Goose Island Beer Co.

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Belgian Pale Ale
3.92 | pDev: 11.48%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: 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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Photo of CaptainHate
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This 4/8/2011 5.2% bottle was a gift from a dog walking friend. The label recommended bottle conditioning for up to five years so I figured I'd better get cracking.

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a DFH tulip, there was still an abundant thick white head over a clear dark yellow body. Smell contained some of the winey hints present in some Belgian pale ales and maybe a hint of the flowery hop smells but I'm afraid most of them have faded. Taste was slightly more intense but I have a feeling the label advice was spot on. Mouthfeel was just fine per the style. Sorry I didn't drink this earlier but free craft beer FTW!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is copper to amber in color with a 1 finger rapidly dissipating head.
S: estery aromas with some floral in the nose, after the esters, malt.
T: There is a little malt and fruit at the start but it finishes with a spicy, herbal, floral under taste
F: Medium to medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: It is very refreshing. The herbal spiciness goes well with the carbonation and the hops. It kind of adds onto the malt and hop flavors – you can tell the floral is there but it is not overwhelming.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle of GI Fleur - Label says that it can develop fro up to 5 years in the bottle.

A- Hazy redish orange with tiny, tiny bubbles forming a tall head that slims down to next to just a thin layer
S- Thick smell of begium yeasts and flowers. Some tartness coming through too.
T- This beer seems to be front loaded. Intense carbination, tartness and classic belguim characteristics up front, but fades to almost nothing. Maybe a light floral aftertaste, but that's it... like it wipes the slate clean with each gulp.
M- Very fizzy up front and thin in the back

O- Glad I gave it a crack, but I wish the flavors lasted longer... its and nice ride, but a short one.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle. Pour is hazed bright golden orange with a tight white head. Nose is strong brett, citrus and a good bit of lemon, dusty notes, hint of herbal tea behind. Taste also has a ton of brett, a little overpowering in the flavor, still extremely citrusy with a good bit of lemon. More dusty notes, moderately herbal, hints of cobb webb. Body is light, even so faintly syrupy in back, very assertively carbonated, and a fairly dry finish.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light brown with slight orange tint.
Aroma: Nice aroma with a mixture of fruit and floral.
Flavor: A medium bodied, highly carbonated, with a malty, fruity flavor. Fairly light bodied. Lighter than what I’d expected of an ale.
Overall: Light for an ale. Good beer which is quite complex for a light bodied beer. A tad bit carbonated.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Portsmouth brewing tulip glass.

The color is bright orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice thin lacing.

The smell is a bit floral with a touch of hop aroma. There is also a great Belgian yeast aroma mixed with some slight fruits in the nose. Peach and pear aroma comes out just slightly as a tease for things to come.

The taste has a nice Belgian flavor with some floral hops coming meet you at first. A fruit flavor swims about this beer as it turns to a wet peach or apple skin flavor with hop bitterness returning to reclaim its dominance at the forefront of this beer,

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a nice drinkability that gives off a smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of tpaetow
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of langchops
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into FFF Teku

2010 Vintage

A - Golden orange pour with pinkish white head. A lot of carbonation on the pour

S - Nice floral nose with some citrus and a little funk. Overall a great nose.

T - Not sure if this past it's prime but the floral notes fell off quickly. From the nose I was expecting more, but it does go down smooth

M - Light and carbonated. A great summer brew

O - I was hoping for more, but the taste never developed with warming. I would give it another try, but not going to seek this out.

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Photo of yamar68
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to alelover for this one - 2011 vintage:

Pours beautifully... burnt honey gold with a healthy dose of off-white head... great lacing, great retention. I'm starting to think that hibiscus does wonderful things for a beer's appearance.

Think Hops n Roses, just less aggressive.

Muted floral bits, honeysuckle... so fresh and so clean clean. I split this bottle with a buddy but I could easily pound the whole bottle in a sitting. Super smooth, mellow.

Very tasty - thanks Joel!

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Photo of cfrances33
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, poured into a Goose Island wine stem.

Pour: Clear golden orange, with a finger and a half of white foamy head. Leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

Smell: Big floral aspect up front, with a lot of bright brett flavors. Some tropical mango and banana notes.

