Omer Traditional Blond - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
11-10-2011 17:15:13 | More by flagmantho
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
11-06-2011 05:50:03 | More by diamondc
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
10-31-2011 00:26:02 | More by Zorro
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-24-2011 03:05:21 | More by crossovert
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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
10-20-2011 01:38:43 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
09-30-2011 04:09:27 | More by billshmeinke
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
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
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
09-18-2011 21:32:30 | More by portia99
4.43/5 rDev +21.4%
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!
09-15-2011 23:30:28 | More by mrdonno1970
3.55/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
08-27-2011 23:29:48 | More by drpimento
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
3.55/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
08-07-2011 02:25:23 | More by DrinkingDrake
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
07-21-2011 01:44:54 | More by Mora2000
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
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
06-20-2011 00:13:50 | More by Knapp85
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
06-17-2011 02:27:42 | More by SkeeterHawk
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
06-16-2011 19:35:29 | More by zeff80
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours into a tulip a light straw color with tons of puffy white head that sticks to the glass beautifully.
Nose is a pilsner grassyness with hints of Belgian yeast and peachy citrus.
A sip is crisp and clean - lightly bodied with lots of chewy carbonation that spreads the sweet herbal malt/Belgian spice, bread, and earthy bitterness across the tongue. Dry finish, subtle warming from the abv.
Can't figure out why this isn't reviewed better - it's two clicks away from a Duvel. Slightly less drinkable, but right on for the style. B- average for a World Beer Cup winner? For shame.
06-01-2011 00:51:02 | More by OldIronLungs
4.5/5 rDev +23.3%
People panning this beer are on crazy pills, this is an outstanding belgian golden ale, really exceptional.
a - golden, slightly amber orange, white bubbly head.
s - floral, sweet candy malts, slight bit of sweet wine vinegar and sweet tart and sweet sugary grapes.
t - sweet floral belgian golden, slight bit of artisan honey bitterness, little bit of sweet tart candy sweetness. Some mild vinegar acidity up front, but grape sweetness quickly takes over. Outstanding sweet belgian golden, sweet as Lucifer but dryer and airier, and with a touch of sweet white wine vinegar and a hint of bitter honey, and a subdued but warming alcohol presence.
m - dry light airy mouthfeel, very nice.
d - outstanding, floral, sweet but dry and airy belgian golden ale. The raw honey bitterness might build over time reducing long term drinkability, but otherwise extremely drinkable, dangerously so for the high alcohol content.
05-28-2011 04:39:46 | More by jefe2
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
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured into a snifter glass from a bottle with a best by date of 28.08.13. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear bright shiny golden yellow color. The ¾” white head is creamy and recedes only slowly. The head leaves a ring of foam as it recedes and sipping leaves sheets of lacing and small scattered patches. The head persists as a thin cap for most of the beer.
Smell: The aromas contain some Belgian yeast and a faint hint of citrus and some malty, bready notes and some grassy hops.
Taste: The flavors are malty and bready with some yeast flavors mixed in. There is some grassy bitterness underlying the malt. A touch of alcohol sweetness completes the taste profile.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with lots of carbonation. The finish is medium length and starts with the bready, lightly sweet, malt and fades into a light bitterness that eventually turns dry and disappears.
Drinkability and Overall Impression: I thought this a reasonably drinkable beer that I could have another of, but it was not so good that I’d go out of my way to seek it out as there are others in the category that I enjoy more. My overall impression is of a well made beer that has some nice qualities and that surprises with an intriguing mixture of flavors.
04-16-2011 20:02:59 | More by drtth
3.23/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
04-05-2011 12:05:00 | More by avalon07
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
3.43/5 rDev -6%
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.
03-04-2011 19:34:00 | More by beerpirates
Omer Traditional Blond from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.