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Cerasus - Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 270
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 60
Gots: 40 | FT: 9
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Logsdon Farmhouse Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GreenCard on 03-30-2012

A Flanders-style Red Ale, oak-aged, with 45 pounds of local cherries per barrel.
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Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Logsdan brings their version of a Flanders Red from a 750 ml bottle. Thanks for a pour Joepeter! On to the beer:

This reddish violet beer has a tart and cheesy aroma, featuring plenty of cherries and cheese. The taste follows a similar theme; the cheese and cherry duo hit the palate, eventually drying out and not lingering much of the sourness into the aftertaste. It's an agreeable Flanders Red, although that $20 pricetag scares me.

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Photo of peensteen
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown, ring of off white head, no lace. Smell is cherry and oak, funky and light acidity, malty points, sweet and sour fruit, light balsamic. Taste is oaky and malty, tart cherry followed by a subtle sweetness, vinous with earthy points. Lightly carbonated, light medium body drying body. This is pretty good but not my favourite from the style or from Logsdon, still enjoyable but not outstanding.

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Photo of Beer4B
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely deep red. The nose is faint with berry. Taste has more berry and I'd said cranberry mixed with flanders. Very nice to drink with good feel and proper carb.

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Photo of yankeepride
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Really soft, not the sharp edge I usually expect from a Flanders-style. Much more sweet than tart. Enjoyable once, but with its hefty price tag, it doesn't have the depth and complexity to bring me back again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thomas, Jenny, and Eric for this one.
Pours a sanguine dark reddish color.

Minimal lacing, good clarity.
Aroma was pretty nondescript, faint berry, not perceptible as cherry.
Taste was a nondescript tart berry, more cranberry than cherry, sort of odd.
Flanders Red wasn't really the impression I got. Mellow and not very expressive as far as wild yeast was concerned. Nothing coalesced. Overall it's probably not a beer i'd look for again.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear dark reddish Amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving thick wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with some notes of oak.
T: The taste has light flavors of cherries with strong notes of oaky wood. No sweetness is perceptible. The cherries become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The fruit in this beer seems like it is somewhat muted compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of 10/2019, poured from 750 mL bottle

Look - Very murky burnt red. No light is allowed to shine through. Minimal cherry cream white film of foam on top. Larger bubbles coalescing around the sides with much smaller bubbles on the interior, forming a sort of super continent of foam, with seas of beer, and large, polar outer regions. Subtle, but distinguished. 4 paws.

Smell - Lots of sweet cherries, coupled with a sour funkiness. Classic oaky flanders red aroma. Inviting but somewhat astringent. 4.25 paws.

Taste - Hmm, the oak comes through very strong, too strong in my opinion. The woody character over powers the cherries, and subdues the tartness. Flavors of concord grapes and chocolate are produced. The woodiness along with the chocolate makes for a carob taste. Very slight bitterness. Not unpleasant at all, but not what I was expecting, and varies from the style. 3.75 paws.

Feel - Velvety smooth, almost jammy. For some curious reason it reminds me of the body of a chia seed drink, but obviously without the little frog eggs. Mild carbonic tingling. Rests on your tongue for a bit. 4.5 paws.

Overall - I enjoy this beer quite a bit, and feel it is somewhat underrated. I would like to have seen both a higher level of acidity and sweetness, and the oakiness is a bit overpowering, but there aren't any off-putting off-tastes. The price tag may not be warranted as far as quality goes, however. 4 paws.

Meow beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped/waxed bottle split between a pair of chalices.

Pours dark reddish brown with a small light beige head that fades very quickly. Medium carbonation. Smell is musty, sweet, overripe cherries and dark fruit.

Taste is a little odd. Definitely sour, definitely cherry, but some sort of vague soapy shadow. Not bad, but not great.

Mouthfeel is medium/filmy. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware.

Pours a clear, deep red. 1 finger rich cream-pink head with great retention. Lacing is spotty with little cling. Average.

Nose is cherry pit and meat, Brett, sweet vinegar and wood. Nice.

Opens sweet and tart cherry pit and meat. Acidic with hints of vinegar in the middle. Cherry skin in the end balances out the tartness with a touch of sweet red fruit. Funky and woody finish with a Brett aftertaste. Nice balance.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down crisp and aggressive. Finishes dry with a puckering, filmy aftertaste.

