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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,084
Reviews:
190
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
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49
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208
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a bit cloudy, bronze with a nice iridescent brightness. The head is foam and sticky and adhered well to the glass.

The nose is quite complex, very nice but gets drowned in the finish with a phenolic tone. Wheat grain is evident at first with a yeast, bubblegum, pepper and clove. The phenomenon then hit strongly and diminish a great aroma.

The flavor is a tinge sweet with banana and bubblegum then a bit bitter with hops and pine. The finish is a bit spicy with cloves and it finishes with a tonic water taste.

The feel bubbling, effervescent, dry and watery, much like tonic water.

This seemed to be a very good example of the style but it was ruined at every turn by one deterring detail.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and a light amount of pale yellow highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a medium sized finger tall dense cap towards the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy and pale malts with a slightly stronger aroma of lemon citrus and a moderate amount of Belgian yeast with a hint of spiciness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale and grainy malts with a slightly stronger than moderate amount of lemon citrus. There is a light amount of Belgian yeast with a touch of spiciness and light to moderate flavors of floral hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: I found this beer to be a really nicely constructed summer brew - a nice combination of a traditional Belgian Pale Ale with some heavier flavors of citrus and a touch more hops than usual. Easy to drink and refreshing with well hidden alcohol.

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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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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is around two fingers high and white in shade. Despite the frothy texture, head retention is quite good. There are also some webs of lacing left behind.

S: I'm really loving the fruity notes coming forth. Apricot, peach, white grapes, tangerines, and oranges, mostly. There's also a subtle background of grassy and floral qualities - even some rustic ones, too. Maybe the nose could use a mite more punch, but I don't care. It absolutely smells like it will be delicious.

T: The first few sips are floral and grassy. After a while, though, it turns into pure orange-y goodness. I really love the fresh orange flavors going on here. Its finish retains some of its grassiness, though. It doesn't seem as rustic as it did on the nose, but as a vessel to show off its hopping, it's a success. Pouring the dregs in smooths out its citrusy notes at the cost of introducing some bready flavors.

M: This is very fizzy on the palate. It finishes dry, natch, but the carbonation is so strong it's distracting. This beer really fills the mouth, creating a faint overwhelming sensation at times. Even still, it's pretty easy to drink (actually, I kind of want to savor this one...)

O: Yum, this is delicious. The mouthfeel could use a few tweaks here and there, if nothing else. I'd have no trouble killing this by the 4-pack, shame I only bought a single. Need more of this...

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Fleur De Houblon from Brewery Ommegang
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,084 ratings.
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