more attention to them. This variety is a delicious Amber Ale whose name means “Sleek Fox”. What’s more is that this brewery has a partnership with a Belgian brewery and that is where they get their yeast. It has a pleasant 6.5% ABV and is delicious so let’s take a look.

Look-It has a complex color that changes in the light. It is multi-toned, but definitely is an amber copper color at heart. It pours with a two-fingered head which has a slightly off-white color and is composed of large bubbles from the overactive carbonation.

Smell-I get caramel and apricot as well as a mild spiciness to it which is a really pleasant mix.

Taste-It has a lot of subtle fruitiness and mild hops on a buttered biscuit. I taste the apricot and fruits like orange peel, malt, honey, spices and yeast. Absolutely intriguing flavor as it is subtle yet complex and has a lot to offer in each sip.

Mouthfeel-The feel has a pretty high carbonation content making it have qualities similar to a cola, but is otherwise smooth, thick, and nutty.

Overall-This is such a refreshing and crisp brew. It has everything that you could want from an Amber Ale and I think that I’ll be drinking this one again soon. It is hard to describe, but it somehow manages to pack a lot of flavors without making it obvious what you are tasting so that each sip reveals a little more of this beauty.

Jul 24, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the older bottle, it pours a clear coppery amber with a modest head that lasts awhile. Lacing as you enjoy it. Some yeast and fruit in the nose. The mouth gets some melon and yeast. yum! It lasts a while, so don't be afraid of it! I think I had this in the basement for a year.

Jan 05, 2017
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carlos_fleico from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +12.2%

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark honey amber color. Forms about 3 fingers of a firm thick head with great retention. (4.75)

S: Caramel malts, bready. Citric hints, orange zest. Floral hops, syrupy, and peppery hints. (4.75)

T: A bit spicy, sweet. Citrusy, follows the nose on the orange and light hints of lemon. Nutty, moderately bitter. Dry and yeasty in the end. (4.5)

M: Medium-bodied, very rich and refreshing. Perfect carbonation, somewhat creamy. (4.5)

O: I would drink this over Three Philosophers or Tripel Perfection any day, absolutely love this brew. Very rich and refreshing. (4.75)

Aug 20, 2014
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flaskman from New York

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my favorite Elmwood Ave Buffalo hole-in-the-wall. 14 ounce pour into an IPA glass. It was a cloudy lighter orange color with a 3/8 inch creamy head. Smelled like an Ommegang offering. The taste was light and crisp. Tasted like a Belgium to me. Spicy and fruity but not over done. A very well balanced beer. The carbonation was perfect and the head lasted throughout most of the glass. The lacing was beautiful leaving rings that stayed after every sip. It was a delight to drink and another fine offering from Ommegang. I enjoyed it so much I had another.

Feb 12, 2017
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy off white head subside to a clinging cream coloured lace. Mild haze from the yeast, looks nearly clear with a pale copper hue. Fruity, estery and spicy aroma with hints of ripe plum and an earthy blend of anise, clove, nutmeg and citric zest. Dry malt palate that taste like a toasted multigrain cracker, big crisp mouth feel and a moderate body. Bitterness from the hops is noticeable. Estery with a slight peppery phenolic character that goes towards coarse and medicinal in the finish. The finish is dry and grain with residual phenols. Paired very well with whole grain crackers and aged hunters cheddar.

May 26, 2002
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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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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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HorseheadsHophead from New York

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

L: Hazy amber with some little floaties, and a huge off white head with excellent retention, dying to sizable foam that leaves rings of lacing.

S: Overripe banana, toasted brown bread, clove, pear, and apple.

T: Banana bread, big bready malt backbone, hints of coriander, red apple skin and ripe pear, and a dry finish of clove.

F: Medium, quite smooth and creamy, with lots of sparkly carbonation. With the ample carbonation and dry finish, it drinks so easily.

O: An excellent American-Belgian ale. Very tasty and satisfying!

