Seizoen - Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 392
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 48
Gots: 61 | FT: 8
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Logsdon Farmhouse Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-17-2011

"Our unfiltered Seizoen, with its beeswax seal, is naturally fermented and carbonated with pear juice and select yeast strains, producing complex, fruity and spicy flavors balanced with whole hops and a soft malt character."
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and refreshing. (497 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a bright gold with a wispy white head that sits on top of the beer before sinking into the glass.

The nose is bread crust, lots of yeast, a little fruit, some banana. It smells a little rustic, musty, with crackers and cracked pepper.

The flavor is delicious. Very clean, a bit sweet. Alot of bread dough, candied sugar, pepper and cloves and faint fruit. This is really good, I like the spicy notes mixed with the malt character. (457 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of pears and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has light flavors of pears along with notes of yeast and hints of non-descript malts.
M: It feels light - to medium-bodied and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are also some hints of dryness.
O: This beer is very easy to drink. I liked how the pear aromas and flavors were subtle.

Serving type: bottle

Note: Bottle #33855 (616 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to boralyl for getting me a bottle of this. Served side-by-side with the Bretta version. Bottle into a goblet. Warning: this was a bit of a gusher. Pours a pale orange-light copper color with a very large, rocky white head. Really nice retention and quite a bit of lacing. The nose carries really nice notes of spice and pear with some backing stone fruit. It’s surprisingly similar to the Bretta version. I’m extremely impressed how much complexity there is coming out of a clean saison. This is one of the best American versions of the style that I’ve had. A bit of malt character in the background. Dry after light-medium body. Crisp carbonation. Really not much to complain about here. (707 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle No. S 16382
Best by: 11/2015

Appearance: As would be expected from a yeast master, the beer looks great, with a huge frothy head that perches on the cloudy apricot nectar colored liquid

Smell: Crusty bread and pear juice, with musty tones, banana and leather

Taste: Bready, up front, with lemongrass, pear juice, grape must and banana building; pepper and clove tones develop, after the swallow, along with leathery funk

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: It has been a while since I have had a Saison this good and I am pleased to see it come from a domestic craft brewer; Saisons have been my favorite style but I had forgotten how good they can be having had so many mediocre examples recently; congratulations to Logsdon for brewing this beer (799 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow/beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with nice floral undertones is very enticing. Taste is a nice mix between some quite dry rustic malt with nice floral malt notes and some light fruity ester also discernable. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This beer was very well brewed and quite enjoyable but missed a little bit of character to make it into the major league of Saison. (507 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle - hmmm...'Seizoen' - I presume Logsdon has a strong Dutch connection, or are just pretentious. No mention of pear juice on this one's label.

This beer pours a hazy, bright medium golden amber hue, with one finger of weakly foamy, somewhat bubbly, and generally soapy dirty white head, which leaves some random streaky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of wet banana chips, earthy yeast, white pepper and other sundry, indistinct spices, a soft pome fruitiness, and a tame grainy pale malt sweetness. The taste is sharp, acrid yeast, gritty and grainy pale malt, ethereal banana esters, underripe pears and apples, muddled table pepper spice, a bit of tart, undeveloped musty tanned leather, and plain leafy, weedy, and mildly perfumed hops.

The carbonation is fairly involved in its stubborn and sturdy frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and not particularly smooth, as that zippy yeast and its edgy friends wreak havoc as such right here. It finishes trending dry, although the base malt seems to have a chip on its shoulder as it soldiers on.

Just weird and different enough to let the uncommon Dutch (Flemish?) naming convention pass - yeah, that yeast does a number on my palate with its various flavour contributions, but alas, the heady astringency just makes it hard to drink. So, I suppose, the overall score suffers a tad, yet don't let that stop you from giving this one a go, especially if this is your sort of thing in the first place. (1,499 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We’ve got a gusher...the beer itself is a hazed golden orange color with a very large white head. A nice fruitiness on the nose, mostly tropical fruit type notes. Bread and cracker malts give it some substance and there is a lot of yeast in the aroma as well. The flavor isn’t quite as good as I would hope. It’s somewhat boozy and there’s a little bit of cardboard and metal to it. Still, some grass, fruit, malt, and even a little bit of spice, which are pleasant characteristics. (490 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.71/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, dark yellow toned body with a sudsy, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Sourish, funky notes atop the basic barley with touches of lemon rind and a floral touch blooming into a scent of menthol.

