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Seizoen Bretta | Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Special Brettanomyces yeast provides added dryness and crisp complexity to the Seizoen Bretta. Bottle conditioned with pear juice for a natural carbonation."

Added by msubulldog25 on 06-03-2011

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

BB 12/2019 Bottle # 80998

Appearance: very hazy orange with a massive white and soapy head. The bottle was a gusher even though it was in the fridge for days. Damn you Brett

Nose: Brett funk, apricots, spicy hops, peaches, stone fruit, horse blanket but bot too strong, grassy, herbal, lactic sourness

Taste: magical. Follows the nose but with way more swetness. It was an absolute treat.

Overall: this was how a Brett Saison should taste like. Logsdon knows how to use the wild stuff.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden hue on the pour, head is a bit thin and not too frothy. Lots of Brett on the nose - classic loam & hay/straw/earth tones. Some light malt, maybe a little lemon as well. Taste features classic notes but everything seems a little muted. You get some Brett tang, some pale malt, some citrus / lemon notes, but nothing really pops. As it warms there is more of an earthy / cork note that emerges on the backend. Some faint herbal spice, cardamom mostly. Overall a very good beer but not top tier.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden Amber with a subtle white head maybe half a finger's length.

Smell: lemon skin and yeast with light spice notes. Think of nutmeg brewed with your tea.

Taste: Complex sweet lemon and pepper, yeast notes give it a unique sour feel.

Mouth: So sticky, oh man...good and bad. Medium carbonation doesn't make up for it..meaning the after the taste alone is beast.

Overall: good brew, and I do mean good...not crazy about saisons but this one I developed a liking to that is like black skin to a killer whale...no pun intended. Salud.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a golden hue. It's a full color. Nice funky aroma. Nice sweet tropical fruit to it. Mango is most prominent for me. This is young, so may be it would develop more with time. It's really nice now though. There is a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is full too, it's not too thin. This is a beer to enjoy on a sunny, warm day.

In the past, I've described this as "Mango Frooti," which, of course, is fresh and juicy.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a 2013 that came out velvety smooth yet dry and crisp with excellent tartness. Nose and taste are ripe with stone fruit, hints of hops and a very satisfying restrained brett. Complexity was notable immediately, but really .took off as beer warmed a bit in latter half of bottle. The soft natural carbonation was just spot on. Masterful brewing.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.34/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Um I sat on this a while. It may be a 2014 ? I thought I cellared it well but when I opened it it went off

Look hazy orange with a white head that seems to sustain pretty well

Smell- dust funk yeasty- kind of like older bread

Taste- slightly medicinal crisp and dry the Brett takes a but of a back seat. Doesn't quite get around to the tartness of say propolis.

Feel- it's. A tad syrupy, it has a heavier mouth feel like a wheat beer almost. Lingers on the going a bit and despite its champagne-ness doesn't clean up too well

Overall- I think the fact that I aged this up to maybe 4 years and perhaps not at the best conditions it has matured quite well. Because I am tasting it side by side with 2015 GABF winner propolis brewing Beltane it is not tasting as well as it could be. Would I order this again? Yes! Is it better than Propolis Not right now.

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Photo of Stakebone
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy straw with good head retention. Smells nice and funky. More like a gueuze, without the oak. Flavors abound in addition to the funk and it has a smooth flavor profile, more so than so many others. Mouthfeel lends to the balance.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Body is a slightly cloudy golden orange. Finger width white head that quickly receded, leaving a ring around the glass.

S: Plenty of funky citrus, pear, apple, brett, mild biscuit.

T: Same as the nose, dry, tart but not sour, and some vanilla upon swallowing.

F: Light bodied with high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing with a mild warmth upon swallowing.

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Photo of cavedave
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Major gusher, lost some despite having glass at ready.

Cloudy, almost turbid gold topped by enldlessly rising white head. When it finally retreats a lasting, thick cap remains.

Strong aroma, fronted by lemon-limey and barnyard, with lighter tart notes behind it, and a general peppery spice that brings it incredble depth and complexity.

