Fleur De Belgique - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

91 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fleur De Belgique has a hazy, yellow/orange body with a large, dense and creamy, just off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves moderate lacing. Very juicy aroma with tangerine, pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit. Also has a lot of light breadiness with orange and grapefruit rind, a bit of pine, clove, banana, and light malts.

Taste starts with sweet bread and grapefruit rind, then a splash of lemon and pineapple juice. Yeasty in the middle, with a piney, bready finish with clove and spicy yeast. Feel is a touch light with high carbonation, compliments the beer well. Feel is also a bit chewy and very creamy.

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4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy banana yellow. Softy pastel and with a soft light int he body of the beer. Fat white head of tight creamy foam that lasted and left rings of lace. Nose is bright with citrus. Lemon, lime and something sweet and juicy underneath. yeast is earthy and not too strong with any funk. A soft clove emerges as this warms as does a bit of light dry biscuit. There is an earthy pine on the nose but it is subtle.

Taste is delicate and a bit earthy but deeply sweet. It has a a nice juicy fruit quality that is comprised of citrus. Soft clove and an airy dry biscuit malt. It has a bit of crushed aspirin like bitterness to the middle and a hop bitter that lingers. Mouthfeel is juicy and just a hair more than light because of the malt sweetness. Pine remains soft and earthy and the clove is even softer and more subtle.

This is a graceful and very juicy IPA that does indeed deliver west coast drinkability with a Belgian style dryness. Congratulations Ithaca. If all the beers in this box are as good as this one, it could challenge ommegang.

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4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Brass Rail in Campbelltown enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a teku.

The color is sunny golden with moderate hazed look with thick white head of 2 fingers with fine bead and scattered lace pattern. The smell is great - lots of citrus in the hop scents with mild fruity tropical ester from the belgian trappist yeast with mild melon and grapefruit combo. The feel is nice -moderately bitter with spice texture of yeast with light sweetness and mild alcohol, finish is on the dry side with low astringency.

The taste is fruity with a more tangy than bitter flavor up front. The taste has a light vinous edge with slight tropical aspect and mild herbal element with a slight hint of yeast adding some earthy and peppery elements to augment the taste of the hops with a light toasted malt background. Overall this is a pretty outstanding mix of Belgian yeast with American IPA hop flavor really exceeded my expectations.

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Quick notes:

Very hoppy profile, with plenty of citrus and a bit of tropical fruit. Blends very well with an abbey yeast presence that has developed well after a year. Shocking how well the hop aromas and flavors have been preserved.

The body of the beer is also solid, with a nice, medium and oily feel, and a great balance between the pale malts, hops, and yeast. There's a bit of a dry Belgian spice going on, but it's far less dominant than in many other Belgian or White IPAs.

One of the best of the style I've ever had.

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Fleur De Belgique from Ithaca Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.