Seizoen Bretta | Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Seizoen BrettaSeizoen Bretta

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Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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."

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Photo of corby112
2.85/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a massive 2.5 finger head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap.  Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly musty aroma with some funky brett, pale malt, light fruit and a strong citrus component.  Some tangerine, papaya and blood orange along with farmhouse funk and an overwhelmingly strong brett presence. The musty yeast character overpowers the other notes making the aroma a bit one dimensional.  

Medium bodied and with strong carbonation and prominent funky brett flavor.  One dimensional with all brett and mineral flavor.  Musty funky and earthy farmhouse yeast along with very subtle citrus fruit and bready yeast character. The mouthfeel is off and there is a surprising lack of complexity.  Disappointing.

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Photo of deebo
3.01/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle 5457, best by 3/19, bought in Portland 11/14.
A-this beer is all effervescence! It explodes into tons of white rocky head atop a golden brew. The foam has some serious staying power
S-a saison with some Brett funk. Reminds be a bit of saison DuPont.
T-the upfront earthy peppery notes is overtaken by a dirty barnyard funk that is strong
M-very dry with tons of hot bubbly zing. Lingering Brett funk finish. Some noticeable alcohol in the finish as well
O-this is a funky, super lively farmhouse ale. The Brett is overpowering. Has a nice backbone but too much funk.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.34/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Um I sat on this a while. It may be a 2014 ? I thought I cellared it well but when I opened it it went off

Look hazy orange with a white head that seems to sustain pretty well

Smell- dust funk yeasty- kind of like older bread

Taste- slightly medicinal crisp and dry the Brett takes a but of a back seat. Doesn't quite get around to the tartness of say propolis.

Feel- it's. A tad syrupy, it has a heavier mouth feel like a wheat beer almost. Lingers on the going a bit and despite its champagne-ness doesn't clean up too well

Overall- I think the fact that I aged this up to maybe 4 years and perhaps not at the best conditions it has matured quite well. Because I am tasting it side by side with 2015 GABF winner propolis brewing Beltane it is not tasting as well as it could be. Would I order this again? Yes! Is it better than Propolis Not right now.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.45/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at my new spot - Tustin Liquor in Santa Ana, CA.

I'll tell you one thing, it's cleaner than a pair of my old woman's panties fresh out of the Kenmore Elite. Flavor? Yeah, a little. Not heavily pronounced, but it's there. Mouthfeel, aroma... Raul ain't impressed like Miranda Kerr in a pushup - just above average.


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Photo of BergBeer
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Look: Slightly hazy transparent orange gold with a thick active white head. Mild activity. Smell: Lots of banana greet the nose followed by a mild clove, white grape, very mild lemongrass, mandarin oranges, hint of malt, green apple, and more banana.

Taste: Big Belgian sugar on the attack, followed by a wave of very ripe banana, slight clove, then comes a spike of white grape that fades to a slightly tart green apple note, followed by a definite Brett finish. Clove, green apple, and whole oat bread linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: At first wet on the tongue then quickly dries to a textbook Brett dry finish. Medium bodied and no hint of booze.

Overall: A nice and complex farmhouse ale. The flavor are huge and bold and dominates the palate. A definite Brett bomb for when you are craving it. Usually I like my saisons lighter and more quenching but I won't knock this ale for bringing the flavor

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Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Belmont Station during puckerfest.

The beer pours a fairly dark gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a fair amount of honey and clove, with the beer coming across as a bit sweet for a saison. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except I'm picking up some light sour as well (not a lot though). Mouthfeel is fairly full, with the 8% abv. well integrated into the flavor profile. It's noticeable, but is not at all intrusive.

Shrug. A decent enough beer, but nothing to get very excited about either.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I'll say it: boo this spelling... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange juice, potting soil, buttery toffee, and a small smattering of dark greens. So much earth... The taste tones down the earth a ways, but still continues the general trend of dominance on the part of the Brett. Here, there's more of the fruity aspect of the yeast, though the earth and cobweb remain. It's all a bit much in this department, if you ask me, but it's luckily not enough to completely sink the ship of state. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, if you're a Brett fan, you'll find endless entertainment here; otherwise, your tongue might receive something of an overdose...

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Ed. Thank you for the opportunity!

