Fleur - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 246
Hads: 514
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 28
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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Reviews: 246 | Hads: 514
Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/21/10. Consumed 4/25/11.

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of brett notes, with some funk and a little bit of leather. I also get some nice cherry notes as well as some floral notes.

The flavor is also very interesting. There is a lot of juicy cherry notes mixed in with the leathery and funk brett notes. There is also a little bit of biscuit malt, but the beer is very dry and easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (511 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 12 oz. bottle served in a Pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear, bubbly amber with red hues mixed in throughout the body. A 1 finger, pure white head forms on the pour and leaves some sticky lace on the way down.

S: Some peppery yeast is present up front with a some nice fruit skins and a little sweetness.

T: The Belgian yeast is present again in a little bubblegum fashion. Tart fruit skins, some sweet flower and a clean malt bill on the finish.

M: Light bodied with a lively carbonation. Leaves a fresh, clean mouth afterward.

O: This was a decent enough beer, but the flavors didn't pop for me and it was sort of muddled in the taste. (644 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Fruity, strawberries and some cherries. You can smell some tartness.

T-Very fruity, the strawberries are present, some wheat flavors and well. A very mild tartness, was looking for a little more but still good.

M-Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O-Not as tart as I would have liked, however a great intro to "sours". Would gladly have again, but a beer to recommend to people starting to seek out sours. (485 characters)

Photo of treque
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy, cloudy body, with an amber to deep gold in color, the head is not so big, good retention, waste left behind on the glass

s: is no so deep, florarl, pinusy, noble hop aroma some esters

T: swetter and souer than expected, complexed in flavour, not so much bitterness, more esters thn in aroma for sure, some acidity (324 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Bottling; Sampled August 2011
A steady pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer has a full amber-red color that shows a lightly hazed, light amber with gold tinged hue when held up to the light. The beer smells strongly of hibiscus; this smells lightly tart, with a floral berry character, touches of sweet cranberry. The finish does remind me a bit of kombucha, but this may just be the suggestion of the description; there is some earthiness towards the finish, as well as some lactic like tartness, a musty, slightly phenolic character and a sort of lightly woody mushroom like character. There is a spicy floral character to this beer, that, along with the funky and musty notes provides a balancing note to the more dominant floral and fruit character found in the nose.

A prickly carbonation causes the beer to fizz up as it first hits my tongue, the beer tastes most prominently of a tart / berry hibiscus. The finish has some sharpness from the carbonic acid, a touch of tartness from the hibiscus and a sort of spicy, floral sort of astringency that almost serves as bitter hops would. The tartness is a bit sharper, and a bit bigger than could be solely attributed to the hibiscus; this is by no means a sour beer though, but there is just enough to add some interest. This beer is really quite fruity tasting, with lots of berry notes, a sort of pomegranate flavor, and maybe even a hint of strawberry at times. This is nice and light bodied without being watery. There is a soft, subtle malt / grain that provides a touch of hay like character as well as a touch of cracker like pale malt.

This is definitely a tasty beer, it is perhaps a touch simplistic in its Hibiscus flavors, but this is well supported by the other notes, and the overall character of this beer more than makes up for that. (1,873 characters)

Photo of osusullins
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a beautiful rose color with light frothy head.

Aroma is very floral with a hint of strawberries.

Taste is almost opposite of smell. Sweet berries up front with floral undertones. The beer finishes with quite a tart punch that lingers. Light bodied. (266 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage poured into my Ithaca glass. It poured a murky amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a crisp fruitiness to it with some decent citrus notes coming through. I get some pale, sweeter malts adding a little malty sweetness as well. The Belgian yeast also adds some earthy spice to it. Nice mix of flavors overall, and pretty well balanced.

The taste shows a bit more of the juicy citrusness that I assume is from the hibiscus flowers. It especially jumps out at you in the finish. The yeast spice comes through a little but is more reserved in the taste compared to the aroma. The pale malts give it a little bit of a grainy, bready, malty sweet character and make for a nice base for all the citrusy flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average. Overall it was a pretty solid and interesting beer of the style. I thought the aroma was very nice and well balanced while the taste leaned a bit too heavily on the juicy, citrusy, flavors. A pretty nice beer overall though. (1,075 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of Goose Island’s belgian style ales, Fleur is brewed with hibiscus flowers. This bottle is slightly old, bottled about 6 months ago, but its been kept well. This pours a really nice dark honey color with a single finger of foamy head. Big yeasty nose with hints of spice, lemon and hibiscus. Really nice flavors, lots of yeasty flavors with strong lemon and a touch of spice. Hibiscus and other flowers dominate the finish and linger for just a few moments afterwards on the tongue. It has such a nice big full body that goes down smoothly and softly.

Verdict: Really great take on the belgian style. Has all the flavors that make the style great but adds a nicely proportioned floral component. Really well done. (729 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a duvet glass.