Certainly one of the more balanced flanders style beers I've had. Nice sweetness and a mellow tartness. Worth trying.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, cherry skin, vinegar, oak, clove, hay, straw, musty funk, light leather, caramel, toast, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of tart cherry, earthy/funky yeast, oak, and dark malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cherry skin, caramel, toast, vinegar, oak, clove, hay, straw, light leather, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, cherry skin, caramel, toast, oak, clove, vinegar, hay, straw, light leather, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of tart/sweet cherry, earthy/funky yeast, oak, and dark malt sweetness; with a good sweetness/tartness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly slick/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders red ale. All around good balance and complexity of tart cherry, earthy/funky yeast, oak, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/16/14 notes. Big thanks to Nugganooch for sending this out to me as an extra; thanks Dane! 750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet cherries, sour dark fruits, oak, spice, pepper, fruity malts, and light funk. Nice nose, more sweet than sour, but I like it.

t - Tastes of sweet cherries, sweet dark fruits, musty, earthy notes, oak, spice, sour cherries and dark fruits, light funk, and light floral notes. Little musty and a little less sour than the nose, sweet again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink overall.

o - Overall a nice flanders/kriek style beer. More sweet than sour but lots of cherries, which I love. Worth checking out but not really a big sour.

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Photo of Jonada
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle C 5785. Best before 08/2018. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a brownish ruby red color with about a finger of an off white head with a hint or red. Head dissipates almost instantly with no sort of retention or lacing. Body is red and relatively clear. Not much in the way of visible carbonation.

Smell: Sour cherries, vinegar, oak, some very light brett funk, and a slight brown bread character.

Taste: Low/medium tart sourness which carries through to the finish. Flavors of cherry juice, skin and cherry pits, oak and some darker bready malt comes through in the finish. A light brett funkiness starts to shine through more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Medium levels of natural carbonation. Drinks like way less than 8.5%. Finishes dry.

Overall: I've been impressed with almost every Logsdon beer I've tried and this one is no exception. One of the most refreshing higher ABV beers I've had as well. Worth picking up if you can find it. I'd also be interested to see how this ages as well.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky red tinted garnet with three finger strawberry milk shake froth colored head that settles quickly.

Aroma is cherry pie filling, doughy yeast, strawberry yogurt, sugared beets, oak, and cherry tootsie roll. Very similar to belgian krieks. Can't knock the aroma for much.

The palate brings more cherry flavors, some caramel malts, farmhouse musk, mineralized water, and definite drying oak tannins. Beer is not as extravagant as belgian krieks but drinks nicely. Tartness is there but subdued. Sweet middle but dryness takes the reigns towards the end without completely putting a halt to the sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is light and seems a bit lighter than a Flanders red, which the base beer is supposed to be. But it goes with the flavor intensity.

Overall a pleasant beer by Logsdon. Complexity is not tremendous but the flavors that are there flow nicely. Drinks lighter than a Flanders red and not as sour as lambic krieks. I like the subdued characters as the drinkability increases. Makes for a nice summer drinker.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a tulip to a deep reddish brown with a half finger of off white head that fades to a large collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of sour cherries, funk, and oak
T: taste is tart and funky with some cherry and oak flavors. Not too sour and good cherry flavor. swallow is a bit more cherry flavor, another blast of tartness and some lingering oak and funk
M: medium in the mouth with good and slightly prickly carbonation. finish is just slightly drying
O: It has good flavors but it could be a little louder. Good balance though and the sour doesn't dominate at all.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color was a murky raspberry red with a building and alive head of quickly popping bubbles.

The scent is slightly simple but absolutely luscious. Sweet cherries and raspberries explode into the nose with a bit of sour and tart.

The flavor is a bit dry with a red fruity champagne like taste. Pomegranate, cherries, and raspberries are all evident.

The feel is almost expansive in the mouth as the carbonation seems to grow.

This is very good, very light and has the effervescence of champagne.

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears amber to copper in color with an off-white head. Solid retaining powers from an initial surge of 3 fingers that fades back slowly.

