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Mo' Betta Bretta | The Lost Abbey

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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)

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Added by MasterSki on 06-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of bum732
3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

S: Clean pils malt, slight phenolics, some hay

L: Cloudy, golden yellow, little head

T: Belgian yeastiness up front with a clean maltiness. Medium low spicy bitterness with some phenolics following. Finishes clean with lingering spiciness.

M: Medium low carbonation, medium bodied.

Meh, pretty mediocre. Where is the Brett in this beer? Solid base beer, but little to no Brett aroma and flavor. Disappointing.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Lordkrystic
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of harrymel
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled May, 2012

Pours golden with a solid quilt of bone white foam that falls to a central dome in a minute. Smells of sweet grain, a saison like yeast quality, some hay, a little grass, some artificial apricot, and a hint of clay. Flavor reminds me mostly of a belgian blonde - with overtly savage yeast. Too belgian for me. Sweet with grain and plenty of yeast - nearly a unibroue intensity here. Not sitting well with me. Some hints of grains of paradise. Medium on full bodied with lively carb and a wet finish. Glad I only grabbed one.

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Photo of bvermilion
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of M27
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, pours a hazy dark gold/orange with a fluffy white head that settles down slowly and some patchy lacing. Nice appearance, mild aroma; getting a lot of Belgian-style yeast notes and peppery spice, almost like a saison; not much brett apparent in the nose at all.

Flavor follows suit pretty closely; maybe I should have stuck this in the cellar for a few years because the brett really hasn’t made much of an impact on this beer after only a few months. Faint, very faint aspects of hay and grass, funk notes are extremely subdued, mostly tastes like a run-of-the-mill Belgian pale, with yeasty spice and pepper, light citrus notes, and a touch of pale, biscuity malt. Low bitterness, dry finish.

Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, decent crispness but slightly watery. A bit forgettable and not the big bretty beer I was hoping for. If you have this one and are thinking about opening it I’d recommend forgetting about it for a while and letting it develop in the bottle.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle.

Pours hazy gold after a nice pop of the cork. A half inch head of dense white settled to a solid skim coat on the surface with a few dots of elongated lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with honey-drizzeled pineapple spiked with peppercorns. Shades of cut grass and wheaty biscuits follow through. A bit subdued in the brett department if one is hoping for horsey, barnyard notes.

Light bodied with a creamy, slightly crispy mouthfeel. A bit tacky.

Sweet, bready malt with toasted biscuits and honey start the palate. Pineapple skins, cut grass, cloves, green apples, and pepper-dusted bubblegum run underneath.

Finishes with honey-drizzeled pineapple and grass-rubbed peppercorns.

Tasty beer, but I was hoping for more of a "wild", rustic, and pronounced brett character. It tastes more like a BPA with some brettt added at bottling.

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours very clear pale yellow. Upon the second pour into my goose island stemmed glass the yeast turns the beer a hazy marigold. Surprising lack of foam just a fingers worth of white head which quickly dissipates.

S - a fairly intense nose with lots of sweet fruit from the Belgian yeast strain. Ripe banana peel and juicy fruit gum are in the forefront while hints of lemon oil and green apples add even more brightness to the aroma. With a crusty bread backbone.

T - sweet doughy and crusty bread flavors up front. Flavors of green apples, banana and hints of lemony acidity enter mid palate. As the beer warms on the tongue there is a touch of earthy hops in the background. Finish is smooth with a bit of lingering sweetness.

M - medium bodied with a smooth, creamy yet slightly grainy texture. High carbonation with tight scrubbing bubbles.

O -  A very well made ale. The brett character is very reserved which is something I would have liked to see more of but I have put a few other bottles aside and am looking forward to seeing how they develop.

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Photo of dhbiker0889
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Kind of a cloudy golden blonde color. A very little bit of head and lacing. Reminds me of a wheat beer.

S: A sweet blend of pineapple and banana. Similar to other Brett beers with a little bit of a wheat characteristic. Has a little bit of a bite at the end.

T: Very mild taste with a little bit of a wheat beer characteristic again. A little bit of citrus and not too much brett characteristic.

M: Normal carbonation with a pretty light body.

O: A very drinkable brett beer but not my favorite. A lot of wheat beer characteristic to this one. A little too light on flavor and the alcohol is very noticeable for only being 6.5%. Probably wouldn't buy again at a 9 dollar price tag.

