Week 9 of 52

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says My frame still hangs a little to the left

April 1st, 2008

The color looks good, decent carbonation, has a little baby head. Clean taste. Goes down pretty smooth. I can pick up a little clove on the aftertaste. Doesn’t linger too long. Surprisingly short on hops. Thought it would be hoppier? Like many others, I thought it would have a little more oomph, what with the name and all. I’ve been trying to train my sniffer to differentiate odors better, but all I smell is…beer? As it warms (which I hate to let my beer do) I can start to detect the plum aroma. All in all, I am quite satisfied, though hardly overly impressed. My socks are still on my feet, if you catch my drift. A solid contribution by the Braus. I think even a few of my blue collar buds might actually like it, and they hate nearly everything that isn’t Busch, Mich, or Bud. I’ll give it a notch above plain jane average-3.5 of 5. That’s passing nearly anywhere you go.

says biscuits and no gravy….

March 31st, 2008

….. which in this case is good.  Cause i do not want gravy in my beer.

Good biscuit taste and smell.  Nice beer to drink.

says Woo, citrus-y!

March 24th, 2008

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.

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says Hey, it’s not that bad!

March 15th, 2008

I’m a bit late finding Brau Brothers Frame Straightener but I don’t think it was worth the wait. It’s not as bad as some people describe though in my opinion. I thought it was a bit fruity, pretty bitter and a little flat. An interesting mix of flavors. I don’t have a problem drinking a six pack of this minus the tenancy to smack my tongue on the roof of my mouth every other time I take a sip. There’s a few other Brau Brothers beers at the store I haven’t tried yet and this beer has been a gateway for me to try the others.

says Love it!

March 13th, 2008

I really enjoyed this beer.  It was tart and sweet.  The first sip was maybe too tart and I wasn’t completely sure of it, I didn’t have a problem finishing it though.  Tastes like a traditional Belgian beer.  Then a few days later I had another and it seemed more mild and really delish!  I’ll be drinking more of these.

says There’s an old saying in Tennessee

March 11th, 2008

 — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Minnesota — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.

Well I’ve been fooled twice now by Brau Brothers.  This beer was awful and all the talk of a bad bottle…breweries just shouldn’t have bad bottles…this is the second beer I’ve had from them (Pils being the first) that tasted like it had hardly any carbonation and tasted like syrup.

It reminds me of some of my very first extract homebrews where I thought to myself hmm this isn’t terrible for something I made myself, but would I pay to drink it?  Heck no.  Thank goodness I bought it as a single so I’m not dumping five more beers down the drain.

I feel bad ripping a small local brewer but I guess ya gotta call it like it is.

says Decent Belgian

March 8th, 2008

I just got done brewing a belgian trappist clone and it turned out really stanky but light.  That kind of prepared me for this.  I’d say definately crisp, high malt taste, mild hops and strangely strong mid and after pallet (thus the name I assume.This is a good beer, and my first ever visit to Blue Max, I’m in love with that store!  P.S. BOO for twist off bottles. 

says Did I get a bad bottle?

March 8th, 2008

It actually tastes like dust.
I’m not sure what this beer is trying to accomplish.
I keep trying to make something happen, but nothing does.


says Can you say acid…

March 8th, 2008

…ick! SICK! I mean acidic! THIS BEER BLOWS! Worst than Glueks honey bock. Well, equally disgusting anyway. It would be a disservice to pair this beer with anything edible. This maybe a great medical breakthrough for inducing vomit.

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says MN, C.A., whatever

March 5th, 2008

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.

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says little brewery on the prairie

March 5th, 2008

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.  

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says surprisingly drinkable

March 2nd, 2008

I read the label on the Frame Straightener and saw that it was a Belgian with some plum flavors and I was ready to take a sip and pour the rest down the drain. I was pleasantly surprised by the mild flavor, this is actually a very drinkable beer. Most of my experiences with Belgians has not been good, but this is definitely one that I would consider buying, if for no other reason than to have it around when I wanted a change of pace.

And I have to agree with lowrez, the Brau sister is a hottie.

says O.K.

