Drinking on a Monday is a short column where I share that one bottle that I open after the most dreadful of all weekdays.
This week’s column is a bit of a cheat, as today is a holiday for me, so the description above doesn’t really apply. I guess it should be revised to ‘that one bottle I hesitantly open after a weekend full of drinking’. What does one open after a weekend full of great beer, when one should really be drinking water and fruit juice and recuperating their body? I opened my beer fridge tonight and answered my own question with Logsdon Seizoen Bretta. This is a beer that I’ve actually had quite a bit recently, having ordered a pint at 38 Degrees a few weeks ago and picking up a few bottles at my local Whole Foods afterwards. Its truly an excellent beer, and since my fiance only really appreciates sours and strong belgians, its the perfect bottle for us to share on a monday night.
Once you get that pesky wax off the cap, the aroma from the bottle is full of funky apple and pear. There’s a nice breadiness, and a bit of champagne yeast to the aroma as well, which hints at the dryness that is coming from the first sip. It pours a beautiful honey-yellow color, slightly cloudy with the carbonation streaming towards the frothy, light head. As the beer hits your tongue its immediately citrusy with hints of lemon, apple and sweet pear. The apple/pear flavor evolves nicely into the beautifully tart funkiness and it finishes dry with the slight doughiness from the yeast that fits the style nicely. Its medium bodied and stays on your palate, but still very smooth.
Without a doubt in my mind, this is one of my preferred bretta ales that are widely available. Its a beer that I will always have a bottle of in my fridge, and while its complex and satisfying for a sour fiend like me, its also accessible enough to share with less experienced beer drinkers.