Mo' Betta Bretta | The Lost Abbey

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Average: 3.57 | pDev: 14.01%

Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 405

American Brett | 6.15% ABV

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
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Photo of MusicaleMike
2.31/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a teku. Collaboration beer between New Belgium and Lost Abbey.
100% Brettanomyces fermented.

Orange gold sunset color, subtle haze in the body. Tons of bubbles risinng up to escape, with a large white head that slowly settled and left its mark on the glass. Good lacing initially, but none after the initial head dies.

The aroma in an unexciting one for the style. I believe that age has not done favors to this beer, as usually is the case. I get hints of oxidation (despite the cork and cage) aromas of white grape juice, pear, honey, and sweet creamed corn.

The taste is quite muted, just like the smell. There is a little bit of musk here, and then a bunch of fruity qualities that come off as faded. Apple, stevia, cardboard, and the body is on the lighter side.

I'm pretty disappointed with how this beer held up. The brett didn't really take over here, and I have experienced that with brett before, where it just doesn't work the way you want it to. I would not recommend this beer, especially at this point. Past its prime and the prime probably wasn't that high.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bright yellow, hella chunky haze throughout the entire beer, white head on top looked bleached it was so white. Aroma was bready, but not bretty. Tiny bit of lemon wedge to it.

Taste was biscuity and bready, thick almost wheat mouthfeel. Was kinda underwhelmed with this one to say the least. Brett strain too mild.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. L: Pours hazy gold with a slight orange tint under a thin, sudsy white foam cap.
S: Saisony, tangy nose with some light barnyard funk.
T: Fruit, rich, some sweetness, tropical fruit, pineapple, orange not very tart
F: Has the Brett fine soft carbonation. The texture is superb and makes the beer. Carbonation is above average, body a hair above medium light.
O: An easy to drink wild ale but not outstanding.

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Photo of Jonada
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375 ml bottle dated 5/24/2012 (exactly 3 years ago today). Poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a dark golden yellow with 2 fingers of a white head with good retention. Body is lightly hazy with moderate to high levels of visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of brett character, but more fruity than funky. Pear, pineapple, red apple, spicy Belgian yeast character, banana and lightly floral.

Taste: Apple, grain, funk, hay, pineapple and a hint of spices.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: I remember this being very "meh" when fresh, and while 3 years of age have brought out more of the funky/brett character, it's still just good, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked & caged 375ml bottle a slightly hazed dark yellow under a 1" thick white spritzy head which fades quickly to the rim and leaves splotches of lace. Aroma is lemony, funk, wood, herbal, grass/hay and spice. Flavor is overripe peaches and apricots, along with Brett yeast. Light body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and yeasty.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really pretty amber color with a white head that keeps no retention.

Not a lot on the nose. Slight yeast and lemon skin. Pretty bland.

Wow, the flavor is polar opposite of the of the smell. Very crisp hops and citrus zest. Lots of big saison flavors and nice spices. How did this not smell better?

Very nice beer, but just like all of Lost Abbeys creations, it's around $5 too expensive per bottle.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml cork & caged bottle poured into tulip. Bottled 5/24/12, a little over 2 years old.

A- Pours a translucent orange golden, a slight white head forms that quickly recedes to a fairly flat top, carbonation slightly on the low side, light clingy lacing.

S- Heavy brett influence, blonde ale underneath with some very subtle spices, light barnyard funk with slight hay, grass, and floral aspects. About average aroma strength, some nice subtle complexities influenced by the brett.

T- Light sweet blonde ale malts with a balanced bitterness, some brett influenced barnyard qualities, not overly sour (just a hint), finishes with some subtle and balanced spices, hay, and a grassy touch. Nice complexity, maybe not my favorite beer taste wise but overall nicely done.

M- Light tingly carbonation, medium bodied, fairly drinkable with a light boozy touch, finishes with a little bit of a bitter kick.

O- This was a fairly solid beer with nice subtle complexities that is definitely better then what the rating deems it to be right now. I imagine the brett may have come out a bit with the 2 years of age on it, improving it overall. Definitely worth the try and will easily hold up at least another couple years.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with an inch or so of foam that leaves strands of lace behind

Smell: Wheat bread, straw, Belgian yeast phenols, leather, banana; hints of peach and cantaloupe

Taste: Opens with bread and banana tones, with a hint of funk developing in the middle, along with cantaloupe and peach flavors; leather and sweet candi sugar tones combine in the finish with the other flavors that appeared earlier

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; slightly overcarbonated

Overall: Drinks more like a Belgian pale than a wild ale, as others have noted even after giving the Brett a couple of years to do its thing; it would score higher if the expectations weren't set by the labeling

