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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 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 doughanson78


4.55/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Nice orange color. Clean white head that sticks around for ever. Cloudy. Love the streaks of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S: Very nice light blend of fleshy fruits, apricot peach etc., and barnyard funk. Very light funk. Almost imperceptible tart and sour notes that are a preview of what this can become.

T: Big fruits, again apricot, peach, etc. with a hint of citrus for fruity balance. Very slight tartness that's begging to be released. Touches of spice and funk towards the finish.

M: Light, crisp, refreshing, and very dry. Contrary to some other Lost Abbey beers, the carbonation is spot on here.

O: As I've reviewed this and it warmed (started ~44º), it definitely got better. I really enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 05:18:08 | More by doughanson78
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 Halcyondays


4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an almost opaque orange yellow with a bubbly white head which leaves almost no lace.

S: Light bretty funk/gym socks/leather, stone fruit, citrus peel. Real nice colour.

T: Delicious candied peaches and apricots, with a light hint of mushrooms. Fruity as a young beer, very tasty.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied, refreshing, prickly yet soft carbonation, rather dry.

O: This is quite young (i.e. the 'Brettiness' hasn't really started), but it's drinking great and really doesn't need it. Very impressive. The $8 bottle price is pushing it, but this goes to show that Lost Abbey can certainly make good beer even with all the problems they've had in the past.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:20:22 | More by Halcyondays
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 OWSLEY069


4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, tart green apples and some earth. In the taste, a small tartness to clean, with pleasant note of fruit. A small sour bite and alighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, white grape in the aftertaste. A nice sour, yet a bit thin, yet still enjoyed it immensely.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 16:27:12 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 12.7oz bottle, into a Weyerbacher tulip. Bottled 5/23/13, so fairly fresh.

A: Hazy light golden body with a nice thick white head. Retention is good.

S: Noble hops, slight fruit from the yeast.

T:This beer just seems to vanish on my palette. Some yeast flavors remindcent of a belgian golden Peppery finish.

M: Extremely light in body, 6.15 is a mystery.

O: Though expectations might be high for a release like this, the beer is actually pretty solid and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 05:00:22 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of raynmoon


4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer looks great and tastes just fine, but seems nowhere near an American Wild Ale. There seems to be zero Brett characteristics in this. You mostly taste a light fruitiness with breadiness following. Kind of reminds me of a Belgian Single or a Golden Ale.

It tastes great but sort of seems like False Advertising.

5/5 for being a great Golden Ale
2/5 for being a brett beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 19:10:18 | More by raynmoon
Photo of BARFLYB


4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle into a Belgian Independence Day glass.

Mo Betta Bretta looks cloudy going in the glass, a nice golden color that sports a nice shade of orange. A inch of loose off white foam up above and it stays around. No cling on the glass though.

Smell is light on the brett, big on ripe tropic fruit, Belgian yeast. If this is 100% brett it's not there yet. This gives off more of a fresh triple scent with saison florals. Pineapple keeps coming to mind. No funk, expect yeast and fruit.

The taste is nice, the brett is ever so low at this point that it is an afterthought. Fruity like a triple, floral like with saison characteristics. Apple and pineapple are big, the brett touches the tounge if you put your mind to it. A drying finish. I am digging the taste and forgetting about what is advertised.

Feel is approaching medium, the body is spritzy, the finish is dry. I keep coming up with triple IMO, yet the alc is so low for one of those while the yeast and floral aspect screams saison. Carb is spot on and it lasts.

Perhaps some of MO has been stashed away in a barrel or three with some fruit and MO bugs to create something new and improved. Meanwhile, I have two more bottles which will be taking a four year dirt nap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 03:19:48 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is fruity, mainly pear with hints of lemon and tangerine, plus yeasty and malty undertones. Pours a fairly hazy amber with a fluffy and rather persistent white head. The bottle popped when I opened it, but at least I didn’t have a miniature Old Faithful. Flavor fills the palate with fruit, apple, pear and tangerine, plus malt and yeast notes and just a whisper of butterscotch. Lively, fizzy texture has good, firm body and leaves a tingling fruity, malty finish that carries a butterscotch hint. Get knee-deep knee-deep knee-deep in this beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 23:30:32 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME


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

Everything about this beer was pretty solid. Served at Toronado SF on tap.

