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Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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90
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849 Ratings
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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 26
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of parejkoj
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Slight haze and light straw color. Nice thick head when poured into a glass that lingers for as long as it takes to drink the beer (depending on how fast you drink it). Beautiful looking beer.

Smell: All the smells you'd expect from a beer with Belgian roots. A little black pepper and some citrus notes. Although it was supposedly dry hopped with Bravo hops, it's hard to detect much for hops aroma in the complex Belgian phenols, although Bravo apparently have some spicy notes that might amplify the yeast derived phenols.

Taste: Very minimal bitterness and the spicy/peppery notes are apparent. A little bit of lemony citrus, probably from yeast derived esters. Also a little surprising sweetness toward the end that turns the citrus notes into orange/sweet lemon. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent. Lots of carbonation, but not too overwhelming. Otherwise, very smooth.

Overall: This is a great Belgian pale ale. Admittedly I haven't had too many Belgian pale ales, but this is exactly what I'd expect from one. It has all of the complexity of a tripel without the strength of a tripel. The only aspect I'd like to see enhanced in this beer is the hop character. It would be interesting to see this pale ale with more late addition hops that add similar spicy notes as Bravo (like Saaz). But it's a beer that will quench any palate on a warm summer day. In fact, it might be the perfect beer for that purpose.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Oakenator
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light yellow to gold color. Over the top head - 2 fingers plus. Head retention is really nice and lasts throughout the beer. Some chunky lacing on the glass walls.

S: Herbs, grass, lemon.

T: Citrus & lemon flavor weaves throughout the flavor profile. Flowery hops. Refreshing yet some spicing on the finish.

M: Really nice - light yet solid. Loads of layers.

O: Really nice complexity. A quick favorite summer time brew and a nice change of pace from traditional one dimensional summer brews.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev +3%
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 MadScientist
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A slightly hazy, light golden beer. There is a creamy white head with good retention.

S: A medium floral hops aroma with a soft wheat malt sweetness. There is a citrus note reminiscent of coriander but it could be from additions of zest.

T: A moderate wheat malt sweetness with a medium hops bitterness. Some hops flavor and a fair amount of spice and fruit from the yeast. The balance is slight bitter and the finish is medium-dry. The aftertaste is of some spice and citrus.

M: A fluffy beer with a medium-light body and a strong level of carbonation.

O: Sort of bridges between being a Belgian Witte with strong yeast and hops profiles and a BPA with some wheat character.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

A: straw/gold body in a tulip-shaped glass, topped by a finely-bubbled head, white in color. Laced nicely and a fizzy head persisted throughout the drink.

S: immediate floral impressions from the hops, bright, citric, Belgian; yeasts

T: very nice representation of a Belgian pale - the malts have a pale, clean, fresh taste, with yeasty tartness and floral hops throughout - citric without being fruit specific

M: wet up front and drying on the finish; fuzzy and crisp at the same time; light-medium body but airy

O: I was really surprised by how much I liked this beer, but I shouldn't have been because Ommegang has been making Belgian-style beers really well for sometime; they must have like a "proprietary" yeast that they use, because it is present in most of their beers - it works better for some than others, but it is spot-on in this beer. At times, fuzzy and rich enough to suggest a tripel, but then it lightens as it dries like a very nice Belgian pale - from a little known "region of Belgium beer-brewing" called Cooperstown, NY. A must for fans of the style, obviously, but a beer anyone would enjoy.

Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
90 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.