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Photo of weeare138
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange toned gold with a fluffy white cap that never fades. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of peaches, and passion fruit with an abundance of vanilla pulling through.
Taste is echoing the aromatics with citrus, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, and vanilla coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and even keeled. Hardly sour dominant by any means. Very balanced, and brett forward on the mellow end.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i think this is superior to the new belgium release, but still a let down as wild ales go. the brett hasnt changed this much since its release, and we are left with an underwhelming pale hazy yellow beer thats soft in feel and well heady, but pretty minimal as far as flavor goes. lots of stale wheat malt, and a yeast that is neither funky or traditional, its sort of dry and bready, but the usual characteristics of the brett dont ever show up. i get some fruity zest on the back end, but a general staleness is my takeaway. the feel is fine, bubbly and light on the palate, but the flavors just never really show up. kind of a sloppy yeasty mess, i know the lost abbey is capable of better, they have some amazing wilds, but this one is a bit of a throwaway at this point.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mo' Betta Bretta pours a cloudy, pale, orange/yellow color, with only a sliver of suds for a head. Not bad looking and true-to-style. I would describe the aroma as yeasty and bready, with prominent grapefruit and lemon peel zest. Some definite herb-like Brett can be detected as well. After just one sip I have to admit I was a little disappointed. It's very light, almost like a standard Belgian Blond. It does not contain very much 'funky' aspects or Brett as I would prefer. The finish is sharp and coats the mouth adequately. It does have a slight tart flavor and is overall a good mellow drink.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. corked bottle into a harpoon tulip glass.

The color is a hazy orange with a finger and a half of foamy white head that is quickly gone before the first sip.

The smell is funky but not too sour. There is some banana aroma mixed with a touch of Belgian candy sugars. The grainy aroma that is detectable in the nose and reminds me of a triple but not as sweet.

The taste is sweet but not sour, and wild sourness seems to have been missed in this bottle. What I'm left here is a tasty Belgian-like beer without the carbonation and not much in the way of brett flavor. The is some fig flavor and some slight bubblegum flavor mixed in with a grainy flavor that is nice but is not as exciting as expected.

The feel of this beer is smooth with a nice drinkable feel. It goes down easy and has a medium to light body.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

thanks to ehammond1 for sending this one my way...enjoyed from a lost abbey teku. bottled 5/24/12

a - brew poured a murky yellow orange with a finger and a half of foamy head that was gone quick leaving a skin of bubbles on the surface.

s - soft fruit with some light barnyard bretty funk. some lemon and some wheat.

t - like a wheat beer with some strong sweetness and lemon. the brett is subtle giving it a wheatwine vibe.

m - sweet and wheaty with some grain.

o - overall, not a bad beer, but not something that needed to be mailed across the country either.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)


Lost Abbey / New Belgium Mo' Betta Bretta: blonde brett ale, 6.3% ABV, very active carbonation; Appearance: cloudy yellow, like hefeweisen, decent head, steady fade; Smell: hefeweisen, faint belt leather; Taste/Mouthfeel: belt leather, faint yogurty sourness, very light wheat, hint of banana and butterscotch; slight bitter aftertaste of saliva; good

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of lsummers
4.36/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear copper yellow with very little head. Smells of barnyard hay funk with some great malty backbone. Hints of grassy herbal hop aromas and a sense of sweetness coming through. Taste hits with great blast of fresh funky grassy hay and bright flavors of malt sweetness. A large lemony, peppery note along with the great bubbly mouthfeel really make each sip great. Hits the tongue with a blast and leaves it with some great cracker/biscuit/brown sugar notes. Not overly sweet but rather a hint. The funk comes through and doesn't over power the great peppery, herbal, grassy, lemon, tart hop aromas. Can't help but think there's some tropical notes hiding in there somewhere among the barnyard hay.

Again this is very bright on the tongue. Moderate amount of carbonation and wouldn't change a thing.

Overall, this version of the American Wild Ale really is one of my favorites. It keeps the flavors well balanced and light. Very drinkable, and very flavorful.

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Photo of riored4v
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a tulip. Clear, golden body. Thin ring of white foam. No real signs of lacing.

Aroma was musty and filled with brett. While noticeable, the aroma was fairly mellow. Some tropical notes present as well as a bit grainy.

Taste was fairly sweet upfront. Some tropical fruit notes. Turned to a nice maltiness with some caramel notes. Finish was pretty much all Brett. Nice and musty, farmhouse flavors. A bit floral/fruity as well.

Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carb. Crisp finish.

