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Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 15
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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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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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-02-2014 23:45:00 | More by mick303
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-02-2013 23:04:06 | More by szmnnl99
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Billolick

New York

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 17:42:44 | More by Billolick
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at the lumberyard in Georgetown ct. Nice slightly cloudy golden color pour with a finger of head. Nice floral hoppy mixed with spicy peppery saison aroma. Similar taste...floral hops, a bit of fruitiness, and spicy saison yeast...really well balanced. Nice maltiness and perfect mouthfeel. Really a hoppy saison to me and its really nice.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 23:07:04 | More by DrinkSlurm
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks lovely in my Orval chalice. Bright meringue-like head that crystallized at an inch. Some yeast cake escaped into my glass and causes a dark smudge of powdery sediment in the light, whereas the rest of the beer pours a dirty yellow-gold with hues of chartreuse.

Aromas pick up with moldy lemon zest, peppercorn, lime, and fragrant yeastiness. Malts seem mostly wheaty. It has a lemony hop note, not unlike Houblon Belgian IPA. Crispness seems perky with flashy nuances of green apple skins. The funk note is tamed, but there.

Champagne-like dryness with some reminiscent white grape, but sweeping citrus notes carom with lime, lemon rind, and pink grapefruit. Peppery notes are lighter and fleeting and other spice notes redefine what's going on in the profile. More wheatiness from the malts, sparring with a farmhouse-like Belgian yeast, pulls brushstrokes across the backdrop. Bravo hops have a bite of freshness to them, but they're not here in substantial quantity. Has good complexity, but I get why they call this their summer ale.

Feels opened-up, in a good way. A brighter feel for this style. Carbonation has this beaten egg white feel to it that reminds me of drinking a fizzy sour cocktail. Very likable.

A rather approachable BPA, especially in this format. A four-pack labeled 'Summer Ale'... the people that are going to spring for this are going to be pleasantly surprised, and hopefully, turned on.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:09:15 | More by thecheapies
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Cloudy golden color with lots of suspended particulate. Poured with a big, long lasting, uneven head.

s: Some pear and peppery yeast with a fairly pronounced hoppy tropical fruit note.

t: Starts off as a nicely dry BPA, lots of peppery Belgian yeast and fruity apple and pear. Tropical fruit (pineapple?) and lingering clove at the end.

m: Light and crisply carbonated.

o: Once again, Ommegang delivers.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 02:11:42 | More by DIM
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dgilks

Australia

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear straw colour. Small white head. Fair head retention.

Lovely balance of citrus and spice. Classic said on aromas with some earthiness too.

Big bold phenol notes. Decent bitterness. Light on the citrus. Crisp and clean.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really solid Belgian Pale. Nicely hoppy too. Really enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 20:19:56 | More by dgilks
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 03:25:32 | More by russpowell
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patre_tim

China

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 11:32:24 | More by patre_tim
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 21:28:59 | More by WoodBrew
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2014 20:21:23 | More by ThisWangsChung
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curasowa

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, gold color with a huge white head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Grassy, spicy yeast, herbal hop notes, a touch bready and faint banana.

Taste: A quick flash of toasted malt up front quickly followed by an appreciable amount of earthy hop bitterness with funky Belgian yeast riding on top. Bitterness that is a bit tangy lingers on into the finish.

The Rest: Another solid beer from Ommegang. A nice, funky change-up from the typical summer ale

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 01:11:18 | More by curasowa
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My impressions is that Ommegang is a classy operation all the way, so I had to try this. Love their Three Philosophers, also enjoyed Rare Vos, was not so crazy about Witte or Hennepin. As an IPA lover, the hops graphic on the label looked promising.

Bottled on 4/10/13, Best By 4/20/14. Purchased for $2.66 on 8/1/13 at Kelly's Package Store in Dalton Mass.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A translucent gold formed a huge inch and a half high white head which dissipated fairly quickly to a thick surface foam and heavy lacing.

s: Mild floral

t: Fruity/floral Belgian yeast with fairly sharp hop bite which mellows out a lot as it is drunk.. Tasty and refreshingly true to its "Summer Ale" (meaning in this case Belgian Pale Ale) label title.

m: Light to medium with good body. Loads of carbonation explode on the palate thanks no doubt to bottle conditioning..

o: A fine summer brew, However, not sure it is so superior to some other American-made summer ales that it is worth paying two or three times as much.

