Omer Traditional Blond - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 222
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a grain finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting. (545 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
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." (1,184 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice Slightly hazy blonde ale with a fluffy white head on it. The smell of the beer is has some yeast in there and a bit of a floral aroma. The taste is nice, it's got a light flavor of bread yeast and with the floral hops. The mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated. Overall it's a very refreshing beer and has a good flavor. Worth looking into. (374 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 (536 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a three-finger, bubbly white head of foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grains, a little funk and some yeast.

T - It tasted slightly fruity with a very bitter, spicy bite. Lots of grain and caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a very dry finish.

O - This was a little disappointing. Overdone with spiciness and seemed to lack a defined character. (480 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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 feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden color with a large white head. The aroma has some wheat and a little bit of yeast notes as well as some apples and other light fruit notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of yeast as well as some floral and fruity notes, as well as a little bit of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent enough. (349 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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 DoubleJ
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
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 Alieniloquium
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly chill hazed gold colored ale with a tall white colored head.

Smells fruity and flowery with a little coriander in the background. Smells mildly spicy with no exact spice to lock in on. Best I can describe the fruit aroma as is pears.

Starts out mildly sweet with a slight spiced pear flavor. Still tastes flowery something like rose and honeysuckle mixed together. Overall this is mildly flavored.

Mouthfeel is on the light side.

Overall this is a mildly flavored beer that is best for mildly flavored foods like fruit. (532 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a crystal-clear body and plenty of effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy white foam. Looks good.

Smell: characterless grainy aroma. It reminds me a bit of a macro lager, but without any cooked corn or nastiness -- clean but extremely plain.

Taste: simple but tasty. Lightly sweet malt with a touch of floral fruitiness, backed by a little bit of natural grain flavor and a lightly bitter but mostly empty aftertaste. Like the aroma, there's nothing *bad* here, but it's just not terribly interesting. The light fruitiness up front saves it from being utterly boring, though.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with a bodacious carbonation which yields a mouthful of fizzy creaminess. A little more body would mitigate some of the lightness of the foam and could shoot this thing into "excellent" territory.

Overall: while pretty much without flaws, this beer falls into a drinkable but unremarkable category: boring. (996 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +27.6%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
2.16/5  rDev -40.3%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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 drpimento
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not great. Poured with a mammoth, fluffy, frothy, foamy, billowy, light, off-white head that lasts all the way down and lots of sticky lace. Color is a clear yellow amber with some very slow bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, hop, malt, musty, dry hay. Flavor is similar with sweetness in the fore and bitterness in back and not a lot of tang. Body is a good and light carbonation yielding a certain softness. Finish is like flavor and on the short to medium scale in length and a little alcohol at the very end. Not a session for me; too soft. (549 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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 DarthKostrizer
3.44/5  rDev -5%
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 (420 characters)

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Omer Traditional Blond from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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