Bretticent - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 11
Gots: 87 | FT: 15
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Wicked Weed Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Tgmckinn on 04-30-2014

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Big thanks to Will for this one, and to Joe for it's safe passage. Amen.

Hazy lemon custard, or a dim shade of gold, there's a huge puffy cumulus cloud of foam billowing up and over the edge in a gravity defying instant, then slowly receding into the glass. Flecks and chunks slough off, coating the glass with plenty of random lacing. 4.5

When the bottle is first opened there was a vinegar aroma which had me worried, but in the glass there's no trace. Slightly bretty, dried herbs and cracked grains, with a hint of wet hay. Not especially funky or approaching rustic really, but pleasant in it's own right. 3.75

Taste is well rounded, a light tartness meets a malty fullness to the body that also lends a mild grainy sweetness. Lightly musty hay with a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. Not overly phenolic or spicy thankfully, it's very drinkable and quenching after a long day. Overall this was a nice Brett beer, not all that rustic or funky, but pleasant tasting and drinkable. 4/4/4.25

Photo of Zach136
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with me, $9 from Brusin' Ales

Appearance: Hazy yellow, big white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Big bubblegum/funk brett character.

Flavor: Peppery, and mild to moderate funk from the yeast. Little bit of grassy hops, light grain and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium light dryness.

Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +5.8%

500ml Bottle

Wil surprised me with one of these guys on my visit. Thanks, guy! Bretticent is apricot golden with minimal haziness running throughout. The foam is lively and large bubbled, growing to over two fingers in height on the pour. It instantly becomes craggy, chunky, and sticky coating the glass like super glue.

The nose is saison fruity. Bright peach opens up immediately with an herbal hoppiness. Bubblegum esters flash through occasionally. Brett adds a mellow hay like funkiness. Pale, grainy malt is forefront in the grain department but there is a wheaty twang in the back. As the beer settles the malt backbone shines but with a quick swirl the peach comes right back, green apple as well. Appetizing, if a little mild.

Peach is a little fizzy and a little sweet even, reminding me of peach ring candy, but it's short lived. This saison is grain driven with clean barley and a wheat twang. I don't get much spice from the added rye. Yeast throws off a few esters, mostly soft bubblegum, while brett adds a touch of depth with notes of hay. As this beer warms pineapple notes linger. Well rounded, nicely done.

Up front the body feels like it will be a touch thin but as it works through it becomes luxurious in it's consistency. The weight lies firmly between light and moderate but there's a full feel that I enjoy.Carbonation is lively. The finish is dry with a soft lingering bitterness.

As I said before. This beer is well rounded with a lot of welcomed flavor profiles. Yeast character, grain bill, hop additions, even the brett, though subtle, all add something to the overall enjoyment of this beer. Recommend? Yes! Thanks, Wilson!

Photo of doomXsaloon
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a peppery Hefe with Brett...

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange body. Medium white head. Chunky collar.

Smell - Bretty. Doughy pale malts. Some apple.

Taste - Apples. Lots of earthy brett flavors, but no tartness. Some doughy malts and fruity yeastiness.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium body.

Overall - I rather like this. Nothing amazing, but well made.

Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into nonic pint.

A: Pours a cloudy light golden yellow with 3-4 finger white head. Nice retention and lacing. A little gushing when I opened the bottle,

S: Light cracker malts, grassy funk, Brett yeast, and light citrus.

T: Banana, lemon zest, peppery spice, grassy and floral hops.

M: Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Finish is crisp and dry.

O: Very nice saison. Love the label art.

Photo of dvmin98
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to Southern Tier Tulip

Nice straw color. Solid Belgian yeast flavor with a sweet lingering taste. Not as much Brett as I would have hoped on the tongue. Very refreshing and enjoyable though. Could drink a lot of these on a hot day.

Solid stuff.

Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with a creamy head that recedes to sticky, bubbly patches on the surface. Aromas of floral Brett, black peppery yeast, citrus, crackers, and a little fruity grape. Flowery flavor as well with abundant yeast, some clove, bubblegum, and straw. Medium-plus bodied and creamy, but dry. Not too funky, despite letting it sit in the closet awhile.

Photo of Immortale25
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before slowly falling to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Bright, crisp aroma has some moderate funk plus some fruit notes such as green apple, peach and pear.

