Straffe Drieling
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #30
Ranked #4,771
4.08 | pDev: 7.84%
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Washington, United States
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Photo of Beginner2
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Because Logsdon is one of the more successful brewers to cross-breed the saison with Brett, I suppose they are in a good position to interpret the tripel. I find Straffe Drieling more traditionally yeast-driven... particularly so as I get to the bottle's bottom.

It starts as a good-Looker, an active yeast swirling lots of malted protein. Its nose attack is well-spiced, mostly with hops. The promised refreshment of the hops blends nicely with a fruit punch of apples and pears and peach. I also detect a nice pepper, subtle like it should be in this style. But, its bottom-line is balanced and shows that in its semi-dry finish.

this is only my second from Logsdon, so I'm not pretending to offer an expert review. But after only five minutes on their website, I can see their dedication and why they have earned such a good reputation among aficionados. I hope to have more of their offerings.

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Photo of Radome
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a red wine glass.

L - Hazy; straw colored. Fluffy white head and strong lacing.

S - Aroma is floral and earthy, similar to lavender, although I don't think that is exactly it. Behind that is some grain and a touch of barnyard funk.

T - Flavors of cracked grain and black pepper. Mid-palate some earthy and lightly floral hops come through, which then blend into a low floral/spice note from a spice addition or possibly the yeast. Slightly sweet finish.

F - Medium to light body with a moderate, crisp carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness feels fresh. Light alcohol presence.

O - A great farmhouse beer with subtle spices and bright aromas and flavors.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales "Straffe Drieling"
750 ml brown glass bottle, simply capped. "Bottle No. 17076 Best By: 12/2019"
$12.99 @ Wegmans, North Wales, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a very hazy golden-orange body beneath a two inch head of rocky looking white foam. Plenty of tiny bubbles can be seen rising from below, adding to the head, and keeping it from falling. The aroma is yeasty, slightly sweet and doughy, grainy, fruity, softly spicy, mildly funky, herbal, and subtly floral. I can't pick out any specific fruits but I'd say it falls under "orchard" fruits. On to the flavor... there's more clear fruitiness here and I'm finding apple, peach, apricot, soft pear, and a suggestion of black cherry. There seems to be some mild banana and soft citrus in there as well. I'm not getting a lot of spice though. It seems like there's some coriander to it, and just a light touch of peppery character but they're both mild. Good, that's the way I like it! The malt isn't too sweet, and doesn't overstep or step back from the yeasty fruitiness and spice - it's perfectly balanced in that way, and I guess with the bitterness as well, which is in the median range at around 40-45 IBUs. There's a touch of acidity to it that helps to balance it, as does the bite of effervescent carbonation, and it finishes dry despite the fact that there is some residual malt lingering along with the fruit and spice and grassy and herbal notes. Wow, I'm pretty impressed by this. It's quite complex and yet it all combines really well, AND it's superbly balanced. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous side and an effervescent fine-bubbled carbonation that warms to become airy giving it a fuller feel. At this point I'm getting some notes of vanilla as well, and I wonder if it's aged in oak. Some comes out in the long, dry, mainly herbal finish once everything else has passed. As for the head retention and lacing, it turns out that both are quite good. I have large patches of solid, fairly thick lacing as well as some more spotted areas. Overall I have to say that this is an exceptional Belgian-style tripel that's well worth seeking out.
Review #6,534

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Photo of patre_tim
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straw filtered with 5 whopping fingers of white head, and little carbonation. Gets real cloudy when you get to the yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Smells of Belgian phenols, and lemon juice. Hints of canned peaches as well.

Tastes of tart peaches, Belgian phenols, really sour and sweet like fresh peaches.

Light body with low carbonation.

Excellent tasting brew. Drinking in Redding, Feb 11, 2019.

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Photo of rand
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle to tulip glass

A: Classic copper-tan ale appearance, its temporarily frothy head quickly dissipates. Little lacing to speak of.

S: Fruity, yeasty bouquet, classic tripel aromas. Cherry, berry notes play off a grassy funk.

T: Those grassy notes shoot to the front of the palate. Cherry-like esters, honeyed malts, a touch of coriander make up the back-end of the flavors. Long, sweet finish, with a touch of metallic phenols lingering.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated for the style.

There seems to be a debate on the style of this brew - flavors straddle between a tripel and a saison. But the brewers called it a farmhouse tripel, so I don't thing there was any deceptive advertising here. Let's just call it a dry, funky tripel.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a cloudy golden yellow color with three fingers worth of white had

S-pale malts, sweet fruits, citrus, spices, and Belgian yeast

T-taste is similar to the smell with a pale malt backbone, spices, yeast, citrus, and sweet fruits.

