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Omer Traditional Blond - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 225
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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 tbeckett
2.16/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Recommended by the bartender at One Pint Pub in Helsinki and consumed there. From notes.

A - Pours with a hazy copper colour and a fluffy, pillowy, white head that fades to a cool ice cream scoop in the middle. Leaves thick lacing at the top too.

S - Yeasy with some orange notes like a Belgian Pale Ale would be but nothing more than that really. Strong but not complex.

T - Woah. This was rough. Yeast, orange, and alcohol make up the taste with the yeast and alcohol notes mixing in a very unpleasant way which I didn't like at all. Like licking a floor in a way.

M - Dry finish leading to a sweet lingering note. Medium carbonation and a light to medium body. Lingering cardboard flavour was mixed in there too. Kinda rough and a little weird.

O/D - Not a good tasting beer. Shame really. That mix of unpleasant flavours just didn't sit well with me and I was unhappy to have tried this.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rick at Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles raved about this one, which he rarely does; thus, had to try it despite being forced into the purchase of a 4-pack.

Pours clear gold with amber tones and a nice and somewhat lasting pure white head. Nice looking and inviting.

Nose is huge assertive esters; fresh pear/peaches and assertive banana and candi sugar. Gets to a point where it smells like strong sweet lemon pie filling. Pleasant if you like a really sweet nose.

Mouthfeel is creamy with medium to full body and an elegant champagne carbonation. Flavors are of sweet white bread and sweet steamed "dessert dim sum." Some of the sweetness in the nose and mouth is clearly from the high alcohol - that simple "sugar" sweetness.

Flavors are not bad, yet I can't imagine drinking a glass of this. The nose is so sweet it's almost cloying and it obviously affect the taste so that while the beer is not sweet, one has the impression of drinking a very sweet and cloying drink.

Finish is a bit herbal green, light celery and, finally, without sweetness! Finish is the best part of this one. All in all, just way too sweet in character to drink, while not being a "sweet beer."

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.69/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From BBF 2011. 11.2oz bottle poured into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger frothy white head with decent retention. Beer is a clear, bright yellow. Lacing is stringy and spotty and thick with good cling. A good looking beer.

Nose is corn adjuncts, apple, and some citrus. Moderately aromatic but this one doesn't smell right for the style.

Opens sweet corn. Adjunct flavors. Some odd skunkiness. Yeasty towards the middle with some citrus, pineapple, and more corn towards the end. Really not much going on here. Finish is yeasty and sweet with a spicy aftertaste. Not good considering the style.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat watery and bubbly in the mouth and tingly and abrasive going down. Finish is accented with a short, lingering aftertaste. Decent.

A really poor example of the Strong Pale Ale style. Not overly complex with a just-about-average nose and feel. With all the other solid offerings floating around, this is one Belgian that I won't bother revisiting.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
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....

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Photo of Nickls
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a decent pure white head, but the retention is pretty poor. Slightly hazy golden marigold color.

The aroma has a lot of sweetness in it; pears, some yeastiness; touch of grass. Not a whole lot going on, and very sweet to my nose for the style. Sweetness carries over into the taste as well, with hints of candied sugar; back to the pear; not picking up on the yeast in the flavor. Boring, too sweet, does give some warming alcohol notes over a lighter body with fizzy carbonation. This is neither interesting, or great-flavored. Not a brew that I would revisit.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice.

Appearance - Clear golden body with a nice white head. Never fully settles and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell - Ugh. Fusel alcohol, Belgian yeastiness and sugar. Pale malt all over and I think a touch of skunk.

Taste - A marked improvement. Much more banana and clove esters. The malt is still fairly one-note, but it has a little bit of depth when combined with the sugar and yeast flavors. Bready. Still has a fusel alcohol burn in the back, though.

Mouthfeel - Tastes light, but it's pretty heavy for the style. Much bigger than a Blonde ale, even by Belgian standards. That alcohol bite is a bit much, too.

Overall - From the aroma, I thought I'd be drainpouring this. The taste is a marked improvement, but doesn't elevate it to anything interesting.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold color with a faint white head that fades leaving some lacing around the glass.

Smells is fruity

Taste is sweet, and yeasty. Dry finish with a sweet lingering aftertaste.

I really don't like this beer it taste like sweet'n low.

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle. Freshness date is listed as "30/07/14."

