Bretta Rosé | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-30-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
702
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The only beer of the entire Barrelworks collection where my wife told me to get more.

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Photo of jlindros
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Small fizzy head notes, hint if lacing that fades quickly, slight pinkish golden straw color.

Nose is exploding with raspberries and tart Brett funk, big raspberry out front, with nice Brett funk and lots of nice lacto funk. Flash of strawberry, over ripe seedy soaked into the earthy strawberry, very bright fruit and sour funk, lots of seed and stem tannins, with a faint touch of oaky barrel. Light acetic acid with all the great funk.

Taste is again loaded with fresh raspberry, fresh fruity and seed stem tannin notes, etc. Into big barrel, vanilla toasted oak in the front this time. Nice sour lacto as well, acetic acid, tart fruit, and even a mild Brett funk with lambic style sourness. Mild vinous notes, tart fruit, etc. Finish is sticky little flemmy tart sour fruit feel, mild dried lactose feel too, long lingering tart fruit and fresh raspberry.

Mouth lighter bod but not bad, decent but lighter carb.

Overall awesome and fantastic!

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Photo of rudzud
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice light hazy pink straw hue with a thin head that faded to leave a light halo and thin wisps.

S - Aromas of raspberries, brett, sour tartness, great awesome lacto notes, earthy over route strawberry, great brett, awesome raspberry seed. Killer nose, not a fruity raspberry but still on the plant.

T - Taste is nicely tart raspberry, great oaky vanilla. Faint malts, More awesome brett, funk, faint smartie candy notes, really awesome lacto. Lambicus acid, missing that nice raspberry stem and seed that the nose had. Still, this is delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, clean, typical for the style.

O - Overall this was pretty freakin awesome beer, great raspberry notes and awesome funk and lacto, incredibly.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a nice dark pinkish, almost red, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This one smells to raspberry high heaven, delicious, and super aromatics in raspberry, and lemon, with just a hint of funk.

This is such a nice expression of funky, juicy raspberry. It's fairly tart, but not overwhelmingly so. There's lot of juicy raspberry, you almost feel like you have to pick the seeds out of your mouth. It's not all just raspberry, though, there is some nice lemony funk, too. It's super refreshing.

This is lighter bodied, with a juicy and acidic mouthfeel, and a good level of carbonation.

Really, really enjoyable stuff, and gorgeous to look at.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Bottle opened 6.9.14

Light, crisp, raspberry and tart, a touch of perfume in the finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

top notch stuff right here, but these guys almost never miss, especially with the wild stuff. the color is awesome, half way between pink and red, electric and bright, with a bubbly head three inches tall from the tap, but only a little pink. it smells really acidic, and tastes far more sour than expected for what i though was supposed to be a brett only beer until i just read the description. the fact that is a berliner as a base makes a lot of sense, obviously its a wheat base, but the acidity is now explained! good. the fruit is radiant in the nose, both sweet and tart, but clearly at the peak of ripeness. up there with atrial in terms of use of raspberry in beer. its genuine in the taste too, right off the pricker bush. right as the fruit starts to fade out in the taste with that mouthwatery i need another thing, the brett kicks in, pushing up through the lactic acidity just enough to add some woody musty funk to the very last essence of this before its gone. i like its late and subtle appearance, and i like how well it dries out the fruit sweetness but preserves the flavor so well. really tremendously high quality beer, i have been so impressed with this series, but this one stands above the rest for me. worth seeking out, even at a considerable cost.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjn40277
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of madprops67
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ben7773
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of freshflesh
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warnerry
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayGreezy
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jared14
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mctizzz
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of aquazr1
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Juan611
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of ledouge
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JC333
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4/5  rDev -9.5%

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

Clear rose pink. Sour with a lot of raspberries. Dry finish. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Prospero
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber to reddish pink in color with a fingernail of off white resting on top. Fairly hazy in complexion. The nose is a very enticing blend of tart Raspberries. The taste is primarily raspberry with a hint of pale wheat and then there's a bit of woodsy oak in the back of the palate. The mouth is mildly acidic, moderately carbonated, and dry.

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