Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Brett BeerLips Of Faith - Brett Beer

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
New Belgium Brewing and The Lost Abbey brewery from San Marcos, California have a shared passion for a variety of things, not the least of which is the wild Belgian yeast brettanomyces. So they decided to join forces and collaborate. Lost Abbey Collaboration is brewed simply with pale malts accompanied by Target, Centennial and Sorachi hops for a hint of citrus. Focusing on their mutual respect for the ingredient, the spotlight shines on the brettanomyces, where a full brett fermentation offers bold pineapple overtones and funky, sour edge. The beer is a shining, golden shade and is warming and dry.

Added by HopHead84 on 05-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of harrymel
1.56/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Alright, supposed to be a BFD.

Pours a near crystal golden ale with dissipating white sheeting. Smells of manure, straw, mushroom, pear juice and unleaded (the good part) no indications of lemon for me. Wowza, sweet estery juice. Lots of sweet wheat character, yeast and saccharine like sweetness. Sooo sweet. Where did this even come from?! Hints of straw and yeast with a little lead character. Full bodied for the style with low carbonation. This beer is a disaster. I'm giving this an overall 1.0 despite any other ratings because the beer is composed poorly. Drain pour. What a disappointment for two renowned breweries.

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Photo of zhanson88
1.77/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Apperance: Pours a light, clear straw color with about 1/4" of white head. Head retention is okay, and carbonation seems to be lacking.

Smell: Mango, pineapple, tartness is almost nonexistent.

Taste: Heavy mango and pineapple sweetness, kind of cloying. Again, tartness is nonexistent.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is heavy for the style and lacking carbonation. Overall, not impressed with this as a wild. Kind of refreshing in a sweet way, this is an okay beer from that standpoint, but as a wild comes up way short.

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Photo of tewaris
1.86/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On tap at Happy Gnome.

Hazy golden colored with a moderate head. Aroma is extremely sweet and quite fruity; perhaps excruciatingly sweet. Generic beer notes abound and nothing else really stands out but the fruitiness.

Tastes underattenuated and just plain messy! A slightly phenolic and very cloying finish. Another good example of why one should either stick to normal ingredients or be absolutely sure before putting the product out. Also, add hops.

I don't really mind the mouthfeel but sweetness kills it. A miserable fail of a beer; there are few "craft" beers that I would turn down and choose an adjunct lager instead. This is one of them.

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Photo of jimicoop
2.14/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hate to say but I taste a lot of oxidization/cardboard flavor in this beer. It seems to dominate the flavor profile. Definitely a let down. I enjoy brett beers but not this one. Maybe I picked up the wrong bottle? I've participated in 'off flavor' beer presentations at NHC and can remember with clarity EXACTLY what oxidization tastes like. Brett can be excellent but this one is somewhere between oxidization and diacetyl. New Belgium usually kicks ass. Not this time in my opinion. Hope others had a better experience. Not sure if I'd buy this again and give it a second chance.
I actually wound up pouring it down the drain. :(
BOo hiss.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.16/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle pours a clear gold color with an ample cap of white head. Nice and dense, it sticks around quite awhile and leaves some nice lace.

Nose is mostly light grains with a touch of honey. Im not entirely sure brettanomyces would be the first thing to come to mind if I drank this blind. It mostly just smells like a Belgian Pale Ale.

Taste is too much sweet malt and not nearly enough brett. The honeyed grains are cloying even, and where the hell are the hops? It is like the brewers just completely forgot to add any bittering cones at all. The alcohol is surprisingly rough too, at 7.5% it attacks more like a 9 or 10%er. I dont think I have been a fan of any of the LoF series that is not a sour, this one is no exception. Yuk…nearing drain pour status.

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Photo of dpasotti
2.34/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A very nice-looking beer. Golden honey color with solid head that bleeds lace. The aroma is light sweet pale malt, some floral hops, and peppery/fruity saison-like yeast notes. Zero brett.

Flavor is doughy malt, some yeasty spice, and not much else. Pretty clean flavor here. I literally got up and checked the bottle to make sure I opened the right beer. There is no brett element here whatsoever.

Medium body and carbonation. Mouthfeel is good. Overall, this is by far the most off-style beer I've ever had. It's somewhere between an American blonde, a saison, and a German helles; but it is in no way in the realm of a wild ale. The name Brett Beer does a disservice to the distinguished microorganism. To be fair, it's a good beer. But when you sell it to me as a "Brett Beer," you better bring the funk--and this is more of a Milli Vanilli.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.37/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was a huge disappointment to me. Had on tap at Bier Baron in DC.

The beer pours a nice golden color, not very hazy with just a bit of lacing and a small head. Pretty good overall.

