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Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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768 Ratings
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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 18
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
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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smakawhat

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev 0%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep light orange apricot body color. A small rising bit of thin carbonation in the middle, and a slightly rock but creamy white rolling head. Whipped up with peaks and valleys. Real nice looking.

Real solid hop floral nose, hints of perfume and hop bitterness. A small bit of sucrose sweetness, and some hints of green herbality, sage, thyme, rosemary.

Palate comes with a nice rolling mix of heated hop bitterness, and sweetness. Floral notes and hop bitterness almost hit at brett character. Dry finish and stinging needles of pine slightly. A good mix of crispness and malt sweet density. Moderately carbonated and not distracting.

A pretty solid Belgian ale.

06-01-2014 01:16:51 | More by smakawhat
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.01/5  rDev 0%

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a hazy, light golden amber with a two finger, white head that slowly dissipated to a thin film, leaving light lacing. Pleasant aroma of biscuit malt and fresh citrus hops, light Belgian yeast. Flavor is semi-sweet biscuit malt, citrus hops, light lemon citrus, light pear; finishes drier with the hops, Belgian spicing and peppery herbs coming to the fore. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. A nice melding of American IPA hops and malt with classic Belgian components. Great with dinner. Ommegang continues to be a consistently fine brewer of Belgian inspired ales.

06-22-2013 01:21:53 | More by LiquidAmber
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev 0%

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a huge size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, coriander/clove, citrus, floral notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads, grains, and hops. There is also some grapefruit, lemon, and floral notes. It ends with a fruity floral aftertaste.

Overall – This brewer can do no wrong, another winner. A fantastic summer beer with more than enough flavour to stay interesting throughout the glass.

08-21-2013 00:31:00 | More by spinrsx
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev 0%

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and a light amount of pale yellow highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a medium sized finger tall dense cap towards the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy and pale malts with a slightly stronger aroma of lemon citrus and a moderate amount of Belgian yeast with a hint of spiciness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale and grainy malts with a slightly stronger than moderate amount of lemon citrus. There is a light amount of Belgian yeast with a touch of spiciness and light to moderate flavors of floral hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: I found this beer to be a really nicely constructed summer brew - a nice combination of a traditional Belgian Pale Ale with some heavier flavors of citrus and a touch more hops than usual. Easy to drink and refreshing with well hidden alcohol.

07-05-2014 20:09:47 | More by dbrauneis
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.01/5  rDev 0%

12 oz single was $3.

A: First off, great-looking bottle, Ommegang's best one since the redesign. And Fleur is a lovely pour. Golden straw color with a towering, rocky head. I wouldn't balk at all if told this was Duvel.

S: Really deepens as the beer warms. Initially: bready sweetness and a faint whiff of the familiar Ommegang yeast. Later: very authentically floral scent.

T: Ommegang's hoppiest beer? Dry, clean, a bit bready, not so sweet, absolutely no alcohol, and a pleasant hop burn on the end. Not a ton of flavor character, but drinkable as hell.

M: Almost a savory aftertaste. Quite light, average carbonation.

O: Outstanding hot-weather stuff. In the upper tier of Ommegang's expanding lineup of Belgian pales.

05-03-2013 15:26:23 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.01/5  rDev 0%

Four pack from Nick's of Clinton.

The beer is light golden and full of effervescence. A careless pour yields three inches of white, soapy head. Oops.

The aroma brings floral hops, as expected. Additional scents of lemons, grass.

Bready, yeasty, and floral. Nice hop character throughout. Light and refreshing with plenty of flavor. Alcohol presence is minimal and unobtrusive. A solid example of the style.

05-29-2013 02:13:35 | More by Huhzubendah
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MadScientist

New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

A: A slightly hazy, light golden beer. There is a creamy white head with good retention.

S: A medium floral hops aroma with a soft wheat malt sweetness. There is a citrus note reminiscent of coriander but it could be from additions of zest.

T: A moderate wheat malt sweetness with a medium hops bitterness. Some hops flavor and a fair amount of spice and fruit from the yeast. The balance is slight bitter and the finish is medium-dry. The aftertaste is of some spice and citrus.

