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Mo' Betta Bretta - The Lost Abbey

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Mo' Betta BrettaMo' Betta Bretta

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BA SCORE
80
good

378 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 18
Gots: 79 | FT: 7
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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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
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +13%

12-12-2012 03:26:46 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/23/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, yeast, and some slightly funky Brett aromas. Taste is of malt/grain, yeast, and some very mild Brett flavors without any sort of real funk tastes. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but just like the New Belgium version, there is no real distinct Brett presence. However, I must say that this is the better of the 2 versions in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 04:55:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-19-2012 00:15:30 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lost Abbey teku. Quite bland. Low carbonation. Touch of peach. Fairly dry. Hopefully this gets better with an increased presence. The aged version from Pizza Port was phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 03:20:21 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that quickly died down and left lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lemon and orange citrus in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of orange citrus along with hints of sourness and tartness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels a little heavier (and maltier) compared to other wild ales. It doesn't deliver as much sourness compared to other beers in the style but it still has some interesting properties and is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 03:52:28 | More by metter98
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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
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of funky yeast is sourer then I would have anticipated. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt notes with some funky ester and light barnyard notes and a sour finish. Boyd is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting but a bit underwhelmed and not sure this is one I would revisit anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 17:14:22 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-19-2012 02:35:38 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

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

On-tap at Lost Abbey

Pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. Smells of citrus, banana, yeast, and spices. A light floral note, some hints of straw and grass, and maybe a little pineapple. The flavor is quite fruity with good citrus, banana, pear, and pineapple notes. The spice (clove and nutmeg) notes are also well represented. Sweet malt and a touch of yeast are also present. More of just a Belgian pale ale sort of flavor, but it’s still quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 04:37:39 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

10-25-2013 20:35:29 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

08-04-2012 17:05:20 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

08-04-2012 16:24:24 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

01-12-2013 00:56:31 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

01-29-2013 05:51:16 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of rocky foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of funkiness and yeastiness with some caramel notes.

T - Good phenolic and funky tasty with a nice spicy bitterness. Caramel sweetness makes a nice backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty wild ale. I enjoyed this version better than the New Belgium version.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 15:52:05 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ben for sharing this one! Tasted alongside NB Brett Beer and SN Brux. Quick review from notes.

Served in a tulip glass from a sturdy 375ml bottle.
Pale murky yellow orange, some light carbonation visible, thin cap of white foam. Skim breaks quickly, it didn't have that crazy rocky head like many Brett beers have.

Light aromas of pear esters and a generic Belgian yeast. Not getting much funk or farmhouse character from the Brett strain. Grainy like a BPA or Saison. Flavors are similar with a basic light pale malt sweetness, pear and apple flavors, and a watery thin body. Not really worth the $11 price tag... maybe this was released too early, it seemed the Brett was barely there if at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 15:15:22 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

02-09-2013 00:26:56 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

09-11-2012 17:20:23 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-08-2013 21:17:29 | More by largadeer
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nose on this one says nothing at all of a wild ale. It seems very much like a saison or a belgian pale ale; rather ordinary and uninspiring. Flavor is very much along the same lines with a sweet and bready character and a slight earthiness as well. If this were listed as a different style, I wonder if the scores would be much higher. That considered, I am curious how to score it, personally. I think the base beer is pretty good. There are just no wild ale tones to speak of at all.

A nice beer, but as a wild ale, very much a miss considering who is behind this one. A disappointment, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 08:02:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Shared by Thorpe, not impressed with this beer. Better than the New Belgium treatment but still not good.

Beer is brown and hazy with thin tan head, low retention, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty and malty.

Beer is medium to light in body, a little yeasty but hte yeast is lost in a lot of malt, it seems like an incomplete beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 16:22:06 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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
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Mo' Betta Bretta from The Lost Abbey
80 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.