Flowering Citrus Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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3.76/5
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137 Ratings
Flowering Citrus AleFlowering Citrus Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No need to jet to Antwerp when you can open up a bouquet of Flowering Citrus Ale. Thanks to our friends at De Koninck Brewery, we brewed up a summery ale bursting with key lime and whole lemons that mingle with the fragrance of hibiscus, rose petals and strawberry-tinged Mistral hops. Open up and let Belgian summer bloom.

Added by jaydoc on 04-06-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,501
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
137
pDev:
8.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. poured into a snifter. Beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Scent is mostly strawberry, bubblegum, belgian yeast, and other citrus smells. Taste is pretty unique-- strawberry and lemon mostly, but slightly sour. Hops come out in the end of the mouthful. Low carbonation, light feel, well balanced, and complex-- the name is perfect for this beer as the remaining aftertaste reminds me of a flower, which is strange to describe a beer like this but it is true!

Got this for $12.99 for a 4pack. This is certainly a unique beer, I am yet to taste anything like it on the market. This beer would be interesting in the summer.

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Photo of n2pux
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Walnut
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip

Pours nearly clear, with a two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves behind excellent foamy lacing around the edge of the glass. Ample amounts of some big bubbles display good carbonation.

Floral, citrus, and white fruit (pear/apple) aromas all hit the nose immediately, but there is plenty of crackery yeast, biscuit, and white pepper. Plenty of complexity--I just wish the aroma had a little more punch--it seems to hold back.

The flavor has all the nose promised, augmented with some solid funk. Plenty of citrus and pear/apple flavor, with a touch of strawberry, kiwi, and floral/herbal flavors.

The mouthfeel is solid, but falls one notch short of the crisp, clean, carbonated finish I was looking forward to. Still, it's a nice, smooth, medium-bodied finish.

Overall, this is a good unique beer that is worth trying for sure.

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Photo of bplabernie
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tommy5
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dubnation
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Merticois
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aglassplease
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and mildly citrus. Overall easy to drink seems like it should be lower ABV than it is. Lemon is very pronounced. For a new Belgium sour. The le terroir is much better

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzy
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kitch
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 25th June 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Bready malt, honey, citrusy lemon with hints of flowers.

Taste: Tangy and sweet citrusy orange and lemon, bready malt with a light herbal and flowery flavour.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was refreshing and very easy to drink. I’m surprised its 7.4% ABV as it felt like something easily under 5%. Great for a hot summers day.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TBoneJones
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy straw yellow with white finger of head. Some lacing/ film.
Smells bready/ corn-like malty, like a pilsner.
Taste is a conflict of malty-berry tartness and lemon-lime citrus notes. Its odd. To me I suppose the hibiscus note is what may be a culprit here; it makes the end flavor less enjoyable than the ingredients may suggest it'd be. The strawberry throw it off somehow.
Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat sticky. Nice, and then the herbal aftertaste sets in.
I usually like this series when I try a new single variety of it. This one I'd call a one-shot and done due to the muddled character of the beer. I'm sure there's a food that pairs well enough with it though.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sd123
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Flowering Citrus Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 137 ratings