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 Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +1.7%
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 +4.4%
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 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 HenryPorter7777
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +5.9%
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 +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 SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -0.7%
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
4.52/5  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 ordybill
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +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 Sabtos
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
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 -4.9%
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 +8.6%
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 -2.5%
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 -1.2%
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 +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 lastmango
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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 +2.7%
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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Photo of Taybeh
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a single into a nonic
pours a hazy deep gold with a big puffy 3 finger off white head that sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing. The nose is great, wonderful mix of coriander, pepper, lemon, grain, some earthy flowery hops...really nice, layered, and refreshing. Taste follows, more or less. The feel is okay...substantial body, fairly soft despite relatively high carbonation.
This one is well worth revisiting, even if I have to wait for next summer...love the mixture of spice, floral and herbal notes.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle purchased as part of a 4 pack and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Never seen this particular Ommegang beer before and feel fortunate to have wandered into the store I did and find it. From the look to the smell to the feel to the taste, this beer is wonderful. As it's a summer seasonal, I will run out and snatch up as much more as I can find before it's gone.

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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 ARoman
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a floral, sweet tropical note that hits the nose in abundance. It’s a clear, straw colored beer with a dense white soap head that has moderate lacing and good retention. The taste is a medium bittersweet. The medium body has an oily texture has a fuzzy carbonation with citrus and tropical fruit, and bread for flavors. The finish has a crisp spice quality, followed quickly by a sweet tropical juice (primarily pineapple) that leads to an aftertaste that’s clean with a faint hint of some bread.

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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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