Lamoille Bretta | Lost Nation Brewing

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Lamoille BrettaLamoille Bretta

Brewed by:
Lost Nation Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 09-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SABERG
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the last bottle of the original release into a trusty goblet.
A - Color of honey, sunflower, golden yellow. Pillowing cumulus cap supported by kinetic even nervous carbonation.
S - Dusty, apricot, that Brett funk is deftly applied, rising off the glass hints of chalk, white peach skin, and a touch of lemon grass, warm honey and green tea.
T - The honey element is dominant, tea leaves, and ripe peach. The funk transfers to the palate in the form of sourdough toast, quite lovely
M - Medium in body, the surfaces are all coated with a touch of oiliness. Carbonation is strong but gentle, nudging the offering off the tongue. A long sweet linger is delightful.
O - I picked this up 2 years ago, had one fresh, so glad to have kept this, the impact was positive. A fine saison in the fall flavor category. Lots of ripe fruit character, and so delicately applied Brett..
Well crafted.


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Photo of T-34-85
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged bottle from spring 2015 til fall 2016.

Bottle popped itself open before I even got the wire cap cover off the cork. Bottle fizzed and foamed over for several minutes before I poured off my first sampling.

Thick white sticky head of foam, as you might expect based on the carbonation levels noted above. Once allowed to warm up a bit and calm down on the counter, the head resides to a thin film of head across the beer's surface.

Initially, the beer had an unpleasant medicinal, astringent aroma and taste that was a bit off-putting, but after allowing the beer to warm up, it completely transforms. A bright funky aroma including the essence of the brett yeast pops out nicely, and the taste follows with a nice citrusy tartness to round out the funky farmhouse experience.

The carbonation levels are excellent, providing a bright fizzy frothy mouth feel that completes the overall experience.

Overall: A great brew, and one I'm glad I waited to pop open.

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Photo of FFreak
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared by friends out on the deck with barbeque. Poured into tulip glasses. A hazy lemonade yellow with a thick creamy head that slowly dissipates leaving nice lace. Smells slightly yeasty with citrus and spice and just a hint of funk. Taste is delicate and subtle, with citrus and spice, followed by straw and horse. The funky character becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Mouth is medium-thin with good carbonation - nice and refreshing. Overall, a solid bretted saison. I think my friend paid around $12, which is a fair price for this beer.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750 into a snifter.
Pours a nice hazy dark straw color with a very generous head.
Aromas are primarily Brett to my nose. Light aroma levels.
Taste is light, refreshing. Not a ton of traditional branyard saison funk to my palate, as the Brett is forward, but not overly so. It's light and sophisticated. Accessible.
Finishes clean and fresh.
Overall, this is a light, refreshing and sophisticated beer that showcases an accessible brett.

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Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been sitting on this since October for the right combo of troops to be around. Today is the day.

A- Pours out of the cracking-loud popping bottle with a hazy golden yellow body and a multiple finger, thick creamy head in my snifter. Good head retention leading to a foamy ring and tons of lace everywhere.

S- Lemons and Brett with a balancing act provided by the base Saison. Lemon Sorbet comes to mind, stealing that descriptor from Dan but its spot on. Funky band-aid, dry spicy straw, barnyard cherries and herbs.

T- Saison base definitely shows more than in the nose but the Brett is close to equivalent. Spicy pepper, lemongrass, citrus zests and cooking herbs in the base. Brett brings the aforementioned funk, band-aid cherries and straw.

MF- Quite possibly the foamiest beer I have experienced. It did not bottle bomb so there must be a ton of residuals in here. Huge carbonation but all padded by the whipped cream texture. Somehow works.

A great mix of funk and Farmhouse yeast. Herbs, spice and citrus complimented very well by a strong but not off-putting Brett profile.

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Photo of Roguer
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Unsurprisingly large fluffy and snow-white head (~2 3/4 fingers). Very good retention, and thick, cloudy lacing. Brew is a very clear but active golden color, slightly lemon-hued but easily influenced by background color.

Aroma: lemon, sweet sugar, musty funk. Smells both tart and sweet. Brings to mind fields of wildflowers and earth. Perhaps a touch heavy on the sweetness.