Enjoyable but fairly mellow flavors overall. Wished either Brett or other flavors were more pronouced.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz.bottle. Pours a golden amber with a small short lived white head. Aroma of biscuit malt, sour ripe white grapes, fruity and some Belgian yeast. Taste is sweet tart and sour fruity flavors, slightly champagne like, Belgian yeast. Palate is a medium body, crisp nicely balanced sweet and tart on the tongue, with moderate carbonation. Finish is a combination of sweet biscuit malt, wild Belgian yeast, with some ripe sour and tart fruitiness of apples and peaches. Almost reminds me of trippel. Overall has a nice flavor and nicely balanced. A well crafted and flavorful brew. Nicely done.

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Photo of Rutager
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks mrbubbler!!

Appearance. Pours a rich gold with a little haze and half a finger of white head.

Smell. Brett funk, sweet light malt, pears and a drop of white wine, and some light belgian style spices.

Taste. Pears, banana and belgian spices, a little bit of funky brett, and some of that sweet light malt I could smell.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium+ smooth carbonation.

Overall. A very nice beer. Easy to drink, nice light flavours and a decent body with great smooth carbonation. What's not to like?

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle pours a lightly hazed gold color with a creamy white head...not much for lacing and retention.

Nose is light on the brett and quite grainy....Belgian yeasty fruit comes out in droves.

Light fruits...honeydew, cantaloupe and strawberries. Brett is even lighter than the malt, which is hard to do with the malt being very crisp and grainy. Not enough brett for me, but it still is a pretty enjoyable beer. Worth the price? No...but it would be cool to see how this one would age.

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Photo of TheLostGringo
1.94/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

375ml C&C bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

A: Pours a hazy light orange, with about a 1/2 inch head from a careful pour. some carbonation that bubbles up from the bottom.

S: Sweaty Feet or old gym socks, could think of nothing else. Revolting and unappealing.

T: Almost nothing noticeable very boring and one dimensional.

M: Thin and watery.

O: Absolute garbage, can't believe their are some half-way decent reviews of this beer. I know taste is subjective, blah.. blah.. blah..

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Photo of draheim
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375mL (bottled 5/23/2012) into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery orange w/ a 1-finger white head, lively carb, a few floaties from the sediment at the bottom.

Aroma is sweet and fruity, a little bready. Indistinct.

Taste likewise has a fruity character - apricots maybe. Fruit juice, seems like there's some watered-down candi sugar sweetness too. Malt is a tad grainy. What I'm not getting is anything resembling Brett yeast.

Mouthfeel is thin, and a tad prickly from the carbonation.

Overall a pretty disappointing, bland beer. I don't get what this bee was supposed to be.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Funky and tart brett and other yeasts, citrus zest, vanilla, wheat, farmhouse smells.

T - Funky Brett and other yeasts, tart green fruits, lemon and other citrus zest, wheat, vanilla, farmhouse flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky and tart finish.

D - Good wild ale. A bit on the light side.

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Photo of benfons
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: No head what so ever, hazy colour, light orange colour

S: lots of honey, hints of citrus and banana, no hops and only a very slight hint of yeast

T: not as sweet as you'd expect, some bitterness, some tart, , more yeasts but somehow this doesn't really work for me

M: undercarbonated, rather dry, more alcoholic than you would expect

O: Doesnt work for me, not balanced,undercarbonated, not an attractive beer

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this earlier this year from Doppelbockulus in a great trade... Thanks Charley!!

Pours dark golden... looks like apple juice and the light carbonation and nearly nonexistent head solidifies that image.

Nose is grainy with the brett showing only as some light lemon and dusty/grassy notes... really fruity and sweet with warmth.

Flavor is pretty much the same with an underlying sorta fruity sweetness... apple and perhaps apricot.

Very light carbonation ... bubbles only really show on the tongue.

Just not very good. Seems like a BSPA with only the lightest Brett character.


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Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to wait a while to crack this, but I have a couple other bottles so might as well have it while it's not too old and try it first.

Pours a light fizzy head despite tons of bubbles, little lacing, crazy hazy murky sediment filled yeast chunked golden straw honey colored beer.

Nose has some funk, light horsehair funk, lemony, lemon balm like, light floral spices, little fruity and tart fruit, light wheat and grassy aromas, fairly fruity overall.

Taste starts with a somewhat sweet malt bite, sweet golden malts and candi sugar, a nice golden Belgian malt flavor esp with the candi sugar gives a nice Belgian feel overall. Smooth malts turn to light funk, just a touch of funk overall but a decent fruit base, tart pear and lemony, grassy and wheat flavors again, straw, grainy a bit, nice and fluffy and a bit effervescent. Finish is sticky and somewhat sweet but mostly dry, gritty, light tart lemony fruit, little floral grassy and fruity.

mouth is med to lighter bodied, plenty of effervescent carb, little gritty.

Overall not bad, but nothing like I expected, very little funk, a bit fruity but not a lot of tartness, more like a decent Belgian ale with a faint hint of funk.

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Mo' Betta Bretta from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 405 ratings