Mo' Betta Bretta
Pizza Port Solana Beach

Mo' Betta BrettaMo' Betta Bretta
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American Brett
4.47 | pDev: 9.4%
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Mo' Betta BrettaMo' Betta Bretta
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to CaptainCougar for this very longtime want. Original batch. Served in a snifter. The pour yields a well-carbonated straw-golden-colored brew with a nice white head that falls somewhat quickly, leaving a bit of lacing behind. The nose is quite complex, filled with notes of hay and grass atop some green apple, pineapple, and lemon. Wheaty dryness comes through the nose, though apparently wheat wasn’t used in this brew. The spices are gone, but the Brett notes have really come to the forefront and are absolutely delicious. Straw and some lemon and pineapple notes come through. Earthy character in the background. Body is light-medium with a very dry finish. Absolutely exquisite. Was thrilled to finally see this bottle and it absolutely delivered. Thanks again!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Huge thanks for the bottle! I've wanted to try this one for ages. Snifter.

A: Yellow orange with an enormous white frothy head. Fast fading but robust.

S: Light pineapple with some pear. Lots of leather with earth and a grainy malt profile. There's a subtle tartness.

T: Tangerine accompanies restrained pineapple notes and a touch of lemon. Lots of earth and leather. Very dry and crisp with a grainy malt profile and a light tartness.

M: Medium body with very high carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: Highly drinkable. I found this to be really enjoyable. I would have loved to try this in its prime. Looking forward to the new batch.

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Photo of hopdog
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Sample courtesy of EDA. Bottle #405.

Poured a lighter yellow color with a large, quickly diminishing white head. Aromas of citrus, grass and yeast. Lightly sour tasting. Pineapple. Refreshing and crisp. Lively and fizzy body.

Notes from 1/16/05

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Photo of illidurit
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another big thanks to cquiroga for excavating this rarity for the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Pours a pale gold with a sticky white head. Lemony gueuze aroma with a big dose of earthy brett funk. Flavor is lemony and cidery with some pineapple sweetness and a dry musty brett finish. Crisp and drinkable.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Solana Beach. Hand bottle #88. My first beer of the new year pours into my glass a hazy yellow orange with lots of carbonation that brings on a big fizzy white head above the brew. It sticks at half an inch and doesn't go away. Aromas start with a big fruity nose with tropical and citric accents. Pineapple is there with a crisp grain backbone, slightly toasted. Sour, musty funkiness moves in big time from the 100% Brett yeast.

First sip brings a nice crisp, slightly sweet grain maltiness quickly followed by a myriad of fruity flavors. Citrus and tropical flavors run all over the place. Sour, funky mustiness moves in as it flows down and doesn't become overpowering but melds in perfectly with the overall brew. Mellow herbal hops are just barley noticeable on the finish as it ends crisp, dry and smoothly in perfect harmony. This one shows off how tasty a 100% Brett brew can be.

Mouthfeel is crisp and on the lighter side with wonderful bursts of carbonation. Goes down easy and ends up being very refreshing. Just an amazing, contemplative brew here. I only wish I had more than this one bottle. I can't wait to try the Lost Abbey reincarnation of this one. Wow.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Pour from a 750mL. Aroma starts as a unique banana skin with fragrant herbal tartness. Orange-gold pour, with a bubbling foam of white. Flavor has a crisp pale fruit composition, harboring floral starfruit, passionfruit, old pineapple juice and some peculiar coconut juices. Bretty the whole way through (duh). Smacks nicely dry and clean with some musty Pakistani spices. Very unique. Can’t wait to see this as a Lost Abbey. Thanks Chris!

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Photo of egajdzis
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a opaque, cloudy, pale, yellow color with spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma was sweet and spicy brett, funky barnyard, and orange citrus. The taste was brett and some tart lemon and grape peels. Medium carbonation, this came off rather thin to me. Mouthpuckering, this reminded me of a gueuze.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark peachy orange with a nice huge head of eggy froth. Tons of tiny bubbles make up for a massive carbonation that tickles the nose, and dances on every tastebud of the tongue. Aromas are super bretty and the aromas include horse blanket and various farmy notes, as well as some peppery booze, citrus fruits, and more gueuxe-y sour laden notes. Taste is awesome! All about the brett from the get-go. Funky tastes abound as well as peppery hops, and sour lambicy notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but not quite perfect. Drinkability, however, is quite perfect! A wonderful beer, sampled on a very fun evening in Michigan...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my notes: 750ml. bottle, unlabelled; original gravity 1.060; brewed from 2-row pale malt, wheat, and cara-pils; magnum hops used for bittering; 100% fermented with Brettanomyces anamolous; given a 3 week primary fermentation; care must be taken in opening the bottle due to excessive carbonation - treat it as you would champagne; an excellent example of the flavors and aromas produced by Brettanomyces for anyone who's unfamiliar.

