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Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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90
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792 Ratings
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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 21
Gots: 68 | 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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4/5  rDev 0%

tneenan1, Jun 30, 2013
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Kerrie, May 13, 2013
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MDDMD, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

nickfl, Apr 26, 2013
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cjgiant, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

szmnnl99, Jul 03, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

smakawhat, Jun 01, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

LiquidAmber, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

spinrsx, Aug 21, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dbrauneis, Jul 05, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ZethOfTheNorth, May 03, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Huhzubendah, May 29, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

MadScientist, Jun 09, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

THANAT0PSIS, Apr 15, 2013
Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.