Bretta Rosé | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Bretta RoséBretta Rosé

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

Style: Berliner Weissbier

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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle $12.99 batch three from February of 2016. Bright pink color, almost no head at all, looks kind of still. Aroma is this real nice tart raspberry and brett aroma. Flavor is delicious, barely sour, very well defined raspberry flavor, like munching on one, they must have used a decent amount or they just know how to capture the essence. I have not paid enough attention to Firestone's barrel aged wild ales but they are top notch.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled spring 2014; drank 10/9/14 @ California Split.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Peach colored murkiness.

Minimal white head; minimal lace.

Mildly tart peach/raspberry nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

The flavor is pure raspberry & peach pleasure, with a pleasurable, mildly tart finish. On a hot summer day there can be no finer drink.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice raspberry taste to this. Look was a nice bright red. Not too funky and not too sour. Goes down pretty smooth for a sour. This one was batch #3.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish reddish hue. An light rosey head as well. You can smell the lactic character in the aroma. There's certainly some raspberries there as well. The lactic character is certainly the forefront. The base beer is a really nice sour. Not too acidic, not abrasive. The raspberries were a little disappointing in that it was mostly the tart character of raspberries rather than the sweet jamminess. This is where it was missing something for me. Bretta Rose is a really nice sour though as you'd expect from Firestone.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch number three. Consumed on 10/8/16. Nice effervescent beer. Great color. Great light Berliner. First wild beer I've had from Firestone walker. Excited to try more.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 003, bottled on 2/10/16. 3000 cases made. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a fluted narrow tulip.

The champagne of beers? Has that already been trade marked? A sour champagne. 4

A – Pours a lovely rose color, clear with a bracing white ever lasting two finger head. Great carbonation. Good lacing as well. 4.75

S – Raspberries with the slightest bit of funk (fermented raspberries?) 3.5

T – Raspberries, sour, a bit funky, stomach acid. 4

MF – Medium light, dry finish, sharp, lasting sourness. 4

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

Batch 3 bottled 2/10/16 poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip glass. Purchased at B&C in North Providence, RI.

Pours a lightly hazy bright pink-red body - looks like a rose wine. Head is effervescent and fizzy, light pink in color. Leaves a ring of retention and very little lacing.

On the nose is straight raspberry - fresh and bright, fruity and juice-like. Not getting much oak here, just raspberry juice, lightly tart aroma.

On the tongue.. lightly acidic raspberry notes, very jammy, fruity, tart, not too sour. Again the oak is not present at all, so I have to deduct .25 for taste. Quite balanced and very easy to drink, high carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.

If you like Raspberries and tart, borderline sour beers, this is for you. Not super complex, but quite enjoyable.

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

Batch 003 (2016).

A: Pours a neon red (rose!) with a modest cap of whitish head which fizzles out within a minute or so leaving just a thin ring. Nice, fine, champagne-like bubbles.

S: Straight raspberry, a bit juicy and sweet. A background hint of flowers and candied fruit.

T: Again, pretty much straight raspberry, a bit of red cherry and flowers, with moderate, straightforward (non-complex) sourness which carries through a long finish.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: Overall, a solid effort. A bit one-note-ish, but a tasty beer nonetheless. I’m not getting any brett influence or oak flavor.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight raspberry deliciousness! The tartness is straightforward, but won't force you to clench your jaw shut, and the color is next to none. One of my favorite Firestone Walkers.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Latest batch drank on 8/13/2016

L-bright pinkish red with a head that disappears quite quickly. beautiful

S-funk, acidic and tart raspberry

T- raspberry jam. oak opens up nice with a little funk too

F-terrific, great balance

O-one of my favorite sours for sure. I am sure a major fan of anything raspberry, but this blew me away

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: orange, pinkish color, cloudy looking
S: sourness, some raspberry
T: nice sourness, very, very tart.
F: very carbonated, smooth but a supper for sure

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

Golden orange color with no head.

Very sour and tart. Mouth puckering. Acidic. Raspberries show. Lemon juice.

Light bodied. Sweet tart finish.

Good but not as fruity as I was hoping for. Very very sour.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite tart beers. Great raspberry flavor with just the right amount of tart. Reminds me of a good raspberry lemonade. Perfect for a hot day

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

A quickly dissipating head. Bright, rosy color. Hard fruit candy (Jolly Rancher flavoring) in the smell and taste. Natural raspberry is evident in the taste, too, though. Light body, good acidity and sour sensation. Quite tasty.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright and festive! Pink grapefruit color with lots of active carbonation.
S & T: Raspberries, stone fruit, and a little red wine must
M: Tangy, juicy, light.
O: Wish rose wine tasted like this!

