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Le Fleur Misseur?Le Fleur Misseur?

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Gueuzedude on 05-30-2008

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Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 179
Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh, brewery fresh... does it get better? GABF '08 weekend and I couldn't get enough of this beer. It begins with a juicy, fruity, acidic, malty mess that melded together seamlessly in the glass. Peppery, berry-ey, tart, Belgian funkiness all filled the nose-- the aroma is enough. The beer's maltiness is evident in the strong golden color with a moderate haze and great head formation, retention, and lacing. The taste is rich with fully attenuated malts and yeasty esters, phenols, and assertive hops (Amerillo?) Balanced with a dry acidity that hold memories of their sour beer experiments. Berries, apples, pears, white pepper, grains of paradise, clove, bananna, and a hint of cumin. The beer remains creamy and malty without even the hint of under-attenuation. Super clean, crisp, dry and bitter in the finish, leaving only the spices to remember. A fantastic beer!

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy honey color and a creamy head - great persistance and sheets of lace

Smell: Bready aroma with hints of white pepper and grass

Taste: Opens with a bready flavor that quickly jumps in a pineapple, clove and white pepper direction by mid palate; at the same time a grassy bitterness also adds balance; after the swallow, the grassy herbacious and floral pepper flavors combine to provide a complexly layered finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting yeasty complexity; another pleasantly surprising take on a Belgian style by the folks in Colorado

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Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Sycamore in Columbia, MO for the New Belgium beer dinner.

A - Poured a semi-opaque, golden color with hints of orange. It had a white, foamy, soapy head that left beautiful lacing.

S - It smelled grassy and yeasty. Great floral aromas, too.

T - This has a nice hoppiness and burnt toast maltiness. Very spicy with a yeasty kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great Belgian ale. I wish it was more readily available.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy golden color with a bit of a white head. The nose brings some citrus and tropical fruits with light grain alongside some Brett and light, earthy funk. The taste is mild funk with some fruits and pale malt. Slightly dry feel with some funk. Drinks nice and light; would be interesting to see what the funk turns this into.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."


Sun-drenched lemon yellow with multiple streams of energetic bubbles zipping up to a slim slice of pearl colored foam that should have been more impressive, given the increasingly high-altitude pour. Lace is merely acceptable in terms of quantity and quality.

Lips Of Faith Le Fleur, Misseur? smells more like a saison or a wild ale than a Belgian pale. Brettanomyces yeast tends to overpower whatever ingredients it's matched with, as it does here. That said, the lightly toasted base beer is appreciated... but it still isn't anywhere near BPA territory.

The nose knows. Wild ale all the way. So far, the combination of ingredients is not exactly floating my boat. The malts, that is, because precious few hops are present (to the tune of just 16 IBUs). Warming is unlikely to do anything other than amplify what is already present.

The biggest offender in the grain bill (at least from my point of view) is Victory. It gives LFM a toasted earthiness that is reminiscent of Munich, my least favorite malt. The odd wood-like flavor, along with some honey notes, clashes with the barnyard funkiness of the yeast, leading to a less than enthusiastic next mouthful.

The mouthfeel is actually quite nice. It's easily big enough for the ABV and has a creamy smoothness that doesn't quit, even as the finish approaches. No harm, no foul on the head, since the beer is clearly perfectly carbonated.

Le Fleur, Misseur? is what a small boy said to one of the brewers at the side of a country road in Belgium, when he offered the American a small flower. The original spelling from his notes is retained, in spite of being incorrect. Unfortunately, the beer isn't a stellar translation either.

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent straw with 1 finger of pearl color head. Murks up a bit as the bottle drains, great lacing & good head retention

S: Phenols & grassyness

T: Grassyness & lemons, plus band aids & white pepper up front. A general dirty taste follows as this warms, along some tartness & lemon not really working for me. Finishes dirty with a bit of lemon & grapefruit & a touch of appleskins

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation, balances okay

Drinks okay, not one I'll really seek out again. Followers of funk may like this, but give a Duvel or Damnation any day. Scores better than my enjoyment of this beer, didn't pull together at all IMO

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber color coming through right out of the bottle. 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.

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Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured a hazy light gold color with a thin white lacing around the edges of the beer.

Aroma has some peach, pineapple and mild funky flavors from the wild yeast with a little sweet grainy malt in the background. The taste has a slight funk to it but not a lot. It has some sour apple and pineapple flavors that I really like. The finish is moderately bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed drinking this one. The Brett is a very nice addition in this beer, it's a very good moderate funk flavor. It would be an excellent choice to introduce someone to wilds and sours.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a pale golden color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of flowers, floral hops, earthy malts, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of spices, flowers, fruity malts, floral hops, and light citrus.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - Wasn't a big fan of this one. Lots of floral notes that I wasn't a fan of. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.48/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a tumbler.

