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

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Omer Traditional BlondOmer Traditional Blond
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by philipquarles on 10-02-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
254
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 254
Photo of Geiseman
4.93/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Omer is Nuance!
At first sip you notice Omer's effervescence, the bubbles are less then Deus but more than Duvel. Perfect
As the bubbles die the next sensation a light spice!
This burst of flavor is the signature of this Belgian Ale
To me it has a light spice to friends they claim light fruit, and that is the magic of Omer - Nuance
This is so good you drink 2 like a session beer and then Omer's
8% alcohol kicks in and your brains says "slow down there tiger"
Omer was named after the founder Omer Vander Ghinste (1892)
The word omer is a the Biblical unit of measure for dry grain
I wonder if he was aware of the irony for a brewer to be named Omer

This is world class!
Married or not you will fall in love with this Belgian Blond
Cheers!

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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 ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Omer is gold with a extremely large, fluffy white head, very rocky settling, lots of chunky, foamy lace.

Smell is a delicious, delicate perfume of clean sweet cereals and tropical fruit esters, with a light waft of herbal hops.

Taste follows suit almost exactly, and is just a hair more subdued. Clean, delicate, classic blonde. World class.

Mouthfeel is very light, crisp but not sharp. Perhaps a touch over-carbonated.

Drinkability is very high. This used to be my go to beer style before I moved to PDX and starting sweating IPA - this fine specimen reminds me why.

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Photo of jefe2
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

People panning this beer are on crazy pills, this is an outstanding belgian golden ale, really exceptional.

a - golden, slightly amber orange, white bubbly head.
s - floral, sweet candy malts, slight bit of sweet wine vinegar and sweet tart and sweet sugary grapes.
t - sweet floral belgian golden, slight bit of artisan honey bitterness, little bit of sweet tart candy sweetness. Some mild vinegar acidity up front, but grape sweetness quickly takes over. Outstanding sweet belgian golden, sweet as Lucifer but dryer and airier, and with a touch of sweet white wine vinegar and a hint of bitter honey, and a subdued but warming alcohol presence.
m - dry light airy mouthfeel, very nice.
d - outstanding, floral, sweet but dry and airy belgian golden ale. The raw honey bitterness might build over time reducing long term drinkability, but otherwise extremely drinkable, dangerously so for the high alcohol content.

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Photo of mrdonno1970
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma- Subtle malt aroma. Light biscuit notes.

Appearance- Bright golden with a really nice billowy collar of foam.

Taste- Very nice sublime taste. Nice malty backbone with gentle hop flavors. I appreciate the dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Very lively. Great carbonation from the bottle conditioning. It has a "champagne" like feel.

Overall- A great example of a Belgium Strong Blonde. I was fortunate to have this beer poured correctly by the bartendar. They used the Omer style glass. It really brought out the aroma and presented the beer in a way that takes beer to the level of fine wine. I will be drinking this again!

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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 Groenebeor
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, creamy yellow. Medium white head, with amazing lacing.

Nose is full of unmalted wheat, faint white bread, sugar.

Beautiful pale malts, with their sugary brioche like bread flavor. Faint wheat, creamy, light. Sweet, with a dry finish that is sparkling and tart.

Mouthfeel is creamy, high in carbonation, and masks the alcohol well.

Overall a fantastic brew.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Omer, gold award winner of the World Beer Cup 2010, made me very curious.
33 cl. bottle.

Looks pale golden, with a good fluffy white head. Decent carbonation, good lacing.
Smell is a bit faint, but pleasant of citric hops.
Taste is good: malts, citric hops, some spice notes like pepper and clove.
This beer has a real bite to it. The alcohol is well hidden, the aftertaste is long lasting bittersweetness.

Drinking a bit more of this, it gains in significance: the spicyness is really great.
Nice and demanding experience.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at 't Brugs Beertje, Bruges, Belgium on 3/18/2010.

A- Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass with a nicely retained, rocky white head, and some fabulous lacing. The body was a well-carbonated clear yellow color. Hard to picture a better looking Belgian Pale Ale.

S- Crisp crackerlike malt character, Belgian yeast aromatics, and big doughy aromas comprise a very rich nose. Some faint whiffs of stale hops in there as well...

T- A nice replicate of the nose- malty and doughy, complimented by classic Belgian yeast esters. Some booziness (non-offensive) kicks in midway and lasts through the finish.

M- A surprisingly full body, slightly creamy in texture, complimented by a silky soft carbonation. The carbonation is abundant, but non-bloating.

D- Goes down smooth enough- at least until the alcohol catches-up on you.

Note: This beer was a pleasant surprise. The other reviews here led me to expect a much more underwhelming experience... Don't know if I had a different batch or what, but this was certainly a good beer... one that I would recommend to anyone that likes Belgian Strong Pale Ales.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle was poured into an Omer tulip that came in the gift pack.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy billowy head. It has reduced partially and left some crazy lacing on the glass. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and vision of gently moving bubbles coming up the glass.

