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Oak Aged Bretta | Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Oak Aged BrettaOak Aged Bretta
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Brewed by:
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our organic Oak Aged Bretta is made with our Seizoen Bretta that is aged for a period of time to develop the wood aged character in the beer. Oak Tannins, vanilla notes and subtle smoky spiciness soften and mellow this beer over time.

The aged unfiltered beer is refermented and carbonated in the bottle with select yeast strains to provide added dryness and complexity, then sealed with beeswax for additional aging. Store bottles upright in a cool dark place and enjoy for many years in a proper glass.

Best by: 09/2017
Enjoy served at 48-54 degrees F
Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth

Added by bgramer on 09-28-2012

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at a tasting. Pale orange pour, hazy, with a fluffy white head. Smells of brett, pears, bananas and elderberries. Tastes like honey, raspberries, bananas, yeast, aspirin and vanilla. Semy-dry mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with white head. Aroma is yeasty, brett forward and floral. Taste starts slightly tart, yeasty, a bit cloying with farmhouse funk. Finishes on a bitter note, yeasty and dry. Medium body with high effervescence. Quite interesting but the yeast/brett character is too cloying for my taste.

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Photo of stortore
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a darker gold, cloudy, with a two- to- three finger head and lots of foamy lacing. This bottle was a bit of a gusher. Smells leads off with Belgian yeast, then light malt, some brett and funk, some black pepper, a little lemon. Taste also leads with the yeast. A good amount of tartness and sourness initially, but both mellowed as it warmed. Also some light malt, some lemon, a little hop bitterness. Smooth, well carbonated- even after the geyser, solid body.

Well balanced and flavorful, a really good farmhouse ale. Taste and aroma seemed to peter out at the end, maybe from gushing. Well worth a purchase, assuming this bottle was an exception.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden straw color. Good retention. Pick up phenolic notes, Brett, pear and some spiciness on the nose. Taste follows similarly, Brett subdued some, but the feel on this is excellent. Just the right amount of carb. Overall, this is great

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Photo of Damian
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz./750 ml wax dipped bottle purchased at Whole Foods Market, New York, NY
Bottle No. 8250
Best by: 06/2019
Served in a tulip

This was a gusher! I lost about a third of the beer on my kitchen table, but the part that I managed to pour into my glass was a murky, orangey-amber color. An enormous tight, rocky crown capped the liquid and slowly dropped to an off-white mass of sea foam. Large patches of drippy lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was oaky and funky. Crisp, dry, powdery yeast notes came through strong. Loads of musty barnyard character. Super tart. Hay-like. Quite tannic and dry. Subtle fruity notes were detectible. Slightly peachy. Almost gueuze-like in terms of funk and complexity. As the beer sat, the powdery dryness took over and the nose became a bit more simplistic. Some fruity sweetness later appeared. Toward the end of the session, the must, funk and barnyard character reemerged.

The flavor profile was really oaky and dry as well. Really crisp and tart. Uber tannic, in a good sort of way. There was a noticeable crackery malt presence. Tart lemon notes came through strong. Sour but not overly so. Somewhat hay-like. Bit of sweetness as well. Slightly fruity. Again, peach was noticeable. The finish was super oaky, tannic and dry and displayed a lingering, citrus rind-like bitterness. Notes of lemon zest were apparent. Surprisingly, the 8% ABV was nowhere to be found.

As impressive as the aroma and flavor profile may have been, the mouthfeel was truly the star of the show. It was super light and supple on the palate and contained a fine, zippy effervescence. Pillowy soft and almost cloud-like. Ultra smooth.

Contrary to what many other reviewers have noted, I found Logsdon's Oak Aged Bretta to be an intensely oaky and funky saison that displays complexities similar to that of a gueuze. Perhaps it was the year in my cellar that brought out the funk and barrel notes. If you decide to purchase a bottle, just be warned that, like many of Logsdon's beers, this one is definitely a gusher.

