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: 246
Photo of wedgie9
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 22oz bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours clear amber orange with a thin white head that leaves some lace on the side of the glass. Nose is somewhat sweet with hibiscus and a light vegetal quality and some light caramel malt. Palate is malty with some peppery hibiscus and black tea along with a nice hops finish. Body is medium with lively carbonation and a unique herbal and bitter finish.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this in Central Square tonight. The color of this beer is a brilliant dark orange, with a large amount of heading that fades quickly. The nose has some passion fruit, pineapple, and a hint of brett. More of the same from the taste, with the brett shining even more. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is good if brett is your thing. Overall this beer is a small step above Matilda, though very similar. The color and the funk that this beer has makes it one worth grabbing.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper with hay highlights at the bottom. The head is ta in color but has no retention or stickage. The bubbling is nominal. I really like this beers color.

The aroma is full on dirt and herbal hibiscus floral steeped in toasted malt grist with some orange peekoe. This beer smell floral and earthy with a bready backbone. I love it.

Very earthy and floral flavor upfront with some simple toasted white bread malt and perhaps some biscuits too. The hibiscus really control the palate from start to finish. Just a bit too controlling. But that doesn't mean its not any good. The hops add some tea notes to this floral arrangement.

The carbonation stays tingley throughout each sip from start to finish. Floral, earthy, and malty upfront with a tart finish. I like this beer a lot. The look could use some perking up though.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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 dpodratsky3
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Big, fluffy, but very airy and loose looking, white head, settles to a slightly denser head, but still thin, beer is a mixture of orange, amber, and brown notes

S: A little strange, pretty mild overall, some crisp grassy hops, some strange note in the background, hints of tartness every now and then - but I can't really make it out, hits right in the top and back of my mouth, leading into my throat

T: Dominant taste is tartness, starts fairly mild and crisp like the aroma, but then quickly build up that sour/tart note, its not entirely awesome, but its ok, different than a standard sour, a little "floral" but not enough to make you say "oh flowers", then some sweetness creeps in on the end and creates a full taste, hints of belgian yeast

M: Lightly carbonated, light medium mouthfell, its pleasant

D: Ok, the beer doesn't work that great, but its light enough to be easy

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (5/21/10 2008) into a GI flute.

A - Poured a deep murky penny copper color with a very thin head that vanished almost instantly and left small traces that it was once there on the side of the glass.

S - Smelled like spicey bbq. I kid you not. Hidden in the background is the usual suspects for a BPA, but upfront reminds me of tangy BBQ sauce. Spicey and tangy. I suppose that's the Hibiscus? Certainly interesting, not necessarily what I look for in a beer. As it warmed, the BBQ odor seemed to fade a bit into the background, but on a big whiff, I still smell it.

T - Yum. Pretty good. A lot of the GI belgian series don't really impress me much (aside from Sofie which is one of the best beers I've ever had)...this one is up there though comparatively speaking. Spicey and fruity. Lemon, clove, bubblegum, banana and sweet...but mostly spicey. But balanced nicely. I really dug the flavor on this one.

M - Definitely leaves some sort of floral feeling in my mouth. A bit dry and juice-like. Soft in my mouth as I drink it, but very dry afterwards.

D - All in all a pretty good BPA. Not hoppy at all (which I like). The smell was pretty interesting for a beer, but taste wise, this one was superior to many of the other GI belgian styles.

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Photo of faernt
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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 BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-gold color, like the dark part of a peach. White head with medium-sized bubbles that stick for a while, but lacing is minimal. Nose is sweet with pale malts, estery pepper, and floral notes that add some complexity. A bit sugary in the mouth, but there's a tiny hint of wild yeast, plus the hibiscus flowers, that are interesting and complex. There's a lot going on in the flavor, between the flowers, mild hopping of citrus notes, and the spicing. Body is medium-full, and the carbonation doesn't quite hit just right. A little more scrubbing might have upped the drinkability, although the full-floral finish is nice too. Interesting take on a rather mundane style, much better than Demolition, in my opinion.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like these GI Belgian series. I think the bottles look very classy and most of the beers are worth drinking so I was excited to see that this one hit Columbus this week.

A Belgian Pale Ale with steeped Hibiscus flowers.
A- A pretty clear, if only slightly chill hazed, rusty copper color with not much of a head. Not retention no lacing but there is a little bit of effervescence.

S- Yeasty and fruity but the smell isnt very strong. There is a lot of spice and a suggestion of tartness. Some light fruits, apples, melon and lightly flowery hops teamed with hibiscus. The dominant aroma is lots of herbs and spices.