The smell is a little medicinal with cherry, herbs and minerals. A little bit like natural cherry pits is the leading character of the aroma with mild funk coming into play.

The flavor is mostly medicinal cherry flavoring, somewhat natural with over-ripe pits. Some herbal hop bitterness and a funky wild aftertaste like cheesy lacto and sulfur blend together.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is an easy drinking kriek but overall middle of the road by all regards. It is very mild and approachable but I wouldnt purchase this again.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Bottle no. 7316. Best before August 2018.

A: Fluffy pink head tops a gorgeously red-clear-dark beer.

S: Slightly sweet kinda woody. I can see Oud Bruin. Cherries.

T/M: Lightly puckery, very woody. Two pounds of fruit per gallon? Hm, not seeing it. Maybe it's because they expertly balance the sweet and tart cherries enough that they balance out? Sour and dry. Super-clean finish. Odd yeast.

O: This is good, but I've had much better. (Like Rodenbach Grand Cru). Anyways, I would recommend it to people who like the style, but I would not have another.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle C3162, best by 1/2018.

Appearance: deep, rich ruby hue with no haze and a relatively light effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of tan foam which has subsided quickly. The color is amazing, though.

Smell: slightly sweet aroma with a pretty big tartness. There's also a bit of a tanniny, woody character. Caramel comes through as well, along with a subtle cherry aroma. Quite good, but it's a subtle beast.

Taste: tartness up front, along with a light sweetness. Cherry character is, again, quite subtle. It is a bit astringent on the finish, although this isn't inappropriate for the style. It's an accomplished and tasty beer, but I feel like it could have a little more oomph.

Mouthfeel: body is pretty light, with a decent carbonation and refreshing texture.

Overall: this beer is good, but I don't feel like it is living up to all it could be. This isn't a particularly subtle style, so this beer oughtn't be holding back, yet it seems to be. It's quality, but it doesn't seem like it's doing enough.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a light crimson color with a nice dirty white cap, not much lacing or head retention on this brew but it was into a tasting glass so....

S: Loads of ripe red cherries with a note of hay and light barnyard

T: Initial tartness from those red cherries. The flavor provides a blend of both ripe and unripened red cherries with a bit of dark cherries underneath. Some hay and light barnyard are underneath but nothing seems to tame the acidity.

M: Well carbonated, medium bodied, a tad thin feeling at times. Pretty dry and tart on the palate.

O: Not a bad Flanders. Well worth a try.

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Photo of nataku00
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, best by date of 06/2017, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours slightly hazy mahogany with some darker shades of red with two fingers of tan color loose foam. Head dissipates after a few minutes with minimal lacing to an even film and a ring of foam. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Good amount of cherries in the aroma, sweet and lightly tart, a bit of almond or cherry pit, light balsamic vinegar, brown sugar.

Taking a sip, the flavor isn't as good as the aroma. Very light cherry taste, along with a mostly mineral and lightly grassy flavor, minimal vinegar. Dry finish without much of an aftertaste.

Light body and highly carbonated, lightly prickly on the tongue. A little disappointed with the taste of this one.

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Photo of ccrida
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Cerasus is pinkish amber / light brown with a off-white head leave scattered lace.

Smell lightly sweet cherries, a little pithy lemon zest, minerality. Soft but quite pleasant.

Taste is really muted, there is not much there. A flash of cherry before a quick transition to some fusel solvent on the quick finish, with a lightly lacto aftertaste. A touch of oud bruin vinous oak. Very disappointing. Not offensive, just not much of anything really, hints of what it should be, or perhaps once was. Cellared since release, this bottle number C875, last fall IIRC.

Mouthfeel is very light, dry, soft fizz.

Drinkability is OK. It's pretty light, but there is a burn from the alcohol, what stands out fairly glaringly against very little else. For the cost and patience to cellar, I thought this would be choice on the first really hot day of the summer. While I suppose it's quenching, it a bit too subtle and hot.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: mahogany/red liquid with good clarity and a white head that settles around the edges off the glass.

S: oak, sour cherry and sour funk

T: mild black cherry, very oaky, some Brett.

M: thin viscosity and very low carbonation.

O: Somewhat disappointing. Very mild cherry and Brett with oak dominating the taste profile.

