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Omer Traditional Blond - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: philipquarles on 10-02-2009)
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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Hopdaemon39, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of spacemanvt
4/5  rDev +9.9%

spacemanvt, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

BlurryVisi0n, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of jtdolla911
3/5  rDev -17.6%

jtdolla911, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of impending
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.
cheers
jd

impending, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +9.9%

rekel, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of ErwinGS
5/5  rDev +37.4%

ErwinGS, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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

DarthKostrizer, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of ales4baldo
5/5  rDev +37.4%

ales4baldo, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

mrfrancis, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  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.

flagmantho, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of diamondc
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.

diamondc, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Zorro, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of crossovert
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Accidentally froze it in the freezer overnight but it never solidified, if it sucks then that is the culprit.

It pours a nice clear gold with a big foamy white head. Looks exactly like Duvel.

The smell is kind of meh. It reminds me of the Labatt Dry I just had. Sugary with some alcoholic scents and some Belgian yeast.

The flavor definitely hints at Duvel. This one is perhaps hoppier but otherwise tastes similar, though not as good.

crossovert, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
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

mikesgroove, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
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.

billshmeinke, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of magictacosinus
2.95/5  rDev -19%
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.

magictacosinus, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of portia99
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.

portia99, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of mrdonno1970
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!

mrdonno1970, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of drpimento
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

drpimento, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

puboflyons, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I came across this bottle from someone, I don't know who, at work.
Golden yellow and a lot of haze. Big bubbly white head on top. Some fruity orange with bold spicy yeast. Some pale malts but mainly yeast and orange. Flavor is yeasty spice bread. The orange, from the nose, is subdued. The rest is the bready pale malts and the yeasty spice. The yeast is lighter than the malt. It finishes with a dryness that has a hop character I wasn't expected. It finishes dry and earthy/grass but also slightly citrus. Body was light but had a strong malt character and a lot of carbonation.

DrinkingDrake, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 21, 2011
Omer Traditional Blond from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.