Oak Aged Bretta - Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.03%
Wants: 155
Gots: 102 | FT: 19
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bgramer on 09-28-2012

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
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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of mwilbur
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

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)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | 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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -4%

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Photo of Jonada
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of jbaker67
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of elNopalero
4.96/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was fantastic. Seriously fantastic.

Pours a hazy gold-amber in color. Aroma has a bit of a funky hay character on it with Brett dominating yet delicate. The flavor is funky Bretty-fruit, a barnyard of wet hay and crisp pears, white grape, peppercorns and orange blossoms. Clean, bright and incredible.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle OAB 3651. Best by 04/2018

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Nice lacing. Huge head. It was a gusher. Wispy surface.

Smell - Tropical fruit. Peach and pineapple. Brett. Minimal oak.

Taste - Brett is much stronger. Fruity. Peachy. A little sweet. Earthy bretty bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Medium body.

Overall - This is really good. The oak seems to amplify the tropical fruit.

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, slightly (bees)waxed capped bottle, the kind where opening it isn't really that big of deal, if you've a knife and a waiter's tool, that is until the crown pops, and beer goes spraying in every direction. Yay, bottle refermentation. Anyways, thanks be to hoppypocket for getting this to me, even though this brewery is directly south of me (I even unknowingly drove right past it a few years ago), and he's way, way, (way) east of me.

This beer pours a murky, gloomy browned apricot amber hue, with, well, a glassful of frothy, thinly foamy dirty white head, which eventually settles the hell down, leaving some sudsy broken chainlink lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of bready caramel malt, astringent drupe and citrus flesh and rind, herbal, cheesy funk, a softly vanillan grainy woodiness, and more leafy, perfumed hops. The taste is once again big and fruity - apple, pear, mandarin orange, and underripe melon - with a pleasantly restrained funky, cheesy Brett mustiness, bready, wheaty malt, some loitering caramel and vanilla tinged barrel wood character, and more leafy, booze-tweaked floral hops.

The carbonation is obviously off the bleeding charts, still choking up my high palate at this late juncture, the body on the weak side, just, of medium weight, and rather tacky, unfortunately, in its general, workaday smoothness. It finishes fairly dry, the fruitiness not quite fading, but rather switching tact, the funky yeast slowly losing its focused definition, and the herbal, leafy hops starting to wonder what all the fuss is about.

Never having had the base saison, I can only conjecture as to the improvements (or lack thereof) in this offering. That said, the barrel effects are subtle, but noticeable, yet hardly a huge leap - I imagine. A pleasantly funky saison, with wood and hops in more or less the right doses. Ain't nothing wrong with that, though I have to snicker at the brewery's choice to promote the inclusion of Brettanomyces on the label in both Flemish and French, but not in English, or more rightly, American. Huh.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer absolute delivers on the title. It tastes like their Seizoen Bretta but with big oaky flavors. Logsdon beers are so well made. This one is definitely one I'd take to a tasting. The oak notes are huge on the nose and on the palate. The wood does drown out a bit of the pear notes, but the brett still shines. Such a well made and delicious beer. The big flavors and bottle size make it perfect for sharing.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 9/14/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this #beerection

Appearance: Deep orange, with some rich golden highlights - pours with a thick, creamy, huge head - sticks around and keeps a solid cap - leaves a solid web of lacing - nothing short of pretty

Smell: Yeasty magic - loads of Brett, with some complex funk - powdery and ripe - ridiculously fruity, with a ton of esters - pears, apples, and some other light fruits - orange and tangerine - extremely floral with some perfume-like aromas - base of pale malts and grains - lightly woody, oak is mostly subtle

Taste: Fantastic blend of funky Brett and crisp fruit - dry, powdery, wildly funky Brett, with some barnyard, some clove, some pepper, and some phenols - touch of tart and sour - yeasty funk goes well with some serious fruit flavor - pears, apples, white grapes, and tangerines - a touch of malt sweetness from the pale malts - oak works quite well, definitely there but not overpowering

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, excellent carbonation, finishes dry and clean

Overall: You could age Seizoen Bretta in a toilet and it would still be awesome

The oak here is nice, but it's not particularly mind-blowing. What's mind-blowing is the Seizoen Bretta. It's such a fantastic, fantastic saison.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to JayORear for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazed amber gold. Head is creamy, dense, and off-white. Sticky, clumpy lacing with great retention. Moderate to high carbonation.

