Belle-Fleur
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #55
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,361
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 8.91%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
101
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Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
 
Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  18
SCORE
87
Very Good
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

660 ml bottle served a bit past the BB date stamp.

Poured a pale amber color with a slight haze. A gentle pour raised a large, dense, bone-colored head that settled very slowly, leaving a thick layer of foam on top of the beer for a long time. Lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma - Hops, spicy yeast and bready malts in good balance. High complexity. Hints of mixed fruits including lemons, limes, grapefruit, and green apples) and traces of herbs and cut grass.

Flavor - Low funk from the Belgian yeast; ample hops; surprisingly clear input from bready malts. Hints of roasted nuts, dried fruits, pepper, and faint herbs. Nicely complex and balanced. Some lingering grapefruit bitterness in the aftertaste.

Feel - Medium body and carbonation.

Overall - A flavorful yet mild Belgian IPA. Recommended.

Mar 16, 2017
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MoohMooh from France

3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks opaque amber; if you pour in the yeast residue you get lovely swirls before it settles. One finger head, very airy. It settles into an honorable ring which lasts the whole time you're drinking the beer.

Hoppy smell : orange and some fruit which I know I know but can't place right now. Caramel.

Very bitter. Almost unbearably so at the beginning, but I either got used to it or it softened as the beer warmed. Overly hoppy (bitter orange mostly) though there are faint traces of caramel in there as well as bitter cocoa. Some toasted bread. Spicy and peppery. The hops overpower everything.

Very "full" mouthfeel, rich, a bit prickly. It would definitely be an easy drinker if it wasn't so bitter.

I usually don't shy away from really bitter IPAs, but this would have benefited from less hops. As it is, they don't leave enough room for the beer's other elements. I'm surprised, since this is not labeled an Imperial IPA by the brewer (which would explain the extreme hoppiness), and their other IPAs -- and more generally, their other beers -- are much more complex and well-balanced.

Nov 28, 2016
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MrDell from Switzerland

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22.07.2016

Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar – Belle-Fleur
Belgian IPA - 6% - 330ml – Best Before 10.2017

From the brewery’s website:
Light blonde, intensly hopped beer with dry-hopping, 6% vol.
Belle Fleur is a fresh, hoppy and thirst-quenching beer, with pronounced citrus / floral flavors. A bitter and aromatic beer for the enthusiast who is looking for the rich smell and taste of fresh hops. In terms of alcohol it is a lighter version of this beer style that is growing strongly in popularity. Very accessible and tasty, delicious on a sunny terrace. Fine as an aperitif or with spicy food.

Appearance: Bright orange and perfectly clear, like lucozade, except for the huge, brilliant white head, one of which has formed inside the bottle! Lots of lively carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of fruity new world hops on the aroma. This smells very fresh.
Taste: Earthy and sherbert like notes, hoppy middle and bitter end. Nicely balanced and not overly bitter like a lot of other modern IPA's that are around at the minute.
Mouthfeel: Slightly oily then turning dry at the end but still leaving behind a resinous coating on the palate. Slightly prickly carbonation.
Overall: A really good modern IPA from Belgium. Quite delicate for the style and very well balanced.

Jul 22, 2016
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Meyers1023 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle dated February 2016, poured a murky gold color with over two fingers worth of foamy white head that stays around for a while. The smell is floral with a hint of citrus and a bit of spice. The flavor is herbal and spicy with a citrus bitterness as well. The Belgian yeast is balanced in the flavor but doesn't overpower. The feel is less than medium with very light carbonation. This is an enjoyable beer but I don't know how to explain how the flavor just stops as if there is no after taste. Other than that I thoroughly enjoy this IPA.

Feb 02, 2016
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Timothy_Scott_Goeft from Taiwan

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice slight grassy hops aroma, good head and head retention, mild carbonation. Amber slight copper in colour. Hoppy flavour that has a slight spice bitter dry finish

Nov 27, 2015
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TeddyBrew from California

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A favorite brewer of mine imported by the great 12% Imports!

