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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
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378 Ratings
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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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portia99

Massachusetts

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

375ml C&C bottle poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series gold rimmed glass.

A - Pours a pale peachy/orangey color with mild haze and a big three fingers of fluffy white head. Staying power is pretty good with the foam falling slowly away to the surface leaving little to no lacing on the glass.

S - Initially on popping the cork I got a strong white wine-like aroma. In the glass, I get spicy cinnamon apples up front in a big way complemented nicely with strong earthy brett aromas. Funk is extremely mild, bordering on non-existent.

T - Quite fruity and very spicy and bretty in a way that I can only describe as distinctly saison-like. Herbal and spicy notes dominate, followed up by a heavily fruit influenced base beer with apples, pears, and light touches of citrus to complement.

M - Body is on the lightish side with a firm carbonation that is fizzy and foamy on the tongue. Quite spicy and fruity overall.

O - Overall a good summery farmhouse type ale. Pretty young, being bottled about 2 months ago so the brett is likely to show some more character with a bit of age. Now it gives a nice kick to the flavors and aroma, but the beer still remains on the sweet side and highly dominated by fruity and estery farmhouse ale flavors. Hopefully some age will let the brett dry this out a bit which I think will give it a nicer overall balance. Good now tho...I'd have another right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 23:22:52 | More by portia99
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cbutova

Massachusetts

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
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sliks96

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-27-2012 02:23:21 | More by sliks96
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sanford_and_son

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

07-26-2012 19:36:03 | More by sanford_and_son
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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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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-23-2012 18:32:53 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml split amongst peeps.

Poured a bright orange with some haze there. A small white head forms and fizzes away pretty quickly leaving only a slight ring in its wake.

Pretty decent scent, saison-like yeast/bread/straw thing going on, with some citrus and other light fruits, not getting much brett but good.

The taste isn't as good, kinda reminds me of a plain saison, brett is very tame/non-existent. Grass, straw, bready malts, citrus, pear. Mouthfeel is decent, kinda foamy.

Overall pretty unremarkable, even if this were labeled as a saison it would still be pretty bland, not much wild ale characteristics here, so perhaps it could use some age to open up. Not bad but can't say I'd want to pay the price for a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 16:26:29 | More by Chico1985
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VaTechHopHead


4/5  rDev +13%

07-23-2012 16:03:46 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%

07-22-2012 21:49:37 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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raynmoon

California

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
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very hazy golden color.

S - Belgian spice, funk, pineapple and a lingering sweetness.

T - One of the more maltier wild ales I've had. Bready, not too sour, a sweet fruit and smooth.

M - Creamy, low carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

O - Rather disappointed. I expected more out of this. A bit on the sweet side and missing some sour from it. Just doesn't meld with the category it's in.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 20:45:26 | More by cvm4
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WillCarrera

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle, bottled 5/23/2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, produces a finger of creamy white head that recedes to a wispy collar, leaves no lacing.

S- Loads of brett, a banana-like fruit aroma with some orange peel, some very mild funk, something about the aroma is vaguely unappealing, weird.

T- Mild funk again, no tartness, more banana and clove, some bready, sweet malt.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, nice carbonation.

O- Doesn't quite meet expectations, it tastes like a strange, slightly boring tripel, I'm not sure how this will be tasting in a few years, but right now it doesn't nearly justify the $8.50 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 04:11:44 | More by WillCarrera
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JustinQ

California

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8.99 for 375ml Bottle
Poured from bottle into Three Philosophers Snifter

Appearence: nice 2 finger head. appears to be actively fermenting. Light golden/Orangeish color to it. Looks bright and Appealing

Aroma: Pineapple, Funk, Belgian like spice in the background. Hints of sweetness

Taste: Fruit. More of a rancid/Fungal taste then a Sourness. Very nice for The Summer season. As it warms I can Taste more and more hops

Mouthfeel: Full with nice co2, Then dries out to a real chalky dry feeling

Overall: Great beer. Especially for the price. I Get a great a beer and Can Re use the bottles for my own brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 01:50:22 | More by JustinQ
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.3%

07-20-2012 17:41:19 | More by brez8791
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Yellow hazy body. Not much head. Really yellow...

Smell - Brett all over, no surprise. Citrus, but faint. Not a lof of complexity. Wheaty.

Taste - Rather bland. Malty. Bretty and bready. Definitely not sour, but I knew that going into it. A bit fruity. Surprisingly creamy finish. Did not expect that,

Mouthfeel - Not light. The creaminess is really a bonus. Low-medium carbonation.

Overall - Unique, but kinda bland. Maybe age will make it more interesting. I missed out on a bottle of the original Mo' Betta Bretta and now I'm really intrigued to find out if it transforms into a masterpiece with age, if it's a completely different beer, or if people really are just tasting the rarity.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 16:32:25 | More by Alieniloquium
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goatxpower

California

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

Picked up a bottle of this at my local bottle shop

A: golden-orange. very thin white head

S: oranges, honey, jasmine, slight hint of funk. Smells like a belgian blonde

T: This pretty much tastes just like a belgian blonde. It certainly doesn't have the standard Brett hallmarks that I was expecting. There is a very subtle grassy, lemon funk in the background, but it is overshadowed by the malt. It is sweeter than I expected it to be. Maybe the brett has not developed very much.

M: Medium carbonation with a mouth-coating body. It is light, but it sticks with you

O: This is a good beer. Maybe a bit sweet for my tastes, but tasty. However, for a beer that was fermented with 100% brett, I can't really tell. Maybe it needs more time in the bottle. I wouldn't go out of my way to try this again, especially when Orval is about the same price.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 20:07:40 | More by goatxpower
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got quite a few of these, figured I'd crack one to see how it tastes "green". Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear light golden honey hue with a nice two finger creamy white head that fades to almost a fingers worth. Very nice.

S - Green apple skins, light barnyard funk, some slight sour brett notes. Gently floral with some soft earthy wood notes as well.

T - A bit too much belgian yeast notes here. Light green apple, barnyard funk, fair amount of brett but right now its overpowered by the belgian notes. Lightly sour, brett needs to do its thing.

M - Mouthfeel is good for a Lost Abby beer. Lower carbonation, slightly crisp. Not too bad.

O - Overall this isnt a bad beer but its just too "new" right now. Definitely needs some time to come into its own. Looking forward to revisiting this again in a year.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 15:58:37 | More by rudzud
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-18-2012 23:52:18 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Grant35

California

5/5  rDev +41.2%

07-18-2012 05:06:56 | More by Grant35
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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
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stampfler07

Colorado

4/5  rDev +13%

07-16-2012 02:38:43 | More by stampfler07
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brentusaurus

California

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

07-16-2012 02:12:49 | More by brentusaurus
Mo' Betta Bretta from The Lost Abbey
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