Taste: Follows the nose, but is even more powerful in taste. Really big floral and tropical fruits, but on the border of too much juiciness. Lots of bright brett, and some breadyness. Mildly earthy. Finishes with a lingering juicy aspect.

Mouthfeel: Rather syrupy. Nice carb, but the flavors make this one thick.

Overall: This had nice flavors, but just wasn't my type of beer.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with classy, simple label. Bottled 9/17/10. Poured into my Petrus chalice. Sad to see this go from Goose Island, so I've been holding onto a couple of bottles.

Appearance: Golden amber hue with a large ivory crown with medium-retention. Fairly high clarity, with steady, streaming carbonation.

Smell: Tons of Bretty funk up front, with some dark berries and the slightest hint of malt. Not crazy levels of depth, but a really nice Brett beer.

Taste: Wonderful blend of Brett and berry fruit, with the slightest hints of pale malt and sweet tarts in the background. Not crazy-deep, but this is the best I've tasted it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and silky, with low carbonation. Doesn't feel like 7%, but in a good way.

Overall: Simply THE best Brett/wild/funky brew I've ever had for the price. You could score a bomber of this for $7.99 and it was widely available back in the day. This is a great wild beer if you like funk but no sourness and very little tartness. In terms of bang for the buck in 'wild' brews, this is almost up there at the level of Rodenbach Grand Cru (though I'm not comparing those beers head-to-head in any sense other than value).

B+ 88-9

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Photo of weonfire
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap from the Holy Grale in Louisville, KY. This was an aged 2010 version enjoyed on Jan. 31, 2013. Pour into a snifter.

A - It was dark in the room but looks to be a copper or a med/dark red Pencil head. Lingers for a few minutes.

S - Flowery, hibiscus really comes through, also nice scent of berry. really nice and light.

T - light strawberry and hibiscus. A bit sour. Makes me think of summer and sitting in a warm breeze on a porch.

M - Enjoy the sour. viscosity is med/high.

O - Real nice summer brew. Real mellow. None of the fruit is empowering. I would purchase this again - if it wasn't retired.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Bottle 09/17/10

A - It is amber colored with a rose tint. It is topped with an inch of off-white head.

S - The hibiscus is still there. I also get a good dose of ripe red berries. The is a tart aspect to it from the yeast, and there is a touch of spice.

T - The initial taste is hibiscus. Then I notice some berry flavor. Strawberry comes to mind. It is acidic. The finish is dry. The taste is not as intense as the aroma. It almost tastes watered down. I would say it has lost some luster in three years of waiting to reach my palate.

M - Moderate with some prickly carbonation.

O - This beer was better a year ago. I would suggest drinking up any stragglers.

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Photo of hardy008
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber with a 3 finger light tan head, with good retention an lacing. The aroma has tart strawberries, green apple. yeast, and barnyard funk.

The taste is much like the aroma, but is weaker than I thought it would be. There is some sweetness and tartness from the taste of tart strawberries, green apple, yeast, barnyard funk, and biscuit malt.

Light to medium bodied with below average carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry. Not a bad beer, but not in the top echelon either.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Vintage 2011 (02/18/2011) bottle poured 11/13/2012.

Appearance: Straight amber with almost no bubbles on the body. Head is a little thick, white maybe 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Has a yeast and tangy smell, and it does give you the itch to keep sniffing a little more but keep this in mind great scent but very light.

Taste: I mentioned it above I am tasting oranges or tangerines with a hint of yeast. it is a little sweet and well offset with a malty banana. For a beer with average ABV level taste alcohol, very very satisfying.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, an after-taste that leaves your tongue wanting a notch more. Little dry but still great.

Overall: Not sure if this brew is meant to be aged but it is. I find it just right, no where near perfect but has elements that this place beer at what real beer is supposed to be. A little tweaking and you have yourself a gem. Salud!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Goose Island
Style: Belgian Pale Ale

APPEARANCE: Pours a dark golden color, almost light orange in hue. Large lather like foam forms and leaves lace down my favorite hommel snifter.

SMELL: Floral, tea like aromas upfront with a little bit of musty yeast coming through. Green apple, a touch of spice, and sugary malt also very present here.

