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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Reviews: 246 | Ratings: 516
Photo of ucsbmullet
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a 2010 version on 6/25/12.

My first impression of this beer was very unfavorable, tough to drink on its own. But with food, I found this very drinkable and complimentary with a chicken dish.

Everything about this beer is light. Light Belgian yeast notes on the nose. Its light, with hints of tea on the tongue. Tea drinkers may enjoy this on its own. I thought it was a little rough to sip by itself, cold or warmer. Just too light.

But I gave it a shot with chicken with broiled tomatoes and tortellini and its paired excellent. The beer seemed to come alive and brighten in my mouth with the food. I tasted more fruit notes and a hint of pucker. This beer drank like a light white wine.

Tough to get through this beer on its own. But it came alive when paired with food.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been through many of Goose Island’s brews recently, but I’ve only seen this one in one or two liquor stores.

Brewed eight months before the date of this tasting (“10/27/11” on the bottle).

A: Very, very bubbly, just like G.I.’s other Belgian-style beers. Rosy amber in color and a bit hazy, with just the tiniest bit of retention. Sprinklings of lacing everywhere.

S: Where’s the nose on this one? A touch of perfume-like hibiscus before some light, floral hops. Coriander and crisp, lemony malts, but that’s all, folks.

T: Flavor follows the nose; very timid. Flavors of lemon juice, mandarin oranges, and a slight white grape shine out lightly, tasting sweet and fresh. Bright, flowery hops are evident but in no way bold, more tart than bitter. The aftertaste is slickly sweet, smooth hibiscus and lemon pulp for a moment or two afterwards.

M: Pretty bubbly to start, fizzy and intense for a bit. The last half of the bottle is better, but still as foamy and effervescent as ever.

O: Fleur is a very mild beer in every sense. Like all of Goose Island’s beers, it’s good-natured and pleasant, but this one is lacking excitement in some key areas.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a clear shade of orange with a three finger white head that's very puffy. Lots of carbonation. Looks very nice

S- lots of sexy Belgian yeast character coming through...a nice bubblegum aroma, with some flowery notes as well

T- the flavor on this one is very mild. None of the spicy Belgian yeast comes through very well, but I do get the komucha and hibiscus flavors....they're just very, very mild and understated.

M- medium bodied, and actually on the thicker side...I find that most "tea-like" brews are a little thicker, as I got the same sensation from DFH Sahtea and New Belgium's Sahti as well

O- this is a very easy drinking beer, but I can see why Goose discontinued it. The flavors are very mellow and understated, and I don't think it has that POW factors that a lot of Goose beers have

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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 dbossman
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Apricot hue with a huge, foamy head with good retention; lacing is okay

S: Strawberries, apples, pears, bananas, pineapple--this is a fruity bouquet of awesomeness; somewhat of a grainy backdrop with some subtle peppery, herbal notes

T: Fruity and yet dry--the strawberries are very prevalent but so is a banana and apple quality from the yeast; some bready malts at the heart as well; some grassy, herbal, flowery, weedy flavors shining through the finish as well

F: Effervescent carbonation up front with a creamy texture on the back end

O: Such a nice beer with a refreshing fruitiness that complements the Belgian yeast and bready, toasty grains

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Photo of Chirpie
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip (I seem to be favoring that one regardless of the brew.)

Somewhat disappointed. Maybe I got a bad bottle? Really light flavor, kind of skunky even. The head disappeared instantly, no lacing left behind.

The appearance might be the highlight for me. (Not a good sign.) Nice amber yellow look with a lot of floating sedimentation.

Sessionable for sure based off the light flavor, it's just not that memorable.

I see it's retired... glad to have tried so I know I'm not to broken up about it...

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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 thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to aasher for this one in a past trade! Thanks buddy! 2011 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Goose Island oversized wine glass. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour, fruit, and subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, raspberry, tart, subtle sour, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This brew definitely brought a really nice aroma and flavor to the playing field. Upon cracking open the bottle I knew I was in for a pleasant surprise based on the aromas coming off of the bottle. This one still delivered in the glass as well which was really nice. The flavors on this one definitely made it easy to drink. A definite must try if you have not done so.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 21 May 2010

A: orange-brown color, very n ice rocky creamy head
S: very good nose, traces of Orval, yeasty, fruity
T: fruity from hibiscus, Orval traits of yeast, musty, very enjoyable saison, very enjoyable and true to type
M: good
O: overall a very enjoyable beer

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours an orangey amber hue with rose colored highlights. Not much head. Maybe a fingers worth, white in color. Only a spot or two of lacing.

