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Escoffier Bretta Ale - Brewery Vivant

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Escoffier Bretta AleEscoffier Bretta Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 20
Gots: 30 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GRPunk on 09-09-2012)
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

kwittlieff, Sep 21, 2012
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4.86/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I drank this when it was very fresh, and didn't know what to expect. I'd first tasted only one wild ale prior to this and was intrigued.

Mine poured a simple brown from the can, with a slight hue of copper if held to the light, a tad cloudy. Immediately you know that this brew is special. Medium bodied with a complex earthy woodish aroma, there's a great dryness and subdued tartness that hit your nose. The flavor is totally unique, it just reminded me of something rustic like stables and hay, Brett is not overpowering but it's funk is beyond words.

I still have a single can of this that I intend to cellar at least another year.

PincheNorteno, Jun 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

leprechaunandfatman, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had a number of cans since last years release, and I have a few more for the coming years. Pours a golden amber, well carbonated, spritely and energetic. Aromas of lemon, honey, toast points, caramel, must and earth. Flavor is of warm mushrooms and citrus, earthy backbone under and flowery perfume and citrus blanket. Fan-fuckin-tastic.

In the last year it's gotten earthier, meatier and deeper flavored. The citrus has ebbed, banana notes coming into the forefront and spice growing. It's dirtier yet more caramel notes stand out.

Vivant- keep fighting the good fight.

olympuszymurgus, Jul 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Sirvis, Dec 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

drbenderdo, Jan 02, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into Tulip. Very impressed by the funk, and apple "juice" notes. Just getting into really enjoying sour beers and happy to have this made so close to home and its awesome that Vivant collaboated with New Belgium. Definetly will have this again.

MSEGUIN, Nov 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

JRBecks, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

gratefulbeerhead, Mar 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

langchops, Jan 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

rolive, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Hugonaut13, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Lynn, Sep 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

downeyj4, Sep 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

baker2gs, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

fcpsitsjaredjared, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

todesengel135, Aug 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Stevie_Janowski, Dec 22, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a light copper with semi cloudiness

Smell - not sure what I truly think about the smell, but I relate it very much like clean carpet. It's a very fresh smelling beer

Taste - fruity including apple and lemon with some sweetness to it. Finishes with a nice toasted bread

Mouthfeel - extremely thick beer with mild carbonation

MichaelNickerson, Apr 25, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber in color with a slight red hue. Frothy one finger off white head that has good retention. Lots of small carbonated bubbles all through the beer.

Nose has a distinct tart yeasty Belgian charicter to it. Slight clove notes with hints of dark cherry and strawberry fruits

taste is great some light fruity flavors show up first and disappear quickly into a mildly tart Belgian tang. Some more dark fruity plum like sweetness overlays a light grainy malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing but still somewhat stick from the fruity sweetness.

Fcolle2, Aug 15, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into New Glarus pilsner glass.

A: Pours a nice copper/amber color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

N: Lots of big tropical fruit notes, with some lasting sweetness that I pick up. Apple, mango, papaya, pineapple. Absolutely amazing. Nice brett character coming through as well.

T: More of that papaya, mango, and apple sensation from the nose. Really interesting, and quite flavorful. What a wonderful beer, honestly. Has a sweet body, but is balanced nicely by a slight hop.

M: Bright, and a bit prickly but almost sticky. Has some residual sweetness that sticks on my palate, but it isn't a terrible thing.

Drink and overall: Very tasty. I really enjoy this beer. I have a case I'm going to age for a while, and crack through out the winter and from then on.

MarcatGSB, Nov 25, 2012
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4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Never thought I'd see a beer pimping the memory of a French culinary pioneers. Nothing wrong with it, just a tad unexpected, is all. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises nearly-tart mandarin orange, grapefruit zest, farmhouse-style funk, light apple cider, and a hint of sweet caramel in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the Brett accentuating the innate tartness of the orange and the grapefruit without muddying the waters or ignoring its own funk. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a damn tasty brew, one that manages a lot of flavor without overdoing any aspect. Good times.

TMoney2591, Jan 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Guinnsslvr, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

tommy5, Apr 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

adamdd, Nov 26, 2012
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Escoffier Bretta Ale from Brewery Vivant
87 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.