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Fleur - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

501 Ratings
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 26
Gots: 79 | FT: 4
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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1/5  rDev -74.4%

MyTBeerDrinker, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
1.8/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap...and I might add this could have been an old keg.

A- Poured a light hazed orangeish amber body. Gave to me with no head and also no lacing on the sides when drinking this beer.

S- This beer smelled like it was old. There really wasn't any brett smell. It was more along the lines of stale wet grain, older darker fruits, and hints of a metallic undertone throughout.

T- Darker fruits come in front of the beer but it tastes stale. Some light metallic undertones in the ending front of the beer. Middle of the flavor is some light brett character and hints of dirty fruit. Ending of the beer shows more stale darker fruit with hints of brett and a long metallic undertone with a warming alcohol to it.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is really light for the style. Darker fruit and hint of metal left on the palate. Aftertaste is light brett, lots of darker fruit, hints of metal, and light alcohol. Flavors were all off balance in the style...I think this has to be due to an older keg. Metallic off flavors in this beer were strong and offputting. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was not at all what I expected. And to be honest at 7 dollars a fill I wasn't going to find out again if I was right on it being a old keg. Could have been a ok beer but well...

alleykatking, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Dracook
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Dracook, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of CMullaney
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

CMullaney, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a light yellow and settles into a hazy, caramel color. The head is fizzy with huge bubbles and is all but nonexistent.

S: Smells spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg and is really floral like potpourri, which is nice but not often sought after in a beverage. There are some standard Belgian dark fruits in there as well but they're subdued.

T/M: Taste is lowly carbonated and sour with lemon citrus. It's a little metallic and a very light consistency. Some cereal grains with faint white grapes and sour apple linger but the aroma is much more potent than the flavor.

Compared to other Belgians, it's unique but bland. Sofie is much better.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jul 11, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

nyrblue2, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of ZekemusMaximus
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A dark orange color with some absolutely fantastic lacing. It created a "mountainscape" around the rim of my glass. A bit hazy but pretty cool looking.

S - Certainly floral, lots of hibiscus and fruit but its almost masked by a Belgian smokiness.

T - Nothing too strong, the taste lingered a little too long for my liking. It was certainly tart and that was present throughout.

M - Seemed light at first but the more i drank I felt there was more going on, a little heavier than it looks. Very carbonated though.

O - First BPA from Goose Island I've had my chance to try, didn't love it, didn't hate it. It wouldn't be a beer I'd rush to try again but I probably won't get the chance if its retired so I won't have to worry about it.

ZekemusMaximus, Mar 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

MathNut, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of harrymel
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage 2011, Bottled 2.18.11

A: Red-orange ale with superb clarity. Less than single finger of off-white, fine head falls to a broken sheet of the same. No lacing.

S: Um, hot dogs? The grain and is sweetened and there are floral noses. The Kombucha likely needs much more time to come forward - if it ever will at all. I always have linked this particular tea with pungent, citric tones, and those aren't here.

T: Tastes like the malt profile is deeply influenced with vienna specialty grains. Plenty of tea notes. Slightly metallic at the back end. Continues to remain sweet throughout the life. There is a small Belgian yeast flavor.

M: Medium to light body on the style with light to spritely carbonation. leaves palate at equilibrium.

O: I don't think this beer has the quality I was anticipating. I generally really dig their beers. This beer may have capacity to improve with time if (and only if) the Kombucha comes out a bit.

harrymel, May 01, 2011
Photo of fltmedic
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 750 mil bottle, pours a beautiful deep red amber. The thin foam head quickly dissipates to a lingering swirl with a light collar until the end.

The floral aroma is far less evident than the name would suggest stepping aside for orange and bright alcohol notes.

Initial taste rings with orange pith and moves toward hops until a disappointing flat fade. The depth of flavor is lacking and the finish is predictable.

Moderate carbonation and fullness of texture meet the tongue with boldness. Perfect weight in the mouth for the style.

The appearance and mouthfeel try to save this as a Belgian. However the taste falls far short and the result is a flat finish and overall average beer.

fltmedic, Jun 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Skye1024, Dec 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Beezee, Mar 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

JedediahK, Mar 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

leprakhan, Feb 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

crobinso, Feb 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

DTown, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Steimie, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 3/19/11

Thanks to schwaeh for sharing

Once again, I didn't record the bottling date. Yeesh.

Rusty amber with a thin, bubbly head. Wispy retention. A few specks of lace. The color is really nice; it looks floral (whatever that means). Very clear.

The aroma is hibiscus all the way; certainly very floral. Subtle nips of spices. Mostly clean with hints of earthiness. Grassy, like a prairie. At one point I caught an odd, stray whiff of varnish. Tastes a lot like I'd expect - very similar to the nose. Unfortunately, this works better as an aroma. Floral and grassy; not as vibrant as the nose. Kind of dull with a mustiness that lingers. Lighter body. Carbonation is pretty low but causes minor agitation. The beer becomes really bland by the end.

Fleur has a pretty color and it smells good. However, it's all downhill from there.

Ryan011235, Apr 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

harrylee773, Feb 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

ffshore545, Jul 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

jheiss, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

jenray, Nov 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

stbo101, Mar 26, 2012
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Fleur from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.