La Bonté (w/Pear)
Wicked Weed Brewing

La Bonté (w/Pear)La Bonté (w/Pear)
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Wild Ale
Ranked #634
Ranked #4,383
4.1 | pDev: 7.32%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
La Bonté (w/Pear)La Bonté (w/Pear)
Notes: La Bonté is open fermented with our house Brettanomyces culture. This beer is then blended with a portion of Golden Sour and onto a half pound per gallon of French Pears. La Bonté is then aged in our foeder until it reaches perfection.
Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 187 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of buschbeer
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ML bottle
Served in a sour glass
Bottled 02.12.16

This beer pours pale yellow and pretty clear. It is topped with an inch of off white head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is sour with copious amounts of ripe pear.

The taste matches the smell. It is sour with complimentary pear. It has a lingering sour finish.

Thin bodied with a dry finish

I think pear is a natural compliment to a sour ale. It's almost like a sour perry. I have had very few pear beers, and this one is great. Plus I like the NASCAR connection since they are from NC. It's nice that Bobby and Terry Labonte, a pair of nascar drivers, have a beer named after them.

 648 characters

Photo of Damian
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from 12 fl. oz. bottle
Bottled 01/21/19
Served in a tulip
Big thanks to Jill for this thoughtful gift.

Gorgeous appearance. The nearly crystal clear, golden yellow body was topped by an inch-tall, soapy, bone white crown that slowly dropped to a bubbly mass. Streaks and dots of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was outstanding and totally reminded me of a cross between an authentic Belgian Gueuze and a saison. Excellent farmhouse-like character. Bone dry and really Brett forward but not overly tart or acidic. Super oaky. Loads of dry, powdery yeastiness too. Champagne came to mind. Nice crackery malt base. Crisp and wheaty with a touch of sweetness.

The flavor profile followed the nose to a T. Super crisp, dry and Bretty. Uber oaky. Wheaty and lemony in the center. Moderately tart. Fairly yeasty. Again, Champagne yeast notes came to mind. Touch of sweetness. More lemon, lemon peel and oak on the back end and the finish. Bit of lingering, noble hop bitterness.

Terrific fluffy, lighter bodied mouthfeel. Really crisp and dry. The liquid contained a medium bubbled, greater-than-average effervescence that turned creamy on the palate. Perhaps a bit more carbonation would have bumped the score up a few notches.

I have typically found many Wicked Weed sours to be overly tart and acidic, but this beer was spectacular in nearly every way. Both the aroma and the flavor demonstrated a fantastic melding of traditional Belgian Gueuze and saison-like characteristics, while still incorporating balance, restraint and drinkability. Although the pear was completely nonexistent, I definitely did not miss it.

 1,632 characters

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at a little store in Nashville in April 2019. No date. Poured into Aslin anniversay glass.

L: Nice white foamy head, maybe 2F. Very good retention, leaves a nice fluffy cap and ring and lots of white fluffy lacing. Beer is a somewhat clear pale gold.

S: As you might expect the Brett dominates. Fruity as well. Not sure I would recognize it was pear per se, but stone fruits.

T: Slightly sour, fruity, and funky. Easier to pick out the stone fruit as pear in the taste. Not too puckering.

F: Light-bodied, reasonably carbonation but not too aggressive. Nicely crisp and refreshing and super-drinkable. Construction and balance are solid with flavors controlled.

O: Solid fruit sour.

 698 characters

Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great head production, retention, and lacing. Lively and lightly hazy brew, translucent, and a dark lemon yellow color.

Lemon, honey, and pear on the nose; lightly tart and moderately fruity, with slight honey and hay. Any Brett features tend to get washed along with the pear.

Quite sour on the palate, surprisingly so. Apple, lemon, pear, grape, and mild vinegar up front. Pear, oak, and Brett combine on the second half for a fruity, funky, musty effect.

Moderate puckering; a touch sticky. Relatively short finish. Heavier body than the ABV would suggest.

 563 characters

Photo of citizencane
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow-orange with a rim of slight foam into a snifter. Smell is sour fruit. Taste is sour pear, bread, and a hint of peach or apple or some other fruit in there. Feel is well-carbonated but not excessive; this feels refreshing. Overall, a very good sour and I hope to have it again at some point.

