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Omer Traditional Blond - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 224
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: philipquarles on 10-02-2009

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Photo of MickyMc
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just drank this and am now drinking a Duvel, purely for purposes of scientific research, because so many people have commented on the similarity between the two beers.

In all honesty there is not a great deal to choose between the two of them, Duvel is slightly smoother and creamier but they are both nice beers.

Living in Belgium I have the luxury of choosing whichever I want in the supermarket and which ever is available in the bar.

I think it's safe to say if you like a Duvel you will be equally satisfied with OMER. (530 characters)

Photo of djura
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 0,33 l

A - Huge white head, creamy. Pale with low carbonation.
S - Refreshing, blond malt aroma with some spicenes.
T/M - Medium carbonation, a bit warm finish but not that much as you could expect from 8% ale. Low bitterness with some pepper aftertaste.

O - Maybe to much alcohol in it, but taste is good. (315 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip.
Pours slightly hazy golden beer with fizzy white head, big bubbles, medium retention.
Smell is bland and metallic, dust, cider, tart cherry, grape, grains.
Taste is heavy, dull, malty, somewhat fruity and yeasty. (231 characters)

Photo of tc232
4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Great alternative to Duvel. Really surprised by the relatively mediocre score this beer gets. Maybe it doesn't travel well? Better taste than the Duvel or recent years. Foam has bigger bubbles and is not as thick as Duvel but I'm ok with that. Try it if you can find it would be my advice (288 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a glass.

Hazy gold with white head. It smells sweet, like white grapes, and tastes like it too. Sweet grain, with a distant trace of spice that increases on the aftertaste. It's alright but not great. (233 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I thought this was a nice example that, while fitting into the Belgian strong pale ale category here, was a bit more like what I expect when I see a Belgian that labels itself as a blond. Nose was subtle, but still had some nice fruit and yeasty notes. The taste was light and refreshing, even at 8%, with a balance of spice, bready malt, and yeast notes. Not a big hitter, but pretty much on the spot for what I was looking for in this style of beer. (454 characters)

Photo of DevAJ
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to come back and revisit this one. It's not quite as bad as I first remembered. Still a solid point behind Kwak, but actually pretty decent. I think part of my previous issue may have been that I didn't pay attention to the directions on how to pour the beer to make it so none of the lees was in the glass. Or maybe since I'm drinking this after mowing the lawn it just tastes pretty good. (400 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy bright orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,466 characters)

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer of a nice look but a lot disappointing.
It has an extremely golden color and a nice whitey foam.
Smell and taste are somewhat neutral.. I have nothing special to say.
This beer is also not well balanced, alcohol is easily perceptible. Well.. at least it has a nice bitterness. (281 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

07/25/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Where do I start? Calls itself a"blond" on the label but once exposed the roots may be somut' else. IMO this is a step above just a blond. How much? I dare not say. One thing I will venture is this is a full bodied brew. The 8% is a dead give away. If you've a choice, keep it for the end of the evening as it comes in under the radar. You've been warned. (399 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear bright yellowish gold beer. Mostly clear with a trace of cloudiness. Left a large white billowy head that slowly receded.

S: Mothballs. Yeah, a bit musky. Also a big golden wheat smell with a steely carbonic note.

T: Starts off big syrupy sweet with honey. Big musk notes shines through the middle with a mellow yellow raisin, prune and big oak flavor. Finishes greasy and oily. With a little iron and steel mineral.

M: Big, wide, heavy and mouth coating. Finishes with a mild tanginess that wipes most of it clean. Not all.

O: Had some great developed dried fruitiness, but a little too much funk and musk over it. It cuts into the refreshing aspect, but it's still tasty. (686 characters)

Photo of byronic
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with intense carbonation resulting in a head that sticks around until the glass is empty! The carbonation is quite interesting to watch as it spirals up from the center of the glass when served in it's own glassware.

The aroma is a bit of a letdown after watching the pour and it's result. Some citrus notes, malts with a touch of yeast.

A nice refreshing and crisp brew. Much less hoppy than expected and the alcohol is barely present.

Light bodied and has a bit of a bite in its aftertaste.

Had this on a whim and it sure paid dividends! (554 characters)

Photo of zlel
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

23rd Sep 2013: bottle poured into the huge Omer glass by Daisy in 't Brugs Beertje.

Looked great, golden and bright with a vast pure white head.

No great aroma, some yeast and light malts with citrus hop hints as it warmed a little.

Taste wise it comes across slightly sweet with a mild hop bite, refreshing and crisp: the alcohol is hidden well and is far too easy to drink. (378 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Got this as a sample from my distributor after he had heard I'd never had this stuff before. Right on. It pours a lightly-cloudy gold topped by a finger or more of white foam. The nose comprises French bread, mild yeast, light black pepper, and a soft breeze of smoothie (made up of banana, orange, and lemon). The taste brings in more of the same, with the yeast and its spices taking center stage, the pepper and its partner clove dialing things up a notch for the performance. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid BSPA, something I could see enjoying while watching a soccer game (if I ever got into soccer, that is). (723 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, candy sugar and quite floral. In the taste, dry candy sugar and dryer floral notes. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry floral and candy sugar notes in the aftertaste. Just above average, but decent. (312 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,605 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and hoppy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity flavour of spices with notes of yeast and hops.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian strong Pale Ale style. (296 characters)

Photo of tittymcj
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a beautiful clear pale yellow/gold. You can see straight through it, as you would with a typical light beer, but this one has a reddish hue and a very light bubbly 2 finger head. Leaves very little on the glass as it recedes.

S: Light and refreshing. Grain and typical belgian smell, but with fruitiness. I sense lemon and maybe cherry, with something to balance it out, almost a vanilla after tone. Enjoyable, but not extremely memorable.

T: Malty. Lots of bread flavor but with a bit of sweetness from that fruit tone that I smelled. The longer you let it sit in your mouth, the more you'll get the subtleties of the taste profile.

M: A bit too bubbly and light for me. It almost evaporates and turns to nothing but carbonation once it hits your tongue. (767 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of Douberd
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, at home. Poured into a tulip glass. ABV 8%.
Deep golden yellow body with a big, three fingers tall white head. Soapy in texture, with very good retention.
Aroma is fruity, with some alcohol traceable and hops as well.
Nice, bitter and hoppy taste. Even more bitter aftertaste, with a short finish. Some bubblegum as well, makes it extra refreshing.
Qite carbonated, medium thick on the body.
Overall, a very nice and tasty beer. (443 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,193 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Several days of drinking hoppy beers requires a break, and a Belgian is one way to go. This Belgian blond comes from a 330 ml bottle. On to the beer:

Just a beautiful contrast between liquid and foam. An inch thich of lush soapy head just sits on top of toasted orange, and in a wide Orval chalice, looks lovely. The aroma is powerful, medicinal, sweet with honey, and fruity like orange flavored Cold-Eeze. Not the best smelling beer I've come acorss.

Not the best tasting either. It tastes disjointed and the overall flavor just isn' t very appealing. There's a little honey at first, which is quickly sappedand turend into a vague bitterness. Wildflowers add a floral accent. Tastes grainy too, which really kills the mood. Probably its best aspect being the 8% alcohol hidden. A light and airy mouthfeel with gentle carbonation is a bit of a moral victory in the scheme of this beer.

No like. I'm going back to the well.... (932 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of acelin
4.32/5  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. (377 characters)

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Omer Traditional Blond from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.