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Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 977
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 152 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: THANAT0PSIS on 04-15-2013

Nothing is more evocative of summer than the beautiful aroma of flowers, and the favored flowers of brewers are hops. Our brand new summer ale, Fleur de Houblon (Hop Flowers), is brewed to bring the many elements of summer into a refreshing and easy-to-drink Belgian-style ale.

Fleur de Houblon is a rich gold color with distinct floral hops in the aroma that follow through in the taste. Whole-cone Bravo hops are used to impart their earthy, fruity, and floral aromas and flavors. The body and flavor are clean and dry, with pleasing complexity and spicy notes from both primary and secondary fermentation with our unique Ommegang house yeast.
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Photo of acevenom
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The beer pours hazy golden with lots of visible tiny bubbles and a thick white head. Plenty of lacing is left behind on the side of the glass. The aroma is of pilsner malt and lots of floral hops with some citrus in the nose as well. I also get some peppery notes with clove and maybe a bit of a tropical fruit note. The flavors are quite complex and live up to the bright nose. I get the floral hops, citrus, tropical fruits, pepper, and bready pilsner malt along with the banana and clove flavors from the yeast. It has strong saison like characteristics in the flavor and everything comes together excellently. The body is medium with strong carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry and this is a very refreshing summer beer despite clocking in at near 6.8% ABV. This is an excellent beer. (819 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of CochonKing
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An amazing beer. It pours a light golden with a small quickly fading head. It smells of hops with balanced malt and notes of lemon and herb like back ground. The taste is beautifully balanced with excellent malt leading into clean hops. A perfect transition. The mouthfeel is similar to champagne with a very light body and complex small bubbles that would be perfect with shellfish or other light preparations of seafood. (422 characters)

Photo of Willytee3
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden sunlight yellow with a pillowy pure white head. Slight haze and floaties from the pour. Explosive head with streaming bubbles that support the head which eventually settles into a frothy ring and lace.

Smells of brett with a straw like bubble gum. Some dry flowers and wheat in background. Pleasant clean and crisp citrus with a touch of spice.

Tastes of light brett with green flowers balanced by a backbone of round wheat. Nice spiciness presumably from the hop flowers with a green hoppy character. Citrus lightly compliments throughout and leaves a mouth watering dry pucker on the finish.

Loads of sharp prickly bubbles deliver a spicy dull brett feel turns frothy almost full body but stays thankfully light.

Overall a great expression of pure green hops in a nicely balanced summer brew. This one is two cuts above the rest and hits it out of double day park. Really in a league of it's own when it comes to summer beers, my favorite by far. (968 characters)

Photo of parejkoj
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Slight haze and light straw color. Nice thick head when poured into a glass that lingers for as long as it takes to drink the beer (depending on how fast you drink it). Beautiful looking beer.

Smell: All the smells you'd expect from a beer with Belgian roots. A little black pepper and some citrus notes. Although it was supposedly dry hopped with Bravo hops, it's hard to detect much for hops aroma in the complex Belgian phenols, although Bravo apparently have some spicy notes that might amplify the yeast derived phenols.

Taste: Very minimal bitterness and the spicy/peppery notes are apparent. A little bit of lemony citrus, probably from yeast derived esters. Also a little surprising sweetness toward the end that turns the citrus notes into orange/sweet lemon. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent. Lots of carbonation, but not too overwhelming. Otherwise, very smooth.

Overall: This is a great Belgian pale ale. Admittedly I haven't had too many Belgian pale ales, but this is exactly what I'd expect from one. It has all of the complexity of a tripel without the strength of a tripel. The only aspect I'd like to see enhanced in this beer is the hop character. It would be interesting to see this pale ale with more late addition hops that add similar spicy notes as Bravo (like Saaz). But it's a beer that will quench any palate on a warm summer day. In fact, it might be the perfect beer for that purpose. (1,435 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice pale orange colors with hints of gold. Slight haze to the body due to the unsettled yeast. Huge fluffy and frothy white head that hangs around like soap bubbles.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast with hints of pepper, lots of citrusy hops, herbal notes, fresh grass, some juicy pear.

T- Big juicy citrusy hops up front, the spicy and peppery yeast notes come in the middle along with some huge juicy fruit flavors that hang around until the finish. Somewhat of a mix of apple, pear and a hint of banana. Very different than any BPA I have had before.

M- High carbonation level, tingle all the way through. Medium-full body, but quenching and drinkable. Some dryness on the finish.

O- Went into this one with no expectations and it really blew me away. BPAs are not one of the styles I seek out a lot, but this one was fantastic. (834 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light yellow to gold color. Over the top head - 2 fingers plus. Head retention is really nice and lasts throughout the beer. Some chunky lacing on the glass walls.

S: Herbs, grass, lemon.

T: Citrus & lemon flavor weaves throughout the flavor profile. Flowery hops. Refreshing yet some spicing on the finish.

