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Fleur De Lehigh | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of Tucquan
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on 2011-03-09 at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA (from tasting notes)

A - Semi-cloudy, golden with a short, white head.

S - Very, ery flowery with cinamon and other spices. Can smell it from 3 feet away.

T - Quite odd. You can taste the earthy rhubarb. Reminds me of drinking a Jack LaLane blended vegatable mix with some added hop bitterness. It has a LOT of flavor for a low ABV beer and to me, it wasn't off-putting (maybe because I like V8 juice :>)

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. Nothing special.

D - Kind of skanky and weird but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of pvsob
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pale golden color with a very small head. Fades quickly leaving some lacing and a thin film.

S- Lemon, wet hay, spices, and a hint of lightly toasted malt. Similar to a Wit.

T- Light malt followed by lots of spices. Some cloves, but mainly ginger and lemongrass towards the finish.

M- Medium feel, almost creamy. Medium to high level of carbonation.

D/O- Seems like a spicy Wit to me. All in all, this isn't a bad beer. I could have a pint or two of this before the lemongrass and ginger in the finish caught up to me. Cheers.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.27/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance; cloudy yellow-orange body with noticeable sediment. Average white head that dissipates to a persistent film. Some delicate lacing.

smell; medicinal malts with a hint of sweetness and cardamom and lemon grass. Spicy hops are very blunt and mellow out the malts. Quite complex but in a cheap ingredient sort of way, not bad but not pleasant either.

taste; so so, taste like the style but of a lesser quality. Spices are definitely perceived. Some citrusy hops and stale ginger powder, ride from start to finish leaving a slightly sour puckering in the aftertaste. Malts are weak and watery and the yeast taste odd.

mouthfeel; medium bodied with a slick finish. Puckers the mouth in the aftertaste.

overall; not terrible and worth a try but I wouldn't drink again unless one was offered to me.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike & Sarah for this one! 12oz brown glass bottle. Weird, long date code around bottom.

Pours very hazy, but bright orange tan in color with very thin white head. Nose is all about lemon grass, orange peels and hay. Palate has those same flavors but some spicy white and black pepper notes give it some gusto. Moderate finish.

Interesting and refreshing. I think this may be mis-categorized (currently BPA), probably more of a Wit beer.

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Photo of oline73
2.62/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a golden/light amber color with just under a finger of off white head. A ring of carbonation remains around the edge of the glass with rather large bubble rising up through the beer like champagne.

Smell: Not the best smelling beer in the world. Mildly floral with a rather strong herbal characteristic. I can smell the malt as well. Just doesn't all work together for me.

Taste: Very herbal. I can pick up the lemongrass and the ginger. There is a mild bready malt flavor as well. Not bad but not great.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy but smooth carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: Not hugely impressed with this offering. The flavors didn't blend together in a way that was pleasing to me. I don't think I'd have another.

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Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color in my new Philadelphia Brewing Co. pint, thanks to the Foodery for bottle and glass. Crisp but rich. Fruity like a Hefeweizen with nice amped-up Wit flavors. Spicy yet mellow. Label says ginger and lemongrass, but neither jump out at you. Creamy carbonation adds to the pleasing muthfeel.

Excellent quaffable beer with tremendous flavor for a modest alcohol content. My favorite new beer of the summer season.

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Photo of birchstick
2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to DrRock for the extra!

A - pours a faint copper / browned oranges with a little head

S - smells of some grain malts with a bit of ginger and spice...pretty faint nose

T - this has a couple of things going on in it - is was mostly tea-like in its flavor with hints of ginger. It had a hard to distinguish bread and caramel malt base and ended with a nice floral hop. Not bad.

M - good, full body that goes down smoothly

D - interesting beer for me. The tea flavors and ginger added some unique flavors for me. Weird flavor profile for me though. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to janis for sharing this - poured chilled into a cervoise from the 12oz brown bottle.

the color is very hazed golden with a thick rocky white cap of about 3/4 inch. The bead is very fine and the lace adheres well with good head retention. The smell is very earthy, vegetal - like cooked peas. The smell is mildly spiced and toasted but the canned pea smell is strong. The feel has a nice roundness in the body with gentle malt upfront and spiced right after with a moderate amount of carbonation and light toasted element with a semi dry finish there is a mild amount of sweetness to soften the spice.

This pale tastes unique you can tell there is some kind of herbal flavor which upon reading the label informs you of the lemongrass and ginger additions. The lemongrass gives a vegetal flavor while the ginger comes off as lightly spicey in tandem with the belgian yeast. I enjoy the malt body and the alcohol is low in the flavor with a decent element of earthy dried grass with a mild accent of citrus and light toasted notes. I think overall this is a good beer, not great. I do enjoy the amount of spice as it doesn't stand out so much that it comes off as forceful or overdone. I like the base and could see this as a nice refreshing summer beverage.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of groetman. Pours a golden unfiltered haze with a very thin head that dissipates quickly. Spices upfront in the aroma with Ginger nutmeg and pepper. The taste follows the nose with Ginger as the star. It's light and highly carbonated. Not a bad brew just not something I'd drink every day. It's different and if you really like Ginger this is a beer for you.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice dark amber with an orange tint. Not as hazy or cloudy as expected with a nice bit of head.

