RATINGS: 1607   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Rare Vos is Flemish 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2004
A nice medium amber Belgian-style with some sweet yeast in the nose. The taste is also pleasantly sweet with fruit and spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3052) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2004
Bottled. Compares favorably to a Duvel or Flemish style ale. Pours white, puffy head that thins quickly, leaving nice rings of lace, even in my plastic cup. Color is like a pilsner with a touch more haze. I taste a fine, toasted caramel sweetness, with pleasant nose of coriander, grains of paradise(?), a bit of Curacao orange. Comes in with a slight banana note at the finish. I wish I could've keep this to cellar, but I went a little crazy at the store where I bought this, near our motel. Ended up buying 13 bottles of various micros, and had to trim down to fit in my luggage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2004
750 ml bottle. Pours clear, rosey amber (until the bottom of the bottle when the yeast is stirred up) with a full, slightly foamy off-white head. Aroma is definitely belgian, with lots of fruity, yeasty notes and a little sourness present as well. Flavor is rich and complex - sweet and bready with a sourdough hoppy finish. Medium body and creamy carbonation make this one a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 9, 2004
Bad, what is the shelf life on this one? Had some sourness but tasted flat, like flat ginger ale as a matter of fact. I tried to chill it more to see if it got any better and then drained it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
A very pleasing Belgian. Aroma was typical yeasty funk, lots of caramel sweetness, spicy (peppery?) finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2004
Comes out of the bottle ready to rumble like the Hennepin, but settles down nicely when allowed to warmAroma of spice and very mild fruit. Also like the Hennepin, flower aroma emerges at room temp. Peach fruitiness as well. Earthy quality. Nicely malty. Not too heavy, not too light. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2004
750 mL bottle, snifter. Biscuit, caramel malt (L); flowery, orange hops (M); clove and peach aromas. Tall, off-white, creamy head is well lasting and leaves beautiful lace. The body is a light amber with playful carbonation. Moderately sweet, moderatley acidic, lightly bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderatley acidic finish. Very Orval-ish without the brett and some other nuances. Finish is pleasantly dry. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. The bottom line is: this is really good stuff and can be had at a great price; if you want a session Belgium, this one fits the bill.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Amber with beige head. Sweetness to the nose. Fruit and spice to the tongue. Not bad for a style I'm not fond of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Rare Vos is Flemish for "Sly Fox". This bubbly sly fox is quite the brew. It contains the aroma of an abbey dubbel (though muted). It has the appearance of an abbey dubbel - yet its wine-like flavor is of lighter fruits and grapes, and less the dates, prunes and cherries of a dubbel. Overall, it is a big success with a "caramely" smoothness and yet a sourness that isn't over the top. With some lively carbonation and some cool effects of the yeast, this is a fun one to hold up to the light for inspection. My only complaint is that it might benefit from the sweetness of some addt'l sugars that, also boosting the ABV for warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Copper color, white head. Some floral, fruity notes but nothing very pronounced. Decent but boring.

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