M: Really nice - light yet solid. Loads of layers.

O: Really nice complexity. A quick favorite summer time brew and a nice change of pace from traditional one dimensional summer brews. (507 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz Bottle
"Best By" Date of March 2016 (printed on the neck of the bottle).
Reviewed on August 14th, 2015
Served in a Tulip Glass

Eyes
Poured a cloudy pale orange body. Visible bands of yeast and a few bubbles floated around the body. A robust white head formed right off of the pour. Plenty of sticky rings of lace left throughout. This one was quite the looker!

Nose
Big presence of spicy Belgian yeast dominated the aroma. Mild floral hops emerged from the spicy yeast, creating a slightly earthy tone. Sweeter notes from the malts mellowed sharper notes from the hops.

Mouth
Spicy Belgian yeast hit the tongue first. Earthy hops flared up from the sharper notes of spice but never dipped into bitter levels. Subtle presence of malts, mainly dark fruit mixed with doughy biscuit. The malts lightly sweetened the overall tone of the beer, letting pops of tartness from the hops break through, yet taming them enough to stay refreshing. Moderate carbonation. Light/medium body. Very crisp and drinkable.

Notes
Excellent beer. Perfect companion for a summer evening... although I could happily drink this one year-round. (1,127 characters)

Photo of sublimesipping
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer as expected from Ommegang. Bright but smooth on the palate. The floral notes are complex and linger in a smooth finish, starting from the aroma. Great summer beer from a World-class brewery. The hops are also present with a bitter but balanced, floral finish. Did I say great beer? Would love to try on tap. Best summer beer of the summer. Crashing waves at a moonlight midnight or blowing mountain breeze. The complexity of this beer evokes that depth of response- in me. Try it yourself. (509 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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! (1,091 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a 2.5” clingy pillowy white foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Floral, citrus, spice, hint of earthiness, light fruit, berry.
T: Fruit with biscuit, moderate bitterness from the middle through the aftertaste. A flowery character throughout.
F: Creamy, dry, refreshing, medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation.
O: A flowery, bright, refreshing summer ale packed with aroma and flavor. (429 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy dark golden liquid with voluminous white head

Smell - Lemon, Lime, yeast, very tropical

Taste - Much like the smell, lemons, limes, clove, ginger, coriander

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, high, bubbly carbonation, starts out a bit sweet, then moves to tart and sour towards the finish, dry finish as well

Overall - This was a really good beverage, really tasty yet refreshing; one that I would be happy to re-visit. I hope Ommegang comes back out with this one next summer.

Price Point - $10.50/ 4pk 12 oz bottles (532 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of lancecenter
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy gold/orange color. Three fingers of fluffy head.

S - Powdered yeast, floral hops, spicy pepper, and citrus.

T/M - The spicy pepper hits first followed by the soft yeast. Slightly dry finish.

O - Hands down, the best summer brew or Belgian Pale I've ever had. Might give 3P a run for its money as my favorite Ommegang offering. (349 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden body was hazy, and a large four finger thick head formed rapidly, despite me pouring the beer very gently. The look reminded me a lot of Duvel, but the floral hoppy smell was evocative more of an IPA. Besides the hops, there were spicy, dusty smells imparted by the house yeast strain. The taste was a great combination of typical Belgian Pale Ale flavors, of banana, papaya, melon, and white pepper, and a distinctive hop character. The finish was somewhat tart, and spicy. The body was light and alcohol well hidden. A very easy to drink beer with a refreshing take on the style. (593 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 2013-03-26, best by 2014-03
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Pours a towering 3.5cm head of fairly clean, white foam, made up of very small bubbles, creating a dense, frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the head lasting several minutes in a very slow decline to a .75cm cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drinking session. Lacing is excllent, the foam leaving substantial, thick designs clinging to the walls of the glass. The body itself is a rich golden orange, slighty hazy (perhaps 25-35% opacity: and I did not add in the yeast), light bringing out rich yellow hues. Carbonation is quite visible and very active

Aroma is bright, flowery (nearly perfume-like), with mild citrus (orange, slight lemon) and Belgian yeast (brewer's yeast, musty basement, slight funk) characters.

Overall flavor is bright: floral tastes abound with pleasant grapefruit and orange citrus, with moderate touches of Belgian yeast and pale malt base. Front of palate is full of floral and orange-lemon citrus hop character, Belgian yeast traits (brewer's yeast, a bit of basement mustiness, very slight funk), and a mild pale malt base sweetness. Mid-palate is of floral characters, bright fruit esters (apple, pear, pineapple) with substantial citrus, primarily of orange, but also grapefruit and lemon (not heavy), all atop a pleasant pale malt base with some Belgian yeast flavors (brewer's yeast, musty basement). Back of palate features continued floral characters with more assertive, but still pleasantly mild bitterness, citrus (orange, lesser grapefruit and lemon), pineapple, and Belgian yeast characters. Aftertaste of pineapple, Belgian yeast characters, mild bitterness,

