Escoffier Bretta Ale
Brewery Vivant

Escoffier Bretta AleEscoffier Bretta Ale
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From:
Brewery Vivant
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Brett Beer
ABV:
9.25%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 13.73%
Ratings:
199
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 17, 2019
Added:
Sep 09, 2012
Wants:
  23
Gots:
  29
SCORE
87
Very Good
Escoffier Bretta AleEscoffier Bretta Ale
Notes: A collaboration with New Belgium Brewing. Bretta Ale. This beer was packaged with live yeast and will continue to develop and mature with time. Age for up to 5 years.
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Ratings by Pwbres:
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
by Pwbres from Maine

Sep 28, 2014
More User Ratings:
 
3.74 by Gemini6 from Michigan on May 17, 2019
 
3.79 by drstalker from Illinois on Apr 07, 2019
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2.31/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by MrOH from Malta

August 2017 Bottling, drunk on 3-22-19

Slightly hazy copper, thin white head, not much retention but good lace
Smells like munich malt, grapes, bread, caramel, and malt vinegar
Flat flavor: a bit bready, a bit fruity, sherry and malt vinegar sourness, some cardboard
Low carb, isn't a big bodied beer, but feels heavy
Maybe I should have drunk this younger

Mar 23, 2019
 
4 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Apr 17, 2018
 
4 by krome from Illinois on Apr 17, 2018
 
3.69 by jduprey007 from Michigan on Dec 31, 2017
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3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. Copper brown with a beige head. Caramel malts, orange, subtle brett, apricot, and a hint of raisin in the nose. Doesn't seem to feature brett strongly. This is even more so in the taste, lacking definition without it, get apricot, grape, prune, and orange more than anything. Feel is malty, chewy, warm, and has a brett dryness but only for a brief moment. Just doesn't hit the mark for me

Nov 04, 2017
 
4.01 by DanGeo from Michigan on Aug 10, 2017
 
4.18 by jmiah22 from Michigan on Jul 28, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: A bit of a gusher, but once that was addressed the beer pours a brilliant copper color with a massive head; nice stickage and lacing that sheets

Smell: Caramel, yeast, banana and funk

Taste: Caramel tones, up front, with rotting fruit tartness developing - fortified white wine grape, apricot and banana; the funk builds, after the swallow and both tart and funk flavors linger on the palette through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting beer that is likely beyond its prime; the combination of the sweetness from the malt and the tartness from the wild yeast strains makes me think that there is more at work here than just the Brett; the flavors aren't great and it reminds me a bit of an Oloroso sherry

Jul 05, 2015
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3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by ThickNStout from Georgia

16oz can from IAmJacksHopTongue that I have kept for almost 2 years now. Served in a goblet.

Pours a brilliant copper with a finger and a half manilla froth. The head fades quickly to a thin ring and a little surface haze, leaving nothing in the way of lace.

The aroma is very assertive with yeasty barnyard funk. Some malty wet hay and vaguely sugary sweetness lingers in the background. Lighter notes of spice and mild fruit also make appearances.

The flavor is considerably better than the nose led me to expect. Over ripe fruit, white wine, wet hay, yeasty funk, old vegitables, mild clove, simple syrup, candi sugar and a little alcohol. This almost comes across like a funky mead. Lots of fruit and funk with a nice booze bite.

Medium full body with faint carbonation. Finish is dry with funk, meady sweetness and a little spice.

I'm not much of a wild ale aficionado but Escoffier is some good stuff. The heft of it's body and the sweetness give this an edge over most other wild ales I've tried. I can't speak to what this was like when fresh in late 2012 but this particular can was delicious.

Mar 22, 2015
 
3.59 by jfstilling from South Carolina on Feb 26, 2015
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4.96/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Adamcordell

Great beer that changes over time

Feb 08, 2015
 
3.27 by Cynic-ale from Texas on Feb 03, 2015
 
5 by goast8127 from Michigan on Oct 29, 2014
 
3.75 by zestar from California on Oct 15, 2014
 
3.75 by Axnjxn from North Carolina on Oct 01, 2014
 
3.5 by ackeeper from Illinois on Sep 22, 2014
 
3.25 by Makubex from Illinois on Sep 12, 2014
 
3.75 by _morandi_ from California on Sep 10, 2014
 
3 by MacStinson from Michigan on Aug 28, 2014
 
4.5 by todesengel135 from Michigan on Aug 24, 2014
 
3.75 by DrBobPierce from Michigan on Aug 24, 2014
 
4 by midlifec from Michigan on Aug 06, 2014
 
4 by jmich24 from Michigan on Jul 28, 2014
 
3.75 by KAF from Iowa on Jul 03, 2014
 
4 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jun 26, 2014
 
3 by EdVandenberg from Michigan on May 10, 2014
 
3.75 by ChicagoNick from Illinois on May 05, 2014
 
4.25 by tommy5 from Michigan on Apr 26, 2014
 
4 by GuttaMane138 from Florida on Mar 04, 2014
 
1.25 by Moheban from California on Feb 20, 2014
 
3.75 by 2beerdogs from California on Jan 16, 2014
 
4.75 by drbenderdo from Michigan on Jan 02, 2014
 
4.25 by LiberateTeExInferis from Michigan on Dec 18, 2013
 
4 by schmidtmattsays from Illinois on Dec 13, 2013
 
4 by PHBoiler from Illinois on Dec 12, 2013
 
4 by teledeluxe from Illinois on Dec 02, 2013
 
4 by derekb_25 from South Carolina on Oct 17, 2013
Escoffier Bretta Ale from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 199 ratings