Omer Traditional Blond - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 29 | 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 ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

Photo of Geiseman
4.93/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Omer is Nuance!
At first sip you notice Omer's effervescence, the bubbles are less then Deus but more than Duvel. Perfect
As the bubbles die the next sensation a light spice!
This burst of flavor is the signature of this Belgian Ale
To me it has a light spice to friends they claim light fruit, and that is the magic of Omer - Nuance
This is so good you drink 2 like a session beer and then Omer's
8% alcohol kicks in and your brains says "slow down there tiger"
Omer was named after the founder Omer Vander Ghinste (1892)
The word omer is a the Biblical unit of measure for dry grain
I wonder if he was aware of the irony for a brewer to be named Omer

This is world class!
Married or not you will fall in love with this Belgian Blond
Cheers!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Photo of BelgianBeerPope
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably one of the most average beers I have tasted. Is it bad ? Certainly not ! It can actually be a big hit among beer drinkers worldwide, 'cause it has a lot of things 'right' but ... it lacks that 'special' feeling which you can get from certain craft beers.
Overall, a nice every day drinker, a worthy alternative for a Duvel, Tripel Westmalle, Karmeliet, ... but it lacks, to my feeling, a personal identity !

Photo of nimrod979
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle marked "24 06 14" No idea what that means. Poured into a Stella glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a billowing white almost three finger head. Retention never lets up and leave a one finger pillow on top of the glass with suds stuck all over my glass.

Aroma: Light crisp malt. Herbal, floral hop notes. Slight hints of banana.

Taste: Crisp pale malt once again. Starts off with a little sweet pear, apple and banana fruitiness. Yeasty. Quick bite of hops bitterness hits before going down so smooth.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Carbonation is med-high. Surprised this blonde has some complexity to it yet, feels so simple and easy going to drink. The ABV shows it self a tad more as it warms and finishes with a dry yeasty malty sweetness. Well made but probably wouldn't seek out again. Paid $5.99 for this bottle.

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet, unknown freshness date. This pours a slightly hazy, light golden or a yellowish color with a lace leaving small one finger head with long retention and a white color. The smells are great very fruity, lots of ripe banana oranges, bread malts. The feel is medium lots of carbonation. The taste is pretty good lots of fruit and a nice sweetish taste with a long dry finish.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in a tulip. Lots of carbonation. Poured a pale gold with a huge white head. Some bready malt and noble hops in the aroma. Lighter side of medium bodied. Nice depth of malt flavor with a fair amount of hop bitterness. No real Belgian yeast character. More like a helles bock to me. Easy drinking.

Photo of SalMineo
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great beer for the price.

Pour-Nice solid golden haze with a great amount of head on it.

Smell-Had a terrific belgian golden smell not too spicy or too much going on.

Taste-Great taste but kinda of plain a little bit of heavy spices towards the end but not too much.

Mouth feel-Solid and definitely tingling.

All in all I like it. It's a pretty good beer.

Photo of bskrtz
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold in glass beer challis

A) Brass colored hazy blonde ale. Small but long lasting white sudsy head.

S) Baked sour dough bread. Citrus, Banana & clove.

T) Mild and dry considering the alcohol content. Sweet Belgian malt with muted but bitter hops. Surprizingly refreshing and crisp

M) Well balanced, light with ample bottle conditioned fine carbonation.

O) Hard to find but well worth the effort

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, pouring this beer you definitely need to give it some time for the carbonation to settle...
A clear golden body with tremendous effervescence. The white, fluffy, 2 inch head sits on top like a king's crown, but also showcases various bits of sediment that was sucked up from the bottom or never made it through the head to begin with. Obviously there is emerson's glue style lacing.
The beer's nose is an intense amount of yeast fruitiness with some undertones of sweetness. The taste follows suit with a super fruity, clean tasting golden ale. Alcohol? 8.0? Barely noticeable when it's still cold, but given a little time to warm reveals the beast behind the beauty.
The beer's mouthfeel is very carbonated, but it's not necessarily out of place with a beer that's supposed to be light and drinkable. The alcohol is well masked behind the beer's intense yeastiness and honey sweetness. The aftertaste is a slightly biting and bitter, but it's generally as sweet and fruity as the beer's taste and smell. It's a very clean tasting beer.
Overall it's priced aruond $5/12oz bottle, which is steep, but worth trying. It's nothing that blew me away, but is simple and well made.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl. Bottle dated 18/10/14, best before.  Brewed at Bockor brewery. Clear lacing. White head. Lightly hazy straw. Aroma is sweet candy sugary, slight citrus. Taste, light and refreshing. Alcohol perfectly hidden. Dominated by a delicious Belgian yeast flavor with some bitterness, touch of lemon and an ever so slight dash of horse blanket. Tasty. Great beer. 

Photo of IPA35
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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 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
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
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
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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 BlurryVisi0n
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
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 impending
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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 DarthKostrizer
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Photo of mrfrancis
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
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
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Omer Traditional Blond from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.