Fleur | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 247
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at The Hunt Club. An interesting one, sourness derived from the herbs and wild yeast. Medium mouthfeel. Light brown, with some lace. Cloves, sourness, the whole thing didn't work today, it has many ideas, some of which I do not like here.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light red in color and poured with a finger high white head. There is a moderate amount of carbonation visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate amounts of floral aromas in the nose--likely a result of the addition of hibiscus tea--as well as some smells of strawberries and hints of spices and yeast.
T: The flavor is slightly sweet and has flavors of berries, flowers and tea, while there is some tartness in the finish. No bitterness from the hops is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation. A mild amount of dryness is perceptible in the finish.
D: This beer is very easy to drink; I could easily have more than one of these in a single sitting. The alcohol is well hidden.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An unusual Belgain Ale but done in true Belgain fashion by brewing according to flavor destinations rather than style perscriptions.

The beer pours a tawny-rosey color that becons the anticipation of fruit and tartness. Thinly the beer pours into the glass, releasing an airy, loosely laced head that releases carbonaiton and retention rather quickly. After which, the beer looks like white zinfindale wines.

Fruity, spicy, and ultimately floral to the nose, the beer's hibiscus notes are evident. Aromatic hops also aid to the flowery mix. Tartness of under-rippened berries, crabapples, and lemon grass all work to over whelm the well attenuated malt aromas.

Flavors of tart fruits, vinous wines (still zinfindales) and fleeting dry malt cracker-like taste round out a simple flavor profile that shies away from complexity. Hop bitterness, tartness, and moderate saltiness leads into a dry and arid finish.

Initial creaminess is very short lived, quickly giving way to aggressive thinning, medium astringency, and a slick finish (from the flower addition, I suppose).

Fleur is a nice beer that is truely artisinal in every sense, but like Matilda and Pere Jaque, I have no idea where these beers are going.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Botham for sharing this, review is from notes.

Glowing sunset orange, an attractive color for sure. It had a generous froth, with a ring of spotty, irregular lace left behind. Malty nose, earthy and slightly sweet, with a light floral touch. Initial sip reminded me of juicyfruit gum, later it had a more subdued passion fruit or strawberry flavor from the yeast or hibiscus flowers. Residual bitterness, with some leafy botanicals, and fleeting sweetness in the aftertaste. Finished fairly dry, and was truly refreshing on a warm summer day.

Edit: A year-old bottle develops a nice complimentary tartness. Save some in the cellar for next spring/summer.

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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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 zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden, orange color with a one-finger, off-white head of thick foam. The bubbly head had good retention and left thin rings of lace.

S - Great floral aroma - the hibiscus I assume. Good yeasty notes with some fruity aromas, too.

T - There is a fruity taste like a good Belgian tripel. Nice yeast and floral flavors too. Sweet with just enough bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

D - Goes great with Thanksgiving dinner. Another good bomber from Goose Island.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy blonde color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of hibiscus flower with medium sweet Belgian malt base is very interesting. Taste is also dominated by light hibiscus notes with some medium sweet Belgian malt and a somewhat dry finish. I can't say that the wild yeast was easily distinguishable but brought a nice layer of additional complexity. Body was above average for style with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Very well brewed but I do believe some more hibiscus would have improve this even further.

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Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige head. Color is a golden orange.

Aroma: Herbal and floral. Yeasty, bready, and some spices. Orange peel. Not too much here for a Belgian.

Taste: Bready and malty. Some crushed black pepper flavors. Oranges and lemons. Grassy and herbal flavors again.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, easy drinking, but lacking flavor. I have heard the previous year’s batch was better. This one just wasn’t anything special.

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3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, drank 2/22/11.

A - Orange Amber, low blanket of fine bubbles. Light lace.

S - Earthy hibiscus. Touch of honey sweetness. Some clove and mulling spice deep in the background.

T - Some tart apricot, grass, light lemon pith. The hibiscus definitely comes through - dry, earthy, floral. Milk malt peaks through every now and then.

M - Mildly tart with a dry finish. Light carbonation and body.

D - Nice flavor balance and complexity with a light body and lively carbonation.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a decent rate over a mostly clear copper orange bright reddish color.

N: Interesting, a few aromas here. Starts with some golden malts, Belgian light malts, a little toasty. Then a very slight sweetness. WIth that is a wild yeast, some light funk, a little barnyard, and Brett. I had no idea this was a wild and it's a nice surprise. A very light fruit and little bitterness. A light floral hop effervescence as well.

T: Also interesting. Starts again with light Belgian malts, a little toasty, a little sweetness. Then some fruit flavors, like juicy fruits like a peach or nectarine or something. Then some more bitter flavors that come with the yeast. Also plenty of wild yeast, a nice Bretty flavor. Some light barnyard funk from the Brett. An interesting dry mouth affect from the yeast. A slight spicy mouth tingle from a touch of acidity. A light floral bitter hop taste too.

M: Lighter body with tons of carbonation, and light mouth tingle.

F: FInishes pretty dry, mouth smackingly dry actually. Some bitterness as well. THen more light barnyard funk and Brett, but no fruit. Some light toasty malts too on the finish. A mostly clean finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of billab914
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage poured into my Ithaca glass. It poured a murky amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a crisp fruitiness to it with some decent citrus notes coming through. I get some pale, sweeter malts adding a little malty sweetness as well. The Belgian yeast also adds some earthy spice to it. Nice mix of flavors overall, and pretty well balanced.

The taste shows a bit more of the juicy citrusness that I assume is from the hibiscus flowers. It especially jumps out at you in the finish. The yeast spice comes through a little but is more reserved in the taste compared to the aroma. The pale malts give it a little bit of a grainy, bready, malty sweet character and make for a nice base for all the citrusy flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average. Overall it was a pretty solid and interesting beer of the style. I thought the aroma was very nice and well balanced while the taste leaned a bit too heavily on the juicy, citrusy, flavors. A pretty nice beer overall though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.
Color is a moderate copper color with a reddish hue. White head with a bit of lacing, though it dies down pretty quickly. Nose is some flowers, hibiscus, light citrus, and some Belgian yeast. Nice and well-integrated. The taste isn't quite as nice and the flavors, while diverse, don't really blend together all the well.

Mouthfeel is crisp on a fairly-light body. This drinks well enough, though I think I'll stick with Demolition.

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Fleur from Goose Island Beer Co.
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