NB: This is not a personal favorite style. I reviewed it as a representation of what it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 05:20:54 | More by scotorum
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dar482

New York

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a light golden color.

The aroma has lemon, Belgian yeast, biscuit malt.

The flavor follows with citrus, some floral notes, a bit of spice or pepper like a wheat beer. The yeast used reminds me slightly of La Chouffe's.

There is a slight dry hoppy and bready finish.

The body is pretty light and it's quiet a refreshing beer. It's a nice summer Belgian IPA style beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 22:54:53 | More by dar482
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BB1313

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a light golden, huge fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves extremely sticky lacing. It looks wonderful, just like most Ommegang beers. There's some sediment in the mix. The nose truly has a flower aroma. It even tastes like a flower every once in awhile (not that I know what a flower tastes like, but you get what I'm saying). It has that banana/bubblegum yeast. Tons of lemon juice, lemon peel, and lemon zest. This one has a nice bitterness too it. There's a subtle spicy kick to it as well, maybe a touch of black pepper. This seems more bitter than most of Ommegang's beers that feature hops. Very earthy and rustic; crisp and refreshing. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great, active carbonation, very smooth and easy drinking. The mouthfeel actually makes this beer dangerously drinkable. Not sessionable.

This is a really nice beer. This would work great in the hot whether. I personally think I've enjoyed other BPA attempts by Ommegang a little more, but this is no slouch at all and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 16:06:58 | More by BB1313
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kylelenk

Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into 16oz Imperial Pint Glass.

Appearance-Pour releases almost explosive white head that fills the pint glass on a 6-8oz intitial pour. Golden pilsner like color with a slight cloudy middle. Head sticks around leaving about 2-3 finger length peaks in the middle of the glass. Big frothy lacing as it drains.

Smell- Hard to pick up very much with the head being so large. Slight smell of hops and fresh cut grass.

Taste-Nothing that separates it from a traditional summer beer. There is a nice balanced hop profile that both quenches thirst yet bitter enough to summon more drinks. Very subtle fruit notes that mimic fresh picked lemons and sour green apples.

Mouthfeel-Once again, very much of a summer beer that is reminiscent of Summerfest or Porch Rocker. Low hop profile makes it an easy beer for afternoons at the beach. Little carbonation ensures it goes down smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 17:09:06 | More by kylelenk
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in an oversized wine glass. Not sure how recently it was tapped, but I know this beer was only released in May 2013, so it's likely pretty fresh.

Appearance - A bright, hazy golden yellow, like fields of ready-for-harvest wheat. Not much head at all, just a quarter-finger rim of foam around the edge of the glass and some faint bubbles atop the body. Not much lacing either.

Smell - Floral aromas are the dominant character, with some elements of sweetness/fruit as well. I also detect some of that Ommegang house characteristic.

Taste - Pleasant, Belgian yeast and again with floral and fruity elements blending together. Seems a little one note for me, and the hop bitterness, while detectable, is way too hidden.

Mouthfeel - Seems perhaps a little bit on the flat side, but just barely. I could use more carbonation/effervescence. Dry finish.

Overall, not a bad beer, but there are just so many BPAs that I like better. I may seek this one out in bottle form, to see if there may have been a tap issue involved.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 16:43:56 | More by LambicPentameter
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mattbk

New York

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very carbonated. Hazy yellow. Very, very nice looking.
S: Spicy, peppery, banana, mildly floral, don't get much hops here. Beautiful aroma. Classic belgian. Slight peachy ester.
T: Ah, hops come through here a bit more. Medium bitterness, a bit piney. That fruity ester still hanging around, maybe even pineapple? Slightly spicy still. The hops are very present, mostly in the form of bitterness. It has subdued the belgian flavor. I would have preferred hops turned down a bit. Grainy malts, just a little bit of sweetness. Still, a nice beer. Because of the decent bitterness and pretty high carbonation the beer is a bit less sessionable than I'd like.
M: Mouthfeel is a bit high on this too. Well-carbonated. The body should be a bit lighter and drier, again, would help with sessionability.
O: Not a bad beer, the aroma was the best part. Hops and body a bit too high to make this an amazing beer. Not entirely sessionable, which it should be for this self described "summer ale".

