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Fleur De Lehigh - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 22.52%


Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: garcia2a on 06-11-2008)
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Mora2000

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a nice sized white head. The aroma is spices, wheat, citrus and grapes. The flavor is spices, ginger snaps, wheat, grain and grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 00:23:22 | More by Mora2000
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clouded deep orange golden hue with a slightly off white head and fine even speckled layers of lacing. Aromatics bring out the floral tones with the addition of rose hips. A nice citrus tone is on the palate as well with some tropical fruit tones like pineapple and mango. Again I love these PBC brews for te fact that they are all pretty much session ales with reasonable alcohol content. After tastng this one I may have to take an allegra I getting clearn earthy rose water/slight citrus punch in th back ground. A bit of hay and yeast bitterness in there as well. A bit of cardammon or some other spice pops up with some tree bark like notes, this isn't a bad thing, and light herbal hop backing becomes evident with each sip. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied even soft carbonation nothing offensive here the earthy rose water rings out in the finish adding some dryness along with a bit of yeast cake aftertase. Drinkability overall, very enjoyable experience complex challenges the senses and it quenches thirst at 4.5% abv. More breweries take note this could hav been a boozey 8.5% Belgian golden ale but so much character and flavor would have been masked by the abv.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 18:55:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: loads of coriander, floral hops, and almost a perfumey aroma is very pleasant but more flowery than most other beers.

Taste: mild malt profile with some mild breadiness, loads of floral bitterness, coriander, soft lemon zest, and some softer fruit sweetness arrives late.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is flowery and a bit bready. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this one came across a bit too flowery where one pint was nice, but two would be enough in a session.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2009 01:37:37 | More by Gavage
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mactrail

California

4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color in my new Philadelphia Brewing Co. pint, thanks to the Foodery for bottle and glass. Crisp but rich. Fruity like a Hefeweizen with nice amped-up Wit flavors. Spicy yet mellow. Label says ginger and lemongrass, but neither jump out at you. Creamy carbonation adds to the pleasing muthfeel.

Excellent quaffable beer with tremendous flavor for a modest alcohol content. My favorite new beer of the summer season.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 03:29:51 | More by mactrail
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a bottle from a mixed case bottled on July 21. The malt backbone is very similar to the bottle of PA Pale Ale with a toasted and nutty taste and aroma. There's a touch of juicy citrus in there too and the spices are fairly mild with touches of chamomile and lemongrass. The Belgian character comes largely from the spices, but it's not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 02:47:31 | More by tempest
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

A decent Belgian-style ale from PBC. Poured a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a short-lived cap of white head. Floral aroma, spicy, gently crisp hoppage. Bready malt base in the taste, crisp citrus and floral hops, Belgian yeast and spice, with a bitter finish. Light-medium body, and fairly drinkable overall, but nothing that really calls me back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 08:35:37 | More by Rifugium
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy Danny, at Bridgewaters Pub in PHL, is always after me to review new beers that he gets in so that he has a basis for recommending things to customers. I find it flattering, plus I am always willing to help out. ;=) That, and I am friends with the good folks at PHLBC so here we go.

First of all, as a sports fan, I love the label of defunct Shibe Park where my beloved A's once played. I also liked the way where they wasn't kidding when they mentioned "Unfiltered" on the label. I recommend gentle agitation before pouring, plus for Danny as a purveyor, telling the customer that it is going to be very hazy/cloudy. I got a modest finger of off-white head that quickly faded to wisps. Color was, unsurprisingly, a hazy golden-amber. Nose held a pleasant surprise of spice and black pepper, all undoubtedly yeast-driven. It was very pleasant, like Herbes de Provence, a melange of spices, but underlain with black pepper. My mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but the yeastiness on the tongue was papery dry. I did not get the same riot of flavors on the tongue, instead, it was more muted. Still, this was very pleasant to drink. The finish evinced the return of the pepperiness. Zounds! Only 4.5%? More, please.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 16:45:26 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

4.33/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, courtesy of a family friend's refrigerator. On to the beer:

Hazy blonde color...it says blonde ale on the label, so that's no surprise. The flavors involved though....wow. Very well spiced, in both the aroma and flavor. It's floral, basil thyme, herbal, ground pepper, and a touch of delicate fruit from the "beer base", which is a medium body. It tastes like spring. Very well made, and very tasty. My favorite of the beers I tried on my recent trip to Southeast Pennsylvania.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 02:08:22 | More by DoubleJ
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Unfiltered golden ale with spices.

