Fleur De Lehigh | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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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 DarkerTheBetter
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a slightly hazy, peachy gold with a thin, egg shell head with a slow stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom.

Smells of GINGER and wild flowers. This really dominates. I only get hints of bready malts beneath.

Tastes of dry and subtle ginger with a dry hop edge for balance. This finishes up with more of a pickled ginger sweetness.

Feels nice and present, almosty creamy with a sneaky, subtle carbonation.

Odd for the style, but still tasty. A good one for the summer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, courtesy of a family friend's refrigerator. On to the beer:

Hazy blonde color...it says blonde ale on the label, so that's no surprise. The flavors involved though....wow. Very well spiced, in both the aroma and flavor. It's floral, basil thyme, herbal, ground pepper, and a touch of delicate fruit from the "beer base", which is a medium body. It tastes like spring. Very well made, and very tasty. My favorite of the beers I tried on my recent trip to Southeast Pennsylvania.

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Photo of Beerluvinmonkey
4.6/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fleur de Lehigh is an outstanding local example of an unfiltered golden ale. If I was to design a golden ale for everyday people this would be it. Fleur pours beautifully with a nice head. There's an aroma of spice and lemongrass that's not overpowering. The flavor is fruit and spicy with with a nice blend of hops. What's great about this beer is the spice doesn't overpower the beer. To get a beer of this quality for around $25 is unheard of. PBC proves you can drink quality beer without breaking the bank!

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Photo of dennarb
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an occasional special brew from Philadelphia Brewing. It was available last summer and again this summer. Lemon and spice dominate in this beer. It lacks the depth of many better spicy brews but it is light and refreshing. That makes it a good summertime diversion but not one that I would order very often.

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Photo of Risser09
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a 2" eggshell colored head. It shows great retention and leaves lots of foamy lace behind. No carbonation is visible.

Smell: floral aroma is excitingly fresh. Cherry blossom, honeysuckle, lily of the valley, orchid all overtake what little malt there is. Truly original.

Taste: More of the same floral attributes arrive with plenty of flavor. Orchid and honeysuckle are dominant flavors, with some vegetal hops. This beer really tastes like a flower and even the flower stems as well. Sweet pale malt and perhaps a little wheat remind you that this is still a beer. Original indeed.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, vegetal, very floral and tasty, lightly bodied, but still a little bit turbid. No apparent alcohol.

Drinkability: A very original beer with lots of interesting floral tones. This is an exceptional summer beer that isn't cloying. A new favorite of mine.

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Photo of matty
1/5  rDev -70.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Cloudy gold beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is pine needles.Taste is flowery and disgusting.It truly tastes like someone brewed a variety of flowers with rain water.One of just a handful of beers I've ever poured down the drain.A waste of money..total garbage!!

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Photo of lstokes
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with a short head and a coriander/hop/spicy orange smell which I really liked.

The taste was certainly very unique and delicious, if not a personal favorite. Like a hoppy floral ale, starts with the yeast and malt, ends with a ginger and citrus kick. The body was a bit thin, but carbonation was good and it was pretty drinkable, although the ginger gets cloying after about a pint.

Would drink again but not two in a row--it's the kind of tasty unique beer you're really happy exists either way.

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Photo of DIM
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly cloudy (unfiltered) golden yellow color. It poured with a short lived fizzy head.

s: What a strange smelling beer. I got a little something peppery, some ginger I think, a bit of something mustily floral, and a little burned plastic. These all tied together pretty well.

t: I've used the word floral often to describe how a beer tastes. I'll use it here and I've never meant it more. This tastes like what I imagine ground up petals tastes like. There are suggestions of other spices, I tasted cola and maybe a little clove. There is some not unpleasant burned plastic at the end.

m: Fizzy, soda like carbonation. Very refreshing.

d: These guys have made two of the stranger brews I've tried. I liked this quite a bit and I can see myself having more, but I love the uniquely bizzare Rowhouse Red more.

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Photo of IRNBRU
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. No Date. Poured into a tulip.

Fleur de Lehigh pours a foggy honeycomb yellow with a thick meringue head that shrinks quickly, leaving a cloudy white ring that's surprisingly sticky - thin lacing hangs about throughout.

The smell is strong - cracked peppercorn, mustard seed and spicy clove up front with a lemongrass backbone.

Ginger and citrus zest dominate the taste and there are hints of peppercorn spices that emulate the aromatics. It's decently refreshing going down but I found the ginger to be a bit overpowering.

