Cerasus | Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

303 Ratings

Brewed by:
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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4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dug Logsdon's saison. Excited for this one. 750ml brown glass bottle with beeswaxed-over pressure cap acquired at K&L Wines in Hollywood and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. "Organic kriek beer brewd with Oregon cherries," 8.5% ABV confirmed. Barrel aged. Flanders style red ale. Two pounds of fruit added per gallon of beer. Brewed with several yeasts and lactic bacteria. Bottle fermented.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger white-pink head of glorious cream, great thickness, and wonderful (10+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Damned impressive. Even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is dark nontransparent amber-brown. Opaque. Glowing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Quite appealing for a Kriek, though the body colour is a bit dark compared to what I'm used to. Soft. Appealing and inviting. Love the unique head colour. A fantastic appearance.

Sm: Refined bright fruit with a bit of tart character. Underlying oak. Crystal malt. Fruit esters. Muted juicy cherry. Cream. A hint of sweetness. Light brettanomyces/funkiness. I love the character of the cherries here; it's rounded and balanced with just a bit of subtle tartness. Light pie crust. Cherry pits, cherry skins. Appealing and unique for a kriek. Light bacterial yeast. I'm excited to try it. A touch of lactose. Overall, it's a mild strength aroma.

T: Boy. Light tartness and cherry skin with some light funky brettanomyces to boot. Pale malts, biscuit malt. But malt is not the emphasis here; unique cherries are. Light sweetness. Pie crust. I'd like a bit more tartness and sourness, but there're touches of lactic twang. Oak is restrained. It's not all that sour, which makes it very approachable but perhaps less flavorful. Fruity esters. No alcohol comes through. Balanced across the board and very tasty for a kriek. I do want more depth of flavour and sourness. Nicely complex and subtle, but it's not pushing any boundaries. Just a solid straightforward kriek with a unique cherry flavour.

Mf: Lightly acidic. Smooth, wet, refreshing. Perfect natural carbonation. Complements the flavour profile incredibly well. Excellent body. Excellent presence on the palate. Soft and comforting. Feels custom-tailored to its flavours.

Dr: A damned impressive kriek from Logsdon, and one I'd definitely get again. Worth aging, if only to increase the acidity. I'll have no trouble quaffing the whole bottle by meself; indeed I wish I had more. Lives up to Logsdon's reputation. Really tasty drinkable stuff. A solid American brewed kriek that's worth of a revisit. Lovely stuff. I'd recommend it to friends. After having the saison and now this, I'm willing to give any Logsdon beer a shot. Maybe the price is a biteen high, but it's worth it.


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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chossboss
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ehammond1
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mahak213
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -23.9%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of distantmantra
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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