Rare Vos
(Amber Ale)

Additional notes 05/23/24 (pictured)

Sadly, a can.

At some point. in the past this beer was classified as a Belgian Dark, now i see it more often classified as a Belgian Pale. I think both have their merits, and Ommegang has always gone for a in-between description of “an Amber”.

This is a beer that over the years I wish that I had more access to. Form the ABV to the depth to the mouthfeel and the drinkability, it’s simultaneously an easy beer AND a satisfying one. That combo is relatively rare, but it reminds me a lot of British beers of much lower ABVs. Lightly fruity finish.

Lovely rich malts and a lightly present alcohol burn in the back-end, it rocks. It’s grown on me so much over the years. Now, whenever I see it, I get it.

Original notes 12/16/04

First time I’d seen this offered as a single 750 mL bottle in GA. Before it was usually only hanging around in the Ommegang, triple sampler packs with Three Philosophers and Hennepin.

By no means Ommegang’s best offering, in fact I was a little disappointed. That may be because they have set such a high standard with Hennepin, Three Philosophers and Ommegang.

The pour is a much more orange/red color than I was expecting with a huge head and lacing too. The overwhelming experience in the taste is one of a slightly sour, spicy yeast taste. Not bad, certainly an authentic Belgian feel, but it lacks the depth, complexity, taste and the general quality of the brewery’s other beers.

Apple/acidic nose and flavors are present too.

On the up side, like all Ommegang beers, this is very, very good value. The second time I drank this it was part of the mixed 3-pack with 750s of Hennepin, and Three Philosophers AND had an Ommegang glass included for $14.99.

Would not be at the top of my list of, “must get agains” but not bad, and an interesting beer to try.


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ABV: 6.5 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.55
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