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Seizoen Bretta | Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Seizoen BrettaSeizoen Bretta

Brewed by:
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 cavemanlawyer
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml. bottle with natural beeswax. Poured into a snifter at cellar temp.

Huge thick foamy head. Have to pour very slowly and still get this enormous creamy pillow that gradually dissipates to beer.

Smells of citrus and a bit of wet stone. Inviting and mouth-watering.

Initially quite bitter, with a lot of lemon rind and funky wood. Very unique and striking. Lemon juice and bitter orange come through as it moves over the palate. Still quite bitter and striking with just a bit of banana ester on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit harsh. Lots of carbonation combined with the bitterness leads to a very dry finish. Quenching but feels a bit thin with all of the carbonation.

A great "regular" offering from a truly innovative and unique brewery. Would pair well with a meal, particularly seafood. Great value as well.

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

A: Hazy orange/dirty straw, huge head (bottle gushed a bit), great retention & lace.

S: Barnyard funk, grassy hay, spicy with hints of tropical fruits.

T: The Brett is front and centre, and there's nothing wrong with that. It's like Orval taken to the extreme. Lots of horse-blanket & leather, mango, papaya, light pepper, solid bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: A lot of protein here, providing a nice, smooth body. Slight acidity, very crisp & dry finish.

O: Awesome. More Belgian than some Belgians?

I like this a lot.

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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 beertunes
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle # SB27542 with a best by date of 12/17. Pored into chalice. Poured a cloudy and hazy orange-yellow color with 1/4 inch of white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was very well done example of the typical yeast, grain, and spice you look for in the style, plus the addition of a nice funk. The flavor descriptives are the same, just bolder and more well-defined. A nicely earthy brew.

The body was light, smooth, clean and very dry. Drinkability was excellent, I shared this bottle, and was almost wishing I had kept all for myself (that's OK, I've another in long-term storage). Overall, an excellent beer. Worth seeking out or trading for. I'll just go to the store and grab another bottle.

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

Presentation: 750ml bottle. Best by 06/2017. Served in a Dogfish Head signature glass. Bottle was a slight gusher when opened, but everything made it into the glass.

Appearance: Pours a lighter shade of orange. Very hazy. About 4 fingers of a thick off white/cream colored head and left lots of lacing.

Smell: Lemon, peppery spice, bretty funk, earth and hints of tropical fruit.

Taste: Lots of earthy brett yeast, slight bready malt, lemon, pepper, pear and pineapple juices with mild tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is somewhat high, but there's still a nice softness to the mouthfeel. Finishes dry. Quite refreshing.

Overall: This was a real treat. Lots of brett character. Really refreshing and drinkable as well. One of the best saisons I've had.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange color that is probably close to peach flesh. Fluffy head.
S: Peach is palpable. So is the brett (unfortunately for my palate). Jolly rancher sweetness. Some mandarin.
T: Delicately sour - I would have prefered more to bring out fruit flavors.

Overall, it's decent, but I wish the peach flavor was more concentrated. In my opinion, it's a mistake to use a brett beer as a base. The flavors are just too overpowering and so less focus is left for the fruit. For a true classic in this vein, try Cantillon's Fou Foune (you might have to go to Brussels for this). Fou Foune could teach this beer some lessons - it has sharp acidity that brings out the fruit, extreme complexity, and exquisite balance. Wild yeasts all the way!!

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Photo of ericj551
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Logsdon seizoen brett pours a beautiful hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Funky and slightly sour in the aroma with hint of citrus. There is just a hint of pale malt sweetness that quickly leads into a dry, slightly tart and sour funk. The classic saison flavors are there and blend perfectly with the flavors from the brett.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale murky orange in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice half finger of head that left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. Lots of funky brett upfront in the aroma with plenty of citrus character, mild spice, signs of apple fruit, subtle herbs and tart qualities. Like the aroma there was plenty of bretty funk with citrus zest accents, good oaky character, a touch of spice alongside a little applesaucey flavor, subtle herbs and mild sweetness. The brew was medium in bdoy with a good amount of carbonation. Which had a semi sweet, mild fruity, funky, slight spice, citrusy and tart finish. Just the way I like my saisons and these guys know how to do it.

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Photo of KajII
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy medium orange with a large (2-3 finger) white dense frothy head that receded slowly, down to a medium cap that lasted throughout thus creating excellent sticky sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a harsh grain malt and a musty Brett yeast with notes of citrus (lime and lemon peel), coriander and a strong fruity ester (apples and pears).