Taste: A faintly sweet taste of oven-crisped barley grains. Low, low hint of lemony citrus. Sliced tarnished fruits cut by unclean hands. Spiciness astringency akin to mentho-lyptus cough drops. Drying finish replete with muddled tastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Lightly carbonated, so don't let that sudsy head fool you.

Overall: I wasn't too fond at all of the flavor profile here and felt it just lacked pizazz as well as any cheerful effervescence. (678 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another split with rudzud.

Big foamy fizzy head 1 finger fades semi slowly with nice lacing, mostly clear golden pils color.

Nose funky saison, grainy, little doughy, big pear like fruit, mild saison spices, hint of funky, mild lemony funk like bit no Brett, hint of peppercorn, little green.

Taste is dry and grainy, little gritty, mild saison like funk and spices, hint of peppercorn, little pear juice but light. Mild bitterness with hint of earthy spicy hop note, hint of phenols too. Finish is dry and fairly bitter with more spicy hops, little saison spices, little fruit too, hint of saison funk.

Mouth is med bod, lots of fluffy carb.

Overall decent, nice saison with good pear notes, nice saison spices and funk, nice dry feel, but not quite as good as many of the others out there. (800 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber in the tall chalice. Lots of carbonation with a big head at first, but turns out to be very long lasting on subsequent pours. Funky aroma.

A little of the brettanomyces tang. Overall it's full of the "meaty" flavor I associate with a good Biere de Mars. Fruity and peppery, with lots of fresh alfalfa, along with dry straw in the nose. Some flowers in the nose as well. a little sweet underneath the odd bitter flavors. Some touch of hops, but lots of the bitter yeast. The rustic style but quite drinkable and complex.

Bottle S7550. From the Olive Tree in Ocean Beach. (584 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown glass bottle with colorful label art and beeswaxed pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $10.99 and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high given the brewery and its reputation. Body number: S 13404. Best by: 07/2015. 7.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. No real creaminess. Nice thickness. Good (~6-7 minute) retention. No lacing as the head recedes. Spotty.

Body colour is a cloudy lemon-yellow. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's par for the style. Not unique or special. No overt flaws are noticeable.

Sm: Lemon fruit esters. Lemon zest. Lemongrass. Honey. Pilsner malts. Clove. Grassy. Complementary floral hops. Straw. Crackery malts. Maybe some white pepper. Lightly grainy, with some subtle spiciness. Some brettanomyces funk. Light apple and pear. A very soft, pleasant aroma. No alcohol is detectable. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

T: Straw, clean barley. Lemon zest. Lemongress. Esters. Pleasantly citrusy. Light brettanomyces yeast and accompanying funkiness. Crackery malts. Clove. White pepper. Complementary floral hops. Lightly grainy. Some apple and pear. Doughy. Balanced and enjoyable, but not as complex or subtle as the best beers in the style.

Mf: Soft, smooth, wet, and refreshing. A biteen too thick for the style. Good presence on the palate. Not heavy or overbearing. Full-bodied. Light. Complements the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable. A solid saison from Logsdon. I'd get it again if it wasn't so expensive. A solid domestically brewed saison. Hides its ABV well. Quite pleasant and enjoyable, but not Logsdon's best beer. If you need to scratch a saison itch, this definitely won't disappoint. I'll really enjoy finishing this bottle. Good stuff.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, light amber color. Small head with some chunky, streaky lace.

Smells of stew meat--read: earthy. A bit sour.

Tart finish and aftertaste. The start is relatively neutral. Very spritzy with a thin body. The sourness reminds me the sour drinks women would order in the 70s. Not quite as sweet, but close. (313 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%

From 12/15/14 notes. 12oz. pour in a tulip at Valhalla for $8 in NYC. Cool bar.

