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Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 506
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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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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

Ommegang Fleur de Houblon has a thin, spongy, off-white head, a murky, yellow-orange, extremely bubbly appearance, and some lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is very sweet, full, yeasty, and citrusy. The taste has the lemon or cumquats, white bread, pronounced hop bitterness, light fruit, yeast, candi sugar, and grain husk. Mouthfeel is heading up towards medium and is carbonated to the hilt, and Ommegang Fleur de Houblon finishes mostly dry, pretty easy drinking, and rich. Overall, another hit from Ommegang. Get some!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 16:02:45 | More by RonaldTheriot
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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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BrewMakeMeFeel

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A beautiful, pale golden color with noticeable carbonation and foamy head.

Smell: Very balanced floral hops and yeast aromas, with a hint of citurs.

Taste: Spicy yeast taste followed by floral hops aroma that lingers through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light but not too watery, with a refreshing bite of carbonation.

Overall: A very refreshing, yet complex summer ale. The balance of spicy yeast and hops aromas is well crafted. One of the better summer ales I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:01:16 | More by BrewMakeMeFeel
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by date of 4/20/14 means this is well within the optimal freshness period designated by the brewery, though it is being consumed well after the summer season has ended.

A: Pours a hazy lemon yellow color (yeast added on the pour, I should note). The massive, rocky white head is a permanent fixture. Lacing is abundant, clumpy, and very foamy. It clings wildly to the glass in huge gobs.

S: Very yeasty with aromas of chalk and spices. Faint white pepper. Tame phenols. Underlying biscuity malts. Beautiful floral hop aromas. Wildflowers and elegant perfume. Pithy, hint of lemon pulp.

T: Chalky yeast. White pepper and vague spices. Church incense. Mild clovey phenols. Biscuity golden malt base provides an anchor. Yeast goes bready and doughy at a point. Hops provide delicious grassy, floral, and lightly citric flavors. Mild orange peel. Hint of lemon zest. They provide balance, but also contrasting flavors that intermarry with the yeasty complexity wonderfully. Doughy and spicy yeast and oily, floral, and grassy hops on the finish.

M: Lighter in body. Delicate and creamy in texture. Ample carbonation gives is some lift and crispness.

O: I absolutely love what Ommegang has done here. A pleasantly hopped golden ale that flaunts its effortless balance and complexity. Fleur de Houblon is a fun and easy beer to drink, well-suited for summer, but delicious anytime. The new seasonal lineup has been fantastic thus far.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 19:17:37 | More by ryan1788a5
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plaid75

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and s sticky lacing.

The smell featured peppery hops, spicy esters as a touch of lemon.

The taste consisted of upfront peppery hops with huge esters, some lemon and a grainy dry malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a superior hop driven Belgian Pale.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:43:11 | More by plaid75
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lancecenter

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy gold/orange color. Three fingers of fluffy head.

S - Powdered yeast, floral hops, spicy pepper, and citrus.

T/M - The spicy pepper hits first followed by the soft yeast. Slightly dry finish.

O - Hands down, the best summer brew or Belgian Pale I've ever had. Might give 3P a run for its money as my favorite Ommegang offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:47:45 | More by lancecenter
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atr2605

New York

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

A-pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a white head with excellent retention that clings to the glass
S-bright lemony citrus, slightly floral and grassy with some sweetness in the background
T-tart citrus that is crisp and dry in the finish
M-medium bodied and highly carbonated
O-very refreshing brew that is easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:33:09 | More by atr2605
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

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

A very tasty, citrusy, lemony, flowery brew. Very refreshing and crisp, excellent for summer but also complex enough to satisfy year round. While the hops may be substantial, they don't seem to overpower this beer in any way. I wish I hadn't waited so long to try this and instead started drinking it first thing in the summer (or when it was available). Really nice and solid.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:52:25 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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heymikew

California

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice but complex unfiltered summertime brew that pairs up well with a lot of different food. I enjoyed it with a chicken bbq and heirloom salad dinner and one wasn't enough!

It's got a big head but isn't over carbonated. Light dry and crisp but has a nice floral nose and taste, along with apples, pears and a hint of citrus and even some minty cilantro notes. There's definitely some Belgian backbone but it has good hop presence. Very unique.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 21:53:58 | More by heymikew
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Full head in a lager glass settling to 5 fingers

Appearance - Hazy golden hue with a huge size fizzy/frothy white coloured head.Great lacing.

