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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 06-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of corby112
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with lighter banana colored edges and a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Visible carbonation bubbling up and sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Aroma is similar to that of a wheat based beer with zesty spice, bread, citrus fruit and pale malt notes. Slightly earthy but the brett presence is weaker than I expected. A little musty and funky but I'm getting more lactic sourdough bread and some subtle sulfur. Reminds me of a tame Berliner weisse.

On the thinner end of medium bodied with a decent brett presence but again, tastes more like a wheat based beer with subtle funk. Crisp and refreshing with some zesty spice followed by bready yeast, citric acidity, light fruit and faint musty funk. Slightly lactic but not very sour or acidic. Peppery spice with some coriander and ginger followed by some banana, bread and strong lemon juice presence. The wild yeast adds subtle farmhouse funk and light tartness in the finish. Refreshing and easy to drink but not all that interesting.

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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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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 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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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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Photo of angrybabboon
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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Photo of stakem
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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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 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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once again, good artwork and a good back descriptions sets up this Lost Abbey beee (whispers - and a little help from New Belgium too). From a 375 ml corked and caged bottle, on to the beer:

Pour it, swirl it, get a cloudy and murky yellow orange colored beer with a small head. Retention is fair, and is doesn't really show off with lacing. The aroma does show some of the brett, but the complexity and intendity it usually brings don't seem to be there just yet. The funk is mild, with breaks of leaves and a quick touch of manure.

It's refreshing and very crisp, that's for sure. Very appealing with its mouthfeel, so it's a little bit of a bummer that the taste doesn't meet my high expectations. A little funk rides the wave. A kiss of bubblegum, leaves, and vague spice enter the profile. Its alcohol, listed at 6.3%, does touch and go with a little solvent feel. A soft bubblegum aftertaste lingers.

Good drinking, refreshing, though could use a little time to develop.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5/23/12, thanks MERC for sharing this
The beer pours a cloudy sunset orange with no head/lacing. The nose has a citrusy orange sweetness and funky Brett undertone. The taste is sweeter than expected with some orange and Brett mixed together. Very similar to a hefe and just as drinkable. It's sweetness helps build the medium body I prefer in a Brett beer, but isn't cloying due to the barnyard funk and notes of citrus. I like this beer and think it's relatively underrated.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marked "Bottled 5/29/12" on the neck, this beer is pretty fresh.

A - Mildly cloudy golden blonde. Looks like a wheatbeer. A thin layer of carbonation.

S - A mixture of fruity notes, mostly of citrus and pineapple. Tangy aromas akin to a German wheatbeer.

T - The flavor is very light. Some sweet wheat notes, mild citrus. Faint fruit, skin and sweetness. Mineral water and a hint of alcohol.

M - Light bodied for sure, pleasantly carbonated. Highly drinkable body and profile. Much lighter than I had anticipated.

O - Well this beer isn't bad, but from this brewery and this style I had greater expectations and hopes. I love beers wild, tangy, funky etc. I wouldn't include this in any of those categories.

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

The nose on this one says nothing at all of a wild ale. It seems very much like a saison or a belgian pale ale; rather ordinary and uninspiring. Flavor is very much along the same lines with a sweet and bready character and a slight earthiness as well. If this were listed as a different style, I wonder if the scores would be much higher. That considered, I am curious how to score it, personally. I think the base beer is pretty good. There are just no wild ale tones to speak of at all.

A nice beer, but as a wild ale, very much a miss considering who is behind this one. A disappointment, unfortunately.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at the Collins Pub

A Pours a nice golden yellow with a 2 finger white head.

S A bit of funk with some citrusy lemon.

T For a brett beer there really wasn't a lot of tartness or funk to the flavor and what there was seemed sour in all the wrong ways. There was also a bit of clove and pepper which didn't really work either.

M Very light and easy to drink.

Overall this is a subpar wild ale. There doesn't seem to be much brett funk in either the flavor or nose and what there was just didn't seem to work. I'm glad I got this one on tap instead of paying 14 bucks for the bottle.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Pours out a very hazy yellow orange color. Bright and vibrant. Initially about a quarter finger of bright white head. Fades quickly. Ring of white. Some tight carbonation bubbles off bottom of glass.

S: Initially I was getting lots of fruit on the nose: lemon and pineapple. Then I swirled and got the Brett funk. Also getting some Belgian notes of pepper and clove under the Brett.