M: A fluffy beer with a medium-light body and a strong level of carbonation.

O: Sort of bridges between being a Belgian Witte with strong yeast and hops profiles and a BPA with some wheat character.

06-09-2013 22:25:23 | More by MadScientist
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

Ommegang Fleur de Houblon

Appearance: Ommegang’s summer release pours like a typical Ommegang ale. It is a rich, opaque straw gold with a massive swath of pure white, sudsy-like head. The head is so massive even on a gentle pour that the entire bottle had to wait to be poured. As it dissipates (very slowly), the head leaves nice, spider web lacing all over the glass. Carbonation streams up from the bottom very actively. There are some yeast particles in the beer, but all of Ommegang’s beers are bottle conditioned, so this is no surprise. These guys really know how to make a beer look nice.

Aroma: As the bottle and the name indicate, there are lots of floral hop qualities to behold here. This may even be more hop-forward than their BPA. The classic Belgian and Ommegang yeast imparts a very strong, overpowering bubblegum note that all but obliterates the strong hop aromas in the front of the nose. There is also a curious minty note, perhaps also from the yeast. None of the spicy character that the bottle suggests is discernible. The malt has a very minimal sweet biscuity presence that would be welcome if it were stronger. If the bubblegum had been toned down a bit to work better with the floral hoppiness, this beer would benefit greatly; as it is, it is a bit one note.

Taste: Thankfully, the flavor is much more balanced that the nose would indicate. Certainly the bubblegum and mintiness still make a flamboyant appearance, but the hops put up a better fight here. There are slight indeterminate citrus notes along with the tender-yet-pleasing floral notes, and both contribute to a perfect bitterness. The yeast (and perhaps the hops as well) does give the promised spiciness at the very end of the taste, leaving the mouth slightly dry. The cracker/biscuit malt is just sweet enough to balance the beer and is strangely almost wheat-like in character. There is a lot of complexity here and a lot to love, if only, again, the bubblegum flavors were toned down. Even their BPA is not so bubblegum forward.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and refreshing, if just a touch thinner than one would hope. The carbonation is spot on, and the beer is definitely best served cold. The aftertaste is dry, as previously mentioned, and there is a very slight, almost undetectable astringency from the hops. More would have been nice in a beer dedicated to hops in name and description, but that would not be the Belgian way and therefore not the Ommegang way.

Overall: The subtitle “summer ale” says it all. This is a very good BPA from a brewery that consistently produces solid beer. Given that there were no reviews up for it, I took the chance on this one, and I do not regret it in the slightest. The beer is very balanced and very refreshing, and it is perfectly suited to drinking on the porch on a warm day; the problem is that I would like it to be less balanced and more hop forward in order to live up to the name and the hop that is the logo. The 6.8% is a bit high for what is essentially a quaffer, but you do not taste that at all. Give this a shot, if only to have another nice summer beer with a bit of a different flavor profile alongside the typical pale ales and weizens. 15.5/20

04-15-2013 20:22:40 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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slader

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

A beautifully complex brew. Summer Ales are ostensibly 'simple' and 'light'. But this one is sublimely bitter with an enduring aftertaste without being heavy. Boasts a 6.8 ABV but still feels summery. Has that distinctive Ommegang tingly mouth-feel.

06-22-2013 03:41:51 | More by slader
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

Review taken in early June 2013. I actually enjoyed the last couple in the opening matches of the Confederations Cup 2013.

12 oz brown bottle with lovely Ommegang style artwork. Bright golden yellow with a green font. Reminds me of the early summer time heat. Poured into a glass similar to the one recommended on the label. I call it an English or Belgian in this case port glass. Stemmed port glass.

A - glowing golden yellow or even a lemon yellow colored body that was a touch hazy. Fluffy white head had some frothiness and sort of creamy on top. Head lasted a while and the lace provided some slow moving stickiness on the glass. The body just glows and glows. Very beautiful looking body.

S - pale malt and a unique Belgian like ommegang yeast. Aroma is bright and floral with some lemon. Almost flowery. Some nice spices in those back end of the nose.

