Mo' Betta Bretta | The Lost Abbey

Mo' Betta BrettaMo' Betta Bretta
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Mo' Betta BrettaMo' Betta Bretta

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.15%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 06-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 406 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If the intent was to brew a Belgian style ale with a pleasant orange citrus character, understated carbonation, then they did it spot on. Smooth mouthfeel. Decent drinkability with food. If this moderately bretted ale qualifies as a wild ale, then there are funkier beers around not listed as wild ales. Thanks Robert Bland for hooking me up.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/23/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, yeast, and some slightly funky Brett aromas. Taste is of malt/grain, yeast, and some very mild Brett flavors without any sort of real funk tastes. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but just like the New Belgium version, there is no real distinct Brett presence. However, I must say that this is the better of the 2 versions in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DaveHack for opening this one. The beer poured out at a hazy golden yellow color with a thin white fizzy head on top. The retention and lacing were decent. The smell of the beer is very mild for a wild ale. There really isn't a lot of funk of sour notes on the nose of this. Instead I get some fresh wheat aromas and other grains. The taste has a very subtle funkiness to it with some soft grain flavors and minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, smooth and fairly refreshing. Overall I was surprised by how subtle this beer ended up being. Not bad, not great though either.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger and a half high off white head that quickly died down and left lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lemon and orange citrus in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of orange citrus along with hints of sourness and tartness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels a little heavier (and maltier) compared to other wild ales. It doesn't deliver as much sourness compared to other beers in the style but it still has some interesting properties and is very easy to drink.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles, California, and served into a generic (unbranded) stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the breweries and style; I was extremely impressed with La Folie and I love Lost Abbey's sours.

Taken from the refrigerator and and allowed to warm significantly prior to serving. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an impressive seven finger beige colour head of nice fizzy soft cloud-like cream, good thickness, and excellent retention. Colour is a hazy orange-copper; very hefeweizen-esque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. All around I'm excited to try it, but there's nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Heavy brettanomyces, clean malts, a bit of bacteria, hints of orange peel citrus (and accompanying citrus-focused light hopping), wheat (?), and above all yeast. A fairly strong aroma. Very pleasant to a sour fanatic. I'm excited to try it.

T: Pleasant bretts, wild yeast, no real bacteria, orange peel citrus and accompanying complementary light hops, and a clean malt foundation. A lactic note. Certainly alive. A bit too biscuity on the back end. Nicely layered and subtle, but it comes off a bit simple compared to my expectations. It's enjoyable, but I expected more complexity and subtlety. Nicely balanced and built.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and refreshing. Suits the flavours quite nicely, but borders on too much wetness. Carbonation is perfect.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not at all worth the high price. I expected far better from these two breweries, especially for a sour. I'd have this on draught or significantly aged if I was in the mood to over-pay for a sour, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends. A disappointing limited release, but still an enjoyable one.


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Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ben for sharing this one! Tasted alongside NB Brett Beer and SN Brux. Quick review from notes.

Served in a tulip glass from a sturdy 375ml bottle.
Pale murky yellow orange, some light carbonation visible, thin cap of white foam. Skim breaks quickly, it didn't have that crazy rocky head like many Brett beers have.

Light aromas of pear esters and a generic Belgian yeast. Not getting much funk or farmhouse character from the Brett strain. Grainy like a BPA or Saison. Flavors are similar with a basic light pale malt sweetness, pear and apple flavors, and a watery thin body. Not really worth the $11 price tag... maybe this was released too early, it seemed the Brett was barely there if at all.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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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3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of rocky foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of funkiness and yeastiness with some caramel notes.

T - Good phenolic and funky tasty with a nice spicy bitterness. Caramel sweetness makes a nice backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty wild ale. I enjoyed this version better than the New Belgium version.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of funky yeast is sourer then I would have anticipated. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt notes with some funky ester and light barnyard notes and a sour finish. Boyd is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting but a bit underwhelmed and not sure this is one I would revisit anytime soon.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lost Abbey teku. Quite bland. Low carbonation. Touch of peach. Fairly dry. Hopefully this gets better with an increased presence. The aged version from Pizza Port was phenomenal.

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Mo' Betta Bretta from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 40.6% out of 100 with 406 ratings
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