Szech 'n Brett
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #130
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,723
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 5.98%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
189
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Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
 
Washington, United States
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Notes: Fisherman enjoy a beverage while casting away. Weather fishing or imbibing, there are limits, whether it be a 5 leader or 5 liters. Saisons were brewed back in the day for farm workers with a 5 liter daily limit, a satiating standard that would allow for ample thirst quenching in any condition while still being able to complete the task at hand, both then and now. Our session-style Szechuan Brett was designed to do just that. whether farming or fishing, a little lighter beer extends the limit, a little pepper spice provides a little more character without over doing. What ever your limit is, enjoy our Szech 'n Brett, have a good catch, we do!
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Photo of Viaduck
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful amber body with a massive white head, lots of bubble action. Interesting aroma, lots of brett, farmhouse & spice. Taste is sour-salty with some bitterness. Flavor: plenty of funk, pepper & spice. Not much alcohol flavor but combined with the heavy carbonation it heats up the mouth. Moderate mouthfeel. Overall a very nice farmhouse ale

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Photo of zonker17
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great farmhouse ale. Highly drinkable with some sourness. Lemon on the nose. Brett major part of the taste but we'll balanced. Finish surprisingly clean.

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Photo of wedge
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle No. 13920
Best by: 08/2021

Gusher. Hazy orange with a tall rocky head. Flowery Brett funk aromas...woody spice, peppercorn, dried apricot, very light cookie dough. Bright floral flavor, anise, stone fruit, and spices. Medium-light bodied, super dry. Pretty good.

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Photo of Radome
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 750 ml bottle bought in Las Vegas.

L - Cloudy, straw colored beer with a massive pile of fluffy white head. The head fades to a thick, rocky sheet and lacing.

S - Very funky aroma has a light lemon tartness mixed with Brett. farmyard and a distinct spice (cardamom?).

T - Flavors match the aromas. Early in the palate the funky barnyard notes dominate with just a hint of lemon. Later the Brett. character fades and the strong spice note stands out in the finish. Malt hops and other flavors are so faint as to not matter.

F - Thin body, as expected for the style. Fizzy, slightly harsh carbonation of fine bubbles. Medium to strong hops bitterness that matches the tartness. Low alcohol presence.

O - This is a nicely tart and funky beer that is still drinkable and refreshing. A great summer beer. The spice note is a bit too strong and could be cut back to improve the overall blend of flavors, in my opinion.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales "Szech 'n Brett"
750 ml brown glass bottle, simply capped. "Bottle No. 11425 Best By: 04/2021"
$13.99 @ Wegmans, North Wales, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: The hazy golden body teems with life as tiny bubbles race to the surface to take their place beneath the lofty head of foamy bright white. The aroma displays a medium intensity Brettanomyces note along with a touch of white grape (maybe Sauvignon Blanc?) and some softly floral and grassy notes. That grassiness may be from hops but could just as easily be from the malt or the Brett as well. The flavor offers a soft Brettanomyces character that doesn't particularly show any specific notes, some tart and not too juicy apple, a light bit of white grape, and an almost lemony but not quite lemony citrus note - and just the lightest touch of peppery spice. It's not very bitter but the gentle tartness allows it to finish dry. In the mouth it's light to light-medium in body and bristling with tiny effervescent bubbles that warm in the mouth to become airy and smooth. Looking back the head retention and lacing are both quite good, and perhaps even excellent. I like this beer a lot but I feel that given its strength at 6.5% abv it could be more flavorful. Either that, or lower in alcohol which would be quite fine as well.
Review #6,538

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Photo of bobv
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle No. 14341.
Best by 08/2021.
Moderate pour yields a 2 inch white head over a bright straw colored body with some sticky, clumpy lacing. Nose of funk foremost, citrus, and a bit of spice. Taste mirrors nose very nicely with more spice on the finish. Very nice feel and as it warms some wonderful floral notes come forward on the nose. Wow, what is that flower??! Overall, I'm glad I sat on this for a little while. Cheers!

