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RATINGS: 1497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Rare Vos is flemmish for "Sly Fox," and the name of one of Brusselsí 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.


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Pours a bright amber with a fairly thin, bit persistent white head. A yeasty aroma dominates. Flavor is driven by yeast with some fruit (cherry) in the background. So much yeast flavor that hops and malts not really discernible. A tingly mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Overall, a good Belgain style ale. Not the most distinctive, bit fine for what it is. Very drinkable.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HarryPlopper (16) - - JUL 26, 2014
Amber colored ale with big head and lots of carbonation. Yeasty sediment at bottom. Fruity smell. Citrus-fruity taste with yeasty tones. No bitter aftertaste, tart finish. Smooth mouth feel with plenty of carbonation, which is slightly overwhelming. Excellent beer and now a favorite.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Burgers (279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Bright amber with a very generous head. Aromas of dried ginger and alcohol. Taste light sweet and bitter. The palate is medium bodied. Finish quite long

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Matt_Foran (14) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Pours a thick foamy head, the beer itself has a nice amber, copper color. To the nose you pick up hints of coriander and orange. Nice solid body with a fruity, malty Belgian style ale. Lingers for a while on the palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
This beer pours with a tall dense head that lingers for awhile before leaving a good amount of belgum lace on glass. A deep amber color with some haziness to it. Smells of maltiness and yeast, wheat beerish Tastes alot like a spicy wheat beer. Good!!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (423) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Pours a light amber color with a thick, long-lasting white foam head. Aroma is light Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet Belgian yeast and caramel. Goes down smooth. Very tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Sweet maltiness and an herbal quality reminiscent of absinthe. Tasty but sweetness puts a touch below similar singles.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cousin_Larry (296) - - JUL 5, 2014
Had a bottle at a birthday party. Awesome - mild fruity flavor, coriander, mildly bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerFunGuy (614) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2014
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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mfp13jr (148) - Glenville, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2014
One of my favorites. Belgian beer with a light amber body and plenty of tight bubbles to go with.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1137) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
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 Iíve never given it a formal review before. My opinion on this beer has changed over the yeast. A long time ago I wasnít 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. Itís 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 doesnít 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 itís actually more of a glorified table beer as it can easily be paired with a wide variety of food, though itís enjoyable enough to stand on its own. Itís tempting to session, but I probably wouldnít.


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