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Leapbeer #351 Seizoen Bretta by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

I think it’s fair to say that since I went to Portland that my new ‘brewery crush’ is with Logsdon Farmhouse Ales. Their Fresh Hop Seizoen was in the top two of the 50+ beers I had on my entire Portland trip, and both their Kili Wit and Seizoen were very well received. Add to that this this next beer, Seizoen Bretta, is brewed using Brettanomyces (one of the yeasts used in brewing sour beers) I knew that this would be a fantastic beer. Before I get even more overly gooey about this beer do yourself a favour, stop reading and go buy one. Even if you don’t like sours or are not experienced in saisons try this. It seems somewhat ridiculous to say, but the bottles I just picked up of this at Cascadia Liquor in Courtenay were cheaper than the bottles I bought in Portland. Whether that is a testiment to Beerthirst, the local importer of these fine beers, or it is just a price adjustment because of their bulk ordering I don’t know. That said I can honestly say, at 11.99 a bottle you cannot go wrong with this. It may seem expensive when you can buy an 8 pack of lucky for the same price, but this beer is worth it.

This cloudy orange sour has a tall pillowy white head, like clouds floating in the heavens over a sun setting in the sky. The aroma is a perfect balance between peppery yeast (saison) and barnyard (brettanomyces). It isn’t a dig to say the barnyard thing, as that is a trademark sign of a brett beer. Don’t think of it as a detraction, but in a good way (if you can). Imagine the aroma of a farm in full bloom just after the rain.

I was honestly surprised at how this  beer tasted. I expected an 8 percent sour to have some serious punch to it, but this is a light and delicate beer. The balance between the sour brett notes, bitter hops (minimal) and peppery saison yeast is amazing. And the whole melange is placed in a champagne-like delivery system that tastes heavenly. Perfection.

Leapbeer #351 is Seizoen Bretta

Seizoen Bretta by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Seizoen Bretta by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Brewery: Logsdon Farmhouse Ales of Hood River Oregon
Released: In BC, imported by Beerthirst mid December 2012
Size/ABV: 750ml Bottle/8.0% ABV
Availability: Stores stocked by Beerthirst
Purchased @:
Picked up on Leapbeer PDX trip & at Cascadia Courtenay (YAY!)
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

I don’t want to gush on any more about this beer. I think I’ve done that enough. But I do want to say a big thank you and kudos to the guys at Beerthirst. They are an independent beer importer out of Vancouver that brought in these delicious beers (along with many others from other breweries) Add to that, the next shipment from Logsdon will include Peche n Brett a peach infused version of the Seizoen Bretta. I can’t wait (but I have to).

Thank you Beerthirst, and thank you all for reading.

Leapbeer Reviews #321 & 322 Seizoen & Kili Wit by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

So this next post is going to be a couple from a brewery I had been told to look out for when I was down on my Portland trip. Logsdon Farmhouse Ales makes some absolutely delicious beers. In fact, their Fresh Hop Seizoen was one of the top beers on my trip to Oregon. Sadly I couldn’t get in to see the brewery as they were busy at Great American Beer Fest in Colorado. While I was bummed out that I couldn’t come there to see them, I brought some of them back to try out. Today I’m going to feature two of their beers, the Kili Wit and the Seizoen. Logsdon Farmhouse Ales specializes in making organic beers, and they use natural pear juice to naturally carbonate them.

The Kili Wit smells very refreshing with sour hints. The taste is very crisp. Lots of wit characteristics to it, the fresh taste of a wheat beer, but the aftertaste leaves a bit of tartness from the pear juice instead of it being really clean. It is the perfect combination of a summer wit beer style and a cider. Dry and delicious.

Our Kili Wit is a traditionally brewed white beer with refreshing flavors and creamy smoothness. This is a 100% certified organic beer brewed with local organic barley malt, wheat and oats along with whole cone Oregon hops and African spice. This beer is made with a portion of the proceeds going to the K2 Adventures Foundation that provides community service, medical and educational enrichment for African children. (via website)

Leapbeer #321 is Kili Wit by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Kili Wit by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Kili Wit by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Brewery: Logsdon Farmhouse Ales of Hood River Oregon
Released: Unknown
Size/ABV: 750ml Bottle/5.5% ABV
Availability: Unknown
Purchased @:
Picked up on Leapbeer PDX trip
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

With the Fresh Hop Seizoen being as amazing as it was, I had very high hopes for the normal version of this farmhouse ale. My hopes were not disappointed. This beer combines all the lovely peppery spice notes you expect from a Saison, and then infuses them with the tart ‘pear cider’ effect of using the natural fermentation of pear juice. I love this beer, and now thanks to Beerthirst, it is available in BC. If you have a chance to try their beers please do so.

Our unfiltered Seizoen, with its beeswax seal, is naturally fermented and carbonated with pear juice and select yeast strains, producing complex, fruity and spicy flavors balanced with whole hops and a soft malt character (via website)

Leapbeer #322 is Seizoen by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Seizoen by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Seizoen by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Brewery: Logsdon Farmhouse Ales of Hood River Oregon
Released: Unknown
Size/ABV: 750ml Bottle/7.5% ABV
Availability: Unknown
Purchased @:
Picked up on Leapbeer PDX trip
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

Using the pear juice to carbonate the beers really adds a depth to the taste of these beers. It makes them a great starting off point to the world of sour beers as well. I still have a couple others from this brewery in my stash from the Portland trip that I am very looking forward to cracking into.

