Rare Vos (Amber Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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4.07/5
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3,383 Ratings
Rare Vos (Amber Ale)Rare Vos (Amber Ale)
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:
#2,469
Reviews:
1,172
Ratings:
3,383
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.41
 
 
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207
Gots:
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Ratings: 3,383 |  Reviews: 1,172
Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fuggles_
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got a six pack of this (yes, six pack). They must have reformulated and took more alcohol out. Not the same as I remember when it was in 4's. Great beer though. A lot less head on this six pack, the first time I poured this beer it was an insane amount of head and carbonation. I loved it. This batch was almost like pouring a bud light. Just some head on the sides of the glass like a donut. Not sure what they've changed or if they changed at all. Anyways, if you've like coriander, spices and that classic Belgian flavor, this is your go to daily driver.

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Photo of Jcbroome
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

The first several times I had this beer I didn't like, it took me at least 10 bottles before I finally warmed up to it.
It poured a red/brown and leaves a cloudy red body with a one finger white foamy head, slight carbonation is seen rising. The aroma has the Belgian yeast up front, baked apples in the background only after a bit of warming. Some sweet cracker, a touch of floral and a little bit of honey at the back end.
The taste is sharp slightly sweet through Belgian yeast and the apples combine with some bubblegum sort of flavor.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt a touch lower, and the ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, yes, I like this one nowadays.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of festizio
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thingsBEER
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erniesmoose
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

L: Hazy amber with some little floaties, and a huge off white head with excellent retention, dying to sizable foam that leaves rings of lacing.

S: Overripe banana, toasted brown bread, clove, pear, and apple.

T: Banana bread, big bready malt backbone, hints of coriander, red apple skin and ripe pear, and a dry finish of clove.

F: Medium, quite smooth and creamy, with lots of sparkly carbonation. With the ample carbonation and dry finish, it drinks so easily.

O: An excellent American-Belgian ale. Very tasty and satisfying!

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

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Enjoyed on draft, beautiful copper color, two fingers of rocky white head, a few spots of lacing.
Aroma - Pear, floral, musty, faint hint of clove.
Taste - Spice up front, dry bitterness, light coriander, malt is biscuity and not very sweet, hint of toast, finish brings a bit of orange zest with floral hops. Aftertaste is quite clean with just a small lingering spice note.
Feel - Light body, effervescent, dry, crisp.

Overall - Another world class beer from Ommegang, terrific balance and complexity.

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Photo of dbauer
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cwd
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of caburdette51
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chefduff2
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of DaveCash
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jesterr44
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, this score might be a little lower than the beer deserves based on the fact that I'm not a fan of Belgian beer. Putting that aside, here are my thoughts on this one. I don't like the mouthfeel. It's too carbonated; despite a hard pour & letting the carbonation die down some, each sip seemed to explode into frothiness not allowing the liquid to flow across my tongue. I fixed that by roughly swirling the remaining 2/3rds up a bit so that I could sense the tastes better. It did the trick. This is where the rest of the problems with the beer are likely just my style preference. There are no bad tastes, no funk, no sign of adjunct. There is a complex mix of floral, spice, fruit (orange and ... banana?), sugary caramel, but it's that classic Belgian yeast flavour which just doesn't agree with me. One of the better Belgian's I've had, but again, it's just not my type.

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

Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma is mostly yeast forward with some brown sugar and earthy hops. Taste follows. Yeasty and sugary, not sweet though, a bit of earthy hop bitterness on the finish. Light body, dry and well carbonated. Overall it's a good belgian ale but it doesn't stand out with anything.

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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,383 ratings
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