Rare Vos (Amber Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

Rare Vos (Amber Ale)Rare Vos (Amber Ale)
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

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Ratings: 3,361 |  Reviews: 1,165
Photo of phishbone23
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of scootercrabb
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of browniewithnuts
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of gwiedman1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kimcgolf
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a hazy orange with good carbonation and a thin head that dissipated quickly top slight lacing. Nose was a nice blend of citrus fruit, spices, bread dough and wheat. Mouth was tingly and slightly hoppy, and the taste picked up the lead of the nose. The only drawback was a slight watery finish, but not enough to ruin my enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of hermit990
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of daledeee
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like Brewery Ommegang. This beer starts out with a fine pour. Nice rusty brown with a good bubbly head. Nice grainy and fruity nose. Tart and tangy. That is a good start. Hops are prominant in the finish. A little dry mouthfeel but not alot. Hops stay on the tongue after the drink.

This is a tough catagory with really strong competition. The thing I like about this one is the taste is truly distinctive. The price is right too. I will quaff again!!

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a very nice golden copper color with a slight ruby tint. Three-fingers of loose foamy off-white colored head. Retention is okay. Lacing is very good.

Sweet malts dance with belgian yeast notes. A nice scent of grassiness. Nice notes of caramel breads. Good presence of apples and pears. Nice touch of allspice and a hint of corriander.

The allspice and apple/pear flavors come out first, reminding me, slightly, of cider. A nice malty sweetness then gets attacked by tangy yeast notes and a touch of funk. It's not bad by any means, just slightly out-of-balance.
The flavor didn't live up to the promise of the nose. It's not a total mess, it's just slightly askew.

Nice level of creaminess, but the carbonation is a touch too sharp. A smoother body would benefit this one, greatly.

It's drinkable, sure. Would I go out of my way for it, though? No.
This upsets me, because I love Ommegang. I'll track down another bottle and try this one again, when I can. I'll update this review, if necessary.

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Photo of jkane101
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of putnam
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a smell! Carnival spun sugar, baked granulated sugar coated deepfried pastries coated in caramel and bananas...disciplined, coffee cream-flavored yeast. Sweet, right?
Actually it's pretty dry on the palate. There is a chalky, yeasty slice of powdered coriander and glazed meats. Dehydrated banana peels and dehydrated citrus peel are stitched throughout the voluptuosly large body. A bit Frankenstein-like...a bit engineered, but impressive.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into Bruery tulip.

Pours a very murky brownish copper, the dull color of copper that's lost all brightness. Think the yeast suspension is due to a fairly careless pour, but oh well. Head is very nice, nice two-finger light tan head, with nothing but the tiniest bubbles and a firm, creamy consistency; excellent retention (I don't think I ever saw the top of the beer in the glass) and a lot of really nice delicate lacing. More clarity (which is almost certainly my own fault) and I believe this one would have been a perfect 5.

Nose carries a healthy dose of apples and even a bit of pear, a fresh, rich breadiness, and an unexpected spiciness - clove? - alongside just a bit of yeasty depth and a hint of vanilla. A lot of classic Biere de Garde characteristics. Not getting much in the way of hops though; this may be an older bottle.

Taste is entirely in line with the nose. Richly bready with like fresh baked white bread, just a hint of sourdough, drizzled oh so lightly with caramel and served with fresh apples and pears dusted with ground clove and cinnamon. Biere de Garde has crept up and quite possibly become my favorite style, and this is a dead ringer. Would have been exceptional if not for the faintest metallic ring towards the finish. Still very good bordering on excellent.

Mouthfeel is spritzy, light, with lots of sharp, tiny bubbles; could have used just a bit more creaminess, but not bad.

The only thing at all holding the drinkability down are that metallic ring, and a faintly harsh prickly alcohol bite. My suspicion is a super-fresh bottle of this would be rid of that, and thus several notches higher. I'll keep my eyes open for a newer bottle and hope to adjust later; even as is, still quite a tasty beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 6/16/2007 (750mL bottle):

Pours a cloudy brown colored body, with a small whitish head, fizzy but diminishing very quickly. Very floral light sweet aroma. Sweet fizzy taste, clean aftertaste. Floral taste, some acid. Warming up....a little more even taste, not acidic.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color when poured was reddish copper-amber, with loads of tight white foam and lace on the side of a tulip glass. Make sure you pour slowly or you'll get nothing but foam. The aroma was of yeast, spices with a fruity hint. The taste had a very pleasant carbonated bitter/sweet yeasty flavor, with spices with a very pleasant aftertaste. Nice combination of components to this fine Belgium Amber Ale. Another winner by Ommegang Brewing Co.

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Photo of bruachan
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

god bless acme. what other grocery store carries ommegang?

not sure what "amber" really means in the belgian tradition, other than color description, but it is amber in color with an aggressive head that waned to a sudsy veneer. very good lacing. smells of spice and earthy hops over a sweet backdrop. spicy flavor, too, with a tangible tang at the back of my jaw (there's even some alcohol heat. at 6.5%?)

the flavoring up front is much more enjoyable than what follows: cinnamon, allspice. in back, it's watery and bland (not that it's not complex, as that's not a requisite for a good beer, it just lacks character). decent hop presence as the beer warms

the weakest offfering from this brewery in my opinion

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Photo of xJMFCx
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msondel
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the champagne-style bottle, this was a good looking beer-cloudy amber with a nice off-white head and lacing. bouqet was very fruity, with apricots and raspberries coming to mind along with notes of honey, flowers, fresh bread dough and a musty barnyard aroma. taste was a bit of sweet malt with a moderate bitterness. astringent, sourish finish. medium in body with a spritzy mouthfeel.

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Photo of morrowd3
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of irishkyle21
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fluffy head that is well maintained throughout the entire beer. Nice lacing but I would like more. Has a hazy orange color.

Smells of yeasty spices, earthy/citric hops, fruits and biscuits.

Tastes of spices, yeasty, dry floral hops and fruity. Good dry finish, very drinkable.

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Photo of AMCPhD
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of djgustafson
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tastybeer
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber brown-red color wih a nice dense white head. Great retention and lacing. Smells creamy, of spicey yeast with various fruits and floral hops, and slightly wine-like. Very pleasant aroma. Taste is juicy, sweet and mellow. Relaxing and very nice, almost like candy (but not overly sweet). Very balanced between the malts and candy like hops. Great prolonged slight bitter, dry finish. It kind of makes your mouth implode with the nice dry finish. Lush texured creamy mouth, and goes down like butter.

Awesome Belgium style brew from NY.

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Photo of mschofield
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy strawberry-brown, topped with a one finger off-white crackling head, leaves partial sheets of lacing.
Fruity, sweet aroma, berries, bitter orange (curaco), fruit brandy.
Tastes of wheat, vanilla, curaco.
Medium bodied, feels higher in ABV than it is, not something I'd quaff down, or even buy that often, but it is interesting.

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Rare Vos (Amber Ale) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 85.2% out of 100 with 3,361 ratings
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