My one-time distro rep convinced me to crack open a bottle of this to see how it was holding up. (And, yes, he already had done so himself and had made a judgment.) It pours a lightly hazy straw topped by two fingers of white froth. The nose comprises mild cobweb, earth, a spritz of lemon peel, black pepper, and general greenery. Everything's sorta/kinda faint, but at the same time fairly assertive. The taste certainly asserts itself, but mostly like an insufferable jackass at the bar: mounds of dirt, dusty cobwebs, waxy lemon rind, and a blast of past-its-prime Belgian yeast envelops my tongue, refusing to retreat no matter how vociferously I try to repel its advances. "Take a hint, dammit," I think, partially aloud, "I just wanna have a nice drink here and enjoy myself." Not gonna happen, apparently. This stuff blatantly hurts, but it seems oblivious to the fact. Poor guy. Someday he'll find out the hard way... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, my belief is that this stuff peaked a while ago and nobody bothered to say anything. This has got to be the worst experience I've yet had with a Lips of Faith offering.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light yellow body with a mixed bubbled head. Moderate retention and nice lace.

S - Huge rosewater and tart dandelion nose. Pear and lemon backdrop.

T - Bright floral opening. Green, semi-tart, bitter plant stem center. Rosewater finish.

M - Light frame with nice carbonation throughout.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Lips of Faith Le Fleur, Misseur?Ale

I have no idea what style this is, and no way to find out. The bottle says: "A beer worthy of mispelling. Learn why this ale holds a special place in our history at NewBelgium.com,etc,blah, blah..."

Well, I don't have any internet access now, so it's all a mystery to me. Let's just open 'er up and find out.

Clouded, golden appearance, beautiful, snow white head, leaving lace.

Funky, farm-y aroma. Okay, I'm guessing a saison, here. Straw, some spice, and citric freshness. Wonderful. Spot on. Let's drink...

Ah...A right on saison. Juicy, fruity malt, tidy little hop bite, spicy, yet smooth, and even creamy. Mmmm, tasty.

Called a Pale Ale here, now that I'm on line. And here's the story: "Produced for New Belgium coworkers to celebrate our 15th anniversary, Le Fleur has roots in the earliest days of our history. In 1988 founder Jeff Lebesch sat weary on the side of a Belgian road when a young lad passing by picked a delicate yellow flower and offered it to Jeff.

"Le Fleur, Misseur?" Jeff misspelled the boy's comment in his journal as he accepted the offering. A treasured memory, a beer to treasure."

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light yellow with a more pale yellow along the bottom of the glass. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight tart malt, hops, yeast, slight citrus (lemon), and a hint of grass. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grass, yeast, slight hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Overall, a rather enjoyable beer with great, complex aroma and easy drinkability.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06-25-09 into a nonic. Beer is light yellow with a mild haze and a big head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a little lacing behind.

Aroma is surprisingly bratty. Good funk mild lactic acid.

Beer is medium to light in body. Strong Brett presence in this one. Mildly lemon. It's got a nice moderate finish. Not too dry. I really like this beer. Tastes like one if my home-brewed beers, that's a good thing.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clouded up, golden straw color. Medium fluff of foam, seems very carbonated. Fizzy.
I get straw, corn and flowers in the nose. The corn isn't all that involved, but it's there and I can't stop thinkinf of it.
Taste diminishes the corn a bit. Mostly grassy and coriander spice. A good biscuit undertone with a fresh, crisp finsih. Still, corn. Make drinking it a bit tough..for me anyway.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a slightly hazy golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, small fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, funky, with some spice notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, yeasty/funky, nice spice note. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew. Thanks Toby!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the taps of Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

The head retention of lacing from this blonde colored beer are acceptable....there's a little more lace sticking around. Hmmm....lemon rinds and floral notes, what's so special about that? Nothing really explosive or unique in this beer, nor is the overall taste one that I can really dig. Call it beer good for washing food down.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the brett character. I get a lot of leather and brett funk, with some lemons and oranges mixed in. Very inviting aroma. The flavor is more of the same. I get brett, leather, oranges, biscuit malt and toffee malt. Lightly funky. Very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice wild ale from New Belgium.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium's 15th anniversary beer, Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson AZ
Arrives quite chilled with a hazy gold color and is topped by a healthy, by draught standards, one-finger thick, pale white head. Visually it has a fair amount of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of my glass. The aroma is quite fruity up front with notes of tropical fruit, pineapple, pear and apple notes, but also has a phenolic note to it that is immediately noticed and is a mix of light Band-Aid notes that actually aren't all that bad. There are some nice, light malt aromatics here as well that contribute notes reminiscent of dusty, crushed malt and lightly toasted grain notes.

