Cerasus
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Style:
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #63
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,039
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 7.83%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
319
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Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
 
Washington, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  53
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: A Flanders-style Red Ale, oak-aged, with 45 pounds of local cherries per barrel.
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle No. 23082 Best by: 10/2021

Rich notes of caramel, molasses, toasty bready malts, brown sugar, toffee, lemon acidity, red fruits, dark fruits, sour cherries, oak, with earthy floral herbal grassy hops

Jun 27, 2020
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AD_PNW from Washington

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Engine House 9. I'm not much for fruit beers or sours, but this one was pretty good for me. Refreshing tartness, nice flavor from the fruit, sourness not so intense as to turn me off from it.

Apr 19, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Its always funny when leftpaw makes a logs-done joke when he walks out of the bathroom during March Madness.

Anyways, this one is usually on shelves and a decent pickup for around $20. Pours a dark red and light amber kind of color with a fine, slightly less colorful light amber head 1/5". Aroma is tart cherry and wheat(?). There is a slight woody feel to the nose.

Taste is more of the cherry tartness and about a 6 on the 1-10 sour scale for a Flanders red ale. Malt body is adequate and well placed for a flanders. The mouthfeel keeps dropping more sour making me think about it climbing up to a 7 on the 10 pt scale, but not distracting or obliterating the style (I'd say its slightly less sour than Oude Tart). Any funk is very soft and indiscernable methinks, this just crushes cherry and doesn't let nuance get in the way beyond the maltiness and woodiness. Hides the alcohol pretty well. Average acidity. Carbonation is also about 6 out of 10.

Its an enjoyable beer, but when Oude Tart is all over the place for the same price or even slightly less, this just becomes a once in a blue moon kind of beer.

Apr 09, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales "Cerasus"
750 ml bottle, capped and waxed, "Bottle No. 23231 Best By: 10/2021"
$18.99 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Cerasus pour a slightly hazy chestnut-brown body with golden-orange highlights beneath a short head of frothy-then-creamy light tan. The head retention isn't the best, but that's common for sour beers, and once the head has dropped there's unfortunately not much lacing left behind. The smell is of tart and acidic crushed cherries and oak backed by some sweetish, very lightly caramelish malt. The flavor, not surprisingly, follows exactly. It's interesting in that it's so sublimely flavorful and refined. Nothing is overdone, not the cherries nor the tartness nor the funkiness or very moderate bitterness. It's very nicely polished and rounded, and the cherry is completely authentic. In the mouth it's light-medium in body and remarkably smooth with just a minimal fine-bubbled carbonation that seems 100% natural although it's probably not, having come out of an oak foeder, although you never know. It's really almost compellingly drinkable, continually calling to you to take another sip. Part of that I'm sure is it's softness and rounded, polished balance, but some of it is also that it's giving you a little bit and making you want to find more - more funkiness, more cherry, more caramel. Really stunning. It's not like any other beer I've ever tasted and I'm quite smitten with it. Well worth seeking out!
Review# 5,937

Apr 09, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, very sparsely (bee) waxed cap bottle, one generously shared by a good sour-head friend - santé, mon ami! (from notes)

This beer pours a clear, bright medium red-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of random ocean plume 'lace' around the glass as it quickly fades from existence.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, musty fresh cherries, some gentle Belgian yeastiness, a hint of black and white peppercorn spice, an untethered farmhouse funky note, some weak dry vanilla-accented woodiness, and a rather minor hint of tame leafy, earthy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is tart lemon, lime, and cherry fruitiness, some musty and only barely horse-blanket-adjacent funkiness, grainy caramel malt, more understated wet oaky woody character (vanilla and generic booziness the booby prize here), fading mixed table-top pepper-mill spice, and equally not long for this world weedy, leafy, and gently perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the sourness here seems to be of the subtle Old-School variety, with the exception of the Senne Valley, of course. It finishes sort of off-dry, the malt and now cherry-forward fruitiness verily carrying the day.

Overall, this one comes across as a well-made ode to those who might have come before you, in the sense of not messing with established formulas all that much. The local cherry angle is muted, at best, yet the fruity sour angle doesn't really suffer egregiously so - i.e. this is easy enough to drink, especially given the 17-proof wowee sauce quotient.

Mar 09, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy reddish color ale with a medium off-white foamy head with limited retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh cherry with vinous and oak notes is pretty interesting. Taste is a mix of cherry and vinous notes with some oak and some light residual sugar notes. Body is quite full with medium carbonation. Very well balanced overall with good level of complexity while retaining some good drinkability.

