Escoffier Bretta Ale - Brewery Vivant
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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
4.35/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
08-15-2013 01:52:16 | More by Fcolle2
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
Put "Brett" on the label and I'm immediately drawn in like a pike to the shiny metallic lure; being a local Michigan beer only makes it more alluring. Escoffier pours a translucent copper color - hazy, but not quite as hazy as I was expecting this bretta ale to be. The gray-tinted foam settles rapidly atop the brew as it loudly fizzles and crackles as it wisps away to nothing but a collar.
Funky ass Brett fills my nostrils with the first whiff; it's the kind of Brett that makes you wonder why the hell people enjoy beer that smells like a horse's ass... but dammit, I love it. Old, overripe, funky pineapple tartness, dirty barn floors, and damp, musty bales of hay. I'm unsure if this beer was made with 100% brettanomyces, but from the aroma, I would be shocked if it wasn't.
It's not completely one-track minded, however. There's a very nice fruitiness that combats the funk and keeps things from getting too out of kilter. Strawberry, cherry, and lighter hints of apple and lemon zest. There's a subtle tartness that comes along with the fruit, but not enough to make me think that this beer will be anything close to "puckering" upon taking the first sip.
And I'm right, for the most part. The fruit comes out first; apple, cherry, and pineapple with a sharp and nearly astringent tartness, but not enough to make you wince or grimace. The tartness quickly fades into the funky abyss. It's like licking a barnyard wall after a strong rain. So musty and old and funky, but in such a strangely compelling way.
Just as you start digesting the lovely horsey funk flavors and earthy must, the fruit makes a Aerosmith-like comeback at the end, finishing strong with some tart, bitter cherry skins, a mild citrus push, and a touch of acetone. If anything, Escoffier was quite a bit more complex than I ever thought it would be. Carbonated heavily, medium bodied; slick and fairly soft on the palate.
Very interesting beer, right here. Not quite a sour ale or a "wild ale" as it's listed here, and it's actually much closer to being a Belgian ale. Think something along the lines of Orval, perhaps with a bit more funk and tartness. I'm assuming some extended shelf time will only develop this beer and stir things up a bit more. Excited to see how it plays out over the years to come.
08-02-2013 22:05:05 | More by tectactoe
4.75/5 rDev +22.7%
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.
07-08-2013 14:18:23 | More by olympuszymurgus
Escoffier Bretta Ale from Brewery Vivant
87 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.