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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #32
Ranked #18,796
3.89 | pDev: 10.28%
Very Good
Notes: Formerly Leon

Leon is whole-cone hopped and fermented dry using a champagne yeast. The yeast and the hops (Amarillo & Simcoe) in combination with a variety of malts.
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janubio from Spain

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Echarle Huevos, served in a Ch`ti glass. Slightly hazy golden colour, big head with medium retention, sticky lacing.
Aroma of citrics, yeast, some barnyard, herbs, maybe some coriander, spices.
Medium to full body, rough textures, active carbonation. Earthy finish.
Taste follows the aroma with kind of a cheesy thing.

Jan 28, 2021
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stcules from Italy

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange-blonde lighlty veiled. Abundant ivory colore foam, creamy, land lacing.
Citric smell (lemon), yeast, chives, white fruits, grapes, lychee, pink grapefruit.
The taste is more yeasty, with spicy background, pepper, and again chves.
Very dry, probably for the use of champagne yeast.
Spicy aftertaste, again white fruits.
Well carbonated, light body, clean, very drinkable.

May 09, 2020
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lmaduells from Spain

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer, to me a bit loose, little complex. Making a Belgian pale ale is a risk, there are very good ones. The beer is fine but it does not reach the original level. That is why it is difficult to give an excellent grade

Dec 11, 2018
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Slightly hazy golden color, two finger white head, messy lacing, light carbonation.

S: Belgian yeast, hops.

T: Classic Belgian taste, malty.

F: Overly carbonated but surprisingly dense mouthfeel for a 6% ABV beer.

O: I have mixed feelings but I kind of liked it.

Oct 14, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From lalonjadelacerveza. In Grimbergen glass. After dinner. Belgian yeast spicyness with floral hoppy notes, but without losing the belgian character. Well adjusted dryness and carbonation, inviting to next sip.

Sep 28, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to a tulip Duvel glass.

A: Once I started to pour the beer, the color was somewhere in between a orange with yellow hues with a really cristalline body but after I finished pouring, some opaqueness appeared. The head is two fingers thick with lots of retention and there's lots of lacing. It's really good but should appear to be more filtered.
S: The aroma has some grapefruit, hops and just a bit of citrus. The grapefruit here has some kind of connectivity with the champgne aromas.
T: The taste has some great citric that is both sweet (but more) & bitter. The malts present have a minor profile but it's there in the end. The taste is actually very similar to Duvel's famously known beer.
M: Body is medium to medium low, bitterness is to harsh and totally unexpected for the style. Actually, the mouthfeel is a bit disappointing here because the champagne profile provides a lot more bitterness and unnecessary tart to the end of the sip. Not my type of mouthfeel.
O: Finally starting on Omnipollo beers! Leon has a very good aroma and taste profile but loses a bit on mouthfeel. But in the end, I liked it.

Nov 29, 2016
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braker649er from Washington

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was very sweet with malt. I'm not sure I fully understand the style target--maybe reflecting my own ignorance. I've enjoyed beers by this brewer, but wasn't a huge fan of this one.

Maybe there was a level of sophistication that I missed, though to be honest, this tasted very similar to homebrews I've made where I felt I had too much malt and the sugars overwhelmed the other flavors. I have to give credit that I did think the *aftertaste* was more complex here, but overall I was not wowed. Very cool bottle! My "look" rating actually includes the bottle because it is so artistic.

L - Cloudy, undistinguished look to the beer. A nice, thin, very persistent head on top. As noted, cool screenprint on the minimal-text bottle, which I'm counting here in the look rating because awesome.
S - Smells pretty malty, like it's gonna taste sweet
T - It did taste sweet. It was ultimately too much for me. The Belgian flavors seemed to come through more in the aftertaste, but the sweetness was pretty strong up front.
F - Nicely carbonated and tingled the tongue.
O - Fruity malt flavor was too much for me to rate this one highly despite complexity on the back end.

May 21, 2016
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sejorules from Sweden

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Cloudy dark golden with white thick head.

S: Very yeasty and fruity. Fresh

T: Bread, yeast and fruity. Follows the nose. Almost no bitterness. Dry, it somehow reminds of sour apple cider.

F: Very fizzy, refreshing but full. Nice

O: It is a very nice beer. Very "Belgium pale ale".

