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Fleur - Goose Island Beer Co.

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503 Ratings
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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 26
Gots: 78 | 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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Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle at GI Wrigley...The beer is a clear amber light brown with a nice light tan head. Good retention and lacing...The aroma is super light for all the flavor that is supposed to be there with the tea and all that are in there...The taste is also super light, thought there would be more flavor. Its lightly bitter with a tea flavor, some herbs but overall just boring...The feel is ok, an easy drinker, I crushed a bottle quickly but it wasn't something I would get again.

jrallen34, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a burnt orange/golden color with yellow on the edges. Foamy head billowed up and quickly dissipated, leaving behind no lacing. Pretty to look at.

S - Hmmm, not a ton going on here. Get a little bit of funk and some decent belgian yeast. A little bit of sweet fruit smell, but nothing over powering.

T - Am I the only one who is missing something here? I saw a bunch of great reviews and was expecting something somewhat impressive. It's just a touch fruity, with some subtle belgian yeast and funk coming through. Earthy and grassy, to me it tastes like a slightly sweetened and more full-bodied saison. Everything kind of melds together, yes you can pick out a decent amount of stuff, but honestly, I find this quite boring.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation. A little bit slick and a tiny bit sticky.

D - I will give it this, easy to throw down, and the alcohol is completely hidden. Perhaps my palate is just not sophisticated enough, but I find this beer somewhat unimaginative and it's not really doing anything for me. Based on the prior reviews, it is one I would like to revisit after I have become more educated with the different tastes.

AgentZero, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle 2010 vintage, produced on 05/21/10.

Pours a different color than I expected. It is a vibrant brownish red with hues of plum/orange. The head is tight, creamy, and foamy and sticks for a long time and leaves nice lacing as it recedes. Carbonation bubbles abundantly race towards the head.

The smell is reminiscent of a tripel. Lots of candi sugar, spices. There is a big shot of hibiscus, it is sweet but flowery and fragrant. There are also a pinch of hops in here and some citrus and strawberry. Not too much funk really.

The taste is like a berry infused pale/tripel/orval. It has a smooth, grassy spicy flavor, then at the end it has a nice bitterness and fruitiness. It is also slightly tart. It isn't too sweet either. I'm not really tasting the Kombucha that much in here.

Overall another solid Belgian-styled offering from Goose Island. It could be a bit more flavorful, but it was good.

crossovert, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of DarrinRasberry
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark honey with a head that vanishes quickly but with lacing that sticks around.

S: Rich, strong apples and peaches.

T: Sour and funk notes overtake a fruity feel, especially as the beer warms. Seems to be Goose Island's take on Orval, and they do it quite well!

M: The carbonation is perfect and the beer leaves a delectable taste in my mouth after every swallow, but it is a tad watery and thin compared to its Trappist brother.

D: Very drinkable, and its well-hidden 7% ABV will bite you in the arse if you're not careful.

DarrinRasberry, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant pinkish hued reddish copper... Nice fluffy white head was 3 fingers. Excellent lace and retention. Looks really good.

"This smells like a Belgian pale ale" is exactly what I said before I grabbed my iPhone and decided to look this up and then review it. Some sweet bready malts up front with a familiar funk--think Matilda. Then a floral scent, like orange blossoms. All of those come through in the taste... There is a very slight tartness that I wish would open up and become a dominant flavor... Instead, the finish reminds me of an orange dreamsicle-- crey and orangey.

The body is fairly light with lots of carbonation. Very easy drinking-- perhaps paired with roast chicken or spicy seafood... Maybe a big salad with walnuts, grilled chicken, shrimp, and mandarin oranges.

I can really see what goose was going for with this one-- an interesting beer to bring to a dinner party in place of a semi-sweet white wine. Sadly, I hardly ever find myself in that situation... And while this has been enjoyable, it is a beer
that will probably only be bought for those rare dinner party occasions.

AleWatcher, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a bright copper, clear as could be, with two fingers of white head.

Smell -- Sweet and bready malts, spring flowers, mild tea, a lot of brett-like funk (I assume from the addition of kombucha tea), some hoppiness.

Taste -- Up front is sweet and bready, along with hibiscus tea and a mild berry flavor. Toward the finish there's some yeastiness and mild tartness that I would assume is coming from the kombucha culture.

Mouthfeel - Medium-body, moderate carbonation; feels big and bubbly. Quite smooth.

Drinkability -- I came into this beer with two handicaps: I don't like herbal tea, and I REALLY don't like kombucha tea. That said, this is a pretty nice beer. Overall, I thought this was a little too much like Matilda. Solid, but not thrilling.

yeahnatenelson, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of AJacob81
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22-oz. bomber bottled on 5-21-10. Happy 2-week birthday, Fleur!

