Fleur De Houblon | Brewery Ommegang

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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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4.05
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light gold with a super foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with floral and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a really nice balance between the hops and the Belgian aspects in the aromas and flavors.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the source, this very light Belgian summer beer is just what the doctor ordered after a long drive through the eastern new your countryside. it pours a pale golden color, more yellow really, with a fair bit of suspended sediment and a huge creamy white head that is continually rising rather than falling. I smell grassy hops, very light wheat malt, and the slightest spice kick. the taste is quite herbal, with the hops giving more flavor than bitterness, and the malt being light enough to allow this awesome Belgian yeast to be prominent. the finish is really clean, and the alcohol is very well hidden. the lightness in feel of this beer impressed me the most, and the floral and herbal profile of the hops is a nice seasonal touch. carbonation on par with the rest of the ommegang lineup. this is an excellent summer drink, also really fantastic with a splash of the fruitesse raspberry beer that's also on tap at the brewery. ommegang can do no wrong.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy and earthy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of peppery spices.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste has lots of flavors of grassy and earthy yeast along with hints of grainy malts and lemons while the finish is mostly dominated by flavors of peppery spices. The lemons become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The peppery spices in the back end of the taste make your tongue prickle a little bit.
O: The lighter nature of the body and lemony flavors make this a nice beer for the summer that goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So, when will Ommegang build a hoppy beer? Not just a Belgian-type beer with slightly elevated hop character, but a true hop-focused beer? Well, today they do!

Like any Belgian IPA would, this distinctive ale pours with a hazy gold appearance that's capped by a strong frothy head the nearly reaches rocky proportions. Its broken lace lines the glass in true hoppy form.

Bready-sweet in both aroma and taste, the beer is doughy, grainy, and lightly candied with peps of honey. Flowery hops closely follow the malt and take the shape of lime citrus, earthen hay, grass, pine and perfume. Lightly fruity with apples, limes and light salt- its the broad and spicy hops that carry its finish to a light wine-like and peppery closure.

Medium bodied through middle palate, its early bread textures are shed at the mid point for a slightly acidic body with grain and peppery warmth. A finish of grassy bitterness and lemon bite closes the beer with decisive bitter dryness.

Ommegang's first real hoppy beer is Belgian at heart. Even with slightly muted Belgian-esque character, the hops elevate with all that rustic earthen charm that those hops allow. Its a seriously drinkable ale with a bitter cloak.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice artful label. "Serve at 40 F." 6.8% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off cap acquired at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip. I keep seeing this beer revered in the forums, so I'm pretty excited to try it. "Summer ale." It doesn't explicitly identify as a Belgian Pale Ale, but it does identify as an ale and the description emphasizes the hop profile of the beer, so I'll review it as a Belgian Pale.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of beige colour. Fluffy. Decent thickness. Not much creaminess here. Soft smooth complexion. Light even spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head is to style overall, and looks pretty good.

Body colour is a cloudy dark yellow with muted copper hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent; nontransparent. Could be more vibrant than it is.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style; not unique or special but I don't notice any overt flaws.

Sm: Perfumey crystal malt and floral hops. Spicy yeast is detectable, with hints of clove and coriander/cilantro. Spritzy. Straw. Light brettanomyces-like funkiness. Citrusy fruit peel - orange, lemon. Some zest. Clean. Surprisingly aromatic; this one's fairly pungent. Not a common trait in a Belgian Pale. Doughy, bready, grainy. Bakers' yeast. Some apple. Lime. Even a hint of salt. Maybe some white pepper too.

Dough/breadiness is the dominant note.

T: Doughy and bready. Lime and salt hit on the climax, which comes off oddly refreshing here. Floral hop character is present throughout, but isn't particularly evocative or diverse. It does complement the body of the beer - which is itself comprised of pale malt, biscuit malt, crystal malt, and grains. A touch of apple is present in the first act, introducing the drinker to the first of many nuanced fruit notes; I get some light zesty citrus with wisps of lemon. Some white pepper and lemon pepper come through. Light funky undertones. The yeast tastes simultaneously like bakers' yeast (yielding the aforementioned bready character) and a more refined spicy yeast - with notes of clove and perhaps coriander and/or allspice. It's surprisingly subtly executed for the style. Nice balance as well. I like it.

Flavour duration is above average for the style. Flavour intensity is average.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Soft. A bit too thick for the style and flavour profile. Slightly overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Nice presence on the palate.

Dr: A drinkable Belgian Pale from Ommegang. I like this as a summer beer, and could easily enjoy more than one if in the mood for the style. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's solidly executed and fairly refreshing.

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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 3/13/2013. Pours cloudy golden straw color with a 3 finger dense and fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, light banana, pepper, clove, bubblegum, wheat, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of hop and yeast ester notes. Taste of tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, pepper, clove, bubblegum, light banana, floral, grass, wheat, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, light banana, clove, pepper, bubblegum, floral, grass, wheat, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop and yeast ester flavors; with moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly cream, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy Belgian pale ale! Great balance and complexity of hop and yeast flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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