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Forgotten Flem Farmhouse Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AmericanGothic on 05-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 34
Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forgotten Flem Farmhouse Ale pours a somewhat hazy golden and the head is a little thin and there is not a lot of lacing. The nose has light fruit and biscuit and a trace of hops. A slight over ripe fruit seasons peach and biscuit on the palate with traces of spiciness. Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown with a huge white head. Great retention.
S: Yeast is very pronounced – a musty, onion-like earthiness. Underneath, a nutty brown malt.
T: Apples, honey, just a touch of sweetness. Malt is restrained with a faint tartness somewhere in there. Also shows a bit of earthy hops, but nowhere near what the aroma suggests. Finish is dry and a bit hoppy.
M: Medium to light body with crisp carbonation.

Based on the aroma, I was expecting this to be more of a saison, but the flavor was closer to something like Duvel. Not really a clone of any of the classics, but a nice beer if you like a crisp Belgian style pale ale.

Photo of jbierling
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Extremely high head retention.

Photo of t2thebro
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: 12oz.

A- deep hazy orange, two finger head which disapates quickly leaving a thick sticky lacing behind.

S- smells dank, with a tart and hoppy smell, apricot, and pear. A lot of citrus hop and a dash of earthy hoppness. Not a sour smell like a lot of farmhouse ales.

T- hoppy up front Amazing Hop balance, sweet citrus hops start the flavor well, tricks you into thinking its a light malt ipa. Then the fruit kicks in the middle. Warm apricot, almost a Riesling wine flavor. Finishing with a light dank biscuity English malt. Well done, a remarkably well rounded ale. I wanna be at this farmhouse.

M- weird. Much lighter than expected. Medium carb. Fresh.

O- I rate my beers from the first smell/drink. My first impression was this is a good looking strange smelling brew. As I drank it, let it warm just a bit, I began to pay attention to the detail of the balance. Awesome balance. For the style, which I don't do a whole lot of a great brew.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brau Brothers Forgotten Flem. Such an odd name. Despite the spelling, it makes you think of bodily fluids. Once you taste it, though, you know what they mean. It's also called a Farmhouse Ale on the label, and no farmhouse ale that I know of tastes like this.

Other than restating the population of Lucan, MN, there is no other information on this label, it is 100% gobbledygook-free. I can always search online, or even call up the Brau Bros myself, but until that happens, these notes, will, as always, take shape as I sip and slurp.

Before I do that, though, I will return my Brau Brothers pint glass to the cabinet, and pull out an appropriate Belgian-style glass, the least I can do. And does it ever look nice, now that I have!

Clear, and apricot toned, until prodigious head, leaving delicate lace, lasting long.

Aroma: sour, funky, fruity and weird, right from the get-go. Definitely some wild Belgian yeast strains at work. Particularly pickled and pungent. Sour cherries plus vinegar meets Jolly Ranchers candy. And then jumps in a box of old unwashed gym socks. (I only half mean that. Casting a wide net in order to nail down this peculiar permutation.)

I may have forgotten to mention that I like it, and that it does, eventually, veer closer to a true Flemish Red aroma.

Taste: Oooo! Ow! Yeow! Huh! Jump back! Make it funky now! Popcorn! Hah! The big pay-back! Maceo! Maceoooo!

(Sorry, sometimes my guttural exhortations transform me briefly into the ghost of James Brown.)

Where was I? Oh, man, this is sour stuff to start off with! What did they do, what yeast, what barrels, how aged, etcetera? All will be know eventually, I can only speculate and sip. So, again…odd, funky, wild, then sweet, then sour again. Definitely Belgian yeast action. Then malt and fruit shine brightest. (There is no expression of hops felt here.) Body gets lean and mellow, starts feeling smooth and lovely, and acts utterly consumable. Let's try it again, shall we?

