Fleur De Houblon | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of acevenom
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The beer pours hazy golden with lots of visible tiny bubbles and a thick white head. Plenty of lacing is left behind on the side of the glass. The aroma is of pilsner malt and lots of floral hops with some citrus in the nose as well. I also get some peppery notes with clove and maybe a bit of a tropical fruit note. The flavors are quite complex and live up to the bright nose. I get the floral hops, citrus, tropical fruits, pepper, and bready pilsner malt along with the banana and clove flavors from the yeast. It has strong saison like characteristics in the flavor and everything comes together excellently. The body is medium with strong carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry and this is a very refreshing summer beer despite clocking in at near 6.8% ABV. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into glass. 6.8% abv

Appearance- Dull yellow and extremely cloudy. Massive foamy head with great retention. A great amount of yeast sediment also.

Smell- Fresh floral aroma with strong sugary aromas of apricot and orange. It smells quite sweet, not much unlike that of candy.

Taste- The citrus zest of orange is apparent early in the flavor profile. This moves on to an earthy hop bitterness midway that is spot on for this style. Hops are apparent as the name imparts. The sweet sugar taste lingers through the hops and the spicy finish is reminiscent of fresh ground black pepper.

Mouthfeel- Not heavy, but moderate. Just right for a beer labeled as a Summer seasonal. Granted, this is 6.8% abv, so props to Ommegang for making this feel like a 5% beer when it is not. The spicy yeast finish with the generous hop addition make the great complexity and depth of this beer linger in the palate.

Overall- Outstanding! So much going on with this beer and great for the Summer. Another masterpiece from Ommegang and a top shelf Belgian pale ale. I will need to get more of this fine seasonal offering.

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Photo of CochonKing
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An amazing beer. It pours a light golden with a small quickly fading head. It smells of hops with balanced malt and notes of lemon and herb like back ground. The taste is beautifully balanced with excellent malt leading into clean hops. A perfect transition. The mouthfeel is similar to champagne with a very light body and complex small bubbles that would be perfect with shellfish or other light preparations of seafood.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden sunlight yellow with a pillowy pure white head. Slight haze and floaties from the pour. Explosive head with streaming bubbles that support the head which eventually settles into a frothy ring and lace.

Smells of brett with a straw like bubble gum. Some dry flowers and wheat in background. Pleasant clean and crisp citrus with a touch of spice.

Tastes of light brett with green flowers balanced by a backbone of round wheat. Nice spiciness presumably from the hop flowers with a green hoppy character. Citrus lightly compliments throughout and leaves a mouth watering dry pucker on the finish.

Loads of sharp prickly bubbles deliver a spicy dull brett feel turns frothy almost full body but stays thankfully light.

Overall a great expression of pure green hops in a nicely balanced summer brew. This one is two cuts above the rest and hits it out of double day park. Really in a league of it's own when it comes to summer beers, my favorite by far.

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Photo of parejkoj
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Slight haze and light straw color. Nice thick head when poured into a glass that lingers for as long as it takes to drink the beer (depending on how fast you drink it). Beautiful looking beer.

Smell: All the smells you'd expect from a beer with Belgian roots. A little black pepper and some citrus notes. Although it was supposedly dry hopped with Bravo hops, it's hard to detect much for hops aroma in the complex Belgian phenols, although Bravo apparently have some spicy notes that might amplify the yeast derived phenols.

Taste: Very minimal bitterness and the spicy/peppery notes are apparent. A little bit of lemony citrus, probably from yeast derived esters. Also a little surprising sweetness toward the end that turns the citrus notes into orange/sweet lemon. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent. Lots of carbonation, but not too overwhelming. Otherwise, very smooth.

Overall: This is a great Belgian pale ale. Admittedly I haven't had too many Belgian pale ales, but this is exactly what I'd expect from one. It has all of the complexity of a tripel without the strength of a tripel. The only aspect I'd like to see enhanced in this beer is the hop character. It would be interesting to see this pale ale with more late addition hops that add similar spicy notes as Bravo (like Saaz). But it's a beer that will quench any palate on a warm summer day. In fact, it might be the perfect beer for that purpose.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice pale orange colors with hints of gold. Slight haze to the body due to the unsettled yeast. Huge fluffy and frothy white head that hangs around like soap bubbles.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast with hints of pepper, lots of citrusy hops, herbal notes, fresh grass, some juicy pear.