T - flowery and floral hop notes all over. Slightly fruity with Touches of bright lemon and zest with a pretty good yeast flavor. A clean yeast taste. Pale like malt make up the backbone but come off a bit dull compared to the flowery hops. Some summer spices with some bitterness to the finish.

M - a pretty refreshing mouthfeel overall but may be a touch thin for some. Texture is pretty close to being on par with a lot of American made saison/farmhouse ales. Overall the feel is exactly what you want on a hot and humid summer evening. Clean and refreshing.

O - I really enjoy Ommegang brews. This summer offering is a well craft Belgian pale ale and one warm weather fans could add to their arsenal of summer style ales. I'm not sure id drink this over Hennepin, but it is a very good ale given its characteristics and style format. Definitely something a bit different and hits the phrase summer ale on the head. If you like the literally flowery hopped brew then this is for you. It's bright and beautiful and every drink reminds you of bright floral occasions summer time has to offer. Nice clean brew.

07-01-2013 01:05:13 | More by BradtheGreat7
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mverity

Florida

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%

Great appearance, huge creamy white head, that held for a long time, and has great lacing. The smell was citrusy and earthy but that's about it. Taste is interesting. Heartburn after 4 big sips. Very lithely hoppy, tons of citrus, and a nice yeasty character. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, and mildly efflorescent.

05-31-2013 21:06:09 | More by mverity
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%

Light gold and a bit hazy with a bright white cap. Decent head retention with a bit of foamy lacing. Aromas of lemony citrus, straw, a bit yeasty/bready, quite floral. A bit sweeter than expected, moderate bitterness that lingered. Citrus and floral, a hint of spiciness. Lively carbonation, light bodied, off-dry and quite drinkable. Really nice balance and well constructed. I'll definitely pick this up again.

05-11-2014 18:38:04 | More by DrJay
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%

Served on tap in a fluted glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy orange-yellow color with a nice thick one finger white head. The head has a good level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is a mix of fruit, wheat, and grass with a bit of yeast. The strong wheaty smell is mixed with fruits of orange and lemon with grassy and some floral notes rounding out the aroma along with a touch of yeast.

Taste – The taste is wheaty and slightly yeasty up front with a moderate amount of orange citrus. The lemon citrus flavor develops more toward the middle of the taste with the wheat becoming more grainy in flavor as the taste advances further forward. The hops that were detected in the nose begin coming in more toward the middle of the taste with the grassy hop flavors starting off the hop entrance and the floral hop then coming in later. In the end a crisp and slightly sour lemon wheat flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the lighter side in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is slightly on the higher side with lots of little carbonation bubbles. Both are quite fitting for the style and make for a more refreshing feel on the tongue.

Overall – A crisp, refreshing and flavorful brew. Very enjoyable and great for the summer weather.

06-01-2013 18:47:36 | More by Darkmagus82
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mjryan

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +1%

A sublime, well hopped Belgianesque beer. Straw coloured and hazy. Enormous klingy head. Earthy, haylike hops with lemon and black pepper notes as well. Sharp hoppy attack up front, lemon zest and soft bready malt in the middle. Finish is dry, with a pleasant bitter, black pepper flavour. This beer bears more than a passing resemblance to Saison DuPont. Subtle malt, citric hops, faint black pepper and bitter dry finish. Well done Ommegang, I'm a fan.

05-08-2013 20:28:02 | More by mjryan
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%

On tap at the Union Beer House in Lebanon, PA

Poured into a nice medium size goblet, faintly hazy, with bright white head. only moderate carbonation.

Getting the yeast and banana on the nose, however faintly.

No big flavor punch at all. But you know what, it's GOOD. Very mild and subtle flavors swirling around in the mouth, but somehow the flavors come through as full . Banana, yeast, light spice, even makes you think of summer. Extremely refreshing, but satisfying as a beer, not just as a quench thirster. I freely admit that belgians mostly leave me cold. Maybe this hit me on the right day, in the right mood, and the right level of tiredness, but I can see happily putting away a six pack on a warm summers day.

Sorry, got a bit offtrack there. Mouth is medium and satisfying

Overall, well, see above. I am usually excited about beers that smack you in the mouth one way or another, and, again, belgians of any style are not really my cup of tea. This was extremely enjoyable, and I'll seek it out for the rest of the summer.

