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Fleur - Goose Island Beer Co.

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88
very good

505 Ratings
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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 26
Gots: 76 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Last packaged in 2011. Earlier batches were 5.2% ABV.

A Belgian style pale ale blended with hibiscus and kombucha tea, Fleur is a beautiful, rose-colored ale with an aroma of strawberries and hibiscus flowers. Flavor balance starts with a hint of sweet, ripe berry and finishes tart.

Color: Rose
Hops: Super Styrian, Styrian Golding, Saaz
Malt: 2-Row, Caramel, Sugar

32 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-05-2009)
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Photo of JustinMatthew
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2010

Bomber poured into a victory tulip glass. This is just an amazing beer, Just about perfect in my opinion. It pours a very nice orange color, very clear. A finger and a half worth of white head. The smell is nice.. A light yeast spice, fresh apple, light strawberry notes, some sour and some funk notes. Taste is slightly sour with a touch of funk and nice carbonation. Notes of strawberry hard candy, fresh apple, yeast spice, faint grape must. Just amazing. Chardonnay dryness, strawberry hard candy like after taste lingering. Amazed.

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4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Bottled on: 5/21/10. 2016 also stamped on label, this must be the best by date. (there is no way this one will be around that long!). The body was a deep golden amber. Clear of sediment. The khaki head left lumpy clumps of lacing and settled to a healthy film.

The smell was very fruity at first. Cloves, stonefruit, and herbal. There was an understated, dusty Belgian yeast aroma. Peppery and flowery.

The taste reflected the aroma, and then some. Tart fruitiness. Creamy. More stonefruit. Herbal - I suppose this is the hibiscus. Flowery but not too much. Belgian yeast dankness. Peppery and drying. A very well constructed beer, I really enjoyed this one and purchased another the next day.

The mouthfeel was champagne-like. Fine, prickly carbonation blended well with the medium body. One of my favorite, if not my favorite GI beer.

Photo of mattvoid
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. bronze copper color, carbonation disappears quickly, so almost no foamy head

S. Partially sweet with a little bit of the yeast but almost no booziness

T. Mild sweetness followed by a tart taste from the hibiscus and a hint of green apples in the after taste. Very smooth tasting though, and easy to drink for something with a little bit of sour in it.

M: very lite, but the carbonation fades really quickly. on first sip though you can feel it more

O: Great and very drinkable. I'm not a big fan of Goose Island, but this is a great slightly sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of russwbeck
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Brown pour with orange around the edges and a finger or so of fluffy white head. A really interesting coating of thin, bubbly lacing coats the sides of my New Belgium Globe. A fury of bubbles escape from the bicycle etching and build a circle of white head atop the beer that refuses to leave.

S: The strawberries in the aroma mix with the saison-like backbone and hibiscus flowers very nicely. I'm actually pretty surprised by the amount of fruit in I'm getting here, but it isn't cloyingly sweet which is typical of this style. It's very clean and inviting.

T: This is definitely the deepest, most interesting, Belgian Pale Ale I've come across. The malty base and mild hoppiness provide a palette for berries, very slight barnyard funk, and a nice tartness to work their magic. The differing flavors are subtle, but beautiful. I'd call this a mix of Saison and Belgian Pale Ale. Certainly a taste to be savored.

MF: Light body with a very nice twinge of carbonation. The dry finish lends to a balanced spice and malt profile to make Fleur absurdly drinkable.

O: I can't believe they're going to stop making this beer and I just found it! It was a treat and a very nice surprise. I would advocate Goose Island re-thinks retiring Fleur.

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4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a pleasant surprise. I had it with steak and mushrooms and it cleaned up after them quite well. The carbonation was robust, but too much so. The head, lace, and color all indicated a well made beer. This one is balanced as are many Goose Island beers.

My memory of these flavors and ingredients goes back to one iteration of Hair of the Dog Rose (of several I've enjoyed). Rose has changed over time. The one to which I refer was the one made with beet sugar and hibiscus flowers. Alan Sprints is a brewing genius.

This, too, is a most outstanding beer. I thought "buy a case" even before I was half way through the bottle. I can't get Hair of the Dog beer in Illinois. This is a reminder of Rose and a worthy colleague.

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4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a duvet glass.

Pours medium amber, some orange copper. Light white foam floats on the top. Floral smell. Candy notes. Orange fruit. Light Belgian yeasty taste with citrus undertones. Subtle hop finish. Fruity. Very powerful carbonation. Orange fruit finish. Excellent. Soft, subtle, full of flavor.

Photo of biglobo8971
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from b- =ottle into pub glass. This is a bottle from 2010, and I enjoyed it with a grilled roast beer/baby swiss/cheddar and pickle sandwich (which did not skue the grade)
A - looks beautiful, nice orange and frothy lace, with 1 inch head that resonates the whole glass.
S - sweet tarts, definitely candy, with a hint of sour
T - slight sour start, sweet middle, with a tart finish. Tastes fantastic, a very interesting brew.
M - very vibrant, and lively. Very easy to drink.
O - very glad I stumbled into the store that had several of these on the shelf. Glad I bought the rack (over a five day period)

Photo of biegaman
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fleur has a blistered golden hue, like that of a late summer sunset, and is equally picturesque too. It glows as if a million rays of light have been encapsulated within its body; the only thing impeding clarity is its blaring brightness. There is a porous net cast over its surface but it, along with the tiny trim along the perimeter, is a poor excuse of a head.

This bouquet could rival that of the world's best gardens and is, somewhat literally, a breath of fresh and lively air. It smells as though flowers are germinating right beneath my nose. Their sprightly sprouts climb right up into my nostrils and deposit effervescent buds that are so sensual so as to be quite sedative. This goes where no tea has gone before.

Pale and lightly toasty malts taste of fresh bread while the numerous flowers added - not the least the hops - create a spread of colorful and fruity jams to smear over them. Spritzes of citrus and candy sweetness burst through while an array of delectable flowers is in full blossom. Berries, clove spice and herbal tea could be easily discerned. Loosely, it also tastes like a pungent, soft cheese. Or at least would pair well with one.

A tickling tartness and enthusiastically bubbled carbonation see over the whole production. It is a masterpiece. The beer is more refreshing than any 7% beer ever thought conceivable and is dry as a mid-summer breeze. Warming has no negative effects on the beer which is so delicate and tempered to begin with. Sips now occur like clockwork.

And the marks just keep going higher and higher. Whatever I paid for this bomber was a good deal and while this bottle, at only a few months of age, doesn't show definitive potential for aging, I plan to stock up the cellar with plenty more (knowing full well they won't likely survive past next summer anyhow). I'd recommend you do the same.

This beer reminds me remarkably of another Goose Island beer named Matilda, which is brewed in ode to the Belgian Trappist classic Orval. Like the latter, I would describe this as being a distilled super-essence of acres of orchards and flower gardens - only in this case that statement is closer to being actually true. Regardless, it's something very special. I wish I could be more descriptive but the emotions keep getting in the way. How beautiful!

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Fleur from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.