Rare Vos Amber Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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4.07/5
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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 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,825
Reviews:
1,182
Ratings:
3,420
pDev:
10.81%
 
 
Wants:
219
Gots:
720
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,420 |  Reviews: 1,182
Photo of Ritz3314
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drews240
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of feuematt
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy colored beer with a slowly fading head. Taste is caramel malts and orange zest. Overall an OK beer that in my opinion you could take or leave.

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Photo of Branlott42
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flgimp
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an active major 3-4 fingered. frothy head into a frosted pilsner glass. Light continuous lacing while drinking. Color is a hazy copper. Smell is earthy and malty. Taste is a robust complexity of dry malt, orange peel and lingering cloves spice. Interesting and bold. The feel is crisp, medium body and decent carbonation. Over all a great Amber with unique character.

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Photo of Chrisdimeo
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DodgerLove
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into oversized wine glass:

Appearance - Beautiful pumpkin orange, can barely see through the glass. Pretty highly carbonated and a beautiful 1/4 finger head of light cream white.

Aroma - Primarily getting strong orange and maybe a hint of honey.

Taste - Primarily clove and orange, a bit more clove which seems to overpower. There is some slight acidic orange flavor as well, but it's definitely in the background.

Mouthfeel - Dry, a bit flat for the amount of bubbles apparent in the glass.

Overall - Overall this was a decent beer. I felt like it was a bit too clove/spice forward and masked most of the fruit/orange flavor. Though the orange did come out a bit as the beer warmed. Felt as though the acidity didn't quite work well in this beer.

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Photo of MikePacheco12
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BennyProfane
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fitzy01
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Heybeerman59
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang never disappoints. Nice caramel colored beer with a nice fruity taste. Definitely get the yeast and Belgian style malt flavors. I recommend.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Mid copper with a thick, rocky off-white head that stuck around and left nice lacing. This is what a beer should look like.

S---Orange with spices. I'm not refined enough to identify the spices, though.

T---Malty. Orange and spiciness are prevalent. Fruitiness is there as well.

F---Medium mouthfeel. A bit dry, but with nice carbonation.

O---Ommegang makes quality stuff and this is right in line with everything else they do. High quality.

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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

Rare Vos Amber Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,420 ratings