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Best Before: May-2019 (Consumed: Jan-19-2018)


A:
Fairly clear honey color with two+ fingers of fizzy off-white head, settles to a skiff of film. Some drooping lacing. (3.75)

S:
Funky, spicy, zesty, tart, refreshing layers of toasty malt and phenolic, floral yeast. (4.25)

T:
Everything from the nose together, at once. Big phenols and light tartness vying for space among hay, rubber, herbs and citrus. (4.25)

M:
Fluffy, dry, active carbonation, drinkable, quenching. (4.25)

O:
A very nice saison with a lot of character.
It was a little too phenolic for my tastes, but was still and all very good. A precarious balance of just about every flavor you'd expect in a saison. A touch perfumy from phenols, a ghost of tartness, some nice malt in the middle and some floral hops/yeast.
A very nice one. I'd definitely have it again if I saw it and would love to try some of their other beers. (4.25)

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Photo of scottfrie
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into tulip. Best by 10/2019.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy dirty golden with a billowing and frothy white head that really frothed up after the pour. Slow motion gusher bottle. The head took forever to fade into into a rocky and soft film, leaving chunks of heavy lace down the glass.
S: Brett dominates with creamy doughy notes mixed with tons of peppery spice and sweet golden fruits, golden delicious apples, pear, and crisp grains. Sweet estery fruit nose.
T: Follows the nose with dry apple cider notes and earthy straw, peppery spice and sweet golden fruits. Leafy, slightly grassy hops in the finish, along with a hint of lavender. Brett aftertaste spicy and slightly bitter. Sweet finish.
M: Medium-full body with a soft carbonation, sweet and chewy mouthfeel.
O: Delicious and easy to drink. Classic saison flavor. On the sweeter side, tons of golden apple, but spicy and complex overall.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - after parsing the label here, I still don't know what they're getting at. Is this a 'session' farmhouse ale (at 6.5% ABV, methinks not), or a 'Szechuan' flavoured one (ground pepper not exactly being the full definition of said cooking style). Who the hell knows.

This beer pours a veritable gusher (after cleaning up my desk, the bottle is now resting in the kitchen sink, still wasting away - Christ almighty!), but the stuff I did capture appears a hazy, medium apricot yellow colour, with one finger (hah!) of puffy, loosely foamy (now it is), and chunky dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of sudsy isthmus lace around the glass as things eventually blow off. Lots of thick sedimentary blobs hanging about too, FWIW, and, ew.

It smells of sharp yeast, gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser spicy wheatiness, underwhelming ground black pepper, a somewhat mild barnyard funkiness, some tame lemon and sundry citrus fruity esters, and a subtle floral booziness (time for a sink check - yup, still leaving the bottle of its own accord - fuck that noise). The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a sort of piquant generic fruitiness, musty funk, cheesy funk, and a minor horsey funk, a soft stoney flintiness, and some weak leafy, weedy, and gently perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is (wait, gotta go check on it) adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and surprisingly smooth, once I wrap my fool head around it (I'm not alone in the inanity here). It finishes off-dry, the fruity and funky essences predominating.

Overall - well, this is exhibit A in why I have recently curtailed (there are subsequent exhibits, but much less beer-related) my sour beer purchasing habits. What a bunch of bullshit - a big, expensive bottle, and you lose a significant portion of it to paper towels and the drain (not by choice). Yeah, funky brews (especially featuring M. Brett) will feature much less prominently in my future, even if they might be as complex and engaging as this one, y'know, once you get to just fucking drinking them. Gah.

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Photo of avalon07
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a two and a half inch, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of light citrus fruit, pepper, brett, and some Belgian-style yeast.

