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Mo' Betta Bretta - The Lost Abbey

Mo' Betta BrettaMo' Betta Bretta

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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.15% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-10-2012)
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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with an inch or so of foam that leaves strands of lace behind

Smell: Wheat bread, straw, Belgian yeast phenols, leather, banana; hints of peach and cantaloupe

Taste: Opens with bread and banana tones, with a hint of funk developing in the middle, along with cantaloupe and peach flavors; leather and sweet candi sugar tones combine in the finish with the other flavors that appeared earlier

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; slightly overcarbonated

Overall: Drinks more like a Belgian pale than a wild ale, as others have noted even after giving the Brett a couple of years to do its thing; it would score higher if the expectations weren't set by the labeling

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 21:07:02 | More by brentk56
Photo of weeare138


4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange toned gold with a fluffy white cap that never fades. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of peaches, and passion fruit with an abundance of vanilla pulling through.
Taste is echoing the aromatics with citrus, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, and vanilla coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and even keeled. Hardly sour dominant by any means. Very balanced, and brett forward on the mellow end.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 01:25:33 | More by weeare138
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i think this is superior to the new belgium release, but still a let down as wild ales go. the brett hasnt changed this much since its release, and we are left with an underwhelming pale hazy yellow beer thats soft in feel and well heady, but pretty minimal as far as flavor goes. lots of stale wheat malt, and a yeast that is neither funky or traditional, its sort of dry and bready, but the usual characteristics of the brett dont ever show up. i get some fruity zest on the back end, but a general staleness is my takeaway. the feel is fine, bubbly and light on the palate, but the flavors just never really show up. kind of a sloppy yeasty mess, i know the lost abbey is capable of better, they have some amazing wilds, but this one is a bit of a throwaway at this point.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 17:39:27 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mo' Betta Bretta pours a cloudy, pale, orange/yellow color, with only a sliver of suds for a head. Not bad looking and true-to-style. I would describe the aroma as yeasty and bready, with prominent grapefruit and lemon peel zest. Some definite herb-like Brett can be detected as well. After just one sip I have to admit I was a little disappointed. It's very light, almost like a standard Belgian Blond. It does not contain very much 'funky' aspects or Brett as I would prefer. The finish is sharp and coats the mouth adequately. It does have a slight tart flavor and is overall a good mellow drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:30:45 | More by Neorebel
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. corked bottle into a harpoon tulip glass.

The color is a hazy orange with a finger and a half of foamy white head that is quickly gone before the first sip.

The smell is funky but not too sour. There is some banana aroma mixed with a touch of Belgian candy sugars. The grainy aroma that is detectable in the nose and reminds me of a triple but not as sweet.

The taste is sweet but not sour, and wild sourness seems to have been missed in this bottle. What I'm left here is a tasty Belgian-like beer without the carbonation and not much in the way of brett flavor. The is some fig flavor and some slight bubblegum flavor mixed in with a grainy flavor that is nice but is not as exciting as expected.

The feel of this beer is smooth with a nice drinkable feel. It goes down easy and has a medium to light body.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 20:59:57 | More by Duhast500
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

thanks to ehammond1 for sending this one my way...enjoyed from a lost abbey teku. bottled 5/24/12

a - brew poured a murky yellow orange with a finger and a half of foamy head that was gone quick leaving a skin of bubbles on the surface.

s - soft fruit with some light barnyard bretty funk. some lemon and some wheat.

t - like a wheat beer with some strong sweetness and lemon. the brett is subtle giving it a wheatwine vibe.

m - sweet and wheaty with some grain.

o - overall, not a bad beer, but not something that needed to be mailed across the country either.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 23:48:56 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of TruePerception


3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)


Lost Abbey / New Belgium Mo' Betta Bretta: blonde brett ale, 6.3% ABV, very active carbonation; Appearance: cloudy yellow, like hefeweisen, decent head, steady fade; Smell: hefeweisen, faint belt leather; Taste/Mouthfeel: belt leather, faint yogurty sourness, very light wheat, hint of banana and butterscotch; slight bitter aftertaste of saliva; good

