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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #88 (May 2014):

Fruity, Gummy, Yeasty, Spicy

This is such a beautiful looking beer, prepare for epic lacing on your glass. Fermented with “Trappist” yeast and brewed with more than enough hops. Great to see Ithaca flex their Belgian muscle a bit more even with this American inspired Belgian Style of beer as the potential has always been there.

STYLE: Belgian IPA | ABV: 7.5% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Tawny in color. Yeast was absent-mindedly poured, so there is some sediment in suspension. Very hazy. Bubbly white head settles after a time and leaves sticky web-like lacing behind.

S: Perfumey and floral hop aroma emanates from the glass. Freshly cut grass. Pithy. Some medicinal yeast character. Church incense. Blood orange underneath. Honey and Portuguese sweet bread malt scents.

T: Green and oily. Big dose of bitterness up front. Grassy and herbal. Pithy. Almost goes a bit soapy too. Deep toasty malt character. Honey. Pithy tropical fruits- tangerine mostly. Yeasty and medicinal. Long pithy and floral finish.

M: Medium body. Slight sense of weight gently presses down and the tongue. Creamy. Tingling carbonation.

O: I've been sitting on this bottle for a while, but the hop character is still insane. The yeasty and medicinal flavors actually match its intensity though. It's a bit much overall. It pounds on the palate and fatigues it in short order.

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Photo of rypkr
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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Photo of Duhast500
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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Photo of s35keith
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 120minuteman
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Quick notes:

Very hoppy profile, with plenty of citrus and a bit of tropical fruit. Blends very well with an abbey yeast presence that has developed well after a year. Shocking how well the hop aromas and flavors have been preserved.

The body of the beer is also solid, with a nice, medium and oily feel, and a great balance between the pale malts, hops, and yeast. There's a bit of a dry Belgian spice going on, but it's far less dominant than in many other Belgian or White IPAs.

One of the best of the style I've ever had.

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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of OpusMike
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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Photo of bkwhoppa66
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of samibr
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a ipa glass, has a golden yellow body with a small head to it. The aroma has a lot of pine notes coming through. The taste has a citrus and pine flavor, it is very balanced. Has a slight bite to it but not very bitter. Mouthfeel is good and smooth and overall a darn good Belgium ipa.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill as part of Ithaca top takeover. Late spring 2014.

Pours a quite hazy light gold, with heavy foam. Fragrant pine floral hops. Oily hoppy taste. Base is very light, and then the bittering pokes through. Very flavorful and aromatic. Good use of hops.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled dated 140204 at 40 degrees into snifter
Head large (3.5 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing good – part of the glass is covered with a reticulum of varying size
Body golden, hazy with resuspended sediment
Flavor of flowery hops, kind of like perfume, not particularly fruity; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Flavor ends quickly with just a hint of astringency.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

OK, but a little too flowery for my taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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