Cheers.

07-11-2014 20:21:22 | More by MikeWard
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Aml42000

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

This pours hazy gold with a snowy, thick white head.

The aromatics are the star of the show here. Floral hops, very clean & pleasant to smell. Some yeasty aromatics poke through, but overall expressive & elegant.

Very balanced & flavorful. Some richness adds to the citrus & stone fruit. Layers develop, slight sweetness, some hoppy bitterness, but everything in waves, transitioning smoothly. Refreshing & delicious.

Soft mouthfeel & medium bodied. You expect this to be a bit thick on the finish, but it shows an elegance consistent with the aromatics.

This is exactly what I want in a summer seasonal. It hits all the refreshing notes needed on a hot day, but shows tons of complex character as well. Very impressed, but certainly not surprised as Ommegang is consistently good.

07-05-2013 15:23:53 | More by Aml42000
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flagmantho

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: silvery-gold hue with a moderately thick haze and two fingers of creamy white foam. Looks like a good witbier; I like it a lot.

Smell: sweet malt with a little bit of farmhouse funk melds with fresh, grassy hops with perhaps a touch of earthy character. Quite enticing and, indeed, summery.

Taste: nice malt flavor with that little funk and a tiny hint of tartness which just adds to the refreshing character of the grassy hops. Bitterness is strong enough to hold its own, but is quite smooth. Very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a giant carbonation and huge carbonation. A little bit evanescent, but quite satisfying nonetheless.

Overall: I should stock up on six packs of this stuff. It is hugely quaffable despite its ABV and it just suits my palate very well.

07-23-2013 03:19:31 | More by flagmantho
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow with a real foamy 3+ inch head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sour notes, pineapple, grapes, lemon, Belgian yeasts. Very floral with some nice light hoppy aromas.

Taste - First sip is very Belgium pale ale with a little sour yeasty note added. Lots of grapes, lemon and a bubblegum flavor. Hops add bitterness and a little pineapple kick. Some fruits and spices come out near the finish.

Mouthfeel - A mix of Belgium yeasts and sour fruits hits the tongue. Palate gets more of the same, with a addition of some spices and pale malts. The finish is sour, pale ale malty and sour fruity.

Overall - As usual with ommegang, very tasty. A nice mix of Belgium pale ale, a wheat ale, and a sour ale. Easy to drink, nothing is over the top or strong. Alcohol is masked well, smooth and easy to drink. A winner.

06-08-2013 03:44:09 | More by wvsabbath
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +2%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice light golden color almost like a lemony glow to it. There is a nice dense and sticky 1.5 inch head that forms. The head is white and pretty sticky with great retention.

Aroma is wonderful. There is a nice wild flower aroma to it, some mild honey and nice yeasty esters. Some slight phenols are also present. There is some nice funk to the brew with some slight cornhusk notes. On the back end a nice slight hopy citrus notes creeps in.

Flavor starts off earthy and funky. Nice barnyard yeasty notes are present. Then there is a nice earthy grain note mixed in with some good flowery and citrus hop notes. There is a nice slight lemony note to the citrus but there is also some slight tangerines with the hop notes. Pretty balanced brew between some nice bready notes, yeasty esters and some grassy herbal notes. Mouthfeel is nice and bubbly almost like champagne.

Pretty good BPA. I enjoy the good hop notes in this brew and the Belgian style background is well crated as always by Ommegang.

04-29-2013 23:38:28 | More by JoEBoBpr
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +2%

on tap at the source, this very light Belgian summer beer is just what the doctor ordered after a long drive through the eastern new your countryside. it pours a pale golden color, more yellow really, with a fair bit of suspended sediment and a huge creamy white head that is continually rising rather than falling. I smell grassy hops, very light wheat malt, and the slightest spice kick. the taste is quite herbal, with the hops giving more flavor than bitterness, and the malt being light enough to allow this awesome Belgian yeast to be prominent. the finish is really clean, and the alcohol is very well hidden. the lightness in feel of this beer impressed me the most, and the floral and herbal profile of the hops is a nice seasonal touch. carbonation on par with the rest of the ommegang lineup. this is an excellent summer drink, also really fantastic with a splash of the fruitesse raspberry beer that's also on tap at the brewery. ommegang can do no wrong.

