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Fleur De Houblon | Brewery Ommegang

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Fleur De HoublonFleur De Houblon
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 181 | Ratings: 1,036
Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an extremely hazy golden straw with a big head. nose; light belgian yeast and the bravo hop bag of tricks - earthy musk, dank citrus notes and peppercorn. taste; follows the nose - light belgian yeast, crackery malt, dank (and i mean DANK) hops, light sweet pear, pineapple and lemon, and dirty earthy peppercorn. wheat and bubble gum on the dry aftertaste. this beer has "summer ale" printed on the label and it's actually an exemplary belgian pale.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Union Beer House in Lebanon, PA

Poured into a nice medium size goblet, faintly hazy, with bright white head. only moderate carbonation.

Getting the yeast and banana on the nose, however faintly.

No big flavor punch at all. But you know what, it's GOOD. Very mild and subtle flavors swirling around in the mouth, but somehow the flavors come through as full . Banana, yeast, light spice, even makes you think of summer. Extremely refreshing, but satisfying as a beer, not just as a quench thirster. I freely admit that belgians mostly leave me cold. Maybe this hit me on the right day, in the right mood, and the right level of tiredness, but I can see happily putting away a six pack on a warm summers day.

Sorry, got a bit offtrack there. Mouth is medium and satisfying

Overall, well, see above. I am usually excited about beers that smack you in the mouth one way or another, and, again, belgians of any style are not really my cup of tea. This was extremely enjoyable, and I'll seek it out for the rest of the summer.

Cheers.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a bit cloudy, bronze with a nice iridescent brightness. The head is foam and sticky and adhered well to the glass.

The nose is quite complex, very nice but gets drowned in the finish with a phenolic tone. Wheat grain is evident at first with a yeast, bubblegum, pepper and clove. The phenomenon then hit strongly and diminish a great aroma.

The flavor is a tinge sweet with banana and bubblegum then a bit bitter with hops and pine. The finish is a bit spicy with cloves and it finishes with a tonic water taste.

The feel bubbling, effervescent, dry and watery, much like tonic water.

This seemed to be a very good example of the style but it was ruined at every turn by one deterring detail.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into glass. 6.8% abv

Appearance- Dull yellow and extremely cloudy. Massive foamy head with great retention. A great amount of yeast sediment also.

Smell- Fresh floral aroma with strong sugary aromas of apricot and orange. It smells quite sweet, not much unlike that of candy.

Taste- The citrus zest of orange is apparent early in the flavor profile. This moves on to an earthy hop bitterness midway that is spot on for this style. Hops are apparent as the name imparts. The sweet sugar taste lingers through the hops and the spicy finish is reminiscent of fresh ground black pepper.

Mouthfeel- Not heavy, but moderate. Just right for a beer labeled as a Summer seasonal. Granted, this is 6.8% abv, so props to Ommegang for making this feel like a 5% beer when it is not. The spicy yeast finish with the generous hop addition make the great complexity and depth of this beer linger in the palate.

Overall- Outstanding! So much going on with this beer and great for the Summer. Another masterpiece from Ommegang and a top shelf Belgian pale ale. I will need to get more of this fine seasonal offering.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is around two fingers high and white in shade. Despite the frothy texture, head retention is quite good. There are also some webs of lacing left behind.

S: I'm really loving the fruity notes coming forth. Apricot, peach, white grapes, tangerines, and oranges, mostly. There's also a subtle background of grassy and floral qualities - even some rustic ones, too. Maybe the nose could use a mite more punch, but I don't care. It absolutely smells like it will be delicious.

T: The first few sips are floral and grassy. After a while, though, it turns into pure orange-y goodness. I really love the fresh orange flavors going on here. Its finish retains some of its grassiness, though. It doesn't seem as rustic as it did on the nose, but as a vessel to show off its hopping, it's a success. Pouring the dregs in smooths out its citrusy notes at the cost of introducing some bready flavors.

M: This is very fizzy on the palate. It finishes dry, natch, but the carbonation is so strong it's distracting. This beer really fills the mouth, creating a faint overwhelming sensation at times. Even still, it's pretty easy to drink (actually, I kind of want to savor this one...)