T: First reaction, this is certainly not funky and Bretty enough for me. I want more. It tastes like a light Belgian blonde ale with some of those yeast characteristics. I get spice and lemon and maybe mild clove. I do get some of that pineapple on the back end. Some fruitiness.

M: It's light bodied and very easy to drink. Carbonation could be higher.

O: B- or maybe lower. Just cost to reward this is low.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a dark and hazy yellow golden color. The head is bone white and roughly a finger high. Stick around for a bit. Medium lace.

First smell makes me think of a slightly bretty hefe. Malty/grain wheat and hay, yeast, light banana and clove, mild brett and slight funk, citrus with some pear, maybe some noble hops, floral qualities. That said a very nice light smell.

A bit more brett and funk in the taste, but more apparent are the hefe/wheat qualities of grains, hay, yeast, touch of banana and clove, mixed with light citric notes, floral and herbal qualities, light apple, pear, and pineapple.

Lighter medium body, Medium round carbonation, creamy consistency, and a light, quick finish.

Overall this is a pleasant beer, but not an amazing one. Slightly disappointed that there was such a light brett presence in this, especially for it being a Lost Abbey and New Belgium collab, and that it was more like a slightly twisted hefe than a brett american wild ale. That said, it's not a terrible beer. Just different than expected.

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Photo of Etan
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a glowing gold with a nice white head.

S: Heavy weizen esters and unmalted wheat. Banana, slight clove, yeast, peach.

T: Mild spicy phenols, banana, clove, sweet wheat, green grapes.

M: Tingly carbonation, light-bodied.

O: At best it tastes like a mild hefeweizen with no funk or tartness. Might even be slightly worse than New Belgium's version, which at least passed muster as a good BPA/hefeweizen.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, tart green apples and some earth. In the taste, a small tartness to clean, with pleasant note of fruit. A small sour bite and alighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, white grape in the aftertaste. A nice sour, yet a bit thin, yet still enjoyed it immensely.

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

Poured a hazy, milky orange with a finger of bright white head. Aroma of wheat, lemon, and light funk.

High carbonation and a light, dry mouthfeel. Lemon and biscuity wheat up front followed by light spice, orange, a touch of honey, and some hay/funk on the tail end.

Nothing mind-blowing, but full-flavored and refreshing with some nice hefeweizen character balancing the funk.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - The beer has a nice color, poured into my Goose Island Chalice. A bright orange that turns into a honey yellow color up toward the top. No real head to speak of, some bubbles popped up for a second and disappeared immediately.

S - Some hay, clover, brett, straw. Smells like a spicy/slightly tart hefeweizen. Not particularly good, and somewhat strange.

T - Lemon, straw, little bit of clover, bubble gum, and some slight funk. Seems like it should be a little bit sweeter, this has a lit of "belgian" going on in it for an American Wild Ale. Seems almost like a cross between a Wild, Saison, and some Hefe thrown in for good measure.

M - Medium bodied, fuzzy carbonation.

O - Didn't really care for this much at all. Seems lost between styles, and isn't really interesting to drink.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure about calling this an American wild ale... Being categorized as such probably hurts the score for those of us rating to style...

Anyway... This version is much better than the NB Brett Beer!

Golden body with nice white 2 fingered head... Poor retention, virtually no lacing, but a good color.

Smells lightly sweet, like honey drizzled cornbread biscuits, with a little orange peel zest citrus note. Dry bretty finish has a little booze note.

Feel has a prickly vibe with a lingering oiliness.

Overall-- meh. Not bad, but not really working for me as a wild ale-- no tartness or sourness... Call this a Belgian pale ale and see my review rise by 1/2 point minimum in each category.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color with a slight bit of haze. Bubbles rush to the top of the head to keep a ring of fluffy white head atop the beer.

The aroma is of wheat, lemon grass, like lemon curd spread over a warm biscuit.

Fairly sweet taste and a little funky at the end. Leaves your mouth a slight aftertaste that is hard to place, certainly not goat or barnyard like some brett beers I have tasted.

Body is fairly thin, which seems to happen alot with brett beers.

Overall this is a solid beer for its style, I would not rave about it or go out of my way to get another bottle but it is representative.

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Mo' Betta Bretta from The Lost Abbey
3.54 out of 5 based on 406 ratings.
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