Rare Vos (Amber Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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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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Reviews: 1,157 | Ratings: 3,329
Photo of ricke49
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a pleasant Belgian style ale. And pleased to find in 12 oz bottle with tasteful graphics. Spiced just right, so as to not be distracting; Alcohol level perfect; appearance is classic with deep Amber color and mature head. Good as a sipper - or as a quencher. Great domestic rendition of traditional Belgian style.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Of the five beers that I've had most frequently from Ommegang, this seems is the second most that I like with the main meal (Hennepin is a close first.)
Excuse the digression from taste talk...
But I want to say that Duvel made a good purchase of what still may be the best American craft brewer focussed on Belgian styles, but I note that Ommegang's labels changed after the purchase and not for the better. A bit too much hyperbole. I prefer a simple label (like Duvel's) that allows the beer to speak for itself.

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Photo of stevoj
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ginger Man. Unassuming appearance, toffee nose, leads into gooey caramel and toffee taste with hints of Belgian yeast. Finishes fast, but this ones all about the flavor. Sly, indeed.

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Photo of GStone899
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean n refreshing smell with citrus and coriander. Definitely a sweet smell but not overpowering. Beautiful golden look with an absolutely great taste. Clean n refreshing amber ale. Could drink this all day.

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Photo of indytim
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I like this beer a lot. Creamy head, just the right body, strong enough that you know you've had some but not overdone like Three Philosophers. Just a tad on the sweet side, compared to true Belgians, but that's a quibble. This is one of my favorite beers, and it's almost always available locally in my small city.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into...what else?...a Rare Vos cafe pint glass.

a: Copper amber body with a slight juice-like haze. 2 finger cream colored merange head.

s: Sweet malts and honey in the nose, golden raisins, plums, soft cooked spices.

t: Roasted, bready malts with a sweetness like cooked honey, a grassy, grainy dryness, spicy esters and just enough bitterness from the hops.

mf: One the fuller side of medium bodied. Nice carbonation has a tingling effect with the alcohol.

o: The best amber ale there is.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper-red with a soft medium head that dies down to a persistent film. Lots of lace.

Raisin, caramel, toffee, and Belgian yeast combine to nice effect in both taste and smell.

Finish is a touch spicy.

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Photo of Tank880
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I submit I am not a Belgian beer fan. However, I appreciate good balanced and tasteful beers. This brewery makes many wonderful beers and this beer is no exception. Bouquet is wonderful, and the taste from start to finish is very nice. If you ever get the chance to visit brewery, I highly recommend it- it is such a beautiful place. Cheers

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-A towering 2 inch head appears on the initial pour which I have to rescue from overflowing the glass. A lovely caramel coloring with spotty lacing.
S- soft bready malts dominate. Upon secondary examination I am able to separate the phenols of the Belgian yeast.
T- The malt is the foremost flavor with a hint of fruity yeast in the finish.
F- High level of carb lends to the light, prickly, and dry mouthfeel of the brew. I am really digging this right now.
O- Lighter, dryer, and cleaner than a lot of other ambers. I'm sufficiently impressed to want this as a fridge staple.

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Photo of stompilator
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. glass, into a tulip.

A - Pours a golden orange, pillowy, off-white head.

S - Yeast spice, seeds, a bit of lemongrass, and a touch of noble hops.

T - The estery, spicy, slightly soapy yeast character evolve out of the front palate, dominating the flavor. The added spices and a bit of caramel malt become more apparent as the palate progresses, as the yeast takes a subtle phenolic turn. The delicate malts hang on the tongue, but the finish is mostly of phenols and spice.

M - Medium-light body, active carbonation but definitely appropriate.

O - Comes off as an amber saison to me. Very nice and delicate.

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Photo of jp32
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper in color with a huge foamy head atop the beer.

A fruity, white grape aroma dominates the smell.

Flavor: Cloves, pepper, yeast, something herbal, overripe apricots.

Heavily carbonated. Refreshing and crisp. Some alcohol is noticed as well, at least more than I usually expect from 6.5%.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice beer, but tasted more like a Belgian than an amber. Heavy on the Belgian yeasts, but very expertly crafted. If looking for a nice Belgian, this would fit the bill pretty well.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first and only Ommegang ale, needed to drink this before my flight tomorrow. Wish I could have waited but that's how these things go.

Look : Pours a colossal rocky stark white head of 4+ fingers, and a light amber glow bordering on blonde for the body. 80% transparency. Fluffy globs of head left behind once the head recedes.

Smell : Wow. Tons of fresh oranges. Spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Banana and bubblegum. This is a wonderful aroma.

Taste : Lots of belgian spiciness, with pale malts, a balanced hop character, and oranges. Ends with a nice breadiness.

Feel : Creamy, large, filling. Moderate carbonation. Ends semi dry and tart.

Overall : Easily the best Belgian Pale/Amber I've had. Very impressive. Glad I could have this one.

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Photo of ordybill
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a bright orange with a large off white head. Thea aroma is full of fruit and yeast and is very nice. The taste is an excellent blend of orange, floral hops and some yeast. Overall, this is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: hazy; burnt orange in color - maybe a touch darker; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: coriander, bread, orange, lemon;

T: a nice balance between the citrus and coriander; almost no bitterness until the aftertaste - then it ramps up to a moderate level;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: nice flavor;

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a 4-pack, chilled to approximately 50 degrees, and poured into a Spiegelau tulip. A nice beer, but without anything compelling about it. I think the brewery's Fleur de Houblon, also a Belgian Pale Ale, is more interesting, though that one is more of a summer seasonal and so not available now.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours gorgeous amber color, with 2 fingers of fluffy head. Really great looking beer.

