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Fleur - Goose Island Beer Co.

Not Rated.

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very good

508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 27
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-05-2009

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
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Photo of jtingue
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 Bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Slightly hazy, but clear, reddish amber in color. Pours with about a half a finger of head, which quickly dissipates to a pretty thick layer on top of the beer. Some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell. Quite tart with the smell of freshly picked strawberries and raspberries. Some floral notes as well.

Taste. Subdued berry mixes with a bready malt. Dry strawberry with a distinct tart bite fills the palate next. A very dry floral flavor comes next before going into a sweet fruity finish.

Mouthfeel. Very thin in body, with moderate carbonation.

A very tasty brew, but the flavor is only moderately complex. It is really just dominated by a dry fruity flavor, albeit a very pleasurable fruit flavor.

Photo of PhineasGage
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of getbehindthemule
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bauermj
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of eorwar
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ThirstyHerf
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of brealbg
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cbeer88
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #6.

22oz bomber poured into Chimay Goblet

Appearance: Body is a very clear golden orange color. Head is about a finger of thin white, and doesn't last long, but lacing is strong.

Smell: Sour notes in the nose, bit of hay and funk. Almost smells like Brett, but not quite. Light malt flavor rounds out the profile. No noticeable hop presence.

Taste: Based on the nose I was expecting a sour ale, and I that's not what I have here - maybe a wild though. First sip came off a little bland. There's some yeast combo going on - a bit of wild barnyard flavor and a bit of fruity belgian esters - apple and pear mostly. Minimal hops, and the malt is assertive in the taste but ultimately light in flavor. Crisp. Belgian Pale? No noticeable alcohol trace.

Mouthfeel: Carb is moderate, body is thin.

Drinkability: So-so. Alcohol seems low enough but it's lacking a bit in flavor.

Overall: I'm not sure what to make of this beer. Bland is probably the right word. It seems like a Belgian Pale with a bit of wild yeast, but nothing is really coming together to make anything particularly noteworthy. Reminds me of Goose Island Matilda, but not as good. Drinkable though.

Photo of csiewert
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of nmeiborg
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of uziangis
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of movingtrain
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw color. Head is decent with a less-than-aggressive pour.

The aroma is actually quite sour. Notes of dry white grapes, cedar, lilies, warm bread, and some citrus notes (grapefruit in the foreground). The aroma is reminiscent of kombucha.

The flavor is a bit more bready than I would have expected from the aroma, and a bit more sweet. Notes of grapes, white tea, bread crust, some grapefruit, a touch of rye, lemon zest, and club soda. The sourness from the nose is present for sure, though that plays more on the middle of the palate, as the flavors that come through first are more sweet.

The feel of this beer is very similar to that of kombucha tea--it is quite effervescent and spry, quite refreshing.

Overall, this is a good beer. It has the elements of a good sour, but takes on other characteristics more along the lines of a pale ale.

Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Humulus85
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a vibrant, crystal clear gold. A white, 1.5 finger head died down quickly, but left behind some decent lacing.

The nose is very Belgian. Light and crisp, some earthy yeast, and a hint of fruity/floral sourness. Very intriguing smell.

Again, very Belgian but unique. Very fruity for not having any fruit additions. I'm not familiar with the flavor profile of the Hibiscus flower, but I assume that is where it is coming from. Starts out with strawberries and yeast. Moves into a nice sweet bread malt and more yeast. Finishes slightly earthy (almost tea-like), then tart. Very complex brew.

Super smooth, like silk. Very light on the palate. Playful carbonation. Doesn't finish too sweet, or too dry.

Overall, I came away impressed by this beer. My first from GIs "vintage" line. Not sure I will revisit this in the near future, but it gave me a new and intriguing beer experience. I'm still relatively new with Belgians as well, and still struggle to get past the prominent yeast flavors. I would recommend this to BAs trying to get their feet wet in the Belgian side of things. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of scratch69
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Pours a clear golden-orange with a fingers worth of head. Small amount of lacing.

Smell- Floral with yeast notes.

Taste- Fruity at the start, but finishes mildly tart. I also detect yeast at the finish that fades into a tea flavor.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

Overall- A very pleasant experience. Not what you would expect from a beer but very enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Fleur from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.