Forgotten Flem Farmhouse Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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Reviews by brewdoc75:
2.95/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
06-18-2011 03:07:49 | More by brewdoc75
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3.68/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
05-28-2011 22:10:46 | More by bsp77
3.68/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
01-17-2012 02:50:06 | More by ChopperSmith
3.58/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
11-22-2011 00:06:44 | More by tempest
3.88/5 rDev +16.9%
12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance-Amber in color with a slight cast of haze. Moderately low light khaki head with fair retention.
Aroma-Yeast character up front with spice (pepper and maybe a trace of clove) and light pear esters, with a strong grassy/hay hop aroma present as well. The grassy/hay aroma comes on a bit strong, and I'm not sure that I like it, but I'm not sure that I don't either.
Flavor-Similar grass/hay flavors open up to light orchard fruit (pears) before hop flavor and moderately low hop bitterness come through to dry out the palate. Some spicy phenolics present here as well. There's a slight mineral dryness to the finish. Once again, I'm not sure how much I like this, but as I drink it it becomes more enjoyable.
Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Smooth on the palate and dry in the finish.
An interesting beer, especially coming from brau brothers. The hop aroma is not my favorite, though it certainly is interesting. I still can't decide whether or not I like it, but I found myself enjoying it more towards the end.
05-22-2011 06:01:13 | More by plfahey
3.98/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
06-23-2011 15:53:48 | More by ddahlen
4.1/5 rDev +23.5%
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.
09-09-2011 04:28:26 | More by BierFan
3.23/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
07-04-2011 04:30:47 | More by djeucalyptus
2.23/5 rDev -32.8%
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.
11-04-2011 13:20:06 | More by lurpy1
3.8/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
10-29-2012 04:10:41 | More by GeezLynn
3.45/5 rDev +3.9%
poured from 12 oz bottle
A- bright copper with an off-white head
S- was malts and bread some toffee and hops
T- was like a pale ale/amber with some roasted malts and toffee some pale malts with spice and hop finish
M- was medium carbonation with a roasted malt hop finish
O- a tasty brew but not a saison to me ..it was more an amber or a pale ale ..no funk or clove or fruit .
05-12-2011 22:28:13 | More by gatornation
3.78/5 rDev +13.9%
12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
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.
07-27-2011 03:47:48 | More by dpnelson1978
3.9/5 rDev +17.5%
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.
07-19-2011 18:17:38 | More by shadow1961
3.1/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
07-24-2011 19:27:24 | More by BMoney575
3.48/5 rDev +4.8%
Poured amber with a big foamy off-white head.
Nose is aged hay, farm fodder, and a bit earthy.
Taste has a punch of sourness/funk, with a substantial malt presence. Subtle background elements notably grass, pear, clove spice. Finish is drying, bitter and even a bit astringent.
Right out of the gate I wasn't very impressed, but like others have said, the taste seems to improve with each swig. I had to open a third bottle for this review.
05-25-2011 02:08:56 | More by JackieTH
3.9/5 rDev +17.5%
Tasted on tap at Town Hall Tap despite of its disgusting name. This beer arrives a clear golden color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is very fruity with a lot of apricot, pears, and oranges. It also has some barnyard funk in the background. It isn't they typical aroma for a saison, but I still like it. The taste has more barnyard tones than the aroma, but the fruitiness still dominates. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a good beer, but when in the mood for a saison I will probably go in a different direction.
05-20-2011 18:11:31 | More by KarlHungus
Forgotten Flem Farmhouse Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
77 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.