Appearance: plum, pink grapefruit, rose, tangerine, and blood orange together in brilliantly clear harmony. Slow steady stream of carbonation traces the sides of glass. Pithy pinkish head is fluffy in the middle and bubbly along the sides.
Nose: wow. Juiciness abounds with blood oranges, pink grapefruit, and white grapefruit atop angel food cake. Key lime zest. Plantains. Rosewater and rose petals. Hint of freshly picked mint leaves. Dew drops. Generic white flower petals.
Palate: soft, bready, frothy, and smooth. Rosewater and rose petals, white flower petals. Pink and white grapefruit – sweet up front with angel food cake underneath then the acidity of rind and zest tingles back of tastebuds. Fresh ripe rhubarb and strawberries side by side. Mint is subtle, weaving in and out like a gentle spring breeze. Key lime equally subtle underneath and flirting with the outer edges of tastesations. Lovely.
Final Thoughts: wow. Loved loved loved this beer. Goose Island never disappoints, impresses quite frequently, and dazzled with the Fleur. This particular bottle was a 2010 batch; I’m not sure how much variance there would be between years but since the brewers find it important to note, so too do I.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)