I was excited to find a six of this seasonal release from PBC in a variety pack that I recently picked up and it was certainly an interesting beer. But because I'm not a huge ginger fan, it's probably not something I'd drink consistently. Still, a well balanced, complex ale.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazed golden honey color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a ring with little lacing. Aroma of floral hops, light spices, yeast, light citrus. Body is fairly thick, lightly carbonated, light hop finish before turning slightly watery. Flavor starts off with a bang off citrus rind, biscuit malt before becoming slightly flowery with a light hop bite. Something in the finish isn't very satisfying however as that all disappears and finishes slightly watery. Starts off strong, and overall is very refreshing, but just loses steam in the finish.

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Photo of jackorain
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my middle ages nonic.

Poured bright yellow and cloudy with a 1 inch white head. Retention - fair. lace - less than ideal
smells of clove, spice, sweet caramel malt and blonde tabacco

taste very simialr to the nose with an added peppery note and citrus twang

light to medium body, zingy carboantion

i could have more than one but that is as far as I would go.

Thanks For Reading

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

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: loads of coriander, floral hops, and almost a perfumey aroma is very pleasant but more flowery than most other beers.

Taste: mild malt profile with some mild breadiness, loads of floral bitterness, coriander, soft lemon zest, and some softer fruit sweetness arrives late.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is flowery and a bit bready. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this one came across a bit too flowery where one pint was nice, but two would be enough in a session.

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

Had a few of these last night at Johnny Brenda's:

Poured a light and hazy orange with absolutely no head and very little sediment.

Aroma was profound, boasting very spicy coriander and cinnamon notes and reminding me of the intriguing scent of Yards' Tavern Spruce. Although a slight citrus aroma was present, little to none is evident in the taste.

Flavor is reminiscent of a spicy farmhouse ale but with an added kick of ginger that shifts to the forefront as you finish the glass.

Even though I wouldn't usually expect to enjoy such a gingery offering, the flavor worked with the light texture, making it highly sippable, especially on such a hot night.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

PBC- Fleur De Lehigh

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn.

A- Hazy orange with a small foamy white head, filmy lacing, and a quick dissapation.
S- Very spicy orange/ lemon peel, honey, lavender, floral hops, and clove.
T- Huge spicy malt. Big doses of orange and lemon rind, cloves, and floral hops.
M- Very spicy dry with a creamy malt body and finish.

Overall- Quite tangy/ spicy but good. Probably won't drink more than 2 pints though.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased to-go from the Craft Ale House for around $2. Poured into my nonic pint glass and after swirling up the yeast, appears a cloudy bright honey amber color with about an inch of off white foam. Smells and tastes of citrus fruits such as lemon and orange, mildly spicy yeast, lots of floral notes, and biscuits. A bit thin bodied with medium carbonation. I'm curious to find out the ABV of this one as it is quite sessionable.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Union Jack's in a pint glass.

A- Fleur De Lehigh is a burnt orange color with pale yellow built in. Not much of a head, just a dismal white cap, minimal lacing.

S- Lehigh has citrus tones with lemon and some orange and spice such as pepper. Some malt sweetness and Belgian yeast strain. Nice to smell.

T- The yeast kicks in on the taste with some earthiness. Lemon zest is heavy on the taste, very citrusy. Malts balancing this out. A lot of spice in the taste with coriander and the like. Some hops as well. I did not enjoy the ginger in this. A bit unbalanced.

M- No problems here. A nice medium bodied brew that was good going down, loved it cold got better after time. A not to long aftertaste, refreshing.

D- Had no problem finishing my pint and almost wanted another one. Not sure of the ABV on this one as it was not listed on the menu, interested in finding out.Probably will go even better in the middle of summer.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Blarney's in Philly. Smell was very floral with bitter notes. Taste was a bit watery initially then turning to very grainy and floral, spices kick the tongue on the finish. Cinnamon, and light taste of cloves. Very interesting and complex flavor, a bit difficult to finish, but that's just personal taste, good beer definitely worth trying.

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp pale straw color... Thin fizzy white head... Ample amounts of moderate paced carbonation...

S - Honey... Lemon... Wheat... A vague but pleasant spiciness...

T - A lovely spiciness... Ginger... Coriander... Pepper... Clove... Lemon grass... Biscuit... Earthy notes... Grain... Hints of citrus... Excellent balance...

M - Crisp... Light bodied... Refreshing... Lots of tingly carbonation on the tongue...