Aug 01, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pretty cool beer here, bottle procured from their hood river taproom and consumed on site. its paler red than a lot of other kriek types, apparently uses the far west vlaming as a base beer, then adds a ton of cherries to it. its more pink than like molten red crayon, very bubbly and active, just a little sediment in here, and an amazing note of tart cherries, funky brett and lacto hard at work, and a somewhat wheaty malt base. i am immediately shocked to learn how strong this is, everything about it is delicate, from the nature and intensity of the fruit, to the mouthfeel and the acidity, its a more mild kriek type all around, so it was surprising to learn it is over 8% abv. the cherries are way more tart than sweet, but this isnt a super sour beer, more wild than anything, although there is some pucker there for sure, it seems to come as much from the fruit as it does from the yeasts. it has a very rustic nature to it, all the logsdon stuff does. effervescent carbonation is a nice feature, makes this feel belgian truly, and its scary drinkable for its strength. overall a very distinctive and impressive take on the style, different from what else is out there. i was a big fan, and the bottle was well worth the 20 or 25 bucks we spent on it. lovely kriek.

Jun 08, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/10/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark coppery red color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains cherries, wild Belgian yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong flavor of tart cherries. Then some wild Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The malt character is thin but brings a good balance for the style. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid sour beer to drink for a while.

May 10, 2016
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awes02 from Washington

3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales are often hit or miss for me. This one is an outlier. It is neither hit or miss. It lacks the same depth and character of Peaches n Brett or their Oak Aged Bretta Saizon. It is nice, light, and drinkable, but seems to have a lot of variance between batches, with some possessing more sour or cherry influence with others being bland and bit flat. The color is a vivid cherry red with light bubbles, creating a different, but unremarkable beer drinking experience.

Apr 19, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous clear black cherry color with no head except for the initial thin rose bubbles. Tart aroma with just a hint of funk, cherry, and earthiness. Taste is less acidic than expected with a tart cherry fruitiness at first followed by a rind like earthy cherry finish. Very thin bodied, and almost too easy to drink. An outstanding Kriek in my opinion. Cheers!

Apr 19, 2016
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Tele from California

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle (Best by 8.2018)
Consumed: 4.10.16

A: 4.5 Vigorous carbonation produces large, light tan brett bubbles that dissipate quickly, but a small, consistent head lingers. The beer itself is clear, reddish-brown.

S: 3.75 Really mild nose. There’s some cherry juice, a tiny bit of earthy funk, and sweet malt. Not really much else going on.

T: 4 Like the nose, pretty mild. There’s better balance going on here though. Starts off a little sweet before a nice tartness. Unfortunately, it become watery after that. Mild funk and aged cheese finish things off.

M: 4.25 Things seem pretty good in terms of feel and carbonation, but the wateriness shows up here too.

O: 4 I really like Logsdon as a brewery and love their saisons. This one doesn’t do it for me though. There are many better options in terms of krieks and Flanders reds with cherries.

Apr 11, 2016
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin rose colored head on a velvet colored body.
The aroma is cherries on a lot of wood.
The taste is cherry sweet, then tart and mellow throughout.
The texture is crisp and light.
It's pretty awesome.

Dec 31, 2015
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ryannosaurus from Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed red brown. Skinny head disappeared immediately.

Slighly funky aroma with barn, cherry and lemon

Nicely tart, earthy. Really only a hint of cherry

Body is fairly thin with an astringent bite.

Nice tart flanders red. Cherry flavor is pretty low in the mix, which really holds this nicely done brew from a higher score.

Nov 09, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Logsdan brings their version of a Flanders Red from a 750 ml bottle. Thanks for a pour Joepeter! On to the beer:

This reddish violet beer has a tart and cheesy aroma, featuring plenty of cherries and cheese. The taste follows a similar theme; the cheese and cherry duo hit the palate, eventually drying out and not lingering much of the sourness into the aftertaste. It's an agreeable Flanders Red, although that $20 pricetag scares me.

Sep 15, 2015
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peensteen from Canada

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown, ring of off white head, no lace. Smell is cherry and oak, funky and light acidity, malty points, sweet and sour fruit, light balsamic. Taste is oaky and malty, tart cherry followed by a subtle sweetness, vinous with earthy points. Lightly carbonated, light medium body drying body. This is pretty good but not my favourite from the style or from Logsdon, still enjoyable but not outstanding.

Sep 09, 2015
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Beer4B from Florida

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely deep red. The nose is faint with berry. Taste has more berry and I'd said cranberry mixed with flanders. Very nice to drink with good feel and proper carb.

Jul 22, 2015
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yankeepride from New York

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Really soft, not the sharp edge I usually expect from a Flanders-style. Much more sweet than tart. Enjoyable once, but with its hefty price tag, it doesn't have the depth and complexity to bring me back again.

Jun 17, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thomas, Jenny, and Eric for this one.
Pours a sanguine dark reddish color.

Minimal lacing, good clarity.
Aroma was pretty nondescript, faint berry, not perceptible as cherry.
Taste was a nondescript tart berry, more cranberry than cherry, sort of odd.
Flanders Red wasn't really the impression I got. Mellow and not very expressive as far as wild yeast was concerned. Nothing coalesced. Overall it's probably not a beer i'd look for again.

