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Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

511 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%


Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: THANAT0PSIS on 04-15-2013)
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.86/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 21:55:49 | More by acevenom
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Willytee3

New York

4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 05:52:37 | More by Willytee3
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CochonKing

New York

4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 00:39:35 | More by CochonKing
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parejkoj

Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 01:18:38 | More by parejkoj
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:17:03 | More by Oakenator
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 00:49:16 | More by stephenjmoore
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keithmurray

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 00:54:39 | More by keithmurray
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lancecenter

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:47:45 | More by lancecenter
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 06:39:40 | More by rajendra82
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 06:02:21 | More by falloutsnow
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NateTheBeard

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 14:10:05 | More by NateTheBeard
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mikem0487

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 01:26:10 | More by mikem0487
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 19:17:37 | More by ryan1788a5
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otterbearfla

Florida

4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 04:52:16 | More by otterbearfla
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 21:19:38 | More by trxxpaxxs
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a hazy gold with some floaties. 1 inch head, good sticky lacing.

The smells is strongly floral and perfumey. Some other smells are there, including some grain and bread, but this is dominantly floral.

Flowery hop juice is the best way to describe this beer in flavor. It works for me, but might not for everybody. Some pine and grapefruit as well, but floral is the name of the game. Some Belgian yeast flavors fight for dominance, but are drowned out. Slightly peppery. Low bitterness.

Medium to light bodied, with good carbonation. Very crisp.

Ommegang is stepping out of their comfort zone with this one- they just don't do hoppy beers- but I'm liking what they did.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:56:02 | More by GreesyFizeek
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plaid75

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:43:11 | More by plaid75
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy straw yellow with a big fluffy white head and strings of lace.

S - Wheat malt, light funk, wild flower, honey, citrus hops, bubblegum, light coriander type spice, grainy malt.

T - If I ever thought what a flower would taste like this would be it. Slightly tart with a touch of funk, honey graham cracker, earthy, flower and citrus, lemon, spicy herbal flavor and bubblegum that lingers on the tongue.

M - Medium body and well carbonated with a dry lingering spicy, bubblegum finish.

D - This beer screams summer. Complex and one of the better beers I have had this year.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 00:46:26 | More by brewcrew76
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lsummers

California

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 23:37:30 | More by lsummers
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a substantial foamy white head nearly spilling out of the glass. Outstanding head retention and thick globs of lacing.

The aroma fits the style perfectly. Spicy lemon and orange peel along with great yeast esters. Bread and cracker crumbs in the background with some flowers. Just really amazing in every way possible.

The flavor is just as great as the aroma with juicy orange and lemon up front with a quick hit of coriander. Spicy Belgian yeast is present throughout and a very nice bready malt base. Light bitterness and a very light spritzy mouthfeel.

Overall, an amzing enjoyable beer. I don't believe I have had a bad beer from this brewery and this one is just perfect for summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 01:29:01 | More by rangerred
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BrewMakeMeFeel

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A beautiful, pale golden color with noticeable carbonation and foamy head.

Smell: Very balanced floral hops and yeast aromas, with a hint of citurs.

Taste: Spicy yeast taste followed by floral hops aroma that lingers through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light but not too watery, with a refreshing bite of carbonation.

Overall: A very refreshing, yet complex summer ale. The balance of spicy yeast and hops aromas is well crafted. One of the better summer ales I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:01:16 | More by BrewMakeMeFeel
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, CT. Served in a pint glass:

The beer gave off a yellow, hazy, yeast color with white head that just stood up. Upon first smelling the beer, I thought that it was a combo Belgian and Hefe...it had that sweetness you would expect from the Belgian, but with a banana, pepper and clove and a hint of citrus. The taste followed the nose really well and I really enjoyed the taste. Perhaps combining two of my favorite styles. The beer had a lighter feel than expected, but this did not detract from the beer as it still had a nice smooth, almost creamy feel. It had a clean, dry finish. Overall, another stellar beer from one of the best in the land.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 02:11:26 | More by PhillyStyle
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wedge

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant, happy yellow color crowned with an expectedly huge, frothy, pure-white head that fills up my tulip to the top with rocky, foamy goodness. Aromas are initially grassy and floral with a doughy sweetness, clove, and peppery yeast. Funky lemon, bubblegum, and increased dried fruity esters as the head dies down. Spicy, herbal hops, yeast, bright orange zest, hay, and lemon. Really well done. Creamy, not particularly effervescent, but dry and still quite refreshing. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 02:38:21 | More by wedge
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MWolverines66

New York

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 01:06:43 | More by MWolverines66
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fmccormi

New York

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stemware); bottling/freshness date of April 10, 2013 / best by April 2014 (“PKG ON 04/10/13 BEST BY 04/2014”). So, just over eight weeks old. I’d love to try this fresher, but it didn’t hit upstate NY until just now, so this is as fresh as I’ve had the chance to try it. If I find some from a fresher batch, I’ll write a new review, but until then this is as good as it’ll get.

Appearance (4.25): This pours with a quick-rising three fingers of fluffy, cream-colored foam that takes plenty of time to die down. The body is a very hazy, orange-amber color that is almost completely cloudy. A few wide, flat, loopy legs of lace arc here and there as the beer goes down.

Smell (4.25): Classic Ommegang yeast notes: pear, lemon peel, a little bit of bubblegum, lots of warm, dusty straw, some spicy coriander and clove, etc. There’s also some nice hop character: freshcut grass, pine sap, some citrusy note like orange simple syrup. This is a lovely array of aromas for the style.

Taste (4.25): Following the nose, this shows classic Ommegang notes molding to the style: pear, lemon peel, a light dose of peach juice, spicy black pepper, coriander, clove, and some more citric lemon character that cuts through to the finish, opening up to some hoppy notes of grassy bitterness, slightly resinous pine needles, and a bit of white grapefruit to close it all out. The beer really has two components: the classic Belgian Pale with signature Ommegang characteristics, and the grassy-lemony hop character that carries through to the finish.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Light and spritzy, with a lighter-than-medium weight, tingly carbonation all over the place, and a soft, filling foaming action on the way down. Light and fluffy, but not without a little weight and character. It finishes nicely dry with spicy, rustic, and bitter notes, but not so dry that it loses any of the fruitiness going on, either.

Overall (4.25): This is a really nice beer. I always like a good Belgian Pale Ale and Ommegang, when they do them, do them well. The fact that this is moderately hopped with whole-cone Bravo hops makes it a perfect beer (to my taste) for the summer. The hop character, while not as fresh and clear as it could / should be, is still present and adds a nice dimension, even now. I’d love to see this become an annual (seasonal) release.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 02:54:29 | More by fmccormi
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Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.