T- Lots of earthy yeast and lots and lots of herbal tea with a little bit of floral stuff going on. More melon, chai, floral hops, spice and herbs. Some chalky Belgian yeast underlies it all throughout.

M- Semi dry, short lived carbonation with a light/medium body. It finishes very very spicy/herbal.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been waiting and excitted to try this beer, so here goes nothin...Poured a sorta dusty rose red, with pinkish hughes in it. Real nice head retention with some lacing. The aroma is a little lack luster. Kinda dusty, doesn't really reach funky for a beer with brett in it. There is a faint horse hair aroma, remenicent of Matilda. There is also something fruity there. I wish I could rate it a 3.7. The taste is, well, hmm. This beer could clearly use some time. it wants to be kinda funky but its not there. There is a nice malty backbone, no real hop charecter, and some fruityness with a yeast quality that is begging to be unleashed. Mouthfeel is like a biere de garde, smooth over the palate, medium to light carb. Eh, I think I'll like this beer if I cellar one for 1 or 2 years. Probably 1. It will be there in 1.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
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 aasher
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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 jwinship83
3.04/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650ml bottle that was purchased as soon as it hit the shelves in the chicago suburbs. drank from my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a an odd pinkish orangeish colored body with a pretty large off white colored head. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind complete rings of lacing. lots of visible carbonation bubbles.

S- very floral smelling (surprise!). sweet belgian candi sugar and some belgian yeast. a small amount of what i think smells like brett. very hint sour aromas. grassy/earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste is much like the smell. its dominated by flowers, grass, and earth. the sourness i could smell comes through more pronounced in the taste, but its not exactly strong. the earthiness comes from the brett which i can faintly pick up. belgian candi sugar gives it a balancing sweetness. slightly yeasty.

M- light bodied with an over the top level of carbonation. i consider it to be somewhat of a problem in most of goose islands belgian style line. the brewery must be cool with it. somewhat dry and sour finish.

D- this beer offers exactly what it says it will. however, its not really my thing. not offensive or full of obvious flaws, its just not for me. i doubt ill seek this one out again.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle at GI Wrigley...The beer is a clear amber light brown with a nice light tan head. Good retention and lacing...The aroma is super light for all the flavor that is supposed to be there with the tea and all that are in there...The taste is also super light, thought there would be more flavor. Its lightly bitter with a tea flavor, some herbs but overall just boring...The feel is ok, an easy drinker, I crushed a bottle quickly but it wasn't something I would get again.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.04/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a burnt orange/golden color with yellow on the edges. Foamy head billowed up and quickly dissipated, leaving behind no lacing. Pretty to look at.

S - Hmmm, not a ton going on here. Get a little bit of funk and some decent belgian yeast. A little bit of sweet fruit smell, but nothing over powering.

T - Am I the only one who is missing something here? I saw a bunch of great reviews and was expecting something somewhat impressive. It's just a touch fruity, with some subtle belgian yeast and funk coming through. Earthy and grassy, to me it tastes like a slightly sweetened and more full-bodied saison. Everything kind of melds together, yes you can pick out a decent amount of stuff, but honestly, I find this quite boring.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation. A little bit slick and a tiny bit sticky.

D - I will give it this, easy to throw down, and the alcohol is completely hidden. Perhaps my palate is just not sophisticated enough, but I find this beer somewhat unimaginative and it's not really doing anything for me. Based on the prior reviews, it is one I would like to revisit after I have become more educated with the different tastes.

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Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle 2010 vintage, produced on 05/21/10.

Pours a different color than I expected. It is a vibrant brownish red with hues of plum/orange. The head is tight, creamy, and foamy and sticks for a long time and leaves nice lacing as it recedes. Carbonation bubbles abundantly race towards the head.

The smell is reminiscent of a tripel. Lots of candi sugar, spices. There is a big shot of hibiscus, it is sweet but flowery and fragrant. There are also a pinch of hops in here and some citrus and strawberry. Not too much funk really.

The taste is like a berry infused pale/tripel/orval. It has a smooth, grassy spicy flavor, then at the end it has a nice bitterness and fruitiness. It is also slightly tart. It isn't too sweet either. I'm not really tasting the Kombucha that much in here.

Overall another solid Belgian-styled offering from Goose Island. It could be a bit more flavorful, but it was good.

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Photo of DarrinRasberry
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark honey with a head that vanishes quickly but with lacing that sticks around.

S: Rich, strong apples and peaches.

T: Sour and funk notes overtake a fruity feel, especially as the beer warms. Seems to be Goose Island's take on Orval, and they do it quite well!

