Fleur De Ferme | The Commons Brewery

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Fleur De FermeFleur De Ferme

Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dark farmhouse ale with hibiscus, lavender and chamomile added at the end of the boil. Malted Spelt provides a silky full body that supports the late-kettle flower additions.

Added by vkv822 on 08-05-2012

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 75
Photo of Bluecrow
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-clear, deep brown bottle pour (750 ml) with very fine carbonation, but no lacing. Aroma is uniquely floral and herbal. The malt and farmhouse yeast flavors are topped and crowned by lavender, and other floral and herbal notes. The finish is a tad musty. This is a uniquely flavored brew. (apologies for the redundancy). I am almost always surprised by The Commons' brews...and again.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have you ever eaten a stick of chap stick? If so, you would identify with this beer. If you have not, you should either drink this beer or literally bite plain chapstick to get the flavor.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 8 January 2016. I can't resist Commons beers, even though I've had mixed experiences.

Pours a dark brown, clear despite the darkness. Half a finger of medium yellow-tan head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is an odd amalgam. A little woody, a little roasty, a bit spicy. Mildly sweet. Pretty nice, actually.

Taste is rather blah. It's like a slightly toned-down version of the smell. Strongly woody, malty and bready sweet, somewhat like a marzen or doppelbock. Not bad.

Feel is really good. Medium-bodied, carbonation that's chewy and mouth-filling, lots of big bubbles churning it up.

A decent beer, and rather unique. It could use some clarity, some more specific direction. I'm enjoying it, though I can't grab onto anything that makes me really like it.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This pours a purple tinged cola color with tight foaming lace
This has a wonderfully floral aroma. The notes of chamomile, hibiscus and lavender come through in a nuanced balanced way. It's pleasing and delicate with a floral flavor that comes across followed by a punch of lavender. Absolutely loved this.

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Photo of bumchilly25
4.64/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Alibi room in Vancouver. Despite visiting the brewery in Portland in the summer we never had a chance to try this great beer. Pours fairly dark and very fragrant. Smells exactly as described....chamomile, lavender, and hibiscus and tastes exactly like described. Almost perfume like but delicious as the taste lingers on your palate. Highly recommended.

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Photo of almostjay
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. I, like others, wouldn't have pegged this one as a saison had I not known what it was. This beer came across more like a weakish dubbel to me. Really nice, floral aroma. Lighter than expected body, and a bit less flavorful than I hoped it would be based on the nose, but a nice, clean beer.

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Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%

At first taste, my thought was this is the most revolting *not spoiled* beer I have ever had. I mean, it's make perfectly well, it's clean, but the overpowering herbal flavor is just loathsome. I'm all for interesting ingredients and flavorings, but this does not work.

Color is an inviting dark brown with a big head in the Stella Artois goblet. Intense bitter medicinal taste with an off-putting sweet undertone. Candied crab apples with tonic water. Cinnamon pickles with aspirin. Burnt butterscotch with cherry cough syrup. I hope it is the hops that add so much bitterness, but I can only think of the Chinese medicinal wine I was fool enough to try.

Interestingly, the palate seems to deaden after some sipping. I suppose you could drink this. No you, not me.

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Photo of draheim
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL into a tulip. Pours a deep translucent mahogany brown w/ a nice fluffy head, patchy lace, lively carbonation.

Aroma is fruity, sweet, floral. Lots of perfumy/herbal notes, lavender the most pronounced. Extra points for being unique.

Taste is likewise sweet and flowery, you can almost taste the dusty pollen. Ripe berries, sweet candied fruit, herbal tea. I'm not a huge fan of putting lots of exotic ingredients in beer, and I can't say this one works tremendously well. Still, I like the beer well enough and I can't judge it too harshly for being what it is.

Body is light and crisp, with a lingering floral aftertaste. Semi-dry finish.

Overall an interesting beer that I wouldn't have pegged for a saison/farmhouse ale if it didn't say it right on the label. I wouldn't pick this one up again but I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a small khaki head. I turn back to the beer and it's magically gone. I swirl it back and it disappears just as quickly. Dark brown. A little transparent at the edges.

Smell - Very floral. Lots of lavender. Herbal notes. A little fruity. Dark roasted malts.

Taste - The chamomile is much more distinct. Lavender behind it. Creamy nutty malts. A little tinge of acidity in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body and a little creamy.

Overall - Very floral and spicy. Dominates the flavor in a good way. A little rough and occasionally has an odd combination of flavors.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured with a giant 4 fingers or more of head tan head over a nearly jet black brew, held up to the light you can see a ruby red shine.

