Pacific Northwest - Recently we had a chance to sample another in the "Lips of Faith" series of limited edition ales from New Belgium Brewing. Inspired after the founders trip to Belgium many years ago, Le Fleur Misseur is a Belgian Ale fermented with Brettanomyces a wild yeast strain, that is actively used by such breweries as New Belgium, Russian River, and even regional favorite, Elysian.
However, the style Belgian Pale Ale is one that is not too commonly found, unless one has stumbled on a bottle of Orval Trappist, or Ommegang BPA. With history reaching as far back as the 1700s, Belgian (or Belgian-style) Pale Ales are often fruity with a moderate maltiness, with some spicy character, but overall are easy to drink. Despite being over 300 years old, the style didn't really reach prominence until its perfection during the second world war.
Without researching too much more we elected to crack open our bottle and see what New Belgium's spin is on this classic Belgian beer.
The nose on the beer is interesting as citrus fruits, orange, lemon, & pineapple, play side-by-side with a dash of cloves, leaving only a whiff of pears.
Sipping on this one is reminded of the minor sourness that is created from the brett', along with some minor dustiness throughout before finishing with pears on the tongue. Overall this beer feels light but with a touch of heft on the tongue. Keep in mind at 6.50% this beer would hit the spot on a cloud filled summer day, alongside some Asian noodles and curry, or a healthy sized filet of salmon or tuna.
Deep burnished gold with a slight haze, Le Fleur Misseur opens with pineapple, clove and honey notes. Dry-hopping produces a flower leaf aroma supported by tones of fresh bread and honey. Bottle conditioned with our special house strain of Brettanomyces (wild ale) yeast, Le Fleur finishes dry and slightly herbal.
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. -source, New Belgium’s website
About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.