T- Big juicy citrusy hops up front, the spicy and peppery yeast notes come in the middle along with some huge juicy fruit flavors that hang around until the finish. Somewhat of a mix of apple, pear and a hint of banana. Very different than any BPA I have had before.

M- High carbonation level, tingle all the way through. Medium-full body, but quenching and drinkable. Some dryness on the finish.

O- Went into this one with no expectations and it really blew me away. BPAs are not one of the styles I seek out a lot, but this one was fantastic.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light yellow to gold color. Over the top head - 2 fingers plus. Head retention is really nice and lasts throughout the beer. Some chunky lacing on the glass walls.

S: Herbs, grass, lemon.

T: Citrus & lemon flavor weaves throughout the flavor profile. Flowery hops. Refreshing yet some spicing on the finish.

M: Really nice - light yet solid. Loads of layers.

O: Really nice complexity. A quick favorite summer time brew and a nice change of pace from traditional one dimensional summer brews.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz Bottle
"Best By" Date of March 2016 (printed on the neck of the bottle).
Reviewed on August 14th, 2015
Served in a Tulip Glass

Poured a cloudy pale orange body. Visible bands of yeast and a few bubbles floated around the body. A robust white head formed right off of the pour. Plenty of sticky rings of lace left throughout. This one was quite the looker!

Big presence of spicy Belgian yeast dominated the aroma. Mild floral hops emerged from the spicy yeast, creating a slightly earthy tone. Sweeter notes from the malts mellowed sharper notes from the hops.

Spicy Belgian yeast hit the tongue first. Earthy hops flared up from the sharper notes of spice but never dipped into bitter levels. Subtle presence of malts, mainly dark fruit mixed with doughy biscuit. The malts lightly sweetened the overall tone of the beer, letting pops of tartness from the hops break through, yet taming them enough to stay refreshing. Moderate carbonation. Light/medium body. Very crisp and drinkable.

Excellent beer. Perfect companion for a summer evening... although I could happily drink this one year-round.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 sublimesipping
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer as expected from Ommegang. Bright but smooth on the palate. The floral notes are complex and linger in a smooth finish, starting from the aroma. Great summer beer from a World-class brewery. The hops are also present with a bitter but balanced, floral finish. Did I say great beer? Would love to try on tap. Best summer beer of the summer. Crashing waves at a moonlight midnight or blowing mountain breeze. The complexity of this beer evokes that depth of response- in me. Try it yourself.

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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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a 2.5” clingy pillowy white foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Floral, citrus, spice, hint of earthiness, light fruit, berry.
T: Fruit with biscuit, moderate bitterness from the middle through the aftertaste. A flowery character throughout.
F: Creamy, dry, refreshing, medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation.
O: A flowery, bright, refreshing summer ale packed with aroma and flavor.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an extremely hazy golden straw with a big head. nose; light belgian yeast and the bravo hop bag of tricks - earthy musk, dank citrus notes and peppercorn. taste; follows the nose - light belgian yeast, crackery malt, dank (and i mean DANK) hops, light sweet pear, pineapple and lemon, and dirty earthy peppercorn. wheat and bubble gum on the dry aftertaste. this beer has "summer ale" printed on the label and it's actually an exemplary belgian pale.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy dark golden liquid with voluminous white head

Smell - Lemon, Lime, yeast, very tropical

Taste - Much like the smell, lemons, limes, clove, ginger, coriander

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, high, bubbly carbonation, starts out a bit sweet, then moves to tart and sour towards the finish, dry finish as well

Overall - This was a really good beverage, really tasty yet refreshing; one that I would be happy to re-visit. I hope Ommegang comes back out with this one next summer.

Price Point - $10.50/ 4pk 12 oz bottles

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Photo of jp32
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 elNopalero
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a gold straw with a thick cap of foam.

I get an estery defined grassiness along with some drying straw aroma.

It's hoppy and floral with a peppery kick to it.

Great effervescence gives this a light touch on the palate and a crisp finish.

