Seizoen Bretta - Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.69%
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-03-2011

"Special Brettanomyces yeast provides added dryness and crisp complexity to the Seizoen Bretta. Bottle conditioned with pear juice for a natural carbonation."
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Photo of OSUBeerStudent
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my couple favorite beers and my favorite saison there is.

A - wonderful. Copper-gold cloudy color, billowy huge (slightly) off-white head that sticks around for a while.

S - wonderful again. It smells effervescent and summery - spritzy somewhat tart lemon, peach, hay, barnyard, a very slight touch of spicy hop. Immediately on opening a tiny hint of banana yeast, but it's gone quickly.

T - pretty much perfect. Lemony tartness but not overwhelming or dominant. The excellent summer, saison notes of grass, hay, flowers - a field. Slight spiciness to balance it out. Initially a bit of honey, pear-like sweet malt, but it finishes perfectly dry. Extremely refreshing but also complex as you could want. What an export strength saison should be, and what brett should contribute - an accent that blends in with the excellent base beer.

M - nicely dry finish, a little prickly carbonation but could be juuust a bit moreso. Again excellent.

Overall, an amazing beer. As a saison lover, this would have to be my favorite saison. Hits the notes from classic Belgian examples but adds the wonderfully fruity, tart brett accent. Well worth seeking out. Honestly don't understand why this isn't massively sought-after.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It would be hard to craft a saison better than this. The carbonation with tiny bubbles is something you notice in the appearance and the mouthfeel and is a highlight of both. You smell the fruity esters and slight funk on the nose that tells you you've got the correct yeast strains. The beer is delicious. Fruity, spicy and everything you'd want in this style. The pear is easily picked up and adds a sweetness that makes this beer so drinkable. I didn't realize that pear juice was utilized, but you can tell right away. A homerun for the style and amongst all styles. Beware of gushers. Have a glass ready.

Photo of rdickey
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange gold into a tulip. A fine two-finger white head sits on top and hangs around, leaving nice patterns of lacing as I work my way through the glass. Beautiful.

Smell: Complex – it leads with citrus and pepper, along with a little breadiness and honey. There is funk there, but it’s pretty subtle. As it warms up I get some stone fruit notes.

Taste: The citrus, primarily lime, from the Brett continues to lead, but is quickly followed by traditional Belgian pepper and spice notes. Other fruit notes lurk around, and of course there’s a barnyard element. The story for me, though, is the balance. There’s a lot going on here among the citrus and the other fruits, the Belgian pepper and spice and the funk, but it all works together really well. I love Brett and have since I had my first beer with it years ago, but this beer makes me realize that it can be just as enjoyable when it’s laying back in the mix a bit.

Mouthfeel: Very light and clean in the mouth. There’s absolutely no suggestion of the ABV, which is a little higher than many saisons.

Drinkability: See above; although this is definitely one to be savored slowly (not least due to the ABV), it’s very, very drinkable. I think I’m in love.

Photo of grittybrews
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Bottle was a mild gusher...lost an ounce or two. Poured a glowing orange amber with a few dark brown floaties and three fingers of fluffy white head. Aroma of tart lemon and peppery spice, very similar to the Orval I had a couple nights previous.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Unlike Orval, this one had a much bolder malt backbone. Flavors of lemon and sweet orange, doughy caramel, and a crisp grassy finish with tart lemon and a touch of funk.

Wonderfully balanced with great brett character and no booze detected in the flavor. Loved it!

Photo of Seanniek91
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 750ml badly waxed bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed Tulip.

Appearance- Hazy orange/gold with huge three finger white head that shows no sign of leaving.

Smell- Brett, apples, pear, lemons, grass, musty yeast, light spice. Absolutely beautiful smelling beer. I could sit here smelling this all day.

Taste- Light tartness coming from the brett. Apples and pears abound. Heavy grassy earth tones. Light lemony biscuit notes. Similar to Arthur. No hint of the 8% at all. Gorgeous.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full carbonation with medium to light dryness. No pucker.