Gushzilla....lost a nice fifth of the amateur hour at the Apollo over here. Just sat like a dumbass for a good few second while the bottle fourth of July'd itself round my kitchen. Once settled, pours a nice clouded yellow with a tight cap and solid lacing.

Smells of chalky, funky tropical fruits.

Lots of tropical fruits on the taste a well. Heavy sweetness clogs up the middle while this finish is a light peppery yeast and some tempered funk.

Palate is way too sickly sweet and thick. Heavy on the tongue this just doesn't pop or drop like I'd prefer.

Eh, some nice components and the funk and fruits are pleasant but the mouthfeel here is way off. Actually it becomes cloying the deeper into the bottle.

Happy to try but won't rush out for this again.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a touch of haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of creamy white foam.

Smell: pear, funk and autumn spices. I like the funk, but the earthy, fruity sweetness does not work super well for me.

Taste: a little farmhouse funk followed by a real back-of-the-palate sourness. There's a springlike grassiness that is good, but each of the elements does a poor job balancing the others. The flavors seem disjointed, though there is some good stuff in here. I think the pear juice is what's killing it -- makes it taste like one of the less successful Lips of Faith beers.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a huge carbonation and big, if evanescent, creaminess. Not bad, though.

Overall: this beer was a bit of a disappointment for me. I've rather liked the other Logsdon brews I've had; this one is a little too unbalanced and mis-guided for me.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle No. SB 15438
Best by: 6/2017

Appearance: I have never seen a gusher like this one before and half the bottle was wasted before I got it under control; what was left poured out a cloudy peach nectar color with a vague head and some spotty lacing

Smell: Peaches, pears and saddle tones, with lemongrass and a touch of funk underneath

Taste: Peach and pear flavors are joined, mid-palate, by the horse blanket and lemongrass; after the swallow, there is a phenolic tone that brings a somewhat herbaceous edge

Mouthfeel: Initially very carbonated but settled down almost flat, the body was medium to full

Overall: My scores reflect my disappointment with losing half the beer and if it didn't gush I would likely have rated it .5 higher; my expectations were very high, having just enjoyed the Seizoen the previous night - even so, I would still have likely rated the Seizoen higher

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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with friends and poured into pint glasses. The brew appears a clouded amber with 4 fingers off-white head thats fluffy and cratored across the top. It holds with pretty solid retaining powers and rising bubbles in support.

The smell is lemony and carbonic with some mineral elements mixed with rinds ans pulp. More smells reveal herbal and earthen elements that are mildly reminescent of farmhouse character.

The taste is herbal and earthy with a pleasant rind element of fruit. There is some carbonic and mineral quality to this that keeps it from being "clean." There is a bit of fresh wheat tang/grainy character and bitterness akin to lemon rinds/pulp.

This is a medium to light bodied brew that is excessively carbonated not only visually and in the feel but it also carries over into the flavor. Overall its a solid brew that I would drink again but it needs to be cleaned up a bit to fall in line with the heightened level of talk/respect that was surrounding this.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tall tulip, re-review since the yeast in the first bottle didn't have enough time to settle

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with three fingers of white head.

S: Musty Brett funk with orange and lemon zest. I get a bit of spices, including clove.i also get some pineapple, but it's faint. This aroma is quite subdued.

T: Different than I was expecting based on the aroma. The beer starts out with a bit of citrus and pineapple sweetness, though the beer stays pretty dry throughout. A nice amount of barnyard funk along with a seltzer-like taste.

M: Medium thickness for the style with very strong carbonation.

O: A decent Saison, but I don't really get what all the fuss is about. The aroma is very subdued. The flavor is a bit more flavorful, but is pretty straight forward.

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Photo of Burlyn
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ap- a beautiful golden honey with a thick billowing head. Little to no lacing

Sm- sweet and then citrusy tart

T- very crisp. mild citrus fruit and then a nice bitter finish.

M- At first extremely carbonated. This quickly dissipates and becomes watery. Its just a bit chalky on the finish.

Ov- A very good standard Farmhouse Ale. This is what I would offer in introducing someone to this style.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8.00% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with waxed over (beeswax according to the label) pressure cap and appealing artful label served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high; I've heard great things about Logsdon and saison is one of me favourite styles. "Specialty organic farmhouse ale" brewed with brettanomyces. Unfiltered. "Best by 11/2017. Bottle number SB 24106. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth." "Enjoy served at 48-54F." This is my first Logsdon beer.