All the flavors of the nose, balanced perfectly, with an emerging bitter spice to it that really sets this one apart, and earthy notes back it all up beautifully.

Thick for style, pleasantly so, highly carbed, clean deep finish, man this one hits a homerun here also. Linger is complex and entices next sip.

Stunningly fine beer. Highest recommendation.

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Photo of deebo
3.01/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle 5457, best by 3/19, bought in Portland 11/14.
A-this beer is all effervescence! It explodes into tons of white rocky head atop a golden brew. The foam has some serious staying power
S-a saison with some Brett funk. Reminds be a bit of saison DuPont.
T-the upfront earthy peppery notes is overtaken by a dirty barnyard funk that is strong
M-very dry with tons of hot bubbly zing. Lingering Brett funk finish. Some noticeable alcohol in the finish as well
O-this is a funky, super lively farmhouse ale. The Brett is overpowering. Has a nice backbone but too much funk.

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Photo of whynot44
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy golden/amber color, very little head (The growler it came in apparently wasn't sealed tight enough).

The aroma is a bit funky with notes of hay, citrus, fruit and pepper, very interesting.

The taste is similar to the aroma, again notes of fruit, lemon zest, bread, hay/grass, finishes dry, tart and peppery, with just hints of the 8 % ABV.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth and easily drinkable.

Overall, This is an interesting and very enjoyable take on saison, well worth a try.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky pale golden in color with a big foamy white head. Smell has Brett notes of hay and faint barnyard over lemon zest and slight saison yeast aromas. Flavors of hay, Brett, tart lemon zest, and a bubblegum yeast presence. Mouthfeel is light crisp, highly carbonated and the booze is well hidden.

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Photo of Gatch
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 02/2020. Beautiful golden-orange color with a huge, fizzy, white head that explodes once poured into the glass (not to mention it fizzing out of the bottle once opened) with the last few ounces being cloudy, yeasty goodness. Nose is very funky and barny with hints of citrus, white grapes, and hay. A very promising, pleasant aroma but a slightly disappointing taste following all of that. Funky, fruity, and effervescent. I think it's just too boozy or stronger than it should be. Maybe I prefer lighter or table versions of this style. The feel is great although it can be a bit chalky as is typical of this style. A damn good beer that I would recommend but probably wouldn't buy again. Though I'd like to try Szech 'n Bretta.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle, best by 11/2019, into a tulip.

OK, maybe I jumped the gun on drinking this ... 2019? But it's still excellent!

The appearance is a real gusher. Big foamy head, golden color, nice lacing.

Aroma is mostly about the yeast. I won't pretend to know the difference between conventional Belgian yeast and the Brett, but all together, this is a yeasty package.

The flavor is a wonderful mix. It is a bit fruity (I guess that's the pears), but not very sweet. There is some citrus, but it's not tart, not compared to a lot of saisons. There's a lot of yeast. And it has a peppery kick to it.

Medium mouthfeel. It's carbonated. It's neither thin nor heavy, but probably a bit on the light side compared to some farmhouse ales.

Overall, great stuff. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful shade of golden yellow. Head dissipates shortly after decanting, but leaves behind nice lacing around the glass and a scant but persistent whitish crown of bubbles. Just a tiny bit hazy. Carbonation is great, lots of little bubbles zipping their way from the base of the glass.

Scent is a familiar farmhouse ale aroma of noble hops and slightly funky Brettanomyces character. First sip, wow! A really delicious combo of citrusy flavours (reminiscent of lemon peel), low to moderate sourness, and a nicely bitter hoppy zing. Great mouthfeel. Complex but very, very clean tasting. The wild yeast taste reminds me of a crisper, cleaner Orval, actually -- except for the fruity notes.

There are at least two things I'd never have guessed about this brew: that it was primed (partially?) with pear juice, and that it's 8% ABV. This is far and away one of the best U.S. saison-style beers I've had, totally drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle No. 80455; Best by: 12/2019.

