Cerasus - Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 60
Gots: 40 | FT: 8
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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 kojevergas
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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.


More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cavemanlawyer!

Cloudy cherry color with a moderately sized light pink head that leaves dots and an oily cling down the glass. Not a particularly attractive beer, but that's largely unimportant.

Big notes of juicy cherry, some toffee and caramel sweetness, a hint of lactic sourness, but not a lot, and just a hint of an earthy funk.

The flavor is very cherry-forward and quite sweet. It's not nearly as sour as I excepted, with only a mild hint of tartness. A mild funk component does add some complexity, but this is more similar to a fruit beer (like a New Glarus Belgian Red), than it is a kriek or a Flanders Red.

Medium body with low-moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy. I would prefer more carbonation for the style.

This isn't a good example of a kriek or a Flanders Red, but it is still a tasty cherry beer. This may not live up to expectations, but taken completely on its own, it's still a very tasty beer.

Photo of mahak213
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 6/2017. Bottle number C334. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Reddish amber. Big off white head with great retention.

Smell - Saison aromas with a touch of cherry. Very light. Peppery.

Taste - Much more cherry. Overwhelms everything else that's there. Dry. Maybe some oak. Not much like a Flanders Red at all.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Easy to drink. Dry. No flavor in the aftertaste at all.

Overall - Not sour. Not terribly interesting, either. Cherry and not much else.

Photo of KYGunner
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance Pours a hazy amber-brown, with over a finger of thick, pale khaki head.

Smell. Sweet and tart pie cherries, a little funky brett and old wood and just a little light malt.

Taste. Medium-light sourness and light tart cherry, a bit of dry brett and wood, a little sweet malt, and just a small amount of saison yeast.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with , fairly full and fine carbonation.

Overall. A nice beer that's kind of a combination saison/kriek/flanders red with brett! What's not to like? I'll hang on to one for a while and see what happens.

Photo of nataku00
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky mahogany with a medium sized pinkish head. A bit of lacing down the glass.

Lots of funky cherry in the aroma. Just a touch of sourness and some caramel/toffee.

Lots of cherry flavor, but not as much as I'd expect given the amounts used. Not overly sour, just tart with a massive brett presence. Very musty and funky with a slight sweet cherry coming through on the finish.

Medium body and carbonation. Would prefer a bit more to make the cherry sourness pop a bit more.

Very interesting beer as the brett and cherry fight for control. I would have preferred a touch less brett since it got a bit overpowering as it warmed, but a unique experience nonetheless.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of SHODriver
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of yankeepride
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Buzz3d
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

you can feel the wild yeasts dancing on your tongue!

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Thanks, Aaron! a bit of cherry. Flavor is mild cherry and light acidity, but not quite up to the level of the rest of Logsdon’s beers. It seems like this was on the right track, just not quite all the way there. Hopefully this gets made again, as I'd love to see the progression in batches of this one.

Photo of GreenCard
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review of a 2011 bottle purchased directly from the brewery. It didn't even have a label!

Appearance: dark cloudy cherry juice, big layer of spongey pink foam, great head retention and lace; the cloudiness was likely due to the fact that it spewed big-time when I cracked the cap (despite sitting in the fridge undisturbed for two days)

Aroma: cooked cherries, malt, hint of vanilla oak, chalk

Flavor: dryish malt profile with the fruity tartness of cherries; hint of clovey spice; fairly dry overall with a cherry juice aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, very sparkly carbonation, fluffy texture

Other comments: This is highly carbonated. When I uncapped it, it immediately erupted and I lost a few ounces to the kitchen counter. This has happened with a bottle of Seizoen Bretta, too. I know they prime their beers with pear juice, so maybe that's giving some erratic results?

Photo of ac22rush
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lacked the character I imagined a Flanders style beer would have will age it longer next time

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 6.26.12
I picked up this big bottle in Portland. Numbered C992, Best by 06/2017

A - Pours a cloudy light to medium brown with a fluffy two inch light tan head that quickly fades down.

S - Oak and some funk first, then some tart cherry follows.

T - A light tart cherry with some slight funk and wood.

D - Light body and a good carbonation.

O - Lighter body and milder flavors than I was expecting. A very nice summer sipper.

Photo of DCon
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Best by 06/2017. Thanks Sanders. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a murky reddish brown with a large foamy light brown head. Good head retention, spotty lace.
S:Musty nose with lightly tart notes of cherry pits and skins, tannins and dank mushrooms.
T: Greasy oak, not sweet, tartness is light, malty caramel base and malty greasy aftertaste. Tannic finish.
M: Greasy slick mouthfeel, low carbonation, medium body, slick and greasy. Drinks well.
O: Great effort for the style and a decent drink too mild all around. Everything seems muted.

Photo of harrymel
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 06/2017

This is a graham color with some cherry hues. Theres a solid sheet of light tan foam. Smells like cherries, oak .some grain, funk and metal. Tart, sharp, cherry, oak, water, bits of soil and musk come into the flavor. It's a little watery and carries some one dimensional tartness that seems simple without the complexity I'd expect from a soured beer. Thin with light carb and a dry finish. This is interesting, hopefully there is a solera style coming out of the barrels allowing for further growth and complexity in subsequent batches.

Photo of grover37
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty undercarbonated. Not much to it. Probably needs several years in the bottle.

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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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