Thanks for Reading

Leapbeer Reviews – An Evening of Saisons

Recently I shared a trio of Saisons that I’d been eagerly awaiting with my sister. The three for that evenings tasting were, Saison Diego by Green Flash, Wasteland Elderflower Saison by Elysian and Saison Sauvin by 8 Wired Brewing. It was the beginning of the fall, and with the last harvests coming in it felt fitting to honor the ale of the farmhand.

First up was Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Company in California. I was really curious to see how the added spices (see quote below) added and played together in this Saison. The bottle has right on it, ale brewed with Spice. There is no ABV listed on the bottle, but I can find it out thru Untappd. This is a loudy golden coloured beer. It smells a bit sweet, but it also smells like a golden ale yeast. It sounds like a cop out, but this beer has a very beer smell. It’s definitely Saison-esque, although it is lighter than I expected. I would say that it is more reminiscent of an original style of Saison, where it was made to quaff the thirst of the farmhands. It is a very refreshing beer. You get flavours of spice, a bit peppery, but others as well. I really like it. Not much of a head on it, slightly carbonation. Rim of light bubbles. A very easy finishing, easy drinking Saison. Here’s the notes from their website (link below).

Unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, brewed with Seville orange peels, Chinese ginger and grains of paradise. Light, bright, spicy aromas, lively carbonation and earthy flavors co-mingle with musty notes that add funky complexity.

Leapbeer #253 is Saison Diego by Green Flash Brewing

Brewery: Green Flash Brewing of San Diego California
Released: Unknown
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/4.3% ABV
Availability: Limited
Purchased @: Top Shelf Liquor Store
Other Reviews:

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Leapbeer Reviews #220-#222 An Unlikely Trio

As an attempt to catch up for all the time I slacked off last month you’re going to see at least a couple of posts like this one. This post is a bit of a odd grouping of beers, 3 completely different styles from 2 different countries. I have a German Dortmunder/Export Lager, a complex Pale Ale, and an American Saison.

First up is the DAB Original from Germany. This was given to me by a co-worker, Frank, who’s helped out quite a bit in the leapbeer journey. Thank you to him for this. This to me is a style of pilsner beer. It smells like that european pilsner smell. Like it has Saaz hops in it. It pours to a golden colour with a very thin head that all but disappears quickly. There really isn’t anything special about this beer. While it finishes crisp with no real aftertaste, it tastes weak. I would call it a full on pilsner after drinking it, but I’d definitely call it pilsner-esque.

Leapbeer #220 is DAB Original

Brewery:     Dortmunder Actien Brauerei
Released:    Regularly Produced
Size/ABV:   500ml Can/4.8% ABV
Availability:    Year Round
Purchased @: Gift from Frank

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Leapbeer Review #167 Saison Dupont by Brasserie Dupont in Belgium

How do you follow up a beer that won Canadian Beer of the Year 2 years in a row? With 2005’s Best beer in the world (according to Mens Health Magazine http://web.archive.org/web/20080705054825/http://www.mensjournal.com/feature/0507/bestBeer_world.html )

I know I kind of got into what is a Saison in my review of Driftwood’s Farmhand, but recently a fellow blogger, wunderassn, did an absolutely great piece on them. Please do yourself a favour and read their blog post here ( http://theyearinbeer.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/fit-for-a-farmer-the-history-of-the-saison/ ) and learn up on this style of beer.

A craft beer lover told me that this is the classic saison. I gleefully purchased this beer hoping for the best. This is a corked beer that is bottle conditioned, meaning that the final yeasting goes on inside the bottle. Not in a different vessel.

I popped the top on this brew and got to pouring. Immediately I noticed an overabundance of carbonation. I poured it into my tulip glass and barely got a 1/2 pour before the head was to the top. It smelled great, like good Belgian yeast. One other thing I noticed was a lot of sediment in the bottle. When I went to drink this I had to sip it slowly due to all the carbonation. I fear that it was over-bottle conditioned making it a difficult to drink brew. Saisons were designed to be quaffed and quench the thirst of parched farmhands or Saisoners in the French countryside. Unless the farm owners wanted bloated stable boys belching in the hayloft I don’t think this is what they would serve them this particular beer. I had high hopes for this beer so I reached out to one of my craft beer wise men via twitter asking about this beer. We deduced that it must be the bottle conditioning so perhaps if I let it settle and flatten out a bit.

“Flatten out your beer, are you nuts?” you may say, but it worked. I went back the 2nd day of the bottle being open in the fridge. I gave it a quick swirl before pouring to get all that sour yeasty goodness from the bottom, and poured it into my glass. It was perfect. Refreshing and light. Peppery and sour. Extremely complex and completely delicious. I am absolutely going to have one of these in the fridge on the regular after this year is done (because right now its kind of prime real estate). If you’re at all curious I encourage you to go read wunderassn’s blog post about the history of this style of beer. I’m planning to do a couple more in the next while, if I get my hands on them that is.

Leapbeer #166 is Saison Dupont by Brasserie Dupont in Belgium

Thanks for reading. As well a special thanks to John Lim Hing of Hog Shack Cookhouse and Wunderassn. In fact, they (the team that does the year in beer blog) just posted their review of the Saison Dupont Vielle Provision yesterday. Here’s the link, check it out. http://theyearinbeer.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/saison-dupont-vielle-provision/

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