M: The carbonation is perfect and the beer leaves a delectable taste in my mouth after every swallow, but it is a tad watery and thin compared to its Trappist brother.

D: Very drinkable, and its well-hidden 7% ABV will bite you in the arse if you're not careful.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant pinkish hued reddish copper... Nice fluffy white head was 3 fingers. Excellent lace and retention. Looks really good.

"This smells like a Belgian pale ale" is exactly what I said before I grabbed my iPhone and decided to look this up and then review it. Some sweet bready malts up front with a familiar funk--think Matilda. Then a floral scent, like orange blossoms. All of those come through in the taste... There is a very slight tartness that I wish would open up and become a dominant flavor... Instead, the finish reminds me of an orange dreamsicle-- crey and orangey.

The body is fairly light with lots of carbonation. Very easy drinking-- perhaps paired with roast chicken or spicy seafood... Maybe a big salad with walnuts, grilled chicken, shrimp, and mandarin oranges.

I can really see what goose was going for with this one-- an interesting beer to bring to a dinner party in place of a semi-sweet white wine. Sadly, I hardly ever find myself in that situation... And while this has been enjoyable, it is a beer
that will probably only be bought for those rare dinner party occasions.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a bright copper, clear as could be, with two fingers of white head.

Smell -- Sweet and bready malts, spring flowers, mild tea, a lot of brett-like funk (I assume from the addition of kombucha tea), some hoppiness.

Taste -- Up front is sweet and bready, along with hibiscus tea and a mild berry flavor. Toward the finish there's some yeastiness and mild tartness that I would assume is coming from the kombucha culture.

Mouthfeel - Medium-body, moderate carbonation; feels big and bubbly. Quite smooth.

Drinkability -- I came into this beer with two handicaps: I don't like herbal tea, and I REALLY don't like kombucha tea. That said, this is a pretty nice beer. Overall, I thought this was a little too much like Matilda. Solid, but not thrilling.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22-oz. bomber bottled on 5-21-10. Happy 2-week birthday, Fleur!

Poured into a New Belgium globelet. Paired with brie and strawberries. Yum.

A - Pours a copper-rouge, clear and effervescent. Active carbonation produces a well-retained 0.5 finger head of champagne bubbles with lovely lacing.

S - Sweet malt, subtle floral bouquet, and tea leaves. The aroma is perfectly balanced with some harsher yeast notes, and overall is a sublime olfactory experience.

T - Dark berries and a touch of toasted malt at first, giving way to the hibiscus tea, which becomes even more prominent as this beauty warms. Finish is sweet and just a bit tart.

M - Bubbly and light to medium bodied, this caresses the tongue as it is imbibed.

D - Just a splendid beer that drinks like a fine chilled tea. Wonderful.

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Photo of hawks10
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Nickls
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Pours with a half-finger of white, frothy head; OK retention; whisps of lacing; ruby red orange color that's clearer

S - Belgiany-yeastiness; very floral; light citrus; some darker sweet fruits slide in as well

T - A bit tart, but lightly so; yeasty; back to some tart plum and citrus/lemon flavors

M - Almost medium; nice level of carbonation; a little fluffly

D - Nice drinking; and deceivingly quaffable

Tasty and interesting brew, fun stuff.

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

Sorry for the short comments, I was running out of room in my notebook.

A: The beer is nicely clear/clean. There's a small head, but good lacing and good active carbonation.

S: It's sweet, but also has the Belgian Sourness to it.

T: Light flavor, just sort of the generic Belgian to me

M: Very creamy, surprising based on the rest of it.

D: Good beer for a Belgian, tastes pretty sessionable considering the ABV.

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

On tap at Hopcat in Grand Rapids.

Golden pale color... smell is pure bubblegum. Taste is lightly hoppy, more bubblegum and medium sweetness. Mouthfeel medium to light. Very drinkable, not overwhelming by any stretch for a medium-to-high ABV.

A pretty solid beer.

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Photo of Florida9
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this on tap at the Wrigleyville location.

A: Served in a small snifter. Served with just a slight surface coating of off-white head. Radiantly orange in color with a slight haze.

S: Surprisingly muted. Some sweet and sour action going on, with notes of sour "Belgian-style" yeasts, sweet fruit, and some faint citrus.

T: Sweet malts and bubblegum. Long, almost spicy finish. Very complex. Very interesting.

M: Medium in weight with low carbonation. Silky and voluptuous at the same time.

D: A quite interesting and complex beer. Obviously meant for sipping slowly and appreciating the world of interesting flavors. Very good, but considering how flavorful this one is, I am unsure why the aroma was so muted.

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Fleur from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 75% out of 100 with 516 ratings
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