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RATINGS: 1576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Rare Vos is flemmish for "Sly Fox," and the name of one of Brusselsí great cafes. It has a sweetly fruity malt character and yeasty spiciness. A fine dose of yeast permits the beer to mature and mellow in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (1935) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2004
2003 Vintage - I bought a 22 ounce bottle in mid December finally sampled it Memorial Day weekend 2004. Dark golden body, nice head retention and good malty flavor with a hint of yeast in the aftertaste. Ommegang 22 ounce corked bottles are under $4 a bottles and an exceptional value.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 I keep trying this beer and keep getting disappointed by it. Someday I will learn.+++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a golden color with a huge tan head. There is a sweet aroma of plum and cherry. The flavor is sour, bitter and tangy. There is a light flowery texture - a little hoppy even, but with decent malt balance. The finish is definitely dry. The beer is rather heavily carbonated which is a factor I do not care for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Wow! Thatís great stuff. Had it cask conditioned and pulled. Maybe the best American Belgian Iíve had. Good body and composition, sweetish malt overtones and subtle hint of yeast. No Chimay, but weíre getting closer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Cloudy brown in color with a fluffy white head. Velvety on the tongue, rich and complex ... nice malty character. Bit of an alcohol bite. All in all, a very good Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
I like this beer for its big fluffy head and complex, spicey flavor. However, it was a bit too carbonated for my liking. Can usually find this at a bargain price, wich is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Maybe I just donít like Belgians, because I found this to not be typical and I liked it very much. Poured an orange light amber with an aroma of spice. The taste at first was yeasty, but after a bit it mellowed into a richher taste of malts, cream, a little hops and some spice with a very smooth palate. The aftertaste had a very very slight alcohol burn with some toffee or caramel in it. I prefer this much more to the yeastiness Iíve tasted in others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Really not as much head as I like to see on my Belgianís. Orange in color, and a mild, herbal nose. Very dry and not anything too complex in the flavor at all. Somewhat ashy. The finish is too carbonated. Not one of Ommegangís best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2004
I canít believe Iíve never rated this - pours a highly carbonated, golden/copper color - nose of spice, fruit and flowers - medium bodied with high carbonation that nearly detracts from the mouthfeel - mild in flavor - quite dry - saison-like earthy, grainy, slightly malty flavors - crisp, with notes of dried herbs - a mild tartness balances out the moderate malt presence - tartness peeks in the finish, accompanied by a bit of hops - light fruits return unexpectantly - nothing all that unique, and as far as belgian ales go, there are so many more out there that offer much more than this does, so, while this is pretty good, the only thing that would make me recommend it would be the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Reddish brown with a large billowing head and vigorous carbonation. The aroma presents yeast, dark fruit, alcohol, and some banana. The flavor seemed fairly bland and not very complex. At points I caught hints of vinegar and a woody taste. It didnít blow me away, although I used some of it to marinate some pork, and that was quite good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2004
pours a clear amber, with a good sized offwhite head. Head retention was good, but I suspect a good clean proper glass helped here. Slight hop nose, some notes of caramel and oak. Very crisp tasting, and suprisingly bitter. Lots of hop and strong yeast flavor. This was not my favorite interpretation of the belgian style. A little too harsh.

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