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

Added by MasterSki on 06-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2010

Bomber poured into a victory tulip glass. This is just an amazing beer, Just about perfect in my opinion. It pours a very nice orange color, very clear. A finger and a half worth of white head. The smell is nice.. A light yeast spice, fresh apple, light strawberry notes, some sour and some funk notes. Taste is slightly sour with a touch of funk and nice carbonation. Notes of strawberry hard candy, fresh apple, yeast spice, faint grape must. Just amazing. Chardonnay dryness, strawberry hard candy like after taste lingering. Amazed.

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Photo of Cresant
4.97/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Bottled on: 5/21/10. 2016 also stamped on label, this must be the best by date. (there is no way this one will be around that long!). The body was a deep golden amber. Clear of sediment. The khaki head left lumpy clumps of lacing and settled to a healthy film.

The smell was very fruity at first. Cloves, stonefruit, and herbal. There was an understated, dusty Belgian yeast aroma. Peppery and flowery.

The taste reflected the aroma, and then some. Tart fruitiness. Creamy. More stonefruit. Herbal - I suppose this is the hibiscus. Flowery but not too much. Belgian yeast dankness. Peppery and drying. A very well constructed beer, I really enjoyed this one and purchased another the next day.

The mouthfeel was champagne-like. Fine, prickly carbonation blended well with the medium body. One of my favorite, if not my favorite GI beer.

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Photo of mattvoid
4.86/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. bronze copper color, carbonation disappears quickly, so almost no foamy head

S. Partially sweet with a little bit of the yeast but almost no booziness

T. Mild sweetness followed by a tart taste from the hibiscus and a hint of green apples in the after taste. Very smooth tasting though, and easy to drink for something with a little bit of sour in it.

M: very lite, but the carbonation fades really quickly. on first sip though you can feel it more

O: Great and very drinkable. I'm not a big fan of Goose Island, but this is a great slightly sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of russwbeck
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Brown pour with orange around the edges and a finger or so of fluffy white head. A really interesting coating of thin, bubbly lacing coats the sides of my New Belgium Globe. A fury of bubbles escape from the bicycle etching and build a circle of white head atop the beer that refuses to leave.

S: The strawberries in the aroma mix with the saison-like backbone and hibiscus flowers very nicely. I'm actually pretty surprised by the amount of fruit in I'm getting here, but it isn't cloyingly sweet which is typical of this style. It's very clean and inviting.

T: This is definitely the deepest, most interesting, Belgian Pale Ale I've come across. The malty base and mild hoppiness provide a palette for berries, very slight barnyard funk, and a nice tartness to work their magic. The differing flavors are subtle, but beautiful. I'd call this a mix of Saison and Belgian Pale Ale. Certainly a taste to be savored.

MF: Light body with a very nice twinge of carbonation. The dry finish lends to a balanced spice and malt profile to make Fleur absurdly drinkable.

O: I can't believe they're going to stop making this beer and I just found it! It was a treat and a very nice surprise. I would advocate Goose Island re-thinks retiring Fleur.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a duvet glass.

Pours medium amber, some orange copper. Light white foam floats on the top. Floral smell. Candy notes. Orange fruit. Light Belgian yeasty taste with citrus undertones. Subtle hop finish. Fruity. Very powerful carbonation. Orange fruit finish. Excellent. Soft, subtle, full of flavor.

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from b- =ottle into pub glass. This is a bottle from 2010, and I enjoyed it with a grilled roast beer/baby swiss/cheddar and pickle sandwich (which did not skue the grade)
A - looks beautiful, nice orange and frothy lace, with 1 inch head that resonates the whole glass.
S - sweet tarts, definitely candy, with a hint of sour
T - slight sour start, sweet middle, with a tart finish. Tastes fantastic, a very interesting brew.
M - very vibrant, and lively. Very easy to drink.
O - very glad I stumbled into the store that had several of these on the shelf. Glad I bought the rack (over a five day period)

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Photo of biegaman
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fleur has a blistered golden hue, like that of a late summer sunset, and is equally picturesque too. It glows as if a million rays of light have been encapsulated within its body; the only thing impeding clarity is its blaring brightness. There is a porous net cast over its surface but it, along with the tiny trim along the perimeter, is a poor excuse of a head.