S - You get slight hops and malt with a nice citrus rind and yeast. A lot going on here.

T - Came off actually pretty sweet than a full on yeast assault, which was expected due to it being over a half year old. The bitter citrus played the yeast so well it almost came off as a Dunkel.

M - Very light and bitter sweet.

D - Only coming around in the spring means I will have a while before fresh stuff arrives but really it was pretty good with age. I even hate Belgium's and it was refreshing!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Unfiltered golden ale with spices.

A: A deep tangerine orange pour is very turbid and cloudy by nature. The head is marshmellow white, fluffy and about a finger high but falls rather quickly. The lacing left a thick and lustrious band encircling the glass. Quite a bit of effervesce can be observed near the edges of the glass.

S: Slight tart tangerines and creamy wheat can be had upfront however I was hard pressed to identify any ginger on the nose but I did manage to find hints of white grapes, and lemon pepper which came about with some slight help of agitation. Yeasty bread character also comes out.

T: For flavor malted wheat and slightly dry oranges occur on the initial sip. A nice spiciness of lemon pepper, rosemary and parsley come through with a herbaceous touch along with soft honey-pine sweetness. White grapes follow through on the close. Nice even complexity where the spices blend quite well with one another with a smooth seamless transition.

M: Light bodied but feels much heavier when resting on the tongue. Warm lemongrass and peppery spicing is left behind while the effervesce is light but delivers a fairly crisp character.

D: Smooth drinkability, really easy going down and flows quite nicely from start to finish. The spicing and malt blend well together making for a decent session and 6 pack worthy option.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.66/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
After a bad first impression, I decided to give this beer another shot. Poured a copper tinged gold color with some cloudiness. Head was decent sized and had some retention. Smell is interesting but not that appetizing. Bold ginger and pepper with some other spices that are unique to this beer. Taste is milder but still ginger dominate with some lemon zest. A little spice from the yeast. Mouthfeel is thin and fluid with a slight dryness in the finish. Still not a ginger beer fan, but it has grown on me a bit.

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Photo of bfree
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy and orange, thin head that dissipated soon after I poured

S: very strong smell of ginger and spices, and citrus notes (especially lemon) as well...a very uncommon (for a beer) and pleasant smell

T: Ginger, lemongrass, a little bit of honey, and citrus fruits (especially lemon). I remember it being better on tap. Tastes a little like Orangina

M: Very thin, some carbonation, and it goes down smoothly

D: It goes down smoohtly but the ginger, spices and lemongrass seem to take over the beer too much, and at times I have to remind myself I am actually drinking a beer

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a bottle from a mixed case bottled on July 21. The malt backbone is very similar to the bottle of PA Pale Ale with a toasted and nutty taste and aroma. There's a touch of juicy citrus in there too and the spices are fairly mild with touches of chamomile and lemongrass. The Belgian character comes largely from the spices, but it's not a bad brew.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had been on a warming trend with Philadelphia Brewing Company lately, but this one set back our blossoming new relationship.

Pours hazy orange with a fizzy short lived head. Aroma is like a sharp perfume on an old lady's couch. Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg. The flavor is like mulled cider, with a thin, unpleasant finish. This is not a good beer.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in shaker pint.

A: Two fingers of fluffy head from an aggressive pour. Retention is below average as the head quickly dwindles to a small cap. Beer is a hazy luminous golden yellow. Orange-ish in some lights.

S: Yeasty, clove-like scent up front. Juicy citrus and a little banana. Hints of solvent.

T: Orange marmalade. Just slightly tart. Yeasty and bready with some estery sweetness. Slight, but welcome hop bitterness in the finish. A bit spicy in the aftertaste.

M: Prickly carbonation leads to a rather full feel.

D: Not bad. I could see myself having a couple of these in a sitting.

This beer was better than expected. It is kind of a toss up as to what style this one falls under. Whatever the case it was interesting enough to hold my attention. Just about everthing I've had from this brewery has been solid, nothing more. Give it a try if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fleur De Lehigh

Pours a pale yellow in color with a small head and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Ginger and spice, everything nice. An odd yet inviting nose.

Taste: Ginger up front with some sweetness. This one is brewed with lemongrass, which adds a citrusy/lemon/spice/earthy touch to the ginger. This beer tastes like an excellent compliment to chinese and asian dishes. Really picking up the ginger. Hop profile adds alot of bitterness to keep the taste less sweet than the nose would indicate.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, fairly crisp.