This is balanced, tasty, and much better than other Belgian IPAs I've had.

Just yesterday I had a double IPA from a well-known CA brewer. This Bell-Fleur is so much more enjoyable!

Jul 19, 2015
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a light golden colour with a slight haze... White head poured big, thick and foamy and faded slowly to good thick layer... lots of sticky clingy lacing...

Aroma - Lots of spicy yeast mixed with tart fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruits, sour apples), light honey sweetness, grassy and citric hops, light biscuit malts, some traces of basil and light coriander, quite floral...

Taste - Again strong spicy hop bitterness and Belgian yeastiness mixed together, lots of citrus notes, hint of green grapes and melon, quite grassy, light sugary sweetness, peppery, quite herbal, floral, alcohol just coming through..

Feel - Very sharp and dry. Light body. Refreshing and very drinkable at 6%..

Overall - An excellent example of a Belgian IPA... recommended

Jun 17, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22.4 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/2016. Pours slightly hazy bright golden color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, citrus rind, pine, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops, spicy yeast, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, citrus rind, pine, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, citrus rind, pine, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of bright citrus/pine hops, spicy yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice crisp hop/yeast/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops, spicy yeast, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Oct 30, 2014
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dcmchew from Romania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Shiny orange pour with a rich fluffy white head, nice retention, lots of sticky lacing.
Smells really inviting, with grapefruit and a bit of nectarine, nice clear pine, faint pineapple, caramel. If not for a small hint of yeasts (that, granted, gets stronger later on), you wouldn't be so sure this is a "Belgian" IPA right after pouring.
Taste makes it clearer tho, with some hay and herbs straight in the front, mixed in with the bitter citrus (nice clear grapefruit, oranges, lemon, faint tangerines), faint tropical fruit and some peach. Splash of caramel, hints of honey, some bread and a big floral note, really perfumey. Spicy hops and yeasts with a really funky combo in the finish: white pepper, grass, straw, some clove, coriander, citrus leaves. Not a really bitter finish, but a bit over the standard and with a nice clear hop presence, somewhat muddled with the yeasty finish.
Medium body and carbonation. Aftertaste is hoppy, not too much fruit, but the spicy yeasts seem to pile up after half the drink, getting harder and harder to really feel the hoppy goodness with each new sip. Floral note is still there, and pretty nice.
A nice Belgian IPA that becomes very "Belgian" as you drink more and more, but still the hops are there. It would have been nicer if it were the same from start to finish.

Oct 06, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a hazy, glowing orange color. Head is thick, doughy and lasting. Lost of sticky, thick lacing.

S-Hops are quite floral. Lemon hops as well. Spicy but the yeast is not very present or dominating here. Some lighter honey malt. Nose is restrained.

T-Floral hops, grassy hops and honey sweetness. Followed up by a spiciness that is imparted by the hops and the yeast. I enjoy how the Belgian yeast doesn't come in too assertively but I'd like more of an intense flavor here.

M-Medium bodied. Not much bitterness. Dry, no lingering flavor. Soft bubbles. Easy drinking.

O-It's a decent beer but I paid way too much for this. More mild than any $12.50 beer should be.

Aug 02, 2014
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 660ml bottle with a fairly high fill and a best before date of June 2015

A cloudy grapefruit color super foamy pour enters the glass and is crowned with a thick egg shell/yellow head that just refuses and refuses to recede. Sweet flowery hops dominate the nose with a unique aroma unlike an American IPA. First sip is super yummy, lighter in flavor than expected, yet impactful. It starts sweet then a refreshingly bitter finish takes over. I am not sure what hop or yeast is used but they are unique and complimentary. As it warms, slight citrus notes emerge. Mouthfeel is spot on thanks to near perfect carbonation. The clingy lacing is wonderful too and just adds to the overall awesomeness of this beer. I do like this beer’s malty backbone with the yeast adding a Belgium twist. Light and refreshing, I am so glad to have an IPA that traveled across the pond that tastes so very fresh. De Dochter rocks again.