S - at first the nose is delicate. As I swirl the beer it ellicits a apocryphal cinnomin note with lots of floral undertones. As it warms the nose changes drastically. Sweet red and citrus fruit notes meld nicely with yeasty notes of sweet breads and juicy fruit gum to round it out.

T - dry and bready on the front of the tongue. Fruity in the mid palate with notes of sweet orange peel and a vague cherry/strawberry flavor. Dry finish.

M - medium verging on full bodied. Light on carbonation. Creamy enough texture. Slightly watery.

O - a nicely flavored interesting ale. A cool experiment but it was either a little off the mark or its just a bit past its prime.

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Photo of n2185
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/26/11

A: pours a clear orange with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: some light Belgian spice notes and candy sugar at first followed by some dry, funky aromas. There are slight sweet and tart notes as well.

T: similar to the aroma, some Belgian candy sugar and spices up front followed by funky, musty, and barnyard flavors. The finish is dry and only slightly sweet. Tasty.

M: medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is light, dry, and very drinkable.

O: a very good beer, overall, with lots of funky flavors. Very drinkable and tasty to boot.

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Photo of draheim
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled 5/4/2011) (thanks Mom for carrying it out here) into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery amber w/ a wisp of sediment, thick frothy white head, moderate lacing.

Aroma is delicate floral Belgian yeast, mild citrus, and a faint soapiness. Everything on the nose is subdued, subtle.

Taste has a weird saltiness up front followed by dry bready malt. This beer has an unusual water/baking soda taste I can't quite get past.

Overall I expected more from this beer. Disappointing.

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Photo of ZekemusMaximus
2.87/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A dark orange color with some absolutely fantastic lacing. It created a "mountainscape" around the rim of my glass. A bit hazy but pretty cool looking.

S - Certainly floral, lots of hibiscus and fruit but its almost masked by a Belgian smokiness.

T - Nothing too strong, the taste lingered a little too long for my liking. It was certainly tart and that was present throughout.

M - Seemed light at first but the more i drank I felt there was more going on, a little heavier than it looks. Very carbonated though.

O - First BPA from Goose Island I've had my chance to try, didn't love it, didn't hate it. It wouldn't be a beer I'd rush to try again but I probably won't get the chance if its retired so I won't have to worry about it.

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Photo of warnerry
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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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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 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 Levich
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
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 -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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 -8.7%
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 cbeer88
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
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 movingtrain
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of Humulus85
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a vibrant, crystal clear gold. A white, 1.5 finger head died down quickly, but left behind some decent lacing.

The nose is very Belgian. Light and crisp, some earthy yeast, and a hint of fruity/floral sourness. Very intriguing smell.

Again, very Belgian but unique. Very fruity for not having any fruit additions. I'm not familiar with the flavor profile of the Hibiscus flower, but I assume that is where it is coming from. Starts out with strawberries and yeast. Moves into a nice sweet bread malt and more yeast. Finishes slightly earthy (almost tea-like), then tart. Very complex brew.

Super smooth, like silk. Very light on the palate. Playful carbonation. Doesn't finish too sweet, or too dry.

Overall, I came away impressed by this beer. My first from GIs "vintage" line. Not sure I will revisit this in the near future, but it gave me a new and intriguing beer experience. I'm still relatively new with Belgians as well, and still struggle to get past the prominent yeast flavors. I would recommend this to BAs trying to get their feet wet in the Belgian side of things. Cheers!

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Photo of scratch69
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Pours a clear golden-orange with a fingers worth of head. Small amount of lacing.

Smell- Floral with yeast notes.

Taste- Fruity at the start, but finishes mildly tart. I also detect yeast at the finish that fades into a tea flavor.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

Overall- A very pleasant experience. Not what you would expect from a beer but very enjoyable.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good head retention. good lacing. just barely off white head. golden color. clear. whats most remarkable about the way this beer looks is that the bubbles rising are so few i could count them.

caramel malts. floral. no hop aroma. slight years phenols. bouquet is petite. caramel is the biggest.

slight malt sweetness upfront. slightly floral in the middle coupled with slight peppery yeast phenols. and a slightly hop bitter finish. no hop flavor. taste is a tad petite, almost to being watery.

light/medium body. soft carbonation. smooth. very refreshing. heat from the alcohol barely comes through late in the finish.

i think they did what they set out to do here. i think they wanted to brew a light (bodied) refreshing ale, and they did. the hibiscus flavor is subtle, but the hibiscus is probably a tame flavoring agent. very drinkable

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