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 Shaw
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful amber color: It almost glows. It has a lovely foamy white head that settles down to a thin layer of foam.

It smells like a Beligan beer: Fruity and sweet with notes of biscuit and bread.

The flavor is also good. The flavor I'm detecting most is biscuit. It's a bit sour, which is nice.

The mouthfeel is great. The density of tiny bubbles creates a wonderful fizziness that pops in my mouth. The light body compliments the carbonation.

This is a great drinking beer. Its flavors are subtle and don't hit you over the head.

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Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Gehrig
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first tried this outstanding beer last winter on New Year's Eve, purchasing it as part of a Holiday pack that included other excellent Ommegang products Three Philosophers and Hennepin. As an additional perk, these came with a 12 oz. Ommegang glass. Deep and cloudy red in color, Rare Vos poured a rich frothy head into my large mug. It has an interesting melange of flavors, on the whole sweet but with a peppery tinge to it that complements the fruitiness quite well.

Like so many Ommegang products, Rare Vos is a treat, great to enjoy on a cold Winter evening, great to share (especially since it comes in 750ml bottles), and it goes great with cheeses. Smooth and tasty, it is one of my absolute favorites. Try it and enjoy.

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Photo of cambabeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 n2pux
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Drank this out of a snifter at cellar temp.

A: Expected, hoped for and received a huge pillowy head. Color is textbook amber. Leaves a sheet of massive lacing.

S: Soft Belgian yeast, caramel and spice! Palette isn't good enough to pick the spices out individually but orange peel is pretty easy to notice.

T: A nice fruitiness from the yeast (my favorite part), orange peel, grains of paradise. Not much of the caramel that I smelled.

M: A little bit thin on the mouthfeel but there is some burn from the alcohol and spices.

D: I'll reserve this one for the warmer weather when I'm looking for a brew with this much spice presence but is easy to drink and refreshing. Would probably be a great transition beer for a Blue Moon fan.

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Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this down at The Party Source in Bellevue, KY -- I have yet to be let down by Ommegang and this one certainly brings it P90X style. Poured from the bottle to an Ommegang tulip, review is from notes taken on 5/30/2010.

Appearance: Pours a golden/coppery color with a hint of amber as the label suggests; starts with a big 3 finger off-white head with decent retention; body has a bit of haze due to the yeast and really shows a lot of carbonation bubbling throughout; head eventually fades to a full and even cap and spots and strands of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Quite nice -- very sweet and smooth fruity esthers and sweet bready yeastiness as well; following these dominant scents come a nice and a little faint hop bitterness hiding in there. The nose is quite strong and it's great in terms of really letting you of what you're going to be drinking.

Taste: Very nice and quite refreshing -- this beer will make for a great summer drink; the sweet and smooth fruity esthers are the first thing I notice and it's reminiscent of banana; there is a slightly spicy/peppery aspect as well; very mild presence of the bitter hops like in the nose and there is a slightly sweet bready and cracker-like yeast/malt presence.

Mouthfeel: Body is just a tad heavier than "light" and holds very strong carbonation that is quite prickly and effervescent; a moderately dry stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth and holds the flavors nicely.

Drinkability: Quite high -- everything about this beer is really solid and like I said earlier, it's very refreshing and will likely become something of a rotating selection in my fridge during the warmer months. It also doesn't hurt that the 6.5% ABV isn't outrageous and can quaffed over time and not be too harsh.

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Photo of SuperHop18
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%

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

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Sorry, this is a Belgian "Dark"? and the finest at that? OK, don't get me wrong, this is a REALLY nice beverage. My point on the "dark" characteristic is...if they're calling in news crews because we're 'drinking a dark' then I'm missing the boat. Duval is calling this an amber...OK, it's amber. How difficult is it to rate a beer when the swath of acceptable interpretation is so wide that you can drive a truck through it...what's the point. Again, Dr. Lew Bryson has a fitting argument about 'style'. Anyway, it smells 'wonderful'. IMO, when a beverage reveals that classic earthy Belgian yeast aroma then you're in for a treat. What's interesting to me about this one is that how malt presents itself in a toasted character. There is an aggressiveness that i would normally associate with alcohol, but at 6.5% ABV, this one may be deceiving me. The mouth feel is well carbonated and light. The flavor is earthy, creamy and has a maltiness that i personally associate with a lager. The mouth/taste combination is quite drinkable. Sorry if this isn't helpful; intended more as "notes to self". Enjoy.

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Photo of nodder
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Pours a cloudy hazy golden-amber color, huge tightly bubbled clingy head that leaves long lasting lace in my glass. Flowery, spicy clean citrus aromas. Fruity and sweet spicy flavors, medium-full body, very lively carbonation, finish dry and crisp, very refreshing and tasty.

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

The last couple times I have had this make me think that the first time I tried and reviewed this brew I got a relatively lousy bottle of it.
Or my tastebuds have changed.
I dunno.
Regardless I like this stuff and would like to have a cellar full of it... along with its Ommegang siblings.
There is a delicious spicy character to this brew in the nose and flavor... clove comes to mind most easily.
A very pleasant, mild, desireable sourness lives in the flavor and mouthfeel.
An excellent, excellent session brew as there is nothing overpowering in here with a moderate enough alcohol content.
I still prefer Ommegang Abbey and Hennepin but next time I see this on a shelf in a store I won't hesitate in picking one up.

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

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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