Jul 16, 2014
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admiral from Australia

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very nice, fruity and floral IPA with a nice bitter kick in it.

aroma: citrus malt with Belgian spice

taste: grapefruit, orange, citrus and orange marmalade with spice. Quite floral and fruity with strong bitterness back of palate and in aftertaste.

May 23, 2014
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows sweet grainy and hay-like malt, some soft Belgian phenols and sweet confectionery notes. A little subtle.
More sweet hay notes as a flavour. Some spicy and floral hops as well as a little honey. An assertive bitterness round things out.
Carbonation is much too high.

May 07, 2014
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in and ordinary glass.
Bought during a business trip in Luxembourg in one of the best beershops I've ever visited, the Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon in Arlon - Belgium (http://miorgemihoublon.be)

Enjoyed @ a hotel room in Luxembourg :/

A: Pours a nice orange to amber cloudy color forming a big and solid, and creamy white head. Excellent retention and tons of soapy and lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Excellent smell of fresh and flowery hops. Very citric, quite American profile. Notes of orange, orange zest and sweet grains. American style IPA with some touches of Belgian bready yeasts

T: Dry, grainy, crispy and bitter. Sweet pale malts. Fruity with notes of orange and orange zest. A bit bready with a huge hops bitterness in the end...

M: Light to medium body. Citrus hops bitter aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent IPA. Quite American to a Belgian IPA but absolutely recommended anyway

Apr 06, 2014
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BlackHaddock from England

3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had no idea what I was ordering in La Trappist, Brugge on 31st Jan 2014, but at 6% ABV this was the weakest beer on-tap and as I'd never had it before I chose to try it: glad I did.

I'm no expert on Belgian IPA's but this came across as a very drinkable beer indeed.

Came slightly cloudy, orange to light amber in colour with a good white head.

The aroma was floral with a citrus lead, pink grapefruit and something more tropical and sweeter.

The taste was also citrus led, again grapefruit came to mind, with yet again a sweeter feel within the flavours. The finish was leaning towards bitter, but didn't quiet make it the whole way.

Interesting and different, glad I picked it out.

Feb 12, 2014
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CwrwAmByth from England

3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass. BBD April 2014.

Pours a deep copper colour with a big white head.

Smells hoppy - fruity and flowery.

Tastes hoppy too - fruity, flowery, spicy, as well as quite heavy with sweet malts, and some yeast.

Overall a decent effort, a bit heavy on the sweet and spice though.

Apr 01, 2013
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StJamesGate from New York

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Puffy sticky speckly whipped cream head over ruddy gold.
Iodine yeast, orange juice and flowers on the nose.
Straight pale biscuity malts with some peach, orange hoppiness, a yeast hit and maybe a bit of tea.
Tangerine rind finish and aspirin linger.
Soft, medium, some chew, a bit coppery.

Belgian yeast, US hops, not much else. Real IBUs, but doesn't hang together. Simple to the point of dumb. No great shakes.

Feb 06, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a super large dirty white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry floral hops with light fruity ester and some bready malt. Taste is a mix between some bready malt notes with some fruity ester and some earthy and dry floral hops with light bitter finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice offering though not something I would look for on a regular basis.

Jan 15, 2013
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RuudJH from Netherlands

4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good brewery. Tried several beers and I liked them a lot.
Liking IPA's , so i'm curious about this.

Orange colour. Fizzing beer, but a good head. nice lacing. cloudy as it's poured out.
Smell is fruity: apricot, mandarine fruit, clear pine as well.
Taste is bitterness, as expected, but not crazy. Spicy as well.

Overall it's a nice beer. Always good smell, taste delivers.

