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Fleur - Goose Island Beer Co.

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88
very good

498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 26
Gots: 80 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%

Enjoyed on tap at The Hunt Club. An interesting one, sourness derived from the herbs and wild yeast. Medium mouthfeel. Light brown, with some lace. Cloves, sourness, the whole thing didn't work today, it has many ideas, some of which I do not like here.

08-09-2009 18:28:29 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -23.1%

10-07-2012 03:08:16 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle purchase at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

2011 vintage. Bottled 10/27/11.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and slightly sour hibiscus and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with hibiscus and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but definitely taste a little bit old at this point.

11-18-2013 05:46:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-29-2011 19:11:55 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

Reviewed from notes.
Color is a moderate copper color with a reddish hue. White head with a bit of lacing, though it dies down pretty quickly. Nose is some flowers, hibiscus, light citrus, and some Belgian yeast. Nice and well-integrated. The taste isn't quite as nice and the flavors, while diverse, don't really blend together all the well.

Mouthfeel is crisp on a fairly-light body. This drinks well enough, though I think I'll stick with Demolition.

11-12-2010 22:20:46 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

A: The beer is clear light red in color and poured with a finger high white head. There is a moderate amount of carbonation visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate amounts of floral aromas in the nose--likely a result of the addition of hibiscus tea--as well as some smells of strawberries and hints of spices and yeast.
T: The flavor is slightly sweet and has flavors of berries, flowers and tea, while there is some tartness in the finish. No bitterness from the hops is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation. A mild amount of dryness is perceptible in the finish.
D: This beer is very easy to drink; I could easily have more than one of these in a single sitting. The alcohol is well hidden.

09-11-2010 00:42:55 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

"To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour."

--William Blake

2010 vintage (bottled 05/21/10). Polished persimmon orange with butterscotch borders and multiple strands of rapidly rising bubbles that are disappearing into the bottom of a chunky slice of khaki colored foam. The lid develops a little rockiness as it descends, and lace is less than abundant.

Fleur does not smell like a Belgian pale ale. To be fair, the label says 'Belgian Style Ale'. It comes across as a moderately funky wild ale more than anything else, although I'm not aware that Brettanomyces yeast was used. Not getting the hibiscus or tea at all.

There are definitely bugs in this brew. Could be bacteria. Could be Brett. Could be both. The good thing is that they don't cover up the other flavors. The less-than-good thing is that there aren't a huge amount of other flavors. There are, however, enough.

Fruity and flowery American wild ale is the short version of this review. Malt contributes almost nothing in terms of flavor, which means that caramel malt was added to the brew kettles with a thimble rather than a shovel. Fleur is mostly tart-n-tangy top notes that include horseblanket, meadow grasses, flower petals and red berries. Unique *and* tasty.

The mouthfeel is nowhere near Belgium's best... nor was it expected to be. Size is right on the money, but the carbonation is fizzy and on the outside of the liquid rather than being soft and on the inside, providing lift and creaminess.

Fleur (which is French for flower) is solid beer that is enjoyable, in large part, because it's different. If you think you might like sour/wild ales but don't want to be smacked in the face with a fusillade of funk, give this one a whirl.

01-16-2011 13:29:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-01-2014 05:48:08 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-16-2012 00:42:12 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

An unusual Belgain Ale but done in true Belgain fashion by brewing according to flavor destinations rather than style perscriptions.

The beer pours a tawny-rosey color that becons the anticipation of fruit and tartness. Thinly the beer pours into the glass, releasing an airy, loosely laced head that releases carbonaiton and retention rather quickly. After which, the beer looks like white zinfindale wines.

Fruity, spicy, and ultimately floral to the nose, the beer's hibiscus notes are evident. Aromatic hops also aid to the flowery mix. Tartness of under-rippened berries, crabapples, and lemon grass all work to over whelm the well attenuated malt aromas.

Flavors of tart fruits, vinous wines (still zinfindales) and fleeting dry malt cracker-like taste round out a simple flavor profile that shies away from complexity. Hop bitterness, tartness, and moderate saltiness leads into a dry and arid finish.

Initial creaminess is very short lived, quickly giving way to aggressive thinning, medium astringency, and a slick finish (from the flower addition, I suppose).

Fleur is a nice beer that is truely artisinal in every sense, but like Matilda and Pere Jaque, I have no idea where these beers are going.

08-10-2010 16:50:51 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%

clean amber colored with Nice clarity in this one as well. Some carbonation bubbling up to the surface throughout did little to enforce the white head which faded very fast.