 307 characters

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brettanomyces Farmhouse Ale fermented with pears. Bottled 9/23/16 and enjoyed on 2/10/18 (don't worry, I kept it cold the whole time). Poured into a Wicked Weed tulip. The pour is very clear and light gold in color with an impressive 2 fingers of fine white foam that persists quite well for a sour beer. On the nose I get strong acidic notes like lemons, apple cider vinegar, dry white wine, and freshly-cut apples.

Medium light body with a firm feel. Very dry and slightly musty. Light crackery notes up front, then a slug of sour flavors. Pleasant notes of green apple, kiwi, lemon, champagne,
and a slight taste of pear. Finishes tart and dry, leaving you ready for another sip. No unpleasant aftertaste.

I have had several Wicked Weed sours and this is the first one I have had in quite a while. It tastes like any other Wicked Weed sour I have ever had: it is very pleasant, refreshing, and appetizing but the featured fruit simply is not front and center. It was purchased during one of my visits to the brewery BEFORE I discovered a little brewery in my own back yard called Urban Artifact. Ever since then, beers from Wicked Weed just don't command my attention like they used to. Urban Artifact has whipped their ass all over my palate. First, their beers cost a fraction of what you pay for WW. Second, they use ridiculous amounts of fresh fruit so that you can REALLY taste the fruit. Wicked Weed - do yourself a favor. Spend a few days in Cincinnati and check out Urban Artifact. If THEY can do it, I know YOU can too.

 1,534 characters

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I just this one for the first time and I thought it was quite refreshing.

Look: Semi-clear yellow with a thick white head

Aroma: bready, pear, and lemon

Taste: The flavor is slightly tart, bread, and lots of pear, maybe some other fruit flavors too grape or apple, and there's some moderate brett funk.

Feel: light to medium body. It is very refreshing and fruity.

 368 characters

Photo of Sabtos
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy light gold with a fizzy loud white foam that somehow increases in density as it settles, becoming a creamy blanket with a solid, uniform white wall of curtains.

Smell is actually somewhat bready for a sour, with pear, lemon, light wheat and corn all fairly subdued.

Taste is mellow and balanced, only slightly tart of lemon and pear, with the faintest hint of hay and barnyard funk, and a finish of corn and bread.

Body is soft and frothy, of medium heft, with a crisp, quenching tartness and a semi-wet finish.

 519 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy and golden colored, the two finger head settling in nicely; splashy lacing

Smell: Bready farmhouse funk, with the pear and a vinous white wine grape character

Taste: White wine grape, green apple and lemon forward with an acetic tartness building along with the pear; Bretty funk, through the middle, is a prelude to a puckering, moderately sour finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A year in the bottle has done its job, with the funk and acetic tones complementing the fruit with complexity

 569 characters

Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9.23.16 ... I had it warm towards room temperature (unopened) for about a half hour before poppin' bottles. Watching the amazing 2-hour set from Armin van Buuren on the ASOT Stage from Ultra Miami 2017! (How many beer nerds listen to electronic music? I'm guessing very few.)

Beautiful hazy, golden-yellow (I let some yeast pour) with a fluffy yet fizzy bright white head. As good as a golden sour can look. Has that funky, barny, slightly peppery, Saison-like nose but distinctly more sour and wild than a true farmhouse ale. I actually get the pear! The sugary sweetness of a fresh pear from the orchard right off the tree (I can say this because I've worked at farms/orchards for several seasons and know how a fresh pear is supposed to smell/taste!). Same with the flavor. Pretty dry but full of that tart yet sweet/grainy/sugary pear feel and flavor. Obviously the Brett is quite strong but the yeast character is great in this, while not detracting from anything like some aggressive yeast strains in sours can do. In the end, I just can't see how this beer didn't accomplish its goal...a dry, fruity golden sour with a great finish that is a pleasure to drink.

 1,176 characters

Photo of Benish
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow color with no head. Aromas presented a touch of pear with lemon juice; it actually smelled like lemon bars. The aromas were tart with a little funk to the nose. It's flavors were exactly like a golden sour with the taste of champagne and a touch of pear at the beginning. Sour and sweet throughout with notes of lemon and lemon rind at the finish. It provides a light bodied mouthfeel with some acidity and a lemony aftertaste. Overall: it's a good sour but kind of hoping the pears were a bit more assertive.

 530 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a light white-ish orange color, with a small head, and a good bit of lacing.

Smells like sour pear, bright white wine, lightly funky Brett, and light acidity.

