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Monthly beer tasting: Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Seizoen Bretta

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Seizoen Bretta is a specialty organic farmhouse ale from Hood River, Oreg.

For a saison, the beer is alcoholically strong (8 percent ABV) and slightly sour, owing to the use of wild Bretta yeast. The yeast that is used results in slightly sour undertones, countered by the ample use of sweet crystal malts. Together, the beer is incredibly complex, at the same time sweet, dry, sour and fruity.

The color is a rich and unfiltered golden straw yellow. The large bottle is perfect for sharing; open a bottle with a couple of friends and drink it together while comparing opinions. Seizoen Bretta is so complex that everyone will notice something different, while someone will insightfully summarize its various palatal pleasures.

A couple of other things should be mentioned. A beer of this style should be served at about 50 degrees, meaning you should let it warm out of the fridge for about 25 minutes before opening. When pouring, use a smallish, stemmed glass, not a pint glass. This type of glass is much better at holding temperatures and capturing yeasty aromas. If you don’t have beer glasses like this, wine glasses will do the trick.

Seizoen Bretta is typically available at Capitol Beer and Tap Room and The Davis Beer Shoppe in 750 milliliter bottles for about $10, but don’t wait too long to seek it out. What’s on the shelves now won gold in the American-Style Brett Ale category at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.

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