Nice aroma here with a mix of decent fruit aromas and bready grains. Nice touches of some earthy grains as well and a touch of herbal hops. This carried over well into the flavor were a medium bodied ale led the way. Smooth, though it could have used a little bit more carbonation. Started with a nice rush of sweet malts, light tones of grapes and pears and a small dose of bread like flavors coming through rather nicely. Intresting mix here as the flavor tended to get sweeter as you went on and it tasted a whole lot stronger then it actually was. lots of little hints of things going on all througout this one definitely something new and interesting here, not at all what i was expectogm.

07-15-2011 01:46:11 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottle: Poured a light hazy blonde color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of hibiscus flower with medium sweet Belgian malt base is very interesting. Taste is also dominated by light hibiscus notes with some medium sweet Belgian malt and a somewhat dry finish. I can't say that the wild yeast was easily distinguishable but brought a nice layer of additional complexity. Body was above average for style with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Very well brewed but I do believe some more hibiscus would have improve this even further.

01-07-2011 20:33:13 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +11%

Thanks to Jeff for sending me another midwestern treat.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head that settles down to a thin head.

S: The nose opens up with the floral characteristics being pronounced. A nice light fruit note behind that, very berry-like, with some apricots and green apple. Hints of tartness and lemon are present as well.

T: The tartness is more noticeable on the palate, which is a good thing (I think, anyway). Some floral notes along with strawberry and a white zinfandel sort of fruitiness that I think actually is nice here. A fair amount of yeast and a drying feeling.

M: The body is medium with a full carbonation and a light dryness.

D: Wonderfully refreshing and easy to drink. This was a beer I was more than happy to have a couple pours of.

09-25-2010 23:51:31 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

05-01-2014 23:31:18 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

05-01-2014 23:59:37 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-17-2013 18:31:37 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-08-2013 09:55:01 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

A: thin head with little retention on a cloudy crimson body. scattered lacing.

S: sweet honey, banana and pineapple citrus, earthy hops and very strong floral presence.

T: belgian yeast and sweet citrus up front moving to clove and earthy hops and flowery finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very nice base Belgian beer with very unique and nice degree of floral character.

08-02-2012 00:21:59 | More by kylehay2004
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-23-2013 19:18:44 | More by jaydoc
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I'm gonna name my next homebrew "de Lis". Yeah, I went there. (Sorry.) This stuff pours a cloudy sunrise tawny topped by a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises cardamom, light green tea, light sweet caramel, orange zest, and a touch of black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, with more pepper, a touch more tea, more cardamom, and then some additions of lemon zest, light honeydew, and a touch of what seems like kiwi in the background. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slimy feel (in a good way...maybe gelatinous is a better word...?...). Overall, an interesting beer, indeed, something you won't taste all that often. And it's something that does beg to be tasted, rather than dismissed. Try some, won't you?

11-29-2011 04:44:59 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

11-14-2011 18:33:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Thanks to Botham for sharing this, review is from notes.

Glowing sunset orange, an attractive color for sure. It had a generous froth, with a ring of spotty, irregular lace left behind. Malty nose, earthy and slightly sweet, with a light floral touch. Initial sip reminded me of juicyfruit gum, later it had a more subdued passion fruit or strawberry flavor from the yeast or hibiscus flowers. Residual bitterness, with some leafy botanicals, and fleeting sweetness in the aftertaste. Finished fairly dry, and was truly refreshing on a warm summer day.

Edit: A year-old bottle develops a nice complimentary tartness. Save some in the cellar for next spring/summer.

06-30-2009 01:43:26 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Poured out a clear, golden, orange color with a one-finger, off-white head of thick foam. The bubbly head had good retention and left thin rings of lace.

S - Great floral aroma - the hibiscus I assume. Good yeasty notes with some fruity aromas, too.

T - There is a fruity taste like a good Belgian tripel. Nice yeast and floral flavors too. Sweet with just enough bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

D - Goes great with Thanksgiving dinner. Another good bomber from Goose Island.

11-28-2010 00:03:08 | More by zeff80
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-15-2011 07:47:00 | More by nickfl
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Picked this up at Goebbel's in Wichita

Pours amber with a sliver of sand colored head. Great clarity, near zero, head retention or lacing

S: Sourness & grassyness, some apple peel notes

T: Follows the nose, some pear & apple peel notes as well. Some grassy hop notes as this warms, white grape,pears & peach shine through as well, along with a touch of shortbread & white pepper. Finishes fruity, peppery, dry with a touch of pineapple & a whisper of white pepper

MF: Medium bodied, slick, low carbonation, great balance

Very easy to drink the 7.0 ABV is well hidden. This would be a bit pricey to session on, but If I could, I would on hot days (like today)

08-09-2011 23:36:44 | More by russpowell
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Fleur from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.