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Seizoen Bretta | Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Oregon, United States
farmhousebeer.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Special Brettanomyces yeast provides added dryness and crisp complexity to the Seizoen Bretta. Bottle conditioned with pear juice for a natural carbonation."

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,347
Reviews:
271
Ratings:
1,540
pDev:
7.49%
 
 
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Reviews by Kinsman:
Photo of Kinsman
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Fills the bottle with a beautiful bright orange body and a rich and creamy looking tan head on top. Juicy citrus and tropical fruits jump right out with the first whiff. Banana and pineapple come to mind, with a subtle spice note underlying it all.

The fruitiness again plays a leading role with the first sip but a little exploration reveals a whole lot more than the aroma showed. A seemingly odd combination shows tropical mango and banana cream notes with just a touch of citrusy bite pairing well with the earthy and musty farmhouse yeast notes.

Mouthfeel is thicker and creamier than many saisons but refreshing nonetheless. Overall, an absolutely top-notch saison and easily one of my favorite brett beers to date.

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Photo of biegaman
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Carbonation is not an issue here; there's plenty of it. A beehive of foam quickly climbs three fingers up the glass - even at two and a half years past its 'best before'. I don't know what the label's talking about - this bottle of Seizoen Bretta looks vibrant and youthful, with energetic bubbles and a healthy, blinding golden shine (at least until the bottle sediment turns it into a milky sand and pineapple pulp cocktail).

Sublime has a smell - and this is it. The Brett has done its work. The aroma is tart, fruity and incredibly distinctive. Even serious attempts at describing it come off pretentious and preposterous: orchard fruit essence, balm of fresh bread, tincture of rose and grass. It sounds like the stuff of perfume ads.

The particulars of wild yeasts are indeed tough to characterize. When all goes well the beer tastes like a holy trinity of sweet, fresh bread, tart, overripe fruit, and pungent, unpasteurized cheese - but all in small doses. Despite how that sounds, this particular concoction isn't anything to be afraid of; the acidity is mild and while it is tart, it's certainly not sour. As far as wild ales go, this thing's a teddy bear.

The fingerprints of Brett are all over the palate crime scene as well. Seizoen Bretta drinks with the tang of tropical fruits and chewiness of warm oats but it finishes with a crudely earthy and notably farm-like 'barnyard' aftertaste. The pear juice, though added for carbonation, helps sweeten that finish.

The label might as well say 'Orval' - not only for the similarities in rich, mysterious Brett character but also because this too is a divine, near perfect specimen of a beer. I still have no idea who exactly these Logsdon guys are but I'm fast-tracking them to the top of my 'most wanted' list. Gambling in mother nature's casino is tough but the wins are significant. And Seizoen Bretta is the big jackpot.

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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my couple favorite beers and my favorite saison there is.

A - wonderful. Copper-gold cloudy color, billowy huge (slightly) off-white head that sticks around for a while.

S - wonderful again. It smells effervescent and summery - spritzy somewhat tart lemon, peach, hay, barnyard, a very slight touch of spicy hop. Immediately on opening a tiny hint of banana yeast, but it's gone quickly.

T - pretty much perfect. Lemony tartness but not overwhelming or dominant. The excellent summer, saison notes of grass, hay, flowers - a field. Slight spiciness to balance it out. Initially a bit of honey, pear-like sweet malt, but it finishes perfectly dry. Extremely refreshing but also complex as you could want. What an export strength saison should be, and what brett should contribute - an accent that blends in with the excellent base beer.

M - nicely dry finish, a little prickly carbonation but could be juuust a bit moreso. Again excellent.

Overall, an amazing beer. As a saison lover, this would have to be my favorite saison. Hits the notes from classic Belgian examples but adds the wonderfully fruity, tart brett accent. Well worth seeking out. Honestly don't understand why this isn't massively sought-after.

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Photo of MarioM
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml poured into a SN tulip.

A: Medium carbonation and very clear. Pale yellow with a thin slight off white head that looks like it will lace nicely.

S: A very spicy, earthy nose with slight boozie sweetness. Very spicy hops in the aroma dominate.

T: Ok, this is where things got interesting. Huge Brett character that mingle very well with the nose but strangely different. Nice fruit from the yeast with balanced yeast spice. Booze does some through in the taste but definitely not hot at all. Nice hop bite as well. The nose creeps up on the taste after taking a sip. Lingering sweetness remains and eventually it does start to get a little warm from the 8 % abv. Its not that high of an abv hut must have fermented hot to get the yeast fruitiness to where its at.