This is also quite fruity tasting, but not quite as much as the aroma might have suggested; I get flavors of light pineapple, but this leans more towards notes of apples and pears. This has an earthy-spice finish to it with some accenting light phenolic character (clove and a hint of Band-Aid are noticeable). There is also a hint of something like earthy, lightly green, coriander. The malt comes through more as a dry grain character; touches of lightly toasted grain and even some raw grain like flavors. As the beer warms up it get much more fruity and a bit more phenolic (especially the Band-Aid note). This is nice and light, quaffable yet not overly attenuated considering the Brettanomyces influence.

This is pretty tasty, but definitely on the young side. I would be interested in seeing how the Brettanomyces flavors mature in this beer. Strangely enough and atypical of most beers, I find this actually is better on the cold side as it gets a bit too phenolic and more unbalanced as it warms up.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 Brenda picked up for me at the COOP today... I love her :-) Poured into my Delirium goblet... 2" rocky white head leaves beautiful crusty lace and the brew is a hazy lite golden....

Nose has a lite funkiness that sorta whaffs throughout.. sorta has a honey essence and some lite clove... interesting so far...

Flavor begins with a phenolic bite combined with some grassy hoppiness.. more fruity than the aroma reveals.. very lite pineapple with some more "bandaid" phenolics... this sounds bad.. but it's not... it sorta reminds me mid palate of an Orval with a bit more malt and a lite yet everpresent floral note .. more cloves as it warms.... lite maltiness shows toward the end of the swallow and helps bring a grassy hoppiness.. and then it finishes with a lingering earthy/dusty/cellar quality.. lite/medium body and an abundant carbonation makes this a fairly quaffable brew.... I'm trying to take it slow...

My only complaint would be the price.... I don't remember "exactly" what Brenda said it cost, but she called from the COOP and said, "You NEED me to get this beer tonight?"... I said, no, I don't need it, but I would appreciate it.. :-) Love ya babe.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Belmont Station tonight.

The beer pours a hazy honey color with very good head retention and sticky lacing. The beer smells attracitve, consisting of light honey and pepper. The flavors on the palate completely replicate the nose, and the beer has a nice medium bodied feel with a well disguised abv. The beer is very easy to drink, but is a bit lean on the palate. It really does remind me of an American made Orval (as the menu suggests), but with a softer palate and bit less hoppiness. Nevertheless, this is very nice beer from NB. Well done.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, 6.2% ABV,

A: Pours golden, lightly hazy, light white head, nice lace.

S: Soft lemon and orange, white pepper, and a bit of herbal soap.

T: White pepper, coriander and Brett city, really saison-like initially, it bridges the gap between the styles. Rustic and dry flavours, not overdone though. Lemon and other stone fruit come out as well as honey and clove.

M: Nice firm carbonation, medium-bodied, creamy, dry.

D: A nice refreshing interpretation of the style. Why can't more brewers do this style? It's very underrated, I just wish it were less expensive. $8 for the bomber, if they cut that to $4 or even $5, I'd buy a ton of this stuff in the summertime. Hey Fat Tire and 1554 are $2.99 a bomber, so make it happen New Belgium.

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Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades out. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of floral notes, caramel, slightly spicy with some notes of funk pulling through.
Taste is of the aromas with some lemony zest, brown sugar and surprising balance in this beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, balanced, with decent carbonation.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new arrival to Casper.

It pours a hazy straw gold with a 1 finger head of foam. There is some good lacing here.

The smell is big and yeasty and has a great nose of Brett. I'm digging the smell and I'm hoping the taste can match up to it.

The taste is also yeasty with a pronounced taste of Brett and a very nice hop bittterness/dryness that kind of reminds me of the excellent brew....Orval. I also get a touch of spicy black pepper that adds to the overall dryness, especially in the finish. Now this is what I'm talking about New Belgium Brewing!

Medium bodied with the carbonation on the lower side of medium. Decent head retention and lacing but I'm all over the smell and taste so I'm not a bit disappointed.

Drinkability? Very tasty and not too big on the abv, I'm definitely finding this very easy to drink and am now a big fan. I'm going to buy more. A lot more.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw/gold color. Poured a 1 finger fluffy white head with fair retention to an even skim. Laced initially in even rings, but faded.

S: Light-colored fruits, yeast. Hay and grass.

T: Spice and floral hops. Light-colored fruits. Sharp, dry bitter.

M: Light-to-medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry and clean, alsmost astringent finish.

D: Good Belgian Ale; tasty, easy to drink.

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