Smell: Bready malts, vanilla, spices, Belgian candy, grassy hops, yeasty esters, and some alcohol.

Taste: Everything mentioned above with some lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, subtle bitterness, and quite enjoyable.

Overall: A really nice BSPA. Awesome gift pack and can't wait to enjoy the second bottle.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Omer Traditional Blond Ale, Brewery Bockor, 8% ABV., Omer, 1892. Brewed in Belgium, refermented in the bottle.

Clear golden hue, slim white head. Looking the part.

Aroma starts with spice and citrus. Lemon and pepper, with that added something extra funky from the Belgian yeast.

Tasting it: As above, so below. Sparkles on the palate, delivers more fruit and more spice. Sweet malt rises high in character, easily matched by hops. Malt and yeast rush back in, and deliver that special something.

I like this a lot, really, I do. Easily the match of many Belgian blonds and goldens.

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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 OldIronLungs
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a tulip a light straw color with tons of puffy white head that sticks to the glass beautifully.

Nose is a pilsner grassyness with hints of Belgian yeast and peachy citrus.

A sip is crisp and clean - lightly bodied with lots of chewy carbonation that spreads the sweet herbal malt/Belgian spice, bread, and earthy bitterness across the tongue. Dry finish, subtle warming from the abv.

Can't figure out why this isn't reviewed better - it's two clicks away from a Duvel. Slightly less drinkable, but right on for the style. B- average for a World Beer Cup winner? For shame.

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Photo of diamondc
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Classic Belgian Pale Ale looks, golden, rocky head, spiderweb lacing, good head retention.

S: Very fruity, grapes, pears, kiwi, some grassy hop aromas after a few swirls.

T: More fun fruit flavors, green apple & honey notes come out when warmed up and a pleasant grassy hop flavor at the end.

M: Really easy drinking, brisk carbonation, can't taste the alcohol at all.

O: A really good Belgian strong pale ale. Paired up great with some real English cheddar. Not up there with Duvel or overly complex compared to other Belgian ales, but worthy of multiple purchases.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was an ice light and cloudy amber color with a decent amount of haze to it and a nice three inches of head that came up and over the top, settling down and leaving a good amount of lacing. Aroma of light spice, peach, pear and a hint of herbal flower notes that seem to come across quite nicely, though a touch light. Nice light body and clean finish has all the touches of a nice strong Belgian pale. Light yeast, smooth and even flavors mingled together quite nicely I have to say. Light dry finish with a touch of grape and pear

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl. Bottle dated 18/10/14, best before.  Brewed at Bockor brewery. Clear lacing. White head. Lightly hazy straw. Aroma is sweet candy sugary, slight citrus. Taste, light and refreshing. Alcohol perfectly hidden. Dominated by a delicious Belgian yeast flavor with some bitterness, touch of lemon and an ever so slight dash of horse blanket. Tasty. Great beer. 

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet, unknown freshness date. This pours a slightly hazy, light golden or a yellowish color with a lace leaving small one finger head with long retention and a white color. The smells are great very fruity, lots of ripe banana oranges, bread malts. The feel is medium lots of carbonation. The taste is pretty good lots of fruit and a nice sweetish taste with a long dry finish.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Pours pale clear golden body. Three fingers of head. Good retention and lacing. Typical of the style.

Green apple, fruity esters, rustic bread, and fresh cut grass.

Taste follows smell. Sweet and estery. Green apples and pear. A touch alcoholic. Grainy with an herbal and grassy finish.

Full bodied, dry, well carbonated. Good mouthfeel for the style.

An overall good example of the style.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, pouring this beer you definitely need to give it some time for the carbonation to settle...
A clear golden body with tremendous effervescence. The white, fluffy, 2 inch head sits on top like a king's crown, but also showcases various bits of sediment that was sucked up from the bottom or never made it through the head to begin with. Obviously there is emerson's glue style lacing.
The beer's nose is an intense amount of yeast fruitiness with some undertones of sweetness. The taste follows suit with a super fruity, clean tasting golden ale. Alcohol? 8.0? Barely noticeable when it's still cold, but given a little time to warm reveals the beast behind the beauty.
The beer's mouthfeel is very carbonated, but it's not necessarily out of place with a beer that's supposed to be light and drinkable. The alcohol is well masked behind the beer's intense yeastiness and honey sweetness. The aftertaste is a slightly biting and bitter, but it's generally as sweet and fruity as the beer's taste and smell. It's a very clean tasting beer.
Overall it's priced aruond $5/12oz bottle, which is steep, but worth trying. It's nothing that blew me away, but is simple and well made.

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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 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 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 SFLpunk
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage Tasting earlier today. 11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Crystal clear corn yellow with creamy white head.

Needed to warm it up for a moment but then it revealed lots of stone fruit (peaches) on the nose. Palate is explosive with carbonation and flavors are fruity with a dodge & hide Duvel-like corn husk flavor. Pleasantly bitter finish.

This one surprised me with how good it was once it warmed up a touch.

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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 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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Omer Traditional Blond from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
3.6 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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