Apr 17, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear dark reddish Amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving thick wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with some notes of oak.
T: The taste has light flavors of cherries with strong notes of oaky wood. No sweetness is perceptible. The cherries become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The fruit in this beer seems like it is somewhat muted compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 08, 2015
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BowWowWowYippyYoIPA from California

4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of 10/2019, poured from 750 mL bottle

Look - Very murky burnt red. No light is allowed to shine through. Minimal cherry cream white film of foam on top. Larger bubbles coalescing around the sides with much smaller bubbles on the interior, forming a sort of super continent of foam, with seas of beer, and large, polar outer regions. Subtle, but distinguished. 4 paws.

Smell - Lots of sweet cherries, coupled with a sour funkiness. Classic oaky flanders red aroma. Inviting but somewhat astringent. 4.25 paws.

Taste - Hmm, the oak comes through very strong, too strong in my opinion. The woody character over powers the cherries, and subdues the tartness. Flavors of concord grapes and chocolate are produced. The woodiness along with the chocolate makes for a carob taste. Very slight bitterness. Not unpleasant at all, but not what I was expecting, and varies from the style. 3.75 paws.

Feel - Velvety smooth, almost jammy. For some curious reason it reminds me of the body of a chia seed drink, but obviously without the little frog eggs. Mild carbonic tingling. Rests on your tongue for a bit. 4.5 paws.

Overall - I enjoy this beer quite a bit, and feel it is somewhat underrated. I would like to have seen both a higher level of acidity and sweetness, and the oakiness is a bit overpowering, but there aren't any off-putting off-tastes. The price tag may not be warranted as far as quality goes, however. 4 paws.

Meow beer.

Jan 03, 2015
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snaotheus from Washington

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014-11-16
750ml capped/waxed bottle split between a pair of chalices.

Pours dark reddish brown with a small light beige head that fades very quickly. Medium carbonation. Smell is musty, sweet, overripe cherries and dark fruit.

Taste is a little odd. Definitely sour, definitely cherry, but some sort of vague soapy shadow. Not bad, but not great.

Mouthfeel is medium/filmy. Overall, not bad.

Nov 17, 2014
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4/5  rDev +1%

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware.

Pours a clear, deep red. 1 finger rich cream-pink head with great retention. Lacing is spotty with little cling. Average.

Nose is cherry pit and meat, Brett, sweet vinegar and wood. Nice.

Opens sweet and tart cherry pit and meat. Acidic with hints of vinegar in the middle. Cherry skin in the end balances out the tartness with a touch of sweet red fruit. Funky and woody finish with a Brett aftertaste. Nice balance.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down crisp and aggressive. Finishes dry with a puckering, filmy aftertaste.

Certainly one of the more balanced flanders style beers I've had. Nice sweetness and a mellow tartness. Worth trying.

Sep 11, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, cherry skin, vinegar, oak, clove, hay, straw, musty funk, light leather, caramel, toast, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of tart cherry, earthy/funky yeast, oak, and dark malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cherry skin, caramel, toast, vinegar, oak, clove, hay, straw, light leather, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, cherry skin, caramel, toast, oak, clove, vinegar, hay, straw, light leather, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of tart/sweet cherry, earthy/funky yeast, oak, and dark malt sweetness; with a good sweetness/tartness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly slick/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders red ale. All around good balance and complexity of tart cherry, earthy/funky yeast, oak, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 25, 2014
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mdfb79 from New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/16/14 notes. Big thanks to Nugganooch for sending this out to me as an extra; thanks Dane! 750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet cherries, sour dark fruits, oak, spice, pepper, fruity malts, and light funk. Nice nose, more sweet than sour, but I like it.

t - Tastes of sweet cherries, sweet dark fruits, musty, earthy notes, oak, spice, sour cherries and dark fruits, light funk, and light floral notes. Little musty and a little less sour than the nose, sweet again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink overall.

o - Overall a nice flanders/kriek style beer. More sweet than sour but lots of cherries, which I love. Worth checking out but not really a big sour.

Apr 17, 2014
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Jonada from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle C 5785. Best before 08/2018. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a brownish ruby red color with about a finger of an off white head with a hint or red. Head dissipates almost instantly with no sort of retention or lacing. Body is red and relatively clear. Not much in the way of visible carbonation.

Smell: Sour cherries, vinegar, oak, some very light brett funk, and a slight brown bread character.

Taste: Low/medium tart sourness which carries through to the finish. Flavors of cherry juice, skin and cherry pits, oak and some darker bready malt comes through in the finish. A light brett funkiness starts to shine through more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Medium levels of natural carbonation. Drinks like way less than 8.5%. Finishes dry.

Overall: I've been impressed with almost every Logsdon beer I've tried and this one is no exception. One of the most refreshing higher ABV beers I've had as well. Worth picking up if you can find it. I'd also be interested to see how this ages as well.

Apr 11, 2014
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