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with medium to medium-high levels of carbonation, which are appropriate for the style. The carbonation pushes towards fizziness, but never arrives there, leading to a softly effervescent, then foamy and smooth mouthfeel that goes well with this floral and mild citrus-leaning beer. Closes semi-dry, with fairly substantial stickiness lingering on the tongue and lips. (2,144 characters)

Photo of DavidGD
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of NateTheBeard
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was one of the best tasting beers I've enjoyed with punch that didn't upset the palate or my head but I knew it wasn't a session beer or some junk I used to pound in college. I wanted another one after my first and that is usually my mark of something I feel strongly enough to leave a review for. Plus it has been a while. (326 characters)

Photo of mikem0487
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
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! (955 characters)

Photo of jay-tyler
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by date of 4/20/14 means this is well within the optimal freshness period designated by the brewery, though it is being consumed well after the summer season has ended.

A: Pours a hazy lemon yellow color (yeast added on the pour, I should note). The massive, rocky white head is a permanent fixture. Lacing is abundant, clumpy, and very foamy. It clings wildly to the glass in huge gobs.

S: Very yeasty with aromas of chalk and spices. Faint white pepper. Tame phenols. Underlying biscuity malts. Beautiful floral hop aromas. Wildflowers and elegant perfume. Pithy, hint of lemon pulp.

T: Chalky yeast. White pepper and vague spices. Church incense. Mild clovey phenols. Biscuity golden malt base provides an anchor. Yeast goes bready and doughy at a point. Hops provide delicious grassy, floral, and lightly citric flavors. Mild orange peel. Hint of lemon zest. They provide balance, but also contrasting flavors that intermarry with the yeasty complexity wonderfully. Doughy and spicy yeast and oily, floral, and grassy hops on the finish.

M: Lighter in body. Delicate and creamy in texture. Ample carbonation gives is some lift and crispness.

O: I absolutely love what Ommegang has done here. A pleasantly hopped golden ale that flaunts its effortless balance and complexity. Fleur de Houblon is a fun and easy beer to drink, well-suited for summer, but delicious anytime. The new seasonal lineup has been fantastic thus far. (1,473 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pale translucent yellow with one and a half fingers of fluffy pure white head. The foam takes forever to settle, but very little lacing remains on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is big flowers, a good bit of spice, some lemon and lime, some yeast, some bubblegum, and some candy cigarettes. This beer smells sweet, spicy, and delicious.

T: It starts out bright and sweet with malt, juicy lemon and lime citrus, and bubble gum. As the beer moves off of first taste the clove spices and floral notes really begin to hit home. As it moves to the back end I get some yeast and grains. It dries up in the finish with lingering citrus and bubblegum.

M: Light bodied beer. Sweet and vibrant to start, spicy in the middle, a mix of both flavors in the finish. It's drying in the finish.

O: This is a really solid summer beer. It's light, but complex. It's sweet, but spicy. It's Belgian in style and super drinkable. I might be drinking quite a bit of this beer this summer. (986 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and s sticky lacing.

The smell featured peppery hops, spicy esters as a touch of lemon.

The taste consisted of upfront peppery hops with huge esters, some lemon and a grainy dry malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a superior hop driven Belgian Pale. (374 characters)

Photo of otterbearfla
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Full head in a lager glass settling to 5 fingers

Appearance - Hazy golden hue with a huge size fizzy/frothy white coloured head.Great lacing.

Smell - Hops, coriander/clove, citrus, hop flower notes, lightly grassy, like a meadow

Taste & Mouth - Yeasty baked bread, grains, and hops. There is also some lemon, orange and floral. It ends with a fruity floral (rose water) aftertaste.

Overall – My best summer ale this year. wonderful flavors. I hope they make this regularly.

Serving type: bottle from a carton of 4 (521 characters)

Photo of lsummers
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance gets a five in my book. Very fluffy creamy head that very slowly dissipates leaving some sticky suds on the side. Bright straw yellow with a pretty nice amount of carbonation. Very cloudy, yet still bright. Cant see through this one at all.

Smells also great, fresh cut grass and hay with a touch of funk barnyard. There's a yeasty spice to it that just reminds me of a spring day. Exactly what I would expect on a fresh spring day. Did I mention fresh?

Taste is great as well, there's a spicy herbal hop note in there that mixes well with a somewhat tart hay and light cracker malt flavour. It strays a touch from the smell but still highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing. Doesn't feel overly carbonated which is good since the head and appearance suggested it could be.

Overall, this is a solid offering from Ommegang. It's a great spring beer and one I'll look forward to having again. It's not overly hoppy as one would think by the description on the label. It's kinda like a mix between a saison and a Belgian pale ale, with added hop notes. A nice blend of malt, tart, hay, funk, and hops. Not overly doing it in any category. (1,171 characters)

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Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.