March 1st, 2008

Even though I was expecting bad things due to the plum, this beer wasn’t particularly great or bad.  Nothing about it stood out to me and nothing was offensive.  Maybe it’s the brand but it did have quite a bit of carbonation to it.  Nothing to report really.

says Right before you puke, you swallow . . .

March 1st, 2008

Sweet water. And that’s exactly what I tasted when I tried this beer. G to the ross.

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says Plum and level, but where’s the craftsmanship?

February 29th, 2008

Today I called in sick.  A perfect day to catch up on my Brew52 reviews.  I’m a builder, so naturally i was psyched to throw back a Frame Staightener.   The brew was fine, I don’t agree with other’s very poor ratings, but i wasn’t inspired by the taste.  In fact I picked up a sweet and musky aftertaste that i didn’t appreciate.  I will finish my sixer of Frame Staightener before I again attack what’s left of our case of High Life.  Did that inclusion say anything about the Straightener, or just undermine my entire review?


February 29th, 2008

This wasn’t my favorite beer, nor a style I particularly enjoy, but it definitely wasn’t undrinkable. Plum? Huh. Not so sure I would’ve picked that out. Without the description up above, I probably would’ve called it “fruity”, or “tart”, or, if I’m going way out on a limb, “ex-girlfriend”.

Not funny? Crap.

Fine, I’ll steer clear of the comedy and stick with what I do know; beer-drinkin’ and beer-peein’, in that order.

says with a name like that

February 29th, 2008

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.

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says Screen printed bottles

February 27th, 2008

I checked out the Brau Bros. website last week which got me pretty amped up for two reasons. Reason 1 – Screen printed bottle labels right in the brewery – THAT is COOL. Reason 2 – Brau Sister, Kate, looks pretty hot.

The bottle I am holding in my hand at this very moment is not screen printed. The label is a sticker with a transparent backing. Please, Brau Bros., tell me that this was not sister Kate’s idea. She knows better. She is much too hot to cut corners like that! Listen to your hot sister. Continue to screen print the bottles.

The beer is pretty good to drink in moderation.

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says An Interesting Style…

February 27th, 2008

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.

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says A Lesser Belgian

February 27th, 2008

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.

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says Bad Batch

February 26th, 2008

I am not sure if there is a bad batch of beer out there but this was HORRIBLE!!!  This beer had a sour smell an a putrid sour taste I could barely swallow my first taste.  I gutted through a few drinks and called it a day on this beer.  I am not sure if there is a bad batch  which would not even matter for my rating of this beer if there was a “good batch.”  I am still giving this beer the lowest rating because, in my opinion poor quality control is the worst thing you can have when brewing and distributing beer.   I wish I could give this beer a “0” star rating but .5 will do.

says Not…quite…exactly…right

February 26th, 2008

“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. 

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says I wish I had a cool last name like “Brau”

February 25th, 2008

The Brau’s have been plugging away in the brew world for a number of years – first with the Brauhaus brewpub in tiny Lucan, Minnesota and more recently with Brau Brothers Brewing Co. It’s a small, family-run affair and they do almost everything in-house, from the brewing to poster-printing, silk-screening t-shirts, etc. Up until recently, they were even hand-screening their beer bottles.

On to the beer…  Brau Brothers’ Frame Straightener is a Belgian-style pale ale, not terribly unlike Flat Earth Belgian Pale Ale. Copper color, with a thin white head. Think old man in Miami. The yeast comes through in the aroma as well as some fruit and biscuit-like notes.  More of the same in flavor with a touch of sweetness and a dry finish. The six pack is already gone. Dammit. Nicely done. Dustin has a history of brewing tasty Belgian-style brews with the Brauhaus, so it’s nice to see him using their Single Batch Series to reach back into his bag of tricks.

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says I’ve made better in my basement…

February 24th, 2008

..I really have. It feels like the Brau Brothers are thinking, “Ya know, If we just put this beer out there, people will drink it.” They are right, we’ll drink it…but it is a lame ass beer. Talk about amateur…even the label looks homemade.