corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a wonderful summer beer! Somewhat fizzy carbonation with lovely hops and a citrus finish. I like it!
Chad9976 (1317) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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. Itís 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 itís "hopped to perfection" with whole cone Bravo hops, but if youíre 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 itís nowhere near being a generic American pale wheat ale).
Drinkability:. The mouthfeel is classic Belgian in every way with fine, scrubbing carbonation bubbles, though itís pretty easy to get down. While Fleur de Houblon is rather bitter and dry, it does leave a fairly clean aftertaste, though I wouldnít describe it as a refreshing beer per se. Iím 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 doesnít feel or drink like something that big).
smith4498 (3172) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
blankboy (6402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Cafť DíAlsace, 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. Flavourís 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.
swanmann (649) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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% itís darn lively. Good beer.
jandd1983 (2922) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Quevillon (2591) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing. Smells of floral, pine, tropical, and Belgian yeast. Tastes of all the same things with a good hop presence. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing and chewy with a dry finish. Itís nice to see a brewery that make Belgian style beer brew a hoppy style also very light for the summer. Very tasty and full of flavor. Will definitely have this every summer.
SSSteve (3891) - - JUL 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. a great looking glowing gold beer with cloudiness under a whipped white head. big herbal, grassy, vanilla, yeasty aroma. flavors of lemon, grass, band-aid phenols, plastic, hay, white grapefruit and pineapple. the phenols are acceptable in the style, however, quite obnoxious in this one which is my only turn off here...otherwise its almost perfect. it has a great refreshing, hoppy note with a high effervescence.
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I love me some floral beers, and Ommegang did a good job with this one. Great on the nose, great on the tongue. You know the deal. Good hops, may have been better if it was a wee bit stronger.