Fleur De Houblon Summer Ale
Brewery Ommegang

Fleur De Houblon Summer AleFleur De Houblon Summer Ale
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Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #10
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,772
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 9.73%
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
1,093
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Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
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Fleur De Houblon Summer AleFleur De Houblon Summer Ale
Notes: Nothing is more evocative of summer than the beautiful aroma of flowers, and the favored flowers of brewers are hops. Our brand new summer ale, Fleur de Houblon (Hop Flowers), is brewed to bring the many elements of summer into a refreshing and easy-to-drink Belgian-style ale.

Fleur de Houblon is a rich gold color with distinct floral hops in the aroma that follow through in the taste. Whole-cone Bravo hops are used to impart their earthy, fruity, and floral aromas and flavors. The body and flavor are clean and dry, with pleasing complexity and spicy notes from both primary and secondary fermentation with our unique Ommegang house yeast.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best by April 2017"; drank 8/1/16 @ the Yarchives.

Nearly opaque dark yellow appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE eggshell head (careful pouring!); strong, frothy lace.

Dandelion, banana & mild pineapple notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Dandelion & pineapple flavors up front; banana & mild clove dryness on the finish.

A touch too much clove on the finish for me, but overall a nice brew. I'd have another.

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Photo of Rseanchardy
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too sweet it overpowers the beer. Floral and cherry notes left for an aftertaste. I suppose a good Christmas beer or feminine beer. Not my style but well crafted.

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Almost light and airy enough to be close to witbier territory. Cloudy orange gold with a small fizzy head. Light floral hoppy aroma. Taste is equal parts floral, malt, hops, lavender, coriander. Dry finish.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was meeting some people at Dominion Pizza this afternoon, following school, when I spotted this one in their mix-a-six cooler. We are all big hockey fans so it got a laugh when I said that it put me in mind of a couple of goalies: Marc-Andre Fleury & Nikolai Khabibulin. Time for a bottle of beer!

From the bottle: "Ommegang ales are incomparable - yielding unique flavors and aromas. Inspired by deep insight into Belgian brewing, and infused with Ommegang's creative upstate NY spirit[,] each ale offers perfect balance and pure drinking pleasure. Visit us for daily tours & tastings"; "Hopped to Perfection with Whole Cone Bravo Hops."; "Golden hue, distinctly floral hops, pleasing complexity, and spicy notes from Ommegang yeast."; "Nothing is more evocative of summer than flowers, and the favorite flowers of brewers are hops. Fleur de Houblon (Hop Flowers) is a rich gold color, with distinct floral hops in the aroma that follow through in the taste. The body and flavor are clean and dry with pleasing complexity and spicy notes from our unique Ommegang house yeast."; "Part of the Duvel Family of Fine Ales"; "Pour slowly so as not to disturb the yeast sediment, but with enough vigor to create a luxurious head and release the rich bouquet."

Their directions seem a bit contradictory, but I fully agreed with a slow, gentle pour as I could see the yeast sediment (lees) on the punt of the bottle. However, vigor seems counterintuitive when I can simply conduct an in-glass swirl for the same effect. It did not matter in this case as it formed just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with great retention all on its own. Color was a pretty Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon for a taste. Nose had the typical Belgian yeast mustiness, like old newspapers discovered in the attic, but imbued with a lemony biscuitiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but very bubbly and carbonated. The taste was spot-on for the style: very dry, kind of spicy, but akin to a Noble-hopped Pilsener. Man, this would be fantastic on a hot, humid summer's day! The finish was also quite dry, with a lingering biscuitiness and a yeastiness that left me licking my lips in anticipation of my next sip.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice looking light to clear yellow color with a good transparency about it. The head was quick and dissipating into barely nothing. Lacing left a lot to be desired. The smell was absolutely spectacular as it had a superb grassy / sweet to lemon bursting citrus hops. The taste was sweet, light grassy, light sweet lemon bursting into sweet orange juice - like character. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a superb sessionability about it. Carbonation was extremely smooth. Overall, really nice Belgian pale ale, well worthy to have again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with white head and some yeast sediment. Aroma has floral yeast esters with some hay, meadow flowers and citrus fruits. Taste follows with floral yeast, slightly sweet at first with some wheat notes, light grassy​bitterness on the finish. Medium body with smooth mouthfeel. Overall it's a really nice hoppy Belgian ale.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hoppy Belgian pale ale, but still very recognizable as a Belgian pale ale. There's lots of lemon notes, a hint of bubblegum phenols, some black tea and biscuit flavors. As far as an Ommegang beer comparison, this could be what a mix of Hennepin and Rare Vos mixed together might taste like. It falls right in middle of those alcohol spectrums and flavor profiles. Flavorful, nice and smooth drinking.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured gently from a bottle into a stem glass, leaving yeast in the bottle.

