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Far West Vlaming - Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Far West VlamingFar West Vlaming

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very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%

Brewed by:
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 07-03-2012)
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Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber hue with no haze anda finger of frothy ivory foam atop. Quite appropriate for the style.

Smell: sour, caramelly, buttery, and mellow. Not especially fruity, but still pretty nice. The buttery aspect might actually be reflecting the wood-aged nature of the beer, and not an actual diacetyl issue. Overall, it's nice.

Taste: big and sour right up front, with plenty of woodiness and more of that butteriness (again, I'm sure from the wood, and not a diacetyl thing -- though the similarity is striking). Usually I really look for the fruitiness in this style, but in this case the flavor is pretty compelling despite lacking the fruity overtones. I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a big, rocky, mouth-filling creaminess. I can dig it.

Overall: a tasty and quite quaffable Flanders red. Sour, but not too sour, with an interesting complexity that, while not mind-blowing, can keep my interest through the bottle. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 21:55:12 | More by flagmantho
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 2/18/14

Appearance: Deep amber, with some brown and dark red hues - hazy and a bit cloudy - pours with a dense, creamy, beige head - keeps a solid cap - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Some nice funk and dark fruits - nice level of tart and yeasty funk - not particularly pungent or wild, but it works - some caramel and amber malts - dark fruits, dark berry, berry skin - some light vinegar in the background

Taste: Dark fruits and some tart funk - caramel and amber malts, with a low level of sweetness, mostly dry - some nice yeast, with some wet funk and tartness, lightly lactic and acidic - dark fruits, cherry skins - light sourness, very low level of tart - slightly earthy

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, dry finish

Overall: Far West, man

Another nice beer from Logsdon's... surprise! As far as the style goes, this is not particularly tart or funky. It's good, but I think it could be more magical, given the yeast wizardry that this brewery usually demonstrates.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 20:23:22 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Deep brick red. Hazed with a lively carbonation. Head is a super pale reddish brown. Drops to a small creamy head with a loose bubbly collar.

Smell: Tart cherry skin. Dark cherry flesh. Tannic with some push of deeper vinous notes. Citric push with a slight lactic component. Distinct Logsdon yeast adds a damp musty earthy aroma. Some dirt and a touch of vinegar. A nicely sweet malt backbone gives some breast and caramelized malt depth. Leafy and herbal.

Taste: Tart cherry juice and vinegar. Push of lactic acid coupled with a slightly acetic and citric bite. Juicy cherry flesh. Vague dark fruit and some hints of red wine. Earthy in good measure, especially as it warms. Damp basement and some musty wet grass and hay. Slightly floral. Malts keep a measured sweetness offering a slightly bready finish. Slightly caramelized. Pushes harder to dirty vinegar as it warms with some tart dark cherry juice.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body. Nice and smooth on the initial sip leading to a juicy powdery finish. Really odd, but in a good way.

Overall: Hot like fire.

Nice. Not the most complex take on the style but it's a good beer. Balance of tart and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 20:19:26 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of inlimbo77


3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml, enjoy by 7/2018
HF stem

A: Hazy amber color. Full finger of off white or light tan head. Tight bubbled. Leaves some lacing.

S: Tart cherry. Oak. Tannic character. Slight vinegar. Hints of vanilla. Possibly some chocolate nuttiness.

T: Tip of the tongue, nice cherry tartness. Sour cherry. Tannic oak meshes in. Dryness. Getting some vanilla. Some nuttiness. Finish is dry. Lingering cherry.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation (for sure).

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 14:48:48 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. Best before July 2018. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a typical red brown color with 2 fingers of a light tan head which settles into a medium ring and thin coating. Nice retention and some light spotty lacing. Body is hazy but not opaque. Carbonation looks adequate.

Smell: Tart red apple, red grape, chocolate(?), oak, very slight hint of vinegar. A little different for the style but still good.

Taste: Tart red grape, oak, sour cherry, apple skins. There's the same chocolate presence that was in the aroma as well, which is I've never experienced in this style, but it kinda works. Sourness is low/medium.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel with medium levels of fine carbonation. No alcohol presence, extremely drinkable and quite refresing. Finishes dry but with a light residual sweetness. Really well balanced.

Overall: An interesting take on the style. I enjoyed this, but considering the brewery (which I'm a big fan of), it's a slight disappointment. I'd recommend trying it if you can, but no need to go to great lengths to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 05:28:26 | More by Jonada
Photo of cvm4


3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Has a red mahogany body with a fizzy eggshell colored head. Really no retention to the head.