Fresh and zesty, despite it's age. (This is not a new product, and I feel fortunate to still find it at Chicago Lake liquors, not a store known as a secret haven for the connoisseur.) The spark and the spank on the palate continues, although it definitely cools from the initial slap. Lays rather light, inevitably, on the palate, though all the flavors remain in place.
What we have, it seems, is a south western Minnesota version of a saison, hit with funky Belgian yeast. Tasty, refreshing stuff. Slight bitterness emerges, unfelt earlier. I'm liking this more and more, and feel like I'll end up liberating the remaining 6-ers from that shop.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy deep golden color with a one finger off-white foam head. Foam receded quickly and left some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet and tart aroma with an interesting tang from the yeast. Slightly sour smelling, like green apples.

Taste: Like it smells, it is very sweet with light malts and some hops, but the real star of the flavor is the interesting yeast flavors. They offer a little tart fruit and a bit of spice. Very unique yeast flavor and I like it.

Mouth feel: Good soft carbonation and a sweet finish.

Overall: Saison farmhouse ales come in a wide variety of interpretations, some work and some don't. This one works for me because of the prominent yeast profile and the yeast flavors. Might not be for everyone, but I like it quite a bit.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange, lighter along the bottom and growing murkier toward the top. Cap is thin but sticky.

Aroma betrays a little sourness but mainly a chaff-y mustiness. Slightly spiced but sweet.

Flavor has a slight vanillin flavor behind a tartness up front. It's all a facade, as the carbonation pulls everything away all too quickly. Musty peppers towards the middle-back.

Body is light, carbonation high, finishes lemony but thin. Lacks a joie de vivre that would really kick this up to a Flemish level, but for an American midwest saison it's not too bad.

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. The aroma is a pleasant mix of sweet biscuit, cookie malt with farmhouse spice. The body is light and effervescent, and the there's a heavy, grassy lemon rind finish, but the main flavor is a little thin. This beer is good upfront and in the finish, but missing umpff in the character. Certainly worth a try though.

Photo of lurpy1
2.34/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Picked this bottle up at Four Firkins. My first Brau beer was a year+ ago and wasn't overly impressed, but reviews seem to picking up, so I figured it was time to give the brothers another try.

Pour is a relatively nondescript goldenrod with a whitish head. There is a lot of bakery and a little bit of citrus in the aroma. Nice. Off to a good start.

Unfortunately in terms of taste, this drink is guilty of two different sins. First, it misses the mark of being true to the saison style. It is sorely lacking in spice and fruity body. Second, and more damningly, it just doesn't taste good. The whole experience is attended by an unpleasant bitterness (way too bitter for a saison,IMHO) and watery undertones. An earthy musty-ness as well. My wife picked up on sour notes. I did not. No matter, she didn't feel the sour improved the experience.

The mouthfeel was zingy and carbonated, suitable for a saison, but coupled with the bitterness it left a sting that was less than enjoyable.

Sorry Brau Bros, I want to support small local breweries like you, but it's gonna be a while before I seek your stuff out again.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.4/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, this beer produced a generous head. Pouring a golden copper color, the initial taste seemed to be disturbed by a strange oily texture. This would seem to be a mouthfeel issue, but it also affected the taste. The flavor came across like crushed Flinstone Vitamins, except in liquid form. The beer even had a certain grittiness to it. A farmhouse ale should have a certain lemon flavor, but this was more like lemon rind. I did not notice any of the spice others write about in their reviews. The sour aftertaste make the beer slightly more acceptable, but not in the overall picture.

Photo of herman77
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark apple juice like color with a big and bubbly off white head. Really good retention and lots of sticky bubbly lacing left behind.

S: Lemon zest, a bit of orange citrus, pear, tart apples and a hint of pepper spice.

T: Bready and tart. More bready malts than I would of thought. Some spice hops and a bit of tart apples as well.

M: Medium body, pretty active carbonation, but it still feels pretty slick overall.

O: Not bad at all. A pretty solid saison with decent drinkability.

Photo of BierFan
4.06/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice.

Slightly hazy coppery amber body. Fruity Belgian yeast aroma. Fresh, fruity, and vibrant taste. Dry with a grape skin taste and a nice bitterness.

Overall, a very great farmhouse ale, in my opinion. I wish I had more than just this one bottle.

Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Solid orange with a touch of ice tea. Nice lace and retention on a lightly off-white head.

S – Orange, honey suckle, and peach with a hint of sour.

