bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Bottle. Amber color with a big off-white head. Rich fruity, malty, caramel, yeasty aroma. Fruity (cherry, plum) and yeasty flavors over a malt backing. Aroma is great but the flavor needs a bit of complexity added. Medium body leaning towards thin. Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2004
12 oz. bottle. I’m becoming more and more a fan of the Ommegang brews, and the Rare Vos has not let me down. For a belgian made in the united states its very tasty and stays true to form. A good alternative to the stronger Ommegang beers blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2004
dark orange, probably closer to tan. a little flowery on the aroma but with some darker herbal touches, orange and citrus flavor with a heavy after taste . Intresting for an american belgian. I’d guess i’m being too much of a local. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
The color is a dark orange. The head is creamy and dense and laces well.
The nose is fruity (mostly oranges) and also has some flower shop smells.
I really like this stuff. I am having it with five grain crackers and cream havarti cheese. I love cream havarti cheese. This tastes mighty fine. First is a sharp, spicy and peppery yeastness. Next comes the fruit, and lots of it, mainly green melon and orange. Nice flavor with this beer but for being 6.5% the alcohol is way to prominent. High carbonation. But, the best thing about this beer is that it is very very creamy. It makes it wonderful.
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
very good but i wouldnt really say its a"belgian" style ale.light alcohol content,and not very thick like most of the begian’s i have had.i think i was just expecting something else.put a different name on it and lower the price and ya gotta winner.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2004
First of all, the bottle with the champagne cork is totally awesome and pirate-worthy. This beer is delicious, you can sip it or chug it. Just the right fruity hoppiness, with a twinge of bitter in the finish, and the maltiness is whelming. Not overwhelming nor underwhelming, just plain great. I could drink a 750 mL bottle of this stuff every day and I probably would if I were a wealthy individual. Sam Adams tells me he makes "America’s World Class Beer." Rare Vos is an irrefutable piece of evidence to the contrary. raymow (1650) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Pretty good - but not as good as some of their stronger brews. It’s sort of a Belgian - light, but in a good way. It still had the typical fruity aroma and nice foamy white head, but it just didn’t quite have it all (know what I mean?) Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Color : a perfect orange. Head: massive, fluffy, lacey, creamy. Aroma: amazing! A complex, arousingly and utterly lovely blend of spices and dark fruits, cherries, grapes, melon, peach, and more, with a hint of citrus. Flavor is abundant, but the overall feeling is light and airy. Palate is smooth and dazzling at once. Citrusy hops continue a light dance upon the tastebuds with every sip. Finish is long and delightful. Tasty and yeasty, and light! I could swear I was drinking a cherry and lemon pie. igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Pours a bright red color and presents a good head that dies quickly (leaves a thin layer). A clingy lace maintains a presence throughout. The aroma is of malt and caramel – very fresh. Sweet on the uptake with a slightly dry finish that does not have much definition, but maintains a lingering roasted aftertaste. Mouth feel is smooth with some body and effervescence. A decent beer, but not a very memorable one. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 The cork came out withh a lot of force and noise. Luckily, it didn’t foam out. Pours with a slightly hazy, goregoeous very dark amber. A beautiful beer if I have ever seen one. It is topped with a huge off-white head that reminds of a qualiy Belgian. The aroma is light and has a little bit of banana with some pears and a touch of cinnamon. The taste is relatively light. Has some cherry notes and a little bit of nutmeg type spice. Overall a very subtle, yet reassuring brew. It is obviously a quality product and it shows. This made my Chimay Chalice very happy.