Saturday, March 31, 2012

Logsdon Seizoen Bretta

Type: Saison
Origin: Hood River, OR
Price: $11/750 mL
ABV: 8.0%
NSP: 5.45 (unscaled)

The next beer from the folks up at Logsdon. This is the second beer I've reviewed of their three regular releases. The first one, the regular Seizoen, was pretty damn tasty, so it was easy to check out another. This one, as the name implies, was brewed with brettanomyces. It was also apparently bottle-conditioned with pear juice. Interesting.

First off, I have to once again mention what a pain in the ass the beeswax seal makes it to open this bad boy. It's also obvious that these guys like to err on the side of heavy carbonation...the Seizoen was pretty fizzy, and this bottle was a gusher. I hate wasting beer. And even with a very slow pour, the glass ended up with about three inches of meringue-like head (the picture is after I'd let it settle and topped it off). I guess the yeasties in the bottle really liked munching on that pear juice.

Wow, this stuff smells incredible. It's got all of the same features as the Seizoen (spiciness, pepperiness, and a bit of funk), but the brett and the pear juice are big right up front. The flavor...damn, this is just really delicious. The brett isn't so potent as to push this to a sour, which I generally dislike- it just adds a delicious fruity tartness, which I very much enjoy. It's got pretty standard saison body (which is to say it's light and refreshing), but there's boatloads of flavor running around in there. The carbonation once it's in the glass is still a bit elevated, for which I'm thankful because
as with the regular Seizoen it's keeping me from draining the bottle too fast. Same time, though, I'm going to be burping pear juice for the next half hour.

Well, if the Seizoen was good, this is excellent. Of all the saison's I've tried over the past several months, this one's at the top of the list. If anyone has any other brett saisons they'd like to recommend, I'm all ears. I partially look forward to trying Logsdon's Kili Wit...only partially because it's the same price as the other two, but at 5.5% ABV it kind of bottoms out the NSP scale. But it's obvious that Logsdon's got some serious skill, and that's enough for me to give it a whirl.


  1. Sumpin Sumpin Wild I believe falls under that category

  2. Damn. I haven't seen this one on the east side. :-( I'll have to find a comparably excellent beer for my next post.

  3. Highly recommend Anchorage Love Buzz Saison and Lost Abbey Carnevale, two great Brett saisons.

  4. Thanks for the recs Jeff, I'll grab both of those...check back for reviews.