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Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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90
outstanding

802 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 22
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: THANAT0PSIS on 04-15-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

bicyclesnbeer, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of rangerred
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

rangerred, Jul 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

rockaday, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
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-

kojevergas, Jul 15, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a hazy gold with some floaties. 1 inch head, good sticky lacing.

The smells is strongly floral and perfumey. Some other smells are there, including some grain and bread, but this is dominantly floral.

Flowery hop juice is the best way to describe this beer in flavor. It works for me, but might not for everybody. Some pine and grapefruit as well, but floral is the name of the game. Some Belgian yeast flavors fight for dominance, but are drowned out. Slightly peppery. Low bitterness.

Medium to light bodied, with good carbonation. Very crisp.

Ommegang is stepping out of their comfort zone with this one- they just don't do hoppy beers- but I'm liking what they did.

GreesyFizeek, Jul 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

banger7, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Ian_Hammons, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

rosschive, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

jpitchford, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

bobv, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

WesWes, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

abernethyj, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of mooseo
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Hazy yellow golden with a titanic bubbly white head.

S - Banana, clove, lemon zest, bread, yeast, bubblegum.

T - Lemon, citrus hops, banana, sweet grains. The hops are more pronounced here than in the aroma. Finishes fairly sweet with a hint of tartness. Belgian yeast and spices are evident.

M - Creamy and smooth, light body. High carbonation, somewhat dry finish.

O - A nice Belgian pale ale that is easy to drink and very refreshing on a hot day. Good balance of flavors.

mooseo, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 2013-03-26, best by 2014-03
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Pours a towering 3.5cm head of fairly clean, white foam, made up of very small bubbles, creating a dense, frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the head lasting several minutes in a very slow decline to a .75cm cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drinking session. Lacing is excllent, the foam leaving substantial, thick designs clinging to the walls of the glass. The body itself is a rich golden orange, slighty hazy (perhaps 25-35% opacity: and I did not add in the yeast), light bringing out rich yellow hues. Carbonation is quite visible and very active

Aroma is bright, flowery (nearly perfume-like), with mild citrus (orange, slight lemon) and Belgian yeast (brewer's yeast, musty basement, slight funk) characters.

Overall flavor is bright: floral tastes abound with pleasant grapefruit and orange citrus, with moderate touches of Belgian yeast and pale malt base. Front of palate is full of floral and orange-lemon citrus hop character, Belgian yeast traits (brewer's yeast, a bit of basement mustiness, very slight funk), and a mild pale malt base sweetness. Mid-palate is of floral characters, bright fruit esters (apple, pear, pineapple) with substantial citrus, primarily of orange, but also grapefruit and lemon (not heavy), all atop a pleasant pale malt base with some Belgian yeast flavors (brewer's yeast, musty basement). Back of palate features continued floral characters with more assertive, but still pleasantly mild bitterness, citrus (orange, lesser grapefruit and lemon), pineapple, and Belgian yeast characters. Aftertaste of pineapple, Belgian yeast characters, mild bitterness,

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with medium to medium-high levels of carbonation, which are appropriate for the style. The carbonation pushes towards fizziness, but never arrives there, leading to a softly effervescent, then foamy and smooth mouthfeel that goes well with this floral and mild citrus-leaning beer. Closes semi-dry, with fairly substantial stickiness lingering on the tongue and lips.

falloutsnow, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

jgarvis, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

NoCurse2012, Jul 12, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, fresh hops and a touch of lemon zest. In the taste, fresh hops, with a minty burn, with a lemon zest sweetness. A hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer fresh hop and notes of lemon citrus in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence and quite refreshing with lemon zest.

OWSLEY069, Jul 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

fgilbert2, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

KMcG, Jul 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Cyrano41, Jul 11, 2013
Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.