Smells more of a hybrid of a Belgian Strong Pale and Saison, with hints of funk and hay. Taste is much the same as the nose but more citrus. Oranges and Pineapple peeking through. Has that banana and light clove belgian finish that lingers for a while.

I'm thinking this beer needs time because the sourness rally isn't there and I'd prefer it to be much more pronounced. It's not really sour at all. Add that, and we have a home run. Mouthfeel more of a saison with that typical belgian flavor in the finish.

Very good beer but needs to be more sour to live up to it's name.

Happy to have tried this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 14:46:41 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
Photo of mdfb79

New York

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

From 07/08/12 notes. Big thanks to Nugganooch for sending a bottle of this my way; thanks Dane! Always excited to try a new wild ale and LA beer. 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware.

a - Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with one to two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, funk, wood, citrus, floral hops, bready malts, earthy notes. Nice citrus and brett in the nose, as well as wood.

t - Tastes of brett, oranges, citrus hops, floral hops, earthy notes, wood, hay, lemon. More brett and some nice oranges here; better than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. It is not sour at all, but has a lot of brett and a little funk so it you like bretty beers you should like this one. Very easy to drink, glad to have another bottle of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 21:59:57 | More by mdfb79
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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

375ml bottle.

Pours hazy gold after a nice pop of the cork. A half inch head of dense white settled to a solid skim coat on the surface with a few dots of elongated lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with honey-drizzeled pineapple spiked with peppercorns. Shades of cut grass and wheaty biscuits follow through. A bit subdued in the brett department if one is hoping for horsey, barnyard notes.

Light bodied with a creamy, slightly crispy mouthfeel. A bit tacky.

Sweet, bready malt with toasted biscuits and honey start the palate. Pineapple skins, cut grass, cloves, green apples, and pepper-dusted bubblegum run underneath.

Finishes with honey-drizzeled pineapple and grass-rubbed peppercorns.

Tasty beer, but I was hoping for more of a "wild", rustic, and pronounced brett character. It tastes more like a BPA with some brettt added at bottling.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 20:01:47 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of KYGunner


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

This poured with a thin carbonated head that wisped away quickly. The color is a yellow around the edges with a cloudy apple cider brown in the middle. The scent is a vivid clove with a sweet citrus note. The texture is smooth and light much like the taste. Smooth floral and citrus flavored yield to a banana nut finish. A fully enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 23:42:56 | More by KYGunner
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 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 BearsOnAcid


3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprised by the poor reviews so far. Actually, not to surprising with all the pro reviewers on this site.

Golden body (milky w/ yeast) tightly packed white head.

Loving the nose on it. A little sweet. Pineapple, orange, mango, and bubble gum.

Taste was so drinkable. Blasts of fruit from the nose. Lots of orange and apricot. Belgian esters similar to a triple. Dry. Its low alcohol is a little pronounced. Probably a victim of high attenuation and brett's insatiable thirst for all sugar. Medium carbonation; wish it was a little more effervescent.

Factual advice: This is not a sour. Was never intended to be. And it won't get sour if you sit on a bottle. I don't think it will get very funky either. The beer will most likely dry out more and the estery flavors will become a little more pronounced.

This sounds like El Diablo Deluxe all over again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 15:25:33 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of cbutova


3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty happy to see something like this on the shelves. Hopefully more Brett forward beers follow. Expensive but significantly cheaper than all of the other Lost Abbey 12oz brews.

A- A golden orange brew falls out of the bottle into a snifter with a foamy white head. Retention of the cap is lackluster but I have seen that with many Wild Ales. Nothing but a tiny ring of bubbles around the beer remains after some time and only a few tiny spots of lace stick.

S- More "funk" and Brett character here for me. I get a bit of the barnyard and musty feel. Yeast spice and some fruit (citrus, cantaloupe) as well. Not the best strength of aroma, had to search for a bit.

T- I get mostly a Saison feel here. The funk is minimal and very far in the background of a traditional Belgian yeast. Notes of spice, coriander, banana, clove and cantaloupe really shine through. Tiniest bit of tart funk, barnyard and straw.