S - Pungent cherries, oak, a bit musty and light spices.

T - Pretty much follows the nose to me with a slant to more oak and must. It's not as sour as the nose would leave one to believe. The flavor seems a bit "watery" to me, that really leaves the beer just a bit tart to me.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Definitely has a dry finish.

O - It's a good beer, but for the price I was expecting a lot more out of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:45:40 | More by cvm4
Photo of jbaker67


3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

dark reddish pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of cherry, slight oak, lemon notes, hints of nice red fruits, touch of earthy and lots of spicy notes come through. Taste is a mix of oak, earth, lemon, slight red fruits, touch of vinegar, lots of spice in there, finishing fairly oaky, slightly tart. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 13:24:54 | More by jbaker67
Photo of thecommonman

District of Columbia

4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Initially a wonderful head, fizzes out a bit, but stays well carbed, and bright. Beautiful rusty red color, a tiny bit cloudy from bottle fermentation.

S: Has a hint of pear, with the musty grape smell of a Flemish sour. Some oak, with dark red fruit, like cherry and even a touch of sweet strawberry.

T: More of the same. Def a nice, subtle oaky-ness, but not vanilla. Slight tartness, like that of grape must or a deep tannin'd wine. Lots of tart cherry. Maybe red apple skin.

M: Light-to-medium body. Soft mouthfeel, with excellent bottle fermentation carbonation.

O: An excellently crafted beer. The sourness is more soft than its inspiration Flemish Red from, say, Rodenbach. No flavor was overwhelming. The sour character and the malt bill balanced each other almost perfectly. This beer is crafted and bottled in a very traditional way, and it is evident in the product. I also appreciate the American farmhouse ruggedness it has, over the more Belgian sophistication of a traditional, top-notch Flemish red from Europe. I'd say it's the best American attempt at a Flemish red I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:29:46 | More by thecommonman
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I forget the date and glassware, had this one at mattsanders not that long age, from notes...

hazed reddish amber, a thin beige film leaves a solid single ring, small serving size so I wasn't really expecting much

S strawberries, raspberries, cherry, a little wood, brown sugar, bruised apple, wet leaves, and some yeast I can't place

T more of the same, caramel apple, and there's more wood then on the nose, other then that quite similar

M medium bodied, enough bubbles to please, tangy, a little tannin grit, fruity, woody finish

O straight up good, I enjoyed this one at every step along the way but wasn't blown away by anything either

I'd drink this again if I could get it but it could be a tough sell with cheap bottles of Rodenbach on the same shelf

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 07:11:42 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Beerzebub


4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 07/2018

Attractive deep red-brown color with a thin beige head that sticks to the glass.

Fresh spicy yeasty bready aroma, much more like a good saison than a Flanders red. No noticeable vinegar note. A bit of very well integrated oak.

Delicious fruity (mainly apple), peppery, tart flavors, with some underlying malty breadiness. Tastes like an excellent saison, with additions of clean, lactic acidity, the extra maltiness, and a touch of oak. Not at all "to style" - only a hint of vinegar - but quite enjoyable. Terrific balance, a bare touch of malty sweetness then a completely dry finish, very refreshing.

Tiny bubbles make for an excellent cushy texture. Slightly prickly acidity. Extremely refreshing and drinkable.

Not what I was expecting, but a great beer. Would be curious to try this with age on it - maybe it will seem much more like a Flanders Red as it picks up oxidized and vinegary notes with age - but I'm loving it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 06:04:22 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of notchucknorris


3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep and murky brown color with a slight reddish hue in the middle. Big fluffy two finger tan head. Got a gusher and didn't notice until I lost a bit, but I was able to salvage the majority of it.

S: Definitely light, but I really like this one. Tart cherry/red raspberries with some earthy malts, wood and light dried cranberry.

T: Not as good as the nose, but still a pretty decent beer. A light cranberry tartness opens things up with some light red cherry, underripe red apple and a touch of vinegar. Some good sourness kicks in near the finish with a touch of cherry skin tannins coming in. Some soft bready malt, caramel and vanilla lurk way in the background. Carbonation is a touch high and the beer is a bit watery, but it's a really pleasant and refreshing tart beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 02:59:25 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of srandycarter


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky brown, near white tan head, small. Leaves fast. Some small bubbled cling lace.

S - Funky, a little sour, wildish.

