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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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3,371 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,392
Reviews:
1,169
Ratings:
3,371
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
Wants:
206
Gots:
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Ratings: 3,371 |  Reviews: 1,169
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a slightly cloudy amber color. The head if fluffy and tan. The lacing is pretty nice on the glass. The smell ofthe beer has a good amour of yeast and some hops on the nose. The taste ofthe beer has a soft malt sweetness with a bitter dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and remains drinkable. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured hazy dark orange-amber into a snifter glass with a generous head, which took a long time to settle down into a delicate lacing. There is a moderate to strong level of carbonation.
S: Dark fruits and malty sweetness are apparent in the aroma.
T: The initial flavors resemble the aroma, but are followed by hints of spices and a bit of bitterness in the finish. There is good balance among the different tastes, as one does not overpower the others.
M: The beer is medium bodied and feels a bit earthy on the palate, but the carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: This is a very versatile beer; it could be paired with food or just sipped by itself.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Artisinal to the core, this 'Sly Fox' of a beer steals the flavors of suble dried fruits and bread crust from dubbel ales, yet still with the dryness and drinkability of Belgian pale ales. What a bold leap with this flagship ale.

Pouring a true medium amber color, the beer's early carbonation settles and the resulting head is creamy, fluid, and sturdy. The barley stained head laces fairly well, with sparse pockets of foam left behind. A diffused glow emmits from the moderate haze. A very handsome appearance that's maybe understated.

A bready, lightly biscuity and crusty aroma provides the pillow for fruit and spice. Dates, figs, and other dried fruits (cherries, apples, appricots...) give a suble glimpse into the medium sweet and estery nose. Lightly spiced with corriander and white pepper, the yeast is very much at work with the aromas of this beer.

The bready/biscuity/crusty flavors continue where the nose leaves off. Medium malty flavors of caramel and bread crust give ample support for a blend of stone fruits, dried fruits that stop shy of the intensity of raisons or prunes. Not yet fruit cake in nature, the appricots, cherries, apples, nuts and figs give a rich yet moderate tone to taste and without becomming rich or sweet. These fruit and malt flavors are the ideal balance for the spices of dried orange peel, corriander, cinnamon-nutmeg-allspice, white pepper, and alcohol. With such variety in flavor, the strength of each simply remain moderate and in superb balance as not to overwhelm the palate with any dominant flavor- truly a new flavor with each sip.

Creamy and moderately rich, the beer has an even keel fade from initial semi-fullness into a soft simmer at mid palate where the carbonation waivers and the alcohol dryness sets in. Drying late into a malty-dry finish, the alcohol has a menthol cooling feel and a fleeting malt texture. Never reaching peak dryness, the beer has a unique shaddow that keeps the memory of flavor alive into the next sip, but without any lingering sweetness, maltiness, bitterness, or spice.

While Rare Vos never recognizes any of the styles that are generally given to Belgian Ales, it simply does its artistry with benevolence, grace, and artistry- just as true Belgian brewers would have it!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle. The label makes it sound like this is an amber witbier.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of foamy, creamy, and marshmallow-esque ecru head, which maintains an increasingly familiar stubborn retention, once again eventually leaving a wide ring of drooping lace around the glass when it does deem it permissible to dissipate.

It smells of earthy, zippy yeast, mild bready wheat and pale grain, a bit of ripe banana, suggestions of underripe citrus, rather subtle savoury spice, and musty leafy hops. The taste is edgy grainy, cereal-heavy wheat malt, a thankfully much-lessened yeastiness, mild musty dark fruit, some still subdued clove and white pepper spiciness, and floral, somewhat funky hops.

The carbonation is kind of frothy, but ultimately on the low side, the body a wavering medium weight, and just a bit too prickly to be considered all that smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the grain more and more outmatched by the musty, herbal nature, be it from spice, hop, or yeast.