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2014 02:25:27 | More by mattbk
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Somewhat hazy for a pale ale but an amazing amount of carbonation as usual. An explosive 2+ inches of head that sticks around for quite a bit.
S - Not too hoppy but it smells rather dry and fruity.
T - Really interesting it does have a moderate hop bite but drinks more like a triple giving me bubble gum like sweetness mixed with dry yeast flavors.
M - If anything it has a touch too much carbonation bubbly like champagne. Not a huge deal but for the ABV it could use more body.

Overall a pretty sweet summer ale. The ABV is on par with an IPA and it has a pretty constant hop presence. I would get it again but I don't really see it around. I believe I paid $3.39 for the single which is pretty high for repeated purchase.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 00:51:45 | More by DrDemento456
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Halcyondays

California

3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a medium frothy white head. Solid head retention, light lace.

S: Very floral and yeasty, notes of bread and clove.

T: Ethereal bright floral hop character, herbal with a lot of yeast. Sourdough bread makes an appeareance, but this is about the clove and the spice and the yeast.

M: Frothy, light-bodied, soft carbonation with and a good drinkability factor.

O: This is a good saison-like beer, I like what the hops do here. Refreshing for summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 06:25:06 | More by Halcyondays
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear golden color, white short lived topping that recedes to a ring. No lacework to speak of really. Aroma of rustic Belgian yeast and hop flowers. Bread, wildflower honey, pale malts. In the taste, solid funk, good earthy herbal bitterness and a refreshing tartness that really ties everything together. Light to medium bodied, dry as hell. Enjoyable, very Belgian summer beer for people of taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2013 00:48:18 | More by Stinkypuss
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RobbDogg

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A slightly cloudy pale straw in the glass, and if you look close what appears to be fine suspended yeast. Noticeable medium carbonation makes this an attractive and inviting looking beer. The nose is immediate and strongly of clove. Crisp and refreshing, it tastes of clove and maybe a hint of vanilla and wheat. A truly original experience for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 10:20:44 | More by RobbDogg
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srv33

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow into my pint glass. Giant head that is slow to dissipate, a variety of bubbles and ends up with thick beautiful lacing. Floral scent, but noticeable maltiness to it as well. Taste is of a lighter floral hop with a respectable substance to it, balanced with just a bit of malt. There is a certain spiceness to it too, both in flavor and mouthfeel which makes this a unique brew. Mouthfeel is like that of a carbonated mineral water - heavier and spicier though. Aftertaste is more yeasty with a hit of floral hops but quickly fades and doesn't continue to develop. Overall recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 23:26:37 | More by srv33
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mactrail

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big whipped cream foam in the Ommegang chalice. Color is a pale hazy yellowish and some sediment in the bottle. Light bodied and a big creamy carbonation. Pleasant yeasty aroma. A little sharp on the tongue but there is some sweetness and some Hefeweizen-style malt in the background.

A nice smack of hops with a modest bitter aftertaste. Some bready flavors with that fragrant hoppiness, and a restrained drying yeastiness. A very satisfying lighter sort of beer with a pleasing Belgian character. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach. I'll get a six pack if I can find one.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 05:19:29 | More by mactrail
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, pale, golden-yellow coloring, almost opaque, with a tall, frothy, bright white head with huge bubbles and good retention. Aromas of pineapple, honey, pepper, biscuit, lemon, and subtle resiny bitterness. Flavors are spice forward, with a lemony sweet and tart backbone blended with biscuit notes. Hops bitterness and spice creep in at the tail end of the palate, with a more robust spice bouquet also present. Bitter and tart citrus blend into the aftertaste, with grassy and cedar notes. Light, effervescent body keeps the palate light. The finish is light, frothy, and clean, with only a hint of citrus linger. Very drinkable, and a great warm weather drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 04:07:25 | More by GarthDanielson
Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.