|Highest Rated||Seizoen (88 / 100)
||Average score||75 / 100 (Excellent)|
|Lowest Rated||Far West Vlaming (63 / 100)
77 / 100
750ml dark green bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.
Pours a pleasing, bright lemon golden colour, with an immensely frothy, coarse, rocky head of white that continues to spill from the top of the bottle. Lacing forms in specks, mostly, as the head has largely crackled its way out of existence. Body is light, but holds some static carbonation. Looks good.
Nose is very pleasant. Bretty nose with characters of crushed lime leaf and pepper. There's deeper, more organic characters though. A touch of turned mulch, undergrowth and bracken. There's a little banana ester underpinning it, but it's subtle, and you almost don't notice it—it's more like it's tying everything else together with sweetness. I like it.
Taste is also very good. It starts out quite punchy and a little astringent—more crushed leaves and some coriander spice. But it settles in to a lovely smoothness. There's notes of coconut and rice pudding on the back, which just let the beer glide to a sweet finish. There's some playful hints in the very end though—perhaps some of the hops come through a bit here, giving it a slight kick in the tail.
A really nice beer, this one. But I've started to expect nothing less from Logsdon. I'm not entirely getting the additional hops (and I honestly think that a really bright, hoppy version of their admittedly excellent regular range would be good). But it's still a stalwart, and very good brew from the stable.
70 / 100
Similar to previous review, found some old reviewin' notes I never entered. See Jez's review for context. Also picture. Because it's 2+ years after the fact for me.
Pours a bright orange colour, somewhat cloudy and sedimenty. Head is huge, off-white with a yellow tinge, webby and sparse but nice marshmallow-esque pillow in the middle. Looks great.
Smells funky, quite earthy. Plenty of citrus character with lemon pith, fresh-cut grass and some barnyard funk. Mild notes of cumquat and soil as well. Pretty nice, could use a bit more freshness or bite. Nice, though.
Taste is fairly funky. Slight tart edge particularly midway giving citrus and a touch of white wine vinegar. Lemon pith around the edges then provides the bulk of the finish, with a big astringent citrus character blending with a slightly duff note of organic barnyard. Tangy, pleasant overall. I feel it's a tad too bitter on the back, and it doesn't explore a lot with the tang upfront. Very decent though.
Bit of a pull and touch of sizzle from carbonation is noticeable. Body pads it well though.
Decent saison-type beer; doesn't really do anything amazing with the style, but certainly pleasant and enjoyable.
78 / 100
750ml brown wax-capped bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Brought back to Sydney, where I cracked it open with Sam. Unfortunately, it uncaps with a mighty froth, gushing over the table until saved by a convenient glass.
Eventually, it does settle down, leaving a beer in the glass that's a cloudy dull orange hue, with a big crackling head of off-white that leaves messes of loose lace around the outside of the glass. Body is light, particularly for 8% ABV. Looks good though apart from that uncapping.
Nose is very pleasant. Initial fresh semi-sour saison characters dissipate quickly, leaving behind a refined, dusty sort of aroma with overtones of clipped grass and lucerne. Slightly herbal or peppery notes come through as well along with something sweeter, almost a hint of pineapple, as it warms up a little. Very nice stuff.
Taste is also good. Refined, but dry saison, with a little bit of yeast-driven tartness, some dusty funk and a pleasant aspirin-like aridity towards the back. There are a few interesting notes around the back of the palate, light touches of herbs and pepper, but not much of that suggested fruit from the nose. Overall though, it's very pleasant—the dryness makes it feel rather champagne-like. Feel also helps in this respect, giving it a nice crispness with the carbonation, while remaining light and dry.
Overall, this is a very nice beer. Indeed, it might be my favourite from the Logsdon stables. Although I'm not sure the oak comes through all that much, there's a refinement to this beer that makes it seem perhaps better than its non-oaked counterpart.
750ml bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I cracked it open with Sam.
Pours with a lovely clear body, but definitely more amber and dull than red and bright. Head forms a fairly fine but carbonated expanse of white that settles down a bit, but still stays fairly frothy and persistent to the death. Lacing forms in coarse streaks. Body is light, but nice. Looks pretty good.
Nose has a slight tilt of acidity to it, but nowhere near what I was expecting. Some mild vinous acidity, perhaps a touch of oak, but fairly mild all up. There's certainly no organic funk, but the acidity is incredibly tame as well, meaning it smells a little weak overall.
Taste is similar. In fact, it may even seem thinner and less exciting. Very weak acidity and a flat body without much complexity leaves it tasting a bit like watered down balsamic. It's clean through the centre, with a tingling vinous character on the back, but there's really not a huge amount going on. It's genuinely disappointing, despite the fact that it's genuinely fairly nice all things considered.
Overall: Logsdon should have a far better Flemish Red than this one. This is thin, weak and lacking complexity and verve. It has some of the basic characters, but just fumbles with them until it produces something really quite pedestrian. C'mon guys, you can do way better, surely.
70 / 100
Pours a pale golden colour, very opaque. Head is white, small bubbles; nice lace that's clingy. Nice.
Smells funky, earthy. Touch of carraway/cardamom spice and barnyard, with a touch of sour apple and cinnamon. Tasty, pleasant melange.
Taste leans heavier on the spice. Bit tart upfront, touch of fruit, then slight astringent spice, with anise, fennel and black pepper. Slight anchovy savoury character to the funk that comes through late, and quite strong Belgian phenols. Would like the tartness to continue, and crisp up the end a bit. But nice otherwise.