07-16-2013 13:55:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%

A-Cloudy yellow orange, well carbonated, two finger light fluffy head

S-Lots of wheat, lemon and grass, floral notes along with some spice as well.

T-Starts wheaty, lemon, grass, floral notes ends with spice and slight bitterness.

M-Light nicely carbonated, dry and crisp.

O-Another solid beer from Ommegang, a nice summer seasonal.

06-01-2013 16:21:53 | More by rlee1390
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%

A- 12oz bottle to snifter with a very hazy, light golden yellow body. A foamy white head forms to a few fingers high with good retention. Creamy ring around the glass leaves small lace patches.

S- Yeasty with a good hop presence. Quite a bit of lemon oil and zest feel, sharp citrus notes. Belgian yeast hints of pepper, coriander, spice and fruit like pear and apple.

T- Again a pretty seamless blend of yeast and hops with a slight malt balance. Fruity and spicy overall feel to the flavor with big notes of lemon zest, apple, pear and Belgian yeast spice, pepper and coriander come to mind. Floral, herbal and citrus seemingly from the hops. Slight malt sweetness and cracked grain hint.

MF- Dried out body has a light end feel but a high carbonation which feels suitable for a Belgian style Pale. Agitation causes the beer to take on a nice creamy, silky smooth feel. Good bitter edge in the finish.

Good spice forward Pale with good a good hoppy edge. I forget how much this goes for but I might have to pick up a pack of it. Very good balance of yeast and hops in a beer that drinks about 3 percent lower than the listed ABV but delivers as much flavor as it should. Well crafted.

06-21-2013 02:46:30 | More by cbutova
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a huge foamy bubbly head that attempts to fades fairly quickly but many bubbles streaming up reinforce it, mostly clear golden honey colored at the thin parts and nectar orange at the thick. Decent spotty lacing.

Nose very floral, citrus lemon peel, light flowery tea, already hint of coriander like spice, faint Belgian esters, light blond malt, touch of a floral lemony hop, touch of a grainy cereal grain.

Taste starts with more lemony citrus zest, then into Belgian esters, light floral spices and flowery like flavours again. Hops really come out but not super bitter or overpowering, fair to light bitterness, light lemon peel and floral hops. Again light cereal blond grainy flavours, and a hint if sweetness giving it a lemon candy flavor. Finish is dry and gets fairly bitter, lingering lemon peel like bitter rind, little grainy blond malt also lingering.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

Overall not bad, decent for a summer beer that doesn't get too light or fruity but still brings a nice hop character and without getting too powerful for a summer beer.

06-28-2013 14:26:29 | More by jlindros
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%

Bottle from Potsdam IGA. Bottled 04/10/2013 so about 5 months old.

A - Cloudy with a very light golden body. Strong carbonation with a big pillowy three finger white head. Good chunks of laceand a finger of retention.

S - Really nice Belgian yeast character and noble hop mixing together. Saaz and honey. Love it.

T - Honey, pilsnery malt, nice spicy and floral notes. Belgian yeast. Floral, zesty, lemony. Well blended flavours. Right up my alley.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, and a floral crisp bitterness.

O/D - More of a Belgian IPA but it's all pretty similar. A nice hoppy Belgian blonde. Very drinkable for the ABV. Liked it alot.

09-07-2013 23:51:42 | More by tbeckett
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, light golden body with a tall, frothy, white head.

Smell: Enjoyably fruity, citrusy, and floral with spicy and subtle resinous pine of the hops atop yeast and sugar dosed bread dough.

Taste: Upfront, it's a little doughy, bready, grainy and given a firm dose of confectioners sugar. A lemon-lime fruitiness and chipper floral character mingles in with the residual sweetness. Subdued spiciness. Even a little Yellow Delicious apple on the back half. Drying, lemon-lime finish with a last little zip of suds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Refreshing and likable.

06-09-2013 22:28:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.