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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
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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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Reviews: 165 | Hads: 977
Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
1/5  rDev -75.3%

Very disappointed with this brew. Taste and aroma were akin to dish soap laced with Pine-Sol. I would sometime like to try this one as a draught, just to compare bottle and tap. Perhaps the 12oz bottle I I sampled was off. I am a huge fan of hops, but just seems that something went wrong with this one. Would be willing to try again, but at this point, I would hardly recommend this beer. (389 characters)

Photo of Mises85
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass around 45 degrees

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

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

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

Mouthfeel: good carbonation medium bodied.

Overall: Very disappointing as I did not get any ale character. If this was labeled as a german hefe, I would have given it high marks because it drunk like one. Won't get again. (576 characters)

Photo of maxwelldeux
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of trippytbta
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap

A: poured pale golden in color with white small head

S: a little fruity and kind of like a perfume

T: first tastes of banana, then herbal, than clove. Slight bitterness from the hops

M: acidic, carbonated

Overall: it's a pretty good brew. Interesting flavors, but a bit confusing (293 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
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- (2,934 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle of Flower of Hops with a BB date stamp of 3/2015.

The pale, hazy golden body is topped by a fine looking near white head that has good retention.

Lemon, yeast, spices and light bread in the nose. Both the aroma and the flavor are flowery and hoppy, but there's an over-abundance of yeast in the nose that detracts a little from my enjoyment, despite the nice fruity elements it brings. Mildly sweet up front and slightly bitter by the finish. Spiciness builds in tasting.

Feel: crisp; semi-dry and slightly over-lively feel. Medium-light body.

O: true to style. (584 characters)

Photo of braugon
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

07/23/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Finding some taps left from a Belgian promotion I tried a taste comparison of this & d’Achouffe Houblon Chouffe, which is a triple. Due to circumstances beyond my control, (sort of), like limited funds & being dramatically close to my self imposed ABV limit, I ended up with the Ommegang. No regrets but I will be looking out for the Chouffe. It's robust flavor, body & alcohol were impressive but not of the moment. Not out of place by any means, just bad timing. It's even usurped what started a glowing review of the Ommegang. I'll be looking forward to both, equally, in the future. (626 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a bit cloudy, bronze with a nice iridescent brightness. The head is foam and sticky and adhered well to the glass.

The nose is quite complex, very nice but gets drowned in the finish with a phenolic tone. Wheat grain is evident at first with a yeast, bubblegum, pepper and clove. The phenomenon then hit strongly and diminish a great aroma.

The flavor is a tinge sweet with banana and bubblegum then a bit bitter with hops and pine. The finish is a bit spicy with cloves and it finishes with a tonic water taste.

The feel bubbling, effervescent, dry and watery, much like tonic water.

This seemed to be a very good example of the style but it was ruined at every turn by one deterring detail. (709 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of qchic
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow gold with a billowy white head that needs time to settle. Lacing on glass. Smells bright--lemony, floral, herbaceous. Same in the flavor, with the floral aspect most noticeable. Seriously, my dry mouth feels like I've been eating flower petals...but in a good way. Not a lot of complexity, but it is a summer offering. At almost 7%, it's not wimpy, and has stood up to a couple of seasons gone by. (409 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This feels weird to type...this is the first Ommegang product that hasn't blown me away. It's not a bad beer by any means, but it tastes a lot like a handful of other summer ales I've had. It's not something I'd feel confident being able to pick out of a crowd. That said, it's still crisp like a summer ale should be and it's worth buying again when it's actually summer. I have no earthly idea why it's available in February in Pennsylvania. (443 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, some fruits. Taste is malts, yeast, some fruitiness, a bit of hops, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and enjoyable beer. (258 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle poured into glass

Billowy white two finger foam cap subsides with very good lacings. Golden yellow, clear liquid with slight carbonation.

Aroma of citrus lemon and grass

Lemony taste on the front of the tongue spreads to the sides. Grassy kick on the side of the tongue. Bitterness on the sides and back . Slight bitterness on the aftertaste

Quite a bit of carbonation on the sip

Another very good beer from Ommegang (430 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz into tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, pale golden yellow with a craggy, billowy white head with great retention and spotty lacing.

Floral, lightly spicy hop character blending into light, phenolic clove notes from the Belgiam yeast.

Medium+ body, foamy, mild carbonation.

Nothing particularly unique about this one, just a very well done Belgian pale ale. (358 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (348 characters)

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