Seizoen Bretta (2017)
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
A Note on This Beer
Today, we embrace the glory of wild yeast with a beer that celebrates it— Hood River, Oregon-based Logsdon Brewing’s Seizoen Bretta.
It’s no wonder that this beer has a GABF Gold and world-class ratings to its name. With five varieties of wild yeast, including a proprietary Brettanomyces strain grown on-site, Seizoen Bretta is as complex as a Farmhouse Ale can be, featuring layer upon layer of fresh fruit, funk and spice.
Seizoen Bretta pours a slightly hazy reddish orange with a creamy, slow-fading white head. A cornucopia of vibrant fresh fruit and spice aromas jump out of the glass, featuring Brettanomyces notes of orange, lemon and green apple alongside added pear juice and classic Saison funk. If you can resist diving in immediately, see if you can distinguish the various wild yeast flavors. On the palate, Seizoen Bretta leads with apple, juicy pear and fresh nectarine before resolving into gentle spice and citrus.
Seizoen Bretta’s finish is dry, tart and lightly grainy. One of the many surprises about this Farmhouse Ale is its mouthfeel—Seizoen Bretta is remarkably silky and creamy, enhancing the flavors of Brettanomyces and fresh fruit. Its crisp fruit flavors will especially appeal to cider lovers who dislike the musty quality of traditional Saisons.
Logsdon Brewing puts the “farm” in “Farmhouse”: Dave Logsdon brews his series of Farmhouse Ales in an old red barn set against a backdrop of mountains, cherry trees and the easy flowing Hood River. Everything about Seizoen-Bretta—from the funk of house-grown yeasts and radiant flavors of locally sourced fruit to the time-earned mastery of unruly wild yeasts—will remind you what a Farmhouse Ale should really taste like.
96 on Beer Advocate, 99 on RateBeer
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