MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice off white fluffy head. golden/orange in color. Medium bodied and highly carbonated.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2002
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not quite awful. It looked beautiful, with a big foamy head and tiny rising bubbles. The mouthfeel was excellent. The only aromas I smelled were bitter hops. The taste was bizarre. No front-of-the-tongue flavors whatsoever. Might as well have been water. An annoying, aspirin-like, uncommon bitterness. Almost like cardamom??? Even a little sour, like a lambic. I like Ommegang but I have no idea what the hell this beer was. Certainly not your typical "Belgian Ale."
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewery Ommegang is one of the top 3 American brewers of Belgain style ales and Rare Vos certainly helps maintain this opinion.
Pours a copper/amber color with a sizeable head. Sweet, fruity, and floral nose. Malt, fruit, and some spice in the taste. Well balanced and finishes surprisingly dry. Very drinkable.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pineapple and leather in aroma, some orange. Big head, faded slowly but never disappeared. Cloudy orange/brown color. Very fruity and spicy. I rather liked this. Will buy again!
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2002
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I think/hope I got a baed bottle of this. It was incredibly skunky. They way I remember Grolsch tasting in my high school days. Will try again at a later date and re-rate.
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
slightly more fruity than the ommegang hennepin. still a great beer.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
poured amber-brownish with a good sized head, malty with some spiciness. I much prefer tha other ommegang. Beer was good but not anything to get real excited about
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
An above average beer, for sure. Beautiful, thick white head. Very fruity and spicy...reminds me of fall and spiced apple cider. Opaque orange ale color. I think this would be very good with pork owing to the omnipresent apple flavors. A bit acetic for my taste, though.
jazz88 (2628) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber color with floaters and a laced foamy white head. Sweet flavors.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
re-rate: 11/28/02 - well, iíve just scrapped my original rating of this - you donít even want to know. (had rated this 1.8). Color was a deep red/brown with fizzy bubbly head and decent lacing. Flavors were thinly malty (caramel) and some citrus spiceyness.