O: Yum, this is delicious. The mouthfeel could use a few tweaks here and there, if nothing else. I'd have no trouble killing this by the 4-pack, shame I only bought a single. Need more of this...

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Photo of trippytbta
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap

A: poured pale golden in color with white small head

S: a little fruity and kind of like a perfume

T: first tastes of banana, then herbal, than clove. Slight bitterness from the hops

M: acidic, carbonated

Overall: it's a pretty good brew. Interesting flavors, but a bit confusing

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Photo of Mises85
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass around 45 degrees

Appearance: nice golden color with 2 finger head that stayed through out. nice lacing.

Smell: This is where I am confused. I got a hefe character but there was some melon sweetness with some malt. Huh? Is this a hefe or this an ale? Banana, clove

Taste: clean with more banana coming through with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation medium bodied.

Overall: Very disappointing as I did not get any ale character. If this was labeled as a german hefe, I would have given it high marks because it drunk like one. Won't get again.

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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, some fruits. Taste is malts, yeast, some fruitiness, a bit of hops, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A slightly cloudy pale straw in the glass, and if you look close what appears to be fine suspended yeast. Noticeable medium carbonation makes this an attractive and inviting looking beer. The nose is immediate and strongly of clove. Crisp and refreshing, it tastes of clove and maybe a hint of vanilla and wheat. A truly original experience for me.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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

I picked up a bottle of Brewery Ommegang's Fleur De Houblon a couple weeks ago for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I like Brewery Ommegang and I always try to get some of their new seasonal's to try and this one seems a little interesting, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks really good, it's got a clean and nice design with a nice hop cone and leaf being the focal point, I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a very cloudy straw yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of chunky lacing and it left a little bit of spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness and it's followed by the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and impart lots of estery aromas with some banana and spices coming through and the banana aromas seem to stick out more than the spices. Up next comes the malts which impart a biscuit malt,, sweet malt and doughy aroma and it's followed by the hops which impart a nice citrus rind and tropical fruit aroma with some pineapple and citrus rind aromas seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a pretty good aroma, I have no complaints at all.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the yeast being the first to show up and imparts all those Belgian yeast aspects that they did in the aroma with neither aspects seeming to stick out the most this time. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma but they seem to be a little bit lighter. On the finish comes the hops which still impart those citrus rind and tropical fruit like aspects with the citrus rind and pineapple still coming through the most and there's a medium amount of bitterness with a sweet malt, Belgian yeast and citrus rind like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, I have no complaints at all.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, very crisp, slightly fizzy, a little refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel that worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a good example of a Belgian Pale Ale, I thought the extra hops worked pretty well with this beer and I thought it lived up to being called a Summer Ale. This beer had very good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly clean, very crisp, slightly fizzy, not filling, refreshing and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a few of these in a row with no problem, especially on warm day and I think it makes for a good Belgian Style Summer Ale. What I liked the most about this beer was the drinkability, it was very good and I liked how refreshing it was, it's just what I look for in a summer time beer. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't a single thing that I disliked or would change about this beer, but do I wish it was just a little cheaper. I would for sure buy this beer again and I wouldn't mind keeping a few bottles around throughout the summer. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes Belgian style beers. All in all I was very happy with this beer, it satisfied my urge for a nice summer time brew and I thought it really hit the spot. This isn't my favorite Belgian Pale Ale or my favorite beer from Brewery Ommegang, but I think it's very solid and as far as a Belgian Style Summer Ale this would have to be my favorite. Great job, you guys really know how to make refreshing and easy drinking Belgian Style beers, keep up the great work.

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Photo of jay-tyler
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - golden yellow, cloudy, but with no large particulates. A thin, slightly off-white head.

S - estery, to say the least. Hard to pin-point exactly what, but has hints of pineapple and banana.

T - 'bright' is a good descriptor. Lots of estery/fruity flavors. Pretty heavily carbonated, but it seems appropriate for the style.

