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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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Ratings: 406 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of SHODriver
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy orange with a slight yellow tint with a huge dense bone colored head with excellent retention into a Duvel tulip
S: smells fruity with a slight funk and some pale malt. spicy yeast as well
T: fruity, kinda pineappley with some spice notes more commonly found in a heffeweizen, just a bit of funk and a slight mustyness. swallow brings more sweet pineapple and fruitiness with a hint of funk
M: prickly carbonation and a somewhat light moutfeel, not quite watery but close. crisp and clean though
O: Not too bad fresh but I have a few more of these to age. good flavors and huge potential so it should be interesting to see what the brett does to this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lost Abbey

Pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. Smells of citrus, banana, yeast, and spices. A light floral note, some hints of straw and grass, and maybe a little pineapple. The flavor is quite fruity with good citrus, banana, pear, and pineapple notes. The spice (clove and nutmeg) notes are also well represented. Sweet malt and a touch of yeast are also present. More of just a Belgian pale ale sort of flavor, but it’s still quite enjoyable.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of bashiba
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep cloudy orange with a thick and creamy white head that was very quickly with no lacing or retention to speak of.

The smell started it out nice and funky with a big barnyard like nose, but quickly turned into a more standard wheat style affair with big banana and clove notes overtaking the brett components.

The flavor reminds of a hefe with a touch of brett funk, mostly get a sweet banana/orange flavor with a bit of spices including clove and vanilla, there is just a touch of basement like Brett character sneaking through with a light minty hop finish.

The mouthfeel is tingly with carbonation, almost prickly and a bit thin like soda.

Overall I felt this to be a bit of a letdown, not enough Brett qualities especially judging it by the name and the very high price tag.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 7.30.12.

A - Pours a murky light orange with a fizzy white head that is gone quickly.

S - Lemons, wheat, some funk.

T - Lots of lemon, subtle funk, wheat.

D - Good carbonation, on the lower side. Lighter body.

O - Subtle funk, lemons and wheat. Much better than the New Belgium version.

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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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Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe, not impressed with this beer. Better than the New Belgium treatment but still not good.

Beer is brown and hazy with thin tan head, low retention, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty and malty.

Beer is medium to light in body, a little yeasty but hte yeast is lost in a lot of malt, it seems like an incomplete beer.

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Photo of SalMineo
2.38/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought this beer as soon as hit the stores in Massachusetts. Must say I was really disappointed in it.

Pour-Had a hazy golden color to it like most sours do with little head. I will say the Carbonation was good as it was not a gusher like some of Tomme's other beers are.

Smell-The smell was kinda weak. It definitely had a little bit of that funky sour smell to it. The smell was not that in your face delicious sour like Jolly Pumpkin or Russian River has. I got some hints of clove and banana and little bit of citrus.

Taste-This was the ultimate let down of the beer. I prefer that kick in mouth tartness that lets you know those wild yeast strains are in those beers. To me the taste had no funk or presence of wild yeast to it. All I tasted was wheat. It reminded of a hefeweizen minus the spices.

Mouthfeel-A bit crisp on the mouth but thats about it. Nothing to really right home about it.

Honestly I really didn't like this beer at all. I know Tomme Arthur has made some great lambics and wild ales such as Duck Duck Geuze, Cable Car and Isabelle Proximus but I feel this takes away credit from his lambic ability. It shouldn't be called a sour ale because it's not. For $10.99 price tag I'll spend a couple extra dollars and stick with a man that knows sours, Ron Jeffries. Definitely won't be buying it again.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of justintcoons
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

A: Cloudy gold with a quickly dissipating head. Moderate carbonation.

N: Barnyard, potpourri, pear, golden delicious apple and dried hay.

T: Golden delicious apple and pear are the most abundant. Moderate barnyard funk. Dried hay, potpourri and drops of lemon juice are also apparent.

M: Light-medium bodied, extra crisp, clean and slightly dry.

O: Very easy drinking and showcases the Brett yeast strain nicely. Only has a slight touch of tartness. I expected more from a “Wild Ale.” For a collaberation between The Lost Abbey and New Belgium I expected more. This is a tad underwhelming but overall a nice Blonde Ale.

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4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle into a Belgian Independence Day glass.

Mo Betta Bretta looks cloudy going in the glass, a nice golden color that sports a nice shade of orange. A inch of loose off white foam up above and it stays around. No cling on the glass though.

Smell is light on the brett, big on ripe tropic fruit, Belgian yeast. If this is 100% brett it's not there yet. This gives off more of a fresh triple scent with saison florals. Pineapple keeps coming to mind. No funk, expect yeast and fruit.

The taste is nice, the brett is ever so low at this point that it is an afterthought. Fruity like a triple, floral like with saison characteristics. Apple and pineapple are big, the brett touches the tounge if you put your mind to it. A drying finish. I am digging the taste and forgetting about what is advertised.

Feel is approaching medium, the body is spritzy, the finish is dry. I keep coming up with triple IMO, yet the alc is so low for one of those while the yeast and floral aspect screams saison. Carb is spot on and it lasts.

Perhaps some of MO has been stashed away in a barrel or three with some fruit and MO bugs to create something new and improved. Meanwhile, I have two more bottles which will be taking a four year dirt nap.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle.

Pours an opaque yellow orange, very cloudy, with a small creamy white head that doesn't recede at all, fed by bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma definitely has the brett character, but it's subtle, possibly due to it's young age, and the citrus is almost as prominent. Lots of lemons, even some sweeter pears and apricots.

Taste is just as fruity with pears, apricots, oranges and lemon zest. There is some earthy funk, faint barnyard notes with some oak and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is excellent, creamy with lively carbonation and just fizzes on the tongue at each sip.

I guess I was expecting more funk but it may take more time for the brett to kick in completely. It could also be because it's a 100% brett beer, which I haven't had many of. Either way, it's decent but will age a couple bottles to see what it turns into.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice.

A: Tightly corked. The murky amber beer has a pleasant orange tint with a short-lived foamy head. Great lacing.

S: Pretty plain...smells like a Belgian pale ale. Yeast is floral, not funky, and the scent is soft, refreshing, and lightly grainy.

T: Very nice, but plain. It reminds me a lot of of the New Belgium/Lost Abbey "Brett Beer" collab, so much that I wonder if it's the same recipe bottled at different ABVs.

Here is my review of the Brett Beer taste: "The Brett is distant. That said, this is a very nice, easygoing, Belgian-style pale ale. Fruity yeast is tropical (pineapple?) and is complemented by a grassy, almost bubble gummy, hop presence. Light, fruity, and yeasty are the watchwords here. Not bad!"

I don't disagree, save for the fact that Mo' Betta feels less fruity. The endtaste is lightly drying yeast.

M: Moderately carbonated, smooth, and drinkable.

O: Good, and very Belgian. I think I would have enjoyed this more had I never had the Brett Beer. Still, recommended for what it is.

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