The taste was a bit grainy and a tad sweet with a nice strong fruity presence early on, and then became rather yeasty and a little tart with a crisp citrus taste along with a mildly bitter spiciness that became more pronounced towards the finish. The flavor lasted a decent time after the swallow, with a spicy tart yeast taste left to linger on the taste buds for a little while longer.

Mouthfeel was a few steps above light in body with a nice dry texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall this was a superb representation of the style. It possessed a nice crisp feel and a ton of flavor, now add a great drinkability and you have yourself one awesome brew. You can bet your sweet bottom that I am going to have another one of these...


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Photo of starrdogg
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Trilogy31 for throwing this one in as an extra.

This beer looks darker than your average saison, with a nice golden yellow, smells great with some nice tropical fruit coming from the brett, but it's the flavor that really makes this one shine. It's awesomely drinkable at 8% and has an incredible fruity flavor to it with a nice balance that keeps it from being too sweet. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and rather dry. Overall, an amazing beer - I wish I had access to this year-round!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is orange and hazy with a quarter inch of white head. The aroma brings lemon rind, orange peel, grass, floral hops, citrus. Smells nice. The flavor imparts orange citrus, floral hops, a touch of wild yeast. Medium bodied with a slightly bitter finish. Lingering floral hops.

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Photo of TheAngryBurrito
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice unfiltered golden orange with a thick cream colored head. The smell is very bretty (in a good way) without the vinegar hints of a more traditional sour. Taste is a great balance of malt, brett and a hint of citrus and hops at the end. Purchased at Whole Foods in Pasadena, CA.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle SB9985, best by 2/2017. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Giant head and excellent retention. Hazy orange body. Nice lacing as it settles down.

Smell - Bretty and a little fruity. Grainy malts back there, but mostly brett.

Taste - Very bretty again. Strong wine fruitiness. Very light grains and no bitterness in the finish at all.

Mouthfeel - Very dry and well carbonated. Nice and light.

Overall - Good. Well bretted, but uncomplex. Comes out tasting like almost nothing but brett, as many of these do, but it's nice all the same.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Mostly clear orange body with a towering three finger, thick off white head. Head leaves superb lacing, and hangs around for a little while.

Smell: Earthy brett up front, followed by a deep raw dough. Some pears and a light lemon pith. White pepper.

Taste: Follows the nose with a lot of earthy brett, some doughy bread, a light yeasty spice. Some subdued lemon and pears. A decent amount of white pepper sans spice on the finish, along with more brett.

Mouthfeel: Not utterly drinkable nor refreshing. The earthiness from the brett on the taste translates to a robust mouthfeel. Remains juicy at points, but more medium heavy than anything else. No dryness to speak of.

Overall: A brett lovers saison. More robust than Saison Brett. If this makes sense, this saison was made for the fall or winter in my opinion. Great stuff.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was a slight gusher. Murky brownish gold, massive thick head that stuck to everything.

Loads of fruit. Very tropical with a hint of funk.

Very fruity. Tropical and domestic fruits. Lots of Apple and pear with grape. Light spice and pale funky malt. A hint of tartness.

Moderate carbonation, lots of life.

This was seriously good, one of the better saisons I have had.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An unfiltered haze of apricot topped with a giant 3 - 4 fingers of head, soapy and pillowy.

S: Tart crisp fruits of apples and pears with a hint to flora notes followed by musky wet leaves and spices hint of ginger and a mild pepper.

T: Peppery bitter & brett flavours. , ginger & peppery spikiness, tart apples, funky yeast. Flavour of lemon pith, not unpleasant, but sharp and refreshing. Lots of complex shifts that happen along the way, clean and crisp.

M: Full carbonation and crisp mouth feel

O: Plenty of shifting scents and flavours while still crisp and clean overall. Enjoyed this Seizoen with an arugula salad and baked sockeye salmon, perfect pairing with this meal because of the lemon pith flavour and crisp clean taste. Watch out - the big bottle and the incognitio 8% alcohol really sneaks up.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orangeish yellow, white head with nice retention. Nose is scented with lemon, sourdough, brett funk, nice balance. Taste is slightly tart up front with nice fruity sweetness in the middle. Doughy yeast at the end. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA, brought back to Sydney and shared with @laituegonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Explodes on uncapping, fortunately not gushing, but with enough foam to provide a solid pool on the top of my table-top. When poured, the head is massive, but fine, collapsing after a while to leave a sticky mess of complex, webbed lacing. Body is a smooth, solid orange, and the head is a mildly orange-tinged beige. I expected raging carbonation, but in fact the bubbles are fine and languid—if you swirl the glass just a little bit, they end up going sideways.

