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

Living in the Federal city, New Belgium is as rare as a politician with scruples. But occasionally miracles happen. In a feat reminiscent of the Berlin Airlift, a local bar trekked, journeyed, and otherwise performed herculean efforts to bring a case or two of Le Fleur Misseur bombers to its customers. Or it just drove the five hours down to the North Carolina border--either way.

Poured into the center of a shaker glass, the beer was a hazy medium straw color and had a thick, creamy white head. Its aroma was earthy--fresh-cut grass--with notes of citrus. It clearly declared itself a beer in the proudest of Belgian traditions. Tasting it is a one-way express ticket to a full-bodied barnyard orchard--it was tart, grassy, with certain hints of banana or even nectarine in the background.

This is a beer that may surprise some people, mystify others, and may not be for everyone. If one thinks New Belgium is only Fat Tire, then this Fleur could be as surprising as a clown's novelty water-squirting lapel flower. But for those that appreciate an earthy, Belgian beer, it offers a highly drinkable, enjoyable experience.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 23 Feb 2010.

Poured in a 0.4 L Kur Pils snifter. Large lacy white head. Bright golden color. Aroma of orange blossoms, lilacs, gardenias. Starts quite floral, orange flowers and rose water. Flowers are strong but don't overpower, balanced with a bit of mineral water. Dry champagne finish, aftertaste is honey sweet. Moderate ethanol. Medium body.

Well named.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy golden color that looks like a hefe for sure...but judging by the bottle description, I don't know what I'm in for. The smell is wonderful! I smell Belgium yeast strains for sure with hints of banana. The taste is very crisp and DELICIOUS!. I'm surprised this beer doesn't have at least an A-, cuz I find it to be one of the best Lips of Faith next to Dark Kriek, Dark Heather Saison, and La Folie. I love all those beers. This definitely is not a Belgian Pale Ale, but whatever it is...I like it a lot. VERY drinkable.

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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 m1ked
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this and some other lips of faith's at a BevMo on Sacramento. Grabbed this one as I don't have access in NY.

A- Looks like a wit or a hef. Pale yellow hazey. Pours with a 1" bright white cap, no lacing noted.

S- dusty, yeasty lemony zesty.

T- slight sour tanginess, zesty, yeasty, barnyardish.

M- light bodied with fine crisp carbonation and finishes nice & dry

D- nice drinking beer that almost seemsore like a saison or biere de garde than a Belgian pale ale. Would like to try some others from this series.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice Belgium pale ale, a bit straight forward but with a pleasing funky touch

Presentation: 22oz brow capped bottle. Screen printed label nicely designed albeit a bit short of information. Floral, dandelion-like white background with cream yellow and red details noting the name of the brew and series. Side learning notes the misspelling and invites to visit their website for further information. Shows bottling date (6 25 09), and Alc. by Vol. (6.2%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Minimally hazy straw to pale gold pour, fair frothy head, poor retention, minimal surface memory with little lacing. Not awful, but an average presentation at best.

S - Lightly yeasty nose, with a nice funky and peppery whiff.

T - Gently funky range with touches of bready malt. Light hoppy counterbalance, maybe a bit faded, and spicy and fruity range.

M - Light to medium body with adequate carbonation, on the low side, nice dry and bitter finish.

D - It feels good, not remarkable, but a pleasing offering.

Notes: Nice brew from New Belgium. A few months short of a year since it was bottled, maybe enough for some attenuation of the hoppy richness and other delicate touches that it may have had to offer. I´d love to have a chance to revisit it fresh if they brew it again.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Le Fleur Misseur pours a cloudy, straw-golden color, and is topped by a very nice, bright white head that fades to a sudsy film. The aroma is mildly malty with notes of grainy and sweet malts. There's a fruity citrus kick that mingles with banana notes. To top it off there's a mild note of Brettanomyces. Overall this smells like an inviting beer.

A neytral graininess upfront gives way to fruity notes of banana and citrus in the center. The finish is dry, mildly bitter, and Brett-tinged. This beer is light-bodied, dry and has a good dose of carbonation.

I thought that this was an excellent beer. The wild yeasts really add to the style.

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Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow hue with a nice white head that exhibits good retention.

S: Very floral with notes of doughy yeast, citrus, and brett.

T: Flavors of fruit and sweet malts. Bready for sure with a bold floral like quality. There is a nice tartness provided by the brett.

M: Medium in body nicely carbonated.

D: Not too bad.

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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 Dotcubed
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clearly I wasn't ready for the sour brown, it caught me off guard. I thought I was ready for it, but all I recall is sour.

This looks more appealing from a conventional standing.

Nice hazey yellow. Thin layer of foam.

Smells like hops, malt.

Tastes light, delicate and floral. Medium body. Lightly bitter finish.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/22/2009 (bottled 6.25.2009):

Pours a clear yellow body, pale. Big foamy white head, creamy, lasting. Sour aroma, sweet and fruity. Some funkiness too, but overall enticing. Light smell. Hoppy taste, fruitiness, strawberries, light fruit like pears and white grapes. Some grapefruit. Wonderful combination of hoppiness and floralness. More bitter, unbalanced as it warms up. As it warms even more, balanced again! Very good beer.