This bouquet could rival that of the world's best gardens and is, somewhat literally, a breath of fresh and lively air. It smells as though flowers are germinating right beneath my nose. Their sprightly sprouts climb right up into my nostrils and deposit effervescent buds that are so sensual so as to be quite sedative. This goes where no tea has gone before.

Pale and lightly toasty malts taste of fresh bread while the numerous flowers added - not the least the hops - create a spread of colorful and fruity jams to smear over them. Spritzes of citrus and candy sweetness burst through while an array of delectable flowers is in full blossom. Berries, clove spice and herbal tea could be easily discerned. Loosely, it also tastes like a pungent, soft cheese. Or at least would pair well with one.

A tickling tartness and enthusiastically bubbled carbonation see over the whole production. It is a masterpiece. The beer is more refreshing than any 7% beer ever thought conceivable and is dry as a mid-summer breeze. Warming has no negative effects on the beer which is so delicate and tempered to begin with. Sips now occur like clockwork.

And the marks just keep going higher and higher. Whatever I paid for this bomber was a good deal and while this bottle, at only a few months of age, doesn't show definitive potential for aging, I plan to stock up the cellar with plenty more (knowing full well they won't likely survive past next summer anyhow). I'd recommend you do the same.

This beer reminds me remarkably of another Goose Island beer named Matilda, which is brewed in ode to the Belgian Trappist classic Orval. Like the latter, I would describe this as being a distilled super-essence of acres of orchards and flower gardens - only in this case that statement is closer to being actually true. Regardless, it's something very special. I wish I could be more descriptive but the emotions keep getting in the way. How beautiful!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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 faernt
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a pleasant surprise. I had it with steak and mushrooms and it cleaned up after them quite well. The carbonation was robust, but too much so. The head, lace, and color all indicated a well made beer. This one is balanced as are many Goose Island beers.

My memory of these flavors and ingredients goes back to one iteration of Hair of the Dog Rose (of several I've enjoyed). Rose has changed over time. The one to which I refer was the one made with beet sugar and hibiscus flowers. Alan Sprints is a brewing genius.

This, too, is a most outstanding beer. I thought "buy a case" even before I was half way through the bottle. I can't get Hair of the Dog beer in Illinois. This is a reminder of Rose and a worthy colleague.

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Photo of onefmatt
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden Copper color, creamy head

S: Citrus notes very apparent, decent spice notes and berries evident

T: Starts sweet with berry tastes and finishes tart with a typical dry Belgian finish. Overall, a very tasty brew, decent biscuit malt taste. Alcohol is warming but not present in the taste.

M: Medium body, very nicely carbonated and it works for the rest of the beer.

D: Very drinkable, could spend time with this one.

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Photo of jsh420
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 09/17/10

pours clear amber orange with a 1+ finger head that left spotted lacing

smells very funky and lots of berries

taste is much softer then the nose - funky tart berries with some peppery spice

mouthfeel is a low carbonated medium body smooth refreshing brew

drinkability is very good - has the funky tartness of orval and is only $2 more for twice the volume

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Photo of match1112
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice amber color with a white ring of foam, thats it for head and lacing. smells and tastes life sweet fruits and malts, a little spice in there as well. well balanced and goes down smooth. has a nice lite feel to it with a slightly spicy tart finish. a very good beer that everyone should have the good fortune of trying.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clean amber colored with Nice clarity in this one as well. Some carbonation bubbling up to the surface throughout did little to enforce the white head which faded very fast.

Nice aroma here with a mix of decent fruit aromas and bready grains. Nice touches of some earthy grains as well and a touch of herbal hops. This carried over well into the flavor were a medium bodied ale led the way. Smooth, though it could have used a little bit more carbonation. Started with a nice rush of sweet malts, light tones of grapes and pears and a small dose of bread like flavors coming through rather nicely. Intresting mix here as the flavor tended to get sweeter as you went on and it tasted a whole lot stronger then it actually was. lots of little hints of things going on all througout this one definitely something new and interesting here, not at all what i was expectogm.

