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 Catracho5
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a hazy golden orange with a bright white full, creamy head, lots of carbonation and lacing. Barnyard funk, wet horse blanket, hay, yeast, apricot, peaches, very aromatic, soft touch of bread malts. Like the nose, slight funk notes, wet hay, earthy, herbal notes, lemon peel, finish is very dry with lingering notes of lemon and fruity vitamins, spice and pepper notes as the beer warms, very complex with lots of depth, great beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture and lots of carbonation popping on the palate.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, going to have to pick up some of their other beers, has the classic saison notes with the brett that adds a nice touch of funk, very drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a turbid orange color. 3+ fingers of head. Unfortunately, this beer was a gusher, and I lost close to have of the 7$ bottle. For this reason, I am not extremely happy with the beer.

Aroma is complex! Belgian spice, pear juice, a little bit of funk, and a nice pepperiness.

Taste is highly carbonated, which I actually love in a saison. I get a large amount of yeast character. The beer has dried out nicely. Some Belgian character and some generic light citrus notes. A little more funk and a slight woodiness.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Is it worth seven dollars for a small bottle (especially if it commonly gushes)… No. There are many other wild farmhouse ales that compete, but this is a very solid offering. Pairs nicely with a charcuterie plate. It gets a 90/100.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: April 2016
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Plenty of head. I'm glad it didn't fizz out. Opaque straw color. At least the foam develops into a nice pillow.

The smell is clearly a brett beer. It has that tamale cornmeal scent, along with candy canes. It's really not bad, even though those things don't seem to mesh.

The sweetish candy flavors are much more forward on the tongue. The main fruit flavors I get are golden raisins, and then something in between honeydew melon and starfruit. I guess one could also say fruit tree flowers. All wrapped in one of those sweet corn tamales. There might even be a bit of cooked, sweet pears and apples at the center of it all. It also seems to be more lactic than I usually get in sours.

I really like how mellow the aftertaste is. Every good flavor hangs around. There's a good deal of carbonation, but it's smooth.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color. Bit of a gusher. Pear, granny smith apples, lemon and some funk. Brett is balancing out and complimenting everything. Really really good.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw, lemony, cloudy with lots of carbonation, topped with 1 finger of off white head.

Smells of Brett, lemon, lemon zest, phenols and fruitiness. Very Belgian smell to it.

Brett all over, only a hint of sweetness, a fair amount of tartness. Lemon and lemon zest, and slightly puckering bitterness. The fruitiness and Belgian yeast qualities all come through on the palate.

Medium body, slightly gelatinous, jammy, with champagne like carbonation. Finishes dry and tannic.

Excellent brew. The best Brett bolstered brew I've ever had from the USA, now second in my book to Orval. Got in California near Sacramento, in Davis Whole Foods. Very enjoyable and complex brew. Drank in Chiang Mai, Nov 29th, 2016.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a burnt orange color with just under two fingers worth of bubbly white head that disappears quickly. The nose has some lemon upfront with some funk from the brett. The taste is a little more earthy and spicy than the nose. You definitely get the brett in the flavor as well. The feel is medium with a good amount of carbonation, very effervescent. This is an outstanding saison! The flavor has a lot of complexity and the nose is wonderful.

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Photo of zac16125
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a tulip
Best before: 03/2019 (thus I believe 2014 vintage)

A: Opens up as an absolute gusher (even though it has been resting undisturbed for several weeks). Gushes for close to 10min would be my guess. Once the gushing subsides, it pours a clear, dark straw yellow with a large 3 fingers width of bright white head. Leaves tons of lacing. 4.5

S: Very nice aroma. Tons of fruity esters, Brett is certainly noticeable but its not super funky (in a good way to me). Somewhat floral and subtle tart notes. I little bit of spice and the subtlest of booze. Incredible complexity. Just a fantastic nose. 4.75

T: Fruity esters, pretty big amount of spice, subtle floral notes. Funk notes are present throughout, but not dominating. A bitterness ligers along with the fruity characters at the end of each sip. 4.25

M/D: Fuller body for the style, carbonation is huge-almost over carb’d if thats possible for this style, ABV is well masked, drinkability is good. 4

O: Overall, an excellent Saison. One of the better ones I’ve had from the US. Worth seeking out if you are a fan of the style. 4.25