D - Excellent summer brew... Easy drinking... Highly sessionable... A much appreciated interesting brew from Philadelphia Brewing Company...

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Photo of Schmidts
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a Bottle I got it as soon as they had some available by the case.I Had it on tap a few days before. Nice Head that stays awhile with nice laceing. Pours yellow orange. Smells of Citrus and spices and malt. Says it has rubarb brewed in it and it has a special nice smell.

It has a very Nice and special flavor to it that makes it the kind of Beer you drink a few not just one. Tastes of Cardamon and lemon grass and spice. Really a nice tasting beer they have here! It feels very nice and refreshing in your mouth and tells you have another one please.
I recomend if you can get it give it a try it is awesome.
One thing I almost forgot they sell it right at the brewery They brought mine up to my distributer and its bottle date on the case was 3 days before I got it. They were not going to sell it in whole cases but people like me have called them and asked so they are now.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 4.21.09 at Capone's in Norristown.

nice clear golden yellow with tannish tints in the color. decent off white head which hung out for a while. minimal lacing. smell was very unique. it was a crisp ginger citrus smell. I wasn't expecting the ginger, but it was very evident in the smell. there was pepper and spice in the nose as well.

the taste was very much of ginger. the spice comes through as well and blended together. very crisp and carbonated with the citrus playing a more subtle role than the smell. light body and decent mouthfeel, good balance as flavors blend well together. if you don't like ginger, this might be a little much. almost too much for me (as reflected in taste rating).

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Photo of mhatters
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TND in Wayne in a tulip glass.

Yelloworange color with a thick lacy head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Lots of spice in the nose, clove, pepper, cardamom, with some sweet malt in the background

Spice holds in the flavor, but does not dominate over the malt and base flavors

Crisp and dry finish,nicely carbonated, really well balanced and clean.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured 4/23 from a mix'n'match case dated 4/17. This beer is soggy muddy brown and orange in color, cloudy and full, with only a thumbprint left of creme colored head floating like an iceberg in a polluted sea. The head had started loud and proud, effervescent even, but a few minutes in and even the iceberg is gone, with no trace of lacing. I would have preferred to see it hang for longer, but still not a bad looking beer.

A sweet mint is pronounced dead and center - pepperminty really, surrounded by some sort of au natural bar of soap, almost patchouli like. And maybe its the tree hugger in me but damn I am likin it. Smells huge, like this could be hiding 11% of alcohol by volume under its earthy hood.

taste is jumpy and complex right off that bat, with the bulk of the nose coming to life on the tongue. we also pick up ginger, hemp, anise, hibiscus, and then as it spreads on the tongue it softens into sweet honeycomb, backed by a earthy must. "Acquired Taste" comes to mind, but I think I'm up for the adventure. The earthen hop has come out to play, doing a tongue dance with the minty flavor on the back of the throat. an echo of 'belgian' yeast is noted... and that's that - it ends with a bit of a whimper - the hop recedes and not much aftertaste is left.

light body - watery as it clears my throat. This could really use a dosing of carbonation. That might clean it up and take it to the next level IMO. Drinkability suffers just a bit from this flaw, as the tastes become slightly cloying towards the end. Still, this is a super interesting brew, with enough complexity and strong character to standout. Final note: I am so glad that PBC decided to bottle this seasonal!!!

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Photo of hopdog
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium and lightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of ginger, lemon grass, citrus, and a little fruity. Tastes of ginger, citrus, honey, and spices. Drinkable but nothing really standing out.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/20/09

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Photo of gdfan47
4.48/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


this beer is interesting
had it at Teresas in wayne

ginger and pineapple on the nose

to be perfeclty honest i had this awhile ago, but it was soo good

my hat is off to PBC, this is a truely fantastic beer and i hope they bring it back

im just happy to see a cool Philadelphia brewery relativly new in their production to make such a unique and wonderful beer

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

On tap at the South Philly Tap Room, served in a snifter

Appears a cloudy, golden color with a soapy bone white head that hugs the inside of the snifter nicely.

Lemongrass, white pepper, biscuity yeast, ginger. An array of spices with an earthy, springtime type of feel.

Mimics the nose for the most part. The lemongrass and biscuity yeast lead the way with white pepper and ginger breaking through on the back end. Simple, yet complex.

Medium body, good carbonation.

An easy drinker. Clean and easily sessionable.

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Fleur De Lehigh from Philadelphia Brewing Company
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