T - Malty, still a little wild, slightly sour.

M - Light body, good body, fine balance.

D - Fun to try but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 03:32:23 | More by srandycarter
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear crimson like color with nice carbonation presenting a small white cap with some decent lacing

S: You can smell the sour tartness on the beer but the nose was a bit restrained. Some red cherries, raspberries perhaps and some vinegar like notes

T: Initial tartness meets cherries with a nice dryness to the beer. Some Earth and wood are under the tartness. Its very simple and straightforward. Plenty of tartness and a sharp little sting, pretty dry on the back/finish. The flavor on this beer is relentless, it persists start to finish.

M: Perhaps a tad high on carbonation, medium bodied, dry but enough flavor to keep the palate satisfied.

O: A pretty good example of the style and enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 12:24:32 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bier Stein during their anniversary celebration.

The bee pours a slightly hazy rose color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, as I pick up light vanilla, cherries and light sour/vinegar. The flavor profile replicated the nose, but there was a bit too much sour in this beer, and the finish was light and a bit watery. While attractive, I found the flavor profile to be fairly simple, mostly consisting of some light fruit and then the sour component. Mouthfeel was fairly light, and I thought the flavors dropped off at the end. Alcohol was well integrated into the flavor profile, but that's not much of a surprise given the low abv.

Mehhh.... not a bad beer, but nothing to get all that excited about either.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 21:24:29 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of ccrida


3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Far West Vlaming is brownish magenta with a small, almost tan head that leaves scattered lace. Murkier after the first pour.

Smell is bright and pithy lemon zest, a touch of sweet amber malts, quite nice.

Taste is also on the bright side, at least compared to the Cerasus that I just had before. Fairly well in-line with the style, although it's all lacto and no acetic acid, but that suits my palate better in any case. Lots of chalky minerality that I'm digging, flutters of sweetly vinous, caramel malts before a cutting crispness, with the slight pucker finish.

Mouthfeel is overly fizzy, this one gushed about an ounce on opening, even though I fridge chilled it from cellar temp for about an hour. The body is light, cry, and crisply acidic.

Drinkability is pretty good, a solid Flanders style red. Much better than Cerasus. Not the most complex, in the subtle style to which Logsdon leans, but satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 02:20:32 | More by ccrida
Photo of AlexFields


1.96/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to UncleJedi for sharing this.

Pours a thick hazy toffee color with a coffee like head.

Smells oxidized, like cardboard, kinda gross.

Taste is also kindof gross and oxidized, slightly acidic, tastes like wet paper.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and decently carbed but the body is thin, this is pretty hard to drink.


Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 16:23:37 | More by AlexFields
Photo of writerLJBerg


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL from Beermongers.

A: Cloudy red with a topographical rusted head. No legs to speak of.

N: Yeast laden cherries. Very oaky. Black peppercorn, and intense florals such as chamomile. Some funky bleu cheese and new leather.

T: Nice sourness level. Hints of cherry and oak. Lemon tartness. Leather and leaves. Some sulphuric acid/acetone. Snappy, but not complex.

M: Well carbonated and alcohol is hidden. Saison character which I don’t think is a great thing in a Flanders style ale.

O: A solid beer and worth trying. Needs additional complexity to shine, but I will say it was better than its older brother Cerasus which actually has the cherries in it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:49:27 | More by writerLJBerg
Photo of standardcherry


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle thanks to Shmeal!

A: Murky brown/reddish beer. Looks like muddy water. Huge foamy head at the beginning, that was nice.
S: Smells great, mostly oak and fruity sourness. Cherries.
T: Taste follows the nose. Very oaky, fruity and a pleasant lactic sourness. Plenty of sweetness and yeasty funkiness too, great tasting beer.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth woody, sour finish.
O: Extremely drinkable. I'd gladly drink it again. Great beer, I really enjoyed it but it's kinda lackluster when placed next to Seizoen Bretta and Peches (both of which are fantastic).

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 05:44:46 | More by standardcherry
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle FWV954, best by 08/2015.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown with an ample khaki head. Wisps on the surface and a chunky collar. Murky pond water consistency.

Smell - Exceptionally malty. Nutty malts. Caramel. Lightly acidic. Faint dark fruit aroma too.

Taste - Much better acidity here. Lactic sourness, grainy malts. Nutty and light chocolate malt flavors. Clean grainy finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Dry and pleasantly tart.

