renegade review

Enough.  I’ve had a bottle of Whirly Bird sitting in my fridge for about four weeks.  No more delays.  I drank it, and enjoyed it.  It’s not as heavy as Lake Superior’s oatmeal stout, but has just as much bite.  I ate oatmeal in the morning and drank the beer at night – a nice way to close the loop on the day.  Bonus: the label for this one is by far my favorite of all the Braus. 

Thanks to Heritage Liquor in Maplewood for having this before I was even looking for it.  I’ll save the Pale Ale for some other day. 

Lemony, but not a shandy

Brau Brother’s Whirly Bird was not at Surdyk’s as of June 16th, so Becca got a 6-pack of the Pale Ale. Never before have I had a beer with such a strong lemon flavor, unless I overdid it lemon-ing on a Hefe. The website calls it a session beer, but I don’t know. If there is a hops bitterness, I miss it because it gets slammed by lemon tanginess.

Crap

I really like the Sam Adams Scotch Ale so I was expecting to enjoy the Brau Brothers version as well. This beer tasted nothing like I was expecting. It is very tart and fruity and I have a hard time tasting any smoky malt. As some people complained about the previous Brau Brothers beer I think it’s possible I got a bad batch. I have a sixer so I’ll update this post if the others are better. I’m starting to really dislike Brau Brothers beers.

Malt-tissimo

Very much malt. I don’t have a good bench mark for what a scotch ale should taste like, but I’d guess this is pretty accurate. I think it’s the peat-smoked malt they mention on the label that’s giving me the smoky taste. I was pretty disgusted to find peat-smoked malt described as “medicinal/bandaid-like” when I googled it. Yuck, if I ever taste bandaid in my beer I promise that I’ll dump it down the drain. On second thought maybe this is a good beer to have out when playing softball to pour on someone’s fresh scrape. When they start screaming at you, you’d reply “What?! It contains peat-smoked malt which is medicinal/bandaid like!!”

Woo, citrus-y!

I guess when I saw “Belgian” I expected it to be a little sweet. It’s not really, but it certainly is crisp. Nice, neat finish.

I usually reserve beers I really like to be consumed alone, and stuff I could take or leave I’ll eat with food. This finds a nice spot in the middle. I had it with pizza, but it was flavorful enough to stand up for itself without taking away from either the eating or the drinking experience.

MN, C.A., whatever

I’m a little late here, as last week the local beer to be had was Belikin.

I’m OK with the Frame Straightener. It tasted pretty good- I like fruity and yeasty- but I like more body and more finish (broken record). I put it in my mouth, I tasted something in there, then it was gone. Did I even swallow it? I think so, but I can’t be sure.

On the other hand, the Belikin Stout was surprisingly tasty. I’d give it four stars.

little brewery on the prairie

I’m apt to enjoy Brau beer simply because it’s may be the only beer available at the Morris, MN liquor store that doesn’t come in a 30-pack cube.  The price is absurdly cheap to boot.  Frame Straightener was a nice beer with some sweet flavor and the feel of a homebrew.  Unlike some homebrews that leave you feeling like you just drank a whole meal, it did feel like I could have more than one.  

with a name like that

So I shared a bottle of Frame Straightener with the wifey on Sunday and enjoyed it overall. I was pretty shocked to see Nick’s review, but I figured he just had some beef (like his girlfriend left him for one of the Brau Brothers or something). Then I saw a few more of the “bad batch” reactions so I went out and bought another six pack last night to try again. It still tasted good to me, but I agree that it’s just missing a bit of the impact…like Josh said, it tasted a bit watered down. Truth be told, I think the real reason I’m bothered by this lack of “pow” is that with a name like Frame Straightener you expect a powerful flavor. Oh well, I still like it and will have no problem finishing off the sixer.

An Interesting Style…

I’m no Michael Jackson, but I think this is exactly how this style of beer should taste.  That said I can see how some people might be put off by the style, the fruity, yeasty flavor. I taste plums and maybe even a hint of peach.  I’m impressed that MN brewery is putting out a true Belgium like this.  I think you have to be in the right mood, but this is a pretty good beer!  This is the first Brau Brothers beer I’ve had…it will be interesting to taste some of the other beers they offer.

A Lesser Belgian

I was really looking forward to this beer after the Flat Earth version but this just seems like a watered down replica in comparison. The Frame Straightener has a light Belgian taste but it doesn’t grab my attention. I can smell the hops but they don’t come across in the flavor.

I don’t think I ended up with a bad batch like some of the other reviewers but this beer doesn’t do much for me.

Not…quite…exactly…right

“How fortuitous / that these brothers’ mother did / meet a Mister Brau”..Haiku #6 for you!My second Minnesota-brewed Belgian pale of the night, having just finished a Flat Earth. Not my favorite style, but it has it’s charms. Cloudy crimson colorings, little head on it. Aroma of soft, ripe fruit, yes, plums are detectable, also apple, grape. Fruit is big, followed by Belgian yeast character, and malt. A little spice, maybe. Bolder,  brighter, spicier, frutier in the flavor. A little louder than it ought to be, maybe missing some malt/yeast character to give it identity. But it has some appeal, easy drinker, interesting flavor, just …not quite…exactly…good. Like that jigsaw with the missing pieces that were probably eaten by the dog years ago…it’s just not together. The problem is, it’s okay as it is, but should be a lot better.