Rare Vos Amber Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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Rare Vos Amber AleRare Vos Amber Ale

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rare Vos Amber Ale is styled after the smooth, drinkable beers popular in Belgian cafés. It pours a light copper hue, contrasting beautifully with a big, creamy white head. The nose offers orange blossoms and slight spice.

On the palate, the caramel maltiness shines strongly but with little sweetness. The profile leans toward dry fruity (yeast-affiliated), slightly fruity/hoppy with a beguiling spiciness. This complex, medium-bodied beer has a smooth mid-palate and moderate dry finish.

Well-balanced in all elements, it's a mild, mellow brew.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz tuliped goblet from a 22oz bottle.

appearance - 4/5 - Pours with a big slightly off-white head. Semi-cloudy orange color.

smell - 4/5 - Yeasty and fruity. Maybe apple or pear.

taste - 4.5/5 - Semi-sharp almost sour bite followed by pear. It's also got an odd spice flavor that I can't describe.

mouthfeel - 5/5 - A fairly high amount of carbonation. Moderately dry

overall - 4.5/5 - An interesting Belgian. It seems both complex and simple. I would like to try it again to see how I feel about it under different circumstances.

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3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A reddish pink color that reminds me of a blushing rosé. Big fizzy head, really nice retention and lacing.

Smells sweet... Like holy candied sugar batman! The malts and brewer's sugar have put in a full day's work here-- this is what flowers remind eachother to stop and smell when the see a downtrodden companion.

Caramel-covered citrus fruit and even a strange hint of sugar coated banana make their way into the flavor profile... A little booze bite on the finish, and at only 6.5% ABV?! For shame allagash, for shame!
(I'm eying the bottle with the kind of look a vegetarian might have when discovers a caterpillar in his salad).
Lots of carbonation. Halfway through glass #1 and I'm feeling the need to expell a loud gaseous rumbling from my, as they say in Belgium, 'pie-hole."

Feels light and airy due to the massive carbonation. I reckon this beer could be called "medium" if it weren't so bubbly.

Overall-- not anything impressive here, except perhaps my review itself.
Move along. This is not the BPA you're looking for.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Well carbonated amber with a two finger head

S-Caramel, toffe some clove and a little banana

T-Caramel and toffee, a little clove. Not much bitterness at but but sweet.

M-Light to medium bodied, good amount of carbonation.

O-Another solid brew from Ommegang, carbonation was at a good level, and it was nice to see the incorporation of amber/red ale into a belgian framework.

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2007.

A: Pours a very lightly hazy amber in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head the reduces to very thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed. There is quite a bit of visible yeast that pours into the glass at the end of the bottle.

S: There are aromas of a fruity yeast, some hints of spice/pepper, along with some sweet malts and hints of caramel/toffee.

T: Bready malts followed by a little bit of caramel/toffee malts, then the fruity yeast shows through, and finally some very light spice/pepper. There is a slight bit of oak to this beer as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: A very drinkable beer and one that I have had many times, I think that it actually improves some with aging though my guess is that aging it much more than 5 years and it could be on the down slope. I really like this beer and it could easily be a session beer for me.

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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Pours a mostly clear amber body with a bit of orange hue. Big three finger eggshell white head that is creamy and has excellent retention and nice lacing.

Light aroma of lemon citrus, toffee, and caramel malt. A bit of light funkiness but not much more coming through.

A bit more malty taste than I would have expected from the aroma. Just a touch of light funky spice from the yeast. Caramel malt and citrus notes combine with a little earthy hop notes for a solid flavor offering.

Light to medium texture in the mouthfeel and no real notice of the alcohol. Very drinkable and a good spin on an amber ale.

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4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no freshness date

A- Poured into a chalice producing a three finger plus fluffy, rocky off white head that faded to half inch with nice lacing on the glass. Hazy light amber color.

S- Sweet Belgian yeast and some mild clove and nutmeg

T- Mild malt sweetness, the spicy nose elements aren't coming through very well. No noticeable hops or bitterness. Consistent across the palate.

M- Medium to light bodied, mellow carbonation in contrast to that big head.

O- Well made but rather one dimensional. I was expecting something with a bigger and more distinctive flavor.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy, bright amber colour with a ruby red hue, solid two fingers of head with solid retention and sticky sporadic lacing.

S - Fruity yeast, cloves and peppery spice, rich toffee, hint of musty newsprint.

T - Rich toffee comes off the top alongside some bready malts, buttered toast, peppery spice, leafy bitterness comes through alongside some cloves and hints of cotton candy and melon.

M - Lighter bodied ale that again can come across a tad prickly, but finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - This is a tasty Belgian ale, though leans more on the side of an amber with the hop presence coming across as more of a creeper flavour on the finish. Worth a try though.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, and a beautiful honey color. No head, but some bubble action. Lots of sediment.

S: Apple brandy. Caramel apple. Candy apple. Apple Butter. Hay. Sour patch kids. Dry white wine. Vanilla. Honey. Apple juice, not apple cider.

T: Slight sour apple jolly rancher. Slight apple. Apple wine cooler. Oaky for sure, woody.

M: Way, way, way too thin. Very bubbly, champagne like.

O: Not bad to a guy who dislikes Belgians.

Thanks redliner8!!

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Rare Vos Amber Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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