M: Yeast spice and hop spice mingle and definitely make themselves present between sips. Alcohol does bring some warmth but only after a bit. Not something I would like to drink on a hot summer day, unlike Fantome Saison.

O: A decent example of a Brett inoculated saison but the alcohol bite and huge hop spice is a little too much. I actually have a non-Brett home brewed saison at this abv and made with huge amounts of EKG hops and I have a similar problem. In fact, it tastes almost identical minus the Brett tropical fruit flavors. Glad I tried it tho.

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Photo of mig100
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly frothy cloudy gold with champagne-like character and about a half-inch head, which finally settles to about 1mm. Smells of coriander, orange peel, lemon zest and banana... really amazing. Taste follows through on the lemon zest and is only somewhat sour/funky, barely though.

A strange sort-of chalky feel lingers on, some residual brett possibly? It doesn't detract too much from the overall flavor though. This really reminds me more of a tripel than a saison, specifically La Fin Du Monde, with it's full and thicker flavor profile and especially the prominent banana smell. I can't believe I'm just now trying this.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%

On tap at Clinton Hall in NYC: Pours very hazy gold color with a huge white fluffy 2 finger white head that faded very slowly, leaving very good lacing and foamy rings.

Smells of wet grass, barnyard funk, lemon, grains, caramel, floral hops, pepper, coriander, dry yeast, cardboard, white wine and the general outdoor earthy notes associated with this style. Very light and champagne-like nose that was soft and subtle yet with very nice complexities.

Tastes of sweet fruit like green apple, pear and lemon, followed by very dry yeast, wet grass, barnyard funk, toasted grains, caramel, floral hops, pepper, coriander, tea leaf almost like potpourri, honey, cardboard, white wine and toasted oaky notes. Herbal notes mix with the barnyard farm animal hair essence that jumps in with the mild carbonation from time to time. As much as I like the dryness and authenticity of the brew, I wish it had just a tad bit more fruity sweetness to add some depth.

The dryness is incredible and the brett leaves a chalky feeling that's almost tart yet has champagne similarities that keeps it light, flavorful and going down way too easy for this ABV. The aftertaste is grainy, sweet and gives tart white grape flavors that resemble the bitter white wine grape right before fermentation. Very tasty beer, really enjoyable but a little less flavorful than I expected.

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Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a very hazy orange-gold with 2.5 fingers of cream coloured head.

Smell. Apples, pears, oranges and green grapes with some dry brett funk and a bit of old wet wood.

Taste. Sweet grapefruit and oranges complete with bitter rinds, apples, pears, a bit of white wine and bitter wood. Tons of dry brett in the finish that lasts a while.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, full but somewhat soft carbonation.

Overall. A nice, full flavoured saison with tons of fruit and brett.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to James (cavemanlawyer) for this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my FFF Teku glass with a hazy orange color and two fingers of big fluffy white head.

Smell – Quite expectedly lots of brett in the nose – barnyard funk, wet hay, grass, slight white pepper.

Taste – Slight tartness up front, lots of brett, lemon zest, medicinal grass/floral flavors, and some spiciness. Very little sweetness which is a huge plus. Reminiscent of some JP saisons though even more dry.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, prickly carbonation, finishes damn dry just how I like my saisons.

Overall – A very enjoyable beer on this crazy hot Midwest summer night. I would drink this by the gallon if I could, though I just realized this was an 8% beer and you can’t even taste it. Can’t wait to try the Peche n’ Brett!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of threedaggers
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thecheapies
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle No. SB 8505; Best By 01/2017.

Hazy buckwheat honey color. Perfect-looking meringue head of eggy and frothy density. Marvelous lacing. My pour has some yeast cake chunks on the bottom of the glass and stuck to the top of the foam.

Tart and moldy aromas with bright solvent-y brett nuances. Farmhouse nuttiness, tart lemon rind, and light peppery spices. Great tartness in a saison.

Bright and tart and hugely brett-y. White pepper, lemon pith, sour peach, bleu cheese, crabapple, and maybe a scarce element of the pear juice that was added. Savory funk and citric acidity meet flamboyant saison yeast strains and piquant peppery spices. A bit cedary, adding to the brightness. The most delicious saison that I can recall drinking, to-date.

Nice spicy sting in the finish burns a bit with the acidity, which is at a lovely levels. Carbonation is even and spritzy. I can't afford to test the drinkability by gulping this. Must be savored.

Opening this bottle up made my night. Time to revisit Fantome to see which is the best of the bunch.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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Seizoen Bretta from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 1,540 ratings