Nose is fruity, but tart and crisp. Plenty of apple-and-pears, with a hint of crushed greenery and a solid woodiness. There's a freshness to it as well, like scraped citrus peel: in fact, there's almost a crisp West Coast hop character to it, despite the fact that I almost solely attribute the citric bite to the yeast. Fascinating.

Taste is also good: firm bretty characters give an earthy wholeness to the beer, along with some peppery bite on the back, while more fruity characters fill out the edges. I get apricot, pear and a touch of unripe banana. There's an odd smoothness to it, almost like a vanilla note, that is accentuated by the feel—despite the overt carbonation on opening, it almost feels completely flat. Crispness on the finish accentuates the lingering pepper, and gives a slightly brusque bitterness.

Overall, very good stuff. It's a ripe and appropriate saison, in the very best traditions of the style. When it's done well, it's a beautiful thing.

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Photo of draheim
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (bottle SB 14222; best by 05/2017) into a Hennepin glass. Pours a beautiful glowing orange w/ a creamy white head, delicate webs of lace, vigorous carbonation. Beautiful beer.

Aroma is fruity, floral, funky. Vinous Brett yeast, apricots, green apples.

Taste, likewise, is fruity and fresh. Clean water, wild funk, clean pale barley malt. A blend of apple and pear juices, some dry vinous notes.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, refreshing. So drinkable. Finishes dry.

Overall just an outstanding, solid saison. Not finding many flaws here. This is as good as Saison-Brett, another personal favorite of the style.

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Photo of mattsander
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Hazy pale orange, big time carbonation with matching tenacious head.

S: Wet leaves, pear, green apple, quite funky! Lots of spicy yeast character, very fruity, rounded. Beautiful aroma.

T: Funky, earthy, and with a nice punch of lemony acidity. Fruitiness leans towards pear. This is an amazing Saison.

M: Very dry for the strength with a lovely creaminess on the palate.

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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 wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 12/10/12 thanks Mattsander and alpineclimber

A hazed orange amber with a finger of cream colored foam that sits for a few sips leaving a partial ring of lace

S loads of apple, pear with some apricot, candied pineapple, wet wood and funk, reminds me of a walk through the woods once the fallen leaves start to rot, smells better then it sounds I assure you

T the fruity notes are harder to pick out on their own and the funks mellowed a bit but the earthy woody notes work well for it

M light-medium with a few bubbles getting the flavor all over my mouth, a little bitter snap to it and the earthy notes linger on the finish

O great stuff and my glass was parked in front of my nose, it smells great and not lacking anywhere, nice funky notes for a young beer I can only imagine what a year or two would do to it

Nice farmhouse for sure with a great yeast profile, very drinkable stuff and no mention of booze anywhere Cheers Matt for bringing this one

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing this interesting beer as well.

Erupts as its opened, big fluffy white pillowy head fades slowly with pot marked spots and lots of sticky lacing, hazy nectar peach orange color. Would have been 4.5 if it didn't erupt.

Nose has tons of Brett funk, pure Brett, light amber golden malts, horse blanket funk, light bready malts, little lemon, hint floral spices. A nice fruit juice like quality, hard to tell if it's pear.

Taste more Brett, a nice fruit juice that brings some pear, light apricot like too, and almost peach but not quite. Some barnyard funk, light bready malts, light golden malt, hint pineapple, light floral spices, hint citrus, tropical. Touch of warming booze. Finish is dry, bready malts, light acidity, more lingering funk and pineapple and pear juice.

Mouth is med bodied lots of carb, light warming booze, sticky mouth lingering.

Overall pretty much what I expected, tasty, nice Brett funk, nice tropical fruit juice and pear flavor, light saison, except for the eruption quite nice.

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Photo of aasher
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 1000th review, it seems like it took forever. A huge thanks to Rempo for this bottle. He simply left it in my fridge and told me to drink it since it was on my wants. Thanks Mark!

Seizoen Bretta pours a light bodied clover honey gold in color with a nice and soapy two finger, off white head. It looks great. The nose is bright and lush. There is a good amount of Brett, some barnyard funk, fruity esters, pear, hay, and wildflower notes. It's really earthy. The flavors are complex as well. The first things to hit your taste buds are the floral components and Brett. It drinkslight and yeasty with a good amount of earth. it has a fruity, grassiness to it. Luckily the Brett doesn't dry it out too much. It's very flavorful. It drinks light and off dry and is quite sessionable. I like it a lot. This is a very well made saison and one worth searching for. I had been wanting to try Logsdon for awhile and I'm glad this didn't disappoint.

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Seizoen Bretta from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,483 ratings.
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