Omer Traditional Blond | Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Omer Traditional BlondOmer Traditional Blond

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not sure what folks dont like about this one, i am surprised it isnt rated higher here. this is a pretty classic belgian blonde or strong blonde, and regardless of where their other beers fall on the spectrum, this one should be judged independently, and in that light, i really like it. its hazy and straw colored, very lively from the little bottle, and with a great belgian yeast nose, slight oxidation (all bottles in colorado right now are likely to be a little dated, but no worries!). dry generic orchard vibes, some sweeter grain notes, like a baby tripel or something, wheat and pilsy, with some biscuit quality before the yeast stakes its claim. maybe a hint of vanilla, apple for sure, carnival taffy, pink gum, an ester characteristic that should be applauded, and a peppy carbonation, even some aged hops sort of lambic style there, no alpha but still herbal. short of creamy feeling, but lively with some body, tastes a little old, but is way better than its ratings and not unreasonably priced. this is better than a lot of upstart cheap tasting craft american made belgian takes, still special and old world rustic in overa nature, it should not be discounted...

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Photo of Ginger-tipple
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It pours perfectly with a good head which lasts. The aroma is pleasant and it is well made. To be honest, I did not like the flavor here, I think it was from the sugar used for the 2nd fermentation in the bottle.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep blonde color with some sediment floating here and there. Tall fluffy head, full of yeast.

Aroma is really, really nice. It's floral, spicy, yeasty. Clove, pepper, bubble gum, lime salt, banana, cinnamon.

Flavor is pretty boozy to start, which actually sets it up for being a rough drinker right from the beginning. What follows is clove, bubble gum, white pepper, yeast, spice. The floaty flavors are there but all so buried underneath this formidable wall of pure ABV.

Feel is very carbonated, hot and boozy, and a dry finish.

Overall, apart from the booze, this might be a good beer. Unfortunately all the flavor is lost beneath the heat. And the worst part is, it's not even that heavy in alcohol content. A big flaw here.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: hazy gold, minimal (about 1 finger) head that dissipated surprisingly quickly.
S: clove, banana and pepper, clean malt, biscuity tones, the sweet bubblegum character
T: peppery immediately, a touch sharp, a full malt body with some estery/fruity notes, has a very juicy fullness to it, it's this certain indescribable thing that comes from a true belgian that's kind of hard to describe (not saying that's a good or a bad thing though I certainly enjoy it, but it is distinctive), hints of pineapple come out but for the most part the beer keeps its feet firmly planted in banana and pepper, some vanilla is present also
M: the full malt body makes the beer silky and coats the tongue
O: don't really know what exactly I was expecting with this beer, I came to it without many preconceptions other than it was a traditional belgian that was decently well thought of and I love belgians so why not. Turns out it's a truly excellent beer with just enough complexity to make one think but enough superficial appeal if one doesn't wish to. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #113 (JUN 2016)

Peppery, Clean, Snappy, Dry
Intense and dry is this beer’s modus operandi. Yes ... this Belgian Blonde means business. Stunning in appearance OMER has a clean, bubbly look and lacing that does not go away. With a high level of crispness, and lighter bodied for its size, this beer is no slouch. Peppery with undertones of dried fruit. The 8 percent alcohol by volume has a mild warmth but lands very clean. Sometimes simple works best, and there is depth and some complexity here that brings me back for more. [Jason]

Look 4.25 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 4.50 | Overall 4.00

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful blonde color, clear body and topped off with a nice white and creamy head. Thick lacing to mark every sip.
Mild hops, fresh grass, ad phenols.
Sweet, green apples and cotton candy mixed in with some mild spices.
Light bodies with medium carbonation.
Not bad overall, very easy to drink, smooth and great tasting.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the just expired bottle, it pours golden amber with a vigorous head, slowly reducing. A bit of grass and yeast in the nose. Pleasant flavor, enjoyable.

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Photo of Marius
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle. Pale yellow pour, clear, with a tall white head. Smells like a typical Belgian pale ale, of hay, lemons, yeast, honey. Tastes dry and bitter, with the taste following the aroma notes. A bit too much alcohol in the aftertaste, but other than that this is quite a decent beer.

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Photo of jonmikel
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a chalice from a 33 cl. glass bottle bought at Carrefour in Brussels.
-Golden-orange color. Quite transparent for being a Belgian beer but not a lot. It has got a small foam head, half a finger.
-Some hints of alcohol in the smell and it reminds me a little bit to wood.
-The taste is nice. It isn't heavy but there's some bitter flavour that remains a bit in the mouth.
-The feel is bitter, too, but not too much.
Nothing superb but a beer worth a try, though not one of my favorites in Belgium.

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Photo of stephens101
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale orange with one finger of fluffy off-white froth.

Smells malty and phenolic with some sugar and cotton candy noticed.

Tastes of apricot, green apple and sugar with a touch of spice for good measure.

Medium, dry-ish and somewhat chalky going down.

Faintly interesting in a banal sort of wish there were something more to it but can't really complain too much because there's a lot worse out there kind of way.

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Photo of MickyMc
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just drank this and am now drinking a Duvel, purely for purposes of scientific research, because so many people have commented on the similarity between the two beers.