Poured into a New Belgium globelet. Paired with brie and strawberries. Yum.

A - Pours a copper-rouge, clear and effervescent. Active carbonation produces a well-retained 0.5 finger head of champagne bubbles with lovely lacing.

S - Sweet malt, subtle floral bouquet, and tea leaves. The aroma is perfectly balanced with some harsher yeast notes, and overall is a sublime olfactory experience.

T - Dark berries and a touch of toasted malt at first, giving way to the hibiscus tea, which becomes even more prominent as this beauty warms. Finish is sweet and just a bit tart.

M - Bubbly and light to medium bodied, this caresses the tongue as it is imbibed.

D - Just a splendid beer that drinks like a fine chilled tea. Wonderful.

AJacob81, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled May 21st, 2010 - poured into a Goose Island wine style glass...

First off, another great, simple and classy label on a Goose Island beer...

Pours a very nice clear ruby red and dark amber color with a glowing appearance. One finger of soft-white head which dissipates fairly quickly...

Sweet and fruity upfront, strawberries trying to be more prominent than a Belgian yeast spiciness but both aromas kind of agree to live side by side. Floral with a bit of an Italian herb bread aroma...complex and pleasant...

Sweet berries to start with a floral bouquet quickly coming forward. Lots of subtle flavors to pick up in the one. Some aspects that are similar to Matilda, specifically that subtle funky/bretty taste and a nice Belgian yeast spice, floral and earthy. Complex but subtle, no flavors overwhelm the others, all work well together making for a balanced, yet very interesting beer...

Medium bodied with good carbonation, yet the beer is still somewhat slick. A earthy bitterness as well as a bit of berry sweetness lingers...

Another winner from Goose Island, these guys are seriously putting out one fine brew after another, keep it up!!

hawks10, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Nickls
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Pours with a half-finger of white, frothy head; OK retention; whisps of lacing; ruby red orange color that's clearer

S - Belgiany-yeastiness; very floral; light citrus; some darker sweet fruits slide in as well

T - A bit tart, but lightly so; yeasty; back to some tart plum and citrus/lemon flavors

M - Almost medium; nice level of carbonation; a little fluffly

D - Nice drinking; and deceivingly quaffable

Tasty and interesting brew, fun stuff.

Nickls, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry for the short comments, I was running out of room in my notebook.

A: The beer is nicely clear/clean. There's a small head, but good lacing and good active carbonation.

S: It's sweet, but also has the Belgian Sourness to it.

T: Light flavor, just sort of the generic Belgian to me

M: Very creamy, surprising based on the rest of it.

D: Good beer for a Belgian, tastes pretty sessionable considering the ABV.

mdwalsh, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopcat in Grand Rapids.

Golden pale color... smell is pure bubblegum. Taste is lightly hoppy, more bubblegum and medium sweetness. Mouthfeel medium to light. Very drinkable, not overwhelming by any stretch for a medium-to-high ABV.

A pretty solid beer.

webmanspidey, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this on tap at the Wrigleyville location.

A: Served in a small snifter. Served with just a slight surface coating of off-white head. Radiantly orange in color with a slight haze.

S: Surprisingly muted. Some sweet and sour action going on, with notes of sour "Belgian-style" yeasts, sweet fruit, and some faint citrus.

T: Sweet malts and bubblegum. Long, almost spicy finish. Very complex. Very interesting.

M: Medium in weight with low carbonation. Silky and voluptuous at the same time.

D: A quite interesting and complex beer. Obviously meant for sipping slowly and appreciating the world of interesting flavors. Very good, but considering how flavorful this one is, I am unsure why the aroma was so muted.

Florida9, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes.on tap at uc catskeller.poured into a goblet,this beer is a light amber that has a decent head.smell is floral and herbal,taste is sweet malt followed by hop bitterness with a dry floral finish. mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice prickly carbonation.could have a few of these.an excellent summer beer.

wyattshotmaker, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Reneejane
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Clybourn location. The beer was orange-amber wtih a white head. The aroma was of yeast and floral and perhaps somewhat citrusy note. The taste was yeasty and had a surprising sweet and sour quality. I never knew what a hibiscus might taste like, and this gave me a great chance. It definitely has the hibiscus taste! It's a great experience!

Reneejane, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of brushtachio
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at the North End Market in Hudson.

Bright amber color. Thin but long lived head made of medium-sized, tightly packed but evervescent bubbles. Almost no lacing whatsoever.

The nose instantly told me this beer was going to offer a slight twist on the BPA. The expected Belgian yeast, floral aromas, a definite sweetness mingled were cut by tart cherries.

