Brettal Head | Bellwoods Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
his is our first experiment using Brett as a primary yeast (meaning that this beer was only fermented with Brett, instead of brewer’s yeast and then Brett later on). The results are subtle and delicious, producing fruity flavours that mingle well with the tropical character of the Galaxy hops. Not to be confused with our barrel-aged Brett beers, which go through the more typical long secondary fermentation.

Instead of tart funky flavours, Brettal Head showcases all the complex fruity notes you can hope to attain through an all-Brett fermentation. With lots of hoppy aromatics bordering on blueberry and tangerine with a light refreshing flavours that skirts bitterness in favour of a crisp zestiness.

Added by TheSevenDuffs on 09-24-2013

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500mlbottle from brewery.

Pale straw with moderate, quickly dissipating head.
Grapefruit and light funk on the nose. Broad citrus and herbal flavours. Slightly sweet. Effervescent. A solid all Brett pale ale.

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The bottle says its an 'All-Brett American Wheat Ale'

Pours hazed gold with a dense, meringue like white head that quickly dissipates to a patch. The aroma is an enticing mix of lemon and apricot with a herbal, leathery brett edge. Fruit salad complete with grapes and melon mix with a chalky, slightly funky yeast character and a sturdy, doughy malt balast in the taste. All the flavors are quite mild and nuanced, but combined together make for a very complex beer. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate carbonation, not as spritzy as expected. The finish is white grapes, crisp wheat notes and a very low bitterness.

Im surprised that brett can ferment to almost 7% without imparting more funk - shows what I know. There is funk there, but its very restrained and complimentary to the other flavors. A nice wheat beer with a very interesting edge - definitely worth a try.

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Bottle from Bellwoods. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - White foam settles to a near-complete cap and thick collar, with copious specks of lacing. Lightly hazed dull straw body.

S - Tropical fruit, musty attic, lemon, bubblegum. It's a mix of pale ale hop bill and brett funk; precisely as advertised. I could have used a tad more hop punch, as the brett is pretty aggressive.

T - Taste is again more wild beer than pale ale in my book. Fairly low hop bitterness, with more of that mildly medicinal brett finish. Fruity up front, with light tropical and citrus notes, and a clean crackery malt backdrop.

M - Medium-light body. Active, spritzy carbonation, very dry finish, with perhaps a hint of lingering hop oils. No perceptible alcohol.

D - Not bad, but a tad one note in the brett. Perhaps needs more aggressive or distinct hop flavors. Still, easy to drink and "to style" as far as Brett pale ales go. Hard to get excited about this with so many superior hoppy or wild offerings at Bellwoods.

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Brettal Head pours with quite the head; its dome is bleach white, finely pearled, and encases the beer like a hard rind around cheese. It provides the glass with a similar service, practically entombing it in glinty netting. The beer is awash in bubbles and shines a bright, pale golden.

The aroma reveals fresh pine and grapefruit zest with just a whiff of new leather. There's a good amount of citrus and, by extension, perceived acidity. There's also a considerable breadiness that soaks some of it up; malts are well represented despite such a noticeable hop presence.

The combination of citrusy hops and tart Brett makes for a very lemony flavour profile. I'm getting notes of bubblegum too. The use of "wild" yeast notwithstanding, this retains the same familiar, approachable, refreshing characteristics as your workaday pale ale. It's pretty quenching and, especially at the standard 5% alcohol, is an absolute no-brainer for patio season.

The palate is treated to a good deal of fruit, most of it sharply citric - orange, grapefruit, lemon - but there's a tinge of sweet, tropical fruits too (pineapple, dragonfruit). The aftertaste is something of a kiwi/pear combo and plays beautifully with the bready sweetness of the malt.

Contrary to what many beer geeks believe, "interesting" does not always trump "good"; this all-Brett pale ale is a bit of both (and not terribly one or the other). At this point in its development the yeast is playing merely a secondary or background role, providing light tartness and a tinge of funk, while hops still lead the way. I have my doubts it will benefit from any time in the cellar, but those willing to try it let me know how it turns out...

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Brettal Head from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 47 ratings