TASTE: Smooth, creamy malty flavor with an influence of Brett. Sweet, savory and tangy with a bit more apple cider like fruitiness. Just a kiss of earthy hops do a nice job to balance. A bit floral and grassy, and chalky tangy yeast pulling through strongly as the beer warms. Notes of earthy tea are well integrated to the point of subtlety. Bready pale malts provide a softness to the body. For 5.2% abv, this really packs in the flavor.

FEEL: Medium bodied, soft silky feel. Most of the yeast was reserved in the bottle but still a bit chalky with a lingering tartness. Well carbonated and semi dry in the finish.

OVERALL: An impressive Belgian pale ale with a good deal of complexity. Aged over a year, I am sad to see this is the last vintage.

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Photo of davey101
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage into a tulip glass. Bottled: 09/17/10 1652.

A - Pours a hazy amber body with some floating yeast bits. Two finger white head forms. Thin cap with decent lacing.

S - Heavy notes of lemon, dried strawberry, hay, and socks. Some herbal and flowery elements on the finish. Very clean and fresh. Smell is amazing.

T - Lemons and hay. The finish is of soft and pleasant oily flower pedals and baby powder. Tasty and refreshing. Mouth feel is crisp and well carbed. Long flowery aftertaste.

O - Seems like a more delicate version of Hops n Roses. A very elegant and beautiful beer that will hopefully be lifted out of retirement sometime in the future.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/18/2011. Pours a lightly hazy pale orange color with a nice 2-3 finger foamy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge strawberry, tart apple, cherry, peach, floral, herbal, earth, grass, funk, and light yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of strawberry, tart apple, pear, floral, herbal, cherry, pepper, light funk, and light yeast spiciness. Slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of strawberry, tart apple, pear, cherry, floral, herbal, pepper, grass, light funk, and light yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Great flavor complexity and balance; slightly dry on the finish with no cloying flavors at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian pale ale! Great complexity and flavor balance; and extremely crisp and smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one, hopefully I can grab some more before they are all gone.

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Zach, 650ml into a tulip.

Poured orange/apricot with a substantial white head. Great dense retention and lacing. Floral nose, light tart berry notes with a bit of funk. Taste has some more funky and Belgian yeast notes, raspberry/cherry notes, soft floral qualities again and a bit herbal. Light fruit juice-like tartness. Soft medium feel, and fantastically drinkable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin head with little retention on a cloudy crimson body. scattered lacing.

S: sweet honey, banana and pineapple citrus, earthy hops and very strong floral presence.

T: belgian yeast and sweet citrus up front moving to clove and earthy hops and flowery finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very nice base Belgian beer with very unique and nice degree of floral character.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9-17-10. Labeled with 7% ABV.

A- Pours a deep, hazy golden hue. Small head with of retention and good lacing.

S- Smells a lot like Matilda, with tons of light, grainy notes. I guess I know what hibiscus smells like now, because there is a definite flower aroma too. Hints of sweet poking in around the edges.

T- Tastes like your typical Belgian Pale most of the way through. Light grain flavors intermingle throughout, then a moderate hit of the hibiscus hits. Tastes like it smells, slightly sweet, and fruity. Finishes a little dry.

M- Light and fairly carbonated. Easy-drinking, and fairly refreshing.

Not sure if age helped or hurt this one, but another solid beer from GI. Very similar to Matilda in my opinion, but the hibiscus is a unique flavor.

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Photo of cratez
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber purchased at Plum Market in Ann Arbor, MI. 2010 Vintage.

Pours a burnished amber hue with copper edges, a sliver of bubbly white froth, and strands of stringy lacing on the tulip.

Smell is flower petals, cake dough, yeast, clove, cardamom, cotton candy, faint apple note (Granny Smith?), slight funkiness, bruised stone fruit, and green grape.

Taste is sour candy, apple skin, yeast, and grainy-bready malts. A very basic, underwhelming flavour profile.

Mouthfeel is lighter than medium-bodied with low carbonation and a chalky finish. The palate becomes more watery as the beer warms.

Overall, given its respectable rating on BA, I expected a lot more from this brew. While the aroma is enticing, this ended up being a pretty boring quaff and I probably won't purchase again.

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 516 ratings