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Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 04/2018 consumed 11/1/15. Huge fine white head recedes to a finger with good lacing. Very light floral nose. Not getting much oak or vanilla at this point. Overall flavor is light and refined.

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Photo of Moose90
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a vibrant and hazy yellowish hue, there is almost an orange hue as well. Big and billowy white head sits on top and leaves behind some great lace.

S — Smells strongly of yeast, oak, lemon, brettanomyces, funk, grass, just great.

T — Slightly vinous, quite dry, nice funky notes balanced with some lemon and citrus tones.

M — Medium bodied, dry finish, easy drinking.

O — Very nicely done over all, wouldn't expect anything less from Logsdon.

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Photo of Tele
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: Bottle (Best By 6/2019)
Consumed: 9.11.15

A: 4.25 After finally making it through the beeswax, the beer is a moderate gusher; pretty easy to get under control. Pours a somewhat hazy, but very pretty, reddish-gold with a huge off-white head.

S: 4.5 Aromas are very similar to the regular version. Moderate funk and hay mixing in with bright, tart aromas like green apples, lemon, and grass. Classic saison elements bring esters and honey, bridging the funk and tart aromas beautifully.

T: 4.75 Flavors follow the nose somewhat, but in an unexpected way. The start is classic saison, but moves quickly to funk and hay with fairly strong oak tannins. After the light dryness fades away, bright lemony tartness moves in with lots of green apple. The next wave of tannic dryness sets in bringing more nuanced funk flavors like aged cheese. The finish is long and dry and leaves a toasted bread flavor lingering.

M: 4.5 Despite the gushing, the carbonation is actually really nice and not over the top. The body is also really nice with the dryness helping out drinkability.

O: 4.75 I love the regular version of this beer; when it’s oak aged, it gets even better, adding even more complexity to an already great and subtle beer. This may not be up to Bernice level, but it’s very close and one of the best brett saisons I’ve had.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours quite dark for the style with a small head that fades quickly. Smells tart, very brett-forward, with only light hints of whiskey. No discernible fruit complexities, not even as it warms, but the balance is nice.

Tastes much more complex than it smells. Tart cherry nodes up front remain present throughout but morph as they mellow, producing hints of sherbert and melons before smoothing out into a spicy, lightly boozy saison.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from waxed 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: murky light-orange hue with lots of haze and a big head of frothy ivory foam. The head sticks around a good long time, too, leaving a chunky lace on the glass. Great!

Smell: light but complex funk with perhaps a hint of tartness. A bit on the sweet side, and just a hint of the oak comes through. Quite good.

Taste: a good funk that's not overdone, plus just a dash of tartness. There's an underlying grassiness and the sweetness is present but not at all overdone. The wood adds a light astringency and a dash of oaky flavor but it's restrained and enjoyable. A very good beer indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but with a massive carbonation and mouth-filling creaminess. Woo!

Overall: a very satisfying beer. Not an everyday treat, but definitely worth trying at least once.

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Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted side by side with standard Seizoen Bretta, thanks to Eric for this one!

Right off the bat it was a little more underdeveloped. Faint phenolic Belgian yeast, tart apple taste underlying. Zero oak presence, no tannin, vanilla, or any other indicators this was oak aged. Pretty identical to the standard saison.

Decent aroma, slightly fruity and phenolic, indicitive of Belgian yeast.
Taste was tart, noticeable bacteria presence, like an intentionally soured Belgian Pale. Nothing very inventive here, somewhat boring without the barrel character expressing itself. Sad but true.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is simply a fantastic beer. Pours cloudy with a strong head. Citrus and hints of vanilla in the aroma. Tart on the tongue, but mellows quickly into a rich and complex array of flavors that include orange, vanilla cream, coriander, and smoke with a slightly bitter hoppy finish that lingers forever. I found the flavors come out more as the beer warms - I recommend serving halfway between chilled and room temperature.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Aromas of sour brett are present in the nose; the funkiness from the brett becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is a little sour from the brett but has interesting contrasting notes of oak and vanilla from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The oak barrel aging adds a lot to the complexity of this beer, lending interesting flavors of oak and vanilla to the sour flavors of brett.

