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Omer Traditional Blond - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

Omer Traditional BlondOmer Traditional Blond

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BA SCORE
82
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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.93%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: philipquarles on 10-02-2009)
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Geiseman

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Omer is Nuance!
At first sip you notice Omer's effervescence, the bubbles are less then Deus but more than Duvel. Perfect
As the bubbles die the next sensation a light spice!
This burst of flavor is the signature of this Belgian Ale
To me it has a light spice to friends they claim light fruit, and that is the magic of Omer - Nuance
This is so good you drink 2 like a session beer and then Omer's
8% alcohol kicks in and your brains says "slow down there tiger"
Omer was named after the founder Omer Vander Ghinste (1892)
The word omer is a the Biblical unit of measure for dry grain
I wonder if he was aware of the irony for a brewer to be named Omer

This is world class!
Married or not you will fall in love with this Belgian Blond
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 19:20:46 | More by Geiseman
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ccrida

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Omer is gold with a extremely large, fluffy white head, very rocky settling, lots of chunky, foamy lace.

Smell is a delicious, delicate perfume of clean sweet cereals and tropical fruit esters, with a light waft of herbal hops.

Taste follows suit almost exactly, and is just a hair more subdued. Clean, delicate, classic blonde. World class.

Mouthfeel is very light, crisp but not sharp. Perhaps a touch over-carbonated.

Drinkability is very high. This used to be my go to beer style before I moved to PDX and starting sweating IPA - this fine specimen reminds me why.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 23:00:32 | More by ccrida
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jefe2

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

People panning this beer are on crazy pills, this is an outstanding belgian golden ale, really exceptional.

a - golden, slightly amber orange, white bubbly head.
s - floral, sweet candy malts, slight bit of sweet wine vinegar and sweet tart and sweet sugary grapes.
t - sweet floral belgian golden, slight bit of artisan honey bitterness, little bit of sweet tart candy sweetness. Some mild vinegar acidity up front, but grape sweetness quickly takes over. Outstanding sweet belgian golden, sweet as Lucifer but dryer and airier, and with a touch of sweet white wine vinegar and a hint of bitter honey, and a subdued but warming alcohol presence.
m - dry light airy mouthfeel, very nice.
d - outstanding, floral, sweet but dry and airy belgian golden ale. The raw honey bitterness might build over time reducing long term drinkability, but otherwise extremely drinkable, dangerously so for the high alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 04:39:46 | More by jefe2
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mrdonno1970

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma- Subtle malt aroma. Light biscuit notes.

Appearance- Bright golden with a really nice billowy collar of foam.

Taste- Very nice sublime taste. Nice malty backbone with gentle hop flavors. I appreciate the dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Very lively. Great carbonation from the bottle conditioning. It has a "champagne" like feel.

Overall- A great example of a Belgium Strong Blonde. I was fortunate to have this beer poured correctly by the bartendar. They used the Omer style glass. It really brought out the aroma and presented the beer in a way that takes beer to the level of fine wine. I will be drinking this again!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:30:28 | More by mrdonno1970
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zlel

Portugal

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 33 served in its own glass.

Clear gold colour, almost like a lager. High carbonation, excellent lasting foam.

Smells like lime with some spice.

Tastes like citrus fruits, quite bitter as it should. Spices are still there. In the beginning it seems lighter, then you feel the alcohol arriving.

This is definitively one of my favourite Belgian beers. Alcohol, smothness, biterness, all seems to match very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 16:48:02 | More by zlel
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acelin

Kansas

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, creamy yellow. Medium white head, with amazing lacing.

Nose is full of unmalted wheat, faint white bread, sugar.

Beautiful pale malts, with their sugary brioche like bread flavor. Faint wheat, creamy, light. Sweet, with a dry finish that is sparkling and tart.

Mouthfeel is creamy, high in carbonation, and masks the alcohol well.

Overall a fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:34:00 | More by acelin
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Omer, gold award winner of the World Beer Cup 2010, made me very curious.
33 cl. bottle.

Looks pale golden, with a good fluffy white head. Decent carbonation, good lacing.
Smell is a bit faint, but pleasant of citric hops.
Taste is good: malts, citric hops, some spice notes like pepper and clove.
This beer has a real bite to it. The alcohol is well hidden, the aftertaste is long lasting bittersweetness.

