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Forgotten Flem Farmhouse Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.37%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AmericanGothic on 05-11-2011)
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BierFan

Michigan

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
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vfgccp

New York

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
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Tballz420

Minnesota

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
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DaCheesehead

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -3.6%

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

08-16-2011 20:56:42 | More by DaCheesehead
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

07-27-2011 03:47:48 | More by dpnelson1978
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BMoney575

Texas

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
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shadow1961

Minnesota

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
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david131

California

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
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

07-16-2011 02:46:46 | More by FightingEntropy
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

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
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argock

Virginia

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
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ddahlen

Minnesota

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
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

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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bsp77

Minnesota

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
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MooreHopps

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

05-25-2011 17:47:41 | More by MooreHopps
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JackieTH

Minnesota

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
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plfahey

Illinois

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
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

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
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.38/5  rDev -28.3%

Forgotten Flem

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
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jera1350

Minnesota

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
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gatornation

Minnesota

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
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kbutler1

Minnesota

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
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +25%

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.

05-11-2011 01:59:47 | More by AmericanGothic
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Forgotten Flem Farmhouse Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
77 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.