Brettaberry
Wicked Weed Brewing

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #301
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,372
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 7.65%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
223
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Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
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90
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Notes: Formally of the Terra Locale Series, Brettaberry is a tart farmhouse ale, whose inspiration is drawn from a freshly baked berry pie, features a half-pound per gallon of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. The sweet acidity of the berries, paired with the mild farmhouse funk of our house culture is rounded by the full-bodied ‪Haw Creek Honey‬.
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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep golden orange with some slight red hues topped by a dense finger and a half of nearly off white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of fresh strawberries and other berries with some light tartness and a hint of funk
T: Taste is blackberries and strawberries with some slight tartness and some nice funk. A little band aid and medicinal notes as well. On the finish this one is more nice funk and berries with a little more band aid and lingering tartness.
M: This beer has a body that is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is effervescent and slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It has some great flavors and complexity which make it a really interesting and tasty beer to drink. The fruit comes across as authentic and it has a nice amount of balancing funk. This one is definitely worth a try if you can find it and like the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: Bottle 04.20.17

A: Pours an almost opaque dark purplish pinkish burnt orange in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate purple + garnet red + orange + ruby red colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy foamy pale pinkish white head that slowly reduces to a few small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of sweet fresh strawberries, slightly sweet blueberries, and tart blackberries with light aromas of honey sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of slightly earthy funky barnyard brett and hints of wheat + pale + biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat + pale + biscuit malts with just shy of moderate amounts of honey sweetness. That is followed by just shy of moderate flavors of slightly earthy funky barnyard brett and lacto-like tartness. Finally there are moderate to strong flavors of sweet fresh strawberries, slightly sweet blueberries, and tart blackberries. Moderate to strong amounts of lingering tartness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very enjoyable and the aroma definitely hits the notes of a freshly baked berry pie with a lot more of the tartness present in the taste. Drinks easily with well hidden alcohol and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I recently had Brettaberry and I thought it had a really nice blend of berry flavors. I especially appreciated the blueberry flavor which was more like wild blueberry, or bilberry than the bland sweet common blueberry.

Look: semi-clear reddish pinkish gue with a thin white slightly pink head

Aroma: mixed berries with some brett funk

Taste: The flavor is sweet, honey, slightly tart, mostly blueberries but the other berries too, with moderate brett funk.

Feel: light to medium body, quite refreshing.

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Photo of kitch
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 500ml bottle, bottled on 20th November 2015. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy strawberry orange pink colour with an almost two finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly but left lots of clingy lacing.

Aroma: Tart mixed berries although it seems strawberry is most prominent, brett funkiness, barnyard, mustiness with hints of honey.

Taste: Tart, lightly sour, strawberry, raspberry and blackberry with mild funkiness and perhaps a touch of lemon and pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish.

Overall: This was nice, refreshing and easy to drink. I’m not getting much of the honey as it just seems like berry sweetness, but I’m sure its mixed in with that and also guessing that the honey adds to the body.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - loving this label. Mysterious. Kinda atmospheric and reminds me of the Resident Evil video games. Pours a Juicy Juice reddish purple and settles into a clear sunset orange maroon. Fizzy, frothy head.

S - mixed berries, strawberries, and a touch of honey. All the while a tart cherry presides.

T - muted berries, mostly blackberry. Currants and cherries as well. The honey sweetness is very noticeable, especially on the finish. Brett is present all the way through. Blueberry sweetness comes out more and more as my palate adjusts.

F - lots of fizzy carbonation. Feels like what I would expect from thousands of tiny ants crawling out of my throat and across my mouth. A little overboard.

O - potent berry flavors supplemented beautifully by the honey. This is technically a nice beer, but something seems missing. Uninspired, perhaps?

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Brettaberry, a tart farmhouse ale whose inspiration is drawn from freshly baked berry pie, features a half-pound per gallon of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. The sweet acidity of the berries paired with the mild farmhouse funk of our house culture is rounded by the addition of full bodied, Haw Creek Honey." Brewed in the style of a Farmhouse Ale brewed with berries and honey. Available in 500ml. bottles and on rotating draft.

