In the past year, kombucha drinks have emerged in the retail beverage scene in carbonated soft drink, energy drink and ready-to-drink iced tea formats. However, Goose Island’s Fleur marks kombucha’s entrance into the alcoholic beverage category. The Belgian-style pale ale is blended with hibiscus and kombucha tea, is rose-colored and has an aroma of strawberries and hibiscus flowers. The beer’s flavor balance starts with a hint of sweet, ripe berry and finishes tart. The package signals this is a premium beer, with a simple white label adorned with an elegant flower. Goose Island Fleur is the latest addition to the company’s range of premium, Belgium-style ales. It certainly may appeal to beer enthusiasts, and consumers interested in the health benefits of kombucha could be drawn to this unique product.

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