T – Dry and flinty up front. Fruity center brings out tart white peach, apricot and tart under-ripe plum. Dry, lightly sour finish.

M – Medium body, almost full for the style. Nice carbonation.

O – A solid saison on the dry side of the style.

P – The dryness lets you pair this beer with some unlikely companions, similar to a dry irish stout. Think muscles, oysters, and steamers. This would also go great with gazpacho.

Photo of Tballz420
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Forgotten Farmhouse Flem is a Saison/Farmhouse Ale, which is a complex style of beer that you usually find in the Summer. This one pours out with a massive off-white head, extremely sticky. That tops a darker-golden colored body, pretty cloudy but if you hold it to the light you see some very active carbonation. The aroma is sweet malts with a Belgian influence, and a lot of spice. The taste starts off with a caramel sweetness, Belgian candy, spicy follow through, fairly tart, some bitterness, a touch of roast as well. This is a very dry beer, it evaporates off your tongue pretty quickly.

Photo of DaCheesehead
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. A nice amber color with a decent cream colored head. The nose has a slight barnyard hay smell with hints of apples and fruit. Also picking up nice spice.

The taste has less funk than the smell, but a lot more spice. Some citrus, apple, roasted malts, slight hints of cinnamon. This beer could do a bit better on balance and could use a kick in the funk department on taste.

As other reviewers have said, not sure if this fits into the style, but overall a decent beer for a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
45°F

A: Bright copper body topped with a big tight off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving moderate lacing and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Light ester profile over potent bready malt and phenolic spice. Pretty typical farm house character minus the acid or funk.

T: Bready and malty with a strong spicy hop presence. Belgian yeast phenolics bring up the rear but really take a back seat to a potent malt backbone.

M: Very strong carbonic bite up front over a light body. Hop astringency lingers on the tongue.

O: Crisp and refreshing. Hop character a bit more pronounced than I would like, but overall very solid. Sessionable, but nothing that will knock your socks off.

Photo of BMoney575
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 7-24-11

Pours a hazy golden amber color, with a quickly fading white head and a few bubbles rising to the surface. The head sits in a ring, sticking to the sides as you go.

Smell is a surprising amount of hops, very pungent, and very beery. Not much farmhouse or wild yeast, but a little bit of an odd character to fit the style.

Taste is harsh, earthy, beery, and not very good. A strong vegetable quality comes first, and is only marginally helped by a kick of hop bitterness. Not really any redeeming qualities.

Mouthfeel is very sharply carbonated, which enhances the harshness and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is poor, a result of the taste and mouthfeel.

Overall, probably better to steer clear of this one.

Photo of shadow1961
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brau Forgotten Flem Farmhouse Ale purs a big fluffy head over a clear orange brew. Carbonation is moderate, the nose a succession of notes: fruit, clove, funk, and earthy, peppery hops. Up front the flavor is light barley malt with a hint of lactic tartness, with peppery, herbal hops off the back. Mouthfeel is crackling, dry and cleansing, with an herbal hop aftertaste. Brau was aiming for a Saison and the certainly hit it- it's dry and refreshing on a hot muggy day.

Photo of david131
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear orange liquid with some brown highlights. The white head is thin but has good retention due to the copious amount of carbonation.

S- Earth, brown sugar, and a bit of a Belgian kick.

T- Sweet malt, a bit of Belgian-ness and a bit of hops on the finish. Finishes a bit cidery.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation to keep it light. The finish is a touch on the dry side.

O- A decent beer but for the style this is not something I would seek out.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light straw gold color with a whisper thin white head on top with a hint of lace as it drains. Slight spice in the nose with a bit of biscuit and pepper. Simple, slim smell but nice. Improves as the temperature warms but the nose becomes a bit metallic. Bottled conditioned with a second yeast gives is a strong carbonic bite up front. Caramel and malt backbone for the beer is there but not strong with a light spicy yeast note. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. A straight forward saison that is clean and well done, but not overly complex.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a strawberry blonde cider hue with a voluptuous two-plus-finger off-white almost rose tinged head that recedes fairly quickly but leaves some stunning sheets of cascading lace.

