Cerasus | Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Flanders-style Red Ale, oak-aged, with 45 pounds of local cherries per barrel.

Added by GreenCard on 03-30-2012

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cavemanlawyer!

Cloudy cherry color with a moderately sized light pink head that leaves dots and an oily cling down the glass. Not a particularly attractive beer, but that's largely unimportant.

Big notes of juicy cherry, some toffee and caramel sweetness, a hint of lactic sourness, but not a lot, and just a hint of an earthy funk.

The flavor is very cherry-forward and quite sweet. It's not nearly as sour as I excepted, with only a mild hint of tartness. A mild funk component does add some complexity, but this is more similar to a fruit beer (like a New Glarus Belgian Red), than it is a kriek or a Flanders Red.

Medium body with low-moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy. I would prefer more carbonation for the style.

This isn't a good example of a kriek or a Flanders Red, but it is still a tasty cherry beer. This may not live up to expectations, but taken completely on its own, it's still a very tasty beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best buy date of 01/2018 which I assume is 5 years out, so this is an 01/2013 bottle. Poured into HF stemware.

Appearance- Deep red, slightly hazy with an off white head that hangs around for a bit.

Smell- Sweet and sour cherries and a mild funkiness. Doesn't smell too sour, there is a bit of a lactic sourness noticeable.

Taste- Light malt and Cherry sweetness up front, then a really mild sourness. Slightly funky. Much sweeter and not as sour as most krieks, but it's really nice in a unique way. Leaves a lingering cherry skin taste.

Mouthfeel- Light and refreshing, finishes dry. Really easy to drink as well, the fact that it isn't too sour really helps the drinkability.

Overall- Really nice offering from Logsdon. Definitely a unique kriek/Flanders, looking forward to trying their other stuff.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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