Fleur - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
01-07-2012 22:29:19 | More by movingtrain
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
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!
01-04-2012 18:28:56 | More by Humulus85
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
01-02-2012 19:52:43 | More by scratch69
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
good head retention. good lacing. just barely off white head. golden color. clear. whats most remarkable about the way this beer looks is that the bubbles rising are so few i could count them.
caramel malts. floral. no hop aroma. slight years phenols. bouquet is petite. caramel is the biggest.
slight malt sweetness upfront. slightly floral in the middle coupled with slight peppery yeast phenols. and a slightly hop bitter finish. no hop flavor. taste is a tad petite, almost to being watery.
light/medium body. soft carbonation. smooth. very refreshing. heat from the alcohol barely comes through late in the finish.
i think they did what they set out to do here. i think they wanted to brew a light (bodied) refreshing ale, and they did. the hibiscus flavor is subtle, but the hibiscus is probably a tame flavoring agent. very drinkable
12-21-2011 05:27:04 | More by spitInTheOcean
Fleur from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.