Definitely on the funky side of Belgian pale ales, with a hefty nod to all things fruity, though the witbier treatment kind of falls flat with the weak-seeming spice and aforementioned intermixed fruitiness. I cannot tell a lie and say that this lacks flavour, but it's just not my particular thing.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It doesn't take much to raise the head on this beer and I should have expected as much from Ommegang: a full three fingers caps the hazy copper colored liquid; excellent retention and lacing action

Smell: Spice cake, cinnamon, fig and caramel tones

Taste: Caramel, cinnamon and fig forward, with peppery spice and yeast phenols building through the middle; Belgian spicing builds, through the finish creating a hot, gingery sensation

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly overcarbonated

Overall: Pretty decent brew from Ommegang; not sure why they market this as an Amber given all that style descriptor connotes

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a huge white foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of floral malt, sweet hops with some subtle spices and a touch of Belgian-type yeast. Taste is a nice mix between some floral sweet malt and discreet yeast with some spices. Body is just above average but carbonation is a bit low for a Belgian Ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out an amber/orange color. A head white foamy head. Left lots of lacing.

S - It smelled of corriander and yeast. There was a sweetness to it as well.

T - The taste was fruity with hints of malt and spice. The alcohol is also present.

M - It is cirsp. And light to medium-bodied.

D - Very good. Not nearly as spicy as some Belgian-style ales but still quite good.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 11/13/2012. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy orange amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big banana, pear, apple, orange peel, light caramel, clove, pepper, coriander, floral, bread, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast notes with malt and spices. Taste of big banana, pear, apple, orange peel, clove, pepper, light caramel, bread, coriander, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, orange peel, clove, pepper, caramel, bread, coriander, floral, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with malt sweetness and spices; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, foamy, and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian pale ale! Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink, even at high carbonation. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - cellared for roughly a year. Carefully poured from a long-standing, chilled bottle it's a perfectly clear orange amber beneath a big-bubbled head of white foam that holds splendidly and leaves some thin splatters of lace about the glass. The nose is lightly fruity (apricot, lemon rind, orange), a touch cork-like or musty, and subtly spicy. In the mouth it's light-medium bodied and zesty on the tongue due to its effervescent carbonation. The flavor is exactly as the nose suggets it might be with a bit more sweet malt, a touch more fruit, a sprinkling of delicate floral hops, and alot of peppery spice! It's well-balanced, but it relies more on its thin maltiness and peppery yeast to do that than it does hop bitterness. It finishes dry and refreshing with a quick passing of fruitiness followed by some lingering chalky dryness. The yeast pour brings out a little more character and lends the body a touch of girth; and I prefer it that way. Additionally, I don't feel that this beer really gains anything from cellaring other than to drop some of the yeast out of suspension (a rough, fresh bottle can be a bit much). Overall, as a Belgian-style pale ale, this is right on the mark! Love it or leave it!

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Rare Vos poured from a chilled bomber bottle was hazy amber in the glass, with a creamy, durable off-white head. The nose is fruity, more so than the lightly fruity flavor. The flavor also has some peppery spice and nutty yeast. Some delicate hops in the mildly bitter finish and aftertaste.

M: good body, appropriate to style, and finishes dry.

O: more than credible US version of this Belgian style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2007.

A: Pours a very lightly hazy amber in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head the reduces to very thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed. There is quite a bit of visible yeast that pours into the glass at the end of the bottle.

S: There are aromas of a fruity yeast, some hints of spice/pepper, along with some sweet malts and hints of caramel/toffee.

T: Bready malts followed by a little bit of caramel/toffee malts, then the fruity yeast shows through, and finally some very light spice/pepper. There is a slight bit of oak to this beer as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: A very drinkable beer and one that I have had many times, I think that it actually improves some with aging though my guess is that aging it much more than 5 years and it could be on the down slope. I really like this beer and it could easily be a session beer for me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love bottle conditioned Belgian, and love that Ommegang and Allagash are really bringing the art to the U.S.

A: Fluffy airy head that disappears quickly. Crystal clear reddish orange brown color, that is until I stir up the yeast and pour that in.

N: Medium malts, crystal malt like, some Belgian yeast and fruity aromas from the yeast, light alcohol, bready almost.

T: Light Belgian like malts and red/amber ale like malt flavors. Light alcohol flavor. Slight Belgian sugar and yeasty fruity flavors.

M: Ridiculous carbonation, pretty light body.

F: Very clean but very lingering light sweetness. A little syrupy. Crisp finish, almost like a good lager or bright amber ale.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,371 ratings
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