1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Mo' Betta Bretta - The Lost Abbey

Not Rated.
Mo' Betta BrettaMo' Betta Bretta

Educational use only; do not reuse.

389 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 389
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 18
Gots: 77 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 389 | Reviews: 115 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

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.

Photo of roblund
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of enelson
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle.

Pours an opaque yellow orange, very cloudy, with a small creamy white head that doesn't recede at all, fed by bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma definitely has the brett character, but it's subtle, possibly due to it's young age, and the citrus is almost as prominent. Lots of lemons, even some sweeter pears and apricots.

Taste is just as fruity with pears, apricots, oranges and lemon zest. There is some earthy funk, faint barnyard notes with some oak and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is excellent, creamy with lively carbonation and just fizzes on the tongue at each sip.

I guess I was expecting more funk but it may take more time for the brett to kick in completely. It could also be because it's a 100% brett beer, which I haven't had many of. Either way, it's decent but will age a couple bottles to see what it turns into.

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of tfidler
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice.

A: Tightly corked. The murky amber beer has a pleasant orange tint with a short-lived foamy head. Great lacing.

S: Pretty plain...smells like a Belgian pale ale. Yeast is floral, not funky, and the scent is soft, refreshing, and lightly grainy.

T: Very nice, but plain. It reminds me a lot of of the New Belgium/Lost Abbey "Brett Beer" collab, so much that I wonder if it's the same recipe bottled at different ABVs.

Here is my review of the Brett Beer taste: "The Brett is distant. That said, this is a very nice, easygoing, Belgian-style pale ale. Fruity yeast is tropical (pineapple?) and is complemented by a grassy, almost bubble gummy, hop presence. Light, fruity, and yeasty are the watchwords here. Not bad!"

I don't disagree, save for the fact that Mo' Betta feels less fruity. The endtaste is lightly drying yeast.

M: Moderately carbonated, smooth, and drinkable.

O: Good, and very Belgian. I think I would have enjoyed this more had I never had the Brett Beer. Still, recommended for what it is.

Photo of vitters03
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Gavage
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle $8 Picked this up just because I have seen people clamoring for the Port version from back in the day and wanted to see what the fuss is. Its a cloudy orange beer, decent head. Smell is a slight bit of brett, fruity. Taste doesn't have much funk or brett but the hints of fruit might be the brett? I could swear there was wheat too. This was not bad at all and easy to drink but not one I'd revisit. I will say at least it was cheaper than Sanctification but then again Sanctification is a bit better than this.

Photo of portia99
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.

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.

Photo of sliks96
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of sanford_and_son
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of zeff80
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.

Photo of emerge077
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.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Chico1985
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.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4/5  rDev +13%

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.

Photo of cvm4
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.

Photo of WillCarrera
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.

Photo of JustinQ
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.

Mo' Betta Bretta from The Lost Abbey
80 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.