Drinking a bit more of this, it gains in significance: the spicyness is really great.
Nice and demanding experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 13:38:52 | More by RuudJH
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at 't Brugs Beertje, Bruges, Belgium on 3/18/2010.

A- Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass with a nicely retained, rocky white head, and some fabulous lacing. The body was a well-carbonated clear yellow color. Hard to picture a better looking Belgian Pale Ale.

S- Crisp crackerlike malt character, Belgian yeast aromatics, and big doughy aromas comprise a very rich nose. Some faint whiffs of stale hops in there as well...

T- A nice replicate of the nose- malty and doughy, complimented by classic Belgian yeast esters. Some booziness (non-offensive) kicks in midway and lasts through the finish.

M- A surprisingly full body, slightly creamy in texture, complimented by a silky soft carbonation. The carbonation is abundant, but non-bloating.

D- Goes down smooth enough- at least until the alcohol catches-up on you.

Note: This beer was a pleasant surprise. The other reviews here led me to expect a much more underwhelming experience... Don't know if I had a different batch or what, but this was certainly a good beer... one that I would recommend to anyone that likes Belgian Strong Pale Ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 01:46:48 | More by jgasparine
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle was poured into an Omer tulip that came in the gift pack.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy billowy head. It has reduced partially and left some crazy lacing on the glass. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and vision of gently moving bubbles coming up the glass.

Smell: Bready malts, vanilla, spices, Belgian candy, grassy hops, yeasty esters, and some alcohol.

Taste: Everything mentioned above with some lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, subtle bitterness, and quite enjoyable.

Overall: A really nice BSPA. Awesome gift pack and can't wait to enjoy the second bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 04:08:01 | More by Flounder57
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Omer Traditional Blond Ale, Brewery Bockor, 8% ABV., Omer, 1892. Brewed in Belgium, refermented in the bottle.

Clear golden hue, slim white head. Looking the part.

Aroma starts with spice and citrus. Lemon and pepper, with that added something extra funky from the Belgian yeast.

Tasting it: As above, so below. Sparkles on the palate, delivers more fruit and more spice. Sweet malt rises high in character, easily matched by hops. Malt and yeast rush back in, and deliver that special something.

I like this a lot, really, I do. Easily the match of many Belgian blonds and goldens.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 09:00:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a tulip a light straw color with tons of puffy white head that sticks to the glass beautifully.

Nose is a pilsner grassyness with hints of Belgian yeast and peachy citrus.

A sip is crisp and clean - lightly bodied with lots of chewy carbonation that spreads the sweet herbal malt/Belgian spice, bread, and earthy bitterness across the tongue. Dry finish, subtle warming from the abv.

Can't figure out why this isn't reviewed better - it's two clicks away from a Duvel. Slightly less drinkable, but right on for the style. B- average for a World Beer Cup winner? For shame.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:51:02 | More by OldIronLungs
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diamondc

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Classic Belgian Pale Ale looks, golden, rocky head, spiderweb lacing, good head retention.

S: Very fruity, grapes, pears, kiwi, some grassy hop aromas after a few swirls.

T: More fun fruit flavors, green apple & honey notes come out when warmed up and a pleasant grassy hop flavor at the end.

M: Really easy drinking, brisk carbonation, can't taste the alcohol at all.

O: A really good Belgian strong pale ale. Paired up great with some real English cheddar. Not up there with Duvel or overly complex compared to other Belgian ales, but worthy of multiple purchases.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 05:50:03 | More by diamondc
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billshmeinke

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Pours pale clear golden body. Three fingers of head. Good retention and lacing. Typical of the style.

Green apple, fruity esters, rustic bread, and fresh cut grass.

Taste follows smell. Sweet and estery. Green apples and pear. A touch alcoholic. Grainy with an herbal and grassy finish.

Full bodied, dry, well carbonated. Good mouthfeel for the style.

