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Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 983
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 154 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 165 | Hads: 983
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". (990 characters)

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. (412 characters)

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. (559 characters)

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. (422 characters)

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. (466 characters)

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 (539 characters)

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 (480 characters)

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. (498 characters)

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. (1,473 characters)

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. (458 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of lancecenter
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 (326 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of heymikew
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice but complex unfiltered summertime brew that pairs up well with a lot of different food. I enjoyed it with a chicken bbq and heirloom salad dinner and one wasn't enough!

It's got a big head but isn't over carbonated. Light dry and crisp but has a nice floral nose and taste, along with apples, pears and a hint of citrus and even some minty cilantro notes. There's definitely some Belgian backbone but it has good hop presence. Very unique. (450 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Potsdam IGA. Bottled 04/10/2013 so about 5 months old.

A - Cloudy with a very light golden body. Strong carbonation with a big pillowy three finger white head. Good chunks of laceand a finger of retention.

S - Really nice Belgian yeast character and noble hop mixing together. Saaz and honey. Love it.

T - Honey, pilsnery malt, nice spicy and floral notes. Belgian yeast. Floral, zesty, lemony. Well blended flavours. Right up my alley.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, and a floral crisp bitterness.

O/D - More of a Belgian IPA but it's all pretty similar. A nice hoppy Belgian blonde. Very drinkable for the ABV. Liked it alot. (652 characters)

Photo of otterbearfla
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Full head in a lager glass settling to 5 fingers

Appearance - Hazy golden hue with a huge size fizzy/frothy white coloured head.Great lacing.

Smell - Hops, coriander/clove, citrus, hop flower notes, lightly grassy, like a meadow

Taste & Mouth - Yeasty baked bread, grains, and hops. There is also some lemon, orange and floral. It ends with a fruity floral (rose water) aftertaste.

Overall – My best summer ale this year. wonderful flavors. I hope they make this regularly.

Serving type: bottle from a carton of 4 (521 characters)

Photo of NateTheBeard
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was one of the best tasting beers I've enjoyed with punch that didn't upset the palate or my head but I knew it wasn't a session beer or some junk I used to pound in college. I wanted another one after my first and that is usually my mark of something I feel strongly enough to leave a review for. Plus it has been a while. (326 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My impressions is that Ommegang is a classy operation all the way, so I had to try this. Love their Three Philosophers, also enjoyed Rare Vos, was not so crazy about Witte or Hennepin. As an IPA lover, the hops graphic on the label looked promising.

Bottled on 4/10/13, Best By 4/20/14. Purchased for $2.66 on 8/1/13 at Kelly's Package Store in Dalton Mass.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A translucent gold formed a huge inch and a half high white head which dissipated fairly quickly to a thick surface foam and heavy lacing.

s: Mild floral

t: Fruity/floral Belgian yeast with fairly sharp hop bite which mellows out a lot as it is drunk.. Tasty and refreshingly true to its "Summer Ale" (meaning in this case Belgian Pale Ale) label title.

m: Light to medium with good body. Loads of carbonation explode on the palate thanks no doubt to bottle conditioning..

o: A fine summer brew, However, not sure it is so superior to some other American-made summer ales that it is worth paying two or three times as much.

NB: This is not a personal favorite style. I reviewed it as a representation of what it is. (1,135 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a huge size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, coriander/clove, citrus, floral notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads, grains, and hops. There is also some grapefruit, lemon, and floral notes. It ends with a fruity floral aftertaste.

Overall – This brewer can do no wrong, another winner. A fantastic summer beer with more than enough flavour to stay interesting throughout the glass. (657 characters)

Photo of rand
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of srv33
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow into my pint glass. Giant head that is slow to dissipate, a variety of bubbles and ends up with thick beautiful lacing. Floral scent, but noticeable maltiness to it as well. Taste is of a lighter floral hop with a respectable substance to it, balanced with just a bit of malt. There is a certain spiceness to it too, both in flavor and mouthfeel which makes this a unique brew. Mouthfeel is like that of a carbonated mineral water - heavier and spicier though. Aftertaste is more yeasty with a hit of floral hops but quickly fades and doesn't continue to develop. Overall recommended. (618 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sampler glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam.

S- Floral, as expected, with a nice citrusy hop fume and a smack of wheat-like malt. Kind of reminds me of some saisons I've had in the past.

T- Flavor isn't quite as impressive as there's just a light bitterness and a faint reflection of the aroma. Still, it's a bit fruity and zesty and certainly enjoyable. Wow, would never have guessed the ABV was anywhere over 6%.

M- A bit spritzy and has a small bite from the hops. Medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I rather enjoyed this. A light and refreshing brew with enough hop kick to keep things interesting. The aroma was especially pleasurable. (834 characters)

Photo of Willytee3
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden sunlight yellow with a pillowy pure white head. Slight haze and floaties from the pour. Explosive head with streaming bubbles that support the head which eventually settles into a frothy ring and lace.

Smells of brett with a straw like bubble gum. Some dry flowers and wheat in background. Pleasant clean and crisp citrus with a touch of spice.

Tastes of light brett with green flowers balanced by a backbone of round wheat. Nice spiciness presumably from the hop flowers with a green hoppy character. Citrus lightly compliments throughout and leaves a mouth watering dry pucker on the finish.

Loads of sharp prickly bubbles deliver a spicy dull brett feel turns frothy almost full body but stays thankfully light.

Overall a great expression of pure green hops in a nicely balanced summer brew. This one is two cuts above the rest and hits it out of double day park. Really in a league of it's own when it comes to summer beers, my favorite by far. (968 characters)

Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.