Fleur De Belgique | Ithaca Beer Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
97 Ratings
Fleur De BelgiqueFleur De Belgique
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnQVD on 08-21-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
97
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 26
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish/Sierra Nevada IPA glass from a bottle with (date?) code 140204. Hazy golden with a nice head and a rich lacing down the glass. Aroma is moderate citrus and pine, but I'm not getting much Belgian character.

Taste is similar--dominated by citrus/pine notes. A very traditional IPA profile. Malt sweetness barely cuts through and fades quickly to be dominated by the hop bitterness in the finish. Barely noticeable Belgian earthy-pear-clove notes hiding behind the hops.

Overall not my favorite take on the belgian IPA. I had this next to the Hopbloem and I strongly prefer the fruity hops used in that one with Belgian yeast. This isn't as bad as some bigger Belgian IPAs since it's got a mild Belgian yeast character, but what is there still clashes with the hops for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09/2014: I'm not an IPA guy (yet), but the Belgian yeast in this helped balance it out and there was a subtle sour at the finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Gave me a 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to a lace ring. Hazy yellow soup with some chunk floaties in the glass.
S - Not really bitter more citrus hops with a touch of fruity Belgium yeast. Actually smells quite sweet.
T - Comes off way bitter than I expected like straight herbal and dry which lingers with yeasty goodness. Mildly sweet and sort of balanced.
M - Light to medium on par with the style.

Overall I sipped this again after some cherries and its quite good but still very bitter. Most herbal beer I had from this collection.

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3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy apricot hued orange. Incredible amounts of sediment suspended as if in isolation. Very frothy 1 finger head

S - fruity and yeasty. Ridiculous amounts of apricot dominate. Smells tremendously sweet and sticky.

T - nowhere near the flavor I expected. The heavy smells of apricot are not as dominant in the taste. Its there, but there are strong floral hops that quickly refocus the palate.

M - starts extremely dry and low carbonation but after the finish leaves you with a very oily mouth feel. Very unique on the mouth feel.

O - not terribly versed in the style. Was okay but not a return beer for me.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, dense, dirty orange coloring with a strong inner presence of carbonation. The head is dirty cream colored with a one inch frothy head. Some particulate matter inside with a full lace band around the glass.

S: Aroma of semi-tart tangerine, grapefruit with a wet citrus flower hopping. White toast, light dry lemon with some pine.

T: The flavor is tart citrus, musky lemon, dry flowery grapefruit with a dry breadiness. Hop bitterness is moderate, dry with an assertive finish. Dry yeastiness, bread, floral undertones with some semi-dry tropical fruitiness sneaking in.

M: a strong carbonation factor with some dry citrus hop bitterness parching the tongue with a lingering bitterness. Lightly oily medium bodied, citric-yeasty warmth follows.

O: Overall a fairly assertive dry hopped ipa with a dry, yeasty flair. Lingering bitterness, solid level of hops with a mid-range complexity.

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3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Portsmouth brewery stemmed tulip glass.

The color is a hazy orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is funky with a deep Belgian malt aroma. There is a slight hoppy aroma hanging in the back that mixes with a straw aroma with a tease of banana aroma as well.

The taste is hoppy at first with some grassy flavor coming out up front then changes to a Belgian malt flavor that has some slight fruit flavor with melon and cantaloupe present. There is more grassy/straw flavor that has a slight funk character here but does not move any further before letting out some slight bitterness at the end.

The feel of this beer is light with a drinkable body that goes down easy and is pretty smooth. There is a slight aftertaste that just washes over the palette and then is gone just letting a little malt flavor slide back in before disappearing again.

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3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Suspended yeast and bubbles flurry up this steely gold/amber beer. The head is fat and lumpy like the lunar surface. Retention is awesome, lacing supreme.

Big whiff of dusty church yeast, dry flowery hops, cardamom pods, pale bready grain, and fresh linens. Slight lemony citrus note follows with smiling hop bitterness and a kiss of saison stylings.

Malts have a little papery oxidation and the hops are floral and somewhat aging. Trappist yeast takeover, as there's a lot of crushed-up pill dryness, huskiness, and affirmed pith. Tastes like a slightly-amped up BPA with less fruitiness and more sandiness. Not really impressive, after tasting and enjoying the Hopbloem.

Good choppy carbonation creates a liquid bite. Medium body beer has greasy smoothness and swallows like no chore. Booze is radioing in, a bit.

Came from the same case, so what's the deal? Tastes like it crested a week ago. Maybe it's supposed to.

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Fleur De Belgique from Ithaca Beer Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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