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Fleur - Goose Island Beer Co.

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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 05/04/2011 - Somehow found this at my local beer shop - didn't know it was still around, so an exciting find.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A-bright orange with a massive creamy white head that sticks around. A real treat for the eyes.

S-I get, in this order, floral, peach, Belgian yeast, fresh herbs

T-more of the floral and peach notes, with some tea notes as well, really nice Belgian yeast presence, not overpowering at all.

M-really smooth, great carbonation-almost the texture of Champagne.

O-this was a really interesting beer. I'm greatly enjoying it and glad I found it. Can only wonder what it would have tasted like fresh.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage, enjoyed thanks to Mike. Surprisingly, this one gushed a bit upon opening... not bad for a two year old beer, I guess. Pours a staggered mix of gold, orange, and amber, and seems to really stretch the gradient wide. Mild sediment floats around in a beer topped with surprisingly almost no head, especially for being so lively upon opening. The white ring lasts for about half the beer before fading into nothing.

Hmm... very musty, cellar-like, and dirty, but almost in a somewhat unintended way. It seems as though time has not been as kind to this brew as you'd expect. Sofie, Lolita, and Matilda have faired much better, it seems. Nevertheless, it doesn't smell bad, just a bit out-of-kilter towards the funk and musk side of things. There are some lightly fruity undertones, apples and grapes, that spice things up a bit.

I was a little shocked to see the exclusion of Belgian yeast on the nose, but it's actually the first thing I can taste when I take a sip. Lots and lots of chunky Belgian yeast on the palate with some hints of light, rotten banana and spiced clove. Cherry tartness is present and snaps at the tongue along with the lively carbonation... Still wondering why a beer with this much CO2 refused to produce any sort of head.

Big bubblegum flavors come out, again from the yeast, and is met with a heavy-handed amount of funk. Musky, funky, dry cheesecloth, and big-time reminders of cobwebs and dirt. A slightly chalky mouth feel and taste is a little off-putting, but nothing unmanageable. I feel like this beer would have been great fresh, but with two years on it, it's deterred to "just okay". Thin-medium bodied with almost no alcohol presence detectable.

I really hope Goose Island decides to make this one again someday, as I've never had the chance to try it fresh, and I think it would be much better without any age. Even with two years under the belt, it was far from awful, but I couldn't help but think of how time had taken it's toll on the brew - all of the "could-have-beens". Seems strange, though, as the rest of Goose Island's line of Belgian-style ales handles time like champs.

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