Fleur | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tectactoe
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/26/11

A - Pours a hazy orange with red /pink highlights. Two fingers of white foam don't linger long, but leave some lacing behind.

S - Slight tartness, some fruity florals and a bit of Belgian yeast funk. Subtle but nice.

T - Taste is also quite subtle, with quite a fruity presence, some florals, faint lemon tartness and earthy funk. Taste is light and refreshing with just enough depth to keep it interesting.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty light, with a bit of earthy dryness on the finish.

O - Not my favorite BPA from Goose Island, but still pretty good. Definitely better suited to a warm summer day than a cold winter night.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, $8.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, Bottled on 5-21-10 according to the lower right side of the label. Pours hazed dark reddish tangerine, under a quickly departing medium khaki head, goes to a thicker and blotchy film, collar and leaves low lying and slippery bits and strands of lace. Bold Belgian yeast and spice infused nose. Phenolic, cloves, coriander and ginger come to mind. Tasty and quite enjoyable Belgian pale. Fruity, spiced up, yeasty, with a moderate slightly sour note tossed in. Complexity is the result. Nicely done, more enjoyable beer from G.I.

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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Chalice.

Appearance: Very bright copper-amber with frothy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Almost a hint of pink.

Smell: Sugary, musty and tart, with peach, citrus and a nice floral quality.

Taste: Somewhat earthy, floral and tart. Light berry, citrus, tea and pepper adds to the mix. Overall, a light but somewhat complex flavor.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a light body. Dry finish but a strange sweetness cuts it slightly.

Drinkability: Drinks like a lighter cross between Matilda and Juliet, but not quite as good as either one. However, it is nicely refreshing.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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 dogfishandi
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split with 2 other friends poured into a standard pint glass. bottled on 9/17/10.

pours out a deep reddish orange color with a one finger of white head that faded to a nice retentive 1/4 inch of head. cloudy with a bit of sediment.

lots of acidic, funky, musty brett is mostly noticable. behind that there is sweet malts with a very light herbal note.

again acidic, funky, musty brett at the forefront, almost grape like sweetness with a very light herbal bitter finish.

a nice sweet tart medium body, good feeling carbonation.

drinks very nicely for a brett beer. one of the few that i could prolly drink bottle after bottle of. i would definatly get this again, highly recommended from me. i also would love to see how this would age.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of centbeerfest
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. Vintage 2011 w/ ABV of 5.2%

Appearance is somewhat cloudy amber with a rim of strawberry color.

Fruit on the nose. Flavor is mellow with a hint of tea. Starts with some sweetness and ends tart.

On the take home scale, this is a unique beer and worth sharing, but not my everyday choice. So yes for a special occasion or to share with someone who is a adventurous beer drinker. I'd pick up one for variety

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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1/5  rDev -74.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- The slight dense amber body has a thick head that fades to a thin film and is supported by a sea of microbubbles.
S- The slight floral sweetness has notes of cheese rind and a dry floral tartness to the finish.
T- The light floral yeast flavor has a dry brett note with some white wine flavors to follow. The finish has a dry hibiscus bite with a red currant quality and a noble hop flavor that blends in. There is a dry field corn note that lingers a bit in the finish.
M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp texture and no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has some nice tripel qualities and a soft subtle tartness from the hibiscus for depth. Good drinkabililty and it would be interesting to see if the brett notes really come out as this beer ages.

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Photo of curtiswvu
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful red hue ale with a decent bubbly head. Really all of Goose's belgium style Ales appear beautiful in the glass.
The hibiscus and kombucha tea hits you right away with some berry fruit notes....very fragrant.

This is an odd pour its 1 part pale Ale, 1 part Argo Tea and 1 part sour lambic. Overall there might be just too much going on here for me to fall in love with it. The alcohol content though is well hid. If I had had it on a hot summer day, it might have been more appropriate.

Very wet and fizzy, a bit of a tart finish. Overall very good feel. The flavor is intense on the front end but quickly fades.

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Fleur from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 516 ratings