Nov 01, 2012
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this 0.33l bottle directly at the Brewery during a visit on 05OCT12 with Brabander. Best by date is July 2014; pretty far out there for an IPA. Have made my pre-storm preps, so time to quaff...

Poured most (save for a bit with some yeasties) into a small tulip. It's a bright golden color, still having a touch of cloudiness. Carbo is sparse and slow, and a hard-pour produced a fluffy, creamy white head of about 1/2". The foam slowly receded, with some decent lacing left behind. It has a good nose of some rindy citrus along with hints of jammy sweetness. Has a medium body, and is fairly smooth, with a touch of airiness present.

Flavor has little to no sweetness at all, just loads of bitter, rindy hop action. It's very pithy, with bitter citrus start to finish, along with a little herbal quality at the end. It's well made, but the lack of any real maltiness and/or sweetness doesn't quite cut it for me. Prosit!

3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Oct 28, 2012
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beerdrifter from Germany

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly hazy yellow-orange pour with a lot of carbonation visible, and a slightly off-white two finger head with great retention and nice clingy lacing. Spicy, floral, citrus nose with hints of grapefruit, lemon, grass, and pine with just a touch of white pepper and yeast. The taste is intensely bitter with lots of resiny pine along with hints of lemon zest and pepper. Just enough caramel malt to keep it honest, but the hops are definitely the star. The mouthfeel is a bit on the fizzy side with a great tangy, bitter, crisp, dry finish. Another great beer from a small, but impressive brewery.

Aug 28, 2012
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draheim from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650mL (best before Okt 2013) into a tulip. Pours a clear honey-golden color w/ a monstrous sudsy white head, big clumps of sticky lace.

Aroma is a blend of floral Belgian yeast and floral hops.

Taste is dry pale malt, floral hops w/ a bitter bite, Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium-bodied courtesy of the wheat malt and bottle conditioning.

Overall a nice Belgian twist on an American-style IPA.

Jul 29, 2012
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this bottle at Geers in Gent.

From a bomber into a snifter.
Best before April 2014

APPEARANCE: A careful pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with great retention. Hazy gamboge orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A half wisp remains and leaves some good lacing all the way down.

SMELL: Medium strength nose of pale malts, honeydew melon, grapefruit notes, pine and orange peel. NIce citrus and lemony fruit aromas. Enticing for sure.

TASTE: Pine, grass and straw flavors up front. Pale and caramel malts through the middle but not much real sweetness. A lot of piney and floral bitterness at the swallow, moving into a bold and persistent aftertaste piney, floral hop bitterness and spicy, peppery Belgian yeast. Very floral and bitter with a hint of melon sweetness. Doesn't really match the nose, but there's piles of bitterness and the Belgian aspect is there.

PALATE: Medium body and quite high levels of carbonation. Light and airy on the palate, with prickly carbonation. Goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Too carbonated, prickly and light on the palate.

OVERALL: A good attempt, but the feel is just too light and airy for my palate. The flavor is also very bitter without any accompanying flavor, unfortunately. That wonderful hop nose didn't quite transfer very well. Still, I like this bewery and appreciate what they're doing. Cheers guys. Keep up the good work.

Jul 05, 2012
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metter98 from New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a massive two finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a good sized head covering the surface and rings of lacing around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has a light but interesting mixture of floral and grassy hops, lemons and spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some hints of herbs and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is a lot of dryness throughout the taste, which particularly stands out in the finish and aftertaste.
O: The flavors in this Belgian IPA are very unique for the style. It definitely makes for an interesting beer to sip and savor.

Apr 04, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spices, sugar, and super sweet. The flavor was of sweet malt, spices, banana, sugar, and subtle fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The aroma on this one was a little overwhelming as far as the sweetness aspect goes. However the flavor was a little more subdued. This made it rather enjoyable and easy to drink in comparison to the aroma. Definitely worth trying if you see it around.

Apr 03, 2012
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 101 ratings