Smell: Powdery yeast with a soft clove and touch of banana. Slight bretty tartness on the backside. Light bready malts. Some backing sweetness with some melon. Oak adds a nice woody layer to the back. Some apple. Touches of tropical fruit, mango mostly. Some peach. Some alcohol and a minor push of vanilla and a ton of oak.

Taste: Oak and spice. Soft yeast with a big ripe banana. Pear, peach, mango, and some apple. Loaded with fresh oak and some vanilla. Fruity tannins. Light pale sweet malts. Nice biscuit/bready component. Barnyard funk with some musty grass and hay. Slight tart edge. Loaded with Brett funk, smoothed out by the barrel. Raw honey. Some lactic tartness as well. Deep yeast complexity. Warming let's the tart edge jump up and smooths out some of the esters.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a moderate and lively carbonation. Juicy initial sip with a lingering dry finish. A bit juicy overall.

Overall: The bunghole is no longer inviolate.

Seizoen Beretta is good, this is stupid good. The oak makes it a bit more complex, and that's a scary thought. More of this would never be a bad thing.

Photo of kojevergas
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

8.0% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with nice straightforward label art and beeswaxed-over unbranded pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given both the brewery and this beer's current ratings. Best by: 04/2018. Bottle #OAB 3052.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

GUSHER! All over my desk (thank god it's a shit one from Target). Heavy overcarbonation is now anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide head of beige colour. Nice thickness. No real creaminess to speak of. Good (~8-9+ minute) retention. Fluffy. Not real frothy though. Soft complexion.

Body colour is a murky glowing pale copper. Not real vibrant. Floating yeast chunks are plainly visible. Translucent but nontransparent. Overall, it looks pretty good for the style, but it's not unique or special.

Sm: Oak. Clean pale malts. Brettanomyces yeast. Biscuity yeast. Floral hops complement the grassy build. Honey. Flowers. Not getting the white pepper notes or subtle spicing I find in the best beers in the style. Soft and inviting. More generic wood than evocative oak, but it's welcome and nicely integrated. Pear, lemon, appleskin. Lightly bready, but it doesn't have the overly done doughy character of an off Fantome, for example. I like the subtle lightly dry fruity notes. Sweet and nectary. Getting better as it warms. A subtle aroma of mild to moderate strength. Fresh and alive.

T: Nectary and sweet, with subtle fruits abound including apple, pear, and lemon. Some lemongrass fills out the body nicely alongside straw, barley, pale malts, pilsner malts, and maybe some munich malts. Honey. It's got the raw feel of a young saison; time might refine the flavour profile. Light breadiness. Clove/clove honey Complementary floral hop notes. Touches of brettanomyces, but it's actually on the less funky side for saisons. Any oak is largely backgrounded; I do wish it were more prominent. Not getting any white pepper or milky notes. There is a light spiciness, but it's nowhere near the depth and complexity that you'd find in Fantome or Dupont's offerings. Some biscuity yeast. Certainly towards the sweeter end of the sweet/bitter spectrum. Flavour intensity and depth are above average for the style. Flavour duration is about average for good offerings of the style. It's not as complex or subtle as great saisons, but for an American offering it's impressive. I quite like it. Well balanced. No alcohol comes through.

Clove honey is dominant.

Mf: Soft, smooth, and wet. Nectary and sticky. Overcarbonated. Good even presence on the palate. Consistent. Not hot, boozy, or oily. Good thickness. Not overbearing. Refreshing. Very approachable. Complements the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Refreshing. Hides its ABV well. Another good offering from Logsdon, but I did hope for it to be great given current ratings. I wouldn't get it again with the availability of superior saisons in the same price range, but it's definitely worth trying once. The oak aging isn't very prominent, which is a drawback; I'm very suspicious of the description on the label: "aged for a period of time." You wouldn't phrase it that way if the period of time wasn't short; breweries usually play up the duration of aging as a selling point.

B

Photo of facesnorth
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just OK I am sad to say. I was expecting more out of this one, and this brewery in general. I don't know, maybe I was expecting them to be the Hill Farmstead of Oregon. But I have now had about 4 or 5 of their beers (NOT the Peche n Brette, yet), and everything is just lackluster, just OK... I would put them on par with Jolly Pumpkin, maybe not quite even at that level. But like several levels below HF, not even belonging in the same conversation - that's for sure. A different currency like we are talking about shillings vs yen here. Anyway I still respect them and definitely still want to try the Peche n Brett. But I prob wouldn't shell out the $19 or $20 it cost me for this Oak Aged. It wasn't all that much better than the other bottles I had....

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Oak Aged Bretta from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
95 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.