Rare Vos Amber Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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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:
Rare Vos Amber Ale is styled after the smooth, drinkable beers popular in Belgian caf├ęs. 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,694
Reviews:
1,177
Ratings:
3,406
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
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213
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Ratings: 3,406 |  Reviews: 1,177
Photo of puck1225
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very pleasant beer! Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Absolutely beautiful creamy head and great lacing. The color is cloudy amber. Smell is sweet and fruity. The taste mingles sweet fruitiness, Belgium yeast with a bit of warm spice, and a nice malt background. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of ogman
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OompaMentor
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of 22Blue
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gdobber
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrunkenSuperman
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Diura
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On top at a bar in New York. Found the ale thick, cloying and distinctly sweet, good flavor with a touch of dried fruit. Would probably try again from a bottle.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bellce0
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this on tap at the City Tap in Boston and so glad I did. I was really impressed with its sweetly fruity malt character and yeasty spiciness. What a combination!

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Photo of mthomp081
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rare Vos = Sly Fox in Flemish. Love this brewer.
a) Pours a cloudy dark amber body supporting a creamy, sturdy lasting head that amply laces. Starts as a tan lumpy cap.
s) I find aroma starts with fruit, spice, orchard, yeast, fall fallen fruit, cellar stairs, up which waft crusty fresh baked bread.
t) Taste follows smell and adds: apples, dates, figs, and dried fruit spiced with coriander and white pepper on a yeasty bake shop backdrop.
f) Creamy see saw from sweet, ripened fruit to a nice drying finish.
o) Great Belgian craft at reasonable price. Drink at cask temperature.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hephaestos
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of devilmakesthree
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rpjterp
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeers
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange-amber with an off-white head that dissipates into a nice crown. Sweet aroma of cherry and raisin and earthy, tea-like character. This continues to the taste with strong cloves that give a definite Belgian impression. Medium bodied with relatively strong carbonation that contributes to a semi-dry finish. Not bad.

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a hazy, orange-amber color with at least a 2 inch head initially, clearing to about one inch with good retention, but only soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of cloves, caramel, and toast predominate. Maybe a little fig or raisin.
T: Taste follows the nose with a large spicy presence. Bitterness evident late and in nice balance overall.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Little aftertaste.
O: A very drinkable Belgian influenced Pale Ale. I would certain drink again or serve to friends.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a thin cap that leaves very spotty lacing

S: Belgian yeast gives off some fruity and spicy notes. Caramel maltiness provides some sweetness against dark fruit

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the Belgian yeast and dark fruit notes. Gets deeper into the fruity and spicy yeast notes as the caramel comes through. Dark fruit, particularly raisin and fig, lingers into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the lighter side for being 6.5%

O: A nice Belgian pale/amber ale with plenty of Belgian and American influences. Very easy to drink. Worth checking out

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Photo of YoungMtn52
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Also got this one on tap at The Supply House in NYC. Nice bronze glow with a modest head...ranks with the better Belgians I have had...will get this one again.

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Rare Vos Amber Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,406 ratings