Pours medium amber, some orange copper. Light white foam floats on the top. Floral smell. Candy notes. Orange fruit. Light Belgian yeasty taste with citrus undertones. Subtle hop finish. Fruity. Very powerful carbonation. Orange fruit finish. Excellent. Soft, subtle, full of flavor. (329 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Birdsall House in NY.

Appearance is light amber tone with a pink hue, small white head.
It has a smell of flowers, lemon zest, spices and a bit of sugar. Taste has belgian yeast on a light scale, lemongrass, honey, pepper and citrus. MF is medium with bitterness in the finish. (299 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to MarcatGSB for this bottle!

Appearance - Crystal clear copper body, which is weird for a BPA, but I've already guessed this isn't your average BPA. Almost no head. Some bubbles, but nothing sustained. No lacing either. Disappointing.

Smell - A bit more familiar to the BPA smell, but no hops. A hint of yeast and some fruity smells I can't quite place. Smells tart and reminds me a bit of a Flanders Red in aroma.

Taste - Fruit flavors in front and some Belgian sugar flavors. Not really sweet, but the residual flavors are there. I don't know what hibiscus tastes like, but the flavor reminds me of rose water. A little bit astringent and just... flowery. Tart all the way through, but it comes through when the other flavors fade.

Mouthfeel - Very light. In fact, the flavors drop off and the finish tastes like nothing by astringent water. Like rose water, really. Drinkable, I guess, but I'd like the flavors to hang around.

Overall - Not bad. I feel like it tastes good and then suddenly tastes like nothing. It's half a beer, but the half it has is good. (1,109 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for half of this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 5/7/11

Appearance: A nice, bright, orange gold color, cloudy - fluffy white head that fades to good lacing

Smell: Very interesting - a nice, clean tartness with a hint of sour - very floral, kind of reminds me of flower petals - some fruity sweetness, but mostly dry, pale malts

Taste: A nice mix of flavors - lightly sweet pale malts, some light fruitiness, nicely tart with some hints of sourness - nothing really screams "Belgian yeast," which is good for the other flavors - overall, the taste feels delicate - a number of floral elements with some pale malts working in a nice balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, a great level of dryness that adds a lot to the character

Overall: Complex, unique, great

I've never really had anything like this. It's an extremely interesting take on the Belgian Pale Ale style. As the name would imply, it is very floral, and very delicate. Before reading about this on BA, I had no idea that kombucha was involved. This is interesting because I've had kombucha, and it was one of the most foul-tasting substances I've ever had. But I guess it works in this beer. (1,201 characters)

Photo of logmacschlog15
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip.

A: Pours one finger of soft white head that dissapates rather quickly. A very light and hazy ruby red with blood orange tints. Relatively small amount of CO2 bubbles. Beautiful, delicate looking beer.

S: The aroma of delicately spicy Belgian yeast first hits the nose, followed by very faint floral notes and hints of dark fruit.

T: The spicy banana and clove flavors from the yeast come through, but are again very delicate. There are definite herbal notes as well as some sweeter lighter fruit flavors. Very well balanced.

M: This is lighter bodied and is fairly smooth with a dry finish.

O: This is a very delicate little ale. It does a good job of producing that classic Belgian yeast spiciness while not distracting from the fainter herbal undertones of the hibiscus flowers. (803 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bee pours a golden yellow color with an orange hue. There is a decent head that recedes at a fairly quick pace. The smell is floral with tea like qualities. The flavor follows suit with a tea flavor up from and floral hoppy notes in the finish. This beer is well carbonated and has a fairly dry but refreshing feel to it. The verdict on this one is good (358 characters)

Photo of tdexterc
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Great color but an unflattering head. What little head there was took on the shape you would imagine on from a soda, and lasted just as long. Great color to the body however. Hazy and dark golden amber with flecks of yeast kicking around.

S- Great Belgian smell to it. Lightly fruity, perhaps apple smell. Floral notes come off big time. The hibiscus really shines through.

T- Light body, with a reserved flavor to it. Nothing huge jumps out. Tart apple is definitely there, as is the floral hibiscus. Something unusual as well, and hard to pick out which I presume is the kombucha. You could tell me this was brewed with granny smith apple cider and I would believe you.

M- Slightly tart, and again (not to beat a dead horse) it is very similar to biting into a ripe granny smith apple. The tartness shows itself especially in the back of the jaw. Don’t get me wrong though, this beer is very well balanced, not to mention incredibly interesting.
Over all, this was a really interesting beer which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s not going to be one I actively seek out, though I will gladly drink it again. (1,115 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head that fades to a slight ring and wispy haze, leaving a bit of spotty lacing as it recedes.
S - Lovely aromas of hibiscus, passion fruit, strawberries, and a bit of tart apple. Very floral and crisp-smelling.
T - Surprisingly subdued flavors (given the fairly strong nose) of hibiscus, berry, and some herbal character that I attribute to the kombucha. Nice, but I guess I was expecting more.
M - Crisp, with a medium body and good carbonation.
O - Really drinkable, but I was expecting a more in-your-face floral character (JP Baudelaire Saison for example). (659 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Sample bottle, 2011 vintage.

