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 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 metter98
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of vkv822
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz into tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, pale golden yellow with a craggy, billowy white head with great retention and spotty lacing.

Floral, lightly spicy hop character blending into light, phenolic clove notes from the Belgiam yeast.

Medium+ body, foamy, mild carbonation.

Nothing particularly unique about this one, just a very well done Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of DPFRD
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Substantial moderately dense head that laces nicely. Golden hued with a an unfiltered look.

Smells great... Hips come through with some Spicer overtones.

Tastes lovely. Very reminiscent of Foret. Yeasty spice with some hop bitterness and some hop florals on top.

Mouth feel is silky.

Overall, was quite impressed. This is definitely a beer I could make a night out of.

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Photo of jsausley
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another great, strong selection from Ommegang. This one is very unique and flavorful and quite surprising. Poured from a bottle into an English pub glass.

A: A thick, cloudy opaque gold with hints of brown in the depth of the beer. A lovely two inch head that stays on the top of the beer, with a large amount of lacing.

S: Crisp and fresh and full of hops, loaded with citrus tones of grapefruit, lemon and lime and a rosey nose. A very fresh and complex aroma - this beer's best feature.

T: First impression is a very hoppy beer with a load of fresh flavor backed up by a nice light toasted malt body and slightly above average sweetness. Lots of citrus overtones. Some peppery finish and a nice hoppy bitterness at the end. Very nice beer, hoppy and heavy on the ABV but easy to drink.

M: Smooth and crisp, lots of carbonation and very breezy despite its somewhat high O.G.

O: A very good beer; my third enjoyable beer from Ommegang. This beer is a wonderful example of how an ale can be full of big hop flavors. Lots of well balanced citrus and sweetness and a nice light toasted malt feel back this one up. A beautiful, easy to drink beer with no glaring faults.

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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 patre_tim
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden cloudy like thick lemonade, so thick its hard to see any carbonation. Crowned with a finger of white whipped cream like head.

S: Citrusy hops, some skunk, Belgian yeasts, coriander, light bubblegum.

T: Citrusy hops, Belgian yeasts, coriander, light bubblegum, lemon zest, some lemon juice tartness.

M: Medium slightly chewy body, medium fine bubbled carbonation.

O: The bottle and label including the name evokes Belgium to me, especially the Poperings region where hops are so celebrated in summer. The taste stands up to the style and name. Got this at Whole Foods in Boca Raton, drank in Deerfield Beach FL, July 18th, 2014.

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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 MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Union Beer House in Lebanon, PA

Poured into a nice medium size goblet, faintly hazy, with bright white head. only moderate carbonation.

Getting the yeast and banana on the nose, however faintly.

No big flavor punch at all. But you know what, it's GOOD. Very mild and subtle flavors swirling around in the mouth, but somehow the flavors come through as full . Banana, yeast, light spice, even makes you think of summer. Extremely refreshing, but satisfying as a beer, not just as a quench thirster. I freely admit that belgians mostly leave me cold. Maybe this hit me on the right day, in the right mood, and the right level of tiredness, but I can see happily putting away a six pack on a warm summers day.

Sorry, got a bit offtrack there. Mouth is medium and satisfying

Overall, well, see above. I am usually excited about beers that smack you in the mouth one way or another, and, again, belgians of any style are not really my cup of tea. This was extremely enjoyable, and I'll seek it out for the rest of the summer.


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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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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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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 ThisWangsChung
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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Photo of trippytbta
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap

A: poured pale golden in color with white small head

S: a little fruity and kind of like a perfume

T: first tastes of banana, then herbal, than clove. Slight bitterness from the hops

M: acidic, carbonated

Overall: it's a pretty good brew. Interesting flavors, but a bit confusing

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Photo of Mises85
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass around 45 degrees

Appearance: nice golden color with 2 finger head that stayed through out. nice lacing.

Smell: This is where I am confused. I got a hefe character but there was some melon sweetness with some malt. Huh? Is this a hefe or this an ale? Banana, clove

Taste: clean with more banana coming through with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation medium bodied.

Overall: Very disappointing as I did not get any ale character. If this was labeled as a german hefe, I would have given it high marks because it drunk like one. Won't get again.

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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, some fruits. Taste is malts, yeast, some fruitiness, a bit of hops, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A slightly cloudy pale straw in the glass, and if you look close what appears to be fine suspended yeast. Noticeable medium carbonation makes this an attractive and inviting looking beer. The nose is immediate and strongly of clove. Crisp and refreshing, it tastes of clove and maybe a hint of vanilla and wheat. A truly original experience for me.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep light orange apricot body color. A small rising bit of thin carbonation in the middle, and a slightly rock but creamy white rolling head. Whipped up with peaks and valleys. Real nice looking.

Real solid hop floral nose, hints of perfume and hop bitterness. A small bit of sucrose sweetness, and some hints of green herbality, sage, thyme, rosemary.

Palate comes with a nice rolling mix of heated hop bitterness, and sweetness. Floral notes and hop bitterness almost hit at brett character. Dry finish and stinging needles of pine slightly. A good mix of crispness and malt sweet density. Moderately carbonated and not distracting.