Smell - Hops, coriander/clove, citrus, hop flower notes, lightly grassy, like a meadow

Taste & Mouth - Yeasty baked bread, grains, and hops. There is also some lemon, orange and floral. It ends with a fruity floral (rose water) aftertaste.

Overall – My best summer ale this year. wonderful flavors. I hope they make this regularly.

Serving type: bottle from a carton of 4

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 04:52:16 | More by otterbearfla
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NateTheBeard

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was one of the best tasting beers I've enjoyed with punch that didn't upset the palate or my head but I knew it wasn't a session beer or some junk I used to pound in college. I wanted another one after my first and that is usually my mark of something I feel strongly enough to leave a review for. Plus it has been a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 14:10:05 | More by NateTheBeard
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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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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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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:31:00 | More by spinrsx
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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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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sampler glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam.

S- Floral, as expected, with a nice citrusy hop fume and a smack of wheat-like malt. Kind of reminds me of some saisons I've had in the past.

T- Flavor isn't quite as impressive as there's just a light bitterness and a faint reflection of the aroma. Still, it's a bit fruity and zesty and certainly enjoyable. Wow, would never have guessed the ABV was anywhere over 6%.

M- A bit spritzy and has a small bite from the hops. Medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I rather enjoyed this. A light and refreshing brew with enough hop kick to keep things interesting. The aroma was especially pleasurable.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 03:58:21 | More by Immortale25
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Willytee3

New York

4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden sunlight yellow with a pillowy pure white head. Slight haze and floaties from the pour. Explosive head with streaming bubbles that support the head which eventually settles into a frothy ring and lace.

Smells of brett with a straw like bubble gum. Some dry flowers and wheat in background. Pleasant clean and crisp citrus with a touch of spice.

Tastes of light brett with green flowers balanced by a backbone of round wheat. Nice spiciness presumably from the hop flowers with a green hoppy character. Citrus lightly compliments throughout and leaves a mouth watering dry pucker on the finish.

Loads of sharp prickly bubbles deliver a spicy dull brett feel turns frothy almost full body but stays thankfully light.

Overall a great expression of pure green hops in a nicely balanced summer brew. This one is two cuts above the rest and hits it out of double day park. Really in a league of it's own when it comes to summer beers, my favorite by far.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 05:52:37 | More by Willytee3
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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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keithmurray

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy dark golden liquid with voluminous white head

Smell - Lemon, Lime, yeast, very tropical

Taste - Much like the smell, lemons, limes, clove, ginger, coriander

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, high, bubbly carbonation, starts out a bit sweet, then moves to tart and sour towards the finish, dry finish as well

Overall - This was a really good beverage, really tasty yet refreshing; one that I would be happy to re-visit. I hope Ommegang comes back out with this one next summer.

Price Point - $10.50/ 4pk 12 oz bottles

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 00:54:39 | More by keithmurray
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 355 ml. bottle dated Best By 10/20/14. Sampled on July 26, 2013.

It pours golden yellow and murky that erupts into a huge puffy white head that takes forever to dissipate but it does eventually.

Oh that nose! Belgian yeasts, Belgian malts, toasted biscuit, spice, and earthy hop all come together to make this incredibly inviting.

The body is light and it is smooth and creamy to boot.

The flavor is much like the nose but there is a bit more of a citrus bite and a slightly lingering peppery finish. This has jumped top the of my summer ale list.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 19:40:33 | More by puboflyons
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flagmantho

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a substantial foamy white head nearly spilling out of the glass. Outstanding head retention and thick globs of lacing.

The aroma fits the style perfectly. Spicy lemon and orange peel along with great yeast esters. Bread and cracker crumbs in the background with some flowers. Just really amazing in every way possible.

The flavor is just as great as the aroma with juicy orange and lemon up front with a quick hit of coriander. Spicy Belgian yeast is present throughout and a very nice bready malt base. Light bitterness and a very light spritzy mouthfeel.

Overall, an amzing enjoyable beer. I don't believe I have had a bad beer from this brewery and this one is just perfect for summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 01:29:01 | More by rangerred
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 13:55:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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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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Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.