Frame Straightener | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by feloniousmonk on 01-10-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by spoots:
Photo of spoots
1.93/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is the fifth Brau Bros. beer I've tasted and it is easily the worst. I'm not sure what the brewers are after here, but calling this a Belgian-style ale is a disservice to Belgian ales.

Frankly, the low ABV of Frame Straightener doesn't bother me as much as the taste of it. I can't quite put my finger on what style this really tastes and smells like, but I am mostly reminded of the stuff a new homebrewer trots out as his "Belgian Light" (or something like that).

A=Odd coloration. Thin head, quick to disappear, minimal lacing.
S=Not Belgian at all. More like off-flavored maibock? As I said, it seems to defy easy categorization.
T=Bad. What little beer flavor there is is best described as "off notes."
M=Thin, too watery for a Belgian
D=Might end a session with one of these, but I'm not looking forward to it

If you're going to buy a Brau Bros beer, try the Scotch Ale. Much better effort, that.

[I am eager to see what these folks can do in the future, but I am disappointed in this effort. It was just too big a stretch and it doesn't do much to help their rep.]

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More User Reviews:
Photo of morimech
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a very thin head that quickly settles. Minimal lacing left on the glass.

Smells like overripe fruit and has a weird funkiness aroma.

Tast is a lot of sweet malt, candy sugar, and a hint of barnyard. Leaves a lingering sweet mustiness in the mouth.

Has a lighter body but the cloying sweetness stays in the mouth for a long time.

Definately not Brau Bros. best beer and one that I won't be coming back to consume.

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Photo of triplecoil
3.32/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall Brooklyn Brewery belgian glass.

Appearance is a light caramel with little head that disappears completely. Nose is a little barley, some candi, and somewhat musty. Taste is somewhat watery, some candi, a little bitter on the back end, clean finish. Mouthfeel is slightly thin an fresh.

All in all, not terrible, but not a great beer. I can drink a few of them if that's all that's around, but it's not something I would grab for.

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Photo of edbeered
2.84/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Based on previous reviews, this may be a bad keg. However, I can only review what I taste, so here goes. Served on tap at The Happy Gnome, this pours an opaque almost burgandy color, with virtually no head or lacing. The smell is sour. The taste is reminiscient of when I used to try a beer at the late unlamented brewpub at O'Gara's in St. Paul. There is a pungent sourness up front, allayed by a sweet malty finish. Additionally, I taste a refreshingly tart cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is suitably rich, but especially after drinking the Schell's Snowstorm immediately before this, I could not finish it. I will have to try it agian somewhere else. As it is, this dissapoints.

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Photo of Ragingbull
1.43/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Dark amber in color with a wispy head of lace and a little bit of prickle. The nose is earthy in a manner very similar to a muscadine wine. . . once you know what it is you appreciate it. Unfortunately I can't seem to believe it to be appropriate to beer, or this beer in particular. The attack is grainy and there are strong malt notes in the flavor. I would bet there is lactose in the beer, just a hunch. The finish is very grainy. There are some strong dark fruit or red/purple malt flavors that just don't sit well with me. Like I said the nose can almost be given a pass, but the flavor is so bad that I can't do that even. This beer reminded me of a homebrew bottled before it was ready. To finish the last of this six pack my brother in law and I drank them around the fire out back after having drank for about 10 hours and even then it was not enjoyable.

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Photo of mwilbur
1.52/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a cloudy pale burnt orange with almost no head. Uninspiring.
S: last night's vomit...I hope the taste is better...
T: Flat and almost no least it's not as bad as the smell...but that's not saying much. Some vague citrus hints and a smidgeon of spice.
M: Acidic and dry. Light body and taste does not linger (thank goodness).
D: I was hoping for more from this MN brew. A downright terrible version of a belgian pale ale. Honestly, I'd just stay away.

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Photo of twbrewer
3.74/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark copper color 1/4" head fades before pour was done.No lacing.

S-Sweet fruits,Belgian malts,sugars and yeast.