Served straight from the fridge - right in that 45-54 degree Fahrenheit range. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Even with a standard, non-vigorous pour, the beer yielded a 7-8 finger head. Pure white colour, soft-lookng, with god cream and even better thickness. Retention is damned impressive (~9+ minutes) for the high ABV. Body colour is a clearly unfiltered hazy vibrant yellow-gold. No yeast particles are visible - at least this high up in the glass. No bubble show. Light sticky lacing as the head recedes. Looking good for the style; everything's copacetic.

Sm: Soft pear. Fleeting light brettanomyces yeast character. A bit of biscuity spice. Light lemongrass. Lemon custard. Farmhouse/funky. Crisp apple. Clove. Hay. Light fresh wheat. White grapeskin. A hint of white pepper - but not as much as I want in a good saison. No milky character either. It's a soft, fleetingly light aroma that signals refreshment to come. I hope it delivers.

T: Delightful pear notes, with white grape skin and crisp apple skin. Lemongrass forms the body. It's not as funky as I expected; bretts are there but are mainly biscuity. The sweet pear nicely balances any funkiness that might otherwise have been present. Just a hint of tartness. Any hop character is primarily floral, but that isn't the highlight here. Clove spice. Light crystal malt, lending it a somewhat tingly feel. Really refreshing and well balanced, with no alcohol coming through at all. Lemon zest. A bit of pineapple ester flavour, which I'm not huge on. Buried white pepper - so buried it's almost imperceptible. This is a really tasty saison, but it lacks the complexity and subtlety of superior Belgian offerings (namely Fantome and Dupont). The pear in particular is a highlight here and is masterfully executed. It's quite juicy. I'm really liking it. Well put together.

Mf: More smooth and wet than most saisons, but also perhaps more refreshing. Perfect carbonation. Feels tailored specifically to its flavour profile. Juicy. Great body and presence on the palate.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable for the high ABV. I really like this beer. Lives up to Logdson's reputation. I'd get it again. It would probably age well, too. Would pair well with many foods. I look forward to trying more beer from Logsdon. It's one hell of a siason - especially for an American example of the style. Tasty stuff. I'd recommend it to friends. A solid example of a style that's difficult to pull off.

High B+

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Photo of Rosanne
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

low aroma, low carbonation, light, malt, sweet linger

Shared a taster on-tap as past of a flight at the brewery; Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Hood River, USA. As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details:
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Hood River, USA

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Photo of MarioM
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
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 blockdude
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fairly new to the style but this just seemed very average with little wow factor. Some medium funk, brett, lemon, and earthiness. The appearance is a murky orange with noticeable sediment. I didn't really taste the pear juice or any other noticeable citrus notes.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle No. 80455; Best by: 12/2019.

I first learned of Logsdon Farmhouse Ales from Erica Shea & Stephen Valand's book "Make Some Beer." Their story of visiting the brewery after finding an unmarked bottle of Seizoen Bretta is enough to evoke envy out of any adventurous craft beer fan. Needless to say, I popped the cap off this one anxiously and an eruption of foam began gushing out the top of the bottle as soon as it was opened.

First, the good.

The beer looks great. Beautiful amber color with a large, delicate white head that has excellent retention. Some sparse lacing on the glass.

The aroma is downright intoxicating. Lemon, pepper, and pear. Fruity, funky, and spicy. Rustic farm-like qualities abound. It's not even worth talking about the malt or the hops, because this is a total yeast showcase. Which makes sense since Dave Logsdon is the co-founder of Wyeast Laboratories.

Now, the not so good.

Admittedly, I opened this beer when it was too cold. I acutally prefer my beer on the cold side, but I let this sit out for 15 mins when I took it out of the fridge and it was still too cold. Logsdon recommends serving it at 48-54 degrees F and I'd have to agree. Letting it warm a bit works wonders. Initially, the flavor was too empty and the mouthfeel was thin. As the temperature rises, the flavor improves. Strong fruit and spice. Unfortunately, the body is way too light for its strength, carbonation, and complexity. I hate to say it, but it comes off as a bit of a watery mess.

Maybe I got a bad bottle? Or maybe it just needed another year or two for the brett to do some work. Whatever the case, this was very disappointing. I wanted to love this beer. I wanted to love this brewery. Everything about it is right up my alley. If you're going to make a rustic saison weighing in at 8%, you better give it enough malt backbone and enough body to support the complex flavors. A decent American saison, but Avec Les Bons Voeux this is not.