I found it real enjoyable.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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 horshamguy
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
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 lancecenter
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy gold/orange color. Three fingers of fluffy head.

S - Powdered yeast, floral hops, spicy pepper, and citrus.

T/M - The spicy pepper hits first followed by the soft yeast. Slightly dry finish.

O - Hands down, the best summer brew or Belgian Pale I've ever had. Might give 3P a run for its money as my favorite Ommegang offering.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden body was hazy, and a large four finger thick head formed rapidly, despite me pouring the beer very gently. The look reminded me a lot of Duvel, but the floral hoppy smell was evocative more of an IPA. Besides the hops, there were spicy, dusty smells imparted by the house yeast strain. The taste was a great combination of typical Belgian Pale Ale flavors, of banana, papaya, melon, and white pepper, and a distinctive hop character. The finish was somewhat tart, and spicy. The body was light and alcohol well hidden. A very easy to drink beer with a refreshing take on the style.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 2013-03-26, best by 2014-03
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Pours a towering 3.5cm head of fairly clean, white foam, made up of very small bubbles, creating a dense, frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the head lasting several minutes in a very slow decline to a .75cm cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drinking session. Lacing is excllent, the foam leaving substantial, thick designs clinging to the walls of the glass. The body itself is a rich golden orange, slighty hazy (perhaps 25-35% opacity: and I did not add in the yeast), light bringing out rich yellow hues. Carbonation is quite visible and very active

Aroma is bright, flowery (nearly perfume-like), with mild citrus (orange, slight lemon) and Belgian yeast (brewer's yeast, musty basement, slight funk) characters.

Overall flavor is bright: floral tastes abound with pleasant grapefruit and orange citrus, with moderate touches of Belgian yeast and pale malt base. Front of palate is full of floral and orange-lemon citrus hop character, Belgian yeast traits (brewer's yeast, a bit of basement mustiness, very slight funk), and a mild pale malt base sweetness. Mid-palate is of floral characters, bright fruit esters (apple, pear, pineapple) with substantial citrus, primarily of orange, but also grapefruit and lemon (not heavy), all atop a pleasant pale malt base with some Belgian yeast flavors (brewer's yeast, musty basement). Back of palate features continued floral characters with more assertive, but still pleasantly mild bitterness, citrus (orange, lesser grapefruit and lemon), pineapple, and Belgian yeast characters. Aftertaste of pineapple, Belgian yeast characters, mild bitterness,

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with medium to medium-high levels of carbonation, which are appropriate for the style. The carbonation pushes towards fizziness, but never arrives there, leading to a softly effervescent, then foamy and smooth mouthfeel that goes well with this floral and mild citrus-leaning beer. Closes semi-dry, with fairly substantial stickiness lingering on the tongue and lips.

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Photo of DavidGD
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite summer day beers. It has abundant floral notes, dry clean finish and a bright acidity from the lemon and herbal notes. This is a staple for warm weather beer drinking. It is a bit over carbonated IMO, but with an aggressive pour into a glass, it knocks it down to an acceptable level. At 7%...it will sneak up on you though.

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Photo of NateTheBeard
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was one of the best tasting beers I've enjoyed with punch that didn't upset the palate or my head but I knew it wasn't a session beer or some junk I used to pound in college. I wanted another one after my first and that is usually my mark of something I feel strongly enough to leave a review for. Plus it has been a while.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Wicked Weed tulip glass.

A-Golden honey body with a nice turbid haze to it. Poured a huge bubbly white head that receded to the beer head and left nice lacing streaks around the perimeter of the glass.

S-Very floral nose with citrus zest notes. The yeast gives very nice and appropriate phenolic characterists of clove with a mild spiciness.

T-The flavor is dominated by the yeast but the hops and malt tone it down a bit to find a nice balance between the three. Spice notes are throughout the palate. Herbal pine and citrus notes come in the middle and the end of the tasting. Has nice balance at the finish with the spiciness from the yeast and the hop notes complementing one another nicely.

M-Medium/full bodied beer. Very effervescent on the tongue. Finishes on the dry side.

O-A very enjoyable and highly drinkable BPA from Ommegang. Its one of those beers I could enjoy drinking outside all day. I highly recommend it!

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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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