Rare Vos (Amber Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

3,355 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. I could not find a freshness date on the bottle.

A- Vibrant, rich copper color with some haze, and a huge creamy off-white head. Lots of carbonation, good head retention, and when it finally died down a bit it left some attractive lacing.

S- Spicy, malty, citrus in the nose. Really enjoyable bouquet of fruity, bready, and spicy sweet aromas.

T- There is a smooth subtle malt backbone that is overshadowed by a spicy, acidic tartness. It threw me off at first, because it is not what I remember this beer tasting like. It finishes dry and chalky and leaves a bitter aftertaste. I'm unsure how much I like it at this point in the reviewing process. I believe this bottle was fresh when I got it from the brewery after BCTC, and I've only had it for one month. I might have accidentally stirred up the yeast sediment too much, which could be negatively affecting the flavor. It just seems a little more acidic and unbalanced than I remember, but not necessarily worse off for it.

M- Really nice soft, smooth mid bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O- Again, I think there is something off about this particular bottle of a beer that I am quite familiar with, but it was still enjoyable. It almost seems like a sour version of Rare Vos, which doesn't work quite as well as a fresh Rare Vos on draft.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ommegang Rare Vos Amber Ale

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint. Served chilled.

A) Nice looking copper color, with a big slightly off white head. At least 2 fingers. Nice retention, and some spotty lacing.

S) Nicely spiced... A bit of a fruity aroma, mainly orange peel. Belgian yeast definitely noted.

T) Follows the nose quite nicely. Again, a nice blend of spices, coriander, yeast. Finished with a little orange peel and a hint of alcohol. The flavors are well balanced.

M) Medium body, smooth, easy drinking, lighter carbonation, but enough to keep it lively. The spices stuck to my teeth and coated my mouth in a good way.

O) Enjoyed this beer... Sometimes spices in a brew can be a bit much for my tastes, but this was nice. Very well done... Could definitely unwind with a few of these. One of the better Belgian Pale Ales, I've had the pleasure of drinking. Glad to recommend this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Mostly clear copper with a billowing, off-white, sticky head. Persistent with lots of lacing.

Smell: Fruity, floral and spicy with definite banana and clove notes from the yeast.

Taste: Extremely spicy and biscuity, and the added orange peel, grains of paradise and coriander are quite noticeable. Not as yeast-like as the aroma, unless some of the spiciness is from the yeast.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, fairly dry finish.

Overall: Nice, everyday Belgian Ale, but the 6.5% abv keeps this from being as sessionable as it tastes. However, I guess 6.5% is a session beer for Belgians.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of dwagner003
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
4.04 out of 5 based on 3,355 ratings.
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