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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsmerig (1144) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma of flowers and clove spice. Taste is creamy sweet through the middle with flowers and hops down the sides. Too floral. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slipstream (1932) - USA - JUL 7, 2013
On draft at Bronx Ale House. A nice fleur aroma, but otherwise a pretty regular pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zoucrew102 (379) - - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle. Flowery hop aroma with a touch of citrus. Pours a cloudy, golden color with a significant white head. Starts slightly hoppy, but pretty well balanced. Finishes crisp and dry with grassy and citrus flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2013
What a wonderful summer beer! Somewhat fizzy carbonation with lovely hops and a citrus finish. I like it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1085) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 4/10/13 and cost $3.99 ($0.33 per ounce).

Appearance: A bright yellow, akin to a lemon skin. Cloudy, but plenty of visible carbonation. Forms a huge, bright white, fluffy head similar to Duvel. It retains and laces quite well.

Smell: Classic Belgian yeast esters, plus flowers, a hint of spice, and some citrus.

Taste: The best way to sum up Ommegang Fleur de Houblon would be a cross between a Belgian pale ale and an American pale ale. It’s got the base Belgian character down pat: the yeast character with its esters and spicy flavors, along with significant (but restrained) hop flavor and bitterness.

The palette begins like a lot of standard Belgian pale ales (or "singles"): dry bitterness, some lemon zest and fruit flavors, followed by true hop character at the apex. The label indicates it’s "hopped to perfection" with whole cone Bravo hops, but if you’re expecting an all-out hop bomb you may be a bit disappointed. The hops here add a light flowery component as well as some dry spicy character as well. I get a hint of ground black pepper on the finish, plus a bit more lemon rind or grains of paradise sort of taste (though it’s nowhere near being a generic American pale wheat ale).

Drinkability:. The mouthfeel is classic Belgian in every way with fine, scrubbing carbonation bubbles, though it’s pretty easy to get down. While Fleur de Houblon is rather bitter and dry, it does leave a fairly clean aftertaste, though I wouldn’t describe it as a refreshing beer per se. I’m not sure why they opted for a hefty weight of 6.8% ABV, but then again Ommegang rarely brews small, sessionable beers, so I guess a summer seasonal from them would be rather strong (thankfully, it doesn’t feel or drink like something that big).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Pours cloudy pale golden color with white head. Floral aroma with some dough. Grassy and light citrus flavor with some bread dough. Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
Draught at Café D’Alsace, N.Y., June 2. Pours a slightly hazy gold with an average size lasting frothy white head. Lovely aroma is herbal and hoppy along with Belgian yeast. Flavour’s the same, herbal and hoppy along with Belgian yeast and a light bitter finish. Average bodied. Pleasant, light, and easy to drink on a warm Summer day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
swanmann (570) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Quickly chilled from the freezer, this beer is bright, slightly hazy and golden, with loads of white, tight, lively head, finally subsiding and leaving lace. It sort of smells like lemon, candied pineapple, citrus rind, slight alcohol and wet blankets. Remarkably well balanced flavor, with a lightly caramel sweet shot down the middle, with semi-dry bitterness and bready chewiness. Opens up a bit as it warms, more florals and honey. At 6.8% it’s darn lively. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2087) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Sampled at the W&C on Ballas. It poured a clear golden yellow color with a thick foamy white head. The aroma was of Belgian yeast, wheat, herbal tea, some flowers and light peppery spices. The taste was light, peppery, with bready malt, tropical fruits and spicy hops in the finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2411) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2013
Drank on tap (12 oz) at the brewery on June 21, 2013. Hazy pale blond, medium head. Light spicy hop aroma, notes of Belgian yeast. Taste is the same, but dry, bitter spice. Pure summer beer!

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