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Photo of LAp
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Small sample poured into a tulip form a bottle. A bright yellow with a small white head. Impressive Brett funk up front accompanies an extremely lemony sourness and a subtle saison yeast/belgian-spice base. An excellent beer, though perhaps a little more puckering that I would find ideal for a saison spiked with Brett.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales "Seizon Bretta"
375 ml. brown glass bottle, "Best by: 09/2020"
$6.49 @ 802 BWS, Burlington, VT

Appearance: Initial pour was an almost crystal clear gold, but with the yeast added it became a cloudy orange. Full, frothy bright white head, Excellent head retention. Very good lacing.

Aroma: Initially bright funky Brettanomyces character: tart/sour/acidic (if that can be a smell ;), tart fruit with some cherry, Sweetarts candy, wet straw, wet leather, horse blanket. A little sweet sugar. The yeast pour softened it and brought out much more apricot, and softened some of the funky notes into more of just a mustiness.

Flavor: Very much like the aroma, including the softening due to the yeast. Personally I prefer it sharper, although it's hard to argue with it once the yeast's been added either! I'm really quite amazed at the difference however, I haven't really seen that before. It's not particularly bitter, but that's not needed to balance it with the acidity of the Brett and a little bit of spiciness (coriander, cardamom) that you mainly get in the finish. Apricot, apple, lemon, and (I might be imagining it because I read it was used for conditioning) pear appear over a sweetish malt base. Well balanced. Funky, fruity, sweetish, spritzy, spicy - awesome!

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body with an effervescent, natural carbonation that's just slightly above a standard level.

Overall: One of the best examples I've found for looking at Brett character, yet it's a kind of a "clean" brett character if you can say that. The funk is reigned in and doesn't go off into the more quirky areas: metallic, smokey, Band-aid, mouse urine, rancid, excrement, dirty socks, toe jam, etc. Beyond that off-putting thought... back to the brilliantly funky, fruity, and spicy beer at hand... excellent! Worth seeking out.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful yellow-orange color with white head and lacing. Lots of funk and fruit for the nose and taste. Great feel, medium body with good carbonation and a little tingle on the finish. My favorite bottle shop rightly compared this to a HF brew. Really nice beer.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

BB 12/2019 Bottle # 80998

Appearance: very hazy orange with a massive white and soapy head. The bottle was a gusher even though it was in the fridge for days. Damn you Brett

Nose: Brett funk, apricots, spicy hops, peaches, stone fruit, horse blanket but bot too strong, grassy, herbal, lactic sourness

Taste: magical. Follows the nose but with way more swetness. It was an absolute treat.

Overall: this was how a Brett Saison should taste like. Logsdon knows how to use the wild stuff.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden hue on the pour, head is a bit thin and not too frothy. Lots of Brett on the nose - classic loam & hay/straw/earth tones. Some light malt, maybe a little lemon as well. Taste features classic notes but everything seems a little muted. You get some Brett tang, some pale malt, some citrus / lemon notes, but nothing really pops. As it warms there is more of an earthy / cork note that emerges on the backend. Some faint herbal spice, cardamom mostly. Overall a very good beer but not top tier.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden Amber with a subtle white head maybe half a finger's length.

Smell: lemon skin and yeast with light spice notes. Think of nutmeg brewed with your tea.

Taste: Complex sweet lemon and pepper, yeast notes give it a unique sour feel.

Mouth: So sticky, oh man...good and bad. Medium carbonation doesn't make up for it..meaning the after the taste alone is beast.

Overall: good brew, and I do mean good...not crazy about saisons but this one I developed a liking to that is like black skin to a killer pun intended. Salud.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a golden hue. It's a full color. Nice funky aroma. Nice sweet tropical fruit to it. Mango is most prominent for me. This is young, so may be it would develop more with time. It's really nice now though. There is a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is full too, it's not too thin. This is a beer to enjoy on a sunny, warm day.

In the past, I've described this as "Mango Frooti," which, of course, is fresh and juicy.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a 2013 that came out velvety smooth yet dry and crisp with excellent tartness. Nose and taste are ripe with stone fruit, hints of hops and a very satisfying restrained brett. Complexity was notable immediately, but really .took off as beer warmed a bit in latter half of bottle. The soft natural carbonation was just spot on. Masterful brewing.

