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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 sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a hazed golden orange color. Some good white froth and lacing.
(S)- Plenty of dry funk and Brett. Light spice and lemon peel grains
(T)- Quite fruity, yet dry and funky
(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Wonderfully dry and complex with a good funk level.
(O)- Simply an awesome saison. The Brett gives this that extra later of depth, while the yeast strain gives it this great dry yet fruity profile.

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Photo of CHickman
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%

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 Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gushed a lot when opening. Hazy yellow pour with big head. Nice and funky aroma with a lot of citrus fruits. Expected this to be quite sour but wasn’t. A lot of yeast presence, dry and drinkable. Overall a very nice, funky Saison.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Back label says Best By: 07/2018

A- From a steady pour comes a two finger head on top of a hazy medium amber color body. The head retains well before eventually becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Very balanced aroma of semi-funky Brett and notes of peach, apricot and pineapple. Effervescent.

T- Fruit juice, Brett funk, slightly tart. It's all there and in fine form. The tangy Brett is there from start to finish as the citrus notes ride on it and then turn to a slightly bitter aftertaste. A tad sweet but mostly it's the yeast making up the flavor profile. Alcohol is very well concealed. Damn near perfect.

M- Sharp and tight from the yeast and medium-high carbonation. Lightish body.

O- This is just about everything I look for in a Brett saison. You'd be hard pressed to find a better example.

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Photo of tempest
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big brett aroma like I've popped open a not-so-fresh (in the best way) Orval, but the body is lighter and drier as a saison should be. In fact among dry Belgians, this feels especially light for an 8% beer. The big barnyard funk aroma dominates and rolls through the flavor with a mix of citrus rind and spicy floral notes. There's a mild bitterness on par with Saison Dupont and the hops blend nicely in the bret. Hell of a beer, but I would like a touch more body to carry the flavor. Just a little more malt maybe, but it's still an excellent saison.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours quite foamy, with a huge head. It's a golden yellow color. There's a good amount of lacing.

Smells really funky and rustic, lots of Brett/barnyard type aromas. There's some lemony citrus, too.

The taste is pretty similar. It's got a very zesty tartness to it, with a big yeast character here- both the typical Belgian farmhouse yeast flavor, and the stronger musty and chalky Brett character.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, lively mouthfeel. There is a very high, almost distracting amount of carbonation.

This was most excellent. If it was slightly less carbonated, it would be better.

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

From the the 750mL bottle into a teku glass.

Lots of fluffy, airy, sudsy, light foam off of the pour. It forms into a plateau over the body and just sits there before dragging lace along the sides of the glass. The body is orange with blonde hues, upward cascades of surging carbonation, and a beautiful glow. The beer is not transparent but it's not cloudy either. 4.5

Peppers and plums, peppers and plums. Pungent pineapple with some sticky sweetness. Then there's some citrus. This is just a fruit festival. There's even some banana-like yeast aroma. 4.5

Well the first sip kind of reminds me of a tripel. It's sweet and thick-bodied and almost syrupy. There's not nearly the wealth of fruit flavors I'd been smelling, but the plum remains. Yeast can be tasted giving some peppery notes. As I get deeper into the beer, a slight hop presence becomes more noticeable and with it some sweet orange and citrus flavor. This is tasty. 4.25

I've gotta say, this is a refreshing beer. While I initially found it sweet, it dries out more and more as I drink it. It's not a light beer by any means, but it's very easy to drink. Great sippability. Bitterness is light but noticeable as is the yeasty feel around mid-palate. 4.25

Tasty, refreshing, good. Plenty of flavor to boot. Excellent.

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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 Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

waxed cap bomber bottle

World class look to this one, hazed, frothy head, leaving all sorts of lace

Fruity and funky nose

Funk, fruit, spice....simply yummy...savoring each sip

Smooth, complex, flavorful, paired with some mild blue cheese and celery, this was truly a delight

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Photo of Davelucas88
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

2012 bottle
The Brett developed beautifully. Big orange rind, some tartness, and that big dry Brett character. Almost picked up some sweetness. Enjoyed this a lot more then having it fresh.