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Pears, fruity malts, stone fruit, earthy notes, grass, Belgian yeast, spice, citrus, light oak and funk. Bananas and cloves in the nose. Medium body and moderate carbonation, a touch less carbonated and this would be crazy easy to drink.

Overall a good saison, very fruity and easy to drink. Not the most Belgian inspired saison but who cares, it is good. Worth checking out. (567 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/2015. Pours lightly hazy bright golden amber color with a 3 finger dense and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, peach, pear, apple, pineapple, grape, pepper, clove, honey, bread, hay, grass, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast notes with malt sweetness; and good strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, peach, pineapple, apple, grape, pepper, clove, honey, bread, hay, grass, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, peach, pineapple, light fruits, pepper, clove, honey, bread, hay, grass, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors with moderately balanced malt sweetness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic saison style. All around awesome balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,376 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: Bottle No. 33855

A: Pours a relatively clear medium yellow in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and hints of brassy golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, spicy saison yeast, grainy malts, and just a hint of pear.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale and grainy malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of spicy saison yeast and hints of light fruit (pear). Light flavors of spicy and floral hops add a light amount of bitterness that fades fairly quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: A really nice example of a saison from an American brewer - easy to drink and very enjoyable. Alcohol is well hidden and there is a decent amount of complexity to the flavor. (1,004 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle No. 2832, Best by Dec 2015.

A real nicey peachy orange colored body. quite opaque and solid colored. The beer is topped with a bright white creamy three finger head and, whipped up retention with rings of lace and clumping. Not much noticeable carbonation through this unfiltered body.

Nose is interesting. A good hint of peppery brett, and a strange almost slight goat cheese like aroma at first. Exploring give much more fruit qualities of the pear, and peach and nectarine stone like fruit quality as well.

Palate brings a good classic saison character. Big farmhouse dryness and brett pepper in the mid palate. Fruit angle washes clean but not with much distinction on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty solid and standard, with minimal distracting carbonation. Small hints of juiced fruit punch like character.

It's similar to the Bretta but it's fruit character seems much more played down. Pretty solid saison either way regardless. (992 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11/2015

Pours a clear, pale golden orange color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a 2.5 finger frothy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Looks a bit over carbonated but has good retention with streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Earthy, musty aroma with a strong farmhouse funk character along with zesty spice, bread-y yeast, light fruit and citrus. Grass, straw and barnyard followed by pepper, bread, apple, pear, citrus rind and pale malt. Slightly floral/perfume-like with a touch of grassy saaz hops as well with some mango and papaya countering the funky/earthy saison notes. Inviting aroma that smells true to style, unlike the Bretta version which is kind of a disaster.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with tight carbonation and a strong earthy farmhouse flavor up front that lingers over the subtle hops, peppery spice, light fruit and pale malts into a dry finish. A bit over carbonated with champagne-like effervescence. Slight resinous, grassy hops compliment the farmhouse yeast giving off a dry, slightly funky and bitter flavor that's countered by spicy pepper/coriander, biscuit and sweeter fruit notes toward the finish, notably apple, pear and light grapes. Subtle booziness but the ABV is decently concealed making this beer pretty easy to drink. Overall, I enjoyed this beer much more than the Bretta version but it didn't really stand out as a particularly interesting interpretation of the style. I'm glad to have tried it but wouldn't seek it out again. (1,522 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Opened during our Fantôme tasting day with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe, just to throw them off the scent. Upon uncapping, despite the gentle treatment and the solid chilling it received, it gushes out in waves onto my table-top, probably losing about a quarter of the bottle. Inauspicious start.

Colour is a cloudy but bright orange-yellow colour, with a very pronounced, and frothy, crackling head of white. Lacing is messy, anarchic and very full, when it forms. Decent weight to the body, with a nice amount of fine carbonation. Looks pretty good.