Overall- One of the best saisons I've ever had. This is so good. It might even top Arthur...

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours hazy orange under a 2” cream colored head S: Spicy aromas with cinnamon, citrus, saison yeast, over ripe fruit.
T: Bread, light caramel, big fruit flavors, a fruit tartness, pome fruit, lemon, suggestion of rosemary, with a dry herbal finish.
F: Very creamy soft in the mouth with medium high carbonation and medium body.
O: An excellent, complex funky saison for all occaisions.

Photo of allan
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

great brett bouquet and taste. balanced, perfect on a summer day. large head. tasted at stone brewery on a warm day. slam dunk farmhouse ale from a boutique oregon producer. noted, much more enjoyable during the day in the sunshine. tried once at nite after a few other beers, lost it's steam in a bar setting.

Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have been waiting to pop open this bottle that i got as an EXTRA! from sukwonee, cheers man!

A - This could be the most beautiful beer I have ever seen! Beautiful golden haze that almost seems to emanate light. Big billowing head rises high and settles to a thick ring that is here for the long haul

S - Barnyard, great funk profile, bananas, green apple, cloves, big phenol, aspirin, great yeasty notes. There's more but I want to get this review done so I can keep drinking it

T - The balance of flavors that is going on is totally remarkable. Brett, pear, sour tang and slight aspiriny bitterness, yeasty and bready sweetness. Awesome!

M - Light bodied and smooth as hell

This beer has a 95, but not even that could prepare me for it. So fucking good. Cant wait to savor the rest of the bottle!

Photo of Damian
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz./750 ml bottle purchased at Healthy Spirits, San Francisco, CA
Bottle No. SB 39256
Best by: 04/2018

This was a gusher! The super cloudy, yellow ochre liquid was topped by a gigantic, tight, frothy, off-white crop of sea foam. As the head faded, it left big chunks of thick, sticky lacing in its wake. Due to the gushing, large yeast particles made it into the beer and eventually collected in the base of the glass. A thick, foamy film coated the liquid and lasted throughout the session.

The aroma was really interesting and complex. Crisp and fresh. Super fruity and funky with lots of bretty tartness. Powdery and dry yeast notes were quite apparent. Spices, including clove and coriander, were noticeable as well. With time, the tart and funky qualities intensified and the nose turned almost gueuze-like.

There was also a ton going on in the flavor profile. Sweet malts came through on the front end. I thought I picked up some Belgian candi sugar as well. Quite fruity. Pears and apples were detectible. Wheaty with notes of lemon and hay in the center. Hint of spice (clove especially). A musty, barnyard-like character was apparent. Touch of oak. As the beer moved along the palate, the flavor profile dried out substantially. Citrus rind and bitter, earthy hop notes lingered in the crisp, dry, lemony finish. As the beer warmed, the musty, funky, barnyard character intensified. Some white wine-like qualities appeared as well.

The mouthfeel was outstanding. As would be expected with any gushing beer, this one was highly effervescent. Almost Champagne-like. The light, frothy, fluffy liquid turned pillowy soft after it settled on my palate. Amazingly plush and silky smooth.

While there are a number of brett-infused saisons on the market today, Seizoen Bretta takes the cake in terms of overall complexity and mouthfeel. I aged my bottle for nearly a year and would recommend others to do likewise if you want the brett to be kickin'. Just be careful when you pop the cap!

Photo of bpasquini
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Caution opening, beer went everywhere even after sitting in my fridge for a week and a half, advise opening next to your sink!

A: Nice murky orangish yellow color, leaves a huge thick creamy head after pouring and takes awhile for it to go away, leaves very nice lacing around the glass

S: Lots of Brett funk! Mixed with orange, lemon, hay, and some yeast. Very well mixed and smells fantastic!

