mjg74 (2688) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a red/orange/brown color. Aroma is sweet and a little fruity. Smells is fairly strong. Flavor is sweet and fruity. Seems to be fairly standard fare.
badgerben (4564) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber color with a thin head. A vegetable aroma; not what I’d be looking for from a Belgian Ale. Slightly malty taste with a bit of spice, but just not much. Complex? I think not.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Of all Ommegang’s beers, this is the one I like the least. Nice fruity aroma coming out, and a nice, light head, but I am not a big fan of bitter aftertaste, and this definitely has that. I have tried it cold and at cellar temperature, and the aftertaste is too prominent either way.
stephen louis (164) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
You need to let this one sit out for 5 or 10 mins after removing it from the fridge before you taste it...cold you get vinegar and sharpness...it needs to breath first.
On the pour nice and cloudy amber with a tan head,good lacing.The nose out of the bottle and after sitting is malt,sugar and yeast spice.
On taste:Metallic tanginess.flavours are candy sugar,vanilla and plums blended,clove and pepper,and malt.It is really pretty good.
The carbonation brings up the body,and the aftertaste has A nice warmth to it.
bb (7244) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber color with a big off-white head. Rich fruity, malty, caramel, yeasty aroma. Fruity (cherry, plum) and yeasty flavors over a malt backing. Aroma is great but the flavor needs a bit of complexity added. Medium body leaning towards thin.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. I’m becoming more and more a fan of the Ommegang brews, and the Rare Vos has not let me down. For a belgian made in the united states its very tasty and stays true to form. A good alternative to the stronger Ommegang beers
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark orange, probably closer to tan. a little flowery on the aroma but with some darker herbal touches, orange and citrus flavor with a heavy after taste . Intresting for an american belgian. I’d guess i’m being too much of a local.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color is a dark orange. The head is creamy and dense and laces well.
The nose is fruity (mostly oranges) and also has some flower shop smells.
I really like this stuff. I am having it with five grain crackers and cream havarti cheese. I love cream havarti cheese. This tastes mighty fine. First is a sharp, spicy and peppery yeastness. Next comes the fruit, and lots of it, mainly green melon and orange. Nice flavor with this beer but for being 6.5% the alcohol is way to prominent. High carbonation. But, the best thing about this beer is that it is very very creamy. It makes it wonderful.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
very good but i wouldnt really say its a"belgian" style ale.light alcohol content,and not very thick like most of the begian’s i have had.i think i was just expecting something else.put a different name on it and lower the price and ya gotta winner.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First of all, the bottle with the champagne cork is totally awesome and pirate-worthy. This beer is delicious, you can sip it or chug it. Just the right fruity hoppiness, with a twinge of bitter in the finish, and the maltiness is whelming. Not overwhelming nor underwhelming, just plain great. I could drink a 750 mL bottle of this stuff every day and I probably would if I were a wealthy individual. Sam Adams tells me he makes "America’s World Class Beer." Rare Vos is an irrefutable piece of evidence to the contrary.