Rare Vos Amber Ale | Brewery Ommegang

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Rare Vos Amber AleRare Vos Amber Ale
3,404 Ratings
Rare Vos Amber AleRare Vos Amber Ale

Brewed by:
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,404 |  Reviews: 1,177
Photo of bnes09
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber colored ale with a thick head and excellent retention. Some lacing.

Bright fruity and yeasty aromas with some hops mingled in.

Lots of fruit flavors, apple, banana, pineapple and lemon come to mind. Citric hops, semi-assertive. Fresh yeast flavor. Very well balanced.

Medium bodied with a lively carbonation.

Good stuff. Hard to believe this is not made in Belgium. Complex, refreshing and delicious.

 416 characters

Photo of ardy007
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of StoicBeast
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Dope
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very cloudy medium orange pour. Huge white head. Settles down slowly, leaving a nice trail of lacing.

S: Tons of dark fruit, very malty. Lots of sweet caramel, raisins, fig and banana. A touch of peach? Yeasty with plenty of cloves.

T: Again, very malty, tons of dark fruit. Raisins in particular. Quite boozy, also surprisingly. No noticeable hops. Tastes almost a little funky. Wonder if that's intended or not.

M: Surprisingly thin, oddly enough.

O: A very interesting BPA. Almost no hops, but super fruity and malty and even a little funky.

 554 characters

Photo of Satan70
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JedediahK
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Franz4
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Jesse14
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of jk3
3/5  rDev -26.3%

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

The beer pours a dark amber/copper color with a big cap of off-white foam. The tulip glass directed the yeasty aroma full of fruit and clove spices. The maltiness of the aroma transfers on to the palate. The malt is biscuit-like, almost crisp in nature. High carbonation leads the way toward a bitter and spicy finish. Dry and refreshing while still being malty with a hint of alcohol. This is pleasure to drink.

 412 characters

Photo of grannaniwa
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, golden-to-amber appearance. Great lumpy head has some staying power. Very nice nose, smells very ‘Belgian.’ Fruity nose, maybe some apple or pear? The smell itself has a bit of bite to it, gives anticipation of sour/tart flavors.

Drinks much lighter than expected at first. Insane carbonation dominates the first experience. Entry doesn’t have much of a presence, tartness kicks in mid-palate, finish comes from the yeast, with some familiar banana notes. Finishes very dry. High alcohol doesn’t come through at all.

Overall: B

 545 characters

Photo of ehnesandrew
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of kbt5273
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of ConorThomas
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of lommym
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of spark3148857
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Blueribbon666
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color into Duvel tulip with good half inch head and smells of yeast and citrus. Mmmm sweet yeasty Belgian-like goodness with a bit of orangey citrusness among the yeasty floaters. Very, very good example of Belgian style brewed in the states. Great mouthfeel and great find, will enjoy this fully and keep my eyes out for more from Ommegang.

 361 characters

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of PorterBoy14
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of phattman073
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bkaj21
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of FXRGuy
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Rare Vos Amber Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,404 ratings