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Bretta Rosé - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 430
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 212
Gots: 84 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 04-30-2014

Thirty miles north of Barrelworks lies the fertile Santa Maria Valley. Its warm days and cool marine layer-fed evenings allow for a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to be grown in its rich soil. One of Santa Maria’s crown jewels is locally grown raspberries. We jumped at the opportunity to ferment fresh local raspberries with one of our Barrelworks creations. Behold Bretta Rosé! A low-alcohol Berliner Weisse style ale, acidified and matured in French oak puncheons for 6 months, is the foundation for this gem. Add 1000 lbs. of fresh raspberries, allow a secondary wild fermentation for 4 more months and voila (!), we have a crisp effervescent concoction, bursting with raspberry perfume and flavor, a rosé color, bracing acidity, and a clean and refreshing finish.
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Photo of Beer4B
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy reddish color. The smell was fantastic, sour raspberries and some funkiness. The taste followed up the smells but even stronger. Great blend of strong raspberries and some tarty funkiness. Nicely carbed and with a good feel. Really enjoyable beer. (271 characters)

Photo of M_chav
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Stunning blood orange/raspberry
S - tart fruit, just awesome. Makes me salivate
T - Oh man, this is crazy delicious - sour raspberry, tons of deep fruit
F - crisp, acidic to a perfect balance, a perfect summer sour
O - hard to find anything to complain about here, just an amazing brew. so much flavor! (308 characters)

Photo of tasteology408
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rasberry flavor packed in to the fullest so mild and refreshingly sour. Even a beginning sour drinkercould enjoy this. Amazing look amazing smell and flavor. Only down fall is that it's only 5% and costs almost 20$ for a12 ounce bottle (235 characters)

Photo of lupercmda
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light reddish strawberry color with mild carbonation. Smells of raspberry funkiness with a slightly acidic smell. Taste does not disappoint. Get the carbonated, light funky raspberry tartness and the sour finish. Smooth carbonated mouth feel. (242 characters)

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge Raspberry aroma with some definite funk in the background

A: Beautiful ruby color with medium amount of head retention and moderate carbonation

T: Upfront raspberry flavor, faint breadiness from the wheat a touch of oak with a moderately funky tart finish

M: Medium bodied, but not overly viscous or cloying

O: Absolutely Delicious. The Berliner style lent well with the raspberries and french oak barrels. (419 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally made a stop by the Barrelworks room in Buellton and made off with all the delicious treats that we don't usually get at the Paso brewery. This was right up my alley too and is a perfect summer evening beer. Pours a very intriguing color: a dark, slightly hazy off ruby red with no head and no visible effervescing. Smell is funky and fruity, lots of citrus, grapes, and berries. Taste is very good, crisp and tart, tons of rasberries and cranberries, and a background of subtle brett funk. Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect for this style: astringent, dry, light, refreshing, lively carbonation. Overall, very good showing by Firestone; this is one of my new favorite summertime sours. Really glad I got a chance to try this. (731 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

EBF sample. Really, really wanted to try this one. I am a raspberry fiend so get this one in my mouth. It starts off by looking perfect in my sample cup. Pours a dull, pinkish-red with a frothy, pink cap. So awesome to behold. The smell is a regal, naturally tart raspberry aroma. A tart berry blend with a light lick of oak. The flavor is just like biting into a fresh picked, young raspberry. I swear to god I could even taste the seeds. Tart and slightly musty tasting with a bit of pleasurable oak that blends with the berries on the finish. Lingering tartness. Super light and quenching. A great break from all these huge Imperial Stouts and the like. One of the best raspberry brews I have had; and that's saying a lot! (725 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A tart and bright wild brew with a light raspberry touch. Instead of an intense jammy flavor, this leans towards a Tazo tea flavoring of raspberry. Easily better than the Agrestic I had next to it. (197 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: a magenta like reddish body with a pink head
S: tart, lime, big raspberry smell
T: even more raspberry taste than the smell indicated. tart fruits, and a nice lingering sour finish
F: fizzy carbonation. clean
O: an amazing sour, can be enjoyed by all. (255 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange with a bit of a pink tinge. Almost no head. Thin collar.

Smell - Ooh, raspberries. Brett. Some stone fruits. A little oak.

Taste - Raspberry up front. Some oak. Some pale malts and a moderate sourness. Gets a little stronger in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I expected more from it, but it's still good. (417 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.4/5  rDev -23.6%

Pour is an orange amber color with a faint haze and a small amount of white head. Nose is lactic cream, a touch of mushroom, citrus and lemon, fairly tart, faint seedy tart berry. Taste is a bit more raspberry, lactic cream, fair bit of citrus and some berry notes in the back, semi moderate lactic acidity, softer syrupy body, moderately high carbonated, quite dry tart finish. (380 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle shared by daknole. Thanks bro!

