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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2002
Cool name! Cool Bottle! Too much of an apple/cidery taste for me. All other aspects of this one are good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2002
Malty aroma, slightly dark white lacey head. Palate is full bodied and kind of fruity, middle is smooth and full, and it finishes very nicely with a great balance. This one doesn’t exactly strike me as a Belgian, but it’s pretty damn good, and I’d drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2003 Its been a while since I sampled this fine Belgian Style beers, another that I like, but drink rarely, must change that, has Brewery Ommegang produces some of the best Belgian Style beers anywhere. A nebulous orange color on the pour, the head planetary in size, creamy in structure, the color a nice light tan and the resultant lace forms a covering sheet upon the glass. Sweet malt nose, crisp and clean, plummish and a real treat to the sniffer, start is malt laden and sweet, top middling in feel. Finnish is stinging in its acidity, the hops perky in their spiciness, quite dry and a real quaffable beer that should be a staple in everyone’s DBF, well that’s in my humble opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2002
Toughest of the Ommegang beers to find. Slightly spiced and well-balanced. I really like this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
Spicy,fruity,decent attempt at the Beglian style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2002
Not bad for the price, but it tastes too much like Woodchuck for me to really enjoy. I’d rather have a Belgian-style Ale that tastes like beer with a fruity flavor, than vice versa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2003 rerate (9-6-03) Bottle at the CT River Festival. Fruity/malty/spicey aroma. Flavor is fruity with some nice maltieness, a fair amount of alcohol and some spicy hints. Originaly had it at a 3.4, I think i appreciate the style more now. (4/29/02) Smells like a hoppy apple cider, and kind of tastes like that too. Its a good Belgian ale, but noting special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1503) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2002
copperish-amber color, sweet fruity aroma, spicy slightly alcoholic aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2002
Cloudy, pale-yellow brew with a decent head that fades quickly. Spicy nose, smells very crisp and tart. Flavor is yeasty with lots of pepper, very earthy aftertaste. Reminded me quite a bit of their Hennepin, though the Hennepin had a bit more zing in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2534) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2002
Light cloudy golden color with large head that dissipates almost immediately, v little lacing. Aroma is interesting and complex, light fruit (apple), flowery hops (light), and peppery citrus notes. Flavor is mainly spicy, malt presence is low, only slightly fruity, despite the label’s assertion. Spicy, herbal notes dominate, with a dry finish. Palate is light and dry. Overall interesting, moderately complex, esp in the aroma. Not something to savor for a long time...perhaps slightly harsh.

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