M-medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall a very nice Tripel, not too sweet which can often be a problem

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a glossy burnt yellow to orange color with a thick foamy white rocky head almost tipping over the glass. Semi-thick glossy foamy lacing appears as the head dissipated. The smell started off with floral sweet to dead grassy malt and running into some light spice (coriander?, maybe) The flavor produces a flaked oaty/grainy sweetness over the grassy sweet malt. Coriander somewhat comes back underneath. Grassy malt-like aftertaste. Quick finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a semi-sticky sort of feel to it. Overall, this said tripel on BA and on the bottle, but is my palate off, cause I thought this was more of a saison.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initially poured clear but could not get entire in glass due to expanding head. When pouring the rest in there was a good amount of murk which made me happier. Aroma is awesome, jumps out at you. The orange, some spice, grainy, and very nice Belgian yeast. Almost like a saison. Taste is similar but not quite as powerful as the nose, but still very strong. The citrus, grain, spice (I am getting coriander and maybe a bit of pepper), and again almost a saison yeast flavor. Pretty full mouthfeel, very balanced sweet and bitter. Just a bit of stickiness lingering. Overall, outstanding Tripel, I would probably call an imperial saison if there is such a thing. Excellent.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brief initial impression:

Sometimes, you open a beer, and you're like "Fuck, this is so good I wish I'd known how good it was gonna be afore I opened it or I'da known to prepare properly."

Terrific, but a tripel. One I need to revisit in fine grain.

B+ (3.65) / VERY GOOD

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Photo of mschrei
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes across more farmhouse than tripel, but a little too thin for me. Very cloudy with thick foam and dark bottom dwellers. Mildly strong funk on the smell, but the taste is a mix of zesty citrus and farmhouse elements. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of ajm5108
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a very nice wave of floral notes on the nose - lavender, mostly - along with some stonefruit & must. Lots of must alchohol flavors on the tongue, some coriander and orange zest, with more of a light phenol note towards the end. Pretty solid beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium gold color, clear, bright, and soapy lacing.

S - White grapes, pears, some Belgian spiciness, light banana, bubblegum.

T - White grapes, pears, light Belgian candy sugar, coriander, banana, lemon grass, clove.

M - Medium body with a creamy body finish, and borderline dry to semi-dry.

O - This beer is a sleeper, I'll be getting more of these bottles.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods.

Despite gushing, this is a fairly clear straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is pretty spectacular. Mildly spicy with a blend of white pepper, clove, orange peel, lemon, ginger, a little coriander, all on a mildly honey like and grainy malt character. Sweetness is minimal, allowing the yeast to shine. Moderately fruity with mango, melon and a little nectarines. The balance is exquisite. The palate opens with a blend of spice and honey. Layered with pepper, including a touch of heat from the alcohol, coriander, grass, minty hops, mild honey, a touch of dried ginger and moderate grist like malt character with husk and wheat. Fruit is present in the mid palate with a little pear and mango present. Mildly sweet on the finish with honey, this beer is medium light in body, moderately carbonated and has a great finish. Spice and a little ginger linger. Pretty excellent, among the best Logsdon beers I've had. Very highly recommended, especially for fans of the style.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost opaque yellow golden beer. Just a touch of funk on the nose, along with clove, pepper, very subtle. Delicious flavors of a traditional Tripel, but with the slightest funky farmhouse twist. Absolutely wonderful beer. Cheers!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium straw amber with gold tones and active, sheets of carbonation in the glass. Three finger white head continually builds after pouring. Looks dramatic and rustic. Aroma of saison yeast, apple juice, lemon citrus, a hint of toffee; peppery. Flavor of neutral malt, Belgian and saison style yeast, wheat, apple and pear juice, a hint of light stone fruit, coriander and clove, pepper. Medium bodied with peppery, active carbonation. A nice full flavored tripel with light saison qualities in the yeast and a hint of funkiness, but not enough that this isn't quite true to style. Looks great and tastes great. A very well done domestic tripel. I'm impressed.

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Photo of mynie
1.66/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours unnerving. This looks alcoholic, like one of those European strong ales I saw vagrants drinking out of the can when I was in Iceland. Very deep, dark gold with a chemical haze.

Smells... oh my god it smells like one of those, too! Crisp up front. Perfectly fine smelling, actually, like a decent german pils. Only, curiously, a bit too sweet, with some nodes of sweet potatoes and corn.

Tastes... pretty bad. Not deadly. But not at all at the level of what I'd expect from this brewery, or for what I paid. It's far too crisp and so it comes across sharp and medicinal. As I grow accustom to it, I pick up some earthy yeast complexities up front, but those are beaten down by the medicinal malt and nothing comes in to save them. This is a bad beer.