The taste struck a perfect balance between sweet and sour. Floral notes were maybe just a tad out of whack tending towards perfume but only ever so slightly. The purfume quality probably affected by drinkability score more than the taste score. As a single sipper, all the powerful tastes are interesting but it wears the mouth out. Still a great quencher with the low level sour tastes. If you know someone you might want to ease into sours this one introduces the taste in a non-sour brew.

brushtachio, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of DawnL
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured and amber color with creamy head that dwindled to sticky lace.

Floral element on the nose with a slight minerality. Very subtle nose.

The palate had nice hibiscus nuance with sweet malts on the backend. This wasn't a beer that screamed perfume - it was light and nicely balanced. The abv wasn't noticeable which made this brew very easy to drink.

It was a pleasurable quaff for a long evening...

DawnL, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap, oversized snifter at the wrigleyville location

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a snifter, clear bright amber body with obvious pink hues

smell: light tartness from the yeast, mild floral notes, light sweetness

taste: subtle in its delivery - wild yeast adds a nice tartness edge, very floral - like munching on edible flowers

mouthfeel: light and a good mix of sweet/sour

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of ShareANevada
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hopleaf.

A lightly hazy, coppery pour. Head was minimal. The nose did give off some floral notes, but I failed to see any serious notes from the belgian yeasts.

The taste is subdued. It drinks like a belgian wheat or something along that lines, as the flavor is so tame, and the body does not come rushing out to save it.

While I have enjoyed hibiscus in several other brews, this one just failed to make me turn the corner. An interesting brew, but not one i'll be in a hurry to revisit. Just a bit mild and tame for what it could be.

ShareANevada, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Sammy, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of klewis
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Catskeller, Cincinnati, OH - 7/30/09

A: Pours a hazy copper with an almost pinkish tint. Light lacing.

S: Light yeasty-phenolic aroma with mild floral notes.

T: Semi-sweet with a mild brett character. Balanced flavors with a floral, rose-like quality.

M: Medium-bodied and quite carbonated. A bit prickly with a lingering sweetness.

D: Somewhat unusual in its floral qualities, yet very nicely done. Super easy to drink and worth seeking out.

klewis, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of botham
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Clybourn brewpub in Chicago. Pours a rich ruby red with fiery amber thrown in, along with a single finger of light orange head that leaves light lacings. Great retention.

Aroma is floral in the nose with distant herbal notes and a touch of sweet, citrusy hops. Not much else for the nose except for a touch of grassy hops and a distant note of apple. Very pleasant and refreshing in the nose.

Taste is of light malts with a fruity base, citrus and mild tropical tones. Floral character is throughout with a touch of strawberry as well. Finishes on a floral note with a touch of sourness and fruit tones after the fact. Very well put together.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a semi dry texture and a mildly tart feel from the fruity character.

Drinkability is great. Very refreshing without ending up too sweet on the palate. Cheers!

botham, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

emerge077, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Claybourn brewpub. Bartender told me this is a variation of Matilda and includes hibiscus. He gave me a sample of the Matilda. While similar, the Matilda had a lot more yeasty clove coming through.

3.5 A: Hazy amber orange color with bubbly white head. Average retention and some lacing.

4.0 S: Clove and yeastiness dominate.

4.5 T: Quite spicy. Cloves, pepper, yeastiness. Hops aren't apparent, but it is quite balanced. Malts take a back seat to the yeast products.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation.

4.5 D: This was really good. If I didn't have other stuff to try I would have loved another.

DavoleBomb, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Clybourn brewpub, served in a large goblet. The beer is an orange shade of red with a slight haze, thin head. The aroma hints at Belgian ale yeast, some fruity esters and what I take for hibiscus based on the menu description. The hibiscus comes across a little like a honey beer in smell and taste, sweet and perfumy. Think Bière De Miel from DuPont, this is very similar. I'd definitely get it again.

TurdFurgison, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to try this on-tap at Goose Island's Fulton Street brewery (its good to know people).

A= This ale poured a mildly cloudy gold/amber color with a 1.5" snowy white head. The head took a good while to settle down into a thin cap and left big rings of sticky lace down my glass.

S= Aroma was dominated by some light malts, floral/noble hops, and a significant Belgian yeast note. Some hints at spicing too, but nothing over the top.

T= Like the aroma, the flavor was mostly made up of spicy hop bitterness and funky yeast. I think there was some wild yeast or brett added and it definitely produced a noticeable sour note, but that blended back into the malts and hops rather well. Finished dry with residual hop bitterness and a faint tartness battling to the end.

MF= The dryness made this ale feel on the lighter side of medium bodied. The carbonation was plentiful but still felt sodt on my tongue.

D= A very interesting ale here and definitely worth a try if you like Orval or GI's own Matilda. I would gladly drink a few in one sitting!

spointon, Jun 09, 2009
Fleur from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.