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:
3,355
Reviews:
1,163
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
686
For Trade:
3
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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy orange-brown with two-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Yeast, citrus and spice.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Fruity candy and bananas. Belgian spice.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Really crisp.

O: Really good BPA. The smell was a bit of a let down after I tasted teh Abbey Ale, but not bad at all. This beer looks really awesome in a snifter.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute; bottling date of September 19, 2012 and a freshness date of September, 2013 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle (“PKG 0N 09/13/2012 BEST BY 09/2013”).

Appearance (4.5): This is a beautiful, beautiful beer: three fingers of cream-colored foam rise quickly off the pour, fading slowly to a thick, fluffy cap with rolling indentations like a damn meadow or something. The body is a rich, glowing amber-orange color with reddish hues, evenly hazy but not cloudy or particular—just clear enough to see little streams of bubbles. The head leaves great lacing, with fat, wide-arcing patches of thick foam.

Smell (4.25): Love the aroma on this: rich, warming spices (clove, ginger, coriander) mixed with a mix of dried pit fruit scents (apricots, dates, some plum). The malt body has a nice, moderately deep but not sticky caramel-ish complexity. There are some light scents of hay and lemon zest, in Ommegang’s very characteristic way.

Taste (4.25): The palate lightens up compared to the nose, giving some very juicy melon and citrus flavors without the acidic character you’d expect from a hoppy IPA—but it’s underlaid with modest caramel and rich, bready malt character. The spices are just as present in the nose, but more pronounced: coriander, ginger, some white pepper, maybe a bit of clove—and they’re cut off with a short, bright, herbal bitterness that dies off a bit and then lingers. As it warms, the beer gets richer in the fruit character and deeper in its spiciness—the spiciness becomes very, very pronounced, but doesn’t upset the balance. Great character for a Belgian Amber Ale.

Mouthfeel (4.0): A bit overactive carbonation, with an active, prickly sensation accompanied by a fluffy foaming action on the way down, expanding rapidly. The body finishes dry, showing off a lighter-than-medium weight and character that picks up the herbal finish to dry it out.

Overall (4.25): There’s a reason this has been one of Ommegang’s best sellers for years. Actually, several reasons. It has a fantastic balance of depth and character for a beer its size—it kind of reminds me of what a “baby Quad” might taste like, with a farmhouse side to it—and yet it’s still very easy to drink, and has something for everyone who enjoys Belgian styles of beer. Rare Vos is a winner.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Appearance
Orange/amber with 2-3 fingers of creamy, white head. Very hazy with good retention. Low carbonation.

Nose
Coriander, clove, caramel, orange zest, lemon zest and perhaps nutmeg?

Taste
The spices are a little more balanced in the taste. Coriander, clove and orange zest. Good amount of banana and caramel as well as notes of plantain and bubblegum. The spices lead the finish along with hints of tobacco, citrusy/earthy hops and potpourri.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp and dry.

Overall
This is obviously in the same family as Hennepin. Similar taste profile, but more malty. Very balanced and just an excellent beer.

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