Omer Traditional Blond - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Bockor N.V. visit their website
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 DexterP236
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Campodog
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of IPA35
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden beer with lots or carbonation. Big white head that dissappears too quick because I was unable to properly clean the glass. Hazy when the yeast is poured.

Light malts that are quire present, yeast ofcourse as is normal for the style, some fruitiness with citrus and even some apples and pears and also spice. Quite delicate. I am drinking this rather cold so perhaps it will open up a little more later.

it is quite malty, a fruitiness from the yeast and a medium bitterness. Hard to describe but its good.

A medium body and good carbonation.

Overal a nice balanced beer. If you find it try it. Won't blow your mind but this is a solid beer.

Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of WillCarrera
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden straw color, lively carbonation produces a big frothy white head. Good lacing.

S- Big hay-like smells, lots of yeast, some grain, booze, lemon peel. The smell opens up a lot more once the beer warms.

T- I let this warm up for a while before drinking it. Booze flavors are prominent with a considerable amount of spice, is nicely warming. Pear and apple back this up. Malts are grainy and light, semi-sweet. Hops are grass-like with some pepper. Yeast funk provides a nice foundation.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, prickly feel, dry finish.

O- A very nice beer, enjoyable to drink, the flavors really open up on this one as it warms, definitely worth a try.

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.

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.

Photo of spacemanvt
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

Photo of jtdolla911
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ErwinGS
5/5  rDev +37.4%

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

Photo of ales4baldo
5/5  rDev +37.4%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Omer Traditional Blond from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.