A: A deep tangerine orange pour is very turbid and cloudy by nature. The head is marshmellow white, fluffy and about a finger high but falls rather quickly. The lacing left a thick and lustrious band encircling the glass. Quite a bit of effervesce can be observed near the edges of the glass.

S: Slight tart tangerines and creamy wheat can be had upfront however I was hard pressed to identify any ginger on the nose but I did manage to find hints of white grapes, and lemon pepper which came about with some slight help of agitation. Yeasty bread character also comes out.

T: For flavor malted wheat and slightly dry oranges occur on the initial sip. A nice spiciness of lemon pepper, rosemary and parsley come through with a herbaceous touch along with soft honey-pine sweetness. White grapes follow through on the close. Nice even complexity where the spices blend quite well with one another with a smooth seamless transition.

M: Light bodied but feels much heavier when resting on the tongue. Warm lemongrass and peppery spicing is left behind while the effervesce is light but delivers a fairly crisp character.

D: Smooth drinkability, really easy going down and flows quite nicely from start to finish. The spicing and malt blend well together making for a decent session and 6 pack worthy option.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:03:35 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fleur De Lehigh

Pours a pale yellow in color with a small head and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Ginger and spice, everything nice. An odd yet inviting nose.

Taste: Ginger up front with some sweetness. This one is brewed with lemongrass, which adds a citrusy/lemon/spice/earthy touch to the ginger. This beer tastes like an excellent compliment to chinese and asian dishes. Really picking up the ginger. Hop profile adds alot of bitterness to keep the taste less sweet than the nose would indicate.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, fairly crisp.

Drinkability: Definately a unique beer, and worth the try for sure. Like I mentioned in the taste, I think this beer would pair well with asian dishes like kung pao chicken or general tsos. Also had this one on tap and is pretty much the same product in the keg as the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 16:34:21 | More by Stinkypuss
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to janis for sharing this - poured chilled into a cervoise from the 12oz brown bottle.

the color is very hazed golden with a thick rocky white cap of about 3/4 inch. The bead is very fine and the lace adheres well with good head retention. The smell is very earthy, vegetal - like cooked peas. The smell is mildly spiced and toasted but the canned pea smell is strong. The feel has a nice roundness in the body with gentle malt upfront and spiced right after with a moderate amount of carbonation and light toasted element with a semi dry finish there is a mild amount of sweetness to soften the spice.

This pale tastes unique you can tell there is some kind of herbal flavor which upon reading the label informs you of the lemongrass and ginger additions. The lemongrass gives a vegetal flavor while the ginger comes off as lightly spicey in tandem with the belgian yeast. I enjoy the malt body and the alcohol is low in the flavor with a decent element of earthy dried grass with a mild accent of citrus and light toasted notes. I think overall this is a good beer, not great. I do enjoy the amount of spice as it doesn't stand out so much that it comes off as forceful or overdone. I like the base and could see this as a nice refreshing summer beverage.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 15:30:02 | More by Slatetank
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice dark amber with an orange tint. Not as hazy or cloudy as expected with a nice bit of head.

S - You get slight hops and malt with a nice citrus rind and yeast. A lot going on here.

T - Came off actually pretty sweet than a full on yeast assault, which was expected due to it being over a half year old. The bitter citrus played the yeast so well it almost came off as a Dunkel.

M - Very light and bitter sweet.

