Escoffier Bretta Ale | Brewery Vivant

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Escoffier Bretta AleEscoffier Bretta Ale
BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
194 Ratings
Escoffier Bretta AleEscoffier Bretta Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GRPunk on 09-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,138
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
194
pDev:
13.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
30
Trade:
3
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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -22.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of emerge077
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
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 -3.1%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 8/2017. Pours fairly hazy deep orange/amber/light copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, apricot, cherry, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, berry, green apple, white wine, mango, melon, papaya, fruit skin, citrus peel, hay, straw, grass, pepper, honey, and lightly toasted bread; with lighter notes of banana, clove, leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, apricot, cherry, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, berry, green apple, white wine, mango, melon, fruit skin, citrus peel, hay, straw, grass, pepper, honey, and lightly toasted bread; with lighter notes of banana, clove, leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness and Brett tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, apricot, cherry, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, berry, green apple, white wine, mango, melon, fruit skin, citrus peel, hay, straw, grass, pepper, honey, lightly toasted bread, leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance; and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a smooth and moderately creamy/slick/acidic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Mildly increasing warmth of 10% after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on with the modestly tart/spicy/drying finish. Great well rounded fruity/funky Brett complexity with balanced malts. Never overly sweet/heavy feeling for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of REVZEB
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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 liamt07
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Escoffier Bretta Ale from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 194 ratings