S: Smell is unique and unlike anything else. Up front with medicinal notes, wet wood, and maltiness with a base note of flowers and dark bread yeasts.

T: The flavour is distinctly medicinal, suggestive of a drink made from roots & dark malts and herbs. It's not distastefully medicinal, but reminds me of a an old fashioned remedy elixir.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate pin pricks of carbonation.

O: A unique flavoured brew that offers an old fashioned style medicinal elixir feel, but is pleasant. It might be a challenge for someone not used to these flavours - but try this with dried date and figs with blue cheese, matched with this brew the flavours shine.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A: 1/2" tan head over black liquid.

S: Extremely powerful smell of flowers (according to the label its hibiscus, chamomile and lavender), honey, dill and maple syrup.

T: Lavender, a maple syrup taste, chamomile, grass, honey, roasted barley malt, chocolate and I guess hibiscus because it says that on the label as well. If I drink this quickly, it tastes like a cola. If I take it apart during a slower sip the flowers taste almost like plastic. Guess I'll be drinking this Siason as quickly as a Coors Light.

M: Thin viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Back to the drawing board with the herbal and floral element. I personally think that the herbal/floral element was too strong. Additionally, I don't think these herbs/flowers work all that well together in a beer. However, the hibiscus seemed to be the least abrasive, so that might be worth teasing out in a future, more subtle, beer.

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Photo of davey101
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks bstyle!

A - Pours a dark and murky brown color. Three fingers of mocha foam forms and fizzles away like any soured/infected stout I have encountered. I hate to draw this comparison since I'll be using it in the aroma and taste category....but cola. This look like a god damn glass of Coke.

S - This has that distinct cola like aroma to it, which is followed by herbs, flowers, and some peppercorn. Not bad, in fact its almost nice. Just not what I was expecting at all.

T - Coke with Flowers. What is going on!? It even has some cola-like twang to it. Finishes again with peppers, lavender, and hibiscus. It was a bit much at first but letting it sit for a while really smooths it out. Good, but very different.

M - Oddly enough, NOT cola like. Light carbonation and a thin to medium body.

O - This was a very unusual concept. I'm sure its just my taste buds here, but this was like a Coke variety featuring flowers and herbs. I'm struggling to finish the bottle but it is certainly worth the try considering how unique it us.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and lots of herbal, spice, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of popery
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at Beer Revolution. Pours black with a decent beige head that fades quickly. In strong light, I can see some brown, but it's a surprisingly dark beer and the color doesn't really show up in the flavor. Very floral aroma. The lavender is nice. Some unfortunate cola. No roast. Taste is oddly sweet and just doesn't work well. Lots more cola. Less flowers. Just a muddle of odd notes that don't play nicely. Carbonation is normal, perhaps a little low for a saison. I'm not a fan of this beer. The flower and sweet cola flavors don't work together. It's kind of a mess.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 1.31.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a fizzy three inch light brown head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Very spicy, lavender, corriander, chamomille, hibicus on the label.

T - A quick hit of spices, thenm some roasted coffee, and finishes with a dry herbal taste.

D - Good carbonation with a medium-light body.

O - Spicy and dark, farmhouse, but not my favorite Commons beer.

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Photo of FourLights
4.81/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I thought I would hate a beer with lavender, chamomile and hibiscus. This beer did not only pleasantly suprise me, but is one of my favorite beers. I go to the commons 2-3 x /month. I have to get the taster try every time I go because there are always so many new things I want to try. I always get this beer on my taster tray because I was always afraid to get an entire glass because I thought it would be too overwhelming. I was very wrong. I have bought several glasses since and can drink many more. The balance of this beer is extraordinary. You will get plentiful amounts of lavender in a very good way. The chamomile and hibiscus are more subdued and compliment the lavender. The mouth feel is superb and is medium bodied. Head retention is average out of the bottle, above average on draft. This beer pairs amazingly with steak, savory meals, lamb with rosemary etc. They also sell this in bottles which is just as great as on tap. Very special beer.

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Photo of vkv822
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark farmhouse ale with hibiscus, lavender and chamomile.

on-tap at Belmont Station.
from notes.
tulip snifter.

Arrives a dark chocolate brown with a creamy, light brown head. Looks very much like a stout.

Extremely floral and lightly herbal/spicy in the nose and palate. Quite enjoyable. Faint roasty char backing.

Medium body, with prickly, medium carbonation.

I really enjoyed this one. While quite floral and herbal, I didn't find it overwhelming.

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Fleur De Ferme from The Commons Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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