Brette Davis Eyes | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian blonde aged in a merlot barrel with brett - she’ll definitely please your taste and smell with a nice tart & zesty zing.

Added by Beerandraiderfan on 11-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 22
Reviews by WestCoastBrew2:
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Labeled a belgian blonde ale, but I don't think that's available here. A blonde and bretty appearance, could almost be mistaken for a legit hefe. Nice eggshell white head. Aroma was brett chunky, but just wanted more of the merlot barrel to come out in the aroma.

Very nice taste, up there with Sanctification, if not quite even with it. Very zesty, tart and plenty of sour zing to it. Easy enough to drink, plenty enjoyable. If anything, seemed to be in a white zin or chardonnay barrel moreso than merlot. Had that edge of white and light wine more than merlot. Plenty astringent. Would recommend.

Drank at Bistro's 6th annual barrel fest.

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Photo of SamuelR
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Diomede
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of nataku00
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a snifter at The Bistro, reviewing from notes. Beer poured a pale yellow color with a slight bit of haze. Thin off white collar with a few bubbles here and there.

Nose was pretty good, white wine vinegar sharpness with some green apples, pears, lemon sweetness. A touch of earthy funkiness, like disturbed wet soil with fertilizer and grass.

Taste was a bit tame, with the fruitiness staying put, but the acidity could have been a little higher. Good fruitiness though, with the sweeter lemon, apple and ripe pear, but only a touch of vinegar tang. The earthy funk shows up at the back of the tongue. Finish is medium to dry with light fruitiness.

Light body with some zesty carbonation. Refreshing and a decent change of pace from all the higher abv beers I was drinking.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kdown
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lots of turbidity in the yellow beer. Hazy. White head, 1/3". Aroma had a lot of brett, but not a lot of barrel notes.

Good white wine brett taste, high carbonation, light on its feet with a blonde base, plenty of white grape notes more than red. Dry.

If you're a fan of Temptation or Sanctification, this is similar to those kinds of beers.

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Photo of Jessenimmo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Moderate brett funk, followed by light citrus, faintly vinous with moderate oak.

A: Gold/orange color, clear, with a thin head that quickly forms a fine ring around the glass.

T: Lots of citrus and light fruit, light grape and malt sweetness, faintly vinous, with a clean, moderate sourness and dry finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderately light carbonation and very effervescent.

O: Very tasty; the beer has a great zippy funky aroma and flavor with a balanced clean and moderate sourness.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really any head when it was poured off the tap for me. The aroma makes you think the beer is going to be quite sour but its really not. The beer has this sweet fruity cherry like flavor, and on the finish has a light tartness to it. Very light refreshing body not a lot of malty sweetness to it. Overall very enjoyable

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a cloudy golden-orange color with a thin layer of frothy white head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sourness, sweet light fruit, some green apple, some sweet malt and grain, and a bit of oak.

T - Starts off with some sourness and tartness with some sweet malt and oak. Through the middle some more