Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 31
Gots: 130 | 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 UCLABrewN84
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light gold with a super foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with floral and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a really nice balance between the hops and the Belgian aspects in the aromas and flavors.

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy and earthy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of peppery spices.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste has lots of flavors of grassy and earthy yeast along with hints of grainy malts and lemons while the finish is mostly dominated by flavors of peppery spices. The lemons become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The peppery spices in the back end of the taste make your tongue prickle a little bit.
O: The lighter nature of the body and lemony flavors make this a nice beer for the summer that goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a tulip glass a lightly hazed light golden color with a large blooming white head that left two broken rings of lace as it settled.Aromas of toasted grain,white grape skins,honey,and light medicinal hops.Lemony with just a hint of tartness on the palate,a little phenol spice,and a more pronounced herbal/medicinal hop profile in the finish,quite alot going on but it's on the lighter side.A refreshing but not a "small" beer in stature,not bad.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, light golden body with a tall, frothy, white head.

Smell: Enjoyably fruity, citrusy, and floral with spicy and subtle resinous pine of the hops atop yeast and sugar dosed bread dough.

Taste: Upfront, it's a little doughy, bready, grainy and given a firm dose of confectioners sugar. A lemon-lime fruitiness and chipper floral character mingles in with the residual sweetness. Subdued spiciness. Even a little Yellow Delicious apple on the back half. Drying, lemon-lime finish with a last little zip of suds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Refreshing and likable.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge foamy bubbly head that attempts to fades fairly quickly but many bubbles streaming up reinforce it, mostly clear golden honey colored at the thin parts and nectar orange at the thick. Decent spotty lacing.

Nose very floral, citrus lemon peel, light flowery tea, already hint of coriander like spice, faint Belgian esters, light blond malt, touch of a floral lemony hop, touch of a grainy cereal grain.

Taste starts with more lemony citrus zest, then into Belgian esters, light floral spices and flowery like flavours again. Hops really come out but not super bitter or overpowering, fair to light bitterness, light lemon peel and floral hops. Again light cereal blond grainy flavours, and a hint if sweetness giving it a lemon candy flavor. Finish is dry and gets fairly bitter, lingering lemon peel like bitter rind, little grainy blond malt also lingering.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

Overall not bad, decent for a summer beer that doesn't get too light or fruity but still brings a nice hop character and without getting too powerful for a summer beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very floral and slightly fruity pale ale. The detractor to me is the carbonation. Too full and hits the mouth too much. It's nice, sure. But it's not quite where I'd want to be for the style. Always nice to try something different from Ommegang.

Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big whipped cream foam in the Ommegang chalice. Color is a pale hazy yellowish and some sediment in the bottle. Light bodied and a big creamy carbonation. Pleasant yeasty aroma. A little sharp on the tongue but there is some sweetness and some Hefeweizen-style malt in the background.

A nice smack of hops with a modest bitter aftertaste. Some bready flavors with that fragrant hoppiness, and a restrained drying yeastiness. A very satisfying lighter sort of beer with a pleasing Belgian character. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach. I'll get a six pack if I can find one.

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a thumb+ of effervescent eegg shell colored head. Some floaties, nice head retention & average lacing

S: Apple peels, pears & peppery yeast, some pineapple as this warmed

T: Follows the nose, white pepper, some pineapple too up front. Pears, traces of pineapple & grapefruit as this warms, more peppery yeast. Finishes with pineapple, pears, dryness & a bit of grapefruit

MF: Light bodied, crisp carbonation, nice balance

Easy to drink, not a great example of the style, but pretty good, was hoping this would be hoppier, Might buy this again, not convinced that I would in most cases...

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer pours a brilliant golden orange with a hazed yeast suspension going strong, bright slightly off white head forms thick like a mousse, cloudy textured pillows above the sides of my Piraat chalice. Aroma has spicy black pepper notes, herbal green fresh cut grass, citrus rinds, a nice mix of green summery hop components Fleur de Houblon is flower of hops. Finishes each sniff with the house yeast spicy aspects that are almost like a candied bread dough, very festive. Citrus bursts with green hops, sweet fruitiness hints of tropical fruits and blue agave tartness, spicy yeast presence kicks in the finish with the spicy herbal floral hops crashing with each sip wonderful summer ale for sure. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with effervescent Belgian style carbonation this is slick and oily with hop oils as well, lingering bitterness is a match between the house yeast character and whole Bravo hop additions. I really really enjoyed this Ommegang offering unlike anything I've tried recently homerun for complexity and refreshment.

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -14%
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-

Photo of smcolw
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 3/13/2013. Pours cloudy golden straw color with a 3 finger dense and fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, light banana, pepper, clove, bubblegum, wheat, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of hop and yeast ester notes. Taste of tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, pepper, clove, bubblegum, light banana, floral, grass, wheat, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, light banana, clove, pepper, bubblegum, floral, grass, wheat, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop and yeast ester flavors; with moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly cream, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy Belgian pale ale! Great balance and complexity of hop and yeast flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a medium frothy white head. Solid head retention, light lace.

S: Very floral and yeasty, notes of bread and clove.

T: Ethereal bright floral hop character, herbal with a lot of yeast. Sourdough bread makes an appeareance, but this is about the clove and the spice and the yeast.

M: Frothy, light-bodied, soft carbonation with and a good drinkability factor.

O: This is a good saison-like beer, I like what the hops do here. Refreshing for summer.

Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased in a four pack at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. Best by 03/2014 marked on the neck of the bottle.

Lifts a crazy huge head, that fairly rapidly fades to a thicker film and thicker strands of lace. Hazed yellowy tangarine.

Earthy and lemony nose.

Fresh, zesty and lemony up front. In the finish the hops announce their presence.Dry and again earthy. Belgian yeast notes, spice and pepper adding to the interest and complexity. Love the style and this is a nicely crafted example.

Bring on the salads, cheese and crusty bread. Well worth a try

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
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