This is pretty cool. Despite not being really wine-barrel aged, just foeder aged, there's a lot of white wine to this, sweet, light, and airy, with a mild tartness and a mild acidity. The pears are subtle, as it's not exactly an incredibly expressive fruit. There's a lot of funky and bright Brett flavors, light barnyard and chalky lemon. It's delicious.

This is light bodied, crisp, creamy and surprisingly clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This is a really cool and fairly unique wild ale here- fun stuff.

 694 characters

Photo of Jadjunk
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"La Bonte is open fermented with our house Brettanomyces culture. This beer is then blended with a portion of Golden Sour and onyo a half pound per gallon of French Pears. La Bonte is then aged in our Foeder until it reaches perfection." Brewed in the style of an Farmhouse Ale, soured with pear added. Available in 500ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a pastel white over a medium hazy golden yellow body with mild, varied sediment in tow and light carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Farmhouse yeast notes, generating characters of light spicy effervescence and gentle fruit esters, a gentle funkiness and the evident imparting of bright pear juice character. Potency is modest. 4

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma, with moderate acidity and tanginess from start to finish, drying saison yeast notes of peppery spice and gentle spring fruit, further accented with the inclusion of Pear fruits, for a nicely rounded fruit juice finish. Just about the perfect intersection of flavors and character, and right on the balance with tangy acidity and sweetness. The pear is also evidently displayed in full color here. Outstanding. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, peppery, tangy and moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a modest frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is nearly even tangy and acidic to sweet, with a slight lead in respect to the former. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) An outstanding quality soured farmhouse ale, with an incredible presence of sour character and flavor diversity, with a great fruit presence that plays boldly on the pear addition but nicely compliments the base yeast profile's light, effervescent spiciness and spring fruit liveliness. I am looking forward to trying the Plum and Fig iterations of this beer in the coming days. 4.25

Wicked Weed Brewing's
La Bonte Tart Farmhouse Ale with Pear

 2,113 characters

Photo of Apellonious
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml poured into a tulip glass 9/23/16. A cloudy golden yellow/orange with a one finger fluffy white head. THe smell is interesting. Funk, pears, cider, hay. The taste leads off with sour pear, something floral, green olive. Over time, grains work their way in, and everything mellows and melds, though the sour/floral thing remains on the finish. Medium low carbonation, the feel is medioum and drying. Overall, an interesting funk/sour.

 443 characters

Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caged and corked bottle poured into glass

Clear golden yellow, whitefoan head

Aroma of malts, pears

Taste of malt, funk and a whiff of pear

Tart, crisp mouthfeel

Nice beer

 176 characters

Photo of larryarms847
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright and beautiful golden yellow-orange with a bit of haze and a crown of tight creamy white foam that dissipates to a tight ring on the edge of the glass.

Pungent fruity notes of pear and green apple skins, bretty must, slightly vinous, and a citric note to add.

Tart green apple and citrusy flavor shines up front, but allows flavors of grape skin, pear, moderate acidity, and some light bretty funk.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, tight carbonation, tart, fruity, dry finish.

Overall, this brew is quite the experience. This beer is a crisp, tart, and refreshingly fruity farmhouse ale that is sure to please.

 634 characters

Photo of Marius
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared. Hazy orange with a thin white head. Notes of brett, citrus, pear, elderflowers, gooseberries. Light bodied, medium carbonation and a tart finish.

 160 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i didnt find this to be anywhere near as sour as others have, perhaps a younger version of the beer is what i experienced. i like this one a lot though, one of the more unique of the recent round of wild ales to come in from these guys. one part of me wishes there was more pear to this, its so subtle that its almost lost to the white wine notes in the yeast, the other fruity esters swirling around, and the acidity. the other part of me though, is stoked its not any more pear forward, because that often results in a perfumey unnatural thing that i really dont care for, so i like it being reserved and genuine as well. its a great saison at the base of this, wheaty and sturdy, fresh cereals and slight tannic tang to it, a cool farmhouse yeast and then this mix of cultures, which to me tastes as bretty and delicate as it does sour and aggressive, although i am sure this one will develop over time quite a bit. carbonation is real high, effervescent even, which gives this a lot of life. dry in the finish too for a fruited beer, where the pears are just there really minimally, skins and flesh can both be tastes. overall an excellent beer, if a little understated on the part that sold me on it...

 1,207 characters

Photo of Smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Wicked Weed globe glass. Bottled February 12th 2016.