Serving type: bottle

Note: Bottle #10700

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Photo of mwilbur
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise. Bottle number 10190. Best by 07-2019.
A: Opens...and immediately starts coming out the top of the bottle. Pours a very hazy yellow-orange with huge frothy white head (3-4 inches+) that slowly recedes. Decent lacing. A tad aggressive on the carbonation. (4)
S: Soft honey, fresh melon, citrus (sweet orange and tart lemon), white pepper, vanilla, and almond cream. Quite nice and refreshing. (4.5)
T: An oaky vanilla hits first--very chardonnay-like--followed by tart brett, bright citrus, white pepper spice with hints of honey and lemon custard. I like the impact the oak aging had on this one. (4.25)
M: Light-medium body. Bright and refreshing throughout. Tart (brett) and sweet (fruit and honey) with a solidifying oak quality (makes it feel a bit heavier). Subtle carbonation prickles. Mildly dry finish. Lovely lingering and maturing on the palate. One of the highlights of an already solid beer. (4.5)
D: A delicate yet deep brew. Refreshing with nice complexity. Logsdon does an excellent job with saisons! (4.5)

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like this way less than the regular bretta. The oak really heavies some if the delicacy of the base beer, and while it adds a sturdy maturity and another layer, it takes away the floral brightness of the Brett, neutralizes the lively carbonation, and clouds up the lightness of the whole thing. The brett is awesome, and the recipe rocks, but this beer doesn't need the oak. I liked the fresher younger brett profile, rather than the older one, which is equally funky but less dynamic. Still has an awesome grain base that contributes a lot of flavor and texture, but you have to find it through the musty oak, which feels like an unnecessary feature. Carbonation is way lower, and the beer seems less distinct to me. One of the few cases I've encountered where a beer is actually hurt by being aged on wood, but the base here is one of the best brett saisons in the game.

Edit: just had this one again, on tap, and I was right the first time. The oak almost numbs the nuance, the original is still the king here, but delicious beer still no doubt!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Served alongside the standard version. Thanks Darrell.

Hazy orange / yellow body with a small head that quickly diminishes to but a thin wisp. Aromas of oak, straw, hay, herbal scents. Remarkably similar to the standard version, though with a more pronounced tannic nature. Wood and subtle hints of tart fruit, finishing dry. Tasty.

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle No. OAB 90
Best by: 9/2017

Appearance: After the anticipated gushing, I was able to capture a bit more of this beer; peach nectar on the pour with a modest head (once the gushing was over) plenty of lacing from the initial gush

Smell: Crusty bread, pear, must, strawberry, watermelon, leather, vanilla and oak

Taste: Acetic tones kick off the fruity flavor parade, with pear, peach, strawberry and vanilla; in the middle, the oak and leathery brett make their entrance, with the unusual touch of watermelon arriving in the finish; nice funk in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another massive gusher from Logsdon so I have to ask why a brewer who has been in the yeast business cannot better manage quality control; I wish I could be more enthusiastic but losing at least half a bottle at these prices is a real issue; the beer is a good one and I prefer this to the regular Seizoen Bretta; there is a lot going on and I hope the carbonation issues are kept in check for future releases

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Photo of Jonada
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

750 ml bottle best by June 2019. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper orange color with 2 fingers of a creamy off white head that settles to a thin coating. Body is very hazy but translucent.

Smell: Lots of brett, pineapple, spice, banana, oak, honey and some hay.

Taste: Red apple, pear, citrus, mild spicy saison yeast character, banana and a touch of white grape in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and medium, fine carbonation. Finishes tart and dry.

Overall: Another really good beer from Logsdon. Definitely worth trying, but at around double the price, it's not really an improvement over their regular Seizoen Bretta.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip. Best by 03/2018.