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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 Stakebone
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy straw with good head retention. Smells nice and funky. More like a gueuze, without the oak. Flavors abound in addition to the funk and it has a smooth flavor profile, more so than so many others. Mouthfeel lends to the balance.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Body is a slightly cloudy golden orange. Finger width white head that quickly receded, leaving a ring around the glass.

S: Plenty of funky citrus, pear, apple, brett, mild biscuit.

T: Same as the nose, dry, tart but not sour, and some vanilla upon swallowing.

F: Light bodied with high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing with a mild warmth upon swallowing.

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Photo of cavedave
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Major gusher, lost some despite having glass at ready.

Cloudy, almost turbid gold topped by enldlessly rising white head. When it finally retreats a lasting, thick cap remains.

Strong aroma, fronted by lemon-limey and barnyard, with lighter tart notes behind it, and a general peppery spice that brings it incredble depth and complexity.

All the flavors of the nose, balanced perfectly, with an emerging bitter spice to it that really sets this one apart, and earthy notes back it all up beautifully.

Thick for style, pleasantly so, highly carbed, clean deep finish, man this one hits a homerun here also. Linger is complex and entices next sip.

Stunningly fine beer. Highest recommendation.

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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 whynot44
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy golden/amber color, very little head (The growler it came in apparently wasn't sealed tight enough).

The aroma is a bit funky with notes of hay, citrus, fruit and pepper, very interesting.

The taste is similar to the aroma, again notes of fruit, lemon zest, bread, hay/grass, finishes dry, tart and peppery, with just hints of the 8 % ABV.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth and easily drinkable.

Overall, This is an interesting and very enjoyable take on saison, well worth a try.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky pale golden in color with a big foamy white head. Smell has Brett notes of hay and faint barnyard over lemon zest and slight saison yeast aromas. Flavors of hay, Brett, tart lemon zest, and a bubblegum yeast presence. Mouthfeel is light crisp, highly carbonated and the booze is well hidden.

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Photo of Gatch
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 02/2020. Beautiful golden-orange color with a huge, fizzy, white head that explodes once poured into the glass (not to mention it fizzing out of the bottle once opened) with the last few ounces being cloudy, yeasty goodness. Nose is very funky and barny with hints of citrus, white grapes, and hay. A very promising, pleasant aroma but a slightly disappointing taste following all of that. Funky, fruity, and effervescent. I think it's just too boozy or stronger than it should be. Maybe I prefer lighter or table versions of this style. The feel is great although it can be a bit chalky as is typical of this style. A damn good beer that I would recommend but probably wouldn't buy again. Though I'd like to try Szech 'n Bretta.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle, best by 11/2019, into a tulip.

OK, maybe I jumped the gun on drinking this ... 2019? But it's still excellent!

The appearance is a real gusher. Big foamy head, golden color, nice lacing.

Aroma is mostly about the yeast. I won't pretend to know the difference between conventional Belgian yeast and the Brett, but all together, this is a yeasty package.

The flavor is a wonderful mix. It is a bit fruity (I guess that's the pears), but not very sweet. There is some citrus, but it's not tart, not compared to a lot of saisons. There's a lot of yeast. And it has a peppery kick to it.

Medium mouthfeel. It's carbonated. It's neither thin nor heavy, but probably a bit on the light side compared to some farmhouse ales.

Overall, great stuff. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful shade of golden yellow. Head dissipates shortly after decanting, but leaves behind nice lacing around the glass and a scant but persistent whitish crown of bubbles. Just a tiny bit hazy. Carbonation is great, lots of little bubbles zipping their way from the base of the glass.

Scent is a familiar farmhouse ale aroma of noble hops and slightly funky Brettanomyces character. First sip, wow! A really delicious combo of citrusy flavours (reminiscent of lemon peel), low to moderate sourness, and a nicely bitter hoppy zing. Great mouthfeel. Complex but very, very clean tasting. The wild yeast taste reminds me of a crisper, cleaner Orval, actually -- except for the fruity notes.

There are at least two things I'd never have guessed about this brew: that it was primed (partially?) with pear juice, and that it's 8% ABV. This is far and away one of the best U.S. saison-style beers I've had, totally drinkable. Highly recommended.

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