Seizoen Bretta (Logsdon Farmhouse Ales)

Style: Organic Brett Saison

8.0% ABV

35 IBU’s

From: Hood River, OR

Brewery’s Note: “This unfiltered bottle of seizoen, with its
beeswax seal, is naturally refermented and carbonated with select yeast
strains, producing fruity and spicy flavors that are balanced by hops and soft
malt character. Special Brettanomyces yeast provides added dryness and crisp
complexity to the Seizoen Bretta.  Bottle conditioned with pear juice for
a natural carbonation.”

The beer pour a murky, ambering orange. It is entirely
opaque in body, but does let light through. It forms a rocky head of eggshell
white suds from the pour. The head withers quickly to a fat scrim, but leaves
nice, solid streaks of spatter-art lacing on the sides of the glass. On the
nose, the beer is hugely aromatic with its esters, blending pear juice with
soft banana bread, subtle pepper, slight red jolly ranchers, and below it is a
clean, grainy malt. On the tongue, the beer tastes fruity and full of esters,
yet rather dry, with just a faint touch of acidity, a rich earthiness, and a
finish of herbal bitters. In flavor, this is an ester-bomb, moving from isoamyl
acetate (it’s the only ester name I remember, yay…) to slight jolly ranchers,
soft clove-like phenols, slight mango and pineapple, and rich pear. There are
traces of the peppery spiciness, but they are subtle to the rich and blended
ester character that his beer possesses. In the mouth, the beer feels medium
plus in body, yet is dry on the finish, with mellow carb that mellows to
crackle and prick a good amount of the tongue. When the beer leaves, the mouth
is left dry and slightly sticky, with a healthy pooling of saliva on the tongue
and cheeks, while the roof of the mouth is left prickly dry. Despite the
saliva, the tongue, feels arid and softly astringent. Overall, this is a
fruity, ester-powered saison that trades out brett’s expected funky punches for
rich, fruit salad-like accentuations. It’s good, its dry, its rich and interesting,
but it is admittedly not quite my farmhouse game. It has probably the most
expressive ester-profile I can think of in a beer, and is richly complex. It’s
delicious and I would never turn it down, but this not my farmhouse style and
gets heavy in drinking towards the end of the glass.

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