Rare Vos (Amber Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

Rare Vos (Amber Ale)Rare Vos (Amber Ale)
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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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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a wine glass.

A: Cloudy amber with a half-a-finger white white head.

S: Fruity, malt, earthy.

T: Dry malt, multigrain, pepper, and a noticeable medicinal edge in the finish.

M: Medium and creamy

O: A fine session beer (as the label suggests). Rare Vos has an enjoyable dry malt flavor with an edge of spice that would work well with most foods. Since it is not clingy or too heavy, it is enjoyable in more than one doses.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mscudder
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

A - Cloudy amber body with a massive frothy head. Fair retention with light lacing.

S- Belgian yeast, citrus, caramel, mild hops and floral notes. Nice.

T - Sweet malts tie together Belgian yeast and spices. Far from complex, but carries good simple flavor.

M - Creamy light/medium body with big carbonation.

O - A nice BPA that should not go overlooked.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of BeerManDan
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color when poured was reddish copper-amber, with loads of tight white foam and lace on the side of a tulip glass. Make sure you pour slowly or you'll get nothing but foam. The aroma was of yeast, spices with a fruity hint. The taste had a very pleasant carbonated bitter/sweet yeasty flavor, with spices with a very pleasant aftertaste. Nice combination of components to this fine Belgium Amber Ale. Another winner by Ommegang Brewing Co.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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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%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: "9/25/12" stamped on bottle, but uncertain if this is bottled on or best by date
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Ommegang has a solid, highly drinkable Belgian pale ale with Rare Vos, which sits well with any time of the year (while drinking this in winter, I can equally see myself enjoying it in summer with ease). The Belgian yeast and its byproducts are of major emphasis, along with a noticeable malt component, offering a wide variety of flavors to focus more deeply into. The beer's appearance and feel across the palate are equally complementary. As a whole, this is an excellent Belgian style ale.

Pours a tall (>3cm) head of fairly compressed, small bubbles that are quite frothy-looking, slowly fading (retention is quite good) to a solid cap resting atop the body. Lacing is modest, but present, small dots and lines cover a fair amount of the glass' inner surface. The body itself is a fairly rich, dark, cold orange-brown color, with light bringing out deep, cold, goldenrod yellow tones. Carbonation is visible through the semi-hazy body, moderately active as it streams up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of Belgian yeast heaviness with pineapple, toffee, boiled wheat, and nutmeg and clove-like phenolics.

Front of palate picks up mild toffee with stronger Belgian yeast with nutmeg and clove-like phenolics. Mid-palate of toffee, boiled wheat, Belgian yeast, fairly sharp bitterness from hop choice or yeast byproducts, and reduced nutmeg/clove-like phenolics. Back of palate picks up still sharp bitterness, nutmeg and clove-like phenolics, with a mild malt character. Aftertaste of Belgian yeast, modestly sharp bitterness, and a noticeable backbone of light caramel malt sweetness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of moderate intensity, which somehow manages to never feel fizzy on the palate, but still completely foam up as it moves across the tongue. The result is a soft and foamy (redundant, I know) mouthfeel that closes out quite dry, with little residual stickiness. Excellent.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 85.2% out of 100 with 3,361 ratings
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