Omer Traditional Blond - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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2.08/5 rDev -43%
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.
05-04-2011 13:03:01 | More by tbeckett
2.6/5 rDev -28.8%
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."
03-17-2011 15:30:16 | More by GRG1313
2.68/5 rDev -26.6%
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.
09-22-2011 01:05:33 | More by SpeedwayJim
2.79/5 rDev -23.6%
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....
01-28-2013 07:30:15 | More by DoubleJ
District of Columbia
2.8/5 rDev -23.3%
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.
01-24-2010 18:00:13 | More by Nickls
2.83/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
01-27-2010 19:27:46 | More by weissbierdrinker
2.88/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
09-14-2012 21:19:22 | More by Alieniloquium
2.95/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
09-23-2011 20:50:37 | More by magictacosinus
District of Columbia
3.03/5 rDev -17%
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.
01-08-2010 03:00:29 | More by Travlr
3.03/5 rDev -17%
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.
12-03-2011 00:46:35 | More by impending
3.08/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
08-14-2011 20:18:06 | More by puboflyons
3.08/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
07-03-2011 17:37:44 | More by rinhaak
Omer Traditional Blond from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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