The beer is a beautiful ruby hue with a thin, wispy head. Funky brettanomyces with raspberries, oak, vanilla. Similar to a raspberry lambic. A fabulous beer. One of the best raspberry wild ales I have had. Highly recommended. (264 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%

Corked and caged 375ml bottle, opened a few days ago recently.

A: Pours a hazy light pinkish red with a thin (1/4") thick white head which fizzles quickly to the rim and leaves spots of lace.

N: Tart and tannic, still fruity but the jam notes have faded since it was released.

T: Tart raspberries, wheat, oak tannins, slightly lemony zest citrus from the base beer coming through more now.

M: Semi-moderate body and light carbonation. Finishes tartly fruity and oaky with a lemony wheat pop.

O: Honestly better fresher for the fruit, now the base beer is eclipsing and showing more tart wheat and lemon overtones. (618 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade as a surprise from KevSal- thanks man. Pours a bright and pale pink with some cloudiness. Really a nice color, not as deep of a hue as some raspberry beers present, more of a pink lemonade shade. The nose is fruity and funky. Light sparkling raspberry with a heavy dose of funky brett, lemon zest, tannic oak, and mild notes of wine. Taste is medium in the sour department moderate to high in the funk department. The brett comes through nicely and melds well with the acidic components of the brew. The body is light with somewhat mellow carbonation for the style. Overall, a very enjoyable wild from Firestone. (632 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Small fizzy head notes, hint if lacing that fades quickly, slight pinkish golden straw color.

Nose is exploding with raspberries and tart Brett funk, big raspberry out front, with nice Brett funk and lots of nice lacto funk. Flash of strawberry, over ripe seedy soaked into the earthy strawberry, very bright fruit and sour funk, lots of seed and stem tannins, with a faint touch of oaky barrel. Light acetic acid with all the great funk.

Taste is again loaded with fresh raspberry, fresh fruity and seed stem tannin notes, etc. Into big barrel, vanilla toasted oak in the front this time. Nice sour lacto as well, acetic acid, tart fruit, and even a mild Brett funk with lambic style sourness. Mild vinous notes, tart fruit, etc. Finish is sticky little flemmy tart sour fruit feel, mild dried lactose feel too, long lingering tart fruit and fresh raspberry.

Mouth lighter bod but not bad, decent but lighter carb.

Overall awesome and fantastic! (985 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice light hazy pink straw hue with a thin head that faded to leave a light halo and thin wisps.

S - Aromas of raspberries, brett, sour tartness, great awesome lacto notes, earthy over route strawberry, great brett, awesome raspberry seed. Killer nose, not a fruity raspberry but still on the plant.

T - Taste is nicely tart raspberry, great oaky vanilla. Faint malts, More awesome brett, funk, faint smartie candy notes, really awesome lacto. Lambicus acid, missing that nice raspberry stem and seed that the nose had. Still, this is delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, clean, typical for the style.

O - Overall this was pretty freakin awesome beer, great raspberry notes and awesome funk and lacto, incredibly. (792 characters)

Photo of kerry4porters
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a bright pinkish orange hue with nice carbonation the head reminds me of a roughly poured soda looks very refreshing

Smell: is tart Raspberry and citrus

Taste: Tart sour puckering taste just like it's supposed to be with a nice raspberries finish would be perfect with a little more Raspberry but it still tastes beautiful.

Mouthfeel: It has a very thin body and carbonation pops in your mouth nice refreshing feel.

Overall a fantastic beer with nice fruit character and. Lovely refreshing feel great for the hot summer months of Arizona (561 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy light pink peach in color. Forms a small fizzy head but it's gone in seconds. Visibly effervescent. Aroma is pleasant. Raspberry, peach, Bretty funkiness. Taste is similar. Raspberry, peach, yeast, sourdough, funk. Slight tartness. Light bodied. Spry carbonation. Mild tartness. (285 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12.7 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a rosy peach color, nearly clear, with a thin white ring of foam that fades quickly. Fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Big Brett funk, sour and fruity tart, with lactic tang as well. Very nice aroma.

T: Lactic tartness, Brett funk, underripe raspberries, woody oak with dry tannins. Some barnyard and lemony citric acid as well. It finishes with more lactic tartness and quite dry.

M: Light body, though carbonation sensation seems a little less than expected. Alcohol well-hidden.

