Aberrant | Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

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Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 07-15-2013

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Photo of GRG1313
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Basin 141 in Montrose, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, fruit, funk, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit, yeast, spice, and slight funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice funk aspect that works well with the other aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Love the awesome label art. 750ml brown glass bottle with unbranded pry-off cap acquired at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California for $11.99 USD and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 8.0% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as a "farmhouse golden ale" because it identifies as such on the label.

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

A: Pours a two finger wide head of decent creaminess and nice thickness. Retention is good - about 6+ minutes. Light lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear pale yellow of below average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Generally appealing, though it does ring false for the style - why is it clear rather than hazy? Why is it dull? Why aren't yeast particles visible?

Sm: Nice funky yeast notes - certainly brettanomyces. Lime. Graininess. Pilsner malts, biscuit malts. Residual sugars. Clean barley. Straw. Light floral hops. A pleasant aroma of mild strength. Lacks the milky/peppery notes I always find in the best beers of the style.

No alcohol is detectable. No off notes.

T: Grainy, with some light lemon esters. Nice light grassiness. Floral hop notes. A bit of lime. Light (very light) funky brettanomyces yeast; I'd like far more, but it suffices. Pilsner malts, biscuity malts. Clean barley. Straw. Quite pleasant overall; it has a nice balance to it. Well built for what it is, but it could definitely use more complexity and subtlety. Likable but a bit wanting.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit crisp. Soft. Approachable. Good carbonation. Complements the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't quite feel custom-tailored to it. Good thickness and body.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the relatively high ABV. I wouldn't get it again at this price, but it's tasty and I do want another. Another solid brew from Logdson, but by no means is it world class. Tasty but a bit short of expectations.

Low B-

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Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Don for sharing, and to Dan for hosting :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes.

Pale gold color, lasting foam coverage on the surface, overcharged carbonation.

Farmhouse yeast aroma, light fruity yeast esters.

Tart and bitter taste, earthy phenolics, these flavors clash on the palate. Light honey is malt in the aftertaste. Crisp feel, though a bit overcarbed. Overall this wasn't as good as other Logsdon beers, wasn't very cohesive in terms of flavor and body.

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Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Veggie for sharing.

Big fizzy fluffy head, nice lacing, clear golden yellow color.

Nose tart lemony, mild farmhouse notes, little grainy doughy, mild sweet candy malt, grassy hay funk.

Taste sweet candy malts, toasted grain wheat and hay, grassy, little bitterness, fair sweetness, pretty sweet, mild farmhouse saison yeast, lemony. Finish dry grainy doughy farmhouse, little grassy, nice bitterness.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, little syrupy.

Overall ok. Too sweet, nothing special either.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is very appealing with a pale yellow color. Big foam-up in the narrow Saxo tulip. Pleasing herbal and grainy fragrance. Light body like a Wit, but way yeastier.

A really "meaty" taste with tangy, grainy, perfumey flavors. Quite dry with some mineral flavors, and a little nuttiness. Yeasty bitterness gets to be excessive on the third pour, since I didn't notice now much sediment was loose in the bottle. Really very tasty and for Saison enthusiasts it's a must-try, even at the twelve buck price. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a light straw amber with a massive half glass white head that dissipates to a thick chunky cap with heavy lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, very light apple and pear, minerals, hints of wheat. Flavor is wheat, light pomaceous fruit, coriander, grass; finishing very dry with grassy hops, coriander and peppery Belgian spicing. Lingering peppery spices and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with spicy carbonation. A very nice, deceptively simple saison that has a great flavor progression and just enough fruit flavor to appear to be dry and yeasty, but with enough fruit sweetness to make the entire taste pleasant and interesting. Saisons are a style that I have mixed feelings about, but this one was a hands down winner. Nicely done. A bit over carbonated, though.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear straw goldenish color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, good head retention for this style

S: Nose had some light fruity of lemons and perhaps apples. A little bit hay barnyard going on with a measure of grain and wheat

T: Intially took back by how dry and clean this beer was. A nice little bit of orchard style lighter fruits upfront with some hay and dash of fresh cut grass . The finish has a nice light and yet warming finish to it with a lingering presence.

M: Well carbonated for the style, a little on the higher end of spectrum, clean, dry. Easy drinking beer for this style which was described as a Golden Farmhouse.

O: It was good enough for me to snag a bottle at $10 and throw back in the cellar.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 8.23.13

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a large active head that fades slowly.

S - Banana, Belgian spices - strong and nice.

T - Strong yeast, lost the fruit here.

D - Dry, Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Great nose, but some are lost in the flavor. Decent, but I know Logsdon can do better.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ccrida
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Champagne style bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Aberrant is murky straw yellow, pale and cloudy, but with no texture, just thick. As is the big white head, which leaves heavy foam, so a bit of a toss up appearance wise.

Smell is fantastically classic saison notes of slate and citrus zest, nice and chalky, a little quinine. Clears the nasal passages without burning.

Taste is quite classic as well, subtle, fresh, a little on the yeastier side than the nose. Light tropical, and less so spicy esters though as well, some complexity. Firm bitterness, well hopped, but not a dominating taste. Clean, mellow, and deliciously satisfying. My favorite Logsdon, in fact, by a wide margin.

Mouthfeel is light, in spite of the murk, and dry.

Drinkability is high, much more than I expected from the pour. This is a really solid saison, it's rusticity argues it being more classical than 99% of it's domestic compatriots.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on-tap, pine box

1st release from Dave Porter, one of the "other" brewers at Logsdon. News to me.

Super dry, grassy, crisp carbonation, lemon, lots of wheat. Interesting, and probably not given a fair shake given it was the beer I ordered while I waited for Peche n Brett to be tapped. Hard to imagine purchasing over Seizon Bretta though

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

Photo of scottfrie
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours clear straw yellow with an expected thick and very fluffy bright white airy head that slowly collapsed into a thick film that resembled whipped egg whites. Chucks of thick lace were left down the glass.
S: Clean, dry, crackery, grains dominate the nose. Very dry and crackery smelling with notes of grainy wheat. Very crisp. Tons of phenolic clove and a touch of golden fruits including pear. There's a good amount of peppery spice and a touch of earth hops. Very balanced.
T: Follows the nose with spicy yeast, earthy hops, golden fruit, and clove yeast, with a solid crackery malt backbone that is crisp and drying. The finish is full of crisp wheat and pepper, and the aftertaste has a lingering amount of bitter earthy hops and mild citrus.
M: Medium-full body, soft, thick, and fluffy carbonation, with a dry crisp and clean mouthfeel.
O: A very well balanced and near flawless saison that reminds me a lot of a Belgian golden strong ale. Delicious.

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