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 16:44:24 | More by TruePerception
Photo of lsummers


4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear copper yellow with very little head. Smells of barnyard hay funk with some great malty backbone. Hints of grassy herbal hop aromas and a sense of sweetness coming through. Taste hits with great blast of fresh funky grassy hay and bright flavors of malt sweetness. A large lemony, peppery note along with the great bubbly mouthfeel really make each sip great. Hits the tongue with a blast and leaves it with some great cracker/biscuit/brown sugar notes. Not overly sweet but rather a hint. The funk comes through and doesn't over power the great peppery, herbal, grassy, lemon, tart hop aromas. Can't help but think there's some tropical notes hiding in there somewhere among the barnyard hay.

Again this is very bright on the tongue. Moderate amount of carbonation and wouldn't change a thing.

Overall, this version of the American Wild Ale really is one of my favorites. It keeps the flavors well balanced and light. Very drinkable, and very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 03:45:57 | More by lsummers
Photo of riored4v


3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a tulip. Clear, golden body. Thin ring of white foam. No real signs of lacing.

Aroma was musty and filled with brett. While noticeable, the aroma was fairly mellow. Some tropical notes present as well as a bit grainy.

Taste was fairly sweet upfront. Some tropical fruit notes. Turned to a nice maltiness with some caramel notes. Finish was pretty much all Brett. Nice and musty, farmhouse flavors. A bit floral/fruity as well.

Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carb. Crisp finish.

Enjoyable but fairly mellow flavors overall. Wished either Brett or other flavors were more pronouced.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 23:24:40 | More by riored4v
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz.bottle. Pours a golden amber with a small short lived white head. Aroma of biscuit malt, sour ripe white grapes, fruity and some Belgian yeast. Taste is sweet tart and sour fruity flavors, slightly champagne like, Belgian yeast. Palate is a medium body, crisp nicely balanced sweet and tart on the tongue, with moderate carbonation. Finish is a combination of sweet biscuit malt, wild Belgian yeast, with some ripe sour and tart fruitiness of apples and peaches. Almost reminds me of trippel. Overall has a nice flavor and nicely balanced. A well crafted and flavorful brew. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:36:32 | More by Samp01
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks mrbubbler!!

Appearance. Pours a rich gold with a little haze and half a finger of white head.

Smell. Brett funk, sweet light malt, pears and a drop of white wine, and some light belgian style spices.

Taste. Pears, banana and belgian spices, a little bit of funky brett, and some of that sweet light malt I could smell.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium+ smooth carbonation.

Overall. A very nice beer. Easy to drink, nice light flavours and a decent body with great smooth carbonation. What's not to like?

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 03:37:34 | More by Rutager
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle pours a lightly hazed gold color with a creamy white head...not much for lacing and retention.

Nose is light on the brett and quite grainy....Belgian yeasty fruit comes out in droves.

Light fruits...honeydew, cantaloupe and strawberries. Brett is even lighter than the malt, which is hard to do with the malt being very crisp and grainy. Not enough brett for me, but it still is a pretty enjoyable beer. Worth the price? No...but it would be cool to see how this one would age.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 22:56:37 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of TheLostGringo


1.95/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

375ml C&C bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

A: Pours a hazy light orange, with about a 1/2 inch head from a careful pour. some carbonation that bubbles up from the bottom.

S: Sweaty Feet or old gym socks, could think of nothing else. Revolting and unappealing.

T: Almost nothing noticeable very boring and one dimensional.

M: Thin and watery.

O: Absolute garbage, can't believe their are some half-way decent reviews of this beer. I know taste is subjective, blah.. blah.. blah..

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 13:52:46 | More by TheLostGringo
Photo of draheim


3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375mL (bottled 5/23/2012) into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery orange w/ a 1-finger white head, lively carb, a few floaties from the sediment at the bottom.

Aroma is sweet and fruity, a little bready. Indistinct.