T: Nice Brett profile mixed with lemon, notice a flowery taste and some grassy notes as well, it has a very nice tartness to it. I also get a very slight amount of hops which give it just a little bit of bitterness and dryness to it which is nice

M: Very light and crisp! The carbonation gives it a very nice texture and is very refreshing

O: Really good funky, tarty, fruity beer! I really recommend this if you like saisons or brett!

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

This review is of bottle # sb 26469, with a best by date of 12/2017. Purchased and enjoyed 5/13. (I couldn’t wait!)

This pours a honeyed orange-gold with terrific foam.

There's a floral aroma, like orange blossoms and clove honey, which is undercut by a distinct yet delicate Brett note. Not quite funky, not too funky at any rate, it nonetheless lends this beer a distinct character unlike most straightforward saisons.

The flavor comes across as crisp and spicy, even, with a bit of a cracked pepper and orange peel together with an emerging Brettastic funk. It's terrifically effervescent which keeps it light, and each sip invites another. I loved it.

Photo of Dag95
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fruity, but extremely enjoyable. Great on palate

Photo of Immortale25
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Back label says Best By: 07/2018

A- From a steady pour comes a two finger head on top of a hazy medium amber color body. The head retains well before eventually becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Very balanced aroma of semi-funky Brett and notes of peach, apricot and pineapple. Effervescent.

T- Fruit juice, Brett funk, slightly tart. It's all there and in fine form. The tangy Brett is there from start to finish as the citrus notes ride on it and then turn to a slightly bitter aftertaste. A tad sweet but mostly it's the yeast making up the flavor profile. Alcohol is very well concealed. Damn near perfect.

M- Sharp and tight from the yeast and medium-high carbonation. Lightish body.

O- This is just about everything I look for in a Brett saison. You'd be hard pressed to find a better example.

Photo of lnashsig
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

#TBS11 and #BOTG 3. Poured from bottle into Hill Farmstead glass. Pours a very cloudy golden orange/yellow color. It may be the light in the room, but the color near the top of the glass lightens to an almost yellow color. Really nice head retention, a creamy appearance of white head. Smell- bready yeast, a little bit of funk. There's a sweetness, almost fruit pear aroma to go along with the bready yeast aroma. Really nice aroma. Taste- sweet creamy breadiness, a little bit of hop bitterness on the sides of my mouth, and on the end, the twangy barnyard funk delivers a little sharp kick with a tart finish to let you know the Brett is in play. The signature of this beer is its mouthfeel (creamy, rich) and it's yeast presence (bready, Brett funk ending) and the sweet malt presence that balances out the beer perfectly. This is one that I've looked forward to for awhile and it lives up to the hype. Well done.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Beerzebub for the bottle. Bottle SB 852, best by May 2016. The brew pours an orange-amber hue and is topped with a voluminous antique-white cap that deposits copious sheets of lacing upon the glass. The nose is a delicious and tantalizing melange of tart orchard fruit including underripe peach, apple and pear. There is also a very green grassy note with some undertones of white grape tannin. The whole thing is rounded out by a Brett nuance that is somewhere between Band-Aid and pineapple, and more toward the former than the latter. Taste-wise, it is very refreshing and juicy, though not terribly sweet. There are tart tropical fruity notes to lead the way: guava, passion fruit and papaya are implied along with the aforementioned orchard fruits. There is also a bit of a lemony citrus zest note. The feel is authentically Belgian, though the beer is domestic; the expansive creaminess, the balance between refreshing and toothy; they have nailed it all. A very very good beer overall; one I definitely want more of.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Got a bit of a gusher, but was able to get it under control pretty quickly. Lucky, because wasting this stuff should be a crime. Pours a heavily hazed burnt apricot color with a huge foamy white head. Settles to about a finger's worth.

S: A great mix of musty brett, floral hops and fresh tropical fruit notes. Lemon pepper, tangerine rind, banana, peach pie filling and maybe some honey. Smells really good.

