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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

175 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 175
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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steevbr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-25-2013 20:56:55 | More by steevbr
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.5%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-15-2013 07:15:22 | More by drewone
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Fcolle2

Illinois

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
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-13-2013 20:39:49 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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fgilbert2

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-10-2013 02:38:58 | More by fgilbert2
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fcpsitsjaredjared

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-04-2013 01:16:54 | More by fcpsitsjaredjared
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tectactoe

Michigan

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
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-28-2013 16:59:50 | More by ROBSTARR
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rjcoy06

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-24-2013 04:20:10 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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SpongeRuiner

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-23-2013 00:23:57 | More by SpongeRuiner
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-22-2013 18:39:09 | More by BlissJunkie
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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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moonknight31

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-19-2013 03:49:17 | More by moonknight31
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -48.3%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-14-2013 03:17:51 | More by MMBrew
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olympuszymurgus

California

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
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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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Jas45678

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-27-2013 22:12:15 | More by Jas45678
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gueuzegossage

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-27-2013 20:33:49 | More by gueuzegossage
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rgilbert

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-27-2013 12:30:00 | More by rgilbert
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six7vdub

Nevada

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-15-2013 22:28:05 | More by six7vdub
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mattvandyk

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-14-2013 02:26:33 | More by mattvandyk
Escoffier Bretta Ale from Brewery Vivant
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