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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 constantine_272
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours with a good thick head that dissipated nearly as fast as it came. Glad the bottle recommended leaving the yeast in the bottle cause there was a crapload. Smells of sweet strawberries and tart raspberries. Starts off sweet and malty and slightly malty. Taste then drifts fruity with strawberry, blueberry and blackberry--both sweet and tart. Mild yeastiness finishes in with the tart fruit and also some lemon along with a mouthwatering saltiness. Almost gose like flavors here. As it warmed up a little, I even tasted a bit of pinot noir at the end. Definitely a tiny bit of oaky fruity wine. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for the 8.0%. I really like the fruitiness at the end. Very nice!

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an appetizing hazy reddish-orange, with a large head that fades slowly.
S: bretty funk, lemon, wheat, apples. Sweeter than what I'd expect for the style.
T: The brett is more pronounced on the nose than the taste. Initially, what dominates for me is a green apple or lemon taste followed by a white wine that lingers with a slightly bretty influence. The very dry finish has some earthy hops prevalent, as well as some wheat/dried grass flavor. There is a chalky taste that is most noticeable on the finish.
M: What you'd expect; high carbonation with a medium-light body.
O: This is a great beer. I will seek it out again when I am within range of their distribution.

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Photo of rawfish
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear and orange gold with a smal, half finger high fluffy white head. Decent head retention and a slight dripping of lacing.

Right off the bat there is a fruity wave of white grapes, crisp apples and lemon acidity. Belgian spices follow with pepper and coriander.

Washes the palate with green apple, white wine and lemon fruitiness immediately. Pale malt base is rather benign and not grainy at all. Spices of clove, somewhat peppery and lacking in the heavy funk I was expecting from the Brett. Quite phenolic,and finishes mildly acidic and wet. Earthy Noble hops add some grassiness and a drying feel.

Carbonation is really lively in the mouth, bordering over done. Full saison body, somewhat dry and clean.

Well crafted saison that has a bright fruit character and mild acidity. The Brett is really a non player in the scheme of things and a let down in that manner. Quite drinkable and well crafted but unremarkable without some age on it.

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Photo of Micanopy
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers. It has just a bit of sweetness but not much, and wonderful complexity. There is a cloudiness to it that adds to its mystique. Also the fact that it is still reasonably hard to get and unavailable on the East Coast. The bottle itself conveys a certain sort of old-world mustiness.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty cloudy dark beige color ale with a huge dirty head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light funky yeasty notes is quite sublime. Taste is dominated by dry rustic notes with some funky yeast notes and a dry floral finish. Dry Brett notes are clearly identifiable but are not overwhelming and keep the malt base flavours intact. Body is full with super great carbonation (a bit of a gusher as well BTW) and no apparent alcohol. I could drink this beer this every day of the year!!!

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle

Ap - Clear, brilliant gold. Very lively pour. It wasn't a gusher like a lot of people have stated in the past. The head is thick and stays around at about 1/8th inch the whole way down. It's also very sticky and leaves great lace.

Ar - Simple, yet complex. Horse blanket, dust, tropical fruits, chalky even.

T - similar to the nose in that it's simple and yet complex. The Brett is really noticeable, with an apricot-ish middle followed by a lingering dry, chalky aftertaste.

M - The carbonation is perfect. The mouthfeel is creamy yet lively. This is one of those beers everyone should try at least once. THIS is how Brett saison's should taste.

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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 bottle...like 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 wedge
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle No. 44879
Best by: 06/2018

Deep gold capped with a tall off-white head that quickly settles to a low, lumpy covering. Big time flower and wood funk in the nose. Dusty cellar, hay, berries, earth, light citrus, and a general spicy sharpness. Taste goes in a more fruity-funk direction starting off tart with a building sweetness being cutoff by a nice acidity and dry finish. Definitely more of a tart, juicy Brett character with this Saison. Flower petals, white wine, and peach pits...not as old and funky-feeling as the smell. Crisp and dry which helps conceal the strength. One of the more interesting Saisons I've had, I think.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Initially large creamy peach colored head made of tight foam bubbles over golden orange beer. Aroma pours in loads of fruit, wild floral, tart funky, and sunny dandelions. Really fun to smell.... Berries, apples, mango, colorful flowers, sweet orange, spice and pleasant but unusual tropical stink. Taste passes through an array of experiences. Miscellaneous fleshy fruits, dry, smacky, tart, citrus rind-like bitter, flowery and farmy. Carbonation is very fine and evenly disbursed. Juicy, bubbly, slick texture with an easy drinking medium body. Goes down very smooth even with the tart bitterness. There's enough fruit and sunny flowers to balance all that out.