Look: hazy, golden, lots of sediment, bubbly, 3-finger head that's rocky and sudsy.
Smell: hops, bitter citrus rind, coriander, pepper spice, classic Belgian yeast funk.
Taste: Big hop presence, pepper and coriander, Belgian yeast funk, and a sweet/spicy kick. Mellows to a fruity pear taste.
Feel: Biting and sharp, then smooth. Medium body, slightly sticky.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A--Hazy golden and opaque. Thick head of a ton of fine bubbles that thins, but lasts. Leaves an excellent lace trail. The head and lacing lasted from the pour until it was finished.

S--You can notice sweet, citrusy aromas. Hops are prevalent.

T--Balanced between hops and malts. Sweet and citrusy.

M--Creamy from the carbonation, quenching from the citrus.

O--Wow, a lot more going on here than what I initially suspected. This is a beer that can hold its head up against any other out there. If it weren't for a fairly high alcohol level (which I don't in any way oppose) this would be one to drink all day.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap @ Instant Karma in Joplin, Missouri. Classic Belgian Pale Ale; beautiful. Citrus influence without being overwhelming. Pours a light gold with lacing to finish. Smooth and balanced in every way. I would drink this year round. Great job by Ommegang Brewery. An excellent beer in every way.
6.8% ABV

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Photo of schoolboy
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Searching through the wonderful selection at Saveon I came upon this. Ommegang never does anything half assed, so I knew it would be a treat. I was right. The bottle says "summer ale" but with these guys, just insert the name and you also know it's a Belgian.

It looks like one of these should - pale yellow, foggy and very foamy. The aroma is excellent and pronounced. I smelled it from three feet away.

The taste is a clean Belgian yeasty, mildly hoppy, tangy and almost sweet like a Berliner. The finish is more bitter but overall it is extremely refreshing. It is not as boozy as some of this style and that helps keep the taste in line.

I could drink more of these but I'll need to go to the store cuz I'm out. Highly recommended.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebration beer for not getting blown out at the Eldritch Moon pre-release.

Spicy lemongrass, and grass clipping aroma. Prickly on the tongue. Tastes like grassy sweet Twinkie malt.

A tremendous and fresh Belgian pale. If this was imported from some small town in Belgian people would pay much more for it and feel justified.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang nails it again. This is one delicious beer. A wonderful blend of Belgian yeast and hops. Full flavor for a summer beer but I won't complain. I'll buy this every year. yb

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355 mL bottle into my tulip -- gorgeous fluffy white head with plenty of lacing. Hazy golden yellow, opaque with lots of fine carbonation. A really beautiful brew in the glass.

Aromatic character is a mix of spicy/herbal/earthy character, underlaid by floral hops. Not sure, but I think I'm getting some coriander as well.

Medium-bodied, not thin at all. First sip: loads of hops, smooth maltiness, and yet more hops. Though not overly bitter, but this is a summer ale with some attitude. Really easy drinking, and a nice alternative to blander blondes. A nice choice for warm weather refreshment.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy golden yellow beer that generates a nice frothy satin white three finger head. Leaves incredibly dense and profound lacing on the glass.

The smell is of lemon verbena, clove, honey, roses, mild hop resin and belgian yeast. There's also a very tame orange and grapefruit zest aroma.

I'm thoroughly impressed by the taste. Upfront it's nice and yeasty but ever so slightly sweet with spicy notes of coriander. A tame resinous lemon rind flavor from the hops mid palate balances it out. It finishes creamy and slightly sweet with a nice hearty lightly cooked grain taste.

