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.

Added by THANAT0PSIS on 04-15-2013

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle poured into glass

Billowy white two finger foam cap subsides with very good lacings. Golden yellow, clear liquid with slight carbonation.

Aroma of citrus lemon and grass

Lemony taste on the front of the tongue spreads to the sides. Grassy kick on the side of the tongue. Bitterness on the sides and back . Slight bitterness on the aftertaste

Quite a bit of carbonation on the sip

Another very good beer from Ommegang

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.24/5  rDev -20%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slight haze and a very lightly colored straw yellow beer. A massive white bubble head on this beer.

S- Belgian yeast. A little funk, Brett like. A nice wheat. A subtle but nice citrus hop. A bit of banana and clove as well. An interesting smelling beer.

T- A subtle bitterness and a nice spicy character up front. The beer has a subtle sourness and a nice brett flavor. The citrus is very light in this beer but has noticeable flavors of lemon, peach and pineapple. This is a spicy beer and has a very lively mothfeel. A lot of lemongrass, onion zest and some clove as well. This beer is complex and very interesting.

M- A nice body to the beer. A spicy beer. A well rounded palate and very interesting.

O- Take a hopped up wheat pale ale, ferment it with Belgian yeast, bottle condition it with brett. It does'nt make a ton of sense but it is different, well done and delicious.

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Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of McBraniel
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mphis
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of tillmac62
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 06/15. Hazy (due to yeast) golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose of floral hops, lemon notes, subtle clove phenols from the yeast and a biscuit background.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that has just a hint of creaminess. Perfect carbonation with effervescence from the middle on and a rousing prickly finish.

The almost outstanding flavor profile is intense, fairly complex but fails to completely cover the alcohol and lacks enough biscuit to balance. Floral hops lead coupled with a bit of lemon. The middle brings a mild bitterness and subtle and fleeting biscuit sweetness. The sweetness is quickly overpowered by clove with alcohol underneath. As the clove subsides in the finish, alcohol becomes dominate.

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Photo of JRed
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden body with mountain peaks of white over top. Aroma of floral, light fruit, pears, vanilla, spice. Tastes of floral notes, pears, banana, Belgian yeast spice, hop bitterness is very present and crisp, finishes rather dry with a faint lingering pear flavor. Light bodied with spritzy carbonation. A bright beer. Nice.

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Photo of Timtac
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of abrodsky
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of eulerthegrape
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

07/23/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Finding some taps left from a Belgian promotion I tried a taste comparison of this & d’Achouffe Houblon Chouffe, which is a triple. Due to circumstances beyond my control, (sort of), like limited funds & being dramatically close to my self imposed ABV limit, I ended up with the Ommegang. No regrets but I will be looking out for the Chouffe. It's robust flavor, body & alcohol were impressive but not of the moment. Not out of place by any means, just bad timing. It's even usurped what started a glowing review of the Ommegang. I'll be looking forward to both, equally, in the future.

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Photo of rand
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served into a pint glass at livewire sd.

The brew is pale straw-yellow in color, clean and clear. A small wispy head leaves trace lacing.

The nose is wet floral hops and fruity esters, a little spicy. Freshly baked pasties provides a nice backdrop for the layered bouquet.

Hop-forward on the palate, the hops are floral and a little tingly. Ripe fruit and a touch of funk combine with honey sweetness to round the profile of flavors. The brew leans against a bready complexion, frothy in your mouth and scrubbing your palate between sips.

Simple, layered, tasty, drinkable. Exactly what you want from a pale.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of fmccormi
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stemware); bottling/freshness date of April 10, 2013 / best by April 2014 (“PKG ON 04/10/13 BEST BY 04/2014”). So, just over eight weeks old. I’d love to try this fresher, but it didn’t hit upstate NY until just now, so this is as fresh as I’ve had the chance to try it. If I find some from a fresher batch, I’ll write a new review, but until then this is as good as it’ll get.

Appearance (4.25): This pours with a quick-rising three fingers of fluffy, cream-colored foam that takes plenty of time to die down. The body is a very hazy, orange-amber color that is almost completely cloudy. A few wide, flat, loopy legs of lace arc here and there as the beer goes down.

Smell (4.25): Classic Ommegang yeast notes: pear, lemon peel, a little bit of bubblegum, lots of warm, dusty straw, some spicy coriander and clove, etc. There’s also some nice hop character: freshcut grass, pine sap, some citrusy note like orange simple syrup. This is a lovely array of aromas for the style.

Taste (4.25): Following the nose, this shows classic Ommegang notes molding to the style: pear, lemon peel, a light dose of peach juice, spicy black pepper, coriander, clove, and some more citric lemon character that cuts through to the finish, opening up to some hoppy notes of grassy bitterness, slightly resinous pine needles, and a bit of white grapefruit to close it all out. The beer really has two components: the classic Belgian Pale with signature Ommegang characteristics, and the grassy-lemony hop character that carries through to the finish.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Light and spritzy, with a lighter-than-medium weight, tingly carbonation all over the place, and a soft, filling foaming action on the way down. Light and fluffy, but not without a little weight and character. It finishes nicely dry with spicy, rustic, and bitter notes, but not so dry that it loses any of the fruitiness going on, either.

Overall (4.25): This is a really nice beer. I always like a good Belgian Pale Ale and Ommegang, when they do them, do them well. The fact that this is moderately hopped with whole-cone Bravo hops makes it a perfect beer (to my taste) for the summer. The hop character, while not as fresh and clear as it could / should be, is still present and adds a nice dimension, even now. I’d love to see this become an annual (seasonal) release.

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Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
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