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Photo of mahak213
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best buy date of 01/2018 which I assume is 5 years out, so this is an 01/2013 bottle. Poured into HF stemware.

Appearance- Deep red, slightly hazy with an off white head that hangs around for a bit.

Smell- Sweet and sour cherries and a mild funkiness. Doesn't smell too sour, there is a bit of a lactic sourness noticeable.

Taste- Light malt and Cherry sweetness up front, then a really mild sourness. Slightly funky. Much sweeter and not as sour as most krieks, but it's really nice in a unique way. Leaves a lingering cherry skin taste.

Mouthfeel- Light and refreshing, finishes dry. Really easy to drink as well, the fact that it isn't too sour really helps the drinkability.

Overall- Really nice offering from Logsdon. Definitely a unique kriek/Flanders, looking forward to trying their other stuff.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dug Logsdon's saison. Excited for this one. 750ml brown glass bottle with beeswaxed-over pressure cap acquired at K&L Wines in Hollywood and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. "Organic kriek beer brewd with Oregon cherries," 8.5% ABV confirmed. Barrel aged. Flanders style red ale. Two pounds of fruit added per gallon of beer. Brewed with several yeasts and lactic bacteria. Bottle fermented.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger white-pink head of glorious cream, great thickness, and wonderful (10+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Damned impressive. Even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is dark nontransparent amber-brown. Opaque. Glowing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Quite appealing for a Kriek, though the body colour is a bit dark compared to what I'm used to. Soft. Appealing and inviting. Love the unique head colour. A fantastic appearance.

Sm: Refined bright fruit with a bit of tart character. Underlying oak. Crystal malt. Fruit esters. Muted juicy cherry. Cream. A hint of sweetness. Light brettanomyces/funkiness. I love the character of the cherries here; it's rounded and balanced with just a bit of subtle tartness. Light pie crust. Cherry pits, cherry skins. Appealing and unique for a kriek. Light bacterial yeast. I'm excited to try it. A touch of lactose. Overall, it's a mild strength aroma.

T: Boy. Light tartness and cherry skin with some light funky brettanomyces to boot. Pale malts, biscuit malt. But malt is not the emphasis here; unique cherries are. Light sweetness. Pie crust. I'd like a bit more tartness and sourness, but there're touches of lactic twang. Oak is restrained. It's not all that sour, which makes it very approachable but perhaps less flavorful. Fruity esters. No alcohol comes through. Balanced across the board and very tasty for a kriek. I do want more depth of flavour and sourness. Nicely complex and subtle, but it's not pushing any boundaries. Just a solid straightforward kriek with a unique cherry flavour.

Mf: Lightly acidic. Smooth, wet, refreshing. Perfect natural carbonation. Complements the flavour profile incredibly well. Excellent body. Excellent presence on the palate. Soft and comforting. Feels custom-tailored to its flavours.

Dr: A damned impressive kriek from Logsdon, and one I'd definitely get again. Worth aging, if only to increase the acidity. I'll have no trouble quaffing the whole bottle by meself; indeed I wish I had more. Lives up to Logsdon's reputation. Really tasty drinkable stuff. A solid American brewed kriek that's worth of a revisit. Lovely stuff. I'd recommend it to friends. After having the saison and now this, I'm willing to give any Logsdon beer a shot. Maybe the price is a biteen high, but it's worth it.


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Photo of DCon
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Received this beer from a friend from CA, coming from Stearn's Liquor in Long Beach, CA. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz. bottle into a 4 Hands Tulip Glass. Has Botlte No. C 1/37 - Best by: 06/2017 on the back of the label.

Aroma- has an unfamiliar cherry aroma and bit of musk behind it. Puckers the nose even.

Appearance- Pours a 2.5 finger head that has great head retention. Leaves a few suds behind but no real lace and the body of the beer is dark copper with a glow to it. Has no clarity.

Flavor- Starts musky and has this "Oregon cherry" taste that I've never experience. Dull but puckers and is very sweet.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Effervescent, Musky finish and tart cherries.

Overall Impression- Awesome Kriek! I'm interested in trying more American sours and this one was a great example of the style. I'm hoping to find another bottle of this or their Peche and see how they age. Recommend if available!

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Cerasus from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
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