T: Tasted of a decent amount of brettanomyces, a good shot of pepper, lots of lemon, light malt notes, an earthy quality, a mild amount of Belgian yeast, and a slight funky quality (less than I thought there would be). A light and generally well done flavor. More subtle than your typical saison, but tasty nonetheless.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: For the most part, this is a well done, easy to drink beer. Very sweet and tasty.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle
Best before 2020

Gusher, lost half the bottle upon opening, wtf

A- half of the beer foamed onto the floor and sink, what was left poured a murky orange color with no head

S- peppery and earthy yeast with light phenolic notes, slightly musty, lemon peel

T- peppery and spicy yeast up front gives some phenolic notes, along with clove. Dry midpalate gives a bit of lemon peel and dried hay, finishes earthy with more hay

M- medium body with extremely high carbonation leads to an extremely carbonated mouthfeel that continues into a dry finish

O- would have loved to drink more than half the bottle, can I get half my money back?

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored brew with a fingernail of dishwater white resting on top. Fantastic aroma of tart Brettanomyces and earthy to spicy saison yeast with notes of peaches and raspberries. I'm tasting more of the earthy to spicy saison yeast with gentle notes of tart Brettanomyces as a background note. The body is highly carbonated and dry.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gloriously soft mouthfeel. Subtle white pepper spice. Balanced impeccably, but more of a brettanomyces and microflora emphatic flavour profile is needed if this is going to take on the best in the style. Floral and bright.

Easy drinking. More great work from Logsdon.

B / GOOD

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden orange color. Smells of lemon and baking soda. Taste a little too much alcohol up front but it fades away. Lemon. Doesn't have the typical saison yeast taste of many saisons which I appreciate. Slightly bitter finish. As I drink it the pepper builds. Lots of carbonation in the mouth which made it a little refreshing. I like that it's not the run of the mill saison but also not something I would drink often.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The name and the variation both led me to worry that this would be a bit of a novelty beer. It is not. A lovely saison, with light fruits, grass, wheat, a slight touch of tartness and some slightly funky yeast, with a very mild, background chili heat. Not dissimilar to the Hill Farmstead saisons. Excellent. One of the few beers I have encountered where the chili is sufficiently restrained to compliment the beer rather than overwhelm it.

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Photo of farrago
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very foamy, even a slow and measured pout gets you close to three fingers of bleached white microfoam, fairly even surface, retention is just below average but the head never fully dissipates, the lacing is more veins than streaks. Very cloudy yellow colored liquid, sort of like rust water, translucent to opaque, large quantity of tiny pinprick bubbles throughout. Penetrating power to the nose, sour and close to vinegary, lots of pepper, citrus peel, dried flower petals and cereal grains to dead yeast cells, the fruit mainly pear, yellow apple to apricot, more clean and medicinal than funky, nicely cleansing. In the mouth it’s full-bodied, a touch heavier than expected based on the nose, earthier here but still clean on the whole. The pepper to cardamom, fennel, anise spice most evident at the end and as residue. Tangerine, lemon citrus both sweet and sour. Yeasty but nothing close to finished dough or bread. Plenty of sweetness to be found in the pear, melon, apple flavors, moments of star fruit. The carbonation is more a bass rumble than treble prickle. Extends well through the finish given its heft while also not leaving any undesirable residue behind.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really hazy yellow color. Aroma is really spicy, estery, floral. Taste follows with the same spicy note, slightly tart, bitter finish. Really interesting taste.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a fun one. Off the tap it is a very well balanced saison of tangy Brett and classic Saison to it. Get the bit of hop on the front but fades into the Brett finish that isn't puckering. Has the refreshing feel to it as a gose would. Super easy to drink overall. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour a cloudy/hazy yellow with fizzy white head. Funk, wheat, spice, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with brett character, a little tart and dry with some wheat tones.

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. 750mL (best before 10/2019) into a tulip. Pours a clear golden straw color w/ a fluffy white head that settles to a nice soft film, vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is nice funky saison, delicate pear and apple and perhaps a hint of the chile pepper that I know is in there.