An overall good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 04:09:27 | More by billshmeinke
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was an ice light and cloudy amber color with a decent amount of haze to it and a nice three inches of head that came up and over the top, settling down and leaving a good amount of lacing. Aroma of light spice, peach, pear and a hint of herbal flower notes that seem to come across quite nicely, though a touch light. Nice light body and clean finish has all the touches of a nice strong Belgian pale. Light yeast, smooth and even flavors mingled together quite nicely I have to say. Light dry finish with a touch of grape and pear

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 01:38:43 | More by mikesgroove
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl. Bottle dated 18/10/14, best before.  Brewed at Bockor brewery. Clear lacing. White head. Lightly hazy straw. Aroma is sweet candy sugary, slight citrus. Taste, light and refreshing. Alcohol perfectly hidden. Dominated by a delicious Belgian yeast flavor with some bitterness, touch of lemon and an ever so slight dash of horse blanket. Tasty. Great beer. 

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 02:12:10 | More by KickbacksSteve
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, pouring this beer you definitely need to give it some time for the carbonation to settle...
A clear golden body with tremendous effervescence. The white, fluffy, 2 inch head sits on top like a king's crown, but also showcases various bits of sediment that was sucked up from the bottom or never made it through the head to begin with. Obviously there is emerson's glue style lacing.
The beer's nose is an intense amount of yeast fruitiness with some undertones of sweetness. The taste follows suit with a super fruity, clean tasting golden ale. Alcohol? 8.0? Barely noticeable when it's still cold, but given a little time to warm reveals the beast behind the beauty.
The beer's mouthfeel is very carbonated, but it's not necessarily out of place with a beer that's supposed to be light and drinkable. The alcohol is well masked behind the beer's intense yeastiness and honey sweetness. The aftertaste is a slightly biting and bitter, but it's generally as sweet and fruity as the beer's taste and smell. It's a very clean tasting beer.
Overall it's priced aruond $5/12oz bottle, which is steep, but worth trying. It's nothing that blew me away, but is simple and well made.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 00:21:45 | More by ThePorterSorter
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DavidST

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet, unknown freshness date. This pours a slightly hazy, light golden or a yellowish color with a lace leaving small one finger head with long retention and a white color. The smells are great very fruity, lots of ripe banana oranges, bread malts. The feel is medium lots of carbonation. The taste is pretty good lots of fruit and a nice sweetish taste with a long dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:38:08 | More by DavidST
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage Tasting earlier today. 11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Crystal clear corn yellow with creamy white head.

Needed to warm it up for a moment but then it revealed lots of stone fruit (peaches) on the nose. Palate is explosive with carbonation and flavors are fruity with a dodge & hide Duvel-like corn husk flavor. Pleasantly bitter finish.

This one surprised me with how good it was once it warmed up a touch.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 00:25:55 | More by SFLpunk
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a marvelously clear pale straw golden color with 3 big fingers of fluffy white, whipped creamy head with excellent staying power. A constant uprush of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass give this a very lively appearance.

S - Spicy, herbal and grassy hop aromas, light kiss of malt sweetness, healthy dose of bread, noticeable alcohol and a bit of Belgian yeastiness. I would almost say this smells like an imperial pils.

T - Fruity Belgian yeast character, some cloves, herbal. Malt still noticeable as a bready base layer, but it is hidden a bit by the spiciness and yeasty flavors. Sharp bitterness, medium level, crisp. Slow alcohol warmth/burn left on the back of the throat after the swallow.

M - Soft, mellow lighter side of medium body. Carbonation is assertive and crisp...lots of tingle in the mouth.

O - Solid, smooth pale Belgian ale. Quite drinkable...noticeably warm alcohol but not too much...still goes down fine. Clean and crisp character overall...still thinking of this one as a strong pils maybe secondary fermented with Belgian yeast. Belgian-ness is there, but a bit subtle. Good, but not great. Glad to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 21:32:30 | More by portia99
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IPA35

Netherlands

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden beer with lots or carbonation. Big white head that dissappears too quick because I was unable to properly clean the glass. Hazy when the yeast is poured.

Light malts that are quire present, yeast ofcourse as is normal for the style, some fruitiness with citrus and even some apples and pears and also spice. Quite delicate. I am drinking this rather cold so perhaps it will open up a little more later.

it is quite malty, a fruitiness from the yeast and a medium bitterness. Hard to describe but its good.

A medium body and good carbonation.