I first learned of Logsdon Farmhouse Ales from Erica Shea & Stephen Valand's book "Make Some Beer." Their story of visiting the brewery after finding an unmarked bottle of Seizoen Bretta is enough to evoke envy out of any adventurous craft beer fan. Needless to say, I popped the cap off this one anxiously and an eruption of foam began gushing out the top of the bottle as soon as it was opened.

First, the good.

The beer looks great. Beautiful amber color with a large, delicate white head that has excellent retention. Some sparse lacing on the glass.

The aroma is downright intoxicating. Lemon, pepper, and pear. Fruity, funky, and spicy. Rustic farm-like qualities abound. It's not even worth talking about the malt or the hops, because this is a total yeast showcase. Which makes sense since Dave Logsdon is the co-founder of Wyeast Laboratories.

Now, the not so good.

Admittedly, I opened this beer when it was too cold. I acutally prefer my beer on the cold side, but I let this sit out for 15 mins when I took it out of the fridge and it was still too cold. Logsdon recommends serving it at 48-54 degrees F and I'd have to agree. Letting it warm a bit works wonders. Initially, the flavor was too empty and the mouthfeel was thin. As the temperature rises, the flavor improves. Strong fruit and spice. Unfortunately, the body is way too light for its strength, carbonation, and complexity. I hate to say it, but it comes off as a bit of a watery mess.

Maybe I got a bad bottle? Or maybe it just needed another year or two for the brett to do some work. Whatever the case, this was very disappointing. I wanted to love this beer. I wanted to love this brewery. Everything about it is right up my alley. If you're going to make a rustic saison weighing in at 8%, you better give it enough malt backbone and enough body to support the complex flavors. A decent American saison, but Avec Les Bons Voeux this is not.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy valencia orange color, soapy head, plenty of lacing.
Apples, pears, bretty smell.
Ripe lemons, spices, dry, peppery.
Medium mouthfeel.
Simply awesome!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, smell that fresh, fruity goodness! I get a huge amount of citrus, peach, apricot, and cherry. Let it open up some, and waves of brett funk appear. I love how rustic it seems - it tastes very rustic, too. It opens up with fresh orange juice notes, before transitioning into subtle brett earthiness. A distant aftertaste of sesame seed, black pepper, and grass adds to this beer's complexity even more. It seems slightly sweet and fairly full, yet the finish is oh so crisp and dry. This one is friggen' wonderful - it's deep, nuanced, rustic, and easygoing. In fact, it's one of the best American saisons I've sampled.

4.36/5: Utterly gorgeous, and I want more

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Photo of biegaman
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Carbonation is not an issue here; there's plenty of it. A beehive of foam quickly climbs three fingers up the glass - even at two and a half years past its 'best before'. I don't know what the label's talking about - this bottle of Seizoen Bretta looks vibrant and youthful, with energetic bubbles and a healthy, blinding golden shine (at least until the bottle sediment turns it into a milky sand and pineapple pulp cocktail).

Sublime has a smell - and this is it. The Brett has done its work. The aroma is tart, fruity and incredibly distinctive. Even serious attempts at describing it come off pretentious and preposterous: orchard fruit essence, balm of fresh bread, tincture of rose and grass. It sounds like the stuff of perfume ads.

The particulars of wild yeasts are indeed tough to characterize. When all goes well the beer tastes like a holy trinity of sweet, fresh bread, tart, overripe fruit, and pungent, unpasteurized cheese - but all in small doses. Despite how that sounds, this particular concoction isn't anything to be afraid of; the acidity is mild and while it is tart, it's certainly not sour. As far as wild ales go, this thing's a teddy bear.

The fingerprints of Brett are all over the palate crime scene as well. Seizoen Bretta drinks with the tang of tropical fruits and chewiness of warm oats but it finishes with a crudely earthy and notably farm-like 'barnyard' aftertaste. The pear juice, though added for carbonation, helps sweeten that finish.

