Rare Vos (Amber Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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Rare Vos (Amber Ale)Rare Vos (Amber Ale)

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/21/08. On tap at the Colgate Inn. Pours an orange-amber with a small white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, some light flowery hops. Reminds me of a witte- lots of spices (corriander and anise star)and light citrus fruits. Finish of a buttery roll, kind of salty (but in a good way). A great session. Very drinkable. 7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass at fridge temperature.

A: Poured a huge white head, with small compact foam on top with large soap-like bubbles on bottom. Eventually compresses into a one inch dense cap. Heavy lacing. Beautiful dark amber, completely clear, with very active carbonation. This is a very pretty beer.

S: Not a lot going on with the nose. Some Belgian yeast character, very light hoppy note and perhaps a little malt.

T: A distinct taste of apple, bright, clean malt, and some musty earthiness. Also a clear mineral note. Tastes much like a farmhouse ale might. Nice, dry finish. Carbonation is very evident.

M: Medium body, with heavy carbonation.

D: No problem polishing off this bottle. Not exactly a session beer at 6.5%, but real easy to drink.

Overall: This may not be an example of what usually comes to mind when I think of a Belgian style ale, but that is probably because I have come to expect hugely alcoholic brews. This is a really nice beer, which I think will go well with grilled meats or, I would imagine, anything with a cream sauce.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not really what I was expecting, or looking for...

Pours a cloudy amber/brown with a thick and fluffy tan head with excellent retention. Nose is sort of "clean" but thick in alcohol defying it's relatively low ABV. Taste follows the nose and more, alcohol overly present, also a nutty quality with a slight hop bitterness. Very crisp in character however. I was expecting a bit more depth to be honest, this brew is not quite that. Mouthfeel was good, medium bodied with a nice bit of carbonation.

Nothing overly impressive in this one I don't think. Not a bad offering by any means, but not something I'll be looking for again.


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Photo of necoadam
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle shared with 2 other people.

Appearance: Pours out an orange/golden color with a big head that took a while to settle down. Had a chill haze look to it as well.

Smell: Fruity notes mostly along with some yeast and some sweet aromas as well.

Taste: Citrus notes along with some hops hit the palate first and some malts come in as well. Some slight caramel can be detected as well in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and finished a tad on the dry side, but nothing out of control here.

Drinkability: Average. There's better Belgain Pale Ale's out there, but as a domestic brewery that made this, it's quite decent. Worth a try.

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Photo of BingCrosby7
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - a light orange with some auburn notes; pale white head with reasonably good retention. A pretty brew, though a bit lighter than I had expected.

S - hoppy on the nose with an undertone of faint spices; a little bit of booze lingers after the initial smell.

T - orange and lemon zest with a tinge of light, floral hops; spice lingers in the aftertaste. The flavors are a bit subdued -- much more so than I expected from an Ommegang.

M - Decent carbonation, but it felt a little one dimensional.

O - this is a decent brew, but it is neither an outstanding Ommegang nor an outstanding amber. It is still worth the try, though. Reasonably priced and mildly flavored. Good for a hot, long day.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Actually a rather nice looking beer. Beer goes from red to yellow, depending on how I hold the class and the light going through it. Scent has a nice lemony tinge, though a bit of alcohol slips though (which really is surprising as the ABV isn't too terribly high).

Taste is rather nicely balanced. Citrus flavors up front, and a not too overwhelming oily hop flavor on the finish. A decent beer, though I really wish there were some specific aspect of it that stood out a bit more.

Well worth a try though.

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Photo of juankzas
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber into my Duvel glass. Lots of sediments left in the bottle.

A: Orangey cooper with a beautiful beige head that lasts forever, excellent lacing. Plenty of bubbles coming from the bottom.

S: Some raisins, lightly spiced, fresh bread, belgian yeast.

T: Some malty sweetness, lightly earthy, hops very slightly noticed. A dry finish.

M: Great mouthfeel with the perfect level of carbonation. Tha alcohol is not noticed.

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Photo of allthatAles
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: thick, hazy, unfiltered definitely deep amber/orange with nearly brown highlights.

Nose: fruity bready malt, the spice smells like its from the belgain strain of yeast, subtle and in the least bit aggressive. i got almost no hops off the nose, though to a degree it should be expected, this style of beer doesn't exactly showcase hops.

Mouth: spice notes present with a touch at the hops then its straight in the smooth, malty, malt holds the middle of the flavor and the yeast spice(and maybe some coriander) notes provide for an bright finish and that lingers only for a moment a touch more on the malty side.

Tasty, however not exactly my fav genre for either belgians or beer in general. definitely quality brew. doesn't even taste like 6.5%.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice looking brew with a crown consisting of tightly knit bubbles of every size..The mountainous cling only adds to its desire.
Lively carbonation with a full body completes the picture.
Oddly, I found the aroma to be lacking of any substance with the exception of a slight graininess.
The taste was very nice but sweeter than anticapated. An abundance of fruits in a mish mash of flavour with a strong aftertaste.
The high ABV is also obvious in both the taste and nose.
To sweet for this hophead.

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Photo of Realale
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep hazy brass in color. Huge extremely fine and fluffy head settles slowly to a nice, fine, complete cap.

Nose is slightly rummy, with a lot of volatile fruit, especially pear, and just a hint of banana.