T: Despite the fairly high abv, this one feels really light and well balanced. Opens with a light, floral note. Then a hit of peach, apricot and some doughy malt. The brett comes in near the finish and I get a nice dryness with some white grape and lemon. A fantastic saison.

Photo of Kinsman
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Fills the bottle with a beautiful bright orange body and a rich and creamy looking tan head on top. Juicy citrus and tropical fruits jump right out with the first whiff. Banana and pineapple come to mind, with a subtle spice note underlying it all.

The fruitiness again plays a leading role with the first sip but a little exploration reveals a whole lot more than the aroma showed. A seemingly odd combination shows tropical mango and banana cream notes with just a touch of citrusy bite pairing well with the earthy and musty farmhouse yeast notes.

Mouthfeel is thicker and creamier than many saisons but refreshing nonetheless. Overall, an absolutely top-notch saison and easily one of my favorite brett beers to date.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening the bottle it began to gush a bit, luckily we only spilled a few drops. Pours a hazey, deep golden/orange color with a persistant, tight head. Some lacing.

Aroma is bright, fruity, lightly funky with lemon, slight hay, some tropical fruits, pepper, some bready grain and earth.

Flavor is wonderfully balanced and follows the nose. Bright esters and fruitiness from the yeast, light pepper notes, balanceed funk, hint of leather. Hop bitterness is supportive and the dry finish leaves a slight citrus and funk lingering.

Med/light body and high carbonation. No alcoholic heat or astringency.

Overall a very good beer and an excellent saison. The brett character is light and integrated well into the overall flavor of the beer. I'll definitely be looking for this in the future.

Photo of geokills
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smelling of fresh wet hay, plenty of spicy phenolics alongside some lemony citrus esters, this bright and highly carbonated hazy orange amber brew features a complex nose and flavor profile, likely due in no small part due to a brettanomyces yeast addition and bottle conditioning. Very dry, a touch grassy, with just enough barnyard on the tongue to make things interesting without overpowering the soft malt balance amidst its peppery and lemony profile. Absolutely delicious, one of the best (if not the very best) farmhouse ale I've had the privilege to enjoy. This one is worth seeking out.

Photo of mdhkc
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly a delightful saison with brett, and I've had a solid handful of these! The nose is exceptionally diverse and complex, with enough going on to have you sniffing for a few minutes before you really take it all in. The flavor is exceptionally smooth, balanced, and easy to drink; especially for an 8% beer, with no alcohol showing through. It's definitely got that brett character, but it's not overwhelming to everything else that's going on - someone else wrote that brett is the genericizer of beers, and in some cases this is true, but this one seems to balance it well in such a way that brings that character out without it dominating everything else that's going on.

My one complaint, however, is that the head on this beer is downright difficult to manage - and I know how to pour beer properly. Between a handful of guys, we finished the bottle in about 10 minutes and the head had not died down even at the end. This is the first time I've felt frustrated by foam.

Despite that, truly an excellent beer in a category which has been remarkably popular of late amongst micro and craft breweries.

Photo of smakawhat
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle No. 1459, Best by Dec 2018.

A slightly muddy body color and appearance, but nice orange and peach apricot colors. Slightly bright towards the edges. Head is very creamy, makes an easy three fingers of bone white colored head, and faint pill like clumping lacing on the glass. Reams and reams of side rising ultra slow carbonation white speckeled in abundance.

Nose is very balanced and subtle but real nice. Peach like fruit, dry brett but not overly hot or powerful. It's a very unique aroma that is hard to describe, part of that takes my score down since it feels so indistinct and unfamiliar. It's very impressive, but doesn't blow my mind.