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Photo of seand
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts to gush out of the bottle a little on opening; have a glass ready. I did and still lost a little.

A: Pours a cloudy orange amber, with lots of bubbly off-white head. A layer retains well enough to leave solid clumps of lacing.

S: Orange peel, soil, leather, a touch of funk. A little "difficult", but nice enough if you take your time.

T: Citrus with a yeasty grainy malty background. Kind of dense and thick towards the back of the tongue, and finishes dry.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, interesting, but the denseness near the finish doesn't quite work for me. Worth trying though.

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Photo of snpub540
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

As soon as I opened the the wax bottle top a massive rush of foam shot out from the bottle. Once things settled down it poured a very hazy orange hue topped with a 2 finger white fluffy head that left some great lacing on the glass all the way down. Lots of carbonation in this one.

Aroma was mostly grass and hay aromas with a slight funk note.

Taste was a very nice blend of sour and a peppery, spicy notes. Very dry and crisp finish.

Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing. This is a perfect beer for the nice warm weather right now. Excited to try more of Logsdon's beers.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was served at approximately the correct temperature and enjoyed with some semi-authentic mexican food.
The beer poured a cloudy straw yellow with explosive carbonation and 3 inches of sticky white head after a careful pouring. Once the beer had a chance to settle (and more could finally be poured into the glass) the bottle's depths revealed dense chunks of tan brett that re-submerged at the bottom of my nonic. The nose was fruity, harsh, and immensely bretty. It tasted like barnyard. The mouthfeel was citrusy, slightly tart, dry, and medium bodied. Nothing about the beer qualifies it as refined (although you can't spell refined without rind...kind of like a lemon rind at points). Honestly, I could see this beer having a time and place, like when I'm in a bretty mood, but I may stick with saisons that possess more honey-like sweetness in the future.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tip of the cap to Healthy Spirits for providing this in a recent BOTM offering. I'm familiar with Logsdon's work with Wyeast and look forward to this and future beers his co-op produces.

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange color. Bottle was a gusher and produced a massive pillowy off white foam atop the beer. Great retention and lacing adhering to the glass.

Pleasant fruity yeast aromas. Touch of barnyard funk. Leather and modest pepper spicy.

Flavor introduces some citrusy (hops?) and a firm bitterness I'd not have predicted from the aroma. There's definitely some funk here too and it seems to be of the wet blanket or leathery type.

Medium light in body. Spritzy carbonation level.

An enjoyable offering from an up and coming brewery. As for Saisons with Brett, this is only my second but it lacks a lot of the intagibles that you'd find in Boulevard's version. Might be better to grab another bottle and hang onto it for a couple of years to let the funk further develop.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Tired Hands glass

A- BIG gusher, reminder to never open again away from a sink, beer everywhere. Nice appearance after the carbonation settles. Hazy golden yellow/straw color, one finger frothy white head, lacing sticks to the side of the glass.
S- The aroma is very floral, i was expecting more brett, more funkiness but its very hard to pick out any funkiness in the aroma. Grassy floral notes, some pepper, very mellow overall.
T- This is a very mellow beer, nothing jumps out at you, its very well made, nice balance, grassy floral notes on the tongue just like in the aroma, some clove, slight banana, malt, slight bitterness on the backend, definitely get the yeast as it warms up.
M- Light mouthfeel, dry finish, very smooth drinking, as it swirls around your mouth and as it goes down very smooth. Well carbonated,big gusher like i said earlier though. Be careful when opening.
O- Not bad, i would of liked the brett to of stood out more, but its very well made, you can tell these guys know what there doing. Very glad i have another bottle.

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Photo of dgilks
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden colour with a big, fluffy light tan head. Good head retention and great lacing.

Slightly tart lemony aroma with a nice funky overtone. Good, light spicy yeast note. Nice.

Bright and sparky funk with a lemon tartness. Good fruit flavour with some mild malt. Nice.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

This is a really solid saison with some great Brett notes. The Brett is quite dominant but that is my style and I think that this really works.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers of head on a cloudy, bright orange colored body.
The aroma was bright fruit: pear and apple.
The taste was a dull sour with moderate bitterness and mild pear sweet finish.
The texture was crisp with a nice fizziness.
Pretty tasty..

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Seizoen Bretta from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
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