May 19, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

White head with lace. Lots of head. Golden orange.

Very typical Belgian IPA. Very fruity with lots of carbonation. The champagne yeast shows. Belgiany. Zest and spice.

Note really for me.

Mar 31, 2016
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.
Pours hazy orange/amber beer, thick off-white rocky head, good retention.
Smell - belgian yeast spiciness meets hop esters (apple, pear, citrus).
Taste - follows the smell, nice mineral profile, uncommon for belgian style beer, excellent interplay between hops and yeasts, dry finish, due to champagne yeasts.
Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Very, very good beer.

Jan 28, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking golden color, with a decent head, soon collapsing to a thin layer of lacing.

Smells of a pungent, noble grassiness, with just a tiny spice hint to it. That spicy note is enough though, to open up the nose to the beers smooth yeast qualities, creating a nice flowery depth by blending into herbal hops, which maintain supremacy.

Has a yeast smoothed medium carbonation, with a refreshing mouthfeel to it, due to the well noteable, pleasant hop quality.

Tastes of a stony minerality, resulting from the effervescent carbonation, which remains noteable from the beginning till the end, softened by the emerging, dough yeast. Well entangled into the beers yeast character, herbal hops add a pleasant dryness to the taste, developing into an interesting counterpart to the perfectly dispensed spice quality of the yeast. During the finish, dryness evolves, including even more grass, showcasing the brews pale ale qualities, while yeast and white bread malts act as a smooth, balancing foundation.

This creates an intriguing interplay between the hops and a mineralic aqueous quality, resulting in a tickling dryness, while yeast adds a smooth, spicy softness, without overpowering the hop impression.

Nov 01, 2015
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy/cloudy orange/copper colour. Weeds, earthy hops, slightly sweet yeast smell, sort of like a heffe-weizen. Tastes more like a bitter heffe-weizen. Uniquely like a Belgian strong meets a German wheat. A slight alcohol finish.

Oct 20, 2015
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Grainy with a minor ester and phenol character... Okay Sweetish with a bigger hit of yeasty phenols and balanced apple/pear essence.. Seems overblown for the ABV.. not interesting just a shotgun blast at "should be good".

Oct 10, 2015
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 25th June 2016 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a golden copper colour with very light haziness. Aggressive pour left a huge three finger yellowish head that had very good retention leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Mainly citrus lemon accompanied by apple, pine and some pepperness.

Taste: Apple juice and lemon zest with hints of grapefruit, orange and pepper.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium to light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: This was a decent Belgian pale ale and although not the best from Omnipollo, I can’t wait to try more of their stuff.

Sep 19, 2015
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows lemon, Belgian spicy phenols, and candied orange peel.
Similar flavours: lemon, bready notes, spicy characters, meringue.

Aug 05, 2015
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UncleEmu from Hawaii

3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Omnipollo Leon Belgian-style Pale Ale
serving type: goblet, old, probably oxidized bottle from Tamura's, Honolulu, HI (July 2015)

A: Right between gold and amber, luxurious head

S: Quite strange. Citrus, peppery from the yeast, some wet cardboard

T: Crackers from the pale malt, pepper from the yeast, and a wonderful mix of hops. I'm picking up melon, grapefruit, apricot (probably from the yeast), and just a hint of sour. As it warms, even more fruit comes out.

M: Kind of off.

O: Definitely too old/oxidized.I'm sure that the beer is amazing fresh.

Aug 02, 2015
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Zach136 from Georgia

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium intensity citrus and melon notes. Medium bodied and easy to drink. Great expression from the hops, my only complaint is that I wanted more intensity.

Jul 12, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow gold with a brown tinge, light haze, lots of soda like carbonation and a 4 finger yellowish head with large and small bubbles.

S: Tropical fruits, pine, grapefruit, candied melon.

T: Tropical fruits, grapefruit, light sweetness, grapefruit pith, a hint of sour, floral fruity aftertaste.

M: Light dry body, moderate fine bubbled carbonation.

O: For the style, its well done. Unique, somewhat champagne like, but not on my list of 30 beers to drink before you die, at least thats my opinion after tasting it. Got in Thailand, drank in Kunming April 17, 2015.

