vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy amber red with a nice foamy head that lingers for a long time. It has a very light bready and spice aroma. The beer had just enough spice in the taste to make it interesting, with a slightly sweet, caramel malt body and a light hop bite at the end. At 6.5% ABV it’s quite drinkable. Overall a very easy drinking beer.
HonusWagner (1328) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet maltiness and an herbal quality reminiscent of absinthe. Tasty but sweetness puts a touch below similar singles.
Howlader (700) - - JUL 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served in a 4oz taster at Churchkey in Washington DC or Rustico in Ballston.
Cousin_Larry (284) - - JUL 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had a bottle at a birthday party. Awesome - mild fruity flavor, coriander, mildly bitter finish.
BeerFunGuy (609) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This red brown beer has a thick creamy white head and a spicy aroma of cinnamon and cloves. It has a relatively mild flavor of fresh cinnamon banana bread.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mfp13jr (144) - Glenville, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorites. Belgian beer with a light amber body and plenty of tight bubbles to go with.
Chad9976 (1127) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into an Ommegang tulip glass. It was bottled on 3/18/14 and cost $3.99 ($0.33 per ounce).
Appearance: Without the yeast it pours to a beautiful amber/copper hue with plenty of spastic carbonation visible. With the yeast it becomes murky and brown. Pours to a large, ivory, soapy head which retains and laces fairly well.
Smell: Distinct Ommegang house yeast esters plus light spice and floral notes.
Taste: Rare Vos might actually be the beer Ommegang is best known for, yet after six years of beer reviews I’ve never given it a formal review before. My opinion on this beer has changed over the yeast. A long time ago I wasn’t too crazy about this beer, but then a few years later I fell in love with it. Today, my opinion is somewhere in between, though I definitely appreciate and enjoy this beer quite a bit. It’s got everything it should have: a solid Belgian-inspired palette, interesting spices to give it distinctiveness, and versatility that makes it well suited to most situations.
Right off the bat, this beer tastes quite familiar. Amber malts create for some light sweetness, though the Belgian yeast is equally prominent so as to make this quite different than your average amber ale. Some dry bitterness at the apex with a hint of soap or perfume followed by a tingling sensation of orange peel and coriander on the finish. This is a taste often found in Christmas-y beers, but balanced enough to make it palatable year-round.
Drinkability: The mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but highly carbonated so as to be self-cleaning. It doesn’t feel like a big beer on the system, though. The 6.5% ABV on the label might lead you to believe Ommegang Rare Vos is a strong, hefty beer. However, once you start drinking it you realize it’s actually more of a glorified table beer as it can easily be paired with a wide variety of food, though it’s enjoyable enough to stand on its own. It’s tempting to session, but I probably wouldn’t.
EtTuCthulhu (992) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The appearance has a cloudy orange with a medium off-white creamy head. The aroma blends Belgian yeast, slight banana esters, caramel malts, and clove; the taste is slightly sour and slightly sweet with a mild spiciness from the yeast. The palate fuses a slick texture, medium-full body, nearly flat carbonation, and a finish that is fairly abrupt.
gam (3167) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
White head misty amber pour mild to medium carbonation aromas toffee boozy caramel dried fruit citrus stone fruit yeast sweet sugary the flavours stone fruit dried fruit yeast spice sugary sweetness toffee grape smooth boozy taste woody note pear caramel bubbly touch the finish best flavours grape hops rich malts boozy note spice enjoyable ale sharp tasting
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rare Vos was the 2nd offering from Ommegang that I tried. I found that it was slightly fruity and the spiciness came on later. The nice color and malty aspects made it rather enjoyable.
EyeAmBaldman (188) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2014 Pours a dark honey color with a thin white head. Aroma of bubble gum and fruit. Thin mouth feel with a hint of fruit on the tongue. Backend disappears with zero bitterness. Not a bad Belgian ale.