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

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy head of a strawberry-tinged white head over a deep orange-copper body with light haziness and moderate carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of tangy, acidic and lightly peppery farmhouse yeast strains, with undertones of tart wild berry characters atop a clean, smooth and lightly viscous malt body. Potency is modest. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma, with a moderate tart acidity forward, undertones of tangy, under ripe berry character of no discernible type, with a soft peppery finish. The malt profile is clean and slick, with a slight elevation of body from the likely inclusion of honey, which does not seem to have much of an impact on the flavor of this beer, and is very subtle. Finish is peppery and sharply tangy and acidic, lingering. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, acidic, medium dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a moderate frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly tangy and acidic over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Despite coming off as an overall enjoyable beer, this one slightly misses the mark for Wicked Weed's better works. The acidity of this beer was sharp and drying, without sufficient residual sweetness to keep this beer balanced. The berry character was present but underdeveloped and not very versatile in flavor diversity; I could not exactly tell what berry character I was experiencing, but they largely tasted underripe and contributed to the sharpness of the tangy character. The honey manages to contribute some subtle viscosity to this beer, but without much flavor contribution. In conclusion, this beer remains enjoyable, but so many of the flavors were lacking that it falls short of extraordinary. 3.75

Wicked Weed Brewing's
Brettaberry Tart Farmhouse Ale
3.74/5.00

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy pink color with white head. Aroma is really dusty with some cardboard and damp wood barrel. Taste follows with musty/dusty notes, some fermented fruits and sour finish. Medium body with high effervescence. Overall it's quite weird, musty and dusty, not really what I expected.

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Photo of Prager62
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 500ml bottle dated 7.01.16 poured in a 12oz. snifter/tulip for the review.

Look- Pours a cloudy dark pink color with a finger of bubbly pinkish foam.

Smell- Tart blueberry, strawberry and the band aid smell that I get from brett beers.

Taste- A medley of tart berries with blueberry taking center stage followed by strawberry and perhaps those blackberries listed on the label emerging in back. The band aid from the brett follows, along with a slightly sweet finish from the honey.

Feel- Light, fizzy and tart with a dash of mouth coating honey.

Overall- A very light, lively and moderately tart beer with a kiss of fruity berries. I was hoping for more fruit, but it didn't ruin my experience with this beer. The slight sweetness from the honey in the finish really balanced the initial blast of tartness. This is definitely worth checking out for those into funky fruit.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well made beer like all of the wicked weed stuff is, but this didnt blow my away by any stretch of the imagination at all. when you make this many flavors, its hard for them all to be winners, and while this is good and all, its definitely not a standout in their huge lineup of fruited wild beers, and its probably not worth the price. the fruit here really overtakes the wild aspects, and while its not particularly fruity in color, there is a lot of the flavor there, not juicy but concentrated and sweet, stronger in the flavor than in the aroma, and frankly overpowering to any bretty or saison yeasty nuance. there is some bacterial tang here, but short of sour, and less interesting than many of their others. also, the fruit kind of runs together, like you would definitely struggle to pick out the blackberries from the blueberries and the strawberries, maybe sweet strawberry jam in front here, but not by much, and it ends up as more of a generic berry sort of sweetness than anything else. i like the beer a lot, that all is really too critical for a beer this good, but they have presented themselves as the best in the business and they have set a very high quality standard that i feel compelled to hold them to. this is fine beer, but not as good as many of their others in this category i dont think...

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Photo of LeRose
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. It is a dirty pink color. Possibly the three months (bottled 07/01) may have dulled the color a bit. The head is lightly tan, pretty dense, and persists. The head also clings quite stubbornly to the glass - from start to finish.

Smell...mixed berry, slightly sweet biscuit, and it actually does remind me of a mixed berry pie. The smell is not as potent, but it has the characteristics of a pie. That's cool - a rather weak aroma, but captures the spirit of intent.