The smell is just non existent. I have to struggle to get even the slightest wisp of Brett at all and after that it smells like a very weak Berliner Weiss in the malt profile, like a sour mash that hardly springs from the glass. Taste is not much better, my beer loving friend and I said it kind of tasted like an adjunct wheat beer like a bad blue moon that doesn't have a lot of carbonation. Like a bad allagash white. Some alcohol flavor is probably the most recognizable taste here. Hardly any Brett, not tart, just a touch of fruit. Feel is fine, under carbonated and thin.

Yikes! We thought we ordered the wrong beer, but it turns out it was the right beer.

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Photo of hardy008
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale gold with a white two finger head with good retention and lacing. Smells of pineapple, citrus, spices, yeast, and some Brett.

The taste is sweeter than I would have expected. There is lemon, pale malts, pineapple, yeast, and Brett. This is a confused tasting mess. Like an experiment that went wrong. I have tasted worst beers to be sure, but I haven't had many this confusing before.

Light to medium bodied with light carbonation, and a lemon / Brett aftertaste. Not to my liking.

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Photo of RuckusDu
2.43/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - maybe a finger and a half of just off white head. Body is cloudy and straight up golden. Some good lacing.

S - Very floral with only a little sour and funk. Fairly simple.

T - Artificial flavors and a lot of floral notes. Not that great for me. Just tastes like an artificial flower to me. Maybe a little hops at the finish.

M - Strong carbonation and medium body.

O - Not for me and I don't know what else to say.

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Photo of mverity
2.46/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle share at Proof thanks to jbruner. Clear pale yellow color with swirls of thin white head and a medium collar. Aroma is super grainey and light malt. Taste is very faintly grassy, and then some light malt sweetness. Not much else to this one. Thin watery body, light carbonation.

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Photo of rand
2.48/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From bomber to tulip glass

A: Light tangerine in color, opaque with a chilled haze, forms a small wispy head on the pour.

S: Honey-sweet malts and earthy tea anchor the bouquet, coriander and nutmeg surround. Where's the funk?

T: Candy-sweet malts meet ripe citrus fruit at the front of the palate, light holiday spice mid-sip. Hops poke through near the end, yielding an earthy tea-edge. Closes with just a touch of tart orange-citrus, but the malty sweetness dominates an unnecessarily long finish. Where's the pop? Where's the funk? Wild ale?

M: Super oily slick and chewy, accentuating the brew's sweet aspects.

The beer isn't all that hard to quaff, but is this ever mislabeled? I can't believe two brewers that have mastered this style would call this "Brett Beer". If they had called it 'The Taming of the Brett' or something I might have been more generous, but it's still not a very memorable sip.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.48/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Small, one finger, foamy, white head. Nice lacing! Brew is cloudy gold color with lots of yellow.

There's a ton of Belgian funk in this one... Some light apple/fig fruits. Very light. Gamey, wet dog, and barnyard come to mind.

Very light and airy. Heavy carbonation, but it fits the style. Lots of sulfur (fart) flavors. Light fruity-ness, but no tropical fruit like the bottle claims. Lots of bretty biscuit flavors. Zero sourness, disappointing... Where's the tart? Heavy, creamy chamomile ;p

This brew is a mess. There's zero sour/tart... Coming from NB and LA I would expect an amazing concoction. This brew falls far short of anything memorable. Maybe this brew will change with time, and I'll update if it does, but right now I cannot recommend.

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Photo of bsp77
2.56/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold with foamy white head and sticky lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, biscuit, cherry and citrus. No Brett.

Taste: Still no Brett, or maybe just the slightest hint. That might be okay (despite the misleading name), so does the rest of the beer taste good? No, not really. Strong toast and biscuit with a really odd hop flavor (grass, metal, rotten citrus) and some overripe banana. Tastes like a way too boozy Marzen with some Belgian undertones.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Off dry finish that really coats the mouth in a bad way.

Overall: Tastes like a headache. I really can't believe that this is what New Belgium and Lost Abbey came up with. Not finishing the bomber. At least it was only like $6.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.59/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy yellow with thin white head

S-extremely faint scent of berries and possibly a hint of brett. Very faint. A hint of sour lactose. 

T-comes in with a slightly fruity taste of bitter grains. It's not good. Its not terrible either. For something brewed with Brett, it's a downright disappointment. Matching after-taste, complete lack of tartness

M-medium to low carbonation. Dry finish

O-This has got to be the worst beer I've had from New Belgium or the Lost Abbey. I really don't know how either brewery let this one out. It tastes like what would happen if a nano brewery wanted to put out a sour with a very limited budget

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: None on bottle, released in late spring 2012
Glass: Tulip

In both scent and taste, the LoF Brett Beer represents a fairly low standard for American Wild Ales, which I have, in the past, found to be quite complex, full of flavor, and fairly intense. I was hoping for a showcase of Brett characters, but what the bottle contains is a relatively middling amount of any character, be it Brettanomyces, malt, or hops. The overal beer is certainly drinkable, but bland and uninspiring to me.