O: This was quite enjoyable. I was a little disappointed in the beer as it warmed up - it stayed about the same, and given the flavor profile I expected the fruit and the levels of funk to open up some. This, I think, kept it from being one of the very best. Still, very good and glad to have had the chance to try it. (937 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.55/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Consumed July 8, 2014. Poured into a snifter glass from a corked, caged bottle.

Beer pours an interesting grapefruit flesh color. A one finger pink head forms from a fairly vigorous pour. The head disappears completely within about one minute. Fairly clear beer, until reaching the bottom of the bottle, then, some cloudy.

Aroma is tart and acidic with a note of leather. A berry aroma (raspberry? ) is also present.

Flavor is very similar to aroma: slightly tart and acidic. Funk is only present as a slightly musty leathery note. Finishes fairly clean with a sharp note of sour fruit and wheat tang for farewell.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I am impressed but not excited. Maybe some more time will change this one for the better. (770 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375 mL cork and caged bottle.

Pours a hazed peachy-rose color with a thin, quickly dissipating white head. Fruit is first note that jumps out from the nose; fresh, juicy red raspberry followed by light vanilla, oak and sourness. Flavor has a sturdy wheat base, lacto sour and lemon and then follows the nose with a potent juicy red raspberry and red grape. Medium bodied, soft on the palate, well carbonated and a dry, lightly acidic finish. Really enjoyed this, fruit presence was rich but not overpowering; not sure there is much point to aging this. (553 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Doug in trade. Huge thanks for this one! Poured into my FW Barrelworks Teku light orange pinkish with a fizzy white head that disappears almost immediately. Big time lacto vinegar on the nose, light raspberry, Brett. Flavor is lightly sour raspberries, some vanilla oakiness, dry finish, leaving a bit more acidic sour punch and oak presence left on the tongue. Extremely light bodied with medium carbonation (could use a little more for the style but I may have poured too aggressively). This isn't quite what I was expecting, and I do get a lot of the wheaty Berliner influence that is notes in the description even before reading. As a Berliner, it's the best I have had. But doesn't really fit the American Wild Ale I expected . Either way, very nice. (767 characters)

Photo of 01001111
4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: The rose pink of a rosé wine. Crisp, sparkling, with no head.

S: Raspberries, vinegar, oak, green apples, and grapes.

T: The tartness dominates, eventually dissipating into an aftertaste of raspberries and oaky chardonnay.

M: Puckering and crisp.

O: One of the best sour blonds I've had. Although the tartness overpowers all other flavors at first, the aftertaste is pleasant and well balanced. (402 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Acquired in a trade from raulazzer. Much appreciated.

A- Pours a delicate strawberry color... peach almost. A white head shows itself initially, but quickly fizzles out. Very clean and clear.

S- Raspberries, tart cherries, slight lemon grass, and hay. Hints of vinegar. Some Brett, but a lot of Lacto and lambic notes.

T- Whoa mama! We are getting crazy now. Waves upon waves of flavor. Acidic and tart start, sweet middle, smooth finish, and a lingering berry flavor in the after taste. The raspberries present throughout.

M- Light, clean, crisp, effervescent, with a dry finish. Spot on.

O- Amazing. Best sour I have had to date. I don't understand the hype that some sours out there get (I'm looking at you Love Child and La Folie), but the depth of this one really made me appreciate the style (804 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Barrelworks Teku.

Pours a truly gorgeous color. Not quite pink, not quite peach, not quite soft purple. It's a mix between the three and sports a fizzy white head that dies out quickly and leaves no foam behind. Plenty of active carbonation bubbles are streaming though and this reminds me of the Goose Island sours from a visual perspective.

Aroma is a raspberry burst with soft Brett, oak, lemon, and lactic notes to support. Unlike a Berliner due to the somewhat potent brettanomyces present. But similar in the lactic and citrus characteristics.

The flavor reveals the Berliner characteristics more aggressively with a perfect amount of lactic acid, lemon, grapefruit, and soft wheat. But the raspberry takes center stage from the middle palate to the back. Fresh raspberry juice and a hint of raspberry cotton candy. But wait, it doesn't end there, a more than welcome light Brett character also resides in the flavor along with some vanillin from the oak. Faint grass, doughy yeast, and grains of paradise representing that Brett presence.

Mouthfeel is true to the style though I think it could of benefited from a slightly fuller body and revved up carbonation.

I sound like a broken record when I say Firestone Walker has made another hit. But it's true, possibly the best or at least one of the top two best Berliners I've had. The raspberry flavor just sings and is a great companion the lactic notes of the beer. Also taking this to the next level is the restrained but obviously present Brett yeast. I hope this becomes a regular in Barrelworks line up. Tasty stuff! (1,596 characters)

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Bretta Rosé from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.