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Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit: This is a re-review after having a seven month old bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy sunset orange with a one finger head. It looks much better than it did fresh. The hibiscus is very present in the nose and it features a mild sourness not present when I tried this fresh. It's also got excellent barnyard funk and I love the tartness. The taste is very, very floral. It tastes of hibiscus tea with an excellent sour and tart finish. Where was this when this beer first came out? It's also very funky and slightly reminds me of a saison. This is superb. The mouthfeel is smooth and light. Overall it's a very appealing brew. It appeals to all of the senses and is excellent with this seven or so months on it. I'm interested in seeing how this one ages further. It is very drinkable and I'd highly recommend it.

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Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a strikingly clear golden/amber color. A two finger white head forms at first, and gently fades to a ring. Some nice sticky lace is left in patches.
S: Just an amazing aroma. So many things jump out all at once. Funky, earthy yeast that is lightly tart. A burst of fresh fruity aromas. Raspberries, apple and cherries. Floral, herbal, and tea like. I assume from the hibiscus. Peppery spice finishes things off. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose. Slightly tart with some funky and earthy yeast. Big fruity flavors. Raspberries are more dominate than in the nose. Floral and herbal flavors again. Incredibly nuanced.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. Almost to much prickly carbonation. Very crisp and dry. So easy to drink. I can finish the bottle in no time, but I want to savor everything.

An excellent Belgian Pale Ale. One of the best Belgian examples that Goose Island has made. I love it, and highly recommended.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this a Zinke's Village Market in Wisconsin Dells for $7.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a copper looking color this inbetween clear and cloudy. There is an average head that leave some nice lacing around the center of the glass. Scent is very floral with a hint that reminds me of pumpkin. The taste is oh so smooth and delicious. The beer is so well crafted and brewed that it's difficult to pick out individual flavors. Some citrus and floral scent are evident though. A great beer that was definetly worth the $8!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle poured into tulip. Bottled on 5-21-10.

(A)- Pours a cloudy pale reddish blush color that produced a good fluffy egg shell colored head. Good retention.

(S)- A big dryness. A grassy barnyard hay-like funk. A tiny bit of lemon and lime. A touch of floral-like spice.

(T)- The same good wheat-like dryness with a nice fruit profile of apple, cranberry, lemon, and banana; subtle though. Some residual sweetness from the fruits in there that almost turns sour/tart at the end.

(M)- A great lively carbonation level and balance. Fruity, but a little funky too. Almost tart/sour. Has a good acidity and crispness. Smooth and refreshing.

(D)- A fun and exciting beer. I can see how Goose Island is trying to make new beers that go well with food; this one could go with just about anything you might have. Has a light fruitiness, some funk, and a good crispness. Tart, and a nice acidity. I could drink a few bombers of this no problem. Well done Goose Island!

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Photo of hawks10
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled May 21st, 2010 - poured into a Goose Island wine style glass...

First off, another great, simple and classy label on a Goose Island beer...

Pours a very nice clear ruby red and dark amber color with a glowing appearance. One finger of soft-white head which dissipates fairly quickly...

Sweet and fruity upfront, strawberries trying to be more prominent than a Belgian yeast spiciness but both aromas kind of agree to live side by side. Floral with a bit of an Italian herb bread aroma...complex and pleasant...

Sweet berries to start with a floral bouquet quickly coming forward. Lots of subtle flavors to pick up in the one. Some aspects that are similar to Matilda, specifically that subtle funky/bretty taste and a nice Belgian yeast spice, floral and earthy. Complex but subtle, no flavors overwhelm the others, all work well together making for a balanced, yet very interesting beer...

Medium bodied with good carbonation, yet the beer is still somewhat slick. A earthy bitterness as well as a bit of berry sweetness lingers...

Another winner from Goose Island, these guys are seriously putting out one fine brew after another, keep it up!!

