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Fleur De Belgique - Ithaca Beer Company

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86
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnQVD on 08-21-2013)
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

trxxpaxxs, Apr 24, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with an unnotched best before notching area on the side of the label.

Pours hazed darker tangerine, quickly departing off white head, leaving delicate film, collar and bits of low lace.

Sweet fruit on the nose.

Citric hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit peels, lime, w/ nutty Belgian yeast adding tho the mix. Worthy BIPA.

Billolick, Mar 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

alienlifeforcecube, May 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

butters_mcgee, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Jsonta, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey golden hue, bright white head very similar appearance to the Hopbloem...white head, fine speckled lacing. Aroma spicy Belgian yeast, tropical fruit, black pepper, citrus fruits on the nose. Flavor has hints of tropical fruit with Belgian yeast spice and citrus fruit the two aspects contrast quite a bit too much. Mouthfeel of mildly harsh bitterness from the hops combined with the peppery spicy yeast notes that leave a lacquer on the palate. Overall, a nice Belgian IPA, but sadly the style just might not be my favorite.

WVbeergeek, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

acurtis, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of CloudStrife
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 02/04/14 on the neck of the bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden with an ample white head sitting on top. Some yeast caught in stasis is visible in the body. Nice lacing as the head slowly dissipates.

S: Nice fruity citrus hop is the first thing I notice. Hops are certainly the centerpiece giving it a nice bright aroma. Just a touch of sweet malts in the background.

T: Up front bitterness and a solid dose of hops makes you think this is an IPA with an after thought of Belgian twist. The trappist yeast does add a bit of depth to it giving a complimenting fruit flavor to the mix.

M: Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel from the yeast. Alcohol is a bit hot for my liking and it sort of detracts from the flavor.

Overall another great IPA from Ithaca. A real nice hop profile but as I said above, the Belgian aspect seems almost like an afterthought. Worth a try.

CloudStrife, Mar 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

informaticsDoc, Apr 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

whatname, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

tdm168, Apr 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

let8it8grow, May 03, 2014
Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden color, almost orange, with a big pillowy white head that slowly dissipated and left webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bright and spicy. A perfumey lemon scent provides a fruity note. The yeast provides a musty hay and clove scent. Some orange and grapefruit from the hops.

The taste is of a bready malt base. Light honey. The yeast isn't as strong as it is in the aroma. Some musty hay and very light clove. Perhaps a slight lemon and coriander note. The hops are very grassy in the flavor, very earthy.

Moderate feel is tingly carbonation. Sweet and bitter on the palate. Big dry bitterness in the finish, almost chalky.

A nice Belgian IPA. The yeast could provide some more flavor though.

Gmann, Apr 19, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill as part of Ithaca top takeover. Late spring 2014.

Pours a quite hazy light gold, with heavy foam. Fragrant pine floral hops. Oily hoppy taste. Base is very light, and then the bittering pokes through. Very flavorful and aromatic. Good use of hops.

KTCamm, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, dense, dirty orange coloring with a strong inner presence of carbonation. The head is dirty cream colored with a one inch frothy head. Some particulate matter inside with a full lace band around the glass.

S: Aroma of semi-tart tangerine, grapefruit with a wet citrus flower hopping. White toast, light dry lemon with some pine.

T: The flavor is tart citrus, musky lemon, dry flowery grapefruit with a dry breadiness. Hop bitterness is moderate, dry with an assertive finish. Dry yeastiness, bread, floral undertones with some semi-dry tropical fruitiness sneaking in.

M: a strong carbonation factor with some dry citrus hop bitterness parching the tongue with a lingering bitterness. Lightly oily medium bodied, citric-yeasty warmth follows.

O: Overall a fairly assertive dry hopped ipa with a dry, yeasty flair. Lingering bitterness, solid level of hops with a mid-range complexity.

beerthulhu, Apr 11, 2014
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3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish/Sierra Nevada IPA glass from a bottle with (date?) code 140204. Hazy golden with a nice head and a rich lacing down the glass. Aroma is moderate citrus and pine, but I'm not getting much Belgian character.

Taste is similar--dominated by citrus/pine notes. A very traditional IPA profile. Malt sweetness barely cuts through and fades quickly to be dominated by the hop bitterness in the finish. Barely noticeable Belgian earthy-pear-clove notes hiding behind the hops.

Overall not my favorite take on the belgian IPA. I had this next to the Hopbloem and I strongly prefer the fruity hops used in that one with Belgian yeast. This isn't as bad as some bigger Belgian IPAs since it's got a mild Belgian yeast character, but what is there still clashes with the hops for me.

spokeydonkey, Feb 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Mineo, Mar 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

logicalparadox, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

comrade_tony, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Gregaroo, May 13, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours golden yellow, pretty hazy, with a 2 inch fluffy head, and a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Aromas include citrus hops, spices, and Belgian yeast.

Very similar taste. A bit more American-style than most Belgian IPAs I've had- due to hop citrus hop forward it is. There is the typical candi Belgian sweetness, along with spicy yeast flavors.

Medium bodied, pretty crisp, very drinkable.

A winner from Ithaca's new box, much better than Obscurite or Laissez Faire.

GreesyFizeek, Feb 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ALLISON01, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of JohnQVD
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light straw colored with a thick head that leaves heavy lacing on the glass. The smell is largely of grass with some lemon as well. Feel is light, with light carbonation. Taste is grapefruit and pine with a light bitterness. Overall this holds together very well.

JohnQVD, Aug 21, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation along with some fine particles floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops and Belgian yeast are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste offers balanced flavors of Belgian yeast and citrusy hops, the latter of which contributes a light amount of bitterness. Hints of peppery spices are also noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a really nice hybrid of a West Coast IPA and a Belgian IPA as both the citrusy hops and Belgian yeast and prominently featured in the smell and taste. It's definitely a lot bolder compared to other Belgian IPAs and might have enough citrusy flavors to please a hophead looking for a change of pace.

metter98, Mar 28, 2014
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Fleur De Belgique from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.