Fleur De Belgique | Ithaca Beer Company

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Fleur De BelgiqueFleur De Belgique

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 97
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation along with some fine particles floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops and Belgian yeast are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste offers balanced flavors of Belgian yeast and citrusy hops, the latter of which contributes a light amount of bitterness. Hints of peppery spices are also noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a really nice hybrid of a West Coast IPA and a Belgian IPA as both the citrusy hops and Belgian yeast and prominently featured in the smell and taste. It's definitely a lot bolder compared to other Belgian IPAs and might have enough citrusy flavors to please a hophead looking for a change of pace.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Brass Rail in Campbelltown enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a teku.

The color is sunny golden with moderate hazed look with thick white head of 2 fingers with fine bead and scattered lace pattern. The smell is great - lots of citrus in the hop scents with mild fruity tropical ester from the belgian trappist yeast with mild melon and grapefruit combo. The feel is nice -moderately bitter with spice texture of yeast with light sweetness and mild alcohol, finish is on the dry side with low astringency.

The taste is fruity with a more tangy than bitter flavor up front. The taste has a light vinous edge with slight tropical aspect and mild herbal element with a slight hint of yeast adding some earthy and peppery elements to augment the taste of the hops with a light toasted malt background. Overall this is a pretty outstanding mix of Belgian yeast with American IPA hop flavor really exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey golden hue, bright white head very similar appearance to the Hopbloem...white head, fine speckled lacing. Aroma spicy Belgian yeast, tropical fruit, black pepper, citrus fruits on the nose. Flavor has hints of tropical fruit with Belgian yeast spice and citrus fruit the two aspects contrast quite a bit too much. Mouthfeel of mildly harsh bitterness from the hops combined with the peppery spicy yeast notes that leave a lacquer on the palate. Overall, a nice Belgian IPA, but sadly the style just might not be my favorite.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I think I like this one better than the Hopbloem.

Nice strong grapefruit nose that kind of fades after a bit. Flavor is nice. Mix of earthy and hop spices. A little too "muddy" just a bit. But I like this one. Smooth feel and pretty easy to drink. Definitely suggested.

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

12 ouncer, with an unnotched best before notching area on the side of the label.

Pours hazed darker tangerine, quickly departing off white head, leaving delicate film, collar and bits of low lace.

Sweet fruit on the nose.

Citric hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit peels, lime, w/ nutty Belgian yeast adding tho the mix. Worthy BIPA.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours golden yellow, pretty hazy, with a 2 inch fluffy head, and a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Aromas include citrus hops, spices, and Belgian yeast.

Very similar taste. A bit more American-style than most Belgian IPAs I've had- due to hop citrus hop forward it is. There is the typical candi Belgian sweetness, along with spicy yeast flavors.

Medium bodied, pretty crisp, very drinkable.

A winner from Ithaca's new box, much better than Obscurite or Laissez Faire.

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Photo of beerthulhu
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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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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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 Gmann
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden color, almost orange, with a big pillowy white head that slowly dissipated and left webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bright and spicy. A perfumey lemon scent provides a fruity note. The yeast provides a musty hay and clove scent. Some orange and grapefruit from the hops.

The taste is of a bready malt base. Light honey. The yeast isn't as strong as it is in the aroma. Some musty hay and very light clove. Perhaps a slight lemon and coriander note. The hops are very grassy in the flavor, very earthy.

Moderate feel is tingly carbonation. Sweet and bitter on the palate. Big dry bitterness in the finish, almost chalky.

A nice Belgian IPA. The yeast could provide some more flavor though.

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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 Flounder57
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with a little haze and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty laving down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Slight citrus and tropical notes, caramel, bread, and spice.

Taste: Citrus up from with nice yeast characteristics, caramel, bread, and mild tingly lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, mild lingering bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice BIPA. First of a few in their Belgian inspired variety pack.

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Photo of Roguer
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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Photo of thecheapies
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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Photo of wvsabbath
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/copper , hazy and cloudy, unfiltered with a 1/2 inch creamy head, good lacing.

