Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 31
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
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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: 894 | Reviews: 152
Reviews by mikem0487:
Photo of mikem0487
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Wicked Weed tulip glass.

A-Golden honey body with a nice turbid haze to it. Poured a huge bubbly white head that receded to the beer head and left nice lacing streaks around the perimeter of the glass.

S-Very floral nose with citrus zest notes. The yeast gives very nice and appropriate phenolic characterists of clove with a mild spiciness.

T-The flavor is dominated by the yeast but the hops and malt tone it down a bit to find a nice balance between the three. Spice notes are throughout the palate. Herbal pine and citrus notes come in the middle and the end of the tasting. Has nice balance at the finish with the spiciness from the yeast and the hop notes complementing one another nicely.

M-Medium/full bodied beer. Very effervescent on the tongue. Finishes on the dry side.

O-A very enjoyable and highly drinkable BPA from Ommegang. Its one of those beers I could enjoy drinking outside all day. I highly recommend it!

More User Reviews:
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 oberon
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a tulip glass a lightly hazed light golden color with a large blooming white head that left two broken rings of lace as it settled.Aromas of toasted grain,white grape skins,honey,and light medicinal hops.Lemony with just a hint of tartness on the palate,a little phenol spice,and a more pronounced herbal/medicinal hop profile in the finish,quite alot going on but it's on the lighter side.A refreshing but not a "small" beer in stature,not bad.

Photo of braugon
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy yeasty golden hue, voluminous head

S: Yeast, grape, pineapple, lemon, hop, vanilla, oak,

T: hops, yeast, vanilla, lemon, spicy peppercorn

M: Tad thin, could be more carbonated for me, but I defer to Ommegang,

O: Bought it on sight, laser beam style. Having not known of about it, I hoped for the best, based on my faith in Ommegang; expectations exceeded. They're inventing a kind of Belgian triple mixed with a hoppy summer ale, almost like a 668 from NEBCO.

Photo of MadScientist
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A slightly hazy, light golden beer. There is a creamy white head with good retention.

S: A medium floral hops aroma with a soft wheat malt sweetness. There is a citrus note reminiscent of coriander but it could be from additions of zest.

T: A moderate wheat malt sweetness with a medium hops bitterness. Some hops flavor and a fair amount of spice and fruit from the yeast. The balance is slight bitter and the finish is medium-dry. The aftertaste is of some spice and citrus.

M: A fluffy beer with a medium-light body and a strong level of carbonation.

O: Sort of bridges between being a Belgian Witte with strong yeast and hops profiles and a BPA with some wheat character.

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 Someguyperson
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Large, thick foam head that stays around for a while. Hazy, golden color with some sediment at the bottom.

S: Light, flowery, and slightly hoppy. You can really tell where the name comes from here.

T: Light, crisp, and very slightly bitter. A very drinkable beer.

M: Very nice carbonation. Highly carbonated with very small bubbles, which makes for a great feel

O: A nice, crisp, refreshing beer for the summer. It is definitely an American take on a Belgian beer, but it is very well done. It is a very approachable, aromatic, and drinkable summer beer.

Photo of mverity
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great appearance, huge creamy white head, that held for a long time, and has great lacing. The smell was citrusy and earthy but that's about it. Taste is interesting. Heartburn after 4 big sips. Very lithely hoppy, tons of citrus, and a nice yeasty character. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, and mildly efflorescent.

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

12 oz bottle purchased in a four pack at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. Best by 03/2014 marked on the neck of the bottle.

Lifts a crazy huge head, that fairly rapidly fades to a thicker film and thicker strands of lace. Hazed yellowy tangarine.

Earthy and lemony nose.

Fresh, zesty and lemony up front. In the finish the hops announce their presence.Dry and again earthy. Belgian yeast notes, spice and pepper adding to the interest and complexity. Love the style and this is a nicely crafted example.

Bring on the salads, cheese and crusty bread. Well worth a try

Photo of jay-tyler
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - golden yellow, cloudy, but with no large particulates. A thin, slightly off-white head.