Aroma is a delicate balance between spicy yeast and a syrupy, toasted malt. Maybe some toasted grain and caramel, but the sweet malt and yeast dominate the aroma.

Taste is extremely complex. Definitely not a classic American amber ale. Super smooth beer. It reminds me of a Hennepin with more malt. Carbonation and malt sweetness start the sip, with the malt remaining gently present throughout the sip. The yeast comes through more toward the middle-end of the sip; it tastes like the classic, spicy ommegang yeast. The end is where I get the added flavors. In particular, I primarily get the orange peel, but the grains of paradise may have melded with the spicy yeast and the general citrusy finish.

Overall, another fantastic offering from ommegang. For those who love Hennepin, this reminds me of a malt forward version. Still, this beer is extremely light and refreshing with copious amounts of spice, carbonation, and complexity. I see this pairing well with a five-spice seared duck breast with Bok Choy, or another dish utilizing rather warm, earthy spices. It gets a 91.5/100.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the second amazing beer I have tried from this brewer. The label described it as mellow, fruity and spicy and I simply couldn't put it any better than that. I'm surprised this brewing company hasn't received more attention then they have. From what I can tell they are world class

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Photo of Nyg
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at the Syracuse fair in a plastic cup. Very nice taste with a nice feel. I'd like to have this in a nice glass and not plastic but still very good tasting.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, best by 3-22-16. Nonic pint.

A: wicked head! 4 fingers, endless effervescence! Hazy reddish amber. Outstanding Lacing, pretty good retention.

S: at first, cumin/coriander - sweat. Then then sweetness, maltiness, familiar Belgian spiciness; honey; caramel; clove.

T: Tart, spicy arrival. Sweet, clove, hoppy mid palate. Lingering ginger, clove and hop bitterness. Not overly sweet, just sweet enough.

M: started out quite over carbonated, turned soft. Midweight. Would not describe this as clean, but it's not slick in the least.

O: when I want a Belgian beer, and don't feel like getting wrecked (looking at you Fin Du Monde) this is really perfect. Complex, malty, hoppy, excellent. Everything I love about good American ambers, plus Belgian yeast.

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Photo of citizencane
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not typically my preferred style of beer, but very good. There is an interesting contrast of sweet and sour notes that keeps you coming back for another taste.

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Photo of Ladder_Man_07
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a hazy deep amber with a thick foamy head
Smell- light yeast with citrus and some spicy notes
Feel- nice tangy feel with good carbonation
Taste- Pretty much as the aroma. Nice citrus-y taste with a hint of spice and malt. Very refreshing.
Overall- One of my favorite go-to beers. Pairs well with a variety of foods or just good for just sitting out on the back porch. A lot of good brewers out there; Ommegang is one of the best.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured slowly into pint glass. The color is a hazy golden orange with a thick, milk white head and lacing. The smell is yeasty, spicy, with some sweetness. I've read reviews of beer smelling of banana but this is the first time I've experienced it. When sipped, the first sensation is sour, tangy citrus, followed by yeast and the spice. At the very end, there is a little bit of sweet fruitiness. This is a well-carbonated ale and is a delight to drink. Overall, this ale is vintage Ommegang: interesting, refreshing, and enjoyable.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

draft pour into a mason jar at Curry Up Now in the mission district, san francisco. july 25 2015

a: beautiful slightly-hazy amber with a finger of tan head

s: sweet bready caramel-y malt backed by yeasty spices, bananas, and floral notes

t: follows the nose, very tasty stuff. no flavour dominates over another. a bit of tangy lemon in there as well. slightly floral

m: medium-plus with fizzy belgian carbonation

o: an excellent, easy-drinking belgian pale

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If any of you are following my dozens of reviews you will find it apparent that I absolutely love Ommegang. They are truly a world-class brewery and I think everyone should pay more attention to them. This variety is a delicious Amber Ale whose name means “Sleek Fox”. What’s more is that this brewery has a partnership with a Belgian brewery and that is where they get their yeast. It has a pleasant 6.5% ABV and is delicious so let’s take a look.

Look-It has a complex color that changes in the light. It is multi-toned, but definitely is an amber copper color at heart. It pours with a two-fingered head which has a slightly off-white color and is composed of large bubbles from the overactive carbonation.

Smell-I get caramel and apricot as well as a mild spiciness to it which is a really pleasant mix.

Taste-It has a lot of subtle fruitiness and mild hops on a buttered biscuit. I taste the apricot and fruits like orange peel, malt, honey, spices and yeast. Absolutely intriguing flavor as it is subtle yet complex and has a lot to offer in each sip.

Mouthfeel-The feel has a pretty high carbonation content making it have qualities similar to a cola, but is otherwise smooth, thick, and nutty.

Overall-This is such a refreshing and crisp brew. It has everything that you could want from an Amber Ale and I think that I’ll be drinking this one again soon. It is hard to describe, but it somehow manages to pack a lot of flavors without making it obvious what you are tasting so that each sip reveals a little more of this beauty.

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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
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