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:
No notes at this time.

Added by philipquarles on 10-02-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
252
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
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10
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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 thierrynantes
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and hoppy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity flavour of spices with notes of yeast and hops.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian strong Pale Ale style.

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Photo of tittymcj
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a beautiful clear pale yellow/gold. You can see straight through it, as you would with a typical light beer, but this one has a reddish hue and a very light bubbly 2 finger head. Leaves very little on the glass as it recedes.

S: Light and refreshing. Grain and typical belgian smell, but with fruitiness. I sense lemon and maybe cherry, with something to balance it out, almost a vanilla after tone. Enjoyable, but not extremely memorable.

T: Malty. Lots of bread flavor but with a bit of sweetness from that fruit tone that I smelled. The longer you let it sit in your mouth, the more you'll get the subtleties of the taste profile.

M: A bit too bubbly and light for me. It almost evaporates and turns to nothing but carbonation once it hits your tongue.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Douberd
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, at home. Poured into a tulip glass. ABV 8%.
Deep golden yellow body with a big, three fingers tall white head. Soapy in texture, with very good retention.
Aroma is fruity, with some alcohol traceable and hops as well.
Nice, bitter and hoppy taste. Even more bitter aftertaste, with a short finish. Some bubblegum as well, makes it extra refreshing.
Qite carbonated, medium thick on the body.
Overall, a very nice and tasty beer.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Corked bottle...poured in chalice.
Big pop...pours a clear white gold.
Significant head with medium sized bottles. A small layer of smaller bubbles lasts until the end.
Aroma of sweet malts, wheat, subtle banana notes.
Big carbonation in the mouthfeel. Needs to open up.
After five minutes the head still remains, aroma is still sweet, and mouthfeel is still big!
Flavors of sweet malt, candy sugar, white pepper, slight grapefruit rind, citrus hops, powdered sugar, amber malts, French bread....I'll let sit another five minutes.
Yeah...a little time helps reduce the big carbonation that in the beginning gets in the way of tasting this brew. This blond is not smooth and easy, nor rough, but has enough body and unique esters from the yeast and overall recipe to give it intrigue. As I drink it I notice...it doesn't just flow down the hatch. That said, you notice this beer from the tasty nuggets and the unexpected mouth tantalizers. Overall tasty, big bodied, refreshing, and challenging in a beer hunter fun manner...not for everyone, but I appreciate the experience.
After opening up this brew will go well with salads, cheese, mussels, scones and cakes, amongst other culinary treats.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Several days of drinking hoppy beers requires a break, and a Belgian is one way to go. This Belgian blond comes from a 330 ml bottle. On to the beer:

Just a beautiful contrast between liquid and foam. An inch thich of lush soapy head just sits on top of toasted orange, and in a wide Orval chalice, looks lovely. The aroma is powerful, medicinal, sweet with honey, and fruity like orange flavored Cold-Eeze. Not the best smelling beer I've come acorss.

Not the best tasting either. It tastes disjointed and the overall flavor just isn' t very appealing. There's a little honey at first, which is quickly sappedand turend into a vague bitterness. Wildflowers add a floral accent. Tastes grainy too, which really kills the mood. Probably its best aspect being the 8% alcohol hidden. A light and airy mouthfeel with gentle carbonation is a bit of a moral victory in the scheme of this beer.

No like. I'm going back to the well....

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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 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 Marc_V
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Belgian Beer Shop.
The beer is hazy golden with moderate carbonation. It forms a nice thick white head that disappears rather quickly.
The aroma is very inviting with lots of fruitiness (banana). It is very like a typical Belgian style triple.
The taste is also very triple like with lots of yeastiness, fruity accents and a touch of hops.
Not complex at all, an easy drink.
Clear alcohol presence.
Finish is quite bitter and dry.
Overall this is a fine beer.

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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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Alieniloquium
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
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 BelgianBeerPope
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably one of the most average beers I have tasted. Is it bad ? Certainly not ! It can actually be a big hit among beer drinkers worldwide, 'cause it has a lot of things 'right' but ... it lacks that 'special' feeling which you can get from certain craft beers.
Overall, a nice every day drinker, a worthy alternative for a Duvel, Tripel Westmalle, Karmeliet, ... but it lacks, to my feeling, a personal identity !

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Photo of nimrod979
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle marked "24 06 14" No idea what that means. Poured into a Stella glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a billowing white almost three finger head. Retention never lets up and leave a one finger pillow on top of the glass with suds stuck all over my glass.

Aroma: Light crisp malt. Herbal, floral hop notes. Slight hints of banana.

Taste: Crisp pale malt once again. Starts off with a little sweet pear, apple and banana fruitiness. Yeasty. Quick bite of hops bitterness hits before going down so smooth.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Carbonation is med-high. Surprised this blonde has some complexity to it yet, feels so simple and easy going to drink. The ABV shows it self a tad more as it warms and finishes with a dry yeasty malty sweetness. Well made but probably wouldn't seek out again. Paid $5.99 for this bottle.

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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 homebrewhawk
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in a tulip. Lots of carbonation. Poured a pale gold with a huge white head. Some bready malt and noble hops in the aroma. Lighter side of medium bodied. Nice depth of malt flavor with a fair amount of hop bitterness. No real Belgian yeast character. More like a helles bock to me. Easy drinking.

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Photo of SalMineo
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great beer for the price.

Pour-Nice solid golden haze with a great amount of head on it.

Smell-Had a terrific belgian golden smell not too spicy or too much going on.

Taste-Great taste but kinda of plain a little bit of heavy spices towards the end but not too much.

Mouth feel-Solid and definitely tingling.

All in all I like it. It's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold in glass beer challis

A) Brass colored hazy blonde ale. Small but long lasting white sudsy head.

S) Baked sour dough bread. Citrus, Banana & clove.

T) Mild and dry considering the alcohol content. Sweet Belgian malt with muted but bitter hops. Surprizingly refreshing and crisp

M) Well balanced, light with ample bottle conditioned fine carbonation.

O) Hard to find but well worth the effort

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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 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 IPA35
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden beer with lots or carbonation. Big white head that dissappears too quick because I was unable to properly clean the glass. Hazy when the yeast is poured.

Light malts that are quire present, yeast ofcourse as is normal for the style, some fruitiness with citrus and even some apples and pears and also spice. Quite delicate. I am drinking this rather cold so perhaps it will open up a little more later.

it is quite malty, a fruitiness from the yeast and a medium bitterness. Hard to describe but its good.

A medium body and good carbonation.

Overal a nice balanced beer. If you find it try it. Won't blow your mind but this is a solid beer.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden straw color, lively carbonation produces a big frothy white head. Good lacing.

S- Big hay-like smells, lots of yeast, some grain, booze, lemon peel. The smell opens up a lot more once the beer warms.

T- I let this warm up for a while before drinking it. Booze flavors are prominent with a considerable amount of spice, is nicely warming. Pear and apple back this up. Malts are grainy and light, semi-sweet. Hops are grass-like with some pepper. Yeast funk provides a nice foundation.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, prickly feel, dry finish.

O- A very nice beer, enjoyable to drink, the flavors really open up on this one as it warms, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this out of a bomber into a crystal white wine glass.It may be that I have too high of a standard but this seemed a little subpar to me for a Belgian blond. The smell is very fruity and also has an odor of yeast. The taste is rather common- has the usual malt profile of a blond, no real hop flavor. It is sweet but not very complex. The best thing it has going for it is its excellent head retention and good carbonation. This is not a beer I would buy again- tremens is certainly of a higher caliber.

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Omer Traditional Blond from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
3.6 out of 5 based on 252 ratings.
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