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

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3.65/5
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260 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#33,931
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
260
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a grain finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.61/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rick at Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles raved about this one, which he rarely does; thus, had to try it despite being forced into the purchase of a 4-pack.

Pours clear gold with amber tones and a nice and somewhat lasting pure white head. Nice looking and inviting.

Nose is huge assertive esters; fresh pear/peaches and assertive banana and candi sugar. Gets to a point where it smells like strong sweet lemon pie filling. Pleasant if you like a really sweet nose.

Mouthfeel is creamy with medium to full body and an elegant champagne carbonation. Flavors are of sweet white bread and sweet steamed "dessert dim sum." Some of the sweetness in the nose and mouth is clearly from the high alcohol - that simple "sugar" sweetness.

Flavors are not bad, yet I can't imagine drinking a glass of this. The nose is so sweet it's almost cloying and it obviously affect the taste so that while the beer is not sweet, one has the impression of drinking a very sweet and cloying drink.

Finish is a bit herbal green, light celery and, finally, without sweetness! Finish is the best part of this one. All in all, just way too sweet in character to drink, while not being a "sweet beer."

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice Slightly hazy blonde ale with a fluffy white head on it. The smell of the beer is has some yeast in there and a bit of a floral aroma. The taste is nice, it's got a light flavor of bread yeast and with the floral hops. The mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated. Overall it's a very refreshing beer and has a good flavor. Worth looking into.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that slowly died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose (apples seem to stand out in particular) along with some hints of peppery spices. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness. Faint hints of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style and is also quite drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Pilsner first- everything else can wait". At least that's the way Bockor brewers think as they favor the malt-forward character of more genuine Belgian ales as they push the fruit-spice balance to the background. Rustic, raw, and classy as hell!

Deep gold in color, the ale is cast with a very mild haze that gives the ale an even deeper hue. A billowing head erupts from the pour and is slow to settle. But as it does, it collapses into a rocky white head of foam that retains persistently and laces with spiderwebbing.

Firmly rooted in the bready scent of pilsner malt, the nose awakes with grain, honey, dough and fresh baking bread. Following are a melange of scent that include grass, apple, lemon, white pepper and floral undertones.

Then to taste, much of the same happens- the high crisp sweetness of pilsner malt creates a bready-sweet taste with light honey and hay. Layers of fruit and spice start with pepper and apple but end with mild clove and lemon-like acidity. Closing with light detergent and alcohol spice, the taste ends up pleasantly herbal and minty.

Medium-light in body, the fullness of malt is lifted by the abundance of carbonation. As the bubbles push the beer off the tongue, it ushers in a swift crack acidicty and mineral bite. This keeps the textures crisp, clean, and much more refreshing than an 8% beer should. Finising warm, spicy, and earthy- a linger of fruit and spice keeps a winey linger on the mouth.

The ale doesn't only pay tribute to classic and rustic stronger Pale Ales, it continues the trend of churning out authentic pale tastes from sip til finish.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a three-finger, bubbly white head of foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grains, a little funk and some yeast.

T - It tasted slightly fruity with a very bitter, spicy bite. Lots of grain and caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a very dry finish.

O - This was a little disappointing. Overdone with spiciness and seemed to lack a defined character.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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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3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Alieniloquium
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice.

Appearance - Clear golden body with a nice white head. Never fully settles and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell - Ugh. Fusel alcohol, Belgian yeastiness and sugar. Pale malt all over and I think a touch of skunk.

Taste - A marked improvement. Much more banana and clove esters. The malt is still fairly one-note, but it has a little bit of depth when combined with the sugar and yeast flavors. Bready. Still has a fusel alcohol burn in the back, though.

Mouthfeel - Tastes light, but it's pretty heavy for the style. Much bigger than a Blonde ale, even by Belgian standards. That alcohol bite is a bit much, too.

Overall - From the aroma, I thought I'd be drainpouring this. The taste is a marked improvement, but doesn't elevate it to anything interesting.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Omer Traditional Blond from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 260 ratings
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