Bretta Rosé | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Thirty miles north of Barrelworks lies the fertile Santa Maria Valley. Its warm days and cool marine layer-fed evenings allow for a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to be grown in its rich soil. One of Santa Maria’s crown jewels is locally grown raspberries. We jumped at the opportunity to ferment fresh local raspberries with one of our Barrelworks creations. Behold Bretta Rosé! A low-alcohol Berliner Weisse style ale, acidified and matured in French oak puncheons for 6 months, is the foundation for this gem. Add 1000 lbs. of fresh raspberries, allow a secondary wild fermentation for 4 more months and voila (!), we have a crisp effervescent concoction, bursting with raspberry perfume and flavor, a rosé color, bracing acidity, and a clean and refreshing finish.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-30-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#358
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
951
pDev:
7.48%
 
 
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Photo of GarrettB
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

June 20th, 2015 - The Bretta Rose is a nice gem in Toronado's menu, a beautiful pomegranate and ember color. The aroma is bright and springy with some sweet watermelon, fresh raspberry, cotton candy, and deep cherry scents, like a fancy, cherry jubilee. The flavor is much more sour, beginning with a sample of pomegranate, and blossoms, ramping up in acidity on a linear scale. But even at its peak, the sourness is brilliantly balanced, with a nice acidic burn all the way through. Layers of watermelon and sour barrel come in with some white wine vinegar and what seems like chardonnay. The taste is bright and one sip goes a long way, though the aftertaste is relatively short.

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Photo of obywan59
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange/pink in color with a nearly 2 finger pinkish white head that leaves nice lacing.

Tart raspberries with a touch of woody/musty yeast.

Taste very much like the aroma, only way more tart.

Acidic with crisp-hot carbonation. Astringent and drying with light, sticky syrup from the raspberries.

Generally, I'm not a fan of really tart beers, but this is very well balanced. A great summer beer.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Golden hue with a tinge of hushed violet, champagne carbonation, whisp of a head. Aroma is delicate & cajoling - raspberry, elderberry, lingonberry, traces of oak & tannin, light funk. Taste really brings the raspberry, but it is balanced by a wonderfully crisp, tart foundation that frames the fruit note & keep it from being too much. The sour notes are bouncy, don’t bully the other flavors, but gives a nice kiss of that horse saddle / farm house / whatever you wanna call it lactic note. It spins back for a fruity finish, light and clean. Excellent balance and harmony, overall fantastic wild ale

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Photo of emyers
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours clear rose color with a thin white lacing.

Nose: tart raspberries and lactobacillus. Maybe a touch of brett-y funk but mostly tart berries.

Taste: similar to the nose - big tart raspberry flavor up front. Hint of oak on the finish along with more berries and lingering acidity. A touch of yeast and malt come through as it warms up.

Feel: Nice acidity, very clean dry feel. Refreshing.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerJ
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect beer to drink mid day today (95 degrees). Bought in Vermont back in the winter so it’s been resting even longer. Wish I had bought several as this is absolutely wonderful!

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Photo of Momma_Knapp
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow!y husband bought this in a Vermont bottle shop and I got annoyed that he wasn’t buying more from Vermont. This is so refreshing on a hot day that I wish he had bought enough for every summer day!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of baklo
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopsohard
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Andarel
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Greeneye
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

An all-time favorite. This sour appeared on tap at our favorite bar/restaurant in Waltham, MA - what a treat!
It pours like a cloudy rose wine, pinkish red, letting light through but not clear. The head is tall, but it subsides quickly.
There is a strong aroma off the top: citrus and berries with a woodsy, fruity background.
The first taste is very tart - the berries come through. The second sip balances and the beer opens up like a good wine. Great depth of flavor from the light malt, wood, berries and mild sweetness. Wonderful with cheese, seafood and alone.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sposter4
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benish
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of czillmer
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KingBread
3.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of PprBurke
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rand
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL corked bottle, poured into a neku glass

Looks like a sparkling rose wine. Nice, tart bouquet of unripe berries and oak. Refreshing on the palate, with lemony tartness and unripe raspberries. Oaky, crisp, with a touch of malty sweetness quickly offset by its woody aspects and lactic acid. Short, clean finish, very quaffable.

What a brew, I wish I'd bought more of these.

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Bretta Rosé from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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