Rare Vos (Amber Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

3,344 Ratings
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 Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Spicy, banana, clove, malty, yeasty esters, and bready.

Taste: Same as above with a little bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and a little tingly bitterness in the end.

Overall: Pretty solid BPA. Thought I had it before, but I guess not. Definitely will have more now.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of BethanyB
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewing to style, as well as subjective taste.

Appearance: Dark yellow to pale gold, lighter than what is typical for the Belgian pale ale style. Also rather hazy for a Belgian pale ale, which should be very clear. In terms of appearance, I'd say it's more of a Biere de Garde. Its head was slightly more true to style in that it was persistent, yet med-low and airy, and was a bright off-white color. Left lacing from top to bottom.

Smell: Spicy hops, toasty/biscuity malt, citrus fruits, and apricot made for a sweet, strong, and rich bouquet. A touch of vanilla complemented the light-as-a-marshmellow head. Enjoyable, impressive, and representative of the Belgian pale ale style.

Taste: For the most part, the taste matched the flavorful aroma. Citrus fruits were more prominent than I expected, but were fairly well-balanced by low-medium spicy hops. The notes of apricot, vanilla, and biscuity malt were unmistakably present. A touch of alcohol warmth felt unexpected, yet certainly welcome. On a subjective level, the flavor was a bit too fruit-focused for my taste. It reminded me of a much more complex, yet sadly, less refreshing version of a Blue Moon. The refreshing cons have more to do with the mouthfeel, as I describe below:

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body was not well-matched by the medium-low carbonation. More carbonation would have made this beer more bright and refreshing, which is what I imagine it was striving for.

Overall Impression: An enjoyable, complex, and interesting take on a Belgian pale ale that is certainly worth the taste! However, being neither altogether crisp and refreshing, nor very satisfying and filling, it left a bit of an emptiness in my belly. Could have done with less of the citrus fruit. There's already so much going on, that cutting back on the oranges a notch may actually bring out more of that complexity.

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Photo of JRed
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy dark golden color with giant marshmallow floating over top. Aroma Belgian fruitiness: cinnamon apples, oranges in vodka, rinds, honey, and sharp spices. Taste of cinnamon apples, oranges and rind, honey, clove, and I aggressive but still noticeable booze. Big bodied but oddly, not that chewy, more fluffy. Easy drinkin' and flavorful. Nice for summer evenings.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
4.04 out of 5 based on 3,344 ratings.
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