M - smooth yet substantial, if that makes any sense. One of those beers that you let linger for awhile; has an enjoyable aftertaste.

Overall - I don't know belgian style brews that well (yet!), but I really enjoy this beer. This is my second time trying it.

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Photo of DIM
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Cloudy golden color with lots of suspended particulate. Poured with a big, long lasting, uneven head.

s: Some pear and peppery yeast with a fairly pronounced hoppy tropical fruit note.

t: Starts off as a nicely dry BPA, lots of peppery Belgian yeast and fruity apple and pear. Tropical fruit (pineapple?) and lingering clove at the end.

m: Light and crisply carbonated.

o: Once again, Ommegang delivers.

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Photo of millhouse46
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright golden color with slight cloudiness from the yeast. Thick, dense, white head that leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

S - clovey, estery, traditional belgian aroma

T - It has a clean flavor. Light somewhat lemony, and citrusy. There is the distinct flavor of the belgian yeast that has a spicy herbal flavor that complement the hop selection in such a way that is incredibly enjoyable.

M - It is a little drying on the pallet and leaves me wanting another sip. Bright and crisp. Refreshing.

Overall - This is a great beer done very well. If there is one thing about it is I leaves me feeling a little gassy and full. It really want to foam up when I pour it in the glass and as soon as it hits my belly with every sip.
Belgian style beers are not my absolute favorite but I am truly enjoying this beer. A refreshing summer brew with a nice alcohol kick.

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Photo of mattbk
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very carbonated. Hazy yellow. Very, very nice looking.
S: Spicy, peppery, banana, mildly floral, don't get much hops here. Beautiful aroma. Classic belgian. Slight peachy ester.
T: Ah, hops come through here a bit more. Medium bitterness, a bit piney. That fruity ester still hanging around, maybe even pineapple? Slightly spicy still. The hops are very present, mostly in the form of bitterness. It has subdued the belgian flavor. I would have preferred hops turned down a bit. Grainy malts, just a little bit of sweetness. Still, a nice beer. Because of the decent bitterness and pretty high carbonation the beer is a bit less sessionable than I'd like.
M: Mouthfeel is a bit high on this too. Well-carbonated. The body should be a bit lighter and drier, again, would help with sessionability.
O: Not a bad beer, the aroma was the best part. Hops and body a bit too high to make this an amazing beer. Not entirely sessionable, which it should be for this self described "summer ale".

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Photo of DrJay
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light gold and a bit hazy with a bright white cap. Decent head retention with a bit of foamy lacing. Aromas of lemony citrus, straw, a bit yeasty/bready, quite floral. A bit sweeter than expected, moderate bitterness that lingered. Citrus and floral, a hint of spiciness. Lively carbonation, light bodied, off-dry and quite drinkable. Really nice balance and well constructed. I'll definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange body with massive head and lace that dies quick with some lace. The aroma has a little bit of yeast but mostly a floral hop presence that isn't just citric but gives off touches of grape or sweet apple and I swear there are some other sweet fruits in the aroma. Beer is smooth and sweet and real light, definitely designed for hot summer days, the floral hops give off a crispness that complements the smoothness of yeast and some other fruit (not quite tropical but more like pear) sweetness for a well balanced and composed beer.

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Photo of CochonKing
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An amazing beer. It pours a light golden with a small quickly fading head. It smells of hops with balanced malt and notes of lemon and herb like back ground. The taste is beautifully balanced with excellent malt leading into clean hops. A perfect transition. The mouthfeel is similar to champagne with a very light body and complex small bubbles that would be perfect with shellfish or other light preparations of seafood.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome looking giant finely foamy white head, a mile high and once it subsides to reasonable, plenty of patchy lace. Color is glowey straw gold. Aroma is delicate floral, lightly sweet, softly yeasty pale malt and grain. A smidgen of lemon and some even spice. Very nice. Taste is nicely malty with a fresh array of Belgian yeast flavors and brisk light hops. Floral, zesty, and softly dry through the finish.

A very nice beer. It has Springtime written all over.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of curasowa
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.