S - estery, to say the least. Hard to pin-point exactly what, but has hints of pineapple and banana.

T - 'bright' is a good descriptor. Lots of estery/fruity flavors. Pretty heavily carbonated, but it seems appropriate for the style.

M - smooth yet substantial, if that makes any sense. One of those beers that you let linger for awhile; has an enjoyable aftertaste.

Overall - I don't know belgian style brews that well (yet!), but I really enjoy this beer. This is my second time trying it.

Photo of bsp77
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance:Very hazy yellow with a huge, frothy & clingy, white dollop.

Smell: Citrus (orange and lemon), banana, clove, pepper and floral notes.

Taste: A lot hoppier than the aroma, with lots of floral bitterness, orange & lemon notes, and strong spiciness (especially pepper). Some of the spice may be due to the yeast, which also has the expected clove and banana traits. Light crackery malts are hiding behind the hops and yeast.

Feel: Crisp, dry and refreshing, but juxtaposed against a smooth, creamy and fuller body than expected. Interesting mix that somehow works.

Overall: Very nice hoppy ale from Ommegang. While not like what most craft breweries do, this is their version of a Belgian IPA, and I like it.

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 03/3/13. Best by 03/2014.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles and some floating sediment. Huge five finger white head that slowly settles into a smaller creamy layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: A crisp and lively yeast driven aroma with lots of citrus and grassy hints. Belgian yeast upfront with some funk, pepper, and clove spicing. Very earthy scent with lots of floral and grassy hop esters. Lots of juicy citrus hop hints as well. Fruit hints of orange, pineapple, lemon zest, papaya, tangerine, lime, and peach. Also some banana and pear hints. Bready pale malts with hints of wheat, grains, biscuit, straw, and crackers. A little scent of honey like sweetness and candied sugar. Slight alcohol smell. Very good aroma.

Taste: Lives up well to the smell, a yeasty taste with lots of citrus and grassy notes. Belgian yeast with notes of barnyard funk, white peppers, and some clove spice. Good hop presence with lots of earthy notes including flowers and grass. Big citrus presence as well with notes of orange, lemons, pineapple, tangerine, papaya, lime, and peach along with some notes of dried banana, pear, and apple. Soft bready pale malts with good notes of grains, biscuit, wheat, straw, and crackers. Sweet candied sugars and some notes of honey. A very solid Belgian ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation leaning to the higher side of medium. Crisp, juicy, and fairly spicy. Somewhat prickly and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on the Belgian Pale Ale. Crisp and easy drinking for summer but still packs a good punch. Solid fruity and grassy taste.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer pours a brilliant golden orange with a hazed yeast suspension going strong, bright slightly off white head forms thick like a mousse, cloudy textured pillows above the sides of my Piraat chalice. Aroma has spicy black pepper notes, herbal green fresh cut grass, citrus rinds, a nice mix of green summery hop components Fleur de Houblon is flower of hops. Finishes each sniff with the house yeast spicy aspects that are almost like a candied bread dough, very festive. Citrus bursts with green hops, sweet fruitiness hints of tropical fruits and blue agave tartness, spicy yeast presence kicks in the finish with the spicy herbal floral hops crashing with each sip wonderful summer ale for sure. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with effervescent Belgian style carbonation this is slick and oily with hop oils as well, lingering bitterness is a match between the house yeast character and whole Bravo hop additions. I really really enjoyed this Ommegang offering unlike anything I've tried recently homerun for complexity and refreshment.

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 hagbergl
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a four-pack of Ommegang Fleur de Houblon at the liquor store in Kimbark plaza, Hyde Park, Chicago. They had some craft beer sale and everything was available for cut-rate prices, so I scored this pack for only $6. Nice! 12 oz. brown bottle into my Beer Geek Nation tulip.

Appearance (4.25/5): Beautiful cloudy yellow color, towering four-finger head with super-tight bubbling. Head recedes a little slowly, shimmering as it goes down.

Smell (4/5): Very grassy in the aroma, with a slight cracker-like malt, lemon, peppery spice from the yeast. Extremely fresh smell to it that really works well for the warm weather, especially.