Oh wow is this palate shocking. Completely unexpected hinting from the nose what is coming. An unbelievably creamy mouthfeel, with juiced fruit matching peach senses from the aromas. Vanilla cream and silky tones. Incredible fruit juiced mid palate of peaches, apricots, nectarines, the whole range of stone fruit like variety just bursting, juice and much skin rough tannic and flavors. Mild dry finish, but not overly peppery if at all. When I dunked the last of the dregs in, then there was more dryness and funk obviously, but took away from much of the fruit flavors.

Overall just keripes wow a fantastic saison. It's pear juice?... woah, that explains the green like skin I get perhaps. I think the only thing that doesn't make me score this higher is that it doesn't "quite" remind me of a classic big "brett" saison.

Photo of davey101
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a HF wine glass Bottle No. 14, 581. Best Before: 06/2017. HUGE gush over upon opening, took a few minutes to calm it down and collect all the foam.

A - Obviously the beer got mixed up due to the gush. Pours a hazy peach color, huge billowing mound of dirty white foam with some brown tints. Pretty aggressive looking but awfully lively.

S - One of the most enjoyable saison aromas. Earthy brett funk, sweet pears and apples, tart lemon juice, yeast and some grass. Light on the spices which I really prefer. Its just so funky and fruity. This is excellent stuff.

T - Again with the brett funk and the sweet pear and apple juices. Pretty yeasty. A touch of grass and an absence of the usual spices and peppercorns typical to the style. Tart and delicious. The beer is medium bodied and creamy but with a dry and bretty finish. Rather complex and stupidly delicious. The 8% abv is not even noticeable.

O - The best American made saison I have ever had, I'd even go so far as to say its better than the Hill Farmstead offerings. Its simple and clean with plenty of brett and fruit juice overtones. This has sat for weeks and even still it exploded upon opening. Getting over that I adore this beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty cloudy dark beige color ale with a huge dirty head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light funky yeasty notes is quite sublime. Taste is dominated by dry rustic notes with some funky yeast notes and a dry floral finish. Dry Brett notes are clearly identifiable but are not overwhelming and keep the malt base flavours intact. Body is full with super great carbonation (a bit of a gusher as well BTW) and no apparent alcohol. I could drink this beer this every day of the year!!!

Photo of slackattack
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy golden color with nice 2 finger head that is pillowy and beautiful.nose is lemony, Belgian yeast, little bit of grassy funk. Taste closely follows nose IMO. Very refreshing, clean lemony tang. Yeast is upfront as would be expected and the grassy funk from the nose holds on the finish/aftertaste. Not tons of carbonation, but the correct amount. Finishes dry and long. Overall I love this beer, the Brett doesn't outshine the well brewed saison base.

Photo of MighHighBrewer
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass on 9/22/13. I'm really looking forward to this....

A: First of all, my bottle was a gusher - negative points for that. The beer pours a fantastic and stereotypical Saison color: bronze yellow with orange hues that just scream "Belgium." A pillowy head is showcased upon the initial pour and lingers for ~ 5 minutes. Lacing is excellent. This is a really great looking beer.

S: SUPER pungent nose. It's probably one of the most pronounced noses I've ever experienced on a beer. Citrus fruits are apparent: green apple, orange, lemons. Also prominent is the Brett funk notes: horse blanket and a bit of blue cheese. Tropical fruits linger in the background - namely pineapple - along with a bit of pepper. Fantastic nose.

T: Citrus fruits up-front, namely green apple and lemon. Hints of honey sweetness are also apparent on the initial sip. Then the bittering hops hit you along with a healthy dose of spicy pepper. A dry bitterness lingers on the tongue. This is a very dry beer without as much body as expected.

O: The nose of this beer is top-notch - I think it's my first "5" I've awarded in the category. They also nailed the appearance. The typical Belgian brett flavors are there on the tongue and it has the typical Saison dryness. Two criticisms: 1) my bottle was a gusher; and 2) I wish the beer had more body. It seems a tad bit too "light" to me. Otherwise, this is an excellent beer.

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Seizoen Bretta from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
95 out of 100 based on 1,241 ratings.