Le Fleur Misseur? | New Belgium Brewing

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Le Fleur Misseur?Le Fleur Misseur?
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gueuzedude on 05-30-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
179
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.3%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of Beaver13
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a pillowy white head that retains well and leaves a lot of lacing.

The aroma is bretty musty yeast (horse blanket?) with some lemon.

The flavor is sweet malts with bright lemoney fruits leading to a medium bitterness with a good amount of brett. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with great carbonation.

Overall, a great beer. I love the balance of the sweet fruits and brett. I found it best colder, as it sat it mellowed a bit too much.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a big Bernardus chalice, this is ann exceptionally lovely beer: quite pale bright gold color, with bubbles streaming up from the bottom, and a thick, dense, very white head on top of it. The nose is light, but very fruity, with a faint peppery spiciness, perhaps with a hint of coriander? Upon tasting, I'm not sure if coriander is present or not. It is low to moderately sweet, lightly fruity, with a spicy phenolic edge. Bitterness is low and hops are not really detectable, but it never hits my low 'over sweetness' meter. As it warms, it takes on more of a witbier-type character. Light bodied--it doesn't taste or feel like a 6.5% beer.

Pretty tasty. I wish it was cheaper. I wish NB still packaged their special beers in 6 packs with a little hole cut in the sides to let you see the label. I can't see paying $9 again for this.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours a pale tangerine body with hints of peach and straw--very hazy from the yeast, like a good Belgian Pale should be. A rugged, foamy head forms and slowly recedes, comprised of eggshell white bubbles that cling to the inside of the glass. The aroma is on lighter side, and predominantly herbal, with notes of cut grass, coriander, lemon peel, and other fresh spices. Pale malts linger in the background to provide a hint of sweetness and balance.

The flavor is...well, interesting. It's not bad, far from it actually, but it's not quite what I'd expect for the style. Fresh citrus juice hits the tastebuds first, followed quickly by spiced notes of bay leaves and coriander that play off the unassuming pale malt backbone. Hops reserve the finish, delivering a grassy bitterness to the back of the palate that lingers with a bit of wood and barnyard funk. Mouthfeel is appropriate--not too thick and well-carbonated, allowing the spices to be kicked up a notch towards the end. Still, the complexities are a bit overwhelming for the relatively simple style, knocking it down a couple pegs on the drinkability scale. A good, well-crafted beer, but not quite my cup of tea.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nose is funky yeasty - quite Saison/Biere de Garde like. Spicy cool, fruity, floral, and lightly hoppy. Pepper and notes of plastic/medicine. Honey suggestions. Smells good.

Pours slightly hazy medium yellow, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Same funky vibe in the flavor with an expanded malt base, notes of alcohol, and floral hops. What I take to be alcohol is nasal and quite solventy - it could be esters I suppose. Incredibly dry - yeasty powderiness, solvent flavor, and hop bitterness lend dryness to the finish. Soft honey notes and sweetness. Notes of spice like mint, wintergreen, fennel, and pepper. Softly herbal. Tastes good. Feels good. Fair drinkability.

Funky and dry, Le Fleur, Misseur? is highly enjoyable. The label "Lips of Faith" is a good advertisement.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber purchased from Specs here in Austin for a reasonable price of about $7.5. Poured into the old style NB glass. 6.2%, same as Orval. This is a homage brew to them.

Cloudy golden with a little peach. Good head retention.

Lots of leather and clove in the aroma. Mothballs. I'd like use cologne that smelled like this.

Honey flavours but not very sweet. Lovely dry finish. Brett is the showcase here, along with some noble dry-hop.

Very drinkable. I had to slow down to review this.

Reminiscent of Biere de Mars, without amber malt flavours.

Very nice and worth trying. Thoroughly enjoyable. No complaints.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet a pale yellow with a thick white head. Good lacing all the way down. The scent is very dry, with noticable brett yeast scents. The taste is well balanced, with strong citrus flavors of orange and lemons. The mouthfeel leaves a dry feel to the mouth. Not as dry as a wine, but pretty dry for this style. I'd like this beer to have more flavor.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz LoF bomber from Wilburs in Ft. Collins. Around $8. Glad to see they bottled this, had on tap during the tour about a year ago and they said that it was a one off thing, glad to see they change their minds.

A: Pale cloudy gold, stark white head with excellent retention and lacing. Looks very nice.

S: Pale malts, a bit of candy like sugar sweetness, and some spicy hops, very crisp and clean smelling beer.

T: Light in the mouth, pale malts and a bit of a hoppy bite at the end, really pretty light in the flavor department, hops sort of have a salty characteristic to them. Definite NB yeast strain, has a that profile. Not a whole lot going on, but still a nice beer.

