Fleur De Houblon | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
184
Ratings:
1,051
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
23.46%
 
 
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43
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197
For Trade:
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Reviews by BlurryVisi0n:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: A strong dirty gold, full of bubbles all over the body. The white head is a little ofer a dinger's length settling quite slow after a sip or two.

Smell: A nice yeast with a hit of bread...becomes a very appetizing sniff.

Taste: sweet yeast, heavy bread almost like a multigrain with a sweet citrus lemon. You taste and you can't get enough.

Mouth: medium, slightly heavy and a little dry that had a little sourness to it at the end.

Overall: very good beer that took me by suprise. It's smooth but ridiculously strong in flavors that it might overwhelm you just a but you will appreciate it. A beer best served well done, Salud!

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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 ThaCrax
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think I caught this beer on the perfect day. Unseasonably warm and sunny day in the normally dreary NW. It was just what I wanted, a refreshing summer ale. This is kinda like drinking a flower garden with some herbs and lemon thrown in for good measure... in a good way... but still with dry mouth. The yeast definitely comes through as well. Overall I loved it and I want to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of biegaman
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fleur De Houblon has a head like a blossoming lotus that covers the glass like climbing hydrangea. It is pristine white and solid enough to pass as spun cotton. The liquid embalmed within it is no less a sight to see; beaming golden radiance and a dizzying spectacle of bubbles make this look incredibly striking.

Spicy, aromatic yeast is every bit part and parcel with Belgian ales as the beehive of foam. Though brewed in the United States with the intent of showcasing American hops (Bravo) this bouquet is still dominated by yeasty notes of cracked pepper, fresh bread, and pantry spices. There is certainly an earthy, floral element but it's merely a compliment to the inherent dried herb qualities.

And all of this is fine by me. The palate does the same thing: it offers a glimpse of raw whole leaf hops and then has it whisked away by savory flavours of chamomile, flowers, nutmeg, allspice and a wholesome, comforting flavour of warm homemade bread. Despite that yeast steals the show, there is a trace of crude bitterness on the finish. Maybe Ommegang does have an American side after all?!

Maybe. But the fact they're able to make such zestful spicy flavours dance on my tongue like ballerinas, somehow manage to disappear 6.8% into thin air, and delicately lace the beer with glints of exquisite flavours most people won't even notice... that is all purely the work of a Belgian pedigree.

Fleur De Houblon has an absolutely lovely flavour profile that I'm completely absorbed with. Spicy, floral hops, malty grain and zesty, savory yeast all come through with singular clarity creating a beer that's balanced and harmonious. I can't think of many offerings more elegant, graceful and wondrously tasteful than this. Ommegang is still arguably the best stateside producer of Belgian ales.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a tulip glass a lightly hazed light golden color with a large blooming white head that left two broken rings of lace as it settled.Aromas of toasted grain,white grape skins,honey,and light medicinal hops.Lemony with just a hint of tartness on the palate,a little phenol spice,and a more pronounced herbal/medicinal hop profile in the finish,quite alot going on but it's on the lighter side.A refreshing but not a "small" beer in stature,not bad.

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Photo of khoff5
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful color and excellent thick foamy head, complex citrus and floral smell and taste, not very hoppy (in a good way), my new favorite summer beer.

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Photo of braugon
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy yeasty golden hue, voluminous head

S: Yeast, grape, pineapple, lemon, hop, vanilla, oak,

T: hops, yeast, vanilla, lemon, spicy peppercorn

M: Tad thin, could be more carbonated for me, but I defer to Ommegang,

O: Bought it on sight, laser beam style. Having not known of about it, I hoped for the best, based on my faith in Ommegang; expectations exceeded. They're inventing a kind of Belgian triple mixed with a hoppy summer ale, almost like a 668 from NEBCO.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of MadScientist
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A slightly hazy, light golden beer. There is a creamy white head with good retention.

S: A medium floral hops aroma with a soft wheat malt sweetness. There is a citrus note reminiscent of coriander but it could be from additions of zest.

T: A moderate wheat malt sweetness with a medium hops bitterness. Some hops flavor and a fair amount of spice and fruit from the yeast. The balance is slight bitter and the finish is medium-dry. The aftertaste is of some spice and citrus.

M: A fluffy beer with a medium-light body and a strong level of carbonation.

O: Sort of bridges between being a Belgian Witte with strong yeast and hops profiles and a BPA with some wheat character.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 6.8 % abv and there is a nice short description of the beer.

Appearance: The look of the body is cloudy and the color is a light golden hue. It’s head is tall bright white in color and long lasting. It slowly settles to a thin creamy foam covering which leaves nice lace patterns on the glass.

Smell: Fleur De Houblon has a classic Belgian character. Pale light grain with classic spicey Ommegang yeast mixed with some light citrusy, grassy and spicy hops.

Taste / Palate: The nose and tongue are right on the same page. The base is light pale grain with white pepper and clove like spicy yeast. It also brings a light and pleasant Belgian funk/barnyard note to the mix. Hops add a touch of dryness and mild bitterness along with balanced grassy, floral and citrusy lemon flavor notes. The palate is on and very easy drinking. It feels smooth and creamy yet still lively with carbonation.

Notes: In my opinion Ommegang just keeps on hitting home runs and this is no exception!

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Photo of Someguyperson
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Large, thick foam head that stays around for a while. Hazy, golden color with some sediment at the bottom.

S: Light, flowery, and slightly hoppy. You can really tell where the name comes from here.

T: Light, crisp, and very slightly bitter. A very drinkable beer.

M: Very nice carbonation. Highly carbonated with very small bubbles, which makes for a great feel

O: A nice, crisp, refreshing beer for the summer. It is definitely an American take on a Belgian beer, but it is very well done. It is a very approachable, aromatic, and drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mverity
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great appearance, huge creamy white head, that held for a long time, and has great lacing. The smell was citrusy and earthy but that's about it. Taste is interesting. Heartburn after 4 big sips. Very lithely hoppy, tons of citrus, and a nice yeasty character. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, and mildly efflorescent.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased in a four pack at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. Best by 03/2014 marked on the neck of the bottle.

Lifts a crazy huge head, that fairly rapidly fades to a thicker film and thicker strands of lace. Hazed yellowy tangarine.

Earthy and lemony nose.

Fresh, zesty and lemony up front. In the finish the hops announce their presence.Dry and again earthy. Belgian yeast notes, spice and pepper adding to the interest and complexity. Love the style and this is a nicely crafted example.

Bring on the salads, cheese and crusty bread. Well worth a try

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ledouge
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jay-tyler
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - golden yellow, cloudy, but with no large particulates. A thin, slightly off-white head.

S - estery, to say the least. Hard to pin-point exactly what, but has hints of pineapple and banana.

T - 'bright' is a good descriptor. Lots of estery/fruity flavors. Pretty heavily carbonated, but it seems appropriate for the style.

M - smooth yet substantial, if that makes any sense. One of those beers that you let linger for awhile; has an enjoyable aftertaste.

Overall - I don't know belgian style brews that well (yet!), but I really enjoy this beer. This is my second time trying it.

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Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
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