A: Opened cold out of fridge to avoid inevitable gushing. I still had the crack the cap very slowly – this beer is volatile. Anyways, this beer pours a cloudy burnt amber color with a huge, frothy, active, and fluffy, cream colored head that, despite a slow pour, still foamed up and filled the glass. Huge chunks of rocky lace were left down the glass as the head eventually faded.
S: I get tons of brett on the nose, with scents of stone fruits (peach/apricot), straw/hay, and a touch of tart kiwi, and golden delicious apples. The oak is right there as well with hints of vanilla and woody spice. This beer smells amazing.
T: Brett flavors from the nose, mild spice, black pepper, woody oak, and golden fruits. Juicy overall. There are notes of wheat, earthy hops, and very mild savory smoke in the finish, and the aftertaste is dry, slightly bitter, earthy, and just a tad funky.
M: Medium-full body, greasy and slick mouthfeel with a drying finish (but not a desert), and soft and fluffy carbonation. Drinks well.
O: Insane nose and flavor. The brett and the oak mix expertly well together. Complex and quaffable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Decent fluffy fizzy head fades semi slowly with tons of soapy lacing murky orange reddish color.

Nose some wild Brett funk, floral funk, fruity stone fruit with peach, little pear too, little tropical fruit Brett.

Trade more funky Brett, very funky, yeasty note, little Brett B funk, into big Brett c tropical fruit, little stone fruit, etc. Then quickly turns to straw, literally and figuratively, weird stale like, old fruit, straw and grassy notes, and bitterness. Finish brings a bit more peach and stone fruit, little grassy, but missing a lot. Little oak tannins and barrel notes.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lots of carb.

Overall starts great then fades quickly, a bit of a let down because of that.

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Photo of rudzud
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros and Threelions.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear honey hue with a one finger head that leaves nice lacing. Very good, though it exploded.

S - Aromas of light pear, stone fruit, light funk, good brett c notes, light tropical.

T - Taste is awesome at first with nice typical brett tropical notes and then hay and straw, rather odd. Really would like more tropical notes, saison pear isn't bad.

M - Mouthfeel is very bubbly and clean, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this beer was a bit confusing, nose and Mouthfeel are awesome but I think the oak barrel kind of hinders this, not digging the tannins.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is copper toned amber, hazy, with an off white thick head. Nose is stingy brett, lemon and leather dominate with notes of citrus. Taste has some malt notes, lighter body and nicely carbonated. Oak is again faint if present, strong Brett and a touch of sweet malt. Strong leather and a fair bit of lemon with a lighter citrus note. Biting finish, semi dry, a bit sweet of malt.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hazy golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of tart lemon, biscuit, bread, nice cracker with hints of spice, yeast, nice grassy notes with a touch of tart and funky basement. Taste is a mix of tart, funky notes, hints of grass, bread, hints of lemon, oak and slight vanilla, touch of earth, finishing bitter, dry, slight tart fruit.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have been on the fence about when the right time to open this bottle was. Today was the day.

Color was a little more brown than I expected from being a saison, but the bone-white head really contrasted nicely.

Aroma just explodes out of my wine glass. Prominent notes of pear, faint pineapple and oranges meld nicely with the funk from the Brett and time spent in the barrel. Perfect representation of a barrel-aged saison.

Flavor is next to perfect. Immediately it jumps right to the crisp carbonation and 'airy' mouthfeel. It could have been a little funkier, but I have no doubt that if I had sat on this for another year, it would have been just right. Dry characteristics of pear and apple skin, but with just enough sweetness from all the fruit notes that it was quite balanced.

I took this bottle to the face in no time. It's drinkability was that high.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an hazy amber color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of funky Bretty notes with some light rustic malt notes with some floral hay notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some Bretty notes with light barnyard notes, some hay with some rustic malt notes. Oak is not that easily identifiable but kinds of smoothed out the aftertaste. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Very well brewed Saison with a good level of drinkability and some good complexity.

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Oak Aged Bretta from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
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