Taste likewise has a fruity character - apricots maybe. Fruit juice, seems like there's some watered-down candi sugar sweetness too. Malt is a tad grainy. What I'm not getting is anything resembling Brett yeast.

Mouthfeel is thin, and a tad prickly from the carbonation.

Overall a pretty disappointing, bland beer. I don't get what this bee was supposed to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 05:14:35 | More by draheim
Photo of ngeunit1


4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Funky and tart brett and other yeasts, citrus zest, vanilla, wheat, farmhouse smells.

T - Funky Brett and other yeasts, tart green fruits, lemon and other citrus zest, wheat, vanilla, farmhouse flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky and tart finish.

D - Good wild ale. A bit on the light side.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 21:33:27 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of benfons


3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: No head what so ever, hazy colour, light orange colour

S: lots of honey, hints of citrus and banana, no hops and only a very slight hint of yeast

T: not as sweet as you'd expect, some bitterness, some tart, , more yeasts but somehow this doesn't really work for me

M: undercarbonated, rather dry, more alcoholic than you would expect

O: Doesnt work for me, not balanced,undercarbonated, not an attractive beer

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 14:02:59 | More by benfons
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this earlier this year from Doppelbockulus in a great trade... Thanks Charley!!

Pours dark golden... looks like apple juice and the light carbonation and nearly nonexistent head solidifies that image.

Nose is grainy with the brett showing only as some light lemon and dusty/grassy notes... really fruity and sweet with warmth.

Flavor is pretty much the same with an underlying sorta fruity sweetness... apple and perhaps apricot.

Very light carbonation ... bubbles only really show on the tongue.

Just not very good. Seems like a BSPA with only the lightest Brett character.


Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 05:14:19 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of jlindros


3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to wait a while to crack this, but I have a couple other bottles so might as well have it while it's not too old and try it first.

Pours a light fizzy head despite tons of bubbles, little lacing, crazy hazy murky sediment filled yeast chunked golden straw honey colored beer.

Nose has some funk, light horsehair funk, lemony, lemon balm like, light floral spices, little fruity and tart fruit, light wheat and grassy aromas, fairly fruity overall.

Taste starts with a somewhat sweet malt bite, sweet golden malts and candi sugar, a nice golden Belgian malt flavor esp with the candi sugar gives a nice Belgian feel overall. Smooth malts turn to light funk, just a touch of funk overall but a decent fruit base, tart pear and lemony, grassy and wheat flavors again, straw, grainy a bit, nice and fluffy and a bit effervescent. Finish is sticky and somewhat sweet but mostly dry, gritty, light tart lemony fruit, little floral grassy and fruity.

mouth is med to lighter bodied, plenty of effervescent carb, little gritty.

Overall not bad, but nothing like I expected, very little funk, a bit fruity but not a lot of tartness, more like a decent Belgian ale with a faint hint of funk.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:37:04 | More by jlindros
Photo of Rainier


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very mediocre beer for me. I can't believe I could smell a little funkiness but I expected a lot more from this considering it's a 100% brett fermented beer. It tasted similar to Duvel but I think Duvel was still better. For the price I paid, totally not worth it. I shouldn't have gotten 2 bottles. I guess I will just cellar the other and hope the funkiness will be more present the next time I drink it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 06:13:18 | More by Rainier
Photo of jjamadorphd


4.59/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While on travel for work I decided to visit the bar in the hotel I was staying at, in LA. I decided to see if they had anything exotic and was surprised to find they place had over 50 beers to choose from. So, I decided to just pick something made in California and came across this Mo' Betta Bretta stuff - wow - was I impressed.

The beer arrives packed as though it were wine, with a cork and all. Once you fight the thing off, you end up pouring a beautiful golden ichor of liquid - very appealing to the eyes. The beer pours a nice white head, little staying power with minimal lacing. Nonetheless, it looks good in the glass. It's smell is unlike anything else I have every tasted - hints of orange, cinnamon, other citrus smells assail your nose. The mouthfeel was just about perfect in terms of the carbonation and an aftertaste that was made me want to beg for more. The taste was also exceptional - a perfect blend of oranges, coriander, spice, and other flavors wells mixed in - this is not a fruit/vegetable beer folks - it's the real deal done right.