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Photo of slackattack
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy golden color with nice 2 finger head that is pillowy and beautiful.nose is lemony, Belgian yeast, little bit of grassy funk. Taste closely follows nose IMO. Very refreshing, clean lemony tang. Yeast is upfront as would be expected and the grassy funk from the nose holds on the finish/aftertaste. Not tons of carbonation, but the correct amount. Finishes dry and long. Overall I love this beer, the Brett doesn't outshine the well brewed saison base.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Side Project Brewing Co. long stemmed tulip from a 750ml bottle.

Bottle No. 58812
Best by: 02/2019

Pours a beautiful hazy light orange color with some nice golden honey hues on the edges. There is a nice 1 inch white-to-off-white head that is dense and has great retention. A gorgeous looking beer.

Aroma is bready and grainy with nice fruit juice notes. Nice funky brett notes of dried wood, cedar, barnyard and slight tartness.

Flavor starts off with nice notes of fruit juice. Notes of pear and apple juice. Nice grainy sweetness that is enveloped by an awesome Brett funk and some good spice. Slight tartness is present with a nice fluffy carbonated body. Mild lemony notes mixed with bread and some oak as well. Solid saison.

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Photo of stephens101
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-orange with a full, off-white head that very slowly pops itself away.

Smells estery with the yeast up front followed by green apple, orange and lemon zest. Spice floats by at the edge right before the brett aroma comes in.

Taste is a wonderful with a disarray of fruit, lemon zest and spice. Tart at the end with a wrapping of rind. Distinct. Flavorful. Fulfilling.

Nicely carbonated with a medium body, but a bit chalky. Crisp all the way down with a hint of alcohol.

The perfect mix of flavor and drinkability for the big beer summer club, of which I am an honorary member.


Blind / updated rating 10.23.15

**Thought this was my first beer from Logsdon, but I've actually had this one before, which I only noticed after I re-rated it.**

Crowned with a towering, never say die dense white froth, this bright golden-orange brew's presentation is about as good as it gets.

Aroma is impressive and complex with a perfect melange of spice, grain, damp earth, ripened orange and green apple.

Creamier than expected with a light to medium body filled with more light fruits, a touch of spice, a drop of vanilla, pie crust and wet straw.

Absolutely fabulous my dear!

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Photo of Tele
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: 4.5 Hazy, orange/gold. Pours a fairly large off-white head that dissipates rather fast. Good lacing.

S: 4.75 Strong smell that’s really nice. Lots of green apple. Smells tart and a little funky. Also grapes and even a little oaky aroma present. Some Belgian yeast in the background giving the usual ester spice and fruitiness.

T: 4.5 Sweet malt up front followed quickly by Belgian yeast. Fruity ester and a bit of banana with the yeast. There’s also a lingering tartness in the background adding in the green apple from the nose. Ends with just a little bit of bitterness along with some bread and clove. Not as much funk as was on the nose.

M: 4.5 Great overall, especially for the style. It coats the palate without being too thick. A bit dry at the end that makes you want more. Drinking it while it’s fairly cold out, but I could definitely see this a perfect summer brew.

O: 4.75 I really love this saison. I usually like the style and don’t seek them out too often, but this one is really special. The flavors flow and develop beautifully on the palate and each sip is very interesting and you find something new.

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Photo of MrMoose916
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful golden honey color. Small one finger white head.

S: I got a ton of lemon and orange citrus aromas, a very sweet funk smell, not overwhelming at all very pleasant.

T: Wow did I enjoy this. A nice lemon tartness up front almost immediately followed by that very pleasant brett funk flavor, its in your face but at the same time its not. On the back end you get a lot more of that citrus flavor with a nice malt backbone.

MF: Very crisp and sharp with a nice dry finish. Extremely smooth.

O: This is up there with some of the best saisons and being a true farmhouse ale I am thoroughly impressed by this beer. Citrus and funk with a smooth crisp finish. I will buy this again.

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