T- Flavor follows suit but adds in some soft grainy malt. The yeast dances around the palate with some juicy citrus qualities that's complemented by the mild hops that also add a touch of bitterness. Lots of elements coming together well and making for a greatly balanced drink. Notes of melon, lime zest and mango.

M- Somewhat sharp and tight from the medium-high carbonation with a light body.

O- I find a lot of WW's wild ales to be better in the bottle than on-tap and this is certainly one of them. Showcases the yeast and hops as a cohesive unit that drives the flavor profile and makes for a tasty Saison.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle from Apalachian Vintner (Asheville, NC). 9.95. Bottled 4/2/15. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a murky but bright, day-glow yellow with a finger and a half white head. Almost no retention, zero lace.

The nose is earthy, funky and light. Mild citrus, hay and yeasty funk.

Flavors of lemon, hay, funky yeast, vague spice, bread, barn and earth. Light, easy drinking and pretty refreshing.

Body on the lighter side of medium with a good deal of carbonation. Aftertaste of funk, lemon and wet hay.

Bretticent is a good saison with some nice depth from that wild yeast. It may not be a truly special brew but it's enjoyable and worth a try.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice Brett nose in the smell but a little bit light in the taste. Nice wheat barley and other grain notes. Interesting metallic taste from the water. Decent saison.

Photo of zac16125
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a Teku
2014 vintage

A: Crystal clear, pale straw yellow, a huge 3plus fingers width of bright white colored head which has good retention and leaves tons of thick lacing. 4.25

S: Hay, some rye spice, very floral, citrus, subtle lactic acid tartness, white wine/champange. 4

T: White grapes/white wine, sweeter than I anticipated, floral, rye spiciness, lemon lime citrus. No real funk or appreciable sour characters. Sweet flavors a bit more prevalent than I would prefer. 3.75

M/D: Medium body, carbonation lighter than I would have expected based on the appearance but is appropriate, drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Nothing spectacular but a very solid beer overall. 4

Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointingly bland. Brett characteristics were very muted.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, lemon-yellow coloring, with a clingy, filmy, white head. Nose of tart white grape, toasted grains, and green herbal notes. Flavors are tart white grape forward, with heavy grain and herbal notes following. Wheat, basil, and grass in the forefront. Light and smooth in mouth, with an herbal and tart aftertaste. The finish is smooth and light. Very refreshing.

Photo of portia99
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

L - Pours an extremely pale yellow/gold color in the glass. Well hazed and capped by a thick 3 fingers of white foam that is dense with webby tendrils that stick to the glass and leave sheets of lacing.

S - Lemony up front, a bit herbal/minty, well funked, a bit of solvent, light barnyard, citrus, tart...a lot going on here.

T - Earthy and grainy on first impression, a bit of medicinal/aspirin bitterness, plenty of phenolics/Band-Aid, faintly tart, herbal and spicy mix, mild funk, lots of lemony citrus.

F - Thinnish medium body with a mid-high carbonation...a swirling mass of flavors and feel impressions - bitter, tart, fruity, funky, herbal, phenolic all at once. Carbonation gives a foamy impression as well as yielding a light fizziness on the tongue.

O - I like this a lot, but I have to say there is a lot going on in all sensory aspects of this beer...almost makes it overwhelming and a bit too complex/complicated. Hard to make all of these aspects work together...each sip gives a different impression - mostly positive but inconsistent sip to sip.

Photo of JayQue
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice light yeasty beer. Purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville NC. Pours a very slightly hazy straw gold color with a big frothy white head. Many thin veins of lacing on the glass. Strong yeasty aroma with a little citrus (lemon). Good flavor of yeast, lemon, malt and some nice sourness too. The sourness is not over-done. Missing the earthy barnyard "funk" of many Saisons but there is enough variety of flavors where it is not just some "lemon juice and yeast" American Saison.
Mouthfeel is very good with the sourness and lemon/yeasty flavors playing nicely on the tongue. Tart and crisp. Overall a good summertime beer. A bit pricy at $9.00 for a 500 ml bottle but still very tasty.

Photo of gcamparone
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a Wicked Weed snifter. Acquired in a trade.

Pours an amber body with a huge gushing 5 finger white frothy head that reduces slowly to leave chunky foam and high retention.

Big, fruity, citrusy aromas loft from the residual foam, apple, banana, grassy, slight funk.

