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Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 30
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: THANAT0PSIS on 04-15-2013

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Ratings: 872 | Reviews: 148
Photo of WckdVbz
3.02/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not horrible, but not good either.

Photo of ThaCrax
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think I caught this beer on the perfect day. Unseasonably warm and sunny day in the normally dreary NW. It was just what I wanted, a refreshing summer ale. This is kinda like drinking a flower garden with some herbs and lemon thrown in for good measure... in a good way... but still with dry mouth. The yeast definitely comes through as well. Overall I loved it and I want to try more from this brewery.

Photo of bmeehan
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This feels weird to type...this is the first Ommegang product that hasn't blown me away. It's not a bad beer by any means, but it tastes a lot like a handful of other summer ales I've had. It's not something I'd feel confident being able to pick out of a crowd. That said, it's still crisp like a summer ale should be and it's worth buying again when it's actually summer. I have no earthly idea why it's available in February in Pennsylvania.

Photo of qchic
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow gold with a billowy white head that needs time to settle. Lacing on glass. Smells bright--lemony, floral, herbaceous. Same in the flavor, with the floral aspect most noticeable. Seriously, my dry mouth feels like I've been eating flower petals...but in a good way. Not a lot of complexity, but it is a summer offering. At almost 7%, it's not wimpy, and has stood up to a couple of seasons gone by.

Photo of WellRested518
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Beautiful white head that slowly vanishes completely. The body is a hazy golden-yellow.

S- Floral hops, pepper, dandelion, and lemon. A belgian-styled yeast is prominent. I can almost detect brettanomyces, but I know it's not there. Dry.

T- Follows with sweet floral hops and lemon pith being prominent. Finishes with the hops gaining a bitter quality. Cracker malt

F- Silken for an ommegang, but still over-carbed.

O- I love the flavors that Ommegang can create, but their yeast always falls short on mouthfeel... too harsh. Luckily, Fleur De Houblon is a little more subdued and sophisticated.

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle of Flower of Hops with a BB date stamp of 3/2015.

The pale, hazy golden body is topped by a fine looking near white head that has good retention.

Lemon, yeast, spices and light bread in the nose. Both the aroma and the flavor are flowery and hoppy, but there's an over-abundance of yeast in the nose that detracts a little from my enjoyment, despite the nice fruity elements it brings. Mildly sweet up front and slightly bitter by the finish. Spiciness builds in tasting.

Feel: crisp; semi-dry and slightly over-lively feel. Medium-light body.

O: true to style.

Photo of allengarvin
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: 4.25 - Straw colored, with a lot of yeasty haze, and a dense half inch of very white foam.
S: 4.0 - Lemon fresh fruity scent, and very floral hops.
T: 4.0 - Quite fruity flavor, nicely citrus, with pleasant bitterness and earthy, floral hop flavor. Though it uses the "standard house yeast", I don't get as many spicy phenols as in most Ommegang beers--perhaps fermented at a lower temp?
M: 4.25 - Ommegang always gets mouthfeel right, with lots of carbonation, and a soft, creamy body.
O: 4.0 - Very well-crafted beer, though it doesn't stand out as a favorite among their very high-quality line-up. It's still very good.

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a trappist glass, a hazy golden yellow with a large long lasting white fluffy head. Aroma is of ripe fruit, Belgian yeast, light floral notes. Taste is of ripe fruit, pears, some mild spiced fruity notes, a bit of sweet alcohol, yeast. Palate is crisp medium body with lively carbonation which sits well on the palate. The finish is ripe fruit of pears, mild spice fruit notes, Belgian yeast, has a slight dry sweet alcohol ending with mild bitterness. Overall a very good, flavorful and pleasant drinking brew.

Photo of Gmann
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright hazy golden straw color with a fluffy pure white head that settles into a solid cap leaving some lacing on the glass. Some yeast floaters.

The aroma is of clove and farmhouse, hay and tart lemon. Hints of bubblegum. Nice bright aroma.

The taste is of a light pils malt base. The yeast provides a light clove and heavy hay and farmhouse flavor. Nice tart lemon. Light peppery hop in the finish. Spot on BPA flavors. Lacks a little depth.

The feel is moderate with very fizzy carbonation. The beer drinks very crisp as the malt is fairly light and the beer finishes dry. Drinks quite well despite the 6.8% ABV.

A well made BPA. This stays away from heavy so it drinks quite well. My only complaint is that Ommegang seems to have a bunch of BPA's and they all kind of taste the same.

Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
1/5  rDev -74.9%

Very disappointed with this brew. Taste and aroma were akin to dish soap laced with Pine-Sol. I would sometime like to try this one as a draught, just to compare bottle and tap. Perhaps the 12oz bottle I I sampled was off. I am a huge fan of hops, but just seems that something went wrong with this one. Would be willing to try again, but at this point, I would hardly recommend this beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -4%

Pours bright yellow that tarnishes and with a thick fluffy head of foam. Rich floral nose, fresh meadows. Taste is a balanced oily hoppy taste, very dry finish. Slightly sour. Loads of Belgian like goodness. Quite interesting.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Bottle poured into glass

Billowy white two finger foam cap subsides with very good lacings. Golden yellow, clear liquid with slight carbonation.

Aroma of citrus lemon and grass

Lemony taste on the front of the tongue spreads to the sides. Grassy kick on the side of the tongue. Bitterness on the sides and back . Slight bitterness on the aftertaste

Quite a bit of carbonation on the sip

Another very good beer from Ommegang

Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

07/23/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Finding some taps left from a Belgian promotion I tried a taste comparison of this & d’Achouffe Houblon Chouffe, which is a triple. Due to circumstances beyond my control, (sort of), like limited funds & being dramatically close to my self imposed ABV limit, I ended up with the Ommegang. No regrets but I will be looking out for the Chouffe. It's robust flavor, body & alcohol were impressive but not of the moment. Not out of place by any means, just bad timing. It's even usurped what started a glowing review of the Ommegang. I'll be looking forward to both, equally, in the future.

Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 6.8 % abv and there is a nice short description of the beer.

Appearance: The look of the body is cloudy and the color is a light golden hue. It’s head is tall bright white in color and long lasting. It slowly settles to a thin creamy foam covering which leaves nice lace patterns on the glass.

Smell: Fleur De Houblon has a classic Belgian character. Pale light grain with classic spicey Ommegang yeast mixed with some light citrusy, grassy and spicy hops.

Taste / Palate: The nose and tongue are right on the same page. The base is light pale grain with white pepper and clove like spicy yeast. It also brings a light and pleasant Belgian funk/barnyard note to the mix. Hops add a touch of dryness and mild bitterness along with balanced grassy, floral and citrusy lemon flavor notes. The palate is on and very easy drinking. It feels smooth and creamy yet still lively with carbonation.

Notes: In my opinion Ommegang just keeps on hitting home runs and this is no exception!

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy and earthy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of peppery spices.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste has lots of flavors of grassy and earthy yeast along with hints of grainy malts and lemons while the finish is mostly dominated by flavors of peppery spices. The lemons become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The peppery spices in the back end of the taste make your tongue prickle a little bit.
O: The lighter nature of the body and lemony flavors make this a nice beer for the summer that goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of vkv822
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz into tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, pale golden yellow with a craggy, billowy white head with great retention and spotty lacing.

Floral, lightly spicy hop character blending into light, phenolic clove notes from the Belgiam yeast.

Medium+ body, foamy, mild carbonation.

Nothing particularly unique about this one, just a very well done Belgian pale ale.

Photo of DPFRD
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Substantial moderately dense head that laces nicely. Golden hued with a an unfiltered look.

Smells great... Hips come through with some Spicer overtones.

Tastes lovely. Very reminiscent of Foret. Yeasty spice with some hop bitterness and some hop florals on top.

Mouth feel is silky.

Overall, was quite impressed. This is definitely a beer I could make a night out of.

Photo of jsausley
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another great, strong selection from Ommegang. This one is very unique and flavorful and quite surprising. Poured from a bottle into an English pub glass.

A: A thick, cloudy opaque gold with hints of brown in the depth of the beer. A lovely two inch head that stays on the top of the beer, with a large amount of lacing.

S: Crisp and fresh and full of hops, loaded with citrus tones of grapefruit, lemon and lime and a rosey nose. A very fresh and complex aroma - this beer's best feature.

T: First impression is a very hoppy beer with a load of fresh flavor backed up by a nice light toasted malt body and slightly above average sweetness. Lots of citrus overtones. Some peppery finish and a nice hoppy bitterness at the end. Very nice beer, hoppy and heavy on the ABV but easy to drink.

M: Smooth and crisp, lots of carbonation and very breezy despite its somewhat high O.G.

O: A very good beer; my third enjoyable beer from Ommegang. This beer is a wonderful example of how an ale can be full of big hop flavors. Lots of well balanced citrus and sweetness and a nice light toasted malt feel back this one up. A beautiful, easy to drink beer with no glaring faults.

Photo of elNopalero
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a gold straw with a thick cap of foam.

I get an estery defined grassiness along with some drying straw aroma.

It's hoppy and floral with a peppery kick to it.

Great effervescence gives this a light touch on the palate and a crisp finish.

I found it real enjoyable.

Photo of patre_tim
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden cloudy like thick lemonade, so thick its hard to see any carbonation. Crowned with a finger of white whipped cream like head.

S: Citrusy hops, some skunk, Belgian yeasts, coriander, light bubblegum.