Upon opeining, the head wants to climb out of the bottle; but carefully poured, it delivers a hazy golden body beneath a huge head of bright-white froth that displays excellent retention and delivers brilliant Brussels lace. Tiny, streaming, effervescent bubbles can be seen rising to buoy the head.

The nose offers a "clean" Brett character with the typical stable-like, wet wool, and mildly feral-like characteristics that are to be expected. What malt is there is limited; and apart from the Brett only a touch of citrus-like acidity comes through from the acetic acid.

It's fairly light-bodied and zesty in the mouth due to its effervescent carbonation.

The flavor is not as acidic as might be expected (...thinking of the acidity of a lambic.... but there's only Brett here), and some lightly sweet malt comes through amidst it's acetic acid tartness. Citrusy fruit and a cloud of barnyard wafts billow life into it, giving it a greater character and refreshing dryness. The bitterness is restrained, but amidst the tartness and dusty, mineral-like dryness of the Brett it's not really needed. It finishes dry with some residual dusty farmyard memories, but for the most part it passes away quickly, leaving you refreshed and ready for another sip.

It's really quite an unusual beer (Vinnie's Sanctification from Russian River, and the Prof's Flemish Wild Ale are the only others I can think of right off hand...), and it's absolutely not to be missed.

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Photo of IceAce
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 424

Boy, this stuff had no intention of remaining cooped-up in the 750ml bottle after slooowly prying off the cap. It had to have been a five minute process in a failed effort to ensure every golden drop made it into my BJ's Crand Cru glass.

Aroma is funky...and all over my hands after wrangling a little over eight ounces into my glass. The nose is funky dry, funky sweet, with a sharp phenolic pineapple thrust which simply tears through your olfactory. Apparance is hazy gold with a stark white collar of foam constantly fed by a never-ending source of CO² from within the body.

Finally, the first sip. Oh my...this is surely different! Entry is forged by the burly, take-no-prisoners prickly carbonation.and a delightful sweetness around the perimeter of the tongue. Midtaste begins as a dry wave followed by the wild brett targeting a bullseye square in the middle of the tongue with funk.

Dry Funk.

Very dry funk.

That said, the finish leads with a hop hint making a halfhearted effort to push back the wild yeast...but to no avail (thank goodness!). This brew fades away slowly with flashes of sweet fruit, tart yeast, and all the goodness that a guy named Tomme and Two Guys named Jeff could squeeze into a bottle!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 255.

The beer is golden and murky (to say the least). A big ol crop of white foam is formed on top and slowly dwindles to a nice one finger sized head that sticks around for some time. Lacing is full. What a strong aroma! Pineapple juice and mild farmyard tones mix nicely. Other tropical fruits seem to be present on the nose as well. What a medley. A nice little melange of tropical tones is perceived on the palate as well. Pineapple is the one I perceive to be the strongest. There is some tartness to this beer, but not overpowering by any means. It adds a nice touch. Lemon peel and orange rind come to mind also. Pink grapefruit pulp. There's really an extraordinary amount of unique fruity tones in this one. The mouthfeel started out seeming a little too gaseous, but after a while, it mellowed out. As I made my way through this bottle I realized I was on a journey. From the onset, I was not quite sure of this Brett character. By the end of it, I came to enjoy it quite a bit. I can see how it could indeed become addictive. And my burps bring me back to my lab days. Toluene comes to mind. Whew!! Toxic stuff. But damn alluring...

I must thank my crack dealer, I mean Port dealer once again. The Long Beach Bum. I'm the addict and he is my supplier. Many thanks to one of the site's most easy going and knowledgeable advocates.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with oggg. Thanks for the opportunity... Hand-bottled #243.

OK, so it freaking exploded upon uncapping. Great smelling beer foam everywhere. Guess I should have been a bit more prepared when opening such an artisinal brew, let that be a lesson to me. Anyways...

Poured *carefully* into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2" off-white head over the murky, almost translucent gold brew. Whoever heard of a gold-hued brew that seems to not let light pass? Head keeps rejuvenating itself due to the vigorous carbonation that continues to be generated from the bottom of the glass. After the carbonation slows down, head quickly falls to a layer of bubbles over the liquid.