aroma is straw, hay, melon, some spice. orange, almost witbier in nose... funky yeast, wet dog. musty. interesting biscuity, doughy notes as it warms. complex, tho not sure I'm lovin' it.

taste is pungently tart up front, fading to a wheaty, straw, wet hay kind of earthy funk that is overshadowed by a lingering citric bitterness. bitter apple, tobacco, and soured white wine. a bit much. the tartness is a bit too unpleasantly metallic but still interesting...

mouth is heavily carbonated with some fine bubbles, moderate body for the light abv, and an intense, almost metallic astringency paired with an odd citric tartness that lingers. and not like the Cranberries.

all in all, I had high hopes for something named Flem. I'm not sure who or what a Flem is, or who forgot it(him), but i'm kind of wishing I could... I realize that Saisons cover a wide range, and while this one definitely fits in the style, it just isn't all that impressive. some funky notes are unpleasant to my tastes, and I feel like it just kind of misses on most cylinders. certainly not awful, but definitely not any better than a true average saison.

Photo of argock
2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Part of my brother's prodigious beer haul from MN.

A: Reddish-amber with 1-finger nearly white, small-bubbled head with decent retention and a few random spots of lace.

S: Pretty funky, barnyard nose with sour apple and very spicy rye with some coriander.

T: Not pleasant because of the way-overdone dryness -- it surpasses quenching and goes straight to filling-rattling dryness. The flavor is very sour and spicy with ryelike grassiness and some assorted spices like coriander and light clove.

M: The dryness quotient on this brew is the highest of any beer I've ever consumed -- it makes your salivary glands, gums and jaws hurt.

O: Not up my alley at all -- way to short on body and way, way too dry to the point of barely being drinkable. Couple that with a strange combination of sourness, herbal grassiness and spices which was the closest I've ever come to a drain pour. I would advise against including a homonym of phlegm in a beer name as well.

Photo of ddahlen
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up out of the singles rack from one of the local beer stores. Definitely a convenient way to try a few new brews.

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel snifter with about an inch of head which dissipates quickly. The color is an opaque amber tone to it which comes from a touch of Rye.

The nose has a nice spice note with coriander and a bit of sour apple to it as well. Really great depth of aromatics on this one.

The taste has a slight bit of sourness to it, a hit of bitterness and a touch of biscuit to it as well.

The mouthfeel is very light and crisp and finishes a bit dry.

Overall, this is another solid offering from Brau Bros. Definitely something for a hot summer's evening.

Photo of brewdoc75
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber orange. A rocky white head dies quickly, leavning a nice Belgian lace. Stronger carbonation.

S: Aromas of tart cherry, apple, and plum. Some raisen and spice in the end. Slight hay-like aroma fromt he hops.

T: Tart cherry again followed by a some light apple and dark fruit notes. Light graininess. Some rye spiciness. Moderate to strong bitterness rounds out the palate. There are some fruity esters, but not a ton of phenols. The flavors don't seem to meld well to me. A little sour, a little grainy sweet, too much bitterness for the dryness. It is interesting, but doesn't work well for me.

M: Bone dry. Almost too dry. Even for a saison. Strong carbonation. Finishes crisp.

O: This is an interesting beer, the flavors just don't agree with me. I love a good saison. While this is unique and has some good elements (some sour fruits, rye spiciness, etc), the bad elements overpower the good. I'm not a big fan. I won't buy it again.

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Chalice.

Appearance: Fiery orange with white head comprised of tiny bubbles. Some lacing.

Smell: Musty and fruity, like figs and apples. Some pepper and citrus. Smells very dry.

Taste: Tart and extremely dry malt body. Taste is mostly apple, citrus, straw and pepper. Almost tastes like a slightly tart Pilsner. Could use some more Belgian yeast characteristics.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, fairly light body, very dry finish.

Overall: Lot of people complaining that this isn't a typical Saison, but what is? The style is historically very wide ranging, and in my opinion, too many craft brewers make Saisons with too much sweetness. They are supposed to be dry, light, and refreshing, and this one certainly is. The only downside is that it could use a little more of that Belgian yeast funkiness.

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Forgotten Flem Farmhouse Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
77 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.