Smell - Sweet citric fruits, orange, grapefruit, lemon, Belgium yeasts and spices, and slight malts in the backbone.

Taste - Starts out with light yeasty sugar notes, mixed with some light floral fruits. Plenty of lemon, orange and grapes. Light, mildly sweet and bitter, with a fain amount of spices. Malts add a caramel backbone that works well with the bitter/sour notes.

Mouthfeel - Floral hops and sweet yeasts coat the tongue. Palate gets more of the same, with some malts and spices at the finish. Aftertaste is light, floral and a little sour.

Overall - A solid beer. Rather safe and standard really. Flavors and mild and are tasty, just a little to toned down to make this special. Still, worth a drink for fans of the style but noting world class.

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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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Photo of BB1313
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/4/14 labeled on the bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark murky orange with some sediment floating around. Small eggshell white head that fades and leaves great retention and solid lacing. The nose has a subtle, but pleasant hop aroma. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Some yeast and malts in the mix. The flavors are very sharp and cirsp. Very clean and refreshing. Lots of citrus blended with some fresh pine needles. Lots of grass. Some spices. This one has a very nice bitterness to it. I must reiterate how refreshing it is. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and feels thin with extremely active carbonation. Prickly. Very smooth and easy to drink. Great for the warmer weather. It's a thirst quencher.

This is a solid Belgian IPA. The craftsmanship is very impressive. I did enjoy their Hopbloem a bit more, but this is no slouch at all.

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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 utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy banana yellow. Softy pastel and with a soft light int he body of the beer. Fat white head of tight creamy foam that lasted and left rings of lace. Nose is bright with citrus. Lemon, lime and something sweet and juicy underneath. yeast is earthy and not too strong with any funk. A soft clove emerges as this warms as does a bit of light dry biscuit. There is an earthy pine on the nose but it is subtle.

Taste is delicate and a bit earthy but deeply sweet. It has a a nice juicy fruit quality that is comprised of citrus. Soft clove and an airy dry biscuit malt. It has a bit of crushed aspirin like bitterness to the middle and a hop bitter that lingers. Mouthfeel is juicy and just a hair more than light because of the malt sweetness. Pine remains soft and earthy and the clove is even softer and more subtle.

This is a graceful and very juicy IPA that does indeed deliver west coast drinkability with a Belgian style dryness. Congratulations Ithaca. If all the beers in this box are as good as this one, it could challenge ommegang.

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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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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 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 CloudStrife
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 02/04/14 on the neck of the bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden with an ample white head sitting on top. Some yeast caught in stasis is visible in the body. Nice lacing as the head slowly dissipates.

S: Nice fruity citrus hop is the first thing I notice. Hops are certainly the centerpiece giving it a nice bright aroma. Just a touch of sweet malts in the background.

T: Up front bitterness and a solid dose of hops makes you think this is an IPA with an after thought of Belgian twist. The trappist yeast does add a bit of depth to it giving a complimenting fruit flavor to the mix.

M: Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel from the yeast. Alcohol is a bit hot for my liking and it sort of detracts from the flavor.

Overall another great IPA from Ithaca. A real nice hop profile but as I said above, the Belgian aspect seems almost like an afterthought. Worth a try.

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Photo of JohnQVD
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light straw colored with a thick head that leaves heavy lacing on the glass. The smell is largely of grass with some lemon as well. Feel is light, with light carbonation. Taste is grapefruit and pine with a light bitterness. Overall this holds together very well.

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Photo of JG-90
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fleur De Belgique has a hazy, yellow/orange body with a large, dense and creamy, just off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves moderate lacing. Very juicy aroma with tangerine, pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit. Also has a lot of light breadiness with orange and grapefruit rind, a bit of pine, clove, banana, and light malts.

Taste starts with sweet bread and grapefruit rind, then a splash of lemon and pineapple juice. Yeasty in the middle, with a piney, bready finish with clove and spicy yeast. Feel is a touch light with high carbonation, compliments the beer well. Feel is also a bit chewy and very creamy.

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