Far West Vlaming | Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Oregon, United States
farmhousebeer.com

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our organic red ale is brewed in traditional West Flanders style. A combination of light, crystal, and dark barley malt, wheat, and oats are brewed with local whole-cone hops and a variety of select yeast and lactic bacteria. We age our red ale in oak barrels for a period of time to develop complex richness, soft tannins, and fruity tart character. The aged beer is then blended with young beer to create the desired balance of malt sweetness with a dry finish.

Added by HopHead84 on 07-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
240
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
9.47%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
36
For Trade:
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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by srandycarter:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky brown, near white tan head, small. Leaves fast. Some small bubbled cling lace.

S - Funky, a little sour, wildish.

T - Malty, still a little wild, slightly sour.

M - Light body, good body, fine balance.

D - Fun to try but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle No. 9747, best by September 2019.

What a great looking brew. Slight very minor suds and gush on opening, one of my favorite signs. Deep copper, a shiny almost ruby to brown glow mixing with it. Slightly clear, just enough to see a good middle column of plentiful carbonation rise through the glass. Settles to a perfect two millimeter puck, with a bit of snapping carbonation out of the bottle, and a frothy billowing but small two finger head. Real excellent mix of body color, almost an oud bruine and Flanders red hybrid sort, with a fantastic dark brown to Indian red glow. Fantastic looking beer.

Excellent diverse and complex aroma. Hints of toasty wood, mild caramel, a mixture of tart like cherry and raspberry fruit meddling. Sweet tones come off like vanilla and mild milk chocolate. Purple grape like aromas but a much softer sense, a controlled buttery like caramel kicks in as well. Wow this is exquisite friggin stuff! Some sensations don't quite get the play, it seems to take some digging, but oh what fun it is. Near perfection going on here.

Well, hard to come down to this level after all that. Very light bodied but decent, but doesn't quite carry the oak aging and malts with a bigger rounder feel and thickness. Decent amounts of very light toffee, and quality but subdued fruit character. Mild cherry and wood tones, almost with a powdery sense. Carbonation comes in a little prickly, slightly off setting as well, perhaps popping out some of the chocolate qualities too interestingly enough.

Overall a real winner from Logsdon, but it's such a downer that the flavors and feel don't match up to the stunning appearance and bouquet.

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Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to nate321, who doesn’t appear to be around any more, for this long-stored bottle. 750ML of rustic-looking bottle split with my wife.
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The pour begins before I do, as lava-like foam oozes out the top while the bottle is still upright; a careful pour is necessary to keep the beer within the confines of a 20 oz. glass. Very light red touches the border of orange (orange is the new Flemish red?). The nose is all crushed blackberry & sharp wood – more New Glarus than Vlaming, but nice.
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Far West Vlaming - I Googled it & I’m still not sure what the hell a Vlaming is. Inside joke? Evoking vague European woods? Dutch for ‘Flaming’? Nice fruitiness up front – nothing as distinct as the blackberry in the nose, seems melangish – followed quickly by a slash of acidity, tons of sun-bleached wood. Musty red grape & gentle cherry emerge as the beer warms. Watered down a bit, which doesn’t actually impede the taste. This would be a great beer to drink with my feet up on the railing watching the smoker. All day.
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A bit gentle & loving for my taste, & I can only imagine how my sour-head friends would rage & froth, spittle flying, at the lack of punch. Me? I like. Pretty good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of MadScientist
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium copper beer with a touch of haze and a long lasting, rocky head made of tan bubbles.

The aroma and flavor are dominated by red currents and a low peppercorn-like phenol. There is a firm tartness and a moderate caramel malt sweetness making for a relatively tart balance. There is a hint of oak, a very slight must and, a faint metallic character that shows more as it warms.

Overall this is a lively and exceptionally good Flemish Red.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of standardcherry
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle thanks to Shmeal!

A: Murky brown/reddish beer. Looks like muddy water. Huge foamy head at the beginning, that was nice.
S: Smells great, mostly oak and fruity sourness. Cherries.
T: Taste follows the nose. Very oaky, fruity and a pleasant lactic sourness. Plenty of sweetness and yeasty funkiness too, great tasting beer.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth woody, sour finish.
O: Extremely drinkable. I'd gladly drink it again. Great beer, I really enjoyed it but it's kinda lackluster when placed next to Seizoen Bretta and Peches (both of which are fantastic).

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Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer21
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml thin wax-capped bottle, shared by a good beer-drinking bud! Is 'Vlaming' meant to translate to 'Flanders' here?

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some undulated ice shelf profile lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, toasted wet wood with vanilla and red wine undertones, a bit of musty yeastiness, some cherry and raspberry tart fruitiness, and very tame leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is sour red wine vinegar, gritty and grainy caramel malt, some musty and vanilla-heavy woodiness, complex and thankfully understated yeasty notes, and more weak leafy, musty, and dead floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly mild in its quotidian frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and sort of smooth, as the tartness does its best to not be too much of a dick around here. It finishes off-dry, a nice lingering caramel malt watching all the fruity, sour, and robust woodsy kids flit and frolic about, before calling them in for bedtime.

Overall, this is a decently rendered version of the style, lots of care and attention obviously expended on making this one appear to be the real deal. In the end, they generally succeed, if in a New World, earnestness being the best attribute, sort of way.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Brouwers during Big Wood. Review from notes.

A: Pours a pretty red/brown color with a small off-white head with great head retention and sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Not much going on in the aroma, a little bit of tart fruit and must, but surprisingly faint.

T: Sour cherry, raspberry, and strawberry with a nice sourness on the back end. Slightly vinegary and bready.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly dry.

O: It was decent, but having seen the price for this one in bottle, I would pass.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split

appearance: lovely label as usual - served in my hopleaf tulip, dirty garnet body, nice ring of beige head and a nice lace.

smell: ouch - not good, actually bad. musty yeast, some tart fruit, off bready notes

taste: some tart/sweet cherry, light vinegar, bready, earthy yeast, light oak. This was a pretty big miss I think for Logsdon - their saisons are so great - what the hell happened here? Improves significantly as it warms, but still only a light tartness and a slightly metallic tangy finish

mouthfeel: tart, dry, musty earthy finish

overall: meh. wish I hadn't shelled out the cash for two of these

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Murrobert
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emilylee
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of PhilKeller
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sour cherries

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Far West Vlaming from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
3.8 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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