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Escoffier Bretta Ale - Brewery Vivant

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Escoffier Bretta AleEscoffier Bretta Ale

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very good

180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
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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Photo of emilylee
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

emilylee, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of strohme2
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

strohme2, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wild mildly sharp aroma, enticing. Orange colour orange taste,in fact a long finish of orange, though mildly sour mid-sip.Some tart berry, lemon Good drinkability. Brian’s can, thanks for sharing. Sweetened by sugar, brett. Perhaps next batch will really hit the mark.

Sammy, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of hannydawg
3/5  rDev -22.3%

hannydawg, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.3%

acurtis, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of zach60614
1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

zach60614, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
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
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.6%

MarkyMOD, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of jadedlilmonkey
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jadedlilmonkey, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Guinnsslvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a tulip

appearance- clear, and deep orange, almost red in color. one and a half finger head that recedes slowly to a lacing along the sides

smell- wonderful smell of green apples and bretta.

taste- not quite up to the nose. the tart apples and bretta come in nicely but there is a slightly off taste that follows that is a little musky. the alcohol is well hidden and the taste mostly consists of sour and funk.

mouthfeel- lighter in body and pretty strong carbonation. a nice drinkable beer

overall- i really enjoy this beer except the slight muskiness that comes in the taste. i can't wait to try this with a little age under it.

SportsandJorts, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of langchops
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

langchops, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark orange, somewhat rusty coloured, with a light tan finger and a half of bubbly head and lots of streaming bubbles. Leaves some foam behind.

The aroma is definitely funk, with some wet hay and musk, granny smith apple skins and a dash of acidity.

A somewhat odd taste... There's the Brett and a touch or tartness, and surprising fruity sweetness. It grows on you.

Mouthfeel is average. Somewhat low in carbonation, slick, somewhat soapy.

Unique and pretty enjoyable. Worth the try for sure.

EgadBananas, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

mothman, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +3.6%

BeerOps, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky orange/brown with a bit less than a fingers worth of white head. The lacing slides down without sticking.

The nose is very funky to say the least. Horse blanket and some slightly tart notes blend with sweet lemongrass and apricot.

The flavors are similar to the notes but much more intense. Some dry and semi-tart barnyard funk flavors come around first, followed by some juicy tropical fruits such as apricot and guava. The high ABV is pretty well hidden underneath all of the flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and is pretty sticky. Ample carbonation that works well with the slight tartness.

Overall, this is a pretty good example of what brett can do to a beer and how it basically intensifies the flavors. Pretty tasty stuff.

ChugginOil, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of TubaManJack
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

TubaManJack, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of RespertFTW
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

RespertFTW, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Stevie_Janowski, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

pirmannt1, Dec 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

williaki37, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gotta give props and novelty points for my first "sour" beer in a can.

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: clear and dull gold yellow bodied beer. 2 finger of white head dropping quickly to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Malty, fruity, mild funk, earthy. Smells very saison like.

Taste: Wheat malts, straw/hay and wild honey. Biscuity and bready malts. A little bit of horse blanket. Very strong yeast presence in this beer. Finishes with a slight green apple and white grape tartness, some earthiness, and a touch of booze at the end.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with carbonation that on the high end of low carbonation levels. Semi dry beer almost has a white wine feel to it. Little bit prickly carbonation and its also a little bit syrupy.

Overall: I would say this beer is mislabeled on its style. Its like a belgian strong pale ale with bugs in it and maybe even some saison influence. Its not much of a wild ale to me. Its a very different animal and it quite unique. Just had a bottle of a chardonnay barrel aged saison and this beer is on the opposite end of the spectrum of that beer and I loved the other beer! I think that if the beer had a drier mouthfeel and was more tart and funky the beer would have been a homerun. Still nice beer that interesting in its own right.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Ncpogs
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Ncpogs, Dec 15, 2012
Escoffier Bretta Ale from Brewery Vivant
87 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.