Pours a familiar appearance that I've seen in other blond Belgian styles, as well as strong pale ales. Golden yellow, and excellent carbonation that provides it a gigantic head. It's bottle conditioned, but you wouldn't be able to tell with how clear this beer looks. What is undeniable is that this beer looks good and desirable.

When it comes to aroma, however, there's something far less intriguing going on. In essence, it contains a malty, biscuity smell that does not at all remind of top fermented yeast, as the bottle claims it contains. It contains the bready notes of various lagers I've had over time. This isn't necessarily a problem, but it doesn't help the fact that there's only a mere light sugary smell (at 8% ABV, no less!) and barely a bitter kick to it. There's not much really going on here.

The taste only further confirms the beer's slight blandness. It tastes as bready as it smells, and even contains the redeemable factor of holding a slightly fruity taste reminiscent of white grapes. The hoppy vibe is decent, but slightly fleeting. There is no sweetness whatsoever to this beer, which is extremely surprising due to it's high ABV. Very watery in feel. A slightly underwhelming dry, carbonated finish. Easy to drink, that's for sure, but not too exciting overall.

I haven't explored blonds as much as other Belgian styles, but I enjoy them all the same. I don't know whether or not this is a "traditional" style of strong pale ales, but as an avid fan of Duvel, I can say that this is not a very great example of the style. The fact that it contains an unbalanced feel and flavor, as well as this much alcohol that got me slightly tipsy by the end is an unpleasant combination of factors. I made a stew with the remaining yeast of this beer, and even then it didn't add much considerable flavor to the recipe. This beer would work better at 5-6% ABV, and with slightly more sweetness. That way, it would still be just as refreshing and perhaps far more balanced.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at Julio's Belgian Beer Fest on August 14, 2011. It pours mainly a yellow color with pretty good clarity and a thin fizzy head that diminishes quickly into a ring around the glass. I found the aroma unimpressive for its style. It had a grassy note that remidned me more of a pilsener. Maybe I caught some thin hops in the mix. The body was in the medium range and the taste offset the grassy nose with a sweeter sensation and a slight hopped ending.

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Photo of impending
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a clear dull golden yellow, pure white head towers, excellent lacing. After it recedes a cool snow mound remains in the center for a long time.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty, fruity and clean.

Taste begins sweet, finishes dry. Very yeasty. No real flavor definition of note. A tiny bitterness comes forward at the close of the aftertaste. Generally, the aftertaste evaporates quickly to a lingering echo. Subtle but obvious alcohol flavor contribution. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of Travlr
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw colored with a huge meringue pie style head that slowly caves in to reveal scant lacing.
S: Aroma of black pepper and anise.
T: Flavor has lots of malts, but with bitterness from start to finish. Not very complex.
M: Average body.
D: An uninspired blonde ale.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a light pale gold, similar to a pilsner or filtered apple juice. With lots of carbonation, it leaves a 1 1/2 finger head.

The nose is fairly ordinary with herbal notes and faintly discerned yeasts.

The mouth is also a little bland with hops, bubblegum, and subtle Belgian yeast flavors.

Overall this beer is very light, very crisp, quite drinkable if a tad ordinary, and goes down very easily. It never once reveals its high alcohol content, which can be very dangerous for such a light beer.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle, BBD 10/7/12. Pours a completely clear straw yellow with a thick white head that disappears fairly quickly. Nice lacing. Fruity, sugary smell with quite a bit of pear. Slight breadiness and some light spice. Very sweet, yeasty taste without much depth. Very slight bitterness at the end. Light-medium body. Characterless and unenjoyable.

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Photo of tittymcj
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was a big, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Aroma was dominated more by malt than anything else, with hints of yeast.

T: Like the smell, the taste was very malt-heavy. There was a little light fruit and some Belgian yeast, but little else. Not necessarily a bad flavor, but definitely one-dimensional.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a beer with some decent qualities, but is very uneven. Drinkable, but not something I'd readily come back to.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this out of a bomber into a crystal white wine glass.It may be that I have too high of a standard but this seemed a little subpar to me for a Belgian blond. The smell is very fruity and also has an odor of yeast. The taste is rather common- has the usual malt profile of a blond, no real hop flavor. It is sweet but not very complex. The best thing it has going for it is its excellent head retention and good carbonation. This is not a beer I would buy again- tremens is certainly of a higher caliber.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was another new offering at the downtown Spec's yesterday, so I picked one up. Let's see what this one has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellow gold color with a huge 3" head of fluffy white foam that was maintained and enhanced by a vortex of bubbles rising in my tulip. After the pour, the head just kept growing and I am starting to wonder if it is going to stay in the glass. Once the head finally starts to fall, you can see that there is some thick stripes of lace left behind.