In all honesty there is not a great deal to choose between the two of them, Duvel is slightly smoother and creamier but they are both nice beers.

Living in Belgium I have the luxury of choosing whichever I want in the supermarket and which ever is available in the bar.

I think it's safe to say if you like a Duvel you will be equally satisfied with OMER.

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Photo of djura
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 0,33 l

A - Huge white head, creamy. Pale with low carbonation.
S - Refreshing, blond malt aroma with some spicenes.
T/M - Medium carbonation, a bit warm finish but not that much as you could expect from 8% ale. Low bitterness with some pepper aftertaste.

O - Maybe to much alcohol in it, but taste is good.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip.
Pours slightly hazy golden beer with fizzy white head, big bubbles, medium retention.
Smell is bland and metallic, dust, cider, tart cherry, grape, grains.
Taste is heavy, dull, malty, somewhat fruity and yeasty.

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Photo of tc232
4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Great alternative to Duvel. Really surprised by the relatively mediocre score this beer gets. Maybe it doesn't travel well? Better taste than the Duvel or recent years. Foam has bigger bubbles and is not as thick as Duvel but I'm ok with that. Try it if you can find it would be my advice

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a glass.

Hazy gold with white head. It smells sweet, like white grapes, and tastes like it too. Sweet grain, with a distant trace of spice that increases on the aftertaste. It's alright but not great.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I thought this was a nice example that, while fitting into the Belgian strong pale ale category here, was a bit more like what I expect when I see a Belgian that labels itself as a blond. Nose was subtle, but still had some nice fruit and yeasty notes. The taste was light and refreshing, even at 8%, with a balance of spice, bready malt, and yeast notes. Not a big hitter, but pretty much on the spot for what I was looking for in this style of beer.

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Photo of DevAJ
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to come back and revisit this one. It's not quite as bad as I first remembered. Still a solid point behind Kwak, but actually pretty decent. I think part of my previous issue may have been that I didn't pay attention to the directions on how to pour the beer to make it so none of the lees was in the glass. Or maybe since I'm drinking this after mowing the lawn it just tastes pretty good.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy bright orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer of a nice look but a lot disappointing.
It has an extremely golden color and a nice whitey foam.
Smell and taste are somewhat neutral.. I have nothing special to say.
This beer is also not well balanced, alcohol is easily perceptible. Well.. at least it has a nice bitterness.

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Photo of seedyone
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

07/25/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Where do I start? Calls itself a"blond" on the label but once exposed the roots may be somut' else. IMO this is a step above just a blond. How much? I dare not say. One thing I will venture is this is a full bodied brew. The 8% is a dead give away. If you've a choice, keep it for the end of the evening as it comes in under the radar. You've been warned.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear bright yellowish gold beer. Mostly clear with a trace of cloudiness. Left a large white billowy head that slowly receded.

S: Mothballs. Yeah, a bit musky. Also a big golden wheat smell with a steely carbonic note.

T: Starts off big syrupy sweet with honey. Big musk notes shines through the middle with a mellow yellow raisin, prune and big oak flavor. Finishes greasy and oily. With a little iron and steel mineral.

M: Big, wide, heavy and mouth coating. Finishes with a mild tanginess that wipes most of it clean. Not all.

O: Had some great developed dried fruitiness, but a little too much funk and musk over it. It cuts into the refreshing aspect, but it's still tasty.

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Photo of byronic
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with intense carbonation resulting in a head that sticks around until the glass is empty! The carbonation is quite interesting to watch as it spirals up from the center of the glass when served in it's own glassware.

The aroma is a bit of a letdown after watching the pour and it's result. Some citrus notes, malts with a touch of yeast.

A nice refreshing and crisp brew. Much less hoppy than expected and the alcohol is barely present.

Light bodied and has a bit of a bite in its aftertaste.

Had this on a whim and it sure paid dividends!

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Photo of zlel
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 33 served in its own glass.

Clear gold colour, almost like a lager. High carbonation, excellent lasting foam.

Smells like lime with some spice.

Tastes like citrus fruits, quite bitter as it should. Spices are still there. In the beginning it seems lighter, then you feel the alcohol arriving.

This is definitively one of my favourite Belgian beers. Alcohol, smothness, biterness, all seems to match very well.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

23rd Sep 2013: bottle poured into the huge Omer glass by Daisy in 't Brugs Beertje.

Looked great, golden and bright with a vast pure white head.

No great aroma, some yeast and light malts with citrus hop hints as it warmed a little.

Taste wise it comes across slightly sweet with a mild hop bite, refreshing and crisp: the alcohol is hidden well and is far too easy to drink.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Got this as a sample from my distributor after he had heard I'd never had this stuff before. Right on. It pours a lightly-cloudy gold topped by a finger or more of white foam. The nose comprises French bread, mild yeast, light black pepper, and a soft breeze of smoothie (made up of banana, orange, and lemon). The taste brings in more of the same, with the yeast and its spices taking center stage, the pepper and its partner clove dialing things up a notch for the performance. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid BSPA, something I could see enjoying while watching a soccer game (if I ever got into soccer, that is).

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Omer Traditional Blond from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
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