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Amber ale

Ale brewed with sweet orange peel, grains of paradise, coriander.

Belgian-style café ale. Mellow, fruity, spicy. Every day we race towards something. This should be one of them. Rare Vos was made to reward your victories.

At the end of the day, you should always enjoy the end of the day.

A clever fox knows when to stop. And when our brewers come to the end of a long brew day, you'll find that their reward of choice is most often a Rare Vos, also known as the Sly Fox.

Named after a Brussels pub famous for bicycling contests and pigeon races, Rare Vos is our most quaffable brew. It's well balanced on every front with slightly spicy notes from grains of paradise and orange peel. The deep amber color, like a sunset, reminds you that the workday is over.

Step up to the bar, or the table at home, or wherever the day's race ends, and tip one back to the fox within.

Everything for a reason.

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Easy to pour into, easy to drink out of, a tall glass will also show off the amber color.

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The balanced flavor, lively spice qualities, and ease of drinkability make Rare Vos great on its own or with pub fare like mussels and fries.

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Brewmaster Phil's Tasting Notes

Rare Vos Amber Ale is styled after the smooth, drinkable beers popular in Belgian cafés. It pours a light copper hue, contrasting beautifully with a big, creamy white head. The nose offers orange blossoms and slight spice.

On the palate, the caramel maltiness shines strongly but with little sweetness. The profile leans toward dry fruity (yeast-affiliated), slightly fruity/hoppy with a beguiling spiciness. This complex, medium-bodied beer has a smooth mid-palate and moderate dry finish.

Well-balanced in all elements, it's a mild, mellow brew.

Chef's tasting notes & recipes

Rare Vos has earned its spot as one of the most food friendly of all of Brewery Ommegang's ales. Its aromatics of citrus and caramel lead the culinary minded to pair it with cheese of all styles or even a rich fig bread pudding.

The ale's flavor profile has a pleasant booziness to it and mild acidity and hops. This combination lends itself to be paired with a rich black truffle and lobster risotto or pork belly and mustard greens. Add it to chili, jambalaya or gumbo to give your dish a pleasant bitterness and roastiness.

Profile

  • Malts: Pilsner, aroma, caramel
  • Hops: Styrian Golding
  • Spices: Coriander, sweet orange peel, grains of paradise
  • Yeast: Ommegang house yeast
  • OG: 14.2o Plato
  • FG: 2.5o Plato
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • IBU: 21