Overall, I think this is the highest rating I have given a beer to date. I would definitely buy more of these and I'm trying to figure out a way to take a six pack home with me before my time in Cali is up.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 06:26:13 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If the intent was to brew a Belgian style ale with a pleasant orange citrus character, understated carbonation, then they did it spot on. Smooth mouthfeel. Decent drinkability with food. If this moderately bretted ale qualifies as a wild ale, then there are funkier beers around not listed as wild ales. Thanks Robert Bland for hooking me up.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 02:47:37 | More by Sammy
Photo of sweemzander


3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear apricot orange color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention and lacing too.

(S)- Very very dry overall. Bits of hay and barnyard funk. Very subtle floral notes. Even hints of sawdust (a bit weird, but not off-putting).

(T)- Like the smell, the overall dryness of this is really in your face. The Brett is obvious, but mostly present in a dry hay sense; ever so minimal funk. Extremely subtle underlying sweetness to it.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Despite how dry this is, it is quite thirst quenching due to its lighter body and crisp feel. Very minimal bitterness as it warmed.

(O)- I like it, but to me, is extremely similar to Vivant's Escoffier. Definitely enjoyable, just not THAT unique and perhaps a bit more expensive than what you actually get.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 19:19:41 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Knapp85


3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DaveHack for opening this one. The beer poured out at a hazy golden yellow color with a thin white fizzy head on top. The retention and lacing were decent. The smell of the beer is very mild for a wild ale. There really isn't a lot of funk of sour notes on the nose of this. Instead I get some fresh wheat aromas and other grains. The taste has a very subtle funkiness to it with some soft grain flavors and minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, smooth and fairly refreshing. Overall I was surprised by how subtle this beer ended up being. Not bad, not great though either.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 01:56:08 | More by Knapp85
Photo of donkeyrunner


2.25/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Gold with a sassy lilly pad of white foam on top. Fast fleeing foam that is. Cute bottle with cute bottle art.

Smells like musty sweet tarts and corn chips. Maybe some mild rye-like spice but I may be reaching.

Like not as sweet white grape juice with no discernible brett. Not as wild as I was hoping for. Not really wild at all. Kinda tastes like a Harpoon IPA from the cooler that's been in the basement since last beach season and all the hops have faded out and the crystal sweetness is gone and you wonder why you wanted to try it in the first place except that this time it's supposed to tasted like that (I'm guessing) and it's $10 for a cute little bottle that you bought because of the cute frogs.

Mo betta is better than no bretta but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 00:44:40 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of spoony


3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 375 ml bottle (brewed on May 24, 2012) into a tulip.

A-A zealous pour produced three fingers of shiny white foam that steadily drops into a ring around the edge of the glass. No real lacing is left behind. The brew is cloudy and pale in color with a light amber hue.

S-The smell is a sweet mixture of tropic banana, lemongrass, a touch of straw, and a little bit of brett funkiness. The funkiness comes through here, but without much sour/acidic power like you might expect.

T-Taste tracks the smell, but is much less, uh, interesting. The brew is definitely sweet with candy sugar flavors accompanied by some lemon and vague tropical fruitiness. Doughy malts also make an appearance. No sour components here.

M-The beer was on the flat side, which gave it a watery, heavy feel.

O-For those BAs looking for a brett bomb, look elsewhere, because this isn't it. Instead, this brew is a mutt with aspects of a sour, a tripel, a saison, and a wit beer (and perhaps other styles) all mixing (and mostly competing) with one another for your taste buds. This is not a bad tasting beer, but I don't know when I would drink this again or how I would pair this with food.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:30:31 | More by spoony
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Mo' Betta Bretta from The Lost Abbey
80 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.