Whoa...the sip was soda pop in the carbonation intensity. Not diggin' that. It calms down as it warms. There is a nice tartness, and the generic berry smell does resolve itself. Blueberry I get right away, then blackberries. Finally strawberry shows up and thankfully it is not overpowering. There is light malt under it all, and while I cant say pie, I can say it is like biscuits and jam without being overly sweet.

The beer shows very little brett character. I don't know how serious a knock that might be. I didn't like the candy soda initial hit, which fortunately did not last. But the taste is nice enough and it does taste differently as it warms. It got well above 50 F when I was drinking it. The beer developed a more rounded, almost tea-like berry quality, a hint of cider-like vinegar note in the tartness, and just a little bit of honey flavor. The carbonation remained prickly, but was a but more tame upon warming. Recommended, but let it warm and see how it changes.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful cherry red color that is clear. Nice white slightly creamy white head.

Delicious smell. Nice mix of strawberry and honey that are the strongest notes. Other berries show and add tart but their sweet notes get lost in the strong notes. A light funky brett note adds a nice contrast to the berries.

Good but not as interesting as the smell. Stronger tart notes from the berries but strawberry jam is still tops. Honey comes out a bit more. Slightly more Fruity than the smell. Also a much more stronger brett note adding a bit of earthy funk to contrast very well with the other notes.

Medium body. Slightly dry finish. Biting carbonation. Still surprisingly smooth.

Pretty good and interesting. Fairly delicious. Go for it.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, light pastel red-orange with a large fuzzy foamy very light pink head leaving tons of lacing.

Smell is bright, spritzy mixed berries with super barnyard funk and cheese supporting the background and emerging strongly as it warms. A little wheat bread and honey rounds out in background.

Taste veers in a different direction, bringing in copious lemon and strawberry, very tart and tangy, fully sour, with mixed berries, and even berry gummies. Not catching the honey in flavor but it is a little bretty in the finish.

Refreshingly crisp yet frothy, satisfying yet very dry.

2015 vintage

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Photo of jpro
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle (11.20.15) into a teku glass... Pours a pinkish-orange, with a hint of maraschino cherry syrup; fizzy white head leaves a few splotches of lace. Aroma is full of berry - I feel like strawberry is most noticeable; some barnyard notes there, too... Definitely has some berry pie character. Taste is a nice blend of nuanced flavors that work great together without any one of them being too bold... Lightly tart, with strawberry / blueberry on the front; light cracker malt; funk is followed by blackberry and a tart finish. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation... Adding to this beer's refreshment. Overall, a really nice farmhouse beer / sour... Two styles I don't drink a lot of - but this beer is fantastic!

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Photo of Griffin2
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.
L - Pours a pinkish red with minimal white head.
S - Smells like a rose wine.
T - almost like drinking wine. A little tart on the finish.
F - Very minimal carbonation
O- Very different. I would drink it again.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure what I will rate this beer, but an 89, which is the overall score at the moment, seems about right. Pale pink in color with a nice head that disappears quickly. Nose is solid, as is the case with Wicked Week sours, a bit of brett or farmhouse smell. The taste is great with slight berry on the front and sour in the back. Another excellent wicked weed.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle with a bottled on date of 11.15.15

L - Mahogany red, with 1 finger of head and lots of beautiful lacing on top of the brew and all over the glass

S - Tart, berries, etc. Farmhouse funk. Fantastic aroma

T - Tart, berries, funky and sour. Really good!

F - Well carbonated, medium body

O - Another fantastic brew, tart/sour style from Wicked Weed

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Gorgeous beer. Pours reddish pink. Almost no head. Cool. Love colors. Musty with a promise of tartness and unripened fruit. Not a supremely fruity nose; its present but its not dominant. Some wheat. Aggressive tartness up front like all the Wicked Weed sours I have tried. It fall back considerably. Underneath the sour slap is a berry flavor, a dry malt aspect and some sugars. Finishes very dry. Maybe the honey adds fullness to the body? It drinks heavier than its relatively diminutive 5.5%. If this was fruitier, I would really love this. It is a very tasty sour in the end.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish pink/purple with foaming head that quickly dissipates. The brett funk hits my nose before the glass even makes it there.. nice barnyard, sweaty horse, musty funky rotten fruit (in a good way) along with blackberry and strawberry..faint crackery malt & wheat in the background. The flavor pretty much is in line with the aroma with a slight lingering sweetness possibly from the honey, un-fermented sugars from the berries, or both. Brings a ice balance to the tartness. The feel is slightly heavier that I would expect for this type of beer with a slight slickness on the tongue. Carbonation is med+ and on point. Overall a good beer from Wicked Weed. Do not hesitate to try.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml into tulip. 11/20/15

