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GI Fleur worth trading for?

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk & Help' started by Envelopes, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Envelopes

    Envelopes Initiate (0) Ohio Aug 26, 2012

    I never had a chance to try Goose Island's Fleur but I think it sounds pretty great. I'm only concerned that it hasn't held up well in the year or so since it was last bottled. Anyone open one recently?
  2. Hugonaut13

    Hugonaut13 Advocate (710) Illinois Nov 29, 2012

    Yes. A week ago. I'd say it's better now.
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  3. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Illinois Jun 5, 2012

    Where is Tat2dHllBlly? His wife love this stuff but she recently opened one and said it had gone south for her. I guess if you have nothing to compare it to, you'll never know.
  4. Pahn

    Pahn Advocate (695) New York Dec 2, 2009

    good beer? yes. worth trading for? ehhhh. not for me, but maybe. to be honest, i think sofie is the star of the non-BCBS goose island portfolio. everything else is pretty meh (besides special releases like imperial brown goose and such).

    also, A-B.
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  5. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Illinois Jun 5, 2012

    Where does Lolita fall for you?
  6. Pahn

    Pahn Advocate (695) New York Dec 2, 2009

    same as madame rose et al; middling sour ._. hate to be a hater, but i don't think GI are that great with those styles. loved dominique, but that's an exception (and not really a very "well made" beer, but it sure tastes good).

    with the exception of sofie, which at its best i have to confess is something special, i think sour brewers on both coasts (russian river, cascade, cisco, allagash) and elsewhere (jolly pumpkin, even avery), and north american belgian-style brewers (allagash again, even unibroue) whip the shit out of goose island. YMMV
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  7. Envelopes

    Envelopes Initiate (0) Ohio Aug 26, 2012

    I enjoyed Lolita (had a 2011 a month or two ago). What would it take to land Fleur? Was it pretty limited?
  8. pschul4

    pschul4 Advocate (625) Illinois Jan 7, 2011

    When they were brewing it it was not limited in the chicago land area. Haven't seen it around for a while though since they have discontinued it. Gonna have to agree with Pahn about Sofie, definitely their best nonlimited beer. Gonna have to disagree with him about Juliet tho, that shits legit. If their sours weren't so expensive I'd drink way more of them
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  9. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    Juliet I found better than RR's yearly sours by a large margin. Lolita not so much.
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  10. I ran across some in a cooler in MD a few weeks back. I thought it was delicious and Belgian Pale Ales are far from my favorite style. Never had it previously though so can't speak to any dropoff from when it was released.

    I think if you found the right person, trading for one would not be difficult. If I was into shipping, a couple fresh Head Hunters would get it done for me. Hell, if you're ever in Philly, hit me up and you can have one as a welcoming gift.
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  11. Envelopes

    Envelopes Initiate (0) Ohio Aug 26, 2012

    If you ever get into shipping, hit me up, I'd love to send you some fresh Head Hunter!
    Philly doesn't seem to be in the cards, but the offer is of course appreciated.
  12. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    I think Fleur is drinking wonderful right now...I stashed about a case, and have about half that left, and I also have two sixth barrels (down from three). Put one on tap at the end of August, and it drank awesome, and only lasted for about 3 days...
  13. meanmutt

    meanmutt Advocate (615) Ohio Feb 6, 2012

    I saw a few bottles of Fleur sitting on a grocery store shelf collecting dust last weekend here in Cincinnati. I see you're in Columbus...I can give you the store details if you're up for a roadtrip. Or perhaps I could buy it and we could do an IP trade of some sort half-way between Columbus and Cincy as I don't wanna mess with shipping.

    Cheers!
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  14. Found one on the shelf a few months ago. Opened it the other night and thought it was delicious. Was kind of disappointed I purchased the last one.
  15. itsthepleats

    itsthepleats Savant (330) Ohio Mar 19, 2012

    Hey man, didn't realize you were in Cbus until I got to the end. I can direct you to a small wine shop in town that has dusty 4-packs on the shelf. Prolly been sitting at room temp for awhile but worth a go. BM me.
  16. Envelopes

    Envelopes Initiate (0) Ohio Aug 26, 2012

    I was actually able to try it on tap last night as part of a "rare Goose Island" tap take over at a weird sports bar type place. Strange seeing giant plastic posters for Bud Light everywhere while I order a flight of Sofie, Fleur, Pepe Nero, Night Stalker and Big John with small food pairings hah. But yeah, definitely dug it so I'll for sure go grab that dusty pack!
  17. i digg it - had a bottle about 3 weeks back and found it refreshing. go for it!
  18. vonnegut21

    vonnegut21 Advocate (545) New York Apr 27, 2012

    :eek:
  19. Envelopes

    Envelopes Initiate (0) Ohio Aug 26, 2012

    Picked up two 4-packs this evening. Thanks for the input/tips, everybody!
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