The label might as well say 'Orval' - not only for the similarities in rich, mysterious Brett character but also because this too is a divine, near perfect specimen of a beer. I still have no idea who exactly these Logsdon guys are but I'm fast-tracking them to the top of my 'most wanted' list. Gambling in mother nature's casino is tough but the wins are significant. And Seizoen Bretta is the big jackpot.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle serving. Pours light gold. Smell: i get a lot of pear juice at first. But, i can smell the brett funkiness and also a bit of spice. Taste: when cold, too much pear juice. Let it warm. It gets way better. Funky Brett notes all over, spicy character, rounded out by a but of hop and malt flavors. Feel: fairly good. Overall: an interesting experience. Good beer. Not for everyone. Good for me though.

Update: Had a second bottle of this. Once you drink this beer at the suggested temperature per bottle, it's freaking delicious. I really got into it. It's a very refreshing, delicious, and complex saison. Absolutely excellent representation of the style; I've just bought another bottle and upped my rating here because this beer deserves it.

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Photo of Nife
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. Great balance of saison / farmhouse favors, fruit hops, and tartness. Low to med tart moderated by light fruity sweetness. Maybe that is the pear they add for conditioning. Moderate to full body balances the rest. Very Nice breadth to the favors - moderately complex and quite interesting to drink. The complexity / natural character reminds me of sante adairius.

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Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Honestly, the beeswax seal is a bit of a pain in the ass--it took me a while to open the bottle cap and as I did bubbles started to ooze out of the top. The resulting head was a manageable three fingers thick. Decent streaky and chunky lace. When pouring the golden liquid, you can see the yeast flowing down the center bringing a white hue to the glass. Despite the light color, the haze prevents you from seeing through any part of glass.

First impression is of the strong raw yeast smell. It's a bit like smelling a freshly opened pack of brewer's yeast. Behind this I get a lot of hard cider with both a sweet and sour element. I also note some spices like rosemary and thyme.

This not a mellow beer. I detect almost no malt base. Instead, I get some freshly ground black pepper and dried orange rind. There' sandy element of Belgium in this with that classic bite on the back of the tongue. Sour finish, but bitter aftertaste. The complexity makes this an intriguing beer. The body is above average while the carbonation leans the other way. It still seems balanced in the mouth because of the spiciness.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber with a ferocious, fuzzy white head that keeps growing and lingers forever. Nose wafts dust, grape skins, sweat, leather, horse blanket, fermenting Pears. Super complex nose that is slightly different with each whiff and at each temperature. Taste is a bit less complex - or perhaps just a but soapy. Begins with dry, dusty fermenting pears, before dusty grape must, then a kind of soapy finish. Body is medium, while the carbonation is boldly present if smoothly hidden, as is the heat.

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Photo of champ103
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle purchased from Binny's in Champaign IL. Poured into a Prairie Artisan Teku Glass.

A: Pours a beautiful, vibrant and hazed orange color. A billowing white head forms with excellent retention and rings of lace left all the way down the glass.
S: I get big black peppery aromas on first whiff. Which makes me pull back a little, as this breaths and warms it becomes much more nuanced. Musty basement cellar, lemon and citrus rind. Lightly estery fruits like bananas and peach. Maybe a touch of pale malts. Fantastic.
T: Follows the nose with a big black peppery spice. Earthy, basement cellar like musty flavors. Fruity esters, once again the yeast and Brett character here is out out of this world. Lemon, citrus, light grapefruit. Actually grassy and grapefruit hops build towards mid palate. Banana like esters are stronger in the finish. Again, maybe a touch of pale malts, but the yeast is the entire show for the most part. Love it.
M/O: A light body that is really spritzer like. Perfectly effervescent, with that firm crispness that is also ultra smooth. Beautifully dry as well. I get just a touch of heat on the back of the throat. The alcohol is a little stronger than I would like for the style, but so incredibly enjoyable to drink that is more than forgiven.

Every time I have this, it is a treat. I am glad I was able to find a bottle for myself to enjoy, instead of smaller pours at shares. Like I said before, they make the best Saisons in America.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very different, unique beer. Pours with a beautiful large white head and hazy. It was a gusher. Very fruity and sweet upfront before it takes a dramatic turn to finish very dry and crisp. Taste is funk, melon, and pear. Very enjoyable.

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