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 Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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 +4.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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 metter98
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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 Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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 emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour."

--William Blake

2010 vintage (bottled 05/21/10). Polished persimmon orange with butterscotch borders and multiple strands of rapidly rising bubbles that are disappearing into the bottom of a chunky slice of khaki colored foam. The lid develops a little rockiness as it descends, and lace is less than abundant.

Fleur does not smell like a Belgian pale ale. To be fair, the label says 'Belgian Style Ale'. It comes across as a moderately funky wild ale more than anything else, although I'm not aware that Brettanomyces yeast was used. Not getting the hibiscus or tea at all.

There are definitely bugs in this brew. Could be bacteria. Could be Brett. Could be both. The good thing is that they don't cover up the other flavors. The less-than-good thing is that there aren't a huge amount of other flavors. There are, however, enough.

Fruity and flowery American wild ale is the short version of this review. Malt contributes almost nothing in terms of flavor, which means that caramel malt was added to the brew kettles with a thimble rather than a shovel. Fleur is mostly tart-n-tangy top notes that include horseblanket, meadow grasses, flower petals and red berries. Unique *and* tasty.

The mouthfeel is nowhere near Belgium's best... nor was it expected to be. Size is right on the money, but the carbonation is fizzy and on the outside of the liquid rather than being soft and on the inside, providing lift and creaminess.

Fleur (which is French for flower) is solid beer that is enjoyable, in large part, because it's different. If you think you might like sour/wild ales but don't want to be smacked in the face with a fusillade of funk, give this one a whirl.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Goebbel's in Wichita

Pours amber with a sliver of sand colored head. Great clarity, near zero, head retention or lacing

S: Sourness & grassyness, some apple peel notes

T: Follows the nose, some pear & apple peel notes as well. Some grassy hop notes as this warms, white grape,pears & peach shine through as well, along with a touch of shortbread & white pepper. Finishes fruity, peppery, dry with a touch of pineapple & a whisper of white pepper

MF: Medium bodied, slick, low carbonation, great balance

Very easy to drink the 7.0 ABV is well hidden. This would be a bit pricey to session on, but If I could, I would on hot days (like today)

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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 billab914
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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 womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me another midwestern treat.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head that settles down to a thin head.

S: The nose opens up with the floral characteristics being pronounced. A nice light fruit note behind that, very berry-like, with some apricots and green apple. Hints of tartness and lemon are present as well.

T: The tartness is more noticeable on the palate, which is a good thing (I think, anyway). Some floral notes along with strawberry and a white zinfandel sort of fruitiness that I think actually is nice here. A fair amount of yeast and a drying feeling.

M: The body is medium with a full carbonation and a light dryness.

D: Wonderfully refreshing and easy to drink. This was a beer I was more than happy to have a couple pours of.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I'm gonna name my next homebrew "de Lis". Yeah, I went there. (Sorry.) This stuff pours a cloudy sunrise tawny topped by a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises cardamom, light green tea, light sweet caramel, orange zest, and a touch of black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, with more pepper, a touch more tea, more cardamom, and then some additions of lemon zest, light honeydew, and a touch of what seems like kiwi in the background. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slimy feel (in a good way...maybe gelatinous is a better word...?...). Overall, an interesting beer, indeed, something you won't taste all that often. And it's something that does beg to be tasted, rather than dismissed. Try some, won't you?

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 5/26/11 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in Washington, DC. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a murky dark amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of apples, spices, bready malts, cinnamon, floral notes, and fruity malts. Lots of apples up front and a bit sweet, but I like it.

t - Tastes of apples, bready malts, spices, and fruity malts. Apples up front again, and a tiny bit too sweet for me, but still good.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy; very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice Belgian style beer. It's heavy on the apples and I'd like it better if the taste wasn't quite as sweet, but it's very refreshing and easy to drink. I'd certainly order it again in the summertime.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to MarcatGSB for this bottle!

Appearance - Crystal clear copper body, which is weird for a BPA, but I've already guessed this isn't your average BPA. Almost no head. Some bubbles, but nothing sustained. No lacing either. Disappointing.

Smell - A bit more familiar to the BPA smell, but no hops. A hint of yeast and some fruity smells I can't quite place. Smells tart and reminds me a bit of a Flanders Red in aroma.

Taste - Fruit flavors in front and some Belgian sugar flavors. Not really sweet, but the residual flavors are there. I don't know what hibiscus tastes like, but the flavor reminds me of rose water. A little bit astringent and just... flowery. Tart all the way through, but it comes through when the other flavors fade.

Mouthfeel - Very light. In fact, the flavors drop off and the finish tastes like nothing by astringent water. Like rose water, really. Drinkable, I guess, but I'd like the flavors to hang around.

Overall - Not bad. I feel like it tastes good and then suddenly tastes like nothing. It's half a beer, but the half it has is good.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | 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 smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a snifter at ChurchKey DC.

Given with no head, an orange/amber body. THere was a head at one point but seriously died. No lacing not even a collar on this thing.

Smell is initially wet. Faint bret sense and sort of a fresh seafood ocean "fishy" quality. Really strange but alright.

Mild bretty sense at first and a hint of some spice. Still that watery sense carries over into feel as well. Slight nutmeg and almost cigar box finish but with heat and pricklyness that is obvious.

Overall, weak, wet and kind of boring, I'll pass on this one from Goose Island.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Also on-tap at the June BA Gathering. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Fantastic looking brew. One and a half fingers of egg-white foam with solid retention and glass-coating lacing. Hazed golden apricot-to-amber with a nice fiery glow to it.

S - Huge Belgian yeast, floral hops, light toffee malts, hibiscus - a little reminiscent of aged Houblon Chouffe. There's some clove and spice that comes out as the beer warms up.

T - Taste is more bitter and spicy, and becomes a touch unbalanced. Finishes with some of the floral and toffee notes, but somehow is less complex in character. No hint of alcohol, even with it being on the higher end of the Belgian pale ABV scale.

M - Thin, a little watery, soft in texture. Active carbonation that has a little bit of tingle but isn't over the top. A little underwhelming.

D - It's alright, but isn't one of my favorite styles. The spice and yeast get a bit fatiguing and a struggled to finish my glass (unlike the wonderful Saison where I kept going back for refills). Worth trying if it's around, but nothing special.

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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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Fleur from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 516 ratings.
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