Logsdon Seizoen Bretta Organic Farmhouse Ale: Day 7 of my Beer Advent Calendar exchange with my father, this is a farmhouse ale brewed to a strength of 8% abv and uses a strain of Brettanomyces yeast to give it some extra funk. Funny enough, I have a 2013 bottle in my cellar that I totally forgot about until I pulled this 2014 from my calendar, so I’m glad to be able to compare notes on the two vintages to see how they change when I open the next one. Thankfully they have a 5 year or more shelf life so there’s no rush.
Aroma and Appearance: It’s a bit of a gusher on opening, with foam spewing out of the top of the bottle (thanks Brettanomyces!), so it pours with about four fingers of white fluffy foam, lots of bubbles while brandishing a cloudy golden colour. The aroma is very funky, featuring barnyard and horse blanket with hints of chili powder spice, over ripened pears, and a rather tart and acidic overtone.
Flavour: At the beginning it shows off some cereal grains and hints of hay before firing up the chili pepper spice and funky barnyard blue cheese richness in the middle that just so happens to be laced with bits of grape must. It finishes with notes of apple cider vinegar, dry pears, with a very light body a tart aftertaste and nuances of trace minerals.
Overall Impression: Very nice offering that improved as I drank it, well worth picking up any time you see it.
Rating: Excellent at 8.5/10, if you love farmhouse ales this is one of the better ones out there.
Food Pairing: Lots and lots of cheese options here, but I think some bison salami would make the perfect partner for this beer.
Logsdon really embraces the farmhouse aspect of their beers from the label to the brewery it self. Check out the tasting room at the brewery from their Facebook Page, between this place and the Barrel House Taproom, I think a trip is in order soon!