Pours a tall, >3cm, white head, composed of medium to large-sized bubbles that has above average retention. As the head recedes to a thin cap atop the body, it leaves significant lacing in a variety of shapes along the sides of the glass. The body itself is a light yellow-gold color, semi-hazy from some poured in sediment. Carbonation is visible and appears quite active.

Aroma is surprisingly bland: a mellow and light Brett presence; flat, grainy malts; hints of lemon. I was really hoping for something quite Brett-heavy, as not only is this the name of the beer, but the bottle itself mentions some of the flavors from Brett-influenced beer I like the most, such as pineapple and acidic sourness/tartness.

Taste is similar to aroma, perhaps a bit bolder, but not by much: the same flat, grainy malts, mellow Brett presence, and mild lemon are apparent (there's also some breadines). Front of palate detects fairly boring pale malts, leading to a mid-palate with mild Brettanomyces-influenced basement must and wet straw. There's continued mildly sweet pale malts, hints of white bread, and a light fruit ester essence (diluted pear juice?). Back of palate notes bready, pale malts, dried lemon, and faint Brettanomyces characters.

The beer is medium in weight, with carbonation levels that are medium-high to high. This results in a prickly feeling moving across the palate at first, which gradually fades into a substantial foam: aggressive, then soothing. Not entirely disagreeable, but carbonation could be lower and more enjoyable. Closes semi-dry with little residual stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of Phelps
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a tulip glass, Brett Beer has the soft golden hue of saffron rice, hazed slightly by lingering yeast particles. A wispy, half-inch head of cloud-white foam fizzles gentle away, dotting the sides of the glass like a Bingo player.

Funk can be a difficult beast to master. Give the wild yeast to much rein and you can quickly edge from pleasantly piquant into downright smelly. Brett Beer toes the edge of the latter — notes of unripe pear and banana rise above a base layer of wet hay and rotten pineapples. Brett runs amok in the nose, delivering musty, earthy undertones along with a whisper of white vinegar in the back.

The flavor is more subdued, though it still shows some signs of abundant funk. The brett, interestingly, has imparting some very Belgian flavors like pear juice, banana and canned, processed pineapple. These swirl with gentle sweetness at the front of the flavor, while Target, Centennial and Sorachi Ace hops lend a healthy bitterness that settles into the back of the tongue. Hop flavor is nearly nil, but alcohol flavor isn’t — a large helping of clean booze strikes upon the swallow. The wild yeast lends a musty undercurrent to the whole affair, but has done its work to eat away residual sugars — the beer evacuates the palate with the cleanliness of a hotel maid.

If wildness and rampant funk is your thing, Brett Beer will likely be a fun brew to try. Pair it with some James Brown or George Clinton, who knew a thing or two about controlled amounts of funk. For my part, I’ll look for brews with a little more control.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.67/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy straw yellow with a medium white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet vegetal malts and some stinky yeast (cheesy onions).

The flavor is sweet sugary malts and tropical fruits with a little musty brett. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK brett beer. The sweetness overpowers the brett. Since they pasteurized, it probably won't come out much more though.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.69/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Thanks to Mike for opening this one with me. Lost Abbey and New Belgium creating a beer with Brett... what could go wrong, right? This one pours a dense shade of gold, moderately translucent with lots of tiny sediment hanging in suspension within the beer. Foamy, nearly soapy white head fizzles up and dissipates almost as quickly; moderate lacing left behind.

Whoof, the aroma is an overload of Brett and bready malt. More than I care to handle in one serving, at least. Liberal amounts of funk, biscuit, and heavy, heavy baked bread. Don't get me wrong, I love bread. But not in this capacity when describing a beer. Moderately damp, musky citrus, though not enough to give an appealing sweetness or tartness. I hate to say this, also, but I think this marks the first time I'm actually smelled "band-aids" in my beer. It's got a funky, medical, sterile, weird-ass aroma. Not a big fan - let's hope this one tastes a little better.

Well, don't get your hopes up too high. There really isn't much variety going on here, sadly. Huge, gaping quantities of Brett smash your palate - earthy, wet cardboard, band-aid, damp cellar, and medicinal off-flavors. Yuck. Up front, there's a light lemon and citrus zest that kind of spritzes the tongue for a moment, but the magnitude of Brett comes in quickly and just sweeps that under the rug.

