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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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3,375 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 (bottled 2/25/2011; best by 2/2012) into a tulip. Pours a nice slightly hazy amber w/ effervescent carbonation, fluffy off-white head that leaves some sticky sparkly lacing. A really nice looking beer.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, clean malt, spice, clove, and a hint of ripe banana.

Taste follows nose. Clean water, bready malt, Belgian yeast, spice, mellow banana. Some wheaty hefeweizen qualities too.

Creamy mouthfeel, carbonation adds a nice crisp bit but never prickly.

Overall I'm not finding many flaws with this beer. It's just a damn satisfying, easy drinking brew.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Corked pop with a bit of smoke. Big bubbly tanish head arises as you poor with plenty of lacing.

Nice fresh beer scent. Quite a reddish copper hue.

The beer is highly carbonated, and that's got nice clean crisp taste. Your ass is kicked by the amount of flavor. This 'pale' ale is nearly like a quasi-porter or dark ale in intensity. It has an almost sour quality. I am more into a darker sweeter ale myself. But one thing this is damn refreshing. IPA lovers would orgasm on this stuff.

As for mouth feel its pretty good albeit the super high bubbly carbonation.

I will buy other Ommegang, Gnomegang for example, instead of this again. Quality is there though. A good sipper for a summer day though.

This beer goes down good with a jazzy little effort like Grover Washington's Winelight or Mr. Magic.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, opaque color of rust/burnt orange, with a firm and foamy head made of super-tiny bubbles. Excellent retention, and it paints the sides of the glass with wild strings and dots of lace as it slowly lessens.

The nose if mostly fruity, recalling pear, peach and a smidgen of apple, and something that reminds of some kind of mildly cheddar-ish farmhouse cheese. Weird huh? But I mean that in a good way. Like walking through the curdling area at a cheesemaker's while eating some fruit. And drinking a lightly herbal tea, as there's some of that here too.

No real surprises in the flavor, partly because I didn't actually expect it to taste cheesy, although there's still a more general rawness to it that keeps a nice artisanal flair going. Succulent fruits pop out most (pear, peach, apple, cherry) although these are not too sweet and kept in check by a more down-to-earth mineral flavor and an herbal layer. Yeast could have been amplified just a bit, but overall nice balance and impressively subtle flavors.

Sharp tickles on the tongue, thanks to very active carbonation, but there's a softer side to the feel as well that keeps things balanced.

Overall Rare Vos is a "4" because it's easily accessible, totally quaffable, enjoyable and 100% quality. Just nothing supremely remarkable; Ommegang can and does do better.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with thick, creamy, off-white head that has pretty good retention and lacing.

Smells like fruit and yeast. Lemons and a little grass.

Taste is also lemon and a little funky. Slight bitter finish.

Good carbonation and smooth.

This is good. Easy to drink. Good session beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,375 ratings
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