Delicate, yet foamy lacing left randomly along the sides of the glass. Aroma is pungently fruity, with a dryness to it. Taste is light, earthy fruits, a bit citrusy, leaving the tongue feeling pleasantly dry and tickled. Mouthfeel is incredible, just floats over the tongue so nicely, tart but not too, and drinkability would be superb, if I could get more. Worth the trouble to track down, for sure.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I purchased a bottle of this saison while at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. Usually only sold at the Solana Beach PP, a small number quantity was brought up to Carlsbad. Ten bucks got me bottle # 429.
I popped the cap and had to rush the bottle and my chalice over to the sink as the brew came foaming and fizzing out. Only a bit was lost as I got my glass under the roiling mass of malt, hops, and Brett. A slow, steady pour yielded a brew possessing a slightly hazed yellow hue, very active carbonation, and a monstrous foamy white head that hung around forever and clung to the walls of the glass. Beautiful...
I settled my beak over the rim and inhaled. Ah, the wondrous aromas of dusty malts, fresh-cut hayfields, pineapples, mangoes, peaches, and apricots, tart green apples, lighter lemony scent and that distinctly leathery, funky note that screams, "Brett is here!"
On with the drinking; I can wait no more. Foam gripped my mustache. Light graininess, a bit of grassy malt that is quickly outpaced by a parade of fuit flavors. Quite tart but not in the jaw-cramping manner of some other saisons, the flavors of not-quite-ripe pineapples, Granny Smith apples, and lemon zest really keep this beer perky. The sweeter, milder flavors of peaches, apricots and mango keep the tartness in check. There's a nice light peppery spice note and the singularly sharp funky taste of Brettanomyces, though not quite as potent as found in some of the Fantome offerings I've had the pleasure of having. The feel was light, very lively and creamy; heavenly.
I haven't had a beer that was this enjoyable in a while. When I had a small sample at the Fest I was trying to equate it to something I'd had before and realized it was strikingly similar to Fantôme Saison D’Erezée Printemps except better. I'm willing to bet that you won't get any closer to Fantôme unless you pay a visit. A dazzling example of a saison. Highly recommended.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy, pale straw yellow color, under an active head, bubbling, pure white.
Aroma: fresh, slightly sour and citric, lemony, and alive...
Taste: Bing, bam, boom!!! Bursting in the mouth, flush with citric fruity flavor,
I'm actually thoroughly impressed that as authentic-tasting a beer as this has come out of California. I would swear it was out of a Fantome bottle, but, they did their work well, this is the real stuff!
Bold, brash, citric taste, very refreshing, full in flavor, energetic and alive!
Only the second Pizza Port beer I've had, and I'm far from disappointed!
Yum, I say again, this is a dazzling saison..and this, they make this in Solano Beach, not Belgium?
Absolutely dazzling, utterly perfect, an impressive accomplishment!

much thanks to kmcnair!

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Photo of Crosling
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Hazy light orange.

Bursting aroma of passion fruits (mango, pineapple and peach), brett funk, coconut and spicy hops.

Spicy, herbal, barely noticable hop variety, dry, very fruity (nectarine, peach, pineapple), tart, with brett notes, mainly horseblanket. Thin, fizzy, watery texture. Regardless of how it feels on the palate, this is incredible.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bottle #244, purchased directly from the Solana Beach location for all of $10 during an afternoon of Great Pizza, Great Beer and some seriously sick jokes with fellow BA’s xlperro, mzwolinski, TheBeerPatriot and AleOha.

750ml green glass flat bottomed flask bottle. The very colorful label has the words 'Port Brewing' in orange with the name of the beer ‘Mo Betta Bretta’ in an orange highlighted yellow text. The portal on this label has a picture of three paths in a wooded area with a signpost that points to Port Solana Beach, Fort Collins and Belgium, a hint at the background to this brew. The reverse of the 360° label explains that this is a collaborative effort with Peter Brouckaert of New Belgium Brewing Company.

Appearance: A cloudy yellow straw body reveals that this is indeed unfiltered. Backlit is has a hazy but fluorescent honey look with some peachy hints. I contemplated using a Gueuze tumbler for this, but as soon as the crown cap came off and a slow plug of white bubbles started to emerge from the neck, I quickly change my mind and reached for my trusty Duvel Glass, glad I did because a huge head formed with even a careful pour. The capping was a sheer brilliant white comprised of finely tuned bubbles that leave a little lacing but not much as it effervesces with an audible collapse. Supremely carbonated, a quick swirl helps to reform a nice ¼” thick smooth white covering.

Nose: Awesome nose, fantastically fresh and ripe with the odor of freshly cut pineapple chunks. Mix this dominant pineapple with some sharp green skinned apples, raisins and dry spicy odors all enveloped in a nose rich in tropical fruits.

Taste: I expected a much sharper profile after reading the back of the label, the usual funky Brett farmyard horse piss profile so familiar to me. But this offering was very different - this is a really great mix of fruity and spicy flavors. The fruits are strong and extremely tropical in nature with pineapple and sharp apples being the dominant contributors. Some peppery spices break through too, though it should be noted that I do not believe any spices are actually added. Has a spiced Cider feel in the beginning with a light fruity bitterness in the back end. Finishes with an ending that reminded me of the triple fermented Orval that also uses Brett. Crisp and very unique!

