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Forgotten Flem Farmhouse Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 49
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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.

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 49
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark orange. One finger of billowy off-white head has good head and lace.

S: Lots of fruit and wheat aromas.

T: Quite dry up front, sweet fruit and malt slowly emerge and persist through the finish. As the beer warms, some light, peppery esters join in. Very mild tartness completes the picture.

M: Light and very creamy, great feel.

O: Perfect beer for tonight. Record 90 degrees today, and this is the right balance of refreshing lightness with interesting flavors. Another win for Brau Brothers. (577 characters)

Photo of BierFan
4.06/5  rDev +18%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (2,620 characters)

Photo of ddahlen
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (636 characters)

Photo of t2thebro
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (961 characters)

Photo of plfahey
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A really nice color of burnt orange with a thinner head of tan bubbles, but good retention. Some spotty lacing.

Lightly fruity nose with with some light wet hay. Not much, but it's in there. A touch of honey as well.

The taste has some light sweetness up front and then transitions to a bit of sourness and wet grain. The end is pretty bitter with some spices to it. Some lingering bitterness in the finish. Tastes better and better as I drink more of it.

Extremely dry with a light-medium body. The carbonation is quite nice and soft with just the right amount.

This is a nice beer that has saison qualities, but isn't exact for the style, which I could really care less about anyways. It does drink well and makes a nice warm weather beer. It's growing on me as I continue to drink. (788 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (445 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 . (382 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Interesting name, is it Flemminsh? or perhaps phlegm? Either way it pours into a DFH tulip glass a copper, caramel color with a slight white head. Sweet aroma in the nose along with a slight tinge of roast. Some spice as well. Medium mouthfeel. Caramel sweetness upfront with a slight bitterness that builds that is then joined with some spice like notes. Heavier in the flavor and mouthfeel than more traditional saisons. Doesn’t reallly fit the style for me but it drinks decently. (493 characters)

Photo of david131
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,317 characters)

Photo of DaCheesehead
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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 (545 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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. (535 characters)

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Forgotten Flem Farmhouse Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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