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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Pours hazy and pale. The color of gentle, golden rays of sunshine. A tall billowing head of foam that falls ever so slowly and never quite leaves because of all the streaming effervescence. Leaves plenty of soapy lace and a thick cap and ring. Nose is like rain. First because there are tiny bubbles jumping out of the glass but also because it’s lush with floral and citrus perfume. There’s Belgian yeast and spice, a bit of pepper, lemon, lime and light banana. There’s a touch of clove and light green apple. The malt is pale. Cracker and light honey. Sweet and tempting alongside the fruit. Golden wheat. It drinks like the nose. Sparkling clean, and a travels the palate with style. All that fruit in perfect harmony with the spices. The yeast a touch sour, the citrus a bit tart but sweet overall, like a bushel of ripe fruits. The balance is perfection as all the aspects come together in their complexity to from a drink that is simple and pure goodness. The cracker and wheat are dry in the finish and the hops, which have been shy until just now peek their heads out. They have contributed a powerful floral perfume and in the finish they leave just a small and delicate bitter. Finishes dry.

Ommegang never fails to delight and this is a refreshing and well made summer ale that will quench your thirst and delight the palate. Elegant yet earthy. The citrus makes your mouth water and then the apple quenches your thirst. The hops are gentle to the drink and accentuate the fruit , especially the lime. Imaginative and airy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1270) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
A very nice Belgian pale. Pours a boring clear yellow with a light white head. Smells great, very floral and fruity. Taste is a fruity start, with a slightly hoppy finish. Had on tap at Library Alehouse. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lupulucid (189) - - JUL 8, 2013
The hops in Fleur de Houblon are full of flavor with very little bitterness. There is a good bit of sweetness and yeast though reasonably in balance. Alcohol is well hidden but adds a lush aspect.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsmerig (1332) - 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 (2214) - 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 (830) - - 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 (1385) - 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 (3233) - 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 (6514) - 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.

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