Rare Vos (Amber Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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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:
3,354
Reviews:
1,163
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
206
Gots:
686
For Trade:
3
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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint in Alfie's on 9th Ave, New York on 18 Jan 2013: chalk board called it a 'Belgian style Amber' with 'Rare Vos' as an afterthought in brackets.

Belgian style Amber it is though, very drinkable in deed.

Slight cloud within the pour: light amber to dull gold in colour with a thinning white head on top.

The aroma was a mixed bag of smells, yeast, corriander and malts in that order.

The taste followed the smells too: add some grain feel into the blend, this was an easy drinking semi-sweet brew that I took too greatly: couldn't have another though, too many others to try!

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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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%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I like the new Ommegang look; classy yet flashy. Plus, the fact that it’s a fresh 12 oz. bottle makes it look that much more inviting. Cheers!

Brewed a little over two months before the date of this tasting (03/18/13). Best by 03/2014.

A: The look of near-perfection: a three-inch head of beige froth forms, as weightless as a cloud. It stays up for a long, long time, adorning the top of a slightly cloudy, amber-orange body. I’m just struck by the texture of this head – it just looks so soft, so inviting.

S: Ah, the nose of a fresh country ale; it’s characterized by a mellow tartness, a yeast-forward quality rich in banana pudding, orange pulp, catty lemon, and coriander scents. Softened by a warm bread tone, the nose reaches out with a welcoming gesture of Belgian charm, extending to a final high point of apple and pear purée.

T: An ale with that loveable, drinkable complexity of Belgian session beer, centered around a controlled grain-and-yeast combo: banana bread, shredded wheat cereal, and key lime pie (buttery crust and all). You can taste the adjuncts – the coriander, the sweet orange peel, the grains of paradise – all in a separate sensory experience, creating a rich layered effect that only adds to this beer’s charm. A touch of zesty hops bring lemon-pepper into the finish, giving this some spice to go along with the juicy, lingering mandarin orange aftertaste.

M: Soft and drinkable in texture, just as I expected. It’s every bit as a smooth as you can imagine for a beer in this style, but with a slick fullness to it.

O: A four or six-pack of Rare Vos might just be one of my go-to beer choices from now on. And what’s more, I just brewed a light beer with orange peel, so this is a perfect archetype that I can look at my missteps with – hell, if I can ever make a beer this good, I’ll quit my job. A beauty of a beer!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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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%

Photo of dennarb
4.84/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It pours a lovely amber with a creamy half inch head.
The aroma is a marvelous combination of french bread just out of the oven, and spices like cloves and nutmeg.
The taste is full and complex like a fine Belgian ale, that combination of a tad of sweetness opening up to an earthy stew of spice and hops.
It is amazing1

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
4.04 out of 5 based on 3,354 ratings.
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