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RATINGS: 1584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1268) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Cloudy red/amber body, chunky white head, fine bubble rising to the top. Light aroma of peaches and bubblegum. Flavor of orange and peach. Smooth, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Lots of fruit, orange and clove. Not too sweet so it is very refreshing. Nice pillowy heag and golden amber color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Bottled version tasted: Descent Belgium-style. Pours with a nice creamy head and amber color. Smooth taste, but expect more complexity based on past ratings of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Not the greatest Belgian ale, but this is a well-made beer nonetheless and pleasure to drink because don't have to have your thinking cap on to enjoy it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Oh, if only this was as well crafted as the regular Ommegang. :-( Alas, there's nothing special here. A little sweet, decent belgian ale, but it seems to lack the personality and character I found in Ommegang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2003
fruits in the nose like peaches, grapes with some malt scents as well. Nice balance of fruit and malt in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Slightly cloudy light brown color,small fast fading head that left a bit of lacing behind.froma dsitance i can smell bubble gum,but up close its malty,caramel and dried fruit.The taste being malty upfront,light caramel and a slight fruit hint with the after taste being mostly caramel and something else that is hard to describe but isn't bad.This is a pretty decent brew,not as good as the 3 Phil's but decent enough to want another and maybe a few more then that.

   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.

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