Taste follows nose. Nice light saison, pear and apple. Really not much of the spice I was expecting, which isn't necessarily a bad thing as I didn't know if I would enjoy that. But still, for novelty's sake I supposed I was hoping for a little more kick. As it warms a subtle spicy kick does develop, noticeable in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, goes down easy.

Overall a solid if unremarkable saison from Logsdon.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is up there with peche n brett for me as the very best of logsdon. man this was amazing, so glad to get it on tap at the taproom in hood river. looks like the regular saison, pale hay colored beer, more yellow than gold, milky, airy and light like a cloud though, and nicely carbonated. it smells incredible, you know when you eat a szechuan flower and your whole mouth tingles and goes numb for a moment? well, this isnt quite like that, but the aroma reminds me of that, not numbing or anything, but a different kind of floral. the brett is mature, funky, drying, meadow sort of blooming and alive. the flavor is nicely balanced between the fresh wheat malt, the farmy rustic brett complex, and the szechuan flower, which doesnt have any of that numbing property, but still has a unique mothfeel, polleny and summery. dry as can be, layered from the brett strains, which have to be several here. some dry wood too to this, an almost jasmine floral element, short of perfumy, and an overall refreshing and delicate nature to it. impressive quality to say the least, nicely carbonated, lingering flavor though from the szechuan. to envision a beer like this is one thing, but to actually execute it like this is another. over the moon on this one, the very best of what these guys are capable of!

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Photo of mwilbur
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise. Bottle 13245. Best by 04/2021.
A: Pours a very inviting thickly hazed lemon hue with 2-3 inch frothy white head. Excellent retention with the head being fed by very active carbonation jets.
S: Soft citrus (lemon and orange), white pepper (nicely, not overly, strong), brett funk, earthy minerals, key lime, and a hint of honey.
T: Orange, soft lemon, key lime, spicy white pepper, subdued brett funk, earthy minerals, honey, and soft melon. With warming, notes of cherry, spearmint, and apple emerge.
M: Light-medium body. Smooth and supple. Spicy and softly sweet. Dry with a hint of tartness. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate.
D: Wow! This is one heck of a session beer. The extra spice really augments the base saison. Excellent complexity, refreshing, and oh so drinkable. Logsdon has found a nice niche with this style and keeps knocking it out of the park. Seek it out!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks so much to Brandon for sharing this, enjoyed from the bottle in a glass

the color is hazed golden with white head. The smell has a funk element yet the predominant aroma is the Szechuan pepper which gives a tropical spice scent. The feel is great the pepper is noticeable and compliments the texture of the yeast with dry malt and moderately high carbonation.

The beer is outstanding -it has the quality of a solid saison -mostly yeast flavor with some herbal hops perhaps and light fruity elements yet the Szechuan pepper stands out in the aroma and taste not too spicy but very complimentary in a sort of earthy fruity way. This was such a great beer to enjoy with friends I hope to have the opportunity to try this again...and again.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden straw, a little light on the head & retention was dissapointing for the style. Aroma is very earthy, Brett notes are prevalent and the spice is darker (lots of sage and cumin). Very warm, huskier smell than I anticipated for a self-described "session saison", has notes like many winter warmers. Taste is lighter and bouncier, but a little shallow. The base beer is pretty lemon / citrus heavy, and the Brett doesn't really compliment it (or vice versa). Not much of that earthy funk, etc. just a faint tartness / loam at the end. A little thin too for my liking. All in all not a bad beer but with more American breweries churning out great saisons this one really doesn't stand out.

Review 6/9/17: Much more enjoyable the second time around. The liveliness of the citrus flavor is more complimentary, and juxtaposes nicely with the spicey yeast foundation.

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Photo of cherche
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pretty hazy yellow, cotton white head with good retention and lacing
S: spicy, citrus fruity farmhouse nose
T: in line w nose w heavier weight on spice
M: light, very nice
O: awesome.

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Szech 'n Brett from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 189 ratings