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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
agl108 (909) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
On draft at Sharp Edge Brasserie. Poured hazy gold with thin ring of head. Crisp with grassy notes and a touch of lemon. Finished dry and slightly spicy. Decent summer beer but not much going on.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
demannu (188) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Fruity, floral aroma. Golden hazy color with frothy white head. Fair retention. Soft clean palate. Dry finish. Softer earthy, floral, and fruity flavors than aroma would lead you to believe which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Solid overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2008) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Draft at Moriartys. Hazy gold pour with a karge fizzy/foamy white head. Lots of carbonation. Very strong citrus floral flavors: Tangerine peels. Chanterelle mushrooms. Orange marmalade. Cilantro. Rosewater. Lavender. Potpourri. Some yeasty/bready notes: Sourdough. Buttered croissants. Honeycomb. Touch sweet but a very dry finish: White peppercorns. Astringent oak tannins. Lemon pith. Appreciate that this is just marketed as a "Belgium Ale" and not a Saison because it otherwise too bold and fruity. Taken as is - it works.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Edward104 (40) - Herrin, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Lemon orange nose, nicely carbonated, pillowy head that laces the glass, tastes tart, hoppy, delicious,

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (3905) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
(33 cl. BB 03/2016. Dégustation offerte par Vincent. Merci!) Bière blonde traversée par un million de particules. Nez de malts pâles et de blé avec des houblons floraux, des épices, un petit côté banane et une touche subtile de vanille. En bouche, les caractéristiques granuleuses et herbacées ne me plaisent pas particulièrement. Ceci dit, c’est loin d’être mauvais. Les délicates fleurs, le profil épicé et les malts arrivent à point. Au palais, le liquide montre un corps moyen-faible avec un pétillement normal et une texture légère. La finale se fait sur des notes amères peu agressantes mais encore une fois drôlement parfumées par le grain et l’herbe.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hman43 (607) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Cloudy golden appearance. Aromas of bubble gum, and yeast. Taste of yeast, bread and a bit of lemon. Moderately bitter aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (2161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle from total wine.

Hazy maize pour with a big fluffy white head. Spicy, leathery nose. Flavor brings an enormous dose of band-aid -- this has to be the most band-aidy beer I’ve ever had. At first I think "how can I drink this", but then I realize it’s just what I need as I sit here trying to write on a summer’s evening: a beer that fits summer but is entirely not designed for quaffing. As hard as I try I just can’t fall in love with Ommegang’s yeast, but this is an interesting beer and I don’t really regret having a glass half full of it in front of me. That said, it’s so far from a 99th percentile Belgian ale that I fear for the beer-youth of America, even if Ommegang is an old-school kind of overrated.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1223) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Pours golden with a foamy white head. Aroma is fruity citrus with floral notes and spicy yeast. Flavor is lightly sweet fruity malt with citrus and some spicy peppery notes and a yeasty finish. Really nice summer Belgium brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (260) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy Amber with a massive fluffy white head. Aromas of citrus, malt, and Belgian yeast--banana and clove. Flavors are citrus with yeasty esters, cut grass, crackery notes and a firm bitterness. There’s a peppery backbone and a clean, dry finish. Lively, well carbonated mouthfeel. Nice summer beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (424) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2015
BBD 06/15. Hazy (due to yeast) golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention. World class nose of floral hops, lemon notes, subtle clove phenols from the yeast and a biscuit background. Light medium body with a smooth texture that has just a hint of creaminess. Perfect carbonation with effervescence from the middle on and a rousing prickly finish. The almost outstanding flavor profile is intense, fairly complex but fails to completely cover the alcohol and lacks enough biscuit to balance. Floral hops lead coupled with a bit of lemon. The middle brings a mild bitterness and subtle and fleeting biscuit sweetness. The sweetness is quickly overpowered by clove with alcohol underneath. As the clove subsides in the finish, alcohol becomes dominate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4223) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Draught at Methuselah, Pittsfield, 6/26/15
Very lightly hazed light amber with some burnished copper highlights and a small, white head that recedes quickly to cover.
Nicely phenolic nose starts things off peppery and dry while honey and vanilla emanate from the malt, balancing and creating a solid palette for the not-all-that-hoppy hop notes. They are indeed light and playful, adding bits of citrus, light red fruits and a touch of spicy/floral character. It works well, complementing, but not outdoing the yeast while no alcohol or flaws are apparent.
Sweet, though not overly so, with soft, honey-like pils malt giving a slightly sticky texture that is then broken up by the dry estery/phenolic Belgian yeast and very minimal bitterness from the hops. Quite drinkable on account of the sweet, easygoing flavors, light wateriness and brisk carbonation. For a beer with the word hop in the name, it’s not all that hoppy, but for a lighthearted summer ale, it works. Maybe just a bit too much cake/icing sweetness on the finish, with slightly over-doughy maltiness bogging down the palate. Still, clean and drinkable, but the alcohol and tendency towards sweet/malty are a bit at odds with the lighter, hoppy summer session ale intentions here.


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