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Photo of plfahey
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 5/21/10. Drank on 2/24/11.

Appearance-Amber to copper in color. Very clear. Moderately large off white head with decent retention which collapses to a rocky texture with some lace.

Aroma-Sour and brett aromas are really starting to come out. Some grainy malt with light toasty caramel notes, underneath a mild and pleasant brett aroma-cidery, tart, horse blanket. Light floral aroma.

Flavor-Biscuity, grainy malt forms the foundation of the flavor. Similar to aroma, there are tart cider vinegar notes, barnyard, horse blanket musty flavors, a nice, subtle earthyness, and a slight floral overtone. Elegant, complex, multi-layered, and delicious.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, medium high carbonation. Smooth, just a touch of alcohol warmth and a light sting on the tongue from the acidity.

I had this beer several months ago and I was relatively unimpressed, though that was a relatively young bottle. This bottle, at about 9 months old, has really started to show Brett character, and has evolved into a lovely, complex beverage.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Sample bottle, 2011 vintage.

A: Orange/copper hue with a slight pink tinge, and a finger-thick pinkish-white head that quickly settles to a thin film around the surface. Lacing is light, but sticks to the glass with ease.

S: Floral up front, with notes of apple, fig, and some earthy character. Some sweet, toasty malt aromas reside in the middle, along with some funk on the end.

T: The hibiscus is present right up front, along with hints of tea, fig, and earthy funk. The malt balances out these characters, while floral, grassy hop notes make up for a dry, clean finish. A very complex flavor profile.

Notes: This beer has a lot going for it. Medium in body, with a unique flavor and a long finish. This is something I could get used to. While different, it's an awesome brew and one that is very palatable. I will be seeking this one out again, potentially with the notion of aging a few bottles.

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Photo of botham
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Clybourn brewpub in Chicago. Pours a rich ruby red with fiery amber thrown in, along with a single finger of light orange head that leaves light lacings. Great retention.

Aroma is floral in the nose with distant herbal notes and a touch of sweet, citrusy hops. Not much else for the nose except for a touch of grassy hops and a distant note of apple. Very pleasant and refreshing in the nose.

Taste is of light malts with a fruity base, citrus and mild tropical tones. Floral character is throughout with a touch of strawberry as well. Finishes on a floral note with a touch of sourness and fruit tones after the fact. Very well put together.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a semi dry texture and a mildly tart feel from the fruity character.

Drinkability is great. Very refreshing without ending up too sweet on the palate. Cheers!

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently this thing is retired, which is sad as hell.

What a damn dessert beer. I wanna break this damn thing down by its parts, but it does it no justice. THe pour is deep orange and has a nice thin white head. It smells like watery Belgian yeast. Theres a hint of tartness and Brett. The taste is something of beauty and perfection. Very light all around, like a good summer wine. The hibiscus flowers dominate, and I rather like it.. Slight Belgian tart acidity, like a good Belgian Framboise, but just not all that much. The yeast doesnt really contribute all that much to the flavor, but comes out upon exhale.

It feels watery and slick, like a tea almost. Im thinking the flowers have given it the oily texture, and the age has given it the overall mellowness. The really cool part of this is the exhale. You get the Belgian yeast esters, hint of strawberries, and a nice slight oak presence.

It took me a while to really figure out what the hell I was tasting, and I had to think back to Hanssens Oudbeitje Lambic. Its strawberries. I love them in Belgians, and GI did it perfectly. They add this subtle sweetness that just sets it over the top.

God damn I love this beer, and they need unretire it and brew more.

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Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a beautiful, rocky white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pale and crystal malt scent along with a very nice tart fruit and floral aroma. It's quite tart to the nose, yet is so refreshing and enticing. The taste is outstanding. It has a crisp, pale malt flavor along with a killer hibiscus character. It goes down quick and refreshing along with a dry, tartness. Wow, what a flavorful pale ale. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very good Belgian pale ale. I love the hibiscus contribution and the overall drinkability.

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Photo of davey101
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Fleur from Goose Island Beer Co.
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