L. Pours dark strawberry in color. Light haze with not much of a head and very little lacing.
S. Lots of tart funkiness. Lots of Brett and wheat. Nice berry, strawberry jam.
T. Nice sweet and tart sour. Little bit of honey really helps to mellow the tart which I really appreciate since sours are something I am trying to get into, but can't fully enjoy.
F. Nice lighter body with great carbonation. Nice bubbles.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Date Bottled: 11.20.15.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, reddish-pink body with a brief, whitish head.

Smell: Tart-scented and brimming with berries, and, though it's not the case with the flavor, the aroma, for me, has a slight yogurty, candyish vibe to it. Slight, sweaty malts with a meager drip of 'off' cider.

Taste: A tartish, sourish berry blend blast given a scant sprinkling of sugar, its sweetness drops out pretty quickly, all straddling a washed out crackery maltiness. Additionally, some zippy tastes of apricot and disagreeable lemons. Minute tannic berry seed hints. Actually, given some warmth, that yogurt taste does come on board. Thinning, crispish finish with a little bit of berry lingering beyond the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Have fun, go wild, and enjoy some damn refreshing berries already.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled November 20th 2015.

A mix of pink and purple body, provides a real deep cherry red glowing color. Head creation is minimal and an off white pinkish hue making a creamy finger. Manages a good crowned puck and creamy collar as well. Real nice looking brew.

Aroma heads for excellent amounts of berry sweetness. Senses of mountain and blackberry, with cherry like tones. Pie like fruit aromas running the gammut with a biscuity malt notes matching nicely. The honey has just added the right amount of sweetness. Not much sensing brett character though.

Palate really sings on the fruit tones. Not much surprises from the nose. Quenching bursting fruits of cherry and berries on the mid palate. Finishes slightly dry, maybe a hint of pepper like saison quality just to stay in focus. A good tartness with some balanced sweet flavors which really makes the fruit burst on the palate. Juicy and matching slight biscuit texture, which is a little more downplayed on the palate than the nose indicates.

A real solid brew, excellent fruit character.

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Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I don't understand the relatively low average rating for this beer. The rosy pink color and pink head are gorgeous, and the nose/flavor are incredibly fruity and refreshing with the perfect amount of bite/carbonation in the finish. On-tap during the Wicked Weed launch party at The Publick House on Wed., Feb. 3.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5/8/15

Light fizzy head disappears quickly, bright rosy orange pink very hazy color.

Nose tart fruit, little funk, berry sour funk, little malt note, tons of very, just on the light side, blueberry flesh, blackberry too, little strawberry plant, mild seed tannin.

Taste mild tartness, big juicy berry flesh, malty light wheat like malt, little gristy, blackberry seed, blueberry flesh, tart berry, little green leafy, touch tangy note. Effervescent, dry tangy finish, lingering berry.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice effervescent carb,

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Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy berry red straw hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of very nice fresh picked berries, very nice blueberry skin's and blackberry. The strawberry is faint but offers nice faint floral notes and sweetness. Smells like I'm standing in front of the bushes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, the berries are much more subtle on the taste. Still nice fresh berries, blueberry skin and blackberry.The strawberry is really faint too, much more soft and subtle. Good faint funk too!

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, faintly flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was pretty solid. Good berry notes on the nose and taste. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Extol
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - peach in color and very clear. Smell - has a candy smell sort of. Taste - not as good as the smell, a watered down version. Overall - it's alright. Not the best.

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 223 ratings