M: Dry, wow, this one begs for another sip each and every time, quite refreshing. Medium carbonation, and very light.

D: Easy enough to drink, a little bit of a let down compared to the first batch I had at the brewery, but still a nice beer. Recommended if you can find it. Probably won't seek out again.

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Photo of wryepicures
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured golden and fizzy with a lacy white head. It just looked 'pretty' with a little haze for good measure.

S: grassy, herbal, citrusy smells. yeasty, sour, and sweat.

M: Wonderfully fizzy and refreshing. No lingering tastes, no bitter or yeast or slick. Nice.

T: Wild yeasty flavors, throw in some grass and flowers. Add grapefruit and maybe some other odd fruits. Sour at the end with just a hint of hop.

D: Very nice, if it were lower abv I'd have 3. or 5. Great warm weather beer.

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

Poured into a New Belgium cervoise, Le Fleur Misseur is a chill hazed gold with a white fluffy head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is very saison like, with a dry mineral spritz and wheaty, sour tang.

Taste is also very dry, neutral and clean, some malty pils, very light fruitiness, a clean beer with a mineral bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel has pretty creamy carbonation and a dry, crisp finish.

Drinkability is good, a simple, highly attenuated Belgian Blonde, very similiar to a homebrew I make all summer long, but I prefer a bit more esters and hoppy snap.

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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 illidurit
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Poured into a goblet. Light cloudy gold color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is bright fleshy fruit with some yeastiness and a very subtle funk. Flavor is a bit floral, some phenols, yeasty bread, medium tart, pear and apricot fruitiness, a bit of brett in the finish. Dry and reasonably complex, but no Orval here. Nice mouthfeel with a little too much carbonation.

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Photo of Domingo
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Falling Rock. It's supposedly a tribute to Orval, which is one of those timeless brews.
Arrives a pale straw color that you'd swear was a white wine if it wasn't carbonated. Not a huge head, but a thin white sheen.
Smells of citrus, spice, a little funk, and some European hops.
The flavor is sour with a little yeasty twang. The middle actually has a little malt in the body followed by a lot of mild but dull bitter hops.
I put down my wine glass of this pretty quickly and enjoyed every sip. This is definitely sessionable if you enjoy the style.
I'd love to see this available (along with Eric's ale) in bottles someday.

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

Poured into pint glass from draft at local watering hole Fiddlers Inn. Usually they only have beers from the great pacific NorthWest but I beleave this one was brewed at Elysian brewery so its good enough to be NW beer.

Look was cloudy yellow with a top heavy yellowish brown. Had a creamy white head that dissipated to a white wring around glass that lasted to the end.

Smell was of white sourdough bread, nice clean sweet smell , medicinal, little low alfa hop in nose.

Taste was much like your classic belgium pale ale with light malt and hops with just a little sourness in the beginning, the white bread then coming through followed by a slight hop bitterness.

Had 2 of these outside at lunch on one of our nicest days before summer ends and the long rains begin. This was the perfect beer for that. Iam not a new belgium fan at all, but I like there sours and had this over pliney because of the time of day with no regrets. CHeeRs

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Falling Rock, this is a NB anniversary beer which is supposed to be an homage to Orval. I haven't had the pleasure of sampling Orval yet so I can't comment on that aspect. Golden yellow color with a billow of white foam at the top. Smells like only the slightest bit of funk with some citrus aspects. the taste has a slight hint of lemon and a bretty finish. This has some phenolics but they aren't offensive or medicinal. Overall this was worth the $4.50 for a half pint.

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

Consumed @ the Otheroom in Venice under less than ideal tasting conditions.

A: Hazy golden color with a white head - resembling a Witbier.

S: Grapefruit, sourdough plus some floral aromas.

T: Tart and refreshing. A lighter Belgian sour.

M: Carbonation was high, making this a nice cleanser.

D: Felt more like a 5% abv than a 6.5% beer. This easily could be sessioned by lovers of sour ales.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on Tap in a pint glass

Pours a very cloudy yellow with black specks floating all thrugh the beer. Scent is dominated much like the taste of overwhelming clove, hints of other spices as well as a bready middle with a smooth finish that still leaves a bit to much clove in the aftertaste.

Overall i might drink this again but for me it seems if you amp up the ABV a bit and tag it as a winter warmer you might have had a better brew.

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Photo of naterock
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours cloudy yellow, nice clingy head, never really leaves.

