Forgotten Flem Farmhouse Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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4/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
02-21-2012 04:03:05 | More by feloniousmonk
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
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.38/5 rDev -28.3%
Pours ½ finger of beige head. Leaves some rings. Color is a dark autumn gold. Way to dark for a saison.
Aroma: Odd fruit flavors. Kind of musty. A bit of spice, lemons. Has a slight farmhouse funk. Kind of malty. Very odd.
Taste: I get a roasted malt flavor here. Kind of tastes baked. Light barnyard and a touch of funk. More spices. Pretty malty. Some lemon citrus and other fruits.
Mouthfeel: Spiced, bitter, roasted, and dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasty.
Overall, a very odd saison. I wasn’t too fond of it as it really didn’t fit the style very well. Not a fan of this one.
05-19-2011 20:48:07 | More by mothman
3.75/5 rDev +13%
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.
09-04-2011 18:36:40 | More by vfgccp
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
2.45/5 rDev -26.2%
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.
06-29-2011 06:05:20 | More by argock
3.58/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
05-14-2011 00:00:33 | More by jera1350
3.48/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
12-28-2011 02:05:27 | More by BretSikkink
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
3.35/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
07-18-2011 03:33:57 | More by david131
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
3.35/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
05-12-2011 12:06:56 | More by kbutler1
3.58/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
09-19-2011 01:06:09 | More by herman77
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
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
3.13/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
08-18-2011 02:11:36 | More by Tballz420
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%
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
3.8/5 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
3.23/5 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
2.35/5 rDev -29.2%
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.
10-01-2011 14:22:38 | More by JohnnyHopps
Forgotten Flem Farmhouse Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
77 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.