Logsdon Farmhouse Ales - Seizoen Bretta
- ABV: 8%
- Serving Temperature: 48–54° F
- Suggested Glassware: Tulip, Snifter, or Burgundy glass
Seizoen Bretta undergoes primary fermentation with four Saccharomyces yeasts, followed by a secondary fermentation with a single Brettanomyces strain. It’s got four types of malts, four types of whole-cone hops, and each bottle gets a dose of organic pear juice, allowing the beer to referment and naturally carbonate.
The head on this bright, golden-orange saison forms like fine-bubbled mousse: filling the remainder of the glass, lacing its interior, gently capping the golden liquid underneath, and retaining its presence long after the first sip. Firm waves of Bretty citrus, tropical fruits (think: passion fruit, papaya), and a juicy kaffir lime-like note flow forth from the glass, pointing to an impressive show of complexity from a single Brettanomyces yeast strain. The toasty saison underpinning shows white pepper, dough, and a touch of honeyed sweetness. The core structure here is apparent even before the first sip.
That jolt of citrusy tartness greets the tip of the tongue, followed by those top notes from the Brettanomyces: passion fruit, lime leaf, pink grapefruit. But the saison takes the reins shortly after, offering round, toasty notes of peppery spice, rustic bread, crystalline sugar, and a soft, Pilsner-like malt character. This is an intricately built beer, taking their brilliant standard saison and adding that vibrant, transformative effort of Brettanomyces.
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales is headed up by Director and Brewmaster David Logsdon, and it’s on his bucolic 10 acre property that his farmhouse brewery resides (situated inside of an actual big red barn). David’s been a force in the brewing industry for quite some time, previously serving as a founding partner and brewer at fellow Hood-River-based brewery Full Sail. He’s also the founder of Wyeast Laboratories, Inc., one of the country’s main brewing yeast companies, where he worked for 25 years before setting out to start a brewery of his own.
To the idyllic setting and skilled brewing team, add a dedication to high-quality, thoughtfully sourced, organic ingredients. Hops are used in their whole-cone form (no pellets, no extract) and purchased either directly from the farmers themselves or grown on site. Fruit additions are locally sourced. Multiple yeast strains are typically used, allowing for greater complexity in the final product. Also: Every beer is certified organic.
We feel Logsdon’s offerings are some of the finest examples one can find of the power of superb yeast strains in the hands of brewers with a deft touch and great creativity. Logsdon’s beers are produced in small batches and distributed in similarly small quantities in just a handful of states and British Columbia. It’s our pleasure to have been able to work with Logsdon to secure limited quantites of six of these excellent beers for this month’s special offer. We know you’ll enjoy these world-class beers as much as we have. Cheers!
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