Lively and decadent carbonation, very silky. Just watery enough to impart a medium feel and weight.

Overall, this is a crowd pleaser. I picked up several four packs for me and two friends to enjoy - and even though they don't like craft beer (well I guess now they do) they absolutely loved it. A classic example of a summer sipper. Nurse it slowly and this beer will treat you right. Chug it and bastardize the whole experience..

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Photo of ordybill
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky golden color with a large white head. The aroma is fruit, yeast, spice and some wood. The taste is hop driven with some fruit and spice. A very good beer.

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Photo of jp32
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy yellow in color with a huge fluffy white head. Excellent lacings.

The aroma is of belgian yeast, hops, and lemongrass. It's really a nice balance between hops, fruity esters, and earthy aromas.

Flavor is earthy and slightly bitter up front. Hops are present, but not dominant. A belgian yeast has it's way in the flavor as well, along with floral notes, but both are mild.

Overall, this is a refreshing, crisp, tasty beverage. I would try again. Preferably on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy yellow with a thin film and clingy hills of lace.

Belgian yeast is prominent on the nose, with butter and strong floral perfume.

This is more spicy with Belgian yeast than I remember from when I first had this and was smitten by it. Taste is close to banana bread. The hops are further in the background than I remember, and they are more floral than anything. I'm obviously downing too many uber-hopped beers.

This has a fluffy feel to it.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-2-15 - On tap at Doylestown Tap House. Served in a short Belgian snifter. Little head an bud in color. Nice flavors, but tasted a bit flat. I wav hoping for a Belgian collaboration, but this is Belgian in name only. Next time here, I'll have the Duvel.

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Photo of TigerSoul
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I remember many, many spring moons ago my introduction to Ommegang Brewery: they had released Hennepin, which, without relying upon Google or Wiki, I believe was their first offering, and quite possibly the first saison to be brewed here in the US. It was not my first saison, that being the first of them all, Saison Dupont, but I do remember thinking that it was truly a revelation . Fleur de Houblon takes me back to those early days like no other of the Ommegang line. The character of this beer does not fit the description (that of a 'summer' quaff), as it has a higher alcohol content and too much flavor and dimension to be pigeonholed into that category. The backbone of this beer is almost champagne-like, very effervescent on the pour, a thick head, and loads of fruity (not piney) hops, with a spicy, zesty finish. Completely pleasurable, and highly recommended.

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Photo of Tank880
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suspect there are a number of folks who generally are not huge fans of Belgian styled beers. I am one of them. They are generally not my style. However, every time I have an ommegang, I am always pleased. This is a fantastic tasting beer. It always gets me on a Belgian kick for a period of time.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy yellowy amber with a bubbly head. Hoppy to the nose and mouth - although in a floral way. With the alcohol level, it is not a seesion beer, but by the taste it is.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have reached the conclusion that there is nothing that Ommegang Brewery does wrong. No matter how many beers of theirs I try they are all delicious and for that reason they have become one of my favorite breweries. I am a little impartial as I love Belgium style ales, but this one is hoppy, citrusy, and just plain delicious.

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Photo of lastmango
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy gold with a 3 finger head. Nose was a mild floral and hint of bread. Good carbonation and mdium body. Initial taste was fruity then a wash of hops over the tongue. More hops than what I prefer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow glass, color is straw/gold, a little dense, with a huge head of mixed bubble sizes, with nice lacing, color is off white with a tan hue.

Aroma is a very pleasant blend of peppery, earthy, spicy yeast flavors, with some lighter malty flavors of bread, then some subtle wet yeast/fermenting bread like scents.

Taste is comes through with tantalizing freshness, big yeast and malt notes with very aromatic earthy/citrusy blend of hops. Yeast flavors remind of cracked pepper and light ester. Malt notes are bread and wheat.

Mouthfeel is spot on for spicier belgian pale ale near saison quality with the yeast byproducts drying out the flavor and sweetness of any malt presence.

Overall, a great lighter malt beer with emphatic yeast byproduct and pepperiness with great hop freshness.

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Fleur De Houblon Summer Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1093 ratings