D - Only coming around in the spring means I will have a while before fresh stuff arrives but really it was pretty good with age. I even hate Belgium's and it was refreshing!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 20:16:46 | More by DrDemento456
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a small head. Smell is sweet and floral. Taste is good, fruits, cinamon and other spices, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 15:00:52 | More by tone77
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium and lightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of ginger, lemon grass, citrus, and a little fruity. Tastes of ginger, citrus, honey, and spices. Drinkable but nothing really standing out.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/20/09

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2009 18:21:27 | More by hopdog
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Lightly hazed reddish golden yellow with a thick white head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Big ginger up front with a strong herbal medley backing this up. Touch of lemongrass zing and biscuit malt.

T-Sharp citric and ginger bite with sweet biscuit and a side helping of herbal hops, lemongrass zip and "spice".

M-Medium-light bodied quite sharp and crisp with long lingering flavours and a dry finish.

D-Very interesting brew. An odd mix of flavours but in the end it works. I like brews that take chances and in the end work out....well done PBC!

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 12:29:49 | More by Deuane
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Union Jack's in a pint glass.

A- Fleur De Lehigh is a burnt orange color with pale yellow built in. Not much of a head, just a dismal white cap, minimal lacing.

S- Lehigh has citrus tones with lemon and some orange and spice such as pepper. Some malt sweetness and Belgian yeast strain. Nice to smell.

T- The yeast kicks in on the taste with some earthiness. Lemon zest is heavy on the taste, very citrusy. Malts balancing this out. A lot of spice in the taste with coriander and the like. Some hops as well. I did not enjoy the ginger in this. A bit unbalanced.

M- No problems here. A nice medium bodied brew that was good going down, loved it cold got better after time. A not to long aftertaste, refreshing.

D- Had no problem finishing my pint and almost wanted another one. Not sure of the ABV on this one as it was not listed on the menu, interested in finding out.Probably will go even better in the middle of summer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2009 04:15:48 | More by BARFLYB
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oline73

Maryland

2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a golden/light amber color with just under a finger of off white head. A ring of carbonation remains around the edge of the glass with rather large bubble rising up through the beer like champagne.

Smell: Not the best smelling beer in the world. Mildly floral with a rather strong herbal characteristic. I can smell the malt as well. Just doesn't all work together for me.

Taste: Very herbal. I can pick up the lemongrass and the ginger. There is a mild bready malt flavor as well. Not bad but not great.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy but smooth carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: Not hugely impressed with this offering. The flavors didn't blend together in a way that was pleasing to me. I don't think I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 16:21:08 | More by oline73
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

PBC- Fleur De Lehigh

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn.

A- Hazy orange with a small foamy white head, filmy lacing, and a quick dissapation.
S- Very spicy orange/ lemon peel, honey, lavender, floral hops, and clove.
T- Huge spicy malt. Big doses of orange and lemon rind, cloves, and floral hops.
M- Very spicy dry with a creamy malt body and finish.

Overall- Quite tangy/ spicy but good. Probably won't drink more than 2 pints though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2009 21:39:10 | More by NJpadreFan
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint glass receptacle. Hazy burnt amber with suspended sediment. No lace. Surface foam for head. Looks ok.

Tart orange, ginger, and light black pepper notes. Yeast action. Interesting.

Even more tartness in the mouth. Very 'spice rack' with pepper and coriander leading the charge. The ginger is there, but has fallen off a bit. Tangy in the wheat spectrum with some standard barley malt presence, as well. Slightly farmhouse in the yeast quality.

Wet medium with an almost-medium carbonation. Drinks very easily without any obvious alcohol presence.

A lot of bottle variation in this one. I've had a few that seriously impressed me and a couple that let me down (as you can tell, this is a frequent go-to when I see it). This bottle's in the middle, where it maybe should be for a review proper.

**re-reviewed on 04/15/2013

Hazy, sediment-laden dirty amber color. Soapy lip of greasy suds.

Spicy aromas of pepper and ginger and sweet lemongrass. Citrusy and floral tones are rather playful in the nose. Sweet and carefully malty. Weak on fruity elements. Perhaps a hint of tangerine.

Lemongrass is right upfront, a lovely addition to a Belgian ale such as this one. Complex spice character with a mild, and never biting, flavor of fresh ginger, Thai basil, and white pepper. Orange essence offers rind-like tang, and simple juicy sweetness. Floral hops are in the background.