Drinkability: Definately a unique beer, and worth the try for sure. Like I mentioned in the taste, I think this beer would pair well with asian dishes like kung pao chicken or general tsos. Also had this one on tap and is pretty much the same product in the keg as the bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a nice sized white head. The aroma is spices, wheat, citrus and grapes. The flavor is spices, ginger snaps, wheat, grain and grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My friend gave me this bottle and said he does not know if it is the worst beer he ever had

A:Hazy golden color with quite a bit of yeast floating in suspension. Poured with a little bit of white head that did not last long.

S: Flowers and spices. White pepper. One of those I don't know if I love or hate the smell of this beer for sure.

T: Fairly spicy. The flowery thing going on is interesting. Again I do not know if I love or hate this beer. Quite a bit of esters. A little bit of an off taste in the finish. Then it tastes like an all malt lager. Strange.

M: Super light body. Carbonation is a little bit less than I would like it to be.

D: I really do not know. It really is a love it or hate it kind of beer and I am somewhere in the middle.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden color with a thin white head that dissipates to nothing.

S: Grapefruit, spices- clove, coriander, ginger and white pepper.

T: Tart citrus, with a follow up of spicy white pepper, ginger and clove and a touch of coriander. Lightly roasted malt with a touch of honey. Hops add some earthy tones too.

M: Light body with prickly carbonation.

D: It is an interesting and tasty ale that is balanced well especially if you like spices. It works in this one but I would not drink it all night.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.7/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from seans86. Thanks Sean!

A: Pours a cloudy deep golden body with a very poorly retaining off-white head. No lace.

S: Candied ginger and flower petals.

T: Candied ginger, rose, and just the barest hint of spice (clove?) before progressing into a watery finish. I'll score the watery characteristic in the mouthfeel, but the reason I'm unimpressed with the taste is how dominant the candied ginger is. The combination of this and rose-water flavor reminds me of an Indian sweetmeat, actually. It's very interesting for the first few ounces and rapidly tapers off after that.

M: Remarkably watery flavor. I thought maybe it was too cold, so I let it warm up, but the sips remained ginger-flavored at the front end and sorely lacking at the back end.

D: I wound up pouring it out.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clouded deep orange golden hue with a slightly off white head and fine even speckled layers of lacing. Aromatics bring out the floral tones with the addition of rose hips. A nice citrus tone is on the palate as well with some tropical fruit tones like pineapple and mango. Again I love these PBC brews for te fact that they are all pretty much session ales with reasonable alcohol content. After tastng this one I may have to take an allegra I getting clearn earthy rose water/slight citrus punch in th back ground. A bit of hay and yeast bitterness in there as well. A bit of cardammon or some other spice pops up with some tree bark like notes, this isn't a bad thing, and light herbal hop backing becomes evident with each sip. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied even soft carbonation nothing offensive here the earthy rose water rings out in the finish adding some dryness along with a bit of yeast cake aftertase. Drinkability overall, very enjoyable experience complex challenges the senses and it quenches thirst at 4.5% abv. More breweries take note this could hav been a boozey 8.5% Belgian golden ale but so much character and flavor would have been masked by the abv.

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Photo of confer
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange/yellow. Lots of carbonation, Cloudy unfiltered look.
S- Sweet smell like apricots.
T- Not bad, a little on the sweet side. Again the apricot shows up in the aftertaste.
MD- It is easy drinking, but I wouldn't go looking for another although I wouldn't hesitate to buy more either.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy gold hue with a moderate bright, white head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lace. Yep, looks like your typical golden ale to me.

S: Ginger. Floral and herbal aromas as well. Pretty much it.

T: Flowers and ginger. That's all I get out of this one. I think they went a little overboard with the ginger in this beer. It dominates the flavor, leaving the drinker scratching his head. This one is sure to bore or overwhelm folks rather quickly.

M: Good, above average carbonation. Spicy finish, obviously due to the abundance of ginger. One of the slightly better aspects of this beer.

D: This one could be a quaffer, if the ginger aspect of the beer was lessened. It also suffers in regards to taste and drinkability because the ginger flavor dominates, not letting any other flavor or aspect of the beer come through. One dimensional, although, that wasn't the brewer's intention.

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Photo of joepais
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the brew Dim. I poured it into a snifter it had a small white head that went away fast and left little to no lace. The body was a light copper in color.

The nose was interesting on this one there was a lot of spicing going on ginger lemongrass were two of the most pronounced. The flavor was more of the same with a good amout of ginger being present in the taste. It had a lite to medium feel to it with a slight carbonation it wish the later was a bit more.

All an all a good spring brew I could drink a few of these once in a while. Nothing I would want in a steady diet of but the drinkability was good

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Fleur De Lehigh from Philadelphia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 188 ratings
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