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

Another nice offer from FW! Poured into a tulip glass. Nice looking rose color. Prevalent raspberry tartiness front and back on the nose and the palate. While this beer didn't offer any great unique characteristics that it could have, it was a very solid and enjoyable offering.

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

Another solid Sour from the Firestone Walker Barrel Works program!!!! Just the right amount of tart, crisp and refreshing! Pours with a light pink haze and is delicious as hell!!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a beautiful pour on this one. Replete pink and red, pink on the top. Aroma imparted a ton of raspberries and a good amount of oak. Damn FW really does barrels so well.

Taste, great raspberry juiciness, oak dryness, light wheat body isn't lost behind the tart and sour aspects of the beer. Wow, this is a really good use of raspberries, rivals FFAC if you ask me, even though this is a berlinner, seems like a good fit style wise.

Carbonation on point. Not overly acidic or sour. Bottles are a little expensive at like $15/375ml, that is really the only complaint with this beer, otherwise very good all around.

Drank at the FW Buellton house.

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

Cork and cage bottle split between the girlfriend and I into champagne glasses.

Pours a semi-hazy ruby pink color. Smell is of intense raspberry purée, moderate tartness, along with a slight wheat scent. Mostly raspberry, great aroma. Taste reflects the smell. Initial tart berry flavors lead into intense raspberry flavor that suddenly switches back to a generic tartness. Awesome. Feel is light and carbonated, which makes this drink more like a sparkling wine than beer, fits the flavors perfectly. Overall this is an outstanding beer with great raspberry and sour aspects, definitely one to purchase!

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Photo of gpatt55
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. Batch No. 003. Bottled 02/10/16.

Pours a gorgeous vivid deep pink rose color with a finely beaded head that dissipates quickly. Lots of acetic acid on the nose with red fruit, raspberry and floral notes in the background. Tart on the entry with loads of red fruit and weisse with lots of acid pumping through on the long finish. Mouthfeel is fairly weighty and you can feel the VA coating your tongue and it stays on your palate for over 30 seconds inviting you to take another sip. I imagine the acid will integrate well with some more time in bottle. Overall impressive stuff. Clearly very well made, an intense and very pretty wild ale.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375 c&c in a snifter - batch 3

L: Slightly hazy, pinkish hue with 2 finger off white head
A: Tart raspberry jam
T: Nice tart raspberries, refreshing
M: Heavy carbonation, clean
O: A very nice refreshing tart beer, crushable

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Photo of Absolut
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bought online from Quality Liquor stores.

Poured into a tulip glass. Shocking reddish-pink color with a fizzy white head.

Smells of raspberries, sour funk, oak and citrus.

Tastes like fresh raspberries, sour, and a touch of acidic citrus.

Very clean, bright and dry.

Really a nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of Mach1_zach
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3. Keeps a nice white head about 3/4 of an inch. Has a very nice aroma, strong raspberry scent. Pours pink slightly hazy, has a strong sour nose with heavy carbonation. Nice slightly dry finish. What a fantastic beer, cheers to Firestone-Walker

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Photo of Damian
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl.oz.(375ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Batch: No.003
Bottled: 02/10/16
Served in a tulip

Absolutely gorgeous appearance. The glowing, rosey-magenta body was capped by a billowing, four-finger tall plume of light pink sea foam. This looked nearly identical to a rosé wine and was possibly the most attractive beer I have ever seen. The head fell somewhat quickly to clumps of foam. Thick patches of frothy lacing trickled down the glass. As the beer sat, the chill hazed dropped to reveal a stunning, nearly crystal clear body.

The nose was pure raspberry goodness. This reminded me of freshly macerated raspberries. Super fresh and bright. There was a dry, powdery yeasty quality that dissipated with time. Rather straightforward overall, but perfect in its simplicity.

Raspberry notes also came through big time in the flavor profile. Again, freshly pureed raspberries came to mind. As the beer moved along the palate, lemon notes took over. Fairly tart and acidic. There was a slight wheatiness as well. The lemon-like tartness and the acidity intensified on the back end and the finish.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied. Crisp and highly effervescent. Spritzy. The liquid turned fluffy on the palate. The acidity in the beer was intense. By the end of the bottle, it felt like the enamel was being stripped from my teeth.

I am often disappointed by fruit-infused sour ales because the fruit often seems to get lost in the fray. Bretta Rosé, however, put the fruit front and center. The raspberry notes were so pure and intense that at times I forgot that I was drinking a beer. All in all, this is an incredIbly interesting wild ale/Berliner Weisse hybrid. I definitely plan to keep my eye out for other releases in Firestone Walker's Bottleworks series.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pink color in the glass. Raspberry and yogurt nose. Clean acidity throughout which elevates the raspberry flavor. Only hints of lactic acidity. Balanced and quenching.

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