T: Citrusy hops, Belgian yeasts, coriander, light bubblegum, lemon zest, some lemon juice tartness.

M: Medium slightly chewy body, medium fine bubbled carbonation.

O: The bottle and label including the name evokes Belgium to me, especially the Poperings region where hops are so celebrated in summer. The taste stands up to the style and name. Got this at Whole Foods in Boca Raton, drank in Deerfield Beach FL, July 18th, 2014.

Photo of MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Union Beer House in Lebanon, PA

Poured into a nice medium size goblet, faintly hazy, with bright white head. only moderate carbonation.

Getting the yeast and banana on the nose, however faintly.

No big flavor punch at all. But you know what, it's GOOD. Very mild and subtle flavors swirling around in the mouth, but somehow the flavors come through as full . Banana, yeast, light spice, even makes you think of summer. Extremely refreshing, but satisfying as a beer, not just as a quench thirster. I freely admit that belgians mostly leave me cold. Maybe this hit me on the right day, in the right mood, and the right level of tiredness, but I can see happily putting away a six pack on a warm summers day.

Sorry, got a bit offtrack there. Mouth is medium and satisfying

Overall, well, see above. I am usually excited about beers that smack you in the mouth one way or another, and, again, belgians of any style are not really my cup of tea. This was extremely enjoyable, and I'll seek it out for the rest of the summer.

Cheers.

Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a bit cloudy, bronze with a nice iridescent brightness. The head is foam and sticky and adhered well to the glass.

The nose is quite complex, very nice but gets drowned in the finish with a phenolic tone. Wheat grain is evident at first with a yeast, bubblegum, pepper and clove. The phenomenon then hit strongly and diminish a great aroma.

The flavor is a tinge sweet with banana and bubblegum then a bit bitter with hops and pine. The finish is a bit spicy with cloves and it finishes with a tonic water taste.

The feel bubbling, effervescent, dry and watery, much like tonic water.

This seemed to be a very good example of the style but it was ruined at every turn by one deterring detail.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and a light amount of pale yellow highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a medium sized finger tall dense cap towards the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy and pale malts with a slightly stronger aroma of lemon citrus and a moderate amount of Belgian yeast with a hint of spiciness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale and grainy malts with a slightly stronger than moderate amount of lemon citrus. There is a light amount of Belgian yeast with a touch of spiciness and light to moderate flavors of floral hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: I found this beer to be a really nicely constructed summer brew - a nice combination of a traditional Belgian Pale Ale with some heavier flavors of citrus and a touch more hops than usual. Easy to drink and refreshing with well hidden alcohol.

Photo of PA-hunter
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into glass. 6.8% abv

Appearance- Dull yellow and extremely cloudy. Massive foamy head with great retention. A great amount of yeast sediment also.

Smell- Fresh floral aroma with strong sugary aromas of apricot and orange. It smells quite sweet, not much unlike that of candy.

Taste- The citrus zest of orange is apparent early in the flavor profile. This moves on to an earthy hop bitterness midway that is spot on for this style. Hops are apparent as the name imparts. The sweet sugar taste lingers through the hops and the spicy finish is reminiscent of fresh ground black pepper.

Mouthfeel- Not heavy, but moderate. Just right for a beer labeled as a Summer seasonal. Granted, this is 6.8% abv, so props to Ommegang for making this feel like a 5% beer when it is not. The spicy yeast finish with the generous hop addition make the great complexity and depth of this beer linger in the palate.

Overall- Outstanding! So much going on with this beer and great for the Summer. Another masterpiece from Ommegang and a top shelf Belgian pale ale. I will need to get more of this fine seasonal offering.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is around two fingers high and white in shade. Despite the frothy texture, head retention is quite good. There are also some webs of lacing left behind.

S: I'm really loving the fruity notes coming forth. Apricot, peach, white grapes, tangerines, and oranges, mostly. There's also a subtle background of grassy and floral qualities - even some rustic ones, too. Maybe the nose could use a mite more punch, but I don't care. It absolutely smells like it will be delicious.

T: The first few sips are floral and grassy. After a while, though, it turns into pure orange-y goodness. I really love the fresh orange flavors going on here. Its finish retains some of its grassiness, though. It doesn't seem as rustic as it did on the nose, but as a vessel to show off its hopping, it's a success. Pouring the dregs in smooths out its citrusy notes at the cost of introducing some bready flavors.

M: This is very fizzy on the palate. It finishes dry, natch, but the carbonation is so strong it's distracting. This beer really fills the mouth, creating a faint overwhelming sensation at times. Even still, it's pretty easy to drink (actually, I kind of want to savor this one...)

O: Yum, this is delicious. The mouthfeel could use a few tweaks here and there, if nothing else. I'd have no trouble killing this by the 4-pack, shame I only bought a single. Need more of this...

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Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.