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

Pours a lightly cloudy pale yellow hay and banana peel color beneath an interesting foamy layer of white foam. This lasts for a bit after a few sips, then recedes to nothing. The roma is flowersd from a gorgeous looking field, dry pilsner malt, and earthy hops. Very organic smelling overall. The taste starts dry like hay, but a little more sweet. Like barely in the toaster white bread. Then the dandelions and grass play around with the earthy hops to give this brew a great bittr and hebal palate overall. Plus add the dry malts and you have a great rural Belgian table pale ale.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on draft at flying saucer Raleigh.
Pours a peach colored cloudy (unfiltered) body with a white 1" head that sticks around a bit and leaves some lacing down the glass.
THe aromas are slightly funky Belgian yeast character and some clove but not much else.
The taste is similar with minimal funk and decently balanced by the hops. Not a whole lot of sweetness of complexity. Over still a decent shot at a BPA and one of the better offerings by New Belgium. Of their La Folie series this was definitely sub par to the previous ones I have tried.

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Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy yellow with a large white head, and some lacing.

smell is of fruit (pear, apricot, peach), some wheat, some spice, a little floral, and citrus in the back.

taste is thick, sweet and sour fruits, wheat, and citrus, ends a little tart, and somewhat bitter.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 6/25/09 barely lasered onto the bottom yellow stripe of the label. A little past it's prime but I had one earlier in the year that was only a month or two old and it tastes basically the same. It was a hazy golden yellow color with carb from the etching only. It had an average sized white head that settled into a thin foam and thick collar. Slight sliding lace that doesn't stick.

The aroma was grassy, herbal, bready with a bit of funk from the brett. Dry nose. Something just didn't blend right for me in this one. The funk seemed out of place with the rest of the aromas. The taste follows the aroma with the funk starring more than in the aroma. Again it just didn't blend right to me. Needed some more fruit to offset the spices a bit and the funk clashed with both. Mouthfeel was medium with crisp carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall, a good but not great BPA for me. Not a drain pour by any stretch and glad I tried it but just wasn't a big hit for me. Rotation: avail here in TX. One (2 now actually) is enough.

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

Slightly cloudy yellow pour with a short white head. Leaves some lacing, and is coaxed up again with a swirl. Not bad looking, not great. Fruity, yeasty smells. Surprisingly bitter taste. Not in IPA territory by any means, but does not mesh well with the smells. Medium to high carbonation, goes well with the bitterness. Drinkability is good. Good summer beer, but not what I am looking for during these cooler months.

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Photo of jsh420
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours straw yellow with a 2 finger head that fades and leaves no lacing

smells of honey some pepper some fruit and some brett must

taste - pineapple sweet honey that is balanced by the funk from the brett - nice bitter ashy aftertaste

mouthfeel is nice and light well carbonated

drinkability is good but the cost makes this beer a one and done

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Photo of Riccymon
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle an orangey-golden color with two fingers of bone white head filling the top of the tulip. A pretty looking beer, reminiscent of Orval. Smell is a bouquet of delicate hop notes-- lemon and orange rind, dandelion greens, and fresh cut grass. Also a hint of Belgian yeast and a bit of cracked black pepper in the nose.

Sipping brings an assault of pungent hoppiness; more of the same flavors from the nose plus a medicinal element. From time to time, a barnyard flavor brings up the rear, but that note is mostly lost among the hops. Le Fleur is highly carbonated and combined with the hop bitterness, leaves the tongue tingling.

An interesting beer and an easy drinker, but I could have done without so much hops.

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Photo of drpimento
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Having a bottle of this from our good friend Paul B, gracias Pablo. Poured with a nice white head and a little lace. Color is a hazy yellow v the burnished gold. Aroma is not so good - rotted flowers. Flavor is reminiscent of same plus major dominance of bitter yeast. Body is ok, a bit thin at the end with good carbonation. Finish is no great shakes. Bitter yeastoids are too much.

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy gold color with a thin, quickly-fading white head.

Aroma of pineapple, Juicyfruit gum, clove, floral herbs, and honey.

The taste is a weaker version of the aroma plus a light touch of barnyard funk and table salt. On the plus side, the beer does improve as it warms.

Lighter bodied, dry, and lightly carbonated.

If only the taste had more of the personality of the aroma we'd have a winner.

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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 SkeeterHawk
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came available here in Houston the same time as their La Folie...which is typically a beer that I travel to Denver for pretty regularly...including whatever else I can find there. Anyway, I am anxious to see what this beer is about.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear yellow golden color with a thin head of small white bubbles.. The head fell a little bit, but there are enough bubbles rising to keep it from disappearing completely. The head actually gains creaminess as the beer warms and you have taken a few sips. The initial pour looked rather thin, but it is looking much more inviting in its old age. There is also some lacing being deposited here and there after the beer falls in the glass.

Aroma: My first impression was of lemon grass, but as you got past the first part of the initial aroma, the Brett was obvious. There is a very nice leathery thing going on here. As the beer warms up some, the wild fermentation character is becoming a bigger player in the aroma...but still the citrus is a strong player. This is a pretty well blended beer...I assume that it is a blend.

Taste: The flavor follows pretty closely to the aroma. Some noticeable citrus from a hops and fermentation, as well as the earthy notes from the yeast. The earthy notes are a big part of the finish, as is some evident bitterness. This beer is doesn't really show it's alcohol, and the attenuation leaves a dryness on the back of the throat with the bitterness and leather to linger long after the sip. As the beer warms up some, it is taking on more of a honey-like flavor and the finish is getting softer. Perhaps this is because of it's alcohol content that I am saying this, but this is my impression.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I like the play between the hops, yeast and wildness, but is some ways I wish that there was a bit more malt complexity. I imagine that they used a few different strains, and most likely completely different batches to get this flavor. It is definitely a testament to craft brewing nonetheless, and I appreciate it for being what it is. If I had to "pigeon hole" it, I would say that it is as close to an American version of Orval as I have tried recently.

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Le Fleur Misseur? from New Belgium Brewing
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