Nose has a solid, pleasant greenness to it, a touch of pepper and phenolics and a hint towards acidity. Some sweeter characters sit around on the back as well, perhaps the fragrance of fresh vanilla orchids, but overall it doesn't adapt and express itself an awful lot: it feels like it dumps everything it has on you in the aroma and then disappears. It's still pleasant, but you feel like it could have been excellent.

Taste is clean and mild, with some slight phenols on the back. Slight bite and a clean cider character, and not unpleasantly. Some phenols, and appleskin on the finish, which gives it a slightly biting and almost bitter finish. Perhaps a bit too sharp and bitter, in fact, which gives it a harshness on the back.

Feel is clean but quite light.

Overall, this is decent, but really not exciting, and perhaps even not that great a Saison. Their "Bretta" version is better. It also didn't explode all over my furniture. (1,558 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy golden color with great carbonation and a big white cap

S: Yeast and fruity esters with some light horseblanket and breadiness

T: Starts with a breadiness and light spice. It has a light fruitiness from some apples and pears covered in a horseblanket

M: Light to medium body, well carbonated and tasty

O: Outstanding and true to the style. Well done! (371 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter. best by 12/2015.

Pours a light golden color with an inch and a half thick lingering white head. Smell is of sweet lemongrass, very nonoffensive and pleasant. Taste is very nice , typical sweet saison flavors with the yeast really showing its presence. This one might be a bit better with some more age. High carbonation and a medium body, feel is pretty straightforward and typical for the style.

Overall a very enjoyable saison. Though this is not my favorite style i've had plenty of them and this one is one of the better ones that i've had the pleasure of drinking. Would recommend to any saison lovers. (638 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into my Schlafly tulip. Bottle S22170, best by 5/2016.

Appearance: medium silvery-gold with a nice haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy white foam with good retention. I think it looks quite nice.

Smell: floral, grassy and a little spicy, although not terribly funky. I can really smell the pear juice, but it's not in any way overdone. Fruit juice in this kind of beer can easily go awry, but in this case they've done a good job in keeping things balanced.

Taste: interesting; quite a bit earthier than the aroma. I'm getting a biscuity, bready character from the malt, but this plays well with the grassy, slightly funky elements in the flavor. Definitely not a normal saison, but earthy and appealing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a creaminess which jumps right out and takes over. Big, satisfying and persistent. Bam!

Overall: this is a very good, well-crafted beer. It's one which doesn't employ my favorite flavor profiles, and indeed challenges me with elements which I don't normally like very much, but which appeals to me nonetheless. Kudos! (1,133 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.26.13
Bottle no: S 19030
Best By: 02/2016

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge off-white head with great retention. Perfection.

S - Lots of Brett like smells, some wood, citrus, fruit, hops. Solid.

T - Soft Brett-like. What? Wood, citrus and some wild flowers round it out.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Silky and soft and very nicely balanced and enjoyable. I got lots of Brett like characteristics, but this was just the straight Seizen. (483 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a quarter inch head that fades to leave nice lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of pear juice, light peppercorns, light must, very delicate.

T - Taste is very delicate, light pear and sweeter malts, strong phenolic towards that
middle, the pear is nice and lightly juicy.

M - Mouthfeel is strongly carbonated, refreshing.

O - Overall this beer was nice, very drinkable, would like some more pear though. Alcohol is hidden nicely. (535 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle S1192, poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Logsdon's Seizoen is a chill hazed glowing sunset gold with white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is modest (served at fridge temp), mostly some fruity esters.

Taste is rustic and complex. Doughy yeast, spicy, some brett horsehair (no this is not the designated brett version, but there is obviously some cross contamination). Nice mineral pith.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp and medium bodied, but a little on the heavy side or my taste in the style.

Drinkability is pretty good, it's complex but quaffable. I prefer the fruity saison yeasts, however, and lacto to brett if they swing to the wild style. I wanted to like this a lot more, but they're still young. Great concept for the whole operation though, and well executed, just not designed to my preference in the style, which is my favorite, if admittedly broad. (884 characters)

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Seizoen from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
90 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.