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Rare Vos is flemmish for "Sly Fox," and the name of one of Brussels’ 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Fruity, mild aroma. Dark yellow apearance. No noticable alcohol. Good belgian malty flavor. A good Belgian session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Pours a hazy medium amber with white head. Yeasty nose with some wheat, and hints a raisin. Nice floral flavors, feels bubbly going down. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
I sampled this ale from the appealing 750 ml corked bottle, which is an especially engaging feature of most of the Belgian and Flemish varietals. Whether or not this is merely a clever marketing ploy adopted some of the American imitators of these styles, once again, I was drawn in by the novelty of the uncorking “ritual” offered by such packaging. As for the ale itself, it pours bright copper in color and with an anticipated and slight (but not unpleasant) haze owing to the sediment from its bottle conditioning. The pour leaves a huge, rocky off-white head and some good lacing. This ale is highly aromatic and features a malt caramel and spicy citrus bouquet. It is characteristically effervescent and highly carbonated. Unfortunately, the flavor is all “front end.” It presents a nice, zesty and refreshing orange citrus initial palate. But, there was little mid-palate or finish to this beer. Following the initial flavor, I detected notes of caramel malt and hop spice, but there was little balance or complexity. The finish is short and disappointing. There was little hop dryness and I found the alcohol content low for this variety of beer. Although they represent different styles, I prefer the Brewery Ommegang (Moortgat) Hennepin and Belgian Abbey Ale offerings to this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Has a fine floral fruity aroma. Reddish-amber color. A caramel malt flavor, with hints if herbs and spices. A delectible balance. Smooth and tasty. A little strong and bitter in the aftertaste. Would go real well with a fine cigar. Still a well worthy beer for being my 150th.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2003
A hazy reddish color with a large volumptous white head. Aroma of yeast, cardboard, spices. Sour taste with a spicey background. Highly carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2003
Tasted in DC from Cairo. If I had to narrow this fine beer down to one word it would be herbal. The aroma is almost veggy with a spicy, not quite floral finish. Appearance is like a light version of Maudite - Light orange colour with nice white lacy foamy head. Stands up well in the glass. Flavour is much lighter - very floral, orange - has an almost champagne constitution.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Pretty wheaty tasting with a lack of body. Very drinkable but very boring. Not bad but definately not great. Kind of lemony and wheaty. Almost like an American hefe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2003 A nice looking deep amber ale with a creamy dense head and light retention. Gives a fruity spicy aroma with an earthy quality that is quite pleasant. Great full bodied with a creamy yet effervescent mouthfeel. Flavor is malty, fruity with notes of caramel. Everything was excellent about this ale until the last mouthfull which seemed weak and slightly watery. Also this ale would benefit with a higher abv. It's just missing something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2003
A nice brew. Nice Thick Head. Very little aroma but when you can catch a wiff of it it smeels of honey and wheat. feels thick on the palate and tastes fruity with an occasional chocolate twinge. Very little alcohol flavor and lower content thna many Belgian ales. After trying 3 Ommegangs I beginning to think Othis brewery is the American Unibroue: Not a bad beer yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 Dark amber color, creamy head. Ripe fruit aroma, spicy and fruity flavor. Well-balanced. Medium bodied. Ommegang does not disappoint.

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