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, finely attenuated super smooth feeling in the mouth, it feels like it melts on the tongue at times. A tropical feel punctuates the body from start to finish.

Drinkability: I easily consumed this 750ml in its entirety. Selfish? Sure but who cares?! This is great and it drinks extremely well. I could easily manage another bottle of this treat.

Overall: Quite remarkable and very different to what I initially expected, but yet again I find that I have my proverbial socks blown off by Pizza Port. I picked up a few bottles and I am eager to see how this develops with time, I’m just not sure I can maintain the discipline to keep them. Bloody Beautiful.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, number 253 of 500 purchased 10-2-04 at Pizza Port in Solana Beach, CA. On the back of the bottle is nice explanation of the yeast and the process of brewing this particular beer. The beer poured with a big big head. It actually started foaming the moment I removed the cap so I had to pour it right away. The head was a fuzzy white head with stiff retention. The beer was an orange/gold color that showed moderate carbonation.

The smell on this beer is excellent and very appetizing. Aromas of honey, pineapple, brown sugar, and and rising bread (yeast). The flavor in this beer is complex -- like rocket science complex. Tons of different flavors can be tasted. Dry fruits including apricot, apple, and cherry. Other flavors are white grape juice, oats, honey and a clean malt profile. There was no distinct hop bitterness to speak of. The sweetness of the beer beat down all challengers. The aftertaste is an excellent malty sweetness.

Overall this is a VERY unique and excellent brew. I highly recommend it for those days when you are craving a rip roaring Belgian beer. It will not disappoint.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky golden hue wears a huge frothy, mountainous head that can’t help, but link with Orval. Very slowly diminishing. Brett aromas can be smelled from a meter. Light horseblanket, barnyardy nose. Very fruity aroma, fruit salad alike in fact with mostly pears and pineapple dominating. On the tongue is offered an interesting fruit acid play. Citric palate, lemony, woody. Odd brett flavors from the wild yeast. Awesome fluffy, bubbly, extremely highly carbonated mouthfeel where the liquid metamorphoses into big bubbles a la fantôme. Subtle leafy bitterness. A less cidery beatrix, that while not as complex as Orval is probably just as interesting and strikingly unique.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed April of 2004, Sampled April of 2005
Carbonated to all hell, this literally jumps out of the bottle after I pop the cap. Luckily I was ready with my beer glass. The beer pours a brilliant gold color with a five finger thick head and mad streaming rivulets of carbonation cascading up from the bottom of my tulip glass. The aroma has change dramatically since I first had this in June, it is now taking on the characteristic leathery, musty funky aroma that I associate with Brettanomyces. There is still some notes of orange peel, and a bit of lemon. The aroma is still not yet super funky, but it is heading in that direction.

This beer is still quite light, and it still has a quenching fruity flavor up front. The finish is dry with a hint of chewy earthiness, as well as a bit of lemon like tartness. There is a hint of pineapple left in the taste, but it is predominantly a fruity note of lemon. The characteristic aged Brett notes are starting to kick in, in the finish of this beer. It is slightly funky with notes of musty wood, dried cobwebs, and wet leather, note that all of these are still fairly subdued.

This beer is aging quite interestingly, I will admit that I perhaps favored this when it was younger. It was more spicy and more fruity, atypical of what one associates with Brett, and a bit more characterful. It is still quite tasty, and quite interesting, and I wish I had more of this to see how the Brett change this beer over time.

Sampled June 2004
Pours a very hazy straw color with a good sized off white head. This thing has a fruity, funk driven nose with notes of spices, apple, tropical fruit. This has a very interesting taste. It is slightly acidic and goes down very smoothly. I have to give it to the brewers for this experiment, an all Brettanomyces beer is quite good, not nearly what I was expecting. This does not have the aged Brett character that I am used too from Orval, and Lambics; it is not as musty, leathery, or horsy as I was expecting. It is quite fruity with tropical fruit and apple notes. There is no hop bitterness, or hop flavor, instead the balance is driven by the interplay between fruitiness and funky spiciness. The spice notes in this beer are incredible considering that no spices where used to brew this beer. I get notes of orange peel, coriander, lime, perhaps some subtle pepper and ginger as well.

This is a must try beer for anyone interested in artisinal, funky beers and the brewers that brew them. The fact that this is entirely driven by a 'young' Brettanomyces fermentation is quite fabulous, and it is so different from what one expects out of a typical Brett fermentation profile.

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Mo' Betta Bretta from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 27 ratings