Les Fleurs Du Mal
New Braunfels Brewing Company

Les Fleurs Du MalLes Fleurs Du Mal
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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #1,640
ABV:
5.74%
Score:
86
Ranked #34,903
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 20.87%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
35
From:
New Braunfels Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  7
SCORE
86
Very Good
Les Fleurs Du MalLes Fleurs Du Mal
Notes: Mixed culture sour wheat beer refermented with lemongrass and TX honey.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 35 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a carbonated honey color. Has a slight tart aroma with notes of Brett. Flavor resembles apple cider. Has notes of salt and Brett. Finish is a little sweet. Overall lacks a true sour flavor profile but drinkable.

Jan 21, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 44 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak and sour
Head large (six cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy/fizzy, diminishing to irregular three to eight mm frothy ring and partial layer
Lacing - none
Body medium yellow, hazy, effervescent
Flavor sour, otherwise unremarkable; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

Aug 26, 2015
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nickfl from Florida

4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a bit mystified by the low scores here. The aroma is really quite exceptional, the flavor, etc does not quite live up to it but it's still very nice.

Jun 14, 2015
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alekros89

4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mysterious and opaque. Kissed with a deliberate smidgen of carbonation.

The smell is full of witbier sweetness with a clear punch of sour that mellows the alcohol undertones.

The taste fulfills the scent. The low carbonation gives the beer a fuller almost velvety feel that gently unravels as the acidity comes on stage and takes the spot light. It's almost reminiscent of lemonade.

This beer was definitely brewed to be different and it doesn't try to be something it's not. I wouldn't seek out during a witbier craving but at the same time I would love to run into it again.

May 26, 2015
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XicanoBeerRun from Texas

2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was very disappointing. There was zero carbonation and it poured like flat beer. Smell was slightly sour, which made me hopeful. The taste was salty, metallic, and redolent of cheap tequila. The mouthfeel was of flat beer, but it was also thick or syrupy. My guess is that. I got a bad bottle. Maybe it tastes better at the brewery.

Feb 14, 2015
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Getalegup from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy drinking. Great dance between hefe and sour. If you like sours and hefe UOU will appreciate it. Seems like it should be in another beer style catagory.

Jan 11, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.04/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

"handmade saur wheat ale." Hefeweizen aged on lemongrass. 5.74% ABV.

BOTTLE: 16.9 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as a sour wheat ale per the label. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: It doesn't quite form a complete head, but one side of the glass has a very thin 1/8th of a finger wide floating bubble amalgam that sits for about 40 seconds before receding, leaving no lacing. I can't say the head is horribly impressive.

BODY: Cloudy yellow of average vibrance. Translucent and semitransparent. I think I do notice some yeast particulate about the bottom of the glass. It's by no means a clean appearance, but it's apt for a sour and looks more lively than most beers - and certainly less filtered.

Overall, it's a good appearance for a sour wheat ale, and its hefeweizen origin is evident. While it's not unique or special per se, I'm certainly looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Hmm. It's quite off-putting, with a urinal cake-redolent aroma of artificial lemon and detergent. Some tartness and citrusy twang is evident, but it's a bit lacking in terms of perceptible sourness and even fresh wheat. Really quite horrid.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: The taste too suffers from that off-putting urinal cake off-character alongside unwelcome soapiness and artificial lemon. Lemongrass and wheat get buried beneath the off-notes, but the tartness I guess is nice. I wouldn't call it sour by any stretch.

It's quite poorly built and balanced, with no saving grace. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Lacks complexity and subtlety; it's a loud in-your-face flavour profile.

TEXTURE: Undercarbonated, nicely smacky on the palate, unrefreshing, smooth, and wet. Not the fresh acidic mouthfeel I hoped for. Passable at best.

OVERALL: A swing a miss from New Braunfels, Les Fleurs Du Mal should never have even made it to market. I'm a huge fan of sour beers, but this is quite poorly executed. I like the premise; building a sour using a hefeweizen base and lemongrass is a good idea, but what happened? It ultimately comes off tasting like a novice homebrewer's first stab at a Berliner weisse and its many off notes make it difficult to drink.

Low D

Jan 11, 2015
Les Fleurs Du Mal from New Braunfels Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 35 ratings