Decent body, bit tingly and sedimenty.
Fairly to style brew once you taste it. Seemed more exciting but it's pretty standard, if well-made.
75 / 100
Standard large Logsdon bottle purchased from Whole Foods SoMa in San Francisco. Carted back to Australia, where I shared it with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.
Very intense fizzing gush on opening, leaving a ery light burnished straw colour in the glass. Head is frothy and quite solid white but runs out of puff pretty quickly. Lace is fine and sudsy. Body is quite light letting large-bubbled carbonation run freely.
Nose is clean and sharp and with a peppery overtone. It's spicy, but I get the impression the spice is much to do with the yeast, and less to do with any actual spice addition. Under this is a clean, green vegetative character leading into a herbal note: perhaps a true suggestion of coriander. But it's different.
Smooth on the palate, more vegetal characters, more peppery, pithy and clean. It gets a bit soapy towards the back, maybe more of the coriander, or else the African equivalent. Slight aspirin fizz, some medicinal characters. Leafy, herbal and vegetative on the finish. It's quite pleasant.
Feel is a tad light. It works well enough, but it could use a little bit more.
Overall, though, it's very drinkable and pretty tasty. It has nice flavours, presented in a clean, bright package, but with enough twisty turns to keep things interesting.
88 / 100
Orangey cloudy appearance, head is dense, just a thin crown but loads of lacing left behind wherever it's been. Looks nice.
Smells funky, but so inviting. She's fresh (exciting). Peach, nectar, green apple, some nutmeg and cinnamon. Yeah, slight tartness to balance out an otherwise sweet and lovely aroma.
Taste is also sweet and spicy. Cinnamon with sultanas, cake batter upfront, then green apples and barnyard funk come through with a touch of coriander, grains of paradise and balsamic. Ends with this sweet, yet phenolic flavour in perfect harmony with the other components. Yum.
Foams a little in the mouth. A bit sharp, but drinks well.
A cracking saison. Funky, refreshing, sublimely complex and yet so much finesse. We have here an absolute weiner.
77 / 100
Pours a cloudy orange colour with stupidly generous head. Sinking marshmallow style with intricate ace weavings. A thing of beauty, really.
Smells funky and tasty. Slight vanilla cream on the front and then a sour, lemony/barnyard funk on the back. Touch of redcurrant and strawberry. Lovely.
Tastes quite odd, actually. Far sweeter, with creme custardy malt upfront. Funk is earthier, with wet lucerne, mould and damp characters, slight moonshine flavour on the back and only a hint of tartness. Bit astringent, but overall still very pleasant and enjoyable.
A bit of sizzle and slightly dry on the back. Not bad, though.
Good organic brew with a lot of natural flaws and inconsistencies, which aren't a problem; they just keep you intrigued.
Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Opened during our FantÃ´me tasting day with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe, just to throw them off the scent. Upon uncapping, despite the gentle treatment and the solid chilling it received, it gushes out in waves onto my table-top, probably losing about a quarter of the bottle. Inauspicious start.
Colour is a cloudy but bright orange-yellow colour, with a very pronounced, and frothy, crackling head of white. Lacing is messy, anarchic and very full, when it forms. Decent weight to the body, with a nice amount of fine carbonation. Looks pretty good.
Nose has a solid, pleasant greenness to it, a touch of pepper and phenolics and a hint towards acidity. Some sweeter characters sit around on the back as well, perhaps the fragrance of fresh vanilla orchids, but overall it doesn't adapt and express itself an awful lot: it feels like it dumps everything it has on you in the aroma and then disappears. It's still pleasant, but you feel like it could have been excellent.
Taste is clean and mild, with some slight phenols on the back. Slight bite and a clean cider character, and not unpleasantly. Some phenols, and appleskin on the finish, which gives it a slightly biting and almost bitter finish. Perhaps a bit too sharp and bitter, in fact, which gives it a harshness on the back.
Feel is clean but quite light.
Overall, this is decent, but really not exciting, and perhaps even not that great a Saison. Their "Bretta" version is better. It also didn't explode all over my furniture.
78 / 100
Bottle purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA, brought back to Sydney and shared with @laituegonflable and @tobeerornottobe.
Explodes on uncapping, fortunately not gushing, but with enough foam to provide a solid pool on the top of my table-top. When poured, the head is massive, but fine, collapsing after a while to leave a sticky mess of complex, webbed lacing. Body is a smooth, solid orange, and the head is a mildly orange-tinged beige. I expected raging carbonation, but in fact the bubbles are fine and languidâif you swirl the glass just a little bit, they end up going sideways.
Nose is fruity, but tart and crisp. Plenty of apple-and-pears, with a hint of crushed greenery and a solid woodiness. There's a freshness to it as well, like scraped citrus peel: in fact, there's almost a crisp West Coast hop character to it, despite the fact that I almost solely attribute the citric bite to the yeast. Fascinating.
Taste is also good: firm bretty characters give an earthy wholeness to the beer, along with some peppery bite on the back, while more fruity characters fill out the edges. I get apricot, pear and a touch of unripe banana. There's an odd smoothness to it, almost like a vanilla note, that is accentuated by the feelâdespite the overt carbonation on opening, it almost feels completely flat. Crispness on the finish accentuates the lingering pepper, and gives a slightly brusque bitterness.
Overall, very good stuff. It's a ripe and appropriate saison, in the very best traditions of the style. When it's done well, it's a beautiful thing.