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Fleur De Houblon | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by THANAT0PSIS on 04-15-2013

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy yellow in color with a huge fluffy white head. Excellent lacings.

The aroma is of belgian yeast, hops, and lemongrass. It's really a nice balance between hops, fruity esters, and earthy aromas.

Flavor is earthy and slightly bitter up front. Hops are present, but not dominant. A belgian yeast has it's way in the flavor as well, along with floral notes, but both are mild.

Overall, this is a refreshing, crisp, tasty beverage. I would try again. Preferably on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-2-15 - On tap at Doylestown Tap House. Served in a short Belgian snifter. Little head an bud in color. Nice flavors, but tasted a bit flat. I wav hoping for a Belgian collaboration, but this is Belgian in name only. Next time here, I'll have the Duvel.

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Photo of TigerSoul
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I remember many, many spring moons ago my introduction to Ommegang Brewery: they had released Hennepin, which, without relying upon Google or Wiki, I believe was their first offering, and quite possibly the first saison to be brewed here in the US. It was not my first saison, that being the first of them all, Saison Dupont, but I do remember thinking that it was truly a revelation . Fleur de Houblon takes me back to those early days like no other of the Ommegang line. The character of this beer does not fit the description (that of a 'summer' quaff), as it has a higher alcohol content and too much flavor and dimension to be pigeonholed into that category. The backbone of this beer is almost champagne-like, very effervescent on the pour, a thick head, and loads of fruity (not piney) hops, with a spicy, zesty finish. Completely pleasurable, and highly recommended.

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Photo of Tank880
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suspect there are a number of folks who generally are not huge fans of Belgian styled beers. I am one of them. They are generally not my style. However, every time I have an ommegang, I am always pleased. This is a fantastic tasting beer. It always gets me on a Belgian kick for a period of time.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy yellowy amber with a bubbly head. Hoppy to the nose and mouth - although in a floral way. With the alcohol level, it is not a seesion beer, but by the taste it is.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have reached the conclusion that there is nothing that Ommegang Brewery does wrong. No matter how many beers of theirs I try they are all delicious and for that reason they have become one of my favorite breweries. I am a little impartial as I love Belgium style ales, but this one is hoppy, citrusy, and just plain delicious.

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Photo of lastmango
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy gold with a 3 finger head. Nose was a mild floral and hint of bread. Good carbonation and mdium body. Initial taste was fruity then a wash of hops over the tongue. More hops than what I prefer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow glass, color is straw/gold, a little dense, with a huge head of mixed bubble sizes, with nice lacing, color is off white with a tan hue.

Aroma is a very pleasant blend of peppery, earthy, spicy yeast flavors, with some lighter malty flavors of bread, then some subtle wet yeast/fermenting bread like scents.

Taste is comes through with tantalizing freshness, big yeast and malt notes with very aromatic earthy/citrusy blend of hops. Yeast flavors remind of cracked pepper and light ester. Malt notes are bread and wheat.

Mouthfeel is spot on for spicier belgian pale ale near saison quality with the yeast byproducts drying out the flavor and sweetness of any malt presence.

Overall, a great lighter malt beer with emphatic yeast byproduct and pepperiness with great hop freshness.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a single into a nonic
pours a hazy deep gold with a big puffy 3 finger off white head that sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing. The nose is great, wonderful mix of coriander, pepper, lemon, grain, some earthy flowery hops...really nice, layered, and refreshing. Taste follows, more or less. The feel is okay...substantial body, fairly soft despite relatively high carbonation.
This one is well worth revisiting, even if I have to wait for next summer...love the mixture of spice, floral and herbal notes.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle purchased as part of a 4 pack and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Never seen this particular Ommegang beer before and feel fortunate to have wandered into the store I did and find it. From the look to the smell to the feel to the taste, this beer is wonderful. As it's a summer seasonal, I will run out and snatch up as much more as I can find before it's gone.

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Photo of biegaman
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fleur De Houblon has a head like a blossoming lotus that covers the glass like climbing hydrangea. It is pristine white and solid enough to pass as spun cotton. The liquid embalmed within it is no less a sight to see; beaming golden radiance and a dizzying spectacle of bubbles make this look incredibly striking.

Spicy, aromatic yeast is every bit part and parcel with Belgian ales as the beehive of foam. Though brewed in the United States with the intent of showcasing American hops (Bravo) this bouquet is still dominated by yeasty notes of cracked pepper, fresh bread, and pantry spices. There is certainly an earthy, floral element but it's merely a compliment to the inherent dried herb qualities.

And all of this is fine by me. The palate does the same thing: it offers a glimpse of raw whole leaf hops and then has it whisked away by savory flavours of chamomile, flowers, nutmeg, allspice and a wholesome, comforting flavour of warm homemade bread. Despite that yeast steals the show, there is a trace of crude bitterness on the finish. Maybe Ommegang does have an American side after all?!

Maybe. But the fact they're able to make such zestful spicy flavours dance on my tongue like ballerinas, somehow manage to disappear 6.8% into thin air, and delicately lace the beer with glints of exquisite flavours most people won't even notice... that is all purely the work of a Belgian pedigree.

Fleur De Houblon has an absolutely lovely flavour profile that I'm completely absorbed with. Spicy, floral hops, malty grain and zesty, savory yeast all come through with singular clarity creating a beer that's balanced and harmonious. I can't think of many offerings more elegant, graceful and wondrously tasteful than this. Ommegang is still arguably the best stateside producer of Belgian ales.