A: Orange/copper hue with a slight pink tinge, and a finger-thick pinkish-white head that quickly settles to a thin film around the surface. Lacing is light, but sticks to the glass with ease.

S: Floral up front, with notes of apple, fig, and some earthy character. Some sweet, toasty malt aromas reside in the middle, along with some funk on the end.

T: The hibiscus is present right up front, along with hints of tea, fig, and earthy funk. The malt balances out these characters, while floral, grassy hop notes make up for a dry, clean finish. A very complex flavor profile.

Notes: This beer has a lot going for it. Medium in body, with a unique flavor and a long finish. This is something I could get used to. While different, it's an awesome brew and one that is very palatable. I will be seeking this one out again, potentially with the notion of aging a few bottles. (942 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 050411

A- pours a clear copper color with a small head and a some what fresh collar little to no lacing

S- was sour fruit slight vinegar with flowers and hops

T- was good it was a Little sour with some light fruit sweetness with some caramel malts a touch of hops

M- was tart and slight sour with low carbonation and alot of sweet malts and caramel

O- not he best BPA..i could take or leave this one for the style (457 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this is a slightly hazy light amber beer with a dense, persistent head. Aroma offers some pleasant fruity yeast character but not much else. Oh! Unusually sour taste, which I wasn't expecting. But not overdone. Not much funkiness, though. Moderate hop bitterness cuts away the very little malt sweetness, leaving mostly yeast characters to judge the beer by: medium phenols, with a peachy, floral fruitiness.

Nice lightly sour beer. Fairly refreshing. (478 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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) (663 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into an Ommegang 10-year anniversary glass. Body is clear, light golden in color with a small whitish head.

S: Florally hops and berries.

T: First impression is more about the heft and feel than the taste - it's light, thin and even slightly watery. To be honest, the taste suffers from the same weaknesses - malt backbone is basically non-existent. The flavors I get - some berries, florally hops, a bit of tea, moderate funkiness, and some tartness at the finish - seem to come mainly from the yeast, the hops (a little) and the adjuncts/additives. Finishes fairly clean with some slight berry fruitiness and tartness lingering - reminds me a bit of raspberries, actually.

M: As noted above, the body is too thin in heft. Carbonation is appropriately fizzy for a Belgian-style ale.

O: OK. Lives up to the name, I suppose, and it's not offensive or anything. Just not my cup of tea, as they say. (913 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pretty rose-amber color. Foam, lacing, and carbonation are all good.

Smell: Fairly floral and sweet. Herbal and raspberry-like. Good balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like it smells. I get a decent amount of kombucha in the background. Definitely some caramel sweetness also. This really has the acidity and fermentation of kombucha tea, giving it a great, crisp mouthfeel. Yeast and kombucha definitely go great together.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, summery, and versatile.

Overall: Wish there was more fruit to balance this out, but I did enjoy this immensely. (580 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/18/2011, listing 7% ABV: pours a hazy amber reddish, like the color of a grapefruit, and had a 2 finger creamy beige head that faded in half quickly and then dissipated slowly, leaving good foamy lacing clinging to the glass; a nice looking beer after it's strange start.

Smells of yeast up front, followed by flowers, fruit like strawberry, toasted grains, sour apple and some sweet malt; the nose was soft and very airy with not a lot of strong vapors, which surprised me.

Tastes of cherry, sweet malt, strawberry, orange peel, grains, yeast , bread, light caramel, sour apple, floral hops, herbs or tea leaf, and light spices like pepper and coriander; the yeast flavor was not funky and added to the overall sweetness of this brew. After the swallow the yeast funk popped out and brought a hint of banana with it as it started to dry my tongue like a hair dryer on full blast; 30 seconds after the swallow my mouth was dry and felt refreshed with a sweet fruity aftertaste, which was a great surprise. As this beer warmed it got more complex and grainy, but still kept the light fruity pattern of the initial sip and stayed tasty throughout the bomber.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with very mild carbonation, a slick feel on the tongue, a light to medium body, and a very dry aftertaste that was a little sour, yet still sweet and quite refreshing.

Overall this was a very interesting beer that was much lighter than what I expected, and the complexities make me want to try this again to go through the whole experience again. Not what I expected, but I really liked this beer and suggest trying it out. (1,625 characters)

Photo of
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - amber with a pinkish hue, moderately sized head that dies off quickly, but hangs around in a ring.

Smell - Subtly spicy and floral with a yeasty fruitiness and a hint of tart apple.

Mouthfeel - Well-carbonated, softly crisp.

Taste - Floral and tart with a bit of apple and a chalky, dry quality. Finishes crisp and dry. (335 characters)

Photo of jman892
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice amber color, with a very thin head, which goes away quickly. No lacing

S - Spicy smell, Belgian yeasty, a touch of cherries in the background

T - Sweet taste, apple is predominant, some minor lemon zest, and a bit of funky finish

M - Lively carbonation, light body, booze is quite well hidden

O - I was pleasantly suprised with this one, would defintely seek this out again (394 characters)

Fleur from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.