Apr 17, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/13/2016. Pours lightly hazy bright golden orange color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy Belgian pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 11, 2015
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BlazerT from Poland

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Golden, little hasy with big semi-densed white head. Good lacing. Perfect head retention. Aroma is fruity, grassy, citrus with touch of belgian yeast. Alos some spices (pepper) are noticable. Taste at first is ligh bitter, but after a while it turns into medium/strong bitter. Very fruity with some biscuit and grainy notes, but still belgian yeasty character is noticable.
Dry, watery, ligh to medium body, medium carbonation, fresh and crisp palate. Finish is dry and semi-bitter (hoppy). Good, refreshing beer with nice belgian notes.

Jan 14, 2015
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mhaugo from California

3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip. 6.5% ABV. “06/11/14” stamped on the crown.
Appearance: Brilliant honey color, with a fizzy white cap. Relatively large, soapy bubbles. There is a thin layer of debris on the bottom of the bottle, but a conscious pour kept that out of my glass (4/5).
Aroma: Sigh… another oxidized beer. That really is the handicap of this style; it just doesn’t live very long. Anyway, beyond the oxidation I get a little dark bread and some floral hops (2.5/5).
Taste: The flavor has been impacted less by the oxidation than the aroma was. It’s a very delicate beer. No flavor really stands out and demands my attention. I get some slightly sweet apple flavor, which is followed by mild hop bitterness after the beer has left my palette. Despite the oxidation, it tastes very clean (3.25/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-to-high carbonation (3.5/5).
Overall: This is a very nice, easy drinking beer. Of all of the oxidized Belgian Pale Ales I’ve had (there have been many), I would probably be most interested in trying this one again if it was fresh. I get the idea that it might be really good right out of the brewery. But, as it stands here in my glass, I am only moderately impressed (3.25/5).

Nov 29, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and synthetically corked sturdy-ass bottle. The label seems to depict some random pop-art. And who's this Leon fella?

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a tower of frothy, thinly foamy, and mostly puffy off-white whipped cream head, which leaves some thorough patchy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of crisp biscuity pale malt, rather understated musty yeast, dry white wine, muddled, yet still sharp citrus rind, aerosolized black pepper, and herbal, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is again quite edgy in the grapefruit, orange, and dried pineapple fruitiness up front, followed closely by that earthy Belgian ale yeast, crackery pale malt, further white wine must, faint table pepper, and deliciously pungent herbal, leafy, soapy, and softly floral hops.

The carbonation is actually quite lilting and ineffectual by the time it gets to my tongue, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the hops and/or yeast not up for any tussle here. It finishes off-dry, the malt somewhat straining under the malingering citrus and herbal hops, not to mention the yeast and well fading spice notes.

Belgian Pale Ales are usually more miss than hit for me, but I gotta say, this is pretty tasty, and relatively easy to drink. The complexity of the Champagne yeast providing those subtle vinous characteristics, along with the Yankee IPA hops, goes a long way in distancing this example from the field. Not a particular steal at the retail level, but I'm always content enough in that respect when the goods, are, ya know - good.

Nov 28, 2013
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ckollias from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew out of a Belgian Tulip Glass

A: Light copper hue with a huge, white, frothy head that last forever, leaving a great trail, and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet Belgian yeast aroma with hints of fruits.

T: Similar to the smell a sweet Belgian yeast aroma is present with a fruity middle that is slightly tart and finishes a little dry.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: Impressive Belgian brew - worthy of a try.

Oct 22, 2013
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, lemon citrus and dryer yeasty notes. In the taste, dry yeast, mellow earthiness and a note of dry lemon zest. A small hop bite, but mainly smooth and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry earthy yeasty aftertaste. A nice pale ale, earthy with some lemon citrus.

Jul 27, 2013
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork & cage bottle. First glass has a clear light amber color with frothy, off-white head. Aroma has sweet malts with a caramel touch and some floral and slightly spicy belgian yeast. Taste starts balanced with some yeast notes like grass and hay, not funky at all, just clean farmhouse notes. Finishes hoppy and quite bitter. Aftertaste is hoppy and dry. Body is quite smooth with soft carbonation. I didn't expect that when I saw the huge head it formed. Really nice example of a belgian yeast and american hops combination.

Apr 21, 2013
Levon from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 178 ratings