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Photo of ARoman
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a floral, sweet tropical note that hits the nose in abundance. It’s a clear, straw colored beer with a dense white soap head that has moderate lacing and good retention. The taste is a medium bittersweet. The medium body has an oily texture has a fuzzy carbonation with citrus and tropical fruit, and bread for flavors. The finish has a crisp spice quality, followed quickly by a sweet tropical juice (primarily pineapple) that leads to an aftertaste that’s clean with a faint hint of some bread.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz Bottle
"Best By" Date of March 2016 (printed on the neck of the bottle).
Reviewed on August 14th, 2015
Served in a Tulip Glass

Poured a cloudy pale orange body. Visible bands of yeast and a few bubbles floated around the body. A robust white head formed right off of the pour. Plenty of sticky rings of lace left throughout. This one was quite the looker!

Big presence of spicy Belgian yeast dominated the aroma. Mild floral hops emerged from the spicy yeast, creating a slightly earthy tone. Sweeter notes from the malts mellowed sharper notes from the hops.

Spicy Belgian yeast hit the tongue first. Earthy hops flared up from the sharper notes of spice but never dipped into bitter levels. Subtle presence of malts, mainly dark fruit mixed with doughy biscuit. The malts lightly sweetened the overall tone of the beer, letting pops of tartness from the hops break through, yet taming them enough to stay refreshing. Moderate carbonation. Light/medium body. Very crisp and drinkable.

Excellent beer. Perfect companion for a summer evening... although I could happily drink this one year-round.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer as expected from Ommegang. Bright but smooth on the palate. The floral notes are complex and linger in a smooth finish, starting from the aroma. Great summer beer from a World-class brewery. The hops are also present with a bitter but balanced, floral finish. Did I say great beer? Would love to try on tap. Best summer beer of the summer. Crashing waves at a moonlight midnight or blowing mountain breeze. The complexity of this beer evokes that depth of response- in me. Try it yourself.

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Photo of MTLDOG
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured golden yellow from a tap to a tulip. Two fingers white foamy head. Some lacing. Very floral and crisp. Smells of hops and yeast but a touch perfume. Medium mouthfeel with good amount of carbonation. Nice pale ale for the summer. Crisp. A touch too floral, and not too complex. But enjoyable.

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Photo of khoff5
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful color and excellent thick foamy head, complex citrus and floral smell and taste, not very hoppy (in a good way), my new favorite summer beer.

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Photo of jera1350
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive head of foam, cloudy pale yellow.

Very floral, fruity hops, yeasty esters.

Clean up front, followed by a light hop bitterness, earthy and light fruit/citrus hops and ending with a light Belgian yeast taste.

Crisp, drying finish.

Well done Belgian Pale Ale. A little too much hop bitterness for my personal liking, but a pleasant beer all around.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An iridescent, light, honey-gold (SRM 5). A long-lasting, shallow, creamy white head leaves patchy lace on an Offero glass.

Floral elements are faint but discernible amidst musty notes with white bread. The aroma is pleasant but lacking distinctive characteristics.

The flavor is biscuity with light, balanced sweetness and bitterness. Some candied sugar is detectible along with honey, citrus, and lemon grass. The finish is mild and lingering.
A medium to full body. Lively carbonation scours the oily texture while controlled alcohol dried out the finish. Residual sugar is left on the lips.

This is another excellent beer for a cool summer day. I suspect it would also do well on a hot afternoon enjoyed with friends and lively conversation.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 06/15. Hazy (due to yeast) golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose of floral hops, lemon notes, subtle clove phenols from the yeast and a biscuit background.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that has just a hint of creaminess. Perfect carbonation with effervescence from the middle on and a rousing prickly finish.

The almost outstanding flavor profile is intense, fairly complex but fails to completely cover the alcohol and lacks enough biscuit to balance. Floral hops lead coupled with a bit of lemon. The middle brings a mild bitterness and subtle and fleeting biscuit sweetness. The sweetness is quickly overpowered by clove with alcohol underneath. As the clove subsides in the finish, alcohol becomes dominate.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. The color is a golden yellow with milk white head and lacing. This ale has a fragrant smell of lemon and floral hops. The taste features lemon and spicy yeast with quite a bit of hoppiness. In fact, it's fairly bitter. This ale is nicely carbonated with a pleasant mouth feel. Overall, it is a very nice summer ale; light for 6.8ABV and quite refreshing. Because it's brewed by Ommegang, it is nicely complex. A perfect beer to accompany a late lunch outside on a summer's day.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a 2.5” clingy pillowy white foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Floral, citrus, spice, hint of earthiness, light fruit, berry.
T: Fruit with biscuit, moderate bitterness from the middle through the aftertaste. A flowery character throughout.
F: Creamy, dry, refreshing, medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation.
O: A flowery, bright, refreshing summer ale packed with aroma and flavor.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-A brilliant blonde, slight haze, lightly carbonated
S-Malt body hangs in the background and the lemon citrus notes are present; Belgian yeast is most readily apparent
T-Smooth refreshing light with fruity, floral notes and hops provide additional citrus character.
O-A fabulous summer beer with Belgian yeast character for smooth, refreshing, and a sweet yet balanced finish.

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Photo of classixIII
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice! Hazy golden pour with massive foamy head that stayed quite a while. Sweet, yeast, hops. Well carbonated, crisp and refreshing. Just the right amount of bitter. Great brew for summer, need to find more.

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Photo of JRed
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden body with mountain peaks of white over top. Aroma of floral, light fruit, pears, vanilla, spice. Tastes of floral notes, pears, banana, Belgian yeast spice, hop bitterness is very present and crisp, finishes rather dry with a faint lingering pear flavor. Light bodied with spritzy carbonation. A bright beer. Nice.

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Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew has a hazy, almost cloudy, golden brew. The head is thick, stable, and long lasting. The smell has a peppery, flowery, sweetish scent. The taste is balanced, zesty, and semi-dry. Refreshing and well-made.

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