Not sure if it's from the Brett or the malt bill, but this beer is super bread heavy, also, just like the aroma was showing. Some strange astringency wafts over my palate during each successive sip, too. Very yeasty, belligerently funky, and dryer than the Sahara in the finish. It's almost like the Lost Abbey / New Belgium were just trying to play along with this "Brett" craze, so they added a metric shit ton of it to a malt-heavy beer and tried to pass it off as a "wild ale", forgetting that more is not always better.

Very disappointed that a collab between these two breweries, who have compiled an impressive list of wild ales and beers with brettanomyces on their own, missed the mark so badly. Just a mess of a beer with no balance or effort (it seems). Extremely forgettable - Mike and I didn't even finish our pours. Pass on this one.

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Photo of snaotheus
2.69/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle split into two large snifters

Pours cloudy straw color with a film of head and a few clumps. Sediment collected at the bottom, so the end of the pour is quite cloudy and the beginning was pretty clear. Smell is musty, tart...maybe a little banana. Something about this smell is unappealing.

Taste is also not so appealing. There's some interesting stuff in it. Something sweet, something cloying, but something about it reminds me of durian, in not such a pleasant way. It's not horrible, but not so appealing.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky without feeling heavy. Overall, not a fan. I won't buy this again, and wouldn't recommend it to my friends.

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Photo of Chaney
2.71/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Holy crap! This brew has gotten some really shitty reviews on here!

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Not quite orange in color.... more like apricot. Also, the head was cottony and sticky.... and pretty white!

S: INTENSE smell of mothballs and raw grains. Jeez... I won't say fruit, I'll say soggy breakfast cereal.

T: You know what, I kinda dig the late, late, late aftertaste on this one, but the rest was an utter disaster. The fruitiness (or lack thereof) was hindered by a very unpleasant, unfresh citrus quality that reminded me of low-grade orange juice. I also got some stomach acid in there as well....

M: Sugary mess, ridiculous lacing on the glass AND the palate. The carbonation level was low, but that wasn't what this venture was about anyway...

O: "Entices Frequent Sips"... Nope.

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Photo of ahalloin
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap a Bier Baron in DC. At first I thought it was the wrong beer delivered to my table because it didnt have the Brett character I was hoping for, but more on that in a bit.

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with decent white head that receded rather quickly to a very thin ring.

The smell seems lacking for a Brett beer. I want more fermentation by-product smell with horse blanket/barnyard type things but I get very little of that. I get some tart wheat and a touch of chamomile smell. Weird. It really reminds me of a wit beer. I also get a touch of DMS, cooked veggies/corn smell.

The taste is a let down too. Tart wheat, tea spices, and some stone fruit qualities. Slight herbal bitter finish. I'm not getting the Brett character I would expect.

Mouthfeel is a bit under carbonated and prett thin.

Overall this was kind of a let down. Weak, if any, Brett character.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a snifter in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger white head with large bubbles and a quickly eroding retention down to a thin base. Cloudy lemon color. Ok looking, not great though.

S- Some funky brett, apricot, candi sugar. Kind of muddled aroma.

T- Slight funk, grassiness, golden malts, some lighter fruits. The Brett is obvious but surprisingly not tart.

M- Biting carbonation with a slight vinous feel at the wet end of it.

O- This beer really missed the mark. Unfortunate. I wish it were sour-er and had an idea of what it wanted to be.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a huge disappointment. Shared by Thorpe, thanks. Beer is brown and hazy with no head, no lacing, no retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is malty and bandaid.

Beer is medium in body and sweet and has a medicinal grossness that comes through...not a repeat to say the least.

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Photo of Jfriz25
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Hazy golden straw. Head leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell- Smells yeasty and bready. Maaaybe a hint of tartness but I have to really concentrate to get it.

Taste- Bread and malt with a slightly tart flavor on the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Amazingly full body considering how light it is. It coats the tounge and lingers. It wants to end crisply but it's like a wet blanket gets thrown over it. I wouldn't call it pleasant.

Overall- This is my first all Brett beer and I'm hoping they aren't all like this. In fact it's the opposite of the light crisp tart beer I was hoping for

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Photo of GregSVT
2.74/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy light yellow with a nice white head that fades to a big ring/small layer and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Like someone said below it smells like a belch or like rotting fruit. There is some funk and fruity notes in there if you don't swirl it before smelling. Very odd aroma and not something I'd like to smell too often.

T: The taste is slightly better but still off. The sweet malty notes are good but there is a weird over ripe fruit flavor in there as well. Almost tastes like a banana that has sat for too long. It's a bit interesting but not what I expected.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy which is odd as well for a brett beer. I was expecting some dryness and a crisp feel.

O: I figured a brett beer would have a crisp and dry feel. This one was just weird and not exactly what I expected. There are some fruity notes but not enough to overcome whatever is going on here.

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