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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

177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 19
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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Moheban

California

1.25/5  rDev -67.7%

02-20-2014 05:16:43 | More by Moheban
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zach60614

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -61.2%

01-14-2013 19:33:34 | More by zach60614
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -48.3%

07-18-2013 14:10:11 | More by Gotti311
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pschul4

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -36.7%

Kind of aprehensive about trying this after how bad my first to BV beers were but here goes

A- Pours copper with a huge 3" off white head that isn't going anywhere fast

S- Getting a hint of sour with some funk along side it. Nothing too pungent

T- Meh. Kind of sour with some off notes to accompany it along with some boozy. Not digging this at all.

M- Smooth but not much good to say about it

O- 3 brewery vivant beers and 3 drainpours. I have nothing good to say about this brewery

10-18-2012 02:24:32 | More by pschul4
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

07-19-2013 13:20:07 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Thaddeus

Michigan

2.74/5  rDev -29.2%

Appearance: Clear amber color with an average head, foamy and white.

Aroma & Taste: Had a weird smell and taste I couldn't place. Reminded me of a marsala wine I tried earlier in the year. Had some notes of soy sauce, but also had a sweetness and earthiness to it.

04-26-2013 16:21:57 | More by Thaddeus
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Treebs

Illinois

2.84/5  rDev -26.6%

16 oz. can served in a Brewery Vivant snifter.

A: Pours a grapefruit like color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin collar that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.

S: A good amount of Brett is present in the nose. A little funky with some slightly cheesy undertones. Orange sweetness and fruitiness as well. Pale malt sweetness.

T: Oaky and dried grass with a good deal of Bretty funk. Grape-like with a very drying texture. The booze is sweet and not that well hidden. A bit of newspaper as well. A rotten plum flavor sort of creeps up on the back end. Not terrible, but not that appealing.

M: Medium to light bodied with a very drying texture. Medium high carbonation.

O: Very imbalanced and the Brett overtakes everything. I've been disappointed from Vivant lately. Hopefully they pick it back up and make some more balanced beers.

05-23-2013 00:25:18 | More by Treebs
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emerge077

Illinois

2.94/5  rDev -24%

Cellared this for awhile in hopes it would improve, but it seemed the same.

Decanted into a tulip glass, it has a bright clarity and saturated orange copper color. Initial head of foam dwindles to nothing, no lace or surface skim at all which is odd. KInd of a dull winey appearance.

Brett aromas of wet hay, spice and dried fruit. Tangy and a little sweet.

More tanginess in the taste, just sort of oddly jarring and sweet, slick with low carbonation. Not much complexity, some minor dried fruit notes, mushy apple baby food, dull and overly sweet. Reminds me more of an Old Ale like Gales than a Bretty Belgian. Not dry at all really, just flabby and sweet with an odd tangy Brett finish. Not a fan, will probably dump out the last can... it's not worth drinking.

08-17-2013 00:23:26 | More by emerge077
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-14-2013 23:54:41 | More by acurtis
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.5%

08-19-2013 13:33:11 | More by thewimperoo
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Rempo

Indiana

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-10-2012 02:26:59 | More by Rempo
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-29-2012 13:31:05 | More by oriolesfan4
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EdVandenberg

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-10-2014 13:55:35 | More by EdVandenberg
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hannydawg

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-16-2013 03:09:54 | More by hannydawg
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TubaManJack

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%

Appearance: a light golden copper body and a rim of lasting lace pretty standard for what would expect with barely any carbonation.

Smell: a weak and light nose there is some must but there isn't a tartness or horseblanket bit which I come to expect.

Taste: slight bitterness with some fruit but I was expecting more yeast funk to be there. It's kinda like a wet farmhouse ale even after it warms up.

Mouthfeel is different- for a higher than average abv I would have expected a longer and thinner finish but when combined with the lack of carbonation- it seemed a little dense and sluggish.

Overall I feel like the carbonation was lacking and thats why I don't feel that this beer had a fair chance with me. If I did have a can of it I'd be glad to try again and chalk some of this up to the bar's undercarbonation.

12-23-2012 06:30:13 | More by TubaManJack
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rjcoy06

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16%

07-25-2013 20:39:54 | More by rjcoy06
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alpenglocken

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16%

05-18-2013 23:30:21 | More by alpenglocken
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linnymtu

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-12-2013 01:24:49 | More by linnymtu
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spointon

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

I poured this one from a tall can into a Duvel stemmed tulip.

A= This ale poured a crystal clear orange amber color with a 3/8" white head. The head dropped to zero super fast. No lace to speak of.

S= Aroma was mostly one note...apple skin tannic...with a bright burst of the Vivant house yeast esters to give it what little depth it has.

T= Starts off lightly sweet, then moves into the ralm of tart apple and grape skins. Not a lot of malt character, or any hops, or any real esters or Brett character to note. It's really a sort of blah, one note beer. Finishes puckery with that apple skin tannin ruling the day.

MF= Light to medium body, with a moderate carbonation level. Not a lot of visible carbonation release despite the nuclear ion point in the glass.

D= Pretty drinkable, but the flavors are very one note and the brett is almost non-existant. If I didn't know this was a brett beer, I wouldn't know this was a brett beer.

01-27-2013 05:54:19 | More by spointon
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.39/5  rDev -12.4%

Can poured into a HF tulip

A - Light copper color with a reflective body. Had a one finger crisp white head that settled down to only slight foam on the slides. Lots of carbonation trailing upwards

S - Light tart lemon, slight vinegar, and Brett initially. There is also a soft green apple that reminds me a bit of Chardonnay

T - Light sweet apple, lemon, and slightly grassy. Lots of amber malt comes in the middle to give it a bready, slightly sweet that reminds me a bit of Fat Tire actually. The finish is slight green apple and bready malt.

MF - Medium, slightly thick beer with light carbonation. Dry finish

O - Overall, this reminds me of a slightly tart and bretted version of Fat Tire. There is a lot more bready, sweet malt than there is tartness or Brett. Slightly disappointed by this one.

02-02-2013 03:53:00 | More by jeonseh
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-17-2013 01:09:23 | More by Janeinma
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-09-2013 12:57:34 | More by enelson
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-29-2013 23:08:54 | More by BGsWo22
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Supergenious

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-29-2012 19:10:30 | More by Supergenious
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YCantWeNotBeSober

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-03-2012 02:38:54 | More by YCantWeNotBeSober
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Escoffier Bretta Ale from Brewery Vivant
87 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.