Fleur De Houblon Summer Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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Fleur De Houblon Summer AleFleur De Houblon Summer Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by THANAT0PSIS on 04-15-2013

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#4,703
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
1,091
pDev:
9.77%
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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -9%
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 +3.3%
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 robebo44
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OntheLambic
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Khaack
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrl2112
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells and tastes like summer flowers. Really grew on me.

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Photo of jbarletto
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Chuckdiesel24
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrfrancis
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of leitmotif
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fenix2009
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Timtac
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MHJeff06
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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 _Adam_
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cgrunin
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 88caprice
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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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Fleur De Houblon Summer Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,091 ratings