May 18, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

A sort of copper orange color.aroma had everything that a Belgian ale would have,yeast,spice, floral. Taste was similar but with a bit of a bite from perhaps a bit more hops than usual. Still very full,flavorful,yet somehow not too heavy at the same time. I would definitely have this again

Jul 21, 2017
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DanfromVan from Canada (BC)

3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle
Drank from the glass shoe of a princess.
Nice lace,
Very little scent
The absolute best colour of any beer I think I have seen. It's like waking up in a beer ad.
Tight concentrated carbonation that improves about 15 min in to carpet your mouth with champagne-like ribbons of foam. Carbonation stays strong through the life of the bottle
Flavour is definitely muted, with hints of fruit and very subdued spice. Very slight sour/bitter finish on every drink
Flavour bumps up a few notches if you hand warm it and bring it close to the room temperature of a stone castle in May.
Not a style I seek out, but nice for what it was, US dollar makes this a pricy drink at apprx 12 Can so I will likely try something else next time.
If this was Flanders in 1918 and I just had my arm shot off I would have been good friends with this style. The ABV really makes it 2 bottles to oblivion.

Jun 10, 2015
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KroMagnon from Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is crystal clear after decanting "according to directions" and has a light copper color with a decent white head. The aroma is kind of sparse, it has a little bit of malt and a little bit of fruity ester kind of like passionflower but overall its kind of light. The flavor is good, not really strong or dominating but pretty appropriate for style. Overall this is a good drinkin' beer, not your usual Belgian rocket fuel but good. I confess I'd like a little more distinctive aromas though.

Sep 11, 2006
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kjrod20 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Aug 26, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a copper amber color with tons of carbonation.

The aroma has banana, lots of spiciness, Belgian yeast and breadiness. A good amount of dark fruit from raisin to plum.

The flavor has a good balance between fruits. There's some citrus, lemon, and floral notes. Then there's lots of spice with pepper and clove. There's also apricot and also some very ripe banana.

The mouthfeel is quite light and makes it drinkable, but I found that there was a bit too much carbonation.

A well made brew and packs a good amount of flavor for its ABV.

Jul 23, 2013
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ckollias from Maryland

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a thick white head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet bread and Belgian yeast aroma with hints of Belgian candy.

T: Sweet Belgian brew with a slightly fruity tart middle that finishes dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid beer – great flavors and aromas.

Nov 05, 2013
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mikel52588 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a beautiful dark amber hue, about a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly, lots of carbonation

Smell: its pretty complex, has an oaky yeasty citrusy and a clovey scent lingering in there

Taste: tastes like good..and then some. It's a sweet malty smooth taste with notes of citrus or something in the background.

Mouthfeel: a thin malt texture not too much to it; not to much of an aftertaste but the cloves come into play in this after taste.

Drinkability: very drinkable, not too heavy, its sweet and complex; it's a good sit down beer

Sep 07, 2009
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BFrost from Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall pilsner glass with a healthy 3 and a half fingers of beige head with dense frothy bubbles. Nice hazy amber color with medium carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smells yeasty with hints of citrus and hops. Nice spicy aroma as well. It does not taste as hoppy or citrusy as the aroma suggests, but those notes are still present presenting just the slightest bitterness. The dominate notes come from the elusive spiciness which reminds me of a dark cinnamon tobacco. Very tasty.

Nice mouthfeel, not too harsh, but one may feel the carbonation and spiciness going down. For as much flavor as this beer contains, there is surprisingly no aftertaste at all, which saddens me just a bit... Not that I won't have another!

Nov 16, 2011
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avisong from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Aug 02, 2014
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Gstolas from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 24, 2012
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runlikeakenyan from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 16, 2013
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Jame515 from Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Sep 28, 2013
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Shakydog68 from New York

1.25/5  rDev -69.4%

Oct 24, 2013
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aking32753 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Nov 28, 2014
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jbw5016 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 05, 2014
Rare Vos Amber Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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