Taste (4.25/5): Taste follows the smell. A little grassy hop bitterness at the front, transitioning into yeasty notes of bubblegum, coriander, clove, and pepper in the middle, before finishes with a nice lightly bitter hoppy finish. More complex than what I was expecting, very pleasant, no alcohol in the flavor. Some cracker-like, biscuity malt in there, but this is a hop-forward beer.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Light body, vigorous carbonation that really plays well with the hoppy flavor profile.

Overall (4.25/5): This beer is somewhere between Hefeweizen and hoppy saison. Excellent, extremely drinkable beer that I wouldn't mind having in the winter. I'm very impressed at what Ommegang has done here. They have really struck a wonderful balance between flavors (hoppy, yeasty, wheaty), strength, and body. Wow! A pleasant early summer surprise!

Photo of tastybeer
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome looking giant finely foamy white head, a mile high and once it subsides to reasonable, plenty of patchy lace. Color is glowey straw gold. Aroma is delicate floral, lightly sweet, softly yeasty pale malt and grain. A smidgen of lemon and some even spice. Very nice. Taste is nicely malty with a fresh array of Belgian yeast flavors and brisk light hops. Floral, zesty, and softly dry through the finish.

A very nice beer. It has Springtime written all over.

Photo of Aml42000
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours hazy gold with a snowy, thick white head.

The aromatics are the star of the show here. Floral hops, very clean & pleasant to smell. Some yeasty aromatics poke through, but overall expressive & elegant.

Very balanced & flavorful. Some richness adds to the citrus & stone fruit. Layers develop, slight sweetness, some hoppy bitterness, but everything in waves, transitioning smoothly. Refreshing & delicious.

Soft mouthfeel & medium bodied. You expect this to be a bit thick on the finish, but it shows an elegance consistent with the aromatics.

This is exactly what I want in a summer seasonal. It hits all the refreshing notes needed on a hot day, but shows tons of complex character as well. Very impressed, but certainly not surprised as Ommegang is consistently good.

Photo of DavidGD
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite summer day beers. It has abundant floral notes, dry clean finish and a bright acidity from the lemon and herbal notes. This is a staple for warm weather beer drinking. It is a bit over carbonated IMO, but with an aggressive pour into a glass, it knocks it down to an acceptable level. At 7%...it will sneak up on you though.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The local Tap House Grill and Bar had the Ommegang Fleur De Houblon on draft. The beer poured a slightly hazy yellow with creamy white head that left some lacing. The scent and taste were bolstered by the typical belgium style ales....sweet, etc. There was some hop presence and the lower ABV made the beer very drinkable. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a decent belgium pale ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a thumb+ of effervescent eegg shell colored head. Some floaties, nice head retention & average lacing

S: Apple peels, pears & peppery yeast, some pineapple as this warmed

T: Follows the nose, white pepper, some pineapple too up front. Pears, traces of pineapple & grapefruit as this warms, more peppery yeast. Finishes with pineapple, pears, dryness & a bit of grapefruit

MF: Light bodied, crisp carbonation, nice balance

Easy to drink, not a great example of the style, but pretty good, was hoping this would be hoppier, Might buy this again, not convinced that I would in most cases...

Photo of MWolverines66
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lemon yellow color with a 2 inch head. The bartender kept looking like she made a mistake trying to pour it several times to minimize the foam but failed every time until giving up.

Smells like a lemon zest, citrus fruits and a little spice. The taste follows the aroma as it provides an initial nice citrus taste, with a little hoppy bite on the back end.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised

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 Mises85
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass around 45 degrees

Appearance: nice golden color with 2 finger head that stayed through out. nice lacing.

Smell: This is where I am confused. I got a hefe character but there was some melon sweetness with some malt. Huh? Is this a hefe or this an ale? Banana, clove

Taste: clean with more banana coming through with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation medium bodied.

Overall: Very disappointing as I did not get any ale character. If this was labeled as a german hefe, I would have given it high marks because it drunk like one. Won't get again.

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 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.

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Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.