MF- Lighter body which has been dried out by the Brettanomyces. It has a foamy but creamy feel that really goes down smoothly and helps meld the strong yeasty flavors.

Feels like a dry Saison with a pinch of wild yeast flavors. Will probably develop a bit with age but still drinks nicely now.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 02:36:54 | More by cbutova
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a short 1/4" head.

Smell: caramel, citrus, and nice funkiness create a pleasant aroma.

Taste: caramel, peaches, mild orange, green grapes, and a moderate bitterness is wrapped in a nice funk that is not overwhelming to the profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of drying late. Long lasting funk-filled aftertaste.

Overall: this was slow sipping but easy to consume. The brett was not in your face but more complimentary here. Enjoyable but one glass is enough in a session.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 18:42:13 | More by Gavage
Photo of justintcoons


3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

A: Cloudy gold with a quickly dissipating head. Moderate carbonation.

N: Barnyard, potpourri, pear, golden delicious apple and dried hay.

T: Golden delicious apple and pear are the most abundant. Moderate barnyard funk. Dried hay, potpourri and drops of lemon juice are also apparent.

M: Light-medium bodied, extra crisp, clean and slightly dry.

O: Very easy drinking and showcases the Brett yeast strain nicely. Only has a slight touch of tartness. I expected more from a “Wild Ale.” For a collaberation between The Lost Abbey and New Belgium I expected more. This is a tad underwhelming but overall a nice Blonde Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 12:45:06 | More by justintcoons
Photo of grittybrews


3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, milky orange with a finger of bright white head. Aroma of wheat, lemon, and light funk.

High carbonation and a light, dry mouthfeel. Lemon and biscuity wheat up front followed by light spice, orange, a touch of honey, and some hay/funk on the tail end.

Nothing mind-blowing, but full-flavored and refreshing with some nice hefeweizen character balancing the funk.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 03:05:26 | More by grittybrews
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours very clear pale yellow. Upon the second pour into my goose island stemmed glass the yeast turns the beer a hazy marigold. Surprising lack of foam just a fingers worth of white head which quickly dissipates.

S - a fairly intense nose with lots of sweet fruit from the Belgian yeast strain. Ripe banana peel and juicy fruit gum are in the forefront while hints of lemon oil and green apples add even more brightness to the aroma. With a crusty bread backbone.

T - sweet doughy and crusty bread flavors up front. Flavors of green apples, banana and hints of lemony acidity enter mid palate. As the beer warms on the tongue there is a touch of earthy hops in the background. Finish is smooth with a bit of lingering sweetness.

M - medium bodied with a smooth, creamy yet slightly grainy texture. High carbonation with tight scrubbing bubbles.

O -  A very well made ale. The brett character is very reserved which is something I would have liked to see more of but I have put a few other bottles aside and am looking forward to seeing how they develop.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 02:16:48 | More by Teleweizen2
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3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5/23/12, thanks MERC for sharing this
The beer pours a cloudy sunset orange with no head/lacing. The nose has a citrusy orange sweetness and funky Brett undertone. The taste is sweeter than expected with some orange and Brett mixed together. Very similar to a hefe and just as drinkable. It's sweetness helps build the medium body I prefer in a Brett beer, but isn't cloying due to the barnyard funk and notes of citrus. I like this beer and think it's relatively underrated.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 20:06:30 | More by ThePorterSorter
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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 ehammond1

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

On Tap

The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Slightly hazed golden yellow with a thick near-white head that leaves rings of lace down the glass. Very pretty.

Mild aroma, though what's here is very nice: mild citrus, mild funk, earth, and wet tree bark.

The flavor is quite nice. I've had this two times now, and this on-tap pour at The Lost Abbey is significantly better and significantly more funky than the keg pour I had at the Firestone Invitational. The flavor follows the aroma, with mild citrus, moderate bitterness, and earth dominating, with distinct Brett presence, though I belive the Brett really will develop nicely.

Medium to full bodied, slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation.

Very nice. I'd love to buy a bottle of this and just forget about it for years.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 15:24:05 | More by ehammond1
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Mo' Betta Bretta from The Lost Abbey
80 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.