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Fleur De Belgique - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 7.85%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnQVD on 08-21-2013)
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

thedifferencemaker, Apr 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

trxxpaxxs, Apr 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

KJ2013, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of spokeydonkey
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
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 -8.4%

alienlifeforcecube, May 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

acurtis, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

whatname, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

logicalparadox, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ALLISON01, Tuesday at 12:41 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

nh2032, Feb 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

prisdefer, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

hurshybear, Jun 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Hoggo, Mar 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

djrn2, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

hopley, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Gave me a 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to a lace ring. Hazy yellow soup with some chunk floaties in the glass.
S - Not really bitter more citrus hops with a touch of fruity Belgium yeast. Actually smells quite sweet.
T - Comes off way bitter than I expected like straight herbal and dry which lingers with yeasty goodness. Mildly sweet and sort of balanced.
M - Light to medium on par with the style.

Overall I sipped this again after some cherries and its quite good but still very bitter. Most herbal beer I had from this collection.

DrDemento456, Jul 17, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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
Photo of BB1313
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/4/14 labeled on the bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark murky orange with some sediment floating around. Small eggshell white head that fades and leaves great retention and solid lacing. The nose has a subtle, but pleasant hop aroma. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Some yeast and malts in the mix. The flavors are very sharp and cirsp. Very clean and refreshing. Lots of citrus blended with some fresh pine needles. Lots of grass. Some spices. This one has a very nice bitterness to it. I must reiterate how refreshing it is. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and feels thin with extremely active carbonation. Prickly. Very smooth and easy to drink. Great for the warmer weather. It's a thirst quencher.

This is a solid Belgian IPA. The craftsmanship is very impressive. I did enjoy their Hopbloem a bit more, but this is no slouch at all.

BB1313, Apr 16, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Suspended yeast and bubbles flurry up this steely gold/amber beer. The head is fat and lumpy like the lunar surface. Retention is awesome, lacing supreme.

Big whiff of dusty church yeast, dry flowery hops, cardamom pods, pale bready grain, and fresh linens. Slight lemony citrus note follows with smiling hop bitterness and a kiss of saison stylings.

Malts have a little papery oxidation and the hops are floral and somewhat aging. Trappist yeast takeover, as there's a lot of crushed-up pill dryness, huskiness, and affirmed pith. Tastes like a slightly-amped up BPA with less fruitiness and more sandiness. Not really impressive, after tasting and enjoying the Hopbloem.

Good choppy carbonation creates a liquid bite. Medium body beer has greasy smoothness and swallows like no chore. Booze is radioing in, a bit.

Came from the same case, so what's the deal? Tastes like it crested a week ago. Maybe it's supposed to.

thecheapies, Apr 03, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled dated 140204 at 40 degrees into snifter
Head large (3.5 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing good – part of the glass is covered with a reticulum of varying size
Body golden, hazy with resuspended sediment
Flavor of flowery hops, kind of like perfume, not particularly fruity; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Flavor ends quickly with just a hint of astringency.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

OK, but a little too flowery for my taste.

Ozzylizard, Jul 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

butters_mcgee, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Jsonta, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of CloudStrife
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

let8it8grow, May 03, 2014
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Fleur De Belgique from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.