T-Sweet earthy taste,first it is fruity then opens to a nice malt/yeast taste then to a dry breadlike finish.

M-Light bodied,not what I was expecting.Decent carbonation.

D-I wouldn't sit and drink a six pack but one or two is ok.(on tap it didn't seem as sweet,guess I will have to try it again)

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.55/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

this brew is a gift from ragingbull.
Pouring cellar temp into a snifter the beer is a clear copper with some ruby tints.
Small thin off white head foams up and fades quickly to a creamy edge layer and some islands.
Aroma is malty with toffee and some dark fruit a little brown sugar too.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly sticky texture, average carbonation.
Flavor is sweet toffee and then rolls to a tangy fruit flavor almost like an unripe apricot. The beer is a little tough to drink and slightly acidic. Not the best beer ive had but I wont make it a drain pour.

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Photo of Greggy
3.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a nice dark red copper color with a 1 finger head that quickly recedes. Not much lacing on this one in my goblet glass.

Smell: I really had to try hard at picking up a smell on this brew but it was definitely a fruit. Almost a banana-esque note that reminds me of true honey weizen beers. Perhaps a bit of plum was picked up on the nose as well.

Taste: A nice smooth subtle belgian here. Nothing over the top or really out there but a pleasant fruity belgian. Again the banana note came through but I picked up more of a plum in the taste department.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with carbonation spot. It has a nice fruity clean finish.

Drinkability: A 6'er of these would probably take a while for me to clean out because this isn't anything that screams extraordinary to me, but it's an easy drinker and perhaps a good segway to some of the more over the top belgians.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.77/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy red color with bronze around the edges. The head is small, and recedes into almost no lacing within seconds. The aroma is of caramel, plums, and a hint of wool. The taste has the plum and caramel that the aroma does, but there is also a nice earthiness to it. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, which seems a bit thin for the style. Overall, this is a nice beer. It is easy drinking, and has a nice flavor. However, the aftertaste is very mild, and goes away fast. I could drink this again if it were the best thing available and be perfectly content. However, if a really wanted a Belgian Pale Ale brewed in Minnesota, I would go with a Flat Earth Pale Ale.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interestingly complex aroma. Nothing bold, but pleasing qualities all around. Malt and yeast aroma's dominate. A spicy phenolic quality is strongest. The more I drink this beer the stronger a tobacco flavor and aroma present. I'm torn by the presentation. It seems intermixed with the fruity (plum) quality and thus isn't purely fruit. It is interesting, but its' appeal varies. Aroma offers nice variety throughout the whole glass.
Pours with virtually no head and quickly subsides to a ring only. Amber color of brown with orange/red. Generally clear.
Flavor follows quite closely to the aroma. In fact I don't recall many beers that the two mimic so closely. There is an additional light citrus fruity sourness that adds nicely to the array of flavors. Nice pleasing malt sweetness adds a lot.
Feels is a nice combination of moderate thickness and fairly dense and light bubbles that overall approaches effervescent.

Drinkability seems to be the trend for the two southern Mn breweries, and I think I approve. While the steal your face boldness of the frequently preferred beers on this site, have a place in my heart, the combination of taste with session-ability is not a bad way to go (and may be a profitable one for these breweries too).

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Photo of Buebie
1.88/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I've heard many things about this brewery, mostly bad. so to be fair I didnt read any of the reviews on here or look at what the ba'ers gave it in grade.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Nice fluffy 2 finger white head. Mild retention and some mild laceing.
Color is a nice esb looking pale brown with an orangish red hue when held to light.

Smell is primarily a burnt caramel, semi-sweet malt.
so far so good.

Oh, no, I spoke too soon.
Taste up front is almost a mild ale, with a watery malt dominance.
Then at the swallow turning to lemon lime tea thats been steeping in the fermenter faar to long.
There was some grassy hops in there...yeeesh! Honestly, whats with the lemon???


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Photo of slyke
3.73/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Frame Straightener from Brau Brothers pours a mahogany color with a half inch of tan head that fades to a thin cap with a little lacing.

