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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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow. Good off-white head--small, but plenty of blanket lace. Lots of lasting power.

As always, there's a ton of Belgian yeast to the smell. Behind that is some pale malt, but it's subtle.

More bitter than most of Ommegang's offerings. Again, there's a harsh yeast bite geometry hop in the background, but it's not prominent. The aftertaste is better on the hop bitterness, but this still the tale of a strong Belgian yeast flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2013 20:35:03 | More by smcolw
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rand

California

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

Served into a pint glass at livewire sd.

The brew is pale straw-yellow in color, clean and clear. A small wispy head leaves trace lacing.

The nose is wet floral hops and fruity esters, a little spicy. Freshly baked pasties provides a nice backdrop for the layered bouquet.

Hop-forward on the palate, the hops are floral and a little tingly. Ripe fruit and a touch of funk combine with honey sweetness to round the profile of flavors. The brew leans against a bready complexion, frothy in your mouth and scrubbing your palate between sips.

Simple, layered, tasty, drinkable. Exactly what you want from a pale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2013 06:18:43 | More by rand
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JWearda

Iowa

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the bar tap.

Appearance: golden color with cloudy haze and very little foam. Can't wait to let it pass my lips!

Smell: light, sweet, fresh, and summery; almost citrusy.

Taste: very smooth and easy to let this ale lay on your taste buds for awhile!

Mouthfeel: clean and smooth, not invasive; has a clean and dry finish. VERY good!

Overall: the perfect summer ale! Not heavy and filling, but very good flavor and smoothness.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 16:39:16 | More by JWearda
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: A strong dirty gold, full of bubbles all over the body. The white head is a little ofer a dinger's length settling quite slow after a sip or two.

Smell: A nice yeast with a hit of bread...becomes a very appetizing sniff.

Taste: sweet yeast, heavy bread almost like a multigrain with a sweet citrus lemon. You taste and you can't get enough.

Mouth: medium, slightly heavy and a little dry that had a little sourness to it at the end.

Overall: very good beer that took me by suprise. It's smooth but ridiculously strong in flavors that it might overwhelm you just a but you will appreciate it. A beer best served well done, Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 02:32:05 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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MWolverines66

New York

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lemon yellow color with a 2 inch head. The bartender kept looking like she made a mistake trying to pour it several times to minimize the foam but failed every time until giving up.

Smells like a lemon zest, citrus fruits and a little spice. The taste follows the aroma as it provides an initial nice citrus taste, with a little hoppy bite on the back end.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 01:06:43 | More by MWolverines66
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at the lumberyard in Georgetown ct. Nice slightly cloudy golden color pour with a finger of head. Nice floral hoppy mixed with spicy peppery saison aroma. Similar taste...floral hops, a bit of fruitiness, and spicy saison yeast...really well balanced. Nice maltiness and perfect mouthfeel. Really a hoppy saison to me and its really nice.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 23:07:04 | More by DrinkSlurm
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dgilks

Australia

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear straw colour. Small white head. Fair head retention.

Lovely balance of citrus and spice. Classic said on aromas with some earthiness too.

Big bold phenol notes. Decent bitterness. Light on the citrus. Crisp and clean.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really solid Belgian Pale. Nicely hoppy too. Really enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 20:19:56 | More by dgilks
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FLima

Brazil

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with a good head with decent retention.
Aroma of Belgian yeast and some sourness. Quite floral as well.
Delicious Belgian ale towards a sour beer with a firm but elegant floral hop with a mild overall funkiness. Hints of white wine. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation and tiny bubbles.
Great sour beer, pardon me, BPA, refreshing and very well balance in all senses. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 01:25:53 | More by FLima
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dar482

New York

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a light golden color.

The aroma has lemon, Belgian yeast, biscuit malt.

The flavor follows with citrus, some floral notes, a bit of spice or pepper like a wheat beer. The yeast used reminds me slightly of La Chouffe's.

There is a slight dry hoppy and bready finish.