Opaque, slightly thick but with a good glow on the body color, giving a real simple muted peach yellow appearance. Head is creamy and nice white. Easily two fingers settling into a creamy bowl in a nice cupped top and soft looking collar.

Aroma has a real nice ester, and mixing pear quality. Subtle and a bit quiet, but a light mix of funk and juicy tones of fruit, maybe even a hint of tannic skin in their as well. Very solid and nice.

Palate is quite simple but with a real supportive body. Juiced fruit and with a full rich malt texture that elevates the flavors if only slightly. Subtle hints of pear and mild funk tones, with a soft bready yeast quality that almost gets into sourdough if it weren't for the few sweet fruit touches the pear gives. Fruity angles seem to go in other directions, almost tropical to peach interestingly as well.

A very nice wild and fruited ale, even some of the fruit tones get into other areas.

 1,028 characters

Photo of Gus_13
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Farmhouse in it's true form. Base beer is earthy and fruity and the sour blended in really brightens it up and adds a solid tartness. Pears are subtle but perfect for an amazingly easy drinking beer.

 201 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bracingly sour yet clean and refreshing, the talents at Wicked Weed has put together one of the nations premiere sour programs and in short order. With a sprinkle of funk here and a splash of fruit there, the underlying complexities of the Le Bonte series seems endless.

Pear La Bonte's bright champagne-like pour races with steady streams of carbonation, fueling a light and arid honeycomb structure of froth. Its mouth-watering aromas easily tighten the jaws and induce saliva production with its tangy, fruity and sour scent. The ale boldly washes the palate with a candied sweet-and-sour taste that's of sour patch and sweetheart candies.

A brisk malt character of wafer and cracker soon dissipates and what's left on the middle palate is easily mistaken for sour white wine or very dry cider. The funk-forward flavor of musty lemon and lime float above the tongue while its sour brunt pangs away at the tastebuds beneath. Highly vinous and lactic, the succulence of pear being the only reprieve. Trailing flavors are spicy, bitter and pepper, the taste of orchard-ripe pear slowly commands the session.

Bright, light and teasing the palate with its prickly acidity, the playful sourness of the ale is a workhorse- stripping the palate of thirst with utter ease and refreshing the palate with pear, cider and sparkling white wine. A quick aftertaste reintroduces the funk of damp burlap, saddle leather and weathered woods soon afterwards.

 1,447 characters

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A 500ml bottle with a bottled on date of 2.12.16

L - Bright yellow, cloudy without clarity, 1 finger of head

S - Tart and funky, great combo

T - Tart up front, with pears and belgian yeast shining through the middle and back end. Tasty as hell!

F - High carbonation, medium body, sizzles on the tongue

O - An amazing sour, tart, farmhouse belgian style ale. I need more of it!

 383 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Florida
Hazy deep yellow with a good sized bubbly white head that persists. Earthy spicy peppery nose with bits of pomme fruit and funk on the nose. Light lemony tartness initially followed by an almost sweet pomme fruity flavor that quickly dissipates giving way to a bit of tart cherry and earthy funk that again fades into a tart lingering pear finish. A pretty tasty layered beer I quite enjoyed.

 412 characters

Photo of zac16125
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wicked Weed La Bonte
500mL bottle into a Teku

A: Light pale straw yellow, hazy, 2 fingers width of off white head that has good retention before dissipating down and leaves leaves lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Pretty funky, decent amount of fruit, subtle tartness. Pear is definitely noticeable, some oaky characters. 4

T: Much more tart than the aroma, but just as funky. Super funky actually; pungent cheese-like funk. A decent amount of sweetness, subtle oak, some pear. 4

M/D: Fuller side of medium bodied, carbonation moderate, heavier than most in the style, drinkability is fair. 3.75

O: Far from my favorite WW sour, but a good beer thats worth a try. 4

 676 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky lemon straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass with some moderate light honey highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tart pears, lemon citrus, light fruit (green apple and white grape), pale malts, and funky brett.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts with a moderate amount of earthy funky brett and light lemon citrus. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of light fruit (green apple and white grape) and a moderate flavor of slightly sweet, slightly sour pears. Moderate amounts of lingering funkiness from the brett in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink with well hidden ABV. Nice mouthfeel and the pear adds a very interesting and enjoyable dimension to the beer..

 1,230 characters

La Bonté (w/Pear) from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 187 ratings