Overal a nice balanced beer. If you find it try it. Won't blow your mind but this is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 18:22:14 | More by IPA35
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nimrod979

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle marked "24 06 14" No idea what that means. Poured into a Stella glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a billowing white almost three finger head. Retention never lets up and leave a one finger pillow on top of the glass with suds stuck all over my glass.

Aroma: Light crisp malt. Herbal, floral hop notes. Slight hints of banana.

Taste: Crisp pale malt once again. Starts off with a little sweet pear, apple and banana fruitiness. Yeasty. Quick bite of hops bitterness hits before going down so smooth.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Carbonation is med-high. Surprised this blonde has some complexity to it yet, feels so simple and easy going to drink. The ABV shows it self a tad more as it warms and finishes with a dry yeasty malty sweetness. Well made but probably wouldn't seek out again. Paid $5.99 for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 23:03:50 | More by nimrod979
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Marc_V


3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Belgian Beer Shop.
The beer is hazy golden with moderate carbonation. It forms a nice thick white head that disappears rather quickly.
The aroma is very inviting with lots of fruitiness (banana). It is very like a typical Belgian style triple.
The taste is also very triple like with lots of yeastiness, fruity accents and a touch of hops.
Not complex at all, an easy drink.
Clear alcohol presence.
Finish is quite bitter and dry.
Overall this is a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 23:03:33 | More by Marc_V
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Pilsner first- everything else can wait". At least that's the way Bockor brewers think as they favor the malt-forward character of more genuine Belgian ales as they push the fruit-spice balance to the background. Rustic, raw, and classy as hell!

Deep gold in color, the ale is cast with a very mild haze that gives the ale an even deeper hue. A billowing head erupts from the pour and is slow to settle. But as it does, it collapses into a rocky white head of foam that retains persistently and laces with spiderwebbing.

Firmly rooted in the bready scent of pilsner malt, the nose awakes with grain, honey, dough and fresh baking bread. Following are a melange of scent that include grass, apple, lemon, white pepper and floral undertones.

Then to taste, much of the same happens- the high crisp sweetness of pilsner malt creates a bready-sweet taste with light honey and hay. Layers of fruit and spice start with pepper and apple but end with mild clove and lemon-like acidity. Closing with light detergent and alcohol spice, the taste ends up pleasantly herbal and minty.

Medium-light in body, the fullness of malt is lifted by the abundance of carbonation. As the bubbles push the beer off the tongue, it ushers in a swift crack acidicty and mineral bite. This keeps the textures crisp, clean, and much more refreshing than an 8% beer should. Finising warm, spicy, and earthy- a linger of fruit and spice keeps a winey linger on the mouth.

The ale doesn't only pay tribute to classic and rustic stronger Pale Ales, it continues the trend of churning out authentic pale tastes from sip til finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 04:57:18 | More by BEERchitect
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DenverLogan

Colorado

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Corked bottle...poured in chalice.
Big pop...pours a clear white gold.
Significant head with medium sized bottles. A small layer of smaller bubbles lasts until the end.
Aroma of sweet malts, wheat, subtle banana notes.
Big carbonation in the mouthfeel. Needs to open up.
After five minutes the head still remains, aroma is still sweet, and mouthfeel is still big!
Flavors of sweet malt, candy sugar, white pepper, slight grapefruit rind, citrus hops, powdered sugar, amber malts, French bread....I'll let sit another five minutes.
Yeah...a little time helps reduce the big carbonation that in the beginning gets in the way of tasting this brew. This blond is not smooth and easy, nor rough, but has enough body and unique esters from the yeast and overall recipe to give it intrigue. As I drink it I notice...it doesn't just flow down the hatch. That said, you notice this beer from the tasty nuggets and the unexpected mouth tantalizers. Overall tasty, big bodied, refreshing, and challenging in a beer hunter fun manner...not for everyone, but I appreciate the experience.
After opening up this brew will go well with salads, cheese, mussels, scones and cakes, amongst other culinary treats.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:07:31 | More by DenverLogan
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that slowly died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose (apples seem to stand out in particular) along with some hints of peppery spices. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness. Faint hints of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style and is also quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 18:10:49 | More by metter98
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Omer Traditional Blond from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.