Rare Vos (Amber Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
3,338 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,338
Reviews:
1,159
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
202
Gots:
678
For Trade:
3
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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Enjoyed on draft, beautiful copper color, two fingers of rocky white head, a few spots of lacing.
Aroma - Pear, floral, musty, faint hint of clove.
Taste - Spice up front, dry bitterness, light coriander, malt is biscuity and not very sweet, hint of toast, finish brings a bit of orange zest with floral hops. Aftertaste is quite clean with just a small lingering spice note.
Feel - Light body, effervescent, dry, crisp.

Overall - Another world class beer from Ommegang, terrific balance and complexity.

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Photo of dbauer
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cwd
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of caburdette51
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chefduff2
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aisha
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jesterr44
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, this score might be a little lower than the beer deserves based on the fact that I'm not a fan of Belgian beer. Putting that aside, here are my thoughts on this one. I don't like the mouthfeel. It's too carbonated; despite a hard pour & letting the carbonation die down some, each sip seemed to explode into frothiness not allowing the liquid to flow across my tongue. I fixed that by roughly swirling the remaining 2/3rds up a bit so that I could sense the tastes better. It did the trick. This is where the rest of the problems with the beer are likely just my style preference. There are no bad tastes, no funk, no sign of adjunct. There is a complex mix of floral, spice, fruit (orange and ... banana?), sugary caramel, but it's that classic Belgian yeast flavour which just doesn't agree with me. One of the better Belgian's I've had, but again, it's just not my type.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma is mostly yeast forward with some brown sugar and earthy hops. Taste follows. Yeasty and sugary, not sweet though, a bit of earthy hop bitterness on the finish. Light body, dry and well carbonated. Overall it's a good belgian ale but it doesn't stand out with anything.

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Photo of Iski100
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Quafftastic
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmaskell33
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drstalker
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MAXEL
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick unfiltered orange
Aroma: butterscotch orange
Taste: front sweet with carb biting in them drops down quick and gives way to what the aroma suggested. Orange butterscotch.
Overall: love it. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of SavageHopHead
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: An orange hued beer with a big three finger eggshell colored head. Some yeast sediment can be seen floating around in the glass.

Aroma: Banana bread, vanilla, caramel, clove, bubblegum and notes of orange and lemon zest.

Taste: A very crisp, refreshing beer with a beautifully long finish. Upfront a gentle twinge of tangy lemon pith and spicy banana bread. Midpalate, notes of savory toffee and caramel with vanilla cream, cilantro, orange candy and bubblegum. Finishes on more notes of fresh baked banana, decadent notes of treacle, rosemary and rich orange custard.

Feel: Mid-weight and somewhat full bodied, but with lively carbonation. The fizz helps lift the palate and provides a certain degree of crispness to the ale.

Overall: Incredibly good. Refreshing with a rich, complex finish and overall flavor.

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