Fleur - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2013 16:43:27 | More by tectactoe
3.29/5 rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Poured out of a brown 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Bottling date of 2/18/2011, so this bottle is from the last batch ever produced.
Appearance - Body is a deep pinkish-amber color with minimal head, likely from the long cellaring time. About a half-finger of head at best dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing. Settles into a rim of quarter-finger head around the edge of the glass.
Smell - Sweet and cloying, like you might expect from fermented juice. Reminds me of graham crackers and honey with some generic floral notes and yeast in the background.
Taste - Less sweet than the smell would let on, but certainly not dry by any means. Here, the hibiscus and kombucha tea really shine through with just a touch of sourness. Seems like the overall flavor profile is faded, like it could be more robust, but that does make it pretty drinkable.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied with minimal carbonation. Clean finish.
Overall, a beer I wish I'd been able to sample fresh. By no means a bad beer with 2 years on it, but the kombucha really influences the aroma and flavor of this beer in a way that isn't preferable to me. Might appeal to anyone who likes tea in general, but that's not me.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2013 15:15:56 | More by LambicPentameter
Fleur from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.