BentSpoke Brewing Co Flemm

Style
Flanders Red
ABV
5.0%

Something new from BentSpoke that's been around a long time in more ways than one (how very BentSpoke, no?). Flemm is their autumnal Bending Spoke limited release, but this take on the Flanders Red style popularised by Rodenbach – inspired by a sampling session at the Belgian brewery many years ago – was first brewed by brewery co-founder Richard Watkins more than a decade and a half ago. Now it becomes one of the first such beers to appear in cans in Australia.

A blend of three beers – one aged in oak for 12 months, another aged, unoaked version, and a younger, fresher brew – it arrives in your glass mahogany in colour, a suitably austere shade for the sort of beer that demands a little respect. If anything, thanks to its deep tan head, it looks a little like cola (talk about respect, ha!) and that's a sensation that returns at times as there's elements of pre-mix sweetness amid the rich, aged malt flavours.

That's very much just part of the picture, however. There's a gentle carbonation that melds with the beer's acidic side (which itself contributes a little sharp sweetness on the nose and a touch, but only a touch, of funk). And melding is really what Flemm is all about as the disparate parts – the dried dark fruits, the oak, the soft yet still borderline bracing acidity, the yeast-derived esters – come together to create a supremely drinkable take on one of the most wonderful beer styles on the planet.

James Smith

Published May 1, 2020

Name
BentSpoke Brewing Co
Address

38 Mort Street
Braddon
ACT 2612

Phone
(02) 6257 5220
Open Hours

Open 11am to midnight every day

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