The smell is sweet with note of dark fruit. The taste is sweet, malty, with yeasty notes and notes of plum.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected, but not bad. Drinkability is decent on this beer. It is worth trying.

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Photo of mothman
2.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a weizen glass, and got a decent layer of head and some lacing. Color is very unique. Dark, cloudy orange/brown.

Aroma is a smokey/fruity smell. Very unique. Taste is very similar. It is as if someone set out some fruit by a bonfire. Not very appealing.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but the taste is so punishable, that you don't want it in your mouth for very long.

Overall, I will not be coming back to this beer. At $9 for a six-pack, I can get something much better.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to deliriumfest for this one!

A- Body is a dark hazy plum color that pours with a very small off white head. Head fades immediately and leaves nothing behind in the glass. Cloudiness is thick and dynamic.

S- Sour plum, dark fruit, bready yeast.

T- Very fruity and a bit tart. Lots of plums come through as well as some bready yeast. Finish is consistent with the start.

M- Medium body and medium carbonation.

D- No idea why this is considered a Belgian Pale by Brau Brothers because it is nowhere near that...Belgian influenced...yes...but its not even pale. Decent beer overall...but nothing impressive. Definitely worth a try

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Photo of ZAP
2.18/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reading the information from the brewery this sounds interesting enough. Unfortunately the actual experience of drinking it is not so good.

Looks fine...depp orangish golden color...nice egg white head.

Aroma has some barnyard notes and a little butterscotch.

Taste is funky and leans sourish....yeasty...the web description mentions plums...I'd say think of unripe plums and the sourness they exude and that is what this flavor is like.

The body needs a little more heft and carbonation as well.

The ABV is an issue with me...5.4% for a Belgian Pale Ale??...Beef this up a little.

Overall this is not one I would recommend.

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Photo of budgood1
1.62/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

pours out a cloudy bronze/copper colour without much head and lace. pleasant candy sweet aroma accentuated by some spice and clove notes. extemely sourish in taste, puckering, and yeasty. extremely dry and not much malt sweetness left in the flavour profile. the sourness overwhelms everything and makes for a pretty poor drinking experience. the mouthfeel is watery for the style and the body is light. at 5.4 ABV, it could use a boost in every aspect. less funk and more substance. as this beer warms a bit, it becomes a little less offensive, but i still don't like it. drinkability suffers thusly. it's out of level and far from plumb.

another below average beer from the brau brothers. i don't know how they can keep making crappy beers and stay in business. every beer i've had from them has been either tainted or just plain bad. i'm done wasting my money on their terrible product.

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Photo of Floydster
2.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle received as an extra from Lordsloth, thanks for including this brew from Minnesota, split last night with my girlfriend, poured into my small Ballast Point glass

A-Golden yellow color with a slight orange tint, small 1/4 inch white foamy head, settled quickly, not much lacing either

S-Beglian yeast, lots of sugar, different fruits, both dark and sour, lots of malt, big plum and fig aroma, and honey

T-Starts with a weird sour taste that just does not belong, fades into some chewy malt, some sweet fruit, faint hops in the finish, got even sweeter as it warmed, lots of candy-like flavors, too much malt and some misplaced vinegar flavor

M-Odd tart mouthfeel, not smooth, too much carbonation, thin body, taste did not linger, also chewy at times

D-One bottle would probably be my limit, taste is one dimensional and not great, alcohol is not hidden, hard to drink

Never heard of this beer or brewery actually, probably the lowest ABV Belgian-style brew I have ever tasted, unique but not my thing, would not drink again, cannot honestly recommend it either

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Photo of Bighuge
4.07/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scarlet red hue. Slightly hazed. Thin beige head that leaves sporadic spots of lace. Nice aroma. Fruity and yeasty. Some of that warm breadiness to the aroma. And some sweet candy like tones to smell as well. On the palate, the sweet candy like tones are upfront. Yeastiness comes secondary. And a dry finish leaves me wanting more. Body is medium. Carbonation is rather low. Could use a bit of a boost. Otherwise, this is a solid beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This 'Belgian' pale ale isn't pale at all. Instead, it's the same Texas Longhorns orange as many Oktoberfests. The pale khaki colored crown has a smooth surface and very little character. A few fat fingers of sudsy lace manage to stick to the glass... at least temporarily. Not to style and not a good start.