A pretty solid Belgian ale.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Brewery Ommegang's Fleur De Houblon a couple weeks ago for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I like Brewery Ommegang and I always try to get some of their new seasonal's to try and this one seems a little interesting, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks really good, it's got a clean and nice design with a nice hop cone and leaf being the focal point, I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a very cloudy straw yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of chunky lacing and it left a little bit of spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness and it's followed by the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and impart lots of estery aromas with some banana and spices coming through and the banana aromas seem to stick out more than the spices. Up next comes the malts which impart a biscuit malt,, sweet malt and doughy aroma and it's followed by the hops which impart a nice citrus rind and tropical fruit aroma with some pineapple and citrus rind aromas seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a pretty good aroma, I have no complaints at all.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the yeast being the first to show up and imparts all those Belgian yeast aspects that they did in the aroma with neither aspects seeming to stick out the most this time. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma but they seem to be a little bit lighter. On the finish comes the hops which still impart those citrus rind and tropical fruit like aspects with the citrus rind and pineapple still coming through the most and there's a medium amount of bitterness with a sweet malt, Belgian yeast and citrus rind like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, I have no complaints at all.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, very crisp, slightly fizzy, a little refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel that worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a good example of a Belgian Pale Ale, I thought the extra hops worked pretty well with this beer and I thought it lived up to being called a Summer Ale. This beer had very good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly clean, very crisp, slightly fizzy, not filling, refreshing and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a few of these in a row with no problem, especially on warm day and I think it makes for a good Belgian Style Summer Ale. What I liked the most about this beer was the drinkability, it was very good and I liked how refreshing it was, it's just what I look for in a summer time beer. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't a single thing that I disliked or would change about this beer, but do I wish it was just a little cheaper. I would for sure buy this beer again and I wouldn't mind keeping a few bottles around throughout the summer. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes Belgian style beers. All in all I was very happy with this beer, it satisfied my urge for a nice summer time brew and I thought it really hit the spot. This isn't my favorite Belgian Pale Ale or my favorite beer from Brewery Ommegang, but I think it's very solid and as far as a Belgian Style Summer Ale this would have to be my favorite. Great job, you guys really know how to make refreshing and easy drinking Belgian Style beers, keep up the great work.

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Photo of jay-tyler
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - golden yellow, cloudy, but with no large particulates. A thin, slightly off-white head.

S - estery, to say the least. Hard to pin-point exactly what, but has hints of pineapple and banana.

T - 'bright' is a good descriptor. Lots of estery/fruity flavors. Pretty heavily carbonated, but it seems appropriate for the style.

M - smooth yet substantial, if that makes any sense. One of those beers that you let linger for awhile; has an enjoyable aftertaste.

Overall - I don't know belgian style brews that well (yet!), but I really enjoy this beer. This is my second time trying it.

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Photo of DIM
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Cloudy golden color with lots of suspended particulate. Poured with a big, long lasting, uneven head.

s: Some pear and peppery yeast with a fairly pronounced hoppy tropical fruit note.

t: Starts off as a nicely dry BPA, lots of peppery Belgian yeast and fruity apple and pear. Tropical fruit (pineapple?) and lingering clove at the end.

m: Light and crisply carbonated.

o: Once again, Ommegang delivers.

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Photo of millhouse46
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright golden color with slight cloudiness from the yeast. Thick, dense, white head that leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

S - clovey, estery, traditional belgian aroma

T - It has a clean flavor. Light somewhat lemony, and citrusy. There is the distinct flavor of the belgian yeast that has a spicy herbal flavor that complement the hop selection in such a way that is incredibly enjoyable.

M - It is a little drying on the pallet and leaves me wanting another sip. Bright and crisp. Refreshing.

Overall - This is a great beer done very well. If there is one thing about it is I leaves me feeling a little gassy and full. It really want to foam up when I pour it in the glass and as soon as it hits my belly with every sip.
Belgian style beers are not my absolute favorite but I am truly enjoying this beer. A refreshing summer brew with a nice alcohol kick.

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Photo of mattbk
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very carbonated. Hazy yellow. Very, very nice looking.
S: Spicy, peppery, banana, mildly floral, don't get much hops here. Beautiful aroma. Classic belgian. Slight peachy ester.
T: Ah, hops come through here a bit more. Medium bitterness, a bit piney. That fruity ester still hanging around, maybe even pineapple? Slightly spicy still. The hops are very present, mostly in the form of bitterness. It has subdued the belgian flavor. I would have preferred hops turned down a bit. Grainy malts, just a little bit of sweetness. Still, a nice beer. Because of the decent bitterness and pretty high carbonation the beer is a bit less sessionable than I'd like.
M: Mouthfeel is a bit high on this too. Well-carbonated. The body should be a bit lighter and drier, again, would help with sessionability.
O: Not a bad beer, the aroma was the best part. Hops and body a bit too high to make this an amazing beer. Not entirely sessionable, which it should be for this self described "summer ale".

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Photo of DrJay
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light gold and a bit hazy with a bright white cap. Decent head retention with a bit of foamy lacing. Aromas of lemony citrus, straw, a bit yeasty/bready, quite floral. A bit sweeter than expected, moderate bitterness that lingered. Citrus and floral, a hint of spiciness. Lively carbonation, light bodied, off-dry and quite drinkable. Really nice balance and well constructed. I'll definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange body with massive head and lace that dies quick with some lace. The aroma has a little bit of yeast but mostly a floral hop presence that isn't just citric but gives off touches of grape or sweet apple and I swear there are some other sweet fruits in the aroma. Beer is smooth and sweet and real light, definitely designed for hot summer days, the floral hops give off a crispness that complements the smoothness of yeast and some other fruit (not quite tropical but more like pear) sweetness for a well balanced and composed beer.

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