Tripels are hard to brew. Almost every American brewer, include personal favorites such as Rogue and Three Floyds, fuck them up. So I mean no offense to Logsdon and I will continue to try their beers.

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Photo of RB7009
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oregon's mountainous attempt at perfecting a Tripel reknownwd in Europe's Low Countries.

Logsdon Brewing Company do very good job. If one thing stands out its the beautiful appearance and great head. All around great beer, but just a nitch below my absolute North American (Canadian) favorite Fin Du Monde.

Aromas and spices are present however not dominating. Classic fruity and floral notes. A very slight enjoyed bitterness.

I must say I would recommend.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a full three finger head of rocky foam and moderate lacing. Biscuity malt in the nose along with rich spices, phenols are definitely present. A light touch of berry with just a trace of earthy hop also in the nose. Hops are a bit more apparent in the taste, but don't overpower the satisfying malt front. More hints of berry also come through nicely in the flavor. True to form the alcohol is quite well hidden for an almost 9% beer. A touch of alcohol mingles with the hop bitterness that finishes off the mouthfeel.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a fairly clear golden apple juice color with a huge, frothy, airy and billowing bright white head that slowly faded into a pillowy film leaving wispy lace down the glass. Whipped egg whites head got denser with future pours. Thick and amazing. Could eat it with a spoon.
S: Tons of peppery spice dominates the nose alongside cracked wheat and golden fruits. Tons of fruity esters come through along with a touch of alcohol.
T: Similar to the nose with sweet and thick golden fruits, golden delicious apples and pears, tons of peppery and earthy spices, and mild grains. Lingering spice, earth, and sugary sweetness.
M: Thick body, lightly cloying, chewy and heavy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. A bit of sweet residual sugar left after the swallow.
O: True to style and near flawless. A full flavored and delicious tripel. Tons of spice and fruit. On the sweeter side, but delicious.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big fizzy bubbly head, clear pear golden color.

Nose nice farmhouse saison, peppery spices, creamy wheat and toasted grain, musty funk, hint lemony and candy sweet malt notes, vinous note.

Taste a touch sweet, nice farmhouse funk, very Belgian like, little sweaty malt notes, candi sugar, wheat and toasted grain, hint lemon, mild peppery spices, toasty. Finish is dry grainy, lingering candy sweet flavor, little lemon grass and straw. Hint of bitterness, some raw bread dough, hint grassy hop.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice

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Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear until I pour the final part of the bottle--lots of yeast. Small head that leaves a couple of spots.

Traditional farmhouse aromas--mildly sour, but mostly spicy with cardamom and thyme notes.

Quite sour for the style. Very high level of carbonation. The flavor reminds me of milk with a bit of Italian spices (thyme, oregano and white pepper).

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Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass, bottle #7983.

Pours a hazy yellow, medium head, some cling.

Smell is lots of yeast, then Candi sugar, some funk, light malt. Slight earthy hoppiness. Hints of pineapple and black pepper. Taste continues the yeast, more malt than the nose, some funk, hint of clove. Dry, full bodied for the style, refreshing.

Really good beer. It's about halfway to a Saison, but still retains the Tripel identity. Has a sharper feel to it than your typical Tripel.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a teku glass, best by May 2013

A- pours a hazy bright golden color with a big creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving tons of lacing behind

S- phenolic and spicy up front with some earthy yeast, candied sugar, fruity esters, alcohol

T- spicy and earthy up front with some musty yeast and phenols, some alcohol kicks in eventually leading to a fruity earthy finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads a big foamy mouthfeel that leads to a creamy warming finish

O- a bit boozy at times, but other than that all the classic characteristics of a tripel

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Photo of brureview
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a yellow golden color with a 2F head in a snifter. Cloudy, with carbonation
bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma wasn't strong- but very nice- fruit, spice.

Very carbonated; spicy mouth feel.

The taste is outstanding, and different than other American brewed tripels.
Very spicy, malty, apricot, fruit, finished by a light spicy bitterness.

Overall: Logsdon Farmhouse ales are finally being distributed in MA. I have reviewed the Seizoen Bretta which is excellent+ This is another great beer from the brewery. Whole cone hops, and added spices make a spicy, fruity tripel.

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Photo of fishyakLA
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer must have come out of retirement. I just had some fresh from the tap yesterday. It has the pleasant "roundness" of a tripel, but is not overly intense on the died fruit side of things that you so often find in Belgium tripels. This lightness may come from the slightly lower than typical ABV in this tripel. IMO, this beer would pair well with Bratwurst or Knockwurst. Easy drinking.

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Straffe Drieling from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 178 ratings