I’ve never had this beer before and, unfortunately, it is no longer being brewed, so I was lucky enough to be able to pick up a bottle before it was too late.
From the website, gooseisland.com, a description of the Fleur is still available for us to read.
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. Her flavor balance starts with a hint of sweet, ripe berry and finishes tart.
I’m ready for a sip or two.
This brew comes in a 22 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 7.0%.
It poured a hazy, copper to deep orange color. An off white head of very good size was formed from a medium aggressive pour. It was very creamy, smooth, frothy and soft. The retention time was adequate and the lacing looked ok. It settled to a nice ring around the edges after a few minutes.
The nose brought forth hints of white grapes, inconspicuous green apple and medium strength sour notes. It was quite flowery, bright and somewhat lively. A recognizable Belgian yeast fragrance, relaxed white bread accents and some sort of spice kept rearing its head, which in turn added quite a bit of intricacy. A very, very light perception of strawberry started to pop out as the brew warmed too, which contributed even more complexity and increased the pleasure of the bouquet. A lot going on here, however it wasn’t very robust or “loud”.
The berry like fruitiness stood out a bit more in the taste than it did in the aroma. White grape skins were still easily noticed and the spice began to lean more toward white peppercorns I thought. It had a very nice Belgian yeast kick with a floral component and a lightly toasted breadiness throughout the middle. The sourness and tartness was very, very relaxed and it actually became almost insignificant the longer I sipped. A nice flavor overall, although maybe just a smidgen underscored.
The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin bodied. It was very dry, lively, spritzy, smooth, refreshing, crisp snappy and thirst quenching. A very good amount of carbonation was to be had, but only an average amount of flavor was left behind after the swallow.
Well. I thought this was a very good beer. It would be ideal to have on a warm Spring day that’s for sure. I know I had a blast drinking it. It wasn’t an overpowering or obtuse brew, but rather, just a fun, flavorful, highly drinkable and lively beer that had plenty of character and stability. It’s unfortunate that Goose Island doesn’t make it anymore because I would definitely pick up another bottle or two to share with friends. The label states that it can be aged for up to 5 years, so that’s always a plus too. It’s possible that you may still be able to find a bottle of the Fleur sitting on a shelf somewhere. If you see it, pick it up and give it a try. I think you may like it.
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Until next time. Cheers.
Score: 3.75 out of 5