On the tongue is sweet fruit and raisins, banana, peppery farmhouse spices, citrus and grassyness on the finish. Slight hop bite. Easy going down, crisp and refreshing.

Overall a nice saison - nothing huge but nice and drinkable with good balance. Would have preferred more brett though.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.5.14

A - Pours a clear very light orange with a large foamy white head with big bubbles that fades away fairly fast.

S - Oranges, then bubblegum and cloves.

T - Straight up saison, bubblegum, cloves, a touch of banana. Not Bretty.

D - Good carbonation with a light, dry body.

O - Nice saison, but hardly any Brett impact.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold color. The aroma is funky, spicy, phenolic and floral. In the taste, more funk, dry malts, bitterness, and muted fruit notes of yeast. A non- souring Brett strain, this is more on the funky, earthy side of wild ales. Light bodied, somewhat crisp. Interesting beer.

Photo of cvm4
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a beautiful golden color body, slightly hazy and a two finger eggshell head. The head had great lacing and retention.

S - Fruit notes of peach and pear with a good amount of brett on the nose. A bit of white pepper too.

T - As the nose, elements of peach/pear, white pepper, good funk, light tartness and mild hops at the end.

F - Light bodied, medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O - A solid saison with a nice touch of brett to it.

Photo of Terp96
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a tulip. Bright gold, opaque with an ample rocky head. Smells of lemon zest, white pepper. Taste is complex to say the least prickly and dry up front that yields to a slight sweet citrus. Finishes very dry and crisp. Just a little sour shining through. Well done.

Photo of zeledonia
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up while I'm in Raleigh for a few days. Poured into my new Tasty Beverages teku glass. Tasted 20 June 2014.

Pours a hazy medium-pale golden yellow. Two fingers of spongy white head, great retention and stellar lacing. Little streams of bubbles rising from the edges of the glass.

Smell is pungent, earthy, with that damp brett funk. There's a bit of fruity estery stuff behind it, which lightens the picture and allows me to enjoy the depth more. Quite nice.

Taste is good. A little on the bland side, at least compared to the nose. Kinda spicy, with a pinch of bitter in the finish as it evaporates

Feel is interesting. Starts light and fizzy, then flattens, and immediately dries out quickly and thoroughly.

Overall, this is a good saison. The brett comes through nicely in the nose, but the flavor doesn't meet my hopes.

Photo of carolinabrew
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Funky saison. Golden yellow color, hazy look. Has a smooth finish. Better saisons out there, disappointing for Wicked Weed.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear hay gold. Head is bright-white, dense, and creamy. Solid retention leaves a couple cm cap for the duration. Sticky chunks of lacing. Moderate carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Touches of grass and hay with a solid floral element. Earthy and musty as to be expected from the brett finish. Bready pale malts. Some toasted elements as well. Hints of lemon and pear. Pushes Belgian with some heavy banana and bubblegum. Very mild spice push - mostly clove. Fluffy yeast. Touches of lemon zest. Mild pith. Crackers.

Taste: Follows the nose with a more pronounced bitter woodiness. Earthy - turned earth. Solid push of floral elements with a biscuity malt base. Pale malt sweetness adds a bit of depth to the whole process. Small touches of citrus - lemon mostly. Small bitter pithiness. Warming pushes up more banana and adds a bit of clove spiciness. Hints of bubblegum on the very back of the sip. Some grass and hay as well. Corn-like sweetness on the back of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a slightly above average carbonation. Slight astringency. A bit of creaminess in the middle of the sip.

Overall: Reticent. That's correct.

Falls somewhere between two styles and doesn't really succeed at either. More Belgian than anything else but has some solid saison elements as well. Commit one way and go for it.

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazy golden yellow color with a huge white head that fills most of the glass. Some patchy lacing covers the glass as the cap fades.

The aroma includes notes of banana, clove and pepper with a little extra fruity touch towards the back. Saison or hefeweizen (?) I have no idea what this is suppose to be prior to looking it up here.

The taste is dry with neutral grain flavoring and a spice like clove. A soft touch of herbal hops countere that with a hint of peppery spice and mild tropical fruit aftertaste. Whereas the nose was leading me into hefeweizen territory, im happy to report the flavor is firmly in the saison realm.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. For the most part this is a well crafted ale however, I dont see myself ever wanting to shell out the money that these cost.

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Bretticent from Wicked Weed Brewing
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