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Fleur De LehighFleur De Lehigh

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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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Photo of bfree
3.44/5  rDev 0%
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 +7%
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 -21.5%
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 +1.2%
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 -11.9%
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 +2.6%
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 -3.5%
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 +5.8%
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 -50.6%
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 +30.8%
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 +10.5%
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 -10.5%
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 +15.4%
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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Photo of goblue3509
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull and hazy light gold color with a skin of head with a little lacing. The smell is of lemongrass and clove with hints of ginger, spice, and grains. The smell is there but a little weak. The taste has a wheat backbone with hints of clove up front, the backend has a big taste of ginger. The ginger is almost overpowering. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is good, there is a unique taste to the beer and it would make you want a couple, but the you would really have to like ginger to go for a six pack.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Very cloudy brown golden color with zero head. Zero. Looks like unfiltered apple cider.
Sm. Lots of stuff in there, spice, clove? woody lemony sourness, but tastes sweet.
Ta. Spicy herb-like, maybe grassy, woody, organic, but very clean and fresh.
Mf. Smooth, light, slight carbonation.
Dr. Ok, kind of a fleury-taste.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized wine glass.

Hazy, clouded golden orange colored brew with a thick head that is off white. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but does leave some clingy lacing. Visisble bit of yeast suspended throughout - always a welcome sight...

Smells of sweet, buttery malts, mild hops and some ripe fruits - mango?

Tastes mildly spicy with a nice malt sweetness. Hops are mild and floral.

Very creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation - very easy-going.

An easy drinking brew that would have broad appeal for summertime gatherings. Definitely a caseworthy brew.

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Photo of magine
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a cloudy, dirty, unfliltered dark yellow color. Has a creamy thick, off white head that settles to a lace island. Has nice lace as well.

Brew smells spicy, yeasts, pepper, floral and citrus maybe. Has a nice smell.

Has a very smooth creamy mouthfeel; fruits (lemon and citrus maybe), floral, spicy malts, yeasts, pepper, spice and spice. Very flavorful and feels great. Creamy and finishes smooth. This is a very nice brew. Has that sweetness in there as well as you drink.

This brew is the best I have had from PBC, very good taste, great mouthfeel and is extreamly sessionable. This is a very good brew and is priced extreamly reasonable. Well done.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Agressive pour led to a big fizz with zero head left at the end. Literally zero head on this beer. There's three bubbles sitting in the middle of the glass looking lonely. Dull brown and copper. Unfilitered doesn't really help the appearance here.

S: Smells like pears poached in red wine. With the usual poached pear characters...cinnamon, clove, bay, some vanilla. Also has an apple pie aroma. This is very interesting for sure. Nothing Belgian about it, that's for sure. Where does this fall in style?

T: Taste is of baked apples, cinnamon some bread. Super sweet and no bitterness whatsoever. Spices are too strong here, I feel like I am taking a teaspoon of dry cinnamon with each sip. Not style specific and certainly doesn't taste like an ale.

M: Thin and very under carbonated. Apple juice is what I'm thinking here.

D: Very flavorful, but where is the carbonation? Where is the Belgian notes?

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a small head. Smell is sweet and floral. Taste is good, fruits, cinamon and other spices, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy Danny, at Bridgewaters Pub in PHL, is always after me to review new beers that he gets in so that he has a basis for recommending things to customers. I find it flattering, plus I am always willing to help out. ;=) That, and I am friends with the good folks at PHLBC so here we go.

First of all, as a sports fan, I love the label of defunct Shibe Park where my beloved A's once played. I also liked the way where they wasn't kidding when they mentioned "Unfiltered" on the label. I recommend gentle agitation before pouring, plus for Danny as a purveyor, telling the customer that it is going to be very hazy/cloudy. I got a modest finger of off-white head that quickly faded to wisps. Color was, unsurprisingly, a hazy golden-amber. Nose held a pleasant surprise of spice and black pepper, all undoubtedly yeast-driven. It was very pleasant, like Herbes de Provence, a melange of spices, but underlain with black pepper. My mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but the yeastiness on the tongue was papery dry. I did not get the same riot of flavors on the tongue, instead, it was more muted. Still, this was very pleasant to drink. The finish evinced the return of the pepperiness. Zounds! Only 4.5%? More, please.

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Photo of IronLover
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. A hazy reddish orange color with no head at all. Combination of orange and apricot aromas with lots of spice. No hop aromas. Large floral flavor with coriander and licorice characters and a large lingering finish and aftertaste. With all of the spice I felt like it was October and I was drinking a light pumpkin ale...without the pumpkin.

Very low carbonations (could have been the bar tap) and not much character to the texture and body.

Glad I tried it, but probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of rawthar
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a case in anticipation of the 70 degree weather coming this weekend. Poured into my Brooklyn tulip.

A- The pale dull gold of a macro with an unfiltered haziness. Less than a finger of fast bubbling head with little retention and minimal collaring.

S- The exotic spices and fruits used to brew this unique beer mingle into something like a caramel in aggregate, but the patient nose can pick out the chamomile, rhubarb, and rose hips (whatever they are). Belgian yeast is evident. Points for originality.

T- The Belgian yeast wrestles the fruits for supremacy. Floral characters become more intense with warming. A bit of caramelized sugar sweetness that almost evokes a light milk stout. Again, originality carries the score.

M- Mouthfeel follows the appearance in its resemblance to a macro. Sharply carbonated and shades of creaminess.

D- The price is right, and in the spring sun, this is the beer to daisy chain.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a variety pack from PBC last year and ended up picking up a whole case this year...

Poured from the bottle a hazy, golden yellow with a creamy 1/4 inch thick head and light efferevescence, that dissipated quickly to a thin ring and small lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is big whiff of ginger followed by some spices and mild malt. Very interesting.

Taste is big zing of ginger upfront and throughout, with hints of clove and spice and fruitiness. Tough to pinpoint everything. Finishes with a mild taste of light malt.

Mouthfeel is great on this beer, just enough carbonation to keep the flavors popping, especially on the sides of the tongue and cheek.

A very drinkable beer, but the flavors can be overpowering. Like this as a spring beer that can easily be continued through summer for those hotter days.

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Photo of Mojoman8561
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-L- Cloudy. Dark Golden. Light Carbonation

-S- Lemon scent hit me right away. Touch of honey in there somewhere

-T- interesting. Lemon and honey create a nice blend that is refreshing.

-F- Suprisingly thin for it's color but easy to drink.

-D- Not filling. Fell a little short in the end but by far my favorite of the PBC's brews. I look forward to next year and having it again!!

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Photo of Deuane
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Lightly hazed reddish golden yellow with a thick white head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Big ginger up front with a strong herbal medley backing this up. Touch of lemongrass zing and biscuit malt.

T-Sharp citric and ginger bite with sweet biscuit and a side helping of herbal hops, lemongrass zip and "spice".

M-Medium-light bodied quite sharp and crisp with long lingering flavours and a dry finish.

D-Very interesting brew. An odd mix of flavours but in the end it works. I like brews that take chances and in the end work out....well done PBC!

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Fleur De Lehigh from Philadelphia Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.
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