Escoffier Bretta Ale | Brewery Vivant

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192 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
breweryvivant.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GRPunk on 09-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
192
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
28
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wild mildly sharp aroma, enticing. Orange colour orange taste,in fact a long finish of orange, though mildly sour mid-sip.Some tart berry, lemon Good drinkability. Brian’s can, thanks for sharing. Sweetened by sugar, brett. Perhaps next batch will really hit the mark.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of emerge077
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Cellared this for awhile in hopes it would improve, but it seemed the same.

Decanted into a tulip glass, it has a bright clarity and saturated orange copper color. Initial head of foam dwindles to nothing, no lace or surface skim at all which is odd. KInd of a dull winey appearance.

Brett aromas of wet hay, spice and dried fruit. Tangy and a little sweet.

More tanginess in the taste, just sort of oddly jarring and sweet, slick with low carbonation. Not much complexity, some minor dried fruit notes, mushy apple baby food, dull and overly sweet. Reminds me more of an Old Ale like Gales than a Bretty Belgian. Not dry at all really, just flabby and sweet with an odd tangy Brett finish. Not a fan, will probably dump out the last can... it's not worth drinking.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of superspak
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date, but probably August 2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a good 1-2 finger fluffy off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart apple, pear, grape, apricot, grass, herbal, bread, earth, clove, honey, funk, and light yeast spiciness. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of tart apple, pear, grape, bread, grass, earth, clove, toast, honey, banana, light funk, and yeast spiciness. Fair amount of earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, bread, toast, grass, clove, banana, earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; fair amount of tartness that showcases a good amount of sweetness complexity; zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian style wild ale. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Never thought I'd see a beer pimping the memory of a French culinary pioneers. Nothing wrong with it, just a tad unexpected, is all. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises nearly-tart mandarin orange, grapefruit zest, farmhouse-style funk, light apple cider, and a hint of sweet caramel in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the Brett accentuating the innate tartness of the orange and the grapefruit without muddying the waters or ignoring its own funk. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a damn tasty brew, one that manages a lot of flavor without overdoing any aspect. Good times.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of liamt07
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Brewery Vivant, served in a tulip.

Rose red body, without any retention or lacing to speak of. No real brett character on the nose, but holds cranberry, raspberry, red delicious and Granny Smith green apples. Taste has more tart apple character, berries, light spice and malt sweetness. Wasn't picking up much brett here either. Medium body, no alcohol. Tart finish. An alright beer, but I wasn't taken aback by this offering.

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Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Escoffier Bretta Ale from Brewery Vivant
3.85 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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