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Fleur De Houblon - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 28
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: THANAT0PSIS on 04-15-2013

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden yellow color. An incredibly tall head fills the glass with a semi dense frothy white head. Patches of lacing glaze the glass as it slowly recedes from view.
Aroma is sweet dough yeasty esters peppery and citrusy, Wonderful.
Taste has bright flowery hops yeast, wheat and pale malts. Sweet and sour aspects from candied sugar and peppery spices.
On the palate it,s light and refreshing. Finishes dry and a tad bitter counteracting the sweetness in the taste.
A fine, fine summer brew thats very good and refreshing and has nice depth of flavor.

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Gww1864
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of gr0g
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, light-amber in color. Nice head formation and retention, while lacing is only sparse. On the nose, traditional Belgian yeastiness blends with a bright, hoppy citrus character. Chalky, phenolic presence at first followed by sourdough bread. Bright citrus note of lemon zest at the end.

Hop bitterness is prevalent on the palate, but it's definitely short of what you'd find in an American IPA. Bright, citric hop presence without the pungent, dank character of that style. Brisk, well-carbonated, if a bit prickly. Scrubs the palate nicely. Light malt profile with fruity esters providing the bulk of the flavor notes: green apple, white grape.

I've tried a couple Belgian IPAs previously and found I didn't like the combination of Belgian yeast and big IBUs. Fleur de Houblon was more to my liking, with a strong hop citric hop presence that did not overpower the BPA flavor.

Photo of NormLobstah
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Lanstrum
2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

Photo of flyingmick
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of avalon07
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, fluffy long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A sweet, light aroma consisting of hops, citrus, and a floral quality.

T: Tasted of light hops, a little malt, some Belgian yeast, citrus, and the aforementioned floral quality. A well-rounded flavor that's lively and focused.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, well done beer. Ommegang continues to be one of the more consistent breweries out there. Drinkable.

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.

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ChefHopMeister
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Satan70
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Chevelle66
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of cgentzkow
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of timwardjr
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of HawkIPA
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
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.

Photo of MightiestBeard
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of hiphopj5
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.