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Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 109
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:
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(Beer added by: THANAT0PSIS on 04-15-2013)
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maxwelldeux

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Pours a hazy darker yellow color with ginormously thick white head on it. Nose is a little hard to get at with the huge head, but I can get some of the spice elements to it. Taste has the same bit of spiciness to it, and ends up being just a tad sour and dry. Nothing special to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:27:29 | More by maxwelldeux
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kojevergas

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice artful label. "Serve at 40 F." 6.8% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off cap acquired at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip. I keep seeing this beer revered in the forums, so I'm pretty excited to try it. "Summer ale." It doesn't explicitly identify as a Belgian Pale Ale, but it does identify as an ale and the description emphasizes the hop profile of the beer, so I'll review it as a Belgian Pale.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of beige colour. Fluffy. Decent thickness. Not much creaminess here. Soft smooth complexion. Light even spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head is to style overall, and looks pretty good.

Body colour is a cloudy dark yellow with muted copper hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent; nontransparent. Could be more vibrant than it is.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style; not unique or special but I don't notice any overt flaws.

Sm: Perfumey crystal malt and floral hops. Spicy yeast is detectable, with hints of clove and coriander/cilantro. Spritzy. Straw. Light brettanomyces-like funkiness. Citrusy fruit peel - orange, lemon. Some zest. Clean. Surprisingly aromatic; this one's fairly pungent. Not a common trait in a Belgian Pale. Doughy, bready, grainy. Bakers' yeast. Some apple. Lime. Even a hint of salt. Maybe some white pepper too.

Dough/breadiness is the dominant note.

T: Doughy and bready. Lime and salt hit on the climax, which comes off oddly refreshing here. Floral hop character is present throughout, but isn't particularly evocative or diverse. It does complement the body of the beer - which is itself comprised of pale malt, biscuit malt, crystal malt, and grains. A touch of apple is present in the first act, introducing the drinker to the first of many nuanced fruit notes; I get some light zesty citrus with wisps of lemon. Some white pepper and lemon pepper come through. Light funky undertones. The yeast tastes simultaneously like bakers' yeast (yielding the aforementioned bready character) and a more refined spicy yeast - with notes of clove and perhaps coriander and/or allspice. It's surprisingly subtly executed for the style. Nice balance as well. I like it.

Flavour duration is above average for the style. Flavour intensity is average.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Soft. A bit too thick for the style and flavour profile. Slightly overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Nice presence on the palate.

Dr: A drinkable Belgian Pale from Ommegang. I like this as a summer beer, and could easily enjoy more than one if in the mood for the style. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's solidly executed and fairly refreshing.

B-

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 03:18:59 | More by kojevergas
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braugon

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 22:20:40 | More by braugon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass at Beer Market - Vernon Hills.

I don't know how this beer has escaped my radar, but at least it comes to an end now. It pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, light greens, light black pepper, very light clove, and a hint of artificial Easter candy. That may have sounded negative, but the combination somehow works pretty well. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some cracked wheat, some lemon zest, more clove, and a pinch of coriander. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice little BPA, nothing truly special, but something pretty darn drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 07:33:25 | More by TMoney2591
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barczar

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden apricot with a huge frothy ivory head that dissipates in big bubbles, leaving spotty lacing.

Notes of peach, pear, bandaid, bubblegum, floral hops, clove, and white pepper form the initial aroma. Wet hay, coriander, and yeast add complexity.

Flavor reveals a dominant bubblegum and bandaid character throughout, finishing fairly dry, earthy, and a touch bitter. Grapefruit underpinnings become evident. Peaches, green apples, lemon, and white pepper accompany a lightly bready malt backbone that is easily dominated by yeast flavoring and esters.

Body is moderate and slightly creamy, with fairly high carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

I'm not a fan of the phenol, so this is a tough one for me. I like the other flavors and aromas, but would much prefer it without the bubblegum and bandaid characters. Fairly complex beer, with enough bittering to counter the esters, but not overwhelm.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 19:30:40 | More by barczar
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So, when will Ommegang build a hoppy beer? Not just a Belgian-type beer with slightly elevated hop character, but a true hop-focused beer? Well, today they do!

Like any Belgian IPA would, this distinctive ale pours with a hazy gold appearance that's capped by a strong frothy head the nearly reaches rocky proportions. Its broken lace lines the glass in true hoppy form.

Bready-sweet in both aroma and taste, the beer is doughy, grainy, and lightly candied with peps of honey. Flowery hops closely follow the malt and take the shape of lime citrus, earthen hay, grass, pine and perfume. Lightly fruity with apples, limes and light salt- its the broad and spicy hops that carry its finish to a light wine-like and peppery closure.

Medium bodied through middle palate, its early bread textures are shed at the mid point for a slightly acidic body with grain and peppery warmth. A finish of grassy bitterness and lemon bite closes the beer with decisive bitter dryness.

Ommegang's first real hoppy beer is Belgian at heart. Even with slightly muted Belgian-esque character, the hops elevate with all that rustic earthen charm that those hops allow. Its a seriously drinkable ale with a bitter cloak.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 05:38:37 | More by BEERchitect
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow. Good off-white head--small, but plenty of blanket lace. Lots of lasting power.

As always, there's a ton of Belgian yeast to the smell. Behind that is some pale malt, but it's subtle.

More bitter than most of Ommegang's offerings. Again, there's a harsh yeast bite geometry hop in the background, but it's not prominent. The aftertaste is better on the hop bitterness, but this still the tale of a strong Belgian yeast flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2013 20:35:03 | More by smcolw
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oberon

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 21:25:07 | More by oberon
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very floral and slightly fruity pale ale. The detractor to me is the carbonation. Too full and hits the mouth too much. It's nice, sure. But it's not quite where I'd want to be for the style. Always nice to try something different from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 20:47:28 | More by RblWthACoz
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy, pale gold in color, with a big cloud deck of pillowy white foam.
Aroma-Subtle Belgian spiciness
Taste-Floral hops, spiciness, clean, dry finish. Refreshing and complex. Reminiscient of a fresh farmhouse ale or a young saison. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 18:41:48 | More by hosehead83
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
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
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mactrail

California

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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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srv33

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Halcyondays

California

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
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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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
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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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev -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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BB1313

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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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dar482

New York

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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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curasowa

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev -2%
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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dgilks

Australia

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.