S:HEavy clove scent that overpowers everything else

T: Doesn't really reveal what a belgian pale should. heavy, heavy clove, coriander. not to accurate but a fairly good beer overall.

M: heavily carbonated, bitter aftertaste. probably would have another but them move on to better things.

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Photo of Crosling
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, airy, frothy foam, similar to Orval over the clear golden body. Nose shows traces of brett, along with other notes of peach and hops. Flavor is very nice, with similar dryness as Orval. Doughy malts, with light traces of fruit and funk, with a touch of hops as well. A very nice example of a style most brewers don't commercially attempt. I really wish New Belgium would put creative stuff like this in bottles.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed and golden, attractive one finger white head with largish bubbling and plenty of active carbonation.

Fruity - apples and pears- aroma, along with some phenolic notes that include clove along with Band Aids. The malts are a little wimpy, but add a touch of sweetness.

More of the light fruits in the flavor, but the phenolics take a heavier than anticipated whack at the palate. Pretty fair amount of tobacco leaf and love say hello, along with a spiciness indicative of coriander. The mouthfeel is right about average for a beer with a touch of Brett: light and highly carbonated, without resorting to harsh.

It's okay. I enjoyed it cool, and drank it very quickly. The Brett should fix that over time.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach, oddly served in a 1/2 liter masse. The beer was clear golden color with a 2-finger white foam. The aroma was subtle malts with some yeasty esters. I didn't get any brettanomyces out of the aroma or taste, mostly malt and esters. The taste was similar to a Bier de Garde in fact, simplicity of malt. I found it to be completely delicious and perfectly drinkable, maybe my favorite from New Belgium.

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Photo of donaldchapman
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden color with a slight haze, and a great head.

S - Hoppy with some great toasty malt notes, and some wild aromas from the brett.

T - Hoppy beer with some good malt backbone that is dominated by the brett flavors (Goaty, horsey, etc).

M - Medium body with a substantial carbonation, refreshing.

This is a great beer, the brett provides a wonderful dimension to this beer. Very good.

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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 mentor
4.77/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous 3 finger clingy white head over a cloudy bright light-golden liquid. Head settles eventually to a large-bubbled head that just never goes away. Smells spicy zing on mild malt wet. Peppery with lemon, coriander, biscuit malt, and almost a brett character (not sure if there is brettanomyces in this beer). Horse blanket comes with a mild acrid or acetic quality. Complex aroma.

Flavor is wet and fruity with a nice spicy zing and clearly has brettanomyces. Oh man, I'm usually not fond of belgian styles but this beer is wonderful. Lemon, red apple, cherry, dash of biscuit malt. Coriander earthiness, flower perfumey, lemon herbal, and some citrusy hop flavor. Evervescent carbonation playfully cleans the tongue and palate with gentle acrid sting that works well with the peppery zing flavor. Creamy in the mouth, but light on the tongue. Very quenching on this summer evening. Brett started out a bit too strong, but my tastebuds must have habituated and I found great complexity in this one. Extremely well done.

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Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, gold in hue; off-white head, at the apex the foam was a healthy two fingers tall. The bubbles themselves were quite large, but still the head retention was very respectable. Subsequent lacing was unorganized but fairly widespread. This is an attractive looking beer, for the style.

The nose is quite lovely; there is plenty of fruitiness and yet I wouldn't call the nose fruity. The fruitiness doesn't smell "moist," more like dried apricots, apples, peaches, pear and tropical fruit. I also detect suggestions of wood, earth, Band-Aids, cloves with a kiss of earthiness and faint suggestion of "horse blanket." A nod to Orval? I can buy that.

I don't want to compare this to Orval... but I will say Le Fleur lacks the bite that Orval has. There I am done. I really like the rounded softness of the palate. It is pleasantly bready with ample fruitiness (apples, pears, apricots and tropical fruit with melons) which balances the band-aid, earthiness. Fairly sweet by the finish with a soft horse blanket funkiness and vanilla. This is a very tasty beer. Is it truly outstanding? No... I think Orval is better, Flemish Primitives are rawer and funkiner. Matilda is bolder. Still, I can't really knock Le Fleur. It is different than those too. I am very impressed by the rounded palate; it comes full circle on tongue.

Medium-light in body, very effervescent, the mouthfeel fits this beer very well.

I found it very easy to drink. This is a style of beer I really like and I think New Belgium did a great job here. Is it in the same class as La Folie or Le Terroir? No but next to nothing is. Still, Le Fleur is very damn good. My 750ml bottle is going down very damn easy.

Thank you New Belgium, this was a hell of a Valentine's Day gift.

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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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Le Fleur Misseur? from New Belgium Brewing
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