The nose is toasted malty and somewhat earthy, with an underlying fruitiness that helps the cause. Hard to believe that a Trappist ale yeast was used, but I'll take the brewer's word for it. The aroma, while okay in a general sense, is nowhere near a true Belgian pale. Might those words apply to the flavor as well?

Bull's eye. In fact, the flavor is somewhat less okay than the nose, although it doesn't deserve a lower score. I'm not sure where the brothers got the idea that a Belgian pale ale should look, smell and taste like this, but they've missed the mark by a country mile. Frame Straightener tastes minimally Belgian yeasty, if at all.

Again, a certain fruitiness is the beer's only saving grace, if it can be said to have one. Other flavors include well-toasted bread, steely caramel, an herbal woodiness and an indeterminate spiciness (clove and possibly cinnamon). It's an odd conglomeration of flavors that is just interesting enough to be drinkable.

Don't even think of using the word 'Belgian' when describing the mouthfeel. The best Belgian brewers are mouthfeel artists. This pretender is way too thin and has too few bubbles that are harsh rather than soft. No lift and no volume.

BBBC's home of Lucan, Minnesota is known for the manufacturing of frame straightening equipment. My first thought was picture frames, but it's actually automobile chassis. It turns out, ironically enough, that this second offering in the Single Batch Series is in dire need of a frame straightener, because it's significantly out of whack and tracks anything but true.

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Photo of katan
2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a light brown color with strong head formation. The head dissipates quickly to a light film with little lacing. No haze and not much carbonation apparent. Looks more like a brown ale.

S - A combination of some malt notes with spicy yeast. Some hints of plum. There is an interesting off flavor, almost a spoilage hint, that is behind the scenes here.

T - Starts off with very little flavor - almost flat. Moves to some of a trappist style yeast and some sweeter barley flavors. Sourness begins to dominate. All bite at the end. Very sour and edgy. This is that flavor that I'm not sure the brewer intended.

M - Supremely edgy from the carbonation. Hits my tongue and stings immediately. The body of the beer itself is without backbone - very watery.

D - The sour flavors are tiresome - the bite of the flavors also begin to wear. The ABV is manageable for the style, so that is a plus. Plus, I still think there is something not right here that would prevent this from being sessionable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from the Brau Brothers website (and edited):
A traditional take on a
classic style, 100% of the malt bill is Belgian in origin. This pale ale is infused with just enough French Strisselspalt hops. _
ABV = 5.4%, Color = 12 SRM, Bitterness = 22 IBU
Bitterness = 22 IBU Hops = Styrian Golding, Strisselspalt
Yeast = Trappist Ale Four different authentic Belgian malts

and my take follows:
on the label: "A level and plum Belgian-style ale." Don't get it. Apparently, the name comes from one of Lucan's most popular exports...frame straighteners, I'd guess?

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip. Dark reddish hue, under a small white ring of foam, soon gone.

Sweet aromatics, yep, plums primarily, plenty of dark fruits, berries, ripeness, plump and bright. Yeast and malt singing away. Nice.

Taste: sweet, then tart for a second. Dark fruits maintain dominance in flavor, it's tasty, but bodiless, and drifts away too quickly. Good drinkability, but loses points for seeming watery and thin.

I think they're on to something, but it needs some work, something to give it depth and make it memorable.

It's good, but just evaporates from mouth and memory much too quickly.

P.S. Drinking a bottle a couple of weeks later, I'm liking this more...a lot more...gonna have to tweak my initial numbers. I'd drink more of this, for sure.

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Frame Straightener from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Beer rating: 2.85 out of 5 with 22 ratings
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