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3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Clear golden orange, pours with a little white head, leaves some nice spots

Smell: Yeasty - straight-up, yet mild Brett funkiness - some clean barnyard, mostly hay - some light tropical notes, like pineapple - lightly sweet, lightly cooked pale malts

Taste: Yeasty pineapples? - lightly tart, mildly funky - more mild than the aroma suggests - some light citrus, pineapples, and other light fruits - lightly spicy with some mild bitterness - perhaps a tad watery - pale malts, lightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth with a clean finish

Overall: Strange, but worth a try

As one would expect, this is similar to its New Belgium counterpart. This is slightly more yeasty. Yet, overall this still has some flaws... It feels oddly unfinished. Tasty, but it lacks complexity.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale straw/gold. Head is bright-white bubbly and drops to an almost non-existent cap and collar almost instantly. Almost no carbonation.

Smell: Straight up yeasty funk. Pale malts, grass, hay, and some minor lemon. Damp musty basement. Some backing floral elements. Minor touches of banana and spiciness. Yeasty and a touch earthy. Ripe banana.

Taste: Ripe banana and some mild clove spiciness. Sweet pale malts. Lemon cake. Bright, fresh bready yeast. Earthy and sweet. So much banana. Yeast punches through as the beer warms. Grassy lager-like finish. Pushes something like wheat. Less wild and more wheat and yeast. Less Brett-y than I expected. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation on a smooth barely over light body. Smooth with a lingering spiciness.

Overall: Mo Betta Bretta...a whole lot be better.

Banana and spice but it's nothing super nice. Rather one-dimensional. Sweeter than the New Belgium version, and that hurt it.

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3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much appreciation goes out to BdubleEdubleRUN for sending me this. I am even more thankful after seeing this on a PA bar menu for 35 bucks. Seriously? What makes a beer get a 5x multiplier in price just for traveling across the country? Anyway...

Poured into a matching Lost Abbey Teku glass (again thanks go to Brett for this) the brew appears a clouded color of gold. Sitting atop is a finger and a half of white head that recedes slowly due to supporting bubbles that rise to the surface. A light swirl revives a finger of yellowish stained meringue. Spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma opens up with some tropical quality. Pineapple and mango are noticed before the onset of some belgian phenolics like clove, pepper, bubblegum and banana. There is some grainy wheat inclusion that gives some freshness to the brew. As the brew warms up and is swirled, some grassy notes come forward with some earth and sulfur.

The taste is surprisingly a conglomeration of hefeweizen, saison and/or belgian blonde. There is an upfront fruit quality like mango, pineapple, peach, pear and apple that blends into some spicy yeast elements like clove, banana and pepper. There is a pretty significant wheat inclusion here that does a decent job transitioning the flavors of fruit to yeast and back. The aftertaste is mildly earthy, grassy and sulfuric.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation yet it feels creamy and smooth at times in the feel. For a brew that announces itself as a brett beer, I can see why people get their shit flung up in the air over this and are pissed that it isn't sour or more wild. The overall impression of this beer is something quite similar to a brew I made with brett C, so I would venture a guess that this is what was used here. I found it to be enjoyable in it's own right but really wasn't expecting this to be so similar to an everyday hefeweizen blended with a saison of sorts.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, John!

A: Pours a murky, dirty peach-colored body. Moderate carbonation.

S: Almost no aroma; surprising. What nose there was suggested a Belgian pale ale or saison; some straw, pale malt, pear, maybe some pepper. No brett.

T: No brett in the taste, either. This comes off as a light enkel (think Redemption). Mild citrus, straw, bread, and a light earthiness.

M: Medium-bodied; I was hoping this would be drier and a little more carbed. Truth be told, I was hoping this would be more like Orval, but maybe that's my own fault.

O: I'm never very impressed with Lost Abbey beers. This continues the trend. Although I received this from a trading partner, I did see it in stores around here for $9; pretty disappointing for that price.

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Photo of bassist286
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of danedelman
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-yellow with small head that quickly went away.

S-adjunct and a hint of funk. Almost like a lager smell.

T-I don't get any funk that I smelled and quite honestly, very disappointing. Tastes like a lager too.

M-mdium with low carbonation.

Not impressed at all with this one at all. Sorry.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Mo' Betta Bretta from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 406 ratings
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