Palate is surprisingly simple and a bit watery. There is some malt, with a subtle clove/phenol note. The fruit is there again, with pear leading the parade, and banana making a fleeting appearance. Decent length, and easy to quaff, but there's just not a lot there. A disappointing performance for a beer from this fine brewery. I'll have to pick up another bottle to see if mine was representative.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into my new Duvel tulip glass

Pours a nice cloudy orangey amber with a big fluffy one and a half white head that bubbles down to a cap in a few minutes, there is a solid cookie yeasty funk but really nothing else, the taste is much like the smell with spicy yeast and a bit of fresh red apple with a suprisingly alcoholic finish, the mouth feel is rather loose and watery and rather insubstantial. The drinkablity is smooth and easy but not what I was expecting from this style of beer at all.

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Photo of njmoons
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another quality beer for Brewery Ommegang.

Pours a golden brow with a big resliant head.

Smell and Taste are a quality belgian ale with all the subtle flavors of quality Belgian Ales.

I would be happy to have a Rare Vos at anytime, but on the other hand there is not much to distinguish this from other quality Belgian ales.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with good clarity and about 1 finger of white head. Big big banana flavor a little watery but kind of full in body at the same time. Slightly flat. Some deeper malts, underlying notes of caramel. Works well with the banana and clove. Pretty unique, kind of like a Belgian amber ale. Flavors are well blended, simple yet just complex enough to stay interesting. Finishes clean, lingering subtle banana after taste. This beer could use some body work though, the flavors could definitely hold up to a touch more carbonation.

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Photo of djsmith1174
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice orange with a pretty abundant but quickly dissipating white head.

S: Light fruit, spices, yeast.

T: Slightly sweet malt and spices with a dry finish.

M: Fairly light body with decent carbonation.

O: A good amber. Not overly complex but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Conditioned; Pours cloudy carmel brown with creamy ivory head of small, medium and large bubbles. Good carbonation.

Smell is malty, no hop aroma is perceptible.

First taste is sweet fruity malt; the sweetness contains hints of carmel & plums.
Smooth without any harshness or hop bitterness right through to the end.

I like it, and will probably have another in the future.

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Photo of Winter
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rare Vos pours copper in color with shades of peach. Soapy, off-white head. Aroma has hints of malt, Belgian yeast, some spiciness, candied sugar and an ale fruitiness to it. The mouthfeel is medium in body with sharp carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Very complex taste for an amber. Subdued maltiness with a spicy middle. Yeast give the middle a uniqueness that's hard to describe. Ale fruitiness emerges toward the back and leads into a mineral/seltzer-like finish.

I enjoyed this, but it wasn't quite as malty as I was expecting. Still it was a good beer, and a nice Belgian take on the amber style. I have a feeling Rare Vos would pair even better with food than by itself.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear amber with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked brown bottle
6.5% abv

Rare Vos was amber in color and hazy. It had a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was fruity yeast and malt aromas. The taste was fruity and well with some mild pepper and spices. The finish was dry and fruity. The mouthfeel was just above average with a thin body and medium-high carbonation. Drinkability was also above average. This is a fairly good beer, but needs more body in my opinion.

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Photo of rangerred
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a thick rocky two finger head. You can definitely tell it was bottle conditioned.

Aroma has loads of Belgian spicyness from bubblegum, to banana, to clove. Has a certain yeast character as well.

The flavor continues the spicy, yeasty character with clove and bubblegum. Decent malt backbone and a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a decent but not spectacular beer. I would like to revisit it sometime, though.

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Photo of DIM
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a bright, shiny golden copper color. It poured with a mediym sized, firm, fizzy cap that left thick sheets of lace in its wake. Lots of suspended particulate as well.

s: Mellow, musty pot-pourri spiced, stewed dark fruits. Mild banana and some clove.

t: Mineral-y biscuits, strongly spiced dried fruit. All very nice so far. The finish is kind of heavy though; lots of clove, nutmeg, and allspice.

m: All of the spice character makes the same kind of heavy.

o: Good, but among my couple of least favorites from Ommegang.

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Photo of sstackho
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a nice cloudy dark copper with decent head, but only some lacing. Aroma is spicy and yeasty - kind of like a hefeweizen. First taste is tangy and spicy. Further tastes continue with the spice dominating. It's a nice flavour, though perhaps not overly complex.

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Photo of TenSpoons
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber (not so shocking), clear, huge head, nice lace

Smell - Belgian yeast, coriander

Taste - Carmel malts, malty, slight alcohol, moderately bitter

Mouthfeel - High carbonation but still a little creamy

Drinkability – I would have another, but wouldn't seek this beer out.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottles poured into a wine glass.

Pours a ruby color with no head. Has a nice hoppy and sweet aroma.

Taste is somewhat sweet and a bit malty. Nice and sharp with a bit of hoppiness and some good thick flavors, overall pretty decent but not one of my favorites from Ommegang.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper-red with a soft medium head that dies down to a persistent film. Lots of lace.

Raisin, caramel, toffee, and Belgian yeast combine to nice effect in both taste and smell.

Finish is a touch spicy.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 10/14/12

Pkg on 01/20/12
Best by 01/2013

The color is a robust golden amber with a good deal of haziness. The head is massive, taking up several inches of the glass. The foam collapses slow, becoming uneven. Large patches of lace.

The aroma strikes me as odd, like a uncomfortable blend of light fruits, soap and perfume. Apple butter and a mix of fruit jams. Spicy citrus rind. Hints of grass. Smells floral as it warms.

Rare Vos lead off with a kick - near tart fruit and a healthy dose of hops. Notes of ripe oranges and apples. Faint spritzes of spice mingle with the zesty hops and prairie grass tones. Toasted grains and soft breads are supportive without coming to prominence. Yeasty at times.

The feel matches the liveliness of the hops and such. Medium-light body with ample carbonation. The finish is rather clean; just a few residuals linger.

I was a little concerned about how the aroma started off, but Rare Vos has come together nicely. Yet another Ommegang beer I've waited too long to try.

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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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