The body is pretty light and it's quiet a refreshing beer. It's a nice summer Belgian IPA style beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 22:54:53 | More by dar482
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear golden color, white short lived topping that recedes to a ring. No lacework to speak of really. Aroma of rustic Belgian yeast and hop flowers. Bread, wildflower honey, pale malts. In the taste, solid funk, good earthy herbal bitterness and a refreshing tartness that really ties everything together. Light to medium bodied, dry as hell. Enjoyable, very Belgian summer beer for people of taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2013 00:48:18 | More by Stinkypuss
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

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

Served a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a foamy white head that persists and leaves great lacing on the glass. Floral hops, medicinal, soft wheat, coriander and light fruity esters from the yeast make up the delicious aroma. Taste is delicious wheat, floral hops fresh apricots and a favorable spicy yeast character. Mouthfeel is light body with delicate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.
Overall this beer has great appeal for the style and is precise in balance and the taste is super fresh and thirst quenching. Another great beer from Ommegang!

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 00:15:16 | More by scottbrew4u
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The local Tap House Grill and Bar had the Ommegang Fleur De Houblon on draft. The beer poured a slightly hazy yellow with creamy white head that left some lacing. The scent and taste were bolstered by the typical belgium style ales....sweet, etc. There was some hop presence and the lower ABV made the beer very drinkable. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a decent belgium pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 21:28:59 | More by WoodBrew
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass at Beer Market - Vernon Hills.

I don't know how this beer has escaped my radar, but at least it comes to an end now. It pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, light greens, light black pepper, very light clove, and a hint of artificial Easter candy. That may have sounded negative, but the combination somehow works pretty well. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some cracked wheat, some lemon zest, more clove, and a pinch of coriander. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice little BPA, nothing truly special, but something pretty darn drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 07:33:25 | More by TMoney2591
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in an oversized wine glass. Not sure how recently it was tapped, but I know this beer was only released in May 2013, so it's likely pretty fresh.

Appearance - A bright, hazy golden yellow, like fields of ready-for-harvest wheat. Not much head at all, just a quarter-finger rim of foam around the edge of the glass and some faint bubbles atop the body. Not much lacing either.

Smell - Floral aromas are the dominant character, with some elements of sweetness/fruit as well. I also detect some of that Ommegang house characteristic.

Taste - Pleasant, Belgian yeast and again with floral and fruity elements blending together. Seems a little one note for me, and the hop bitterness, while detectable, is way too hidden.

Mouthfeel - Seems perhaps a little bit on the flat side, but just barely. I could use more carbonation/effervescence. Dry finish.

Overall, not a bad beer, but there are just so many BPAs that I like better. I may seek this one out in bottle form, to see if there may have been a tap issue involved.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 16:43:56 | More by LambicPentameter
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, CT. Served in a pint glass:

The beer gave off a yellow, hazy, yeast color with white head that just stood up. Upon first smelling the beer, I thought that it was a combo Belgian and Hefe...it had that sweetness you would expect from the Belgian, but with a banana, pepper and clove and a hint of citrus. The taste followed the nose really well and I really enjoyed the taste. Perhaps combining two of my favorite styles. The beer had a lighter feel than expected, but this did not detract from the beer as it still had a nice smooth, almost creamy feel. It had a clean, dry finish. Overall, another stellar beer from one of the best in the land.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 02:11:26 | More by PhillyStyle
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So, when will Ommegang build a hoppy beer? Not just a Belgian-type beer with slightly elevated hop character, but a true hop-focused beer? Well, today they do!

Like any Belgian IPA would, this distinctive ale pours with a hazy gold appearance that's capped by a strong frothy head the nearly reaches rocky proportions. Its broken lace lines the glass in true hoppy form.

Bready-sweet in both aroma and taste, the beer is doughy, grainy, and lightly candied with peps of honey. Flowery hops closely follow the malt and take the shape of lime citrus, earthen hay, grass, pine and perfume. Lightly fruity with apples, limes and light salt- its the broad and spicy hops that carry its finish to a light wine-like and peppery closure.

Medium bodied through middle palate, its early bread textures are shed at the mid point for a slightly acidic body with grain and peppery warmth. A finish of grassy bitterness and lemon bite closes the beer with decisive bitter dryness.

Ommegang's first real hoppy beer is Belgian at heart. Even with slightly muted Belgian-esque character, the hops elevate with all that rustic earthen charm that those hops allow. Its a seriously drinkable ale with a bitter cloak.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 05:38:37 | More by BEERchitect
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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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Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.