Flavor is about what the aroma portends: tart but not truly sour; citric without an intense citrus focus; sweet but not too cloying (although there is a syrupy sweetness on the finish); Brett presence balances other notes, more so than presenting by itself.

Citrus presence has a peel or rind dullness to it; there's a similar flat, musty edge to the finish. Brett mustiness (rustic, dry) comes through a little more clearly as it warms slightly.

Finish has a dry effervescence off-setting the sugary, cloying coating. Fairly light body, with sting, activity, and foaming. A little too active to savor as much as I'd like, especially cold.

This is a very solid American Brett saison. It really lacks the notable, obvious Brett presence of others in the style (including other American versions), but it's a lovely overall beer.

I'm assuming this is a fairly fresh bottle, and as such, can't speak to how the Brett changes this beer after a year or two.

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Photo of Skeeter1330
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

A little more earthy funk and bit enough tartness for what u like but it's still pretty dang good. Definitely carbonated as the cork pretty much popped itself.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Lost Nation in Morrisville, VT, and shared last night.

Pours a golden yellow, bright and sunny, with a big 4 inch head that doesn't quit, and a lot of foamy thick lacing. The Brett looks strong in this one.

This smells very Bretty, lots of horsey barnyard funk, and a good amount of citrus.

This tastes pretty great. I waited a bit to try because I had heard they added the Brett to the bottle, and it needed a little bit of time to develop. The Brett character is quite strong, lots of barnyard funk, very "horsey," a bit of pepper, lots of juicy orange and mango. This tastes almost a bit sweaty, in how juicy and funky it is. That seems bad, but I like it.

This is medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel, and a fairly high level of carbonation. It's very drinkable.

This is a really great saison, and the last of my Vermont stash, unfortunately.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

So I've been lazy with actually reviewing beers lately but this beer, and the Lost Nation brewery deserves it.

First of all, I visited the brewery and the food was incredible. As was the beer. Pilsners are always rated low on this site which is annoying but theres is great, as is their oktoberfest.

On to this beer: I bought 2 bottles and cracked my first tonight and will wait for as long as I can for the next one to see how the Brett changes it.

This beer had a strong nose of pure funk. In a good way. A large white fluffy head that dissipated quickly but left spiderweb lacing.

The taste was full of light fruits, mostly pear and kiwi with a pronounced spiciness. There is definite funk in there from the yeast, but not quite as much as the nose would lead you to expect. Finished with a dry mouthfeel, as appropriate for a saison.

One of the best Brett beers I've tried. Wish I could have better access to their stuff.

Good job Lost Nation.

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. High carbonation levels dance pleasantly across the palate. The Brettanomyces is certainly front and center but the subtle spice notes of the saison itself come through quite well, accenting the flavor of the wild yeast in a fantastic manner. Honestly, this is exactly what I want from a wild Saison. I cant wait to try it 6 months and a year from now.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

I had a opportunity to sample Lamoille Bretta from the bottle this past Saturday.

The level of carbonation was perfect for the style, dry enough to compliment the flavors, but not too dry as to ruin your palate.

Not being a brewer I don't always give a very good break down on yeasts & bugs, but I like what the end result was in this beer.

The most important think that I consider is drinkability, most saisons I can only consume a single point in a sitting, I could easily drink an entire 750 of the wonderful beer.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

Okay, you might have seen my first review, based on a bad bottle. It wasn't awful, just blah, and I gave it a 3.5. Jamie from LN saw the review and invited me to try it again... it just happens we were going up for dinner that day. He opened a bottle and when the glass was still a foot from my nose it was obvious that this was not the beer we tasted before. No idea what happened, possibly a bad cork, but these guys care about their quality and their customers. I grow more impressed with LN every day. Anyway, a review of a normal bottle:

Corked bottle opens with a good pop. Pours a cloudy straw color with a huge persistent head. The aroma is some nice barnyard funk at first, then pineapple, honeydew melon and maybe passionfruit. Taste is initially tart and fruity with a nice funky finish. Finishes very dry and melon and funk linger on the tongue. Super refreshing with no faults. I'd personally want a touch more tartness, but the brewers did what they wanted to do perfectly.

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Lamoille Bretta from Lost Nation Brewing
4.3 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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