Aroma: The aroma through the foam is pretty reserved with some hops making it through and a little bit of wheat and biscuit notes from the malt. The aroma is so light, it almost smells like there were adjuncts used in this beer, which may not be bad, but not necessarily a good sign that I can tell from the aroma as it is very slightly reminiscent of Budweiser.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. It has some hops mixed with some mild malt and what seems like some adjuncts. When I was smelling the beer, it seemed more like Rice sugar as it didn't have a huge profile, but in the flavor I am clearly getting corn. The body is thin with high carbonation, so it comes across the palate quick and light with some fizziness at the end that dances on the back of the tongue to hide the alcohol. Though the hops are pretty big in the aroma, they are reserved in the bittering so that they provide a bit of balance, but the sweetness and carbonation are in charge of the finish completely.

Opinion: Overall the visual presentation of this beer is good, but the flavor doesn't support the appearance at all. I don't know, it is quite hollow for a Blond. The adjuncts seemed to take the fore-front with this beer. I really like Belgian Blond's, but I am not sure what all they would have to do to fix this beer. I would start with reducing the adjuncts since they aren't trying to make a Tripel, and then maybe a very slightly less aggressive yeast would do the trick. Either way, this is a decent beer, and I will finish the bottle, but I won't be buying this one again any time soon.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: Looks the way beer should look..well at least a blond ale should look, blonde with 1" white head. Is pretty thick at first but settles steadily.

Smell: I am sorry but this beer has nothing going for me except the small scent of dry hops. disappears and poof you're wondering what am I smelling. Like smelling a cheasper lager in all honesty.

Taste: Taste totally different than what it smells. Dry hops, heavily fermented yeast and comes off smoother than water.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not too bubbly but maybe a little dry, Seems just right for this beer.

Overall: Definitely try it, and to most golden beer drinkers you will like it....hey you will really probably love it! This beer would be rated higher if it emphasized aroma, comes off cheap but taste like a treasure. Hope you all enjoy and drink with love.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear gold with a pillowy white head. Plenty of effervescence is noticeable in the glass. A glowing, lively-looking ale.

S: Very nondescript and relatively lager-like. Grain, grass, lemon, and honey are detectable once the beer warms a bit.

T: Notes of grain, lemon, white pepper, cream, biscuits, honey, grass, and herbs are accompanied by a strong punch of alcohol. The finish is intoxicating and peppery with lemon, honey, and alcohol notes underscored by a delicate graininess.

M: Full-bodied, very dry, and prickly. The active carbonation is a bit distracting, while the insistent and fiery alcoholic character of this beer renders it less than drinkable. A little out of whack.

O: This is a move in the right direction for Bockor, a brewery that has (in my opinion) played it safe for far too long. This beer's clean, sterile character reminds me of some of the older commercial Belgian pale ales (Ginder Ale and Vieux Temps among others). Though this is not the best strong pale ale one is likely to have, it is still a pretty nice beer in its own right.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -5%
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.

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

Bottle 330ml.

Clear light to medium yellow orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, light hoppy, moderate to light heavy yeasty, soap, fruity, light alcohol. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Yellow in color with a huge 1 inch head and great retention and great circular lacing

Smell: Barnyard funk that I associate with Belgian beers and just a bit of apple on the finish

Taste: Belgian yeast funk upfront with some light peach and apple notes picking up the back end a bit lack luster

Mouthfeel: This body and crazy amounts of carbonation

Overall: A decent blonde not good or great but worth drinking

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Photo of SalMineo
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great beer for the price.

Pour-Nice solid golden haze with a great amount of head on it.

Smell-Had a terrific belgian golden smell not too spicy or too much going on.

Taste-Great taste but kinda of plain a little bit of heavy spices towards the end but not too much.

Mouth feel-Solid and definitely tingling.

All in all I like it. It's a pretty good beer.

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Omer Traditional Blond from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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