Fleur | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
3.9/5
516 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
246
Ratings:
516
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
76
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 246
Photo of JustinMatthew
5/5  rDev +28.2%
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 Dracook
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of biglobo8971
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
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 Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Levich
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 750mL bottle of the 2010 version of this brewed on 9/17/2010 #1655. Poured into a goblet.

A - This poured a dark honey amber color with hints of rosiness. There was a fragile head that dissipated quickly leaving only a thin layer of foam.

S - Initially, there is a slightly sour aroma with a bit of strawberry and apple.

T - The first taste is very clean and light. There is a light floral and fruity taste that grows stronger with more sips. It finishes with a hint of hops just to balance it all. The flavor is oddly reminiscent of sweettarts.

M - This beer has a thin mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Overall a decent beer. There was nothing overpowering or extraordinary, but good. I am looking forward to trying the 2011 version that's waiting for another session.

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Photo of jegross2
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BEER REVIEW #150!

Reviewing the Fleur from Goose Island Brewing Company. Since Goose Island decided to retire this one, and I've never had it before, I felt it essential to review.
Score: 80

04/08/11 vintage bottle served in a Goose Island 312 glass and enjoyed during the wee hours of 02/03/12.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber yellow color with two-plus fingers of Styrofoamy white colored head that slowly recedes into a half-finger layer of creamy white head. Slightly below average lacing for the style. 3.5/5

Smell: Effervescent granny smith apples and white grape aroma. A little "earthy funk." Lightly "malted" strawberries and raspberries in the nose too. Hints of "tart" fruit mixed throughout. A not overly complex, but a very pleasant nose. 4/5

Taste: The flavor is much more tart than the aroma. Wild berries and funky apples. Imagine how dandelion smells, convert that into a flavor and sour it slightly. Hints of "Brett" throughout. There's some of that present too. There's a slight metal-like funk in the finish/linger too, and it's really bothering me. This is essentially a tart Belgian-style beer. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, high-medium carbonation. Slight drying effect, a little tart. 4/5

Overall: An interesting twist on the Belgian style, but I am not a fan of sour beers. This is less a Belgian pale ale than a Belgian-style sour. Maybe this beer is just "not my thing," but I was not impressed. This is not a Goose Island beer I will miss. Their Oatmeal Stout and original Imperial IPA beers, though, are an entirely different story.

Recommendation: If you like Belgians and sours, seek this one out. Otherwise, don't fret it.

Pairings: Something sweet, floury and tangy -- maybe a strawberry frosted pound cake?

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of jtingue
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 Bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Slightly hazy, but clear, reddish amber in color. Pours with about a half a finger of head, which quickly dissipates to a pretty thick layer on top of the beer. Some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell. Quite tart with the smell of freshly picked strawberries and raspberries. Some floral notes as well.

Taste. Subdued berry mixes with a bready malt. Dry strawberry with a distinct tart bite fills the palate next. A very dry floral flavor comes next before going into a sweet fruity finish.

Mouthfeel. Very thin in body, with moderate carbonation.

A very tasty brew, but the flavor is only moderately complex. It is really just dominated by a dry fruity flavor, albeit a very pleasurable fruit flavor.

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Photo of PhineasGage
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of getbehindthemule
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bauermj
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of eorwar
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cbeer88
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #6.

22oz bomber poured into Chimay Goblet

Appearance: Body is a very clear golden orange color. Head is about a finger of thin white, and doesn't last long, but lacing is strong.

Smell: Sour notes in the nose, bit of hay and funk. Almost smells like Brett, but not quite. Light malt flavor rounds out the profile. No noticeable hop presence.

Taste: Based on the nose I was expecting a sour ale, and I that's not what I have here - maybe a wild though. First sip came off a little bland. There's some yeast combo going on - a bit of wild barnyard flavor and a bit of fruity belgian esters - apple and pear mostly. Minimal hops, and the malt is assertive in the taste but ultimately light in flavor. Crisp. Belgian Pale? No noticeable alcohol trace.

Mouthfeel: Carb is moderate, body is thin.

Drinkability: So-so. Alcohol seems low enough but it's lacking a bit in flavor.

Overall: I'm not sure what to make of this beer. Bland is probably the right word. It seems like a Belgian Pale with a bit of wild yeast, but nothing is really coming together to make anything particularly noteworthy. Reminds me of Goose Island Matilda, but not as good. Drinkable though.

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Photo of csiewert
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of nmeiborg
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of uziangis
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of csustar001
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of movingtrain
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw color. Head is decent with a less-than-aggressive pour.

The aroma is actually quite sour. Notes of dry white grapes, cedar, lilies, warm bread, and some citrus notes (grapefruit in the foreground). The aroma is reminiscent of kombucha.

The flavor is a bit more bready than I would have expected from the aroma, and a bit more sweet. Notes of grapes, white tea, bread crust, some grapefruit, a touch of rye, lemon zest, and club soda. The sourness from the nose is present for sure, though that plays more on the middle of the palate, as the flavors that come through first are more sweet.

The feel of this beer is very similar to that of kombucha tea--it is quite effervescent and spry, quite refreshing.

Overall, this is a good beer. It has the elements of a good sour, but takes on other characteristics more along the lines of a pale ale.

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