Light carbonation and a supple medium body. High drinkability. No booziness.

Needs the additional ingredients to make it delicious. Not a well-crafted ale, just a great recipe.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 13:56:38 | More by thecheapies
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased to-go from the Craft Ale House for around $2. Poured into my nonic pint glass and after swirling up the yeast, appears a cloudy bright honey amber color with about an inch of off white foam. Smells and tastes of citrus fruits such as lemon and orange, mildly spicy yeast, lots of floral notes, and biscuits. A bit thin bodied with medium carbonation. I'm curious to find out the ABV of this one as it is quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 05:31:39 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Arbitrator

California

1.7/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from seans86. Thanks Sean!

A: Pours a cloudy deep golden body with a very poorly retaining off-white head. No lace.

S: Candied ginger and flower petals.

T: Candied ginger, rose, and just the barest hint of spice (clove?) before progressing into a watery finish. I'll score the watery characteristic in the mouthfeel, but the reason I'm unimpressed with the taste is how dominant the candied ginger is. The combination of this and rose-water flavor reminds me of an Indian sweetmeat, actually. It's very interesting for the first few ounces and rapidly tapers off after that.

M: Remarkably watery flavor. I thought maybe it was too cold, so I let it warm up, but the sips remained ginger-flavored at the front end and sorely lacking at the back end.

D: I wound up pouring it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 20:53:30 | More by Arbitrator
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly cloudy (unfiltered) golden yellow color. It poured with a short lived fizzy head.

s: What a strange smelling beer. I got a little something peppery, some ginger I think, a bit of something mustily floral, and a little burned plastic. These all tied together pretty well.

t: I've used the word floral often to describe how a beer tastes. I'll use it here and I've never meant it more. This tastes like what I imagine ground up petals tastes like. There are suggestions of other spices, I tasted cola and maybe a little clove. There is some not unpleasant burned plastic at the end.

m: Fizzy, soda like carbonation. Very refreshing.

d: These guys have made two of the stranger brews I've tried. I liked this quite a bit and I can see myself having more, but I love the uniquely bizzare Rowhouse Red more.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 18:12:44 | More by DIM
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazed golden honey color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a ring with little lacing. Aroma of floral hops, light spices, yeast, light citrus. Body is fairly thick, lightly carbonated, light hop finish before turning slightly watery. Flavor starts off with a bang off citrus rind, biscuit malt before becoming slightly flowery with a light hop bite. Something in the finish isn't very satisfying however as that all disappears and finishes slightly watery. Starts off strong, and overall is very refreshing, but just loses steam in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 19:21:00 | More by yourefragile
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aerozeppl

New York

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My friend gave me this bottle and said he does not know if it is the worst beer he ever had

A:Hazy golden color with quite a bit of yeast floating in suspension. Poured with a little bit of white head that did not last long.

S: Flowers and spices. White pepper. One of those I don't know if I love or hate the smell of this beer for sure.

T: Fairly spicy. The flowery thing going on is interesting. Again I do not know if I love or hate this beer. Quite a bit of esters. A little bit of an off taste in the finish. Then it tastes like an all malt lager. Strange.

M: Super light body. Carbonation is a little bit less than I would like it to be.

D: I really do not know. It really is a love it or hate it kind of beer and I am somewhere in the middle.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 22:46:10 | More by aerozeppl
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp pale straw color... Thin fizzy white head... Ample amounts of moderate paced carbonation...

S - Honey... Lemon... Wheat... A vague but pleasant spiciness...

T - A lovely spiciness... Ginger... Coriander... Pepper... Clove... Lemon grass... Biscuit... Earthy notes... Grain... Hints of citrus... Excellent balance...

M - Crisp... Light bodied... Refreshing... Lots of tingly carbonation on the tongue...

D - Excellent summer brew... Easy drinking... Highly sessionable... A much appreciated interesting brew from Philadelphia Brewing Company...

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 19:23:52 | More by philbe311
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Fleur De Lehigh from Philadelphia Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.