Overall - Surprisingly good. I haven't been impressed by Logsdon's "sour" offerings, but this doesn't try to do too much.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:53:11 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of mdaschaf


3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Brouwers during Big Wood. Review from notes.

A: Pours a pretty red/brown color with a small off-white head with great head retention and sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Not much going on in the aroma, a little bit of tart fruit and must, but surprisingly faint.

T: Sour cherry, raspberry, and strawberry with a nice sourness on the back end. Slightly vinegary and bready.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly dry.

O: It was decent, but having seen the price for this one in bottle, I would pass.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 01:28:05 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of draheim


4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (bottle #FWV 647; best by 8/2015) into a tulip. Pours a clear reddish mahogany w/ a fluffy beige head that settles slowly, sustained by vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is tart and woody. That's all I'm really getting: sour cherries and oak. Smells tasty though.

Taste is woody and tart, tempered by an underlying sweetness. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is extremely dry, with a prickly bite from the high carbonation.

Overall a really enjoyable sour beer from a great little brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 05:14:32 | More by draheim
Photo of Gobzilla


4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with semi dark mahogany highlights and a nice finger of bubbly head that left some good spotted lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice bretty funk with lovely cherry aromas, a bit of oaky wood, signs of acidic vinegar, tart qualities with mild dark fruit character and hints of brown sugar.

T: the cherry fruit was more pronounced on the palate alongside great oakiness, plenty of barnyard funkiness, some vinegar flavor, mild spice character, hints of underlying vanilla and a touch of dark fruit.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a mild funky, semi fruity, sweet, slight spice and tart finish.

O: definitely have been digging these logsdon beers, have to seek out more of their offerings especially for them being organic in all.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 20:33:32 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of dirtylou


3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split

appearance: lovely label as usual - served in my hopleaf tulip, dirty garnet body, nice ring of beige head and a nice lace.

smell: ouch - not good, actually bad. musty yeast, some tart fruit, off bready notes

taste: some tart/sweet cherry, light vinegar, bready, earthy yeast, light oak. This was a pretty big miss I think for Logsdon - their saisons are so great - what the hell happened here? Improves significantly as it warms, but still only a light tartness and a slightly metallic tangy finish

mouthfeel: tart, dry, musty earthy finish

overall: meh. wish I hadn't shelled out the cash for two of these

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 01:31:24 | More by dirtylou
Photo of DovaliHops


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, reddish brown color. Gets more and more murky with each pour from the bottle. Lots of bottle conditioning going on here. Large, off-white head. Scent is not too inviting. Although this one is supposed to be the most sour from the bunch, it is not the most funky, nor does it hold the most tart aroma from the Logsdon beers. Scent is more spicy, and slightly tart. Unfortunately the aroma reminds me of not-so-great breweries that make an attempt at wild ales. The taste is a step up though. The flavor is much more complex and overall better than the nose. Taste starts off immediately tart with cherries and a great amount of oak. Cherry flavors are more sweet than tart. Still tart, but not sour. Wish this beer was more sour. Drinks a little boozy as well for a 6.5% beer. I've had Cascade, Bruery, and RR sours that have higher ABV that have less booziness. Same goes for any saison I've had from Fantome. Finish is very saison-like, and probably the best part of this beer. Drinkability is okay. Mouthfeel is slightly acidic...but hardly. Very carbonated with a light body. Overall, I was hoping for something better. When I read the label and heard about the bugs being used with the cherries...I had high hopes. This beer is a solid beer...just not worth the price tag. I would much rather spend $20 on a wild ale from Cascade or Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 10:49:33 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of popery


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red. Very cloudy. Sort of a muddy look. Small off-white head that dissipates quickly. Not a very thick layer of foam to start, anyway. Lots of funky cherries in the aroma. Tends more toward fruit sweetness than Cerasus. The funk is a bit odd, sort of cheesy. Mild medicinal note. Some tannic woodiness. The taste is a nice tart cherry flavor, but it's a bit washed out and doesn't quite pack the punch that I was hoping to find. It's not super sour, though I wouldn't call it sweet. The finish has more of that tannic oak flavor. Mouthfeel is nice, though I'd prefer it to be a bit creamier and less fizzy. So far, this is my least favorite Logsdon beer, but my expectations have grown so much with each beer that it's probably not a terribly fair scale. Still, I probably won't be picking up any more bottles of this beer. On the other hand, I'd be happy to get a glass at a bar.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 09:08:13 | More by popery
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Far West Vlaming from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
86 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.