Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 947
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 31
Gots: 142 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of MTLDOG
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of khoff5
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (151 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (509 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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.
M-
O-A fabulous summer beer with Belgian yeast character for smooth, refreshing, and a sweet yet balanced finish. (381 characters)

Photo of classixIII
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (212 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (218 characters)

Photo of DavidGD
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite summer day beers. It has abundant floral notes, dry clean finish and a bright acidity from the lemon and herbal notes. This is a staple for warm weather beer drinking. It is a bit over carbonated IMO, but with an aggressive pour into a glass, it knocks it down to an acceptable level. At 7%...it will sneak up on you though. (351 characters)

Photo of ThaCrax
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think I caught this beer on the perfect day. Unseasonably warm and sunny day in the normally dreary NW. It was just what I wanted, a refreshing summer ale. This is kinda like drinking a flower garden with some herbs and lemon thrown in for good measure... in a good way... but still with dry mouth. The yeast definitely comes through as well. Overall I loved it and I want to try more from this brewery. (410 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
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 qchic
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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 WellRested518
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Beautiful white head that slowly vanishes completely. The body is a hazy golden-yellow.

S- Floral hops, pepper, dandelion, and lemon. A belgian-styled yeast is prominent. I can almost detect brettanomyces, but I know it's not there. Dry.

T- Follows with sweet floral hops and lemon pith being prominent. Finishes with the hops gaining a bitter quality. Cracker malt

F- Silken for an ommegang, but still over-carbed.

O- I love the flavors that Ommegang can create, but their yeast always falls short on mouthfeel... too harsh. Luckily, Fleur De Houblon is a little more subdued and sophisticated. (607 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
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 allengarvin
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: 4.25 - Straw colored, with a lot of yeasty haze, and a dense half inch of very white foam.
S: 4.0 - Lemon fresh fruity scent, and very floral hops.
T: 4.0 - Quite fruity flavor, nicely citrus, with pleasant bitterness and earthy, floral hop flavor. Though it uses the "standard house yeast", I don't get as many spicy phenols as in most Ommegang beers--perhaps fermented at a lower temp?
M: 4.25 - Ommegang always gets mouthfeel right, with lots of carbonation, and a soft, creamy body.
O: 4.0 - Very well-crafted beer, though it doesn't stand out as a favorite among their very high-quality line-up. It's still very good. (626 characters)

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a trappist glass, a hazy golden yellow with a large long lasting white fluffy head. Aroma is of ripe fruit, Belgian yeast, light floral notes. Taste is of ripe fruit, pears, some mild spiced fruity notes, a bit of sweet alcohol, yeast. Palate is crisp medium body with lively carbonation which sits well on the palate. The finish is ripe fruit of pears, mild spice fruit notes, Belgian yeast, has a slight dry sweet alcohol ending with mild bitterness. Overall a very good, flavorful and pleasant drinking brew. (523 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright hazy golden straw color with a fluffy pure white head that settles into a solid cap leaving some lacing on the glass. Some yeast floaters.

The aroma is of clove and farmhouse, hay and tart lemon. Hints of bubblegum. Nice bright aroma.

The taste is of a light pils malt base. The yeast provides a light clove and heavy hay and farmhouse flavor. Nice tart lemon. Light peppery hop in the finish. Spot on BPA flavors. Lacks a little depth.

The feel is moderate with very fizzy carbonation. The beer drinks very crisp as the malt is fairly light and the beer finishes dry. Drinks quite well despite the 6.8% ABV.

A well made BPA. This stays away from heavy so it drinks quite well. My only complaint is that Ommegang seems to have a bunch of BPA's and they all kind of taste the same. (811 characters)

Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
1/5  rDev -75.2%

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 KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours bright yellow that tarnishes and with a thick fluffy head of foam. Rich floral nose, fresh meadows. Taste is a balanced oily hoppy taste, very dry finish. Slightly sour. Loads of Belgian like goodness. Quite interesting. (226 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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 seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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 generallee
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 6.8 % abv and there is a nice short description of the beer.

Appearance: The look of the body is cloudy and the color is a light golden hue. It’s head is tall bright white in color and long lasting. It slowly settles to a thin creamy foam covering which leaves nice lace patterns on the glass.

Smell: Fleur De Houblon has a classic Belgian character. Pale light grain with classic spicey Ommegang yeast mixed with some light citrusy, grassy and spicy hops.

Taste / Palate: The nose and tongue are right on the same page. The base is light pale grain with white pepper and clove like spicy yeast. It also brings a light and pleasant Belgian funk/barnyard note to the mix. Hops add a touch of dryness and mild bitterness along with balanced grassy, floral and citrusy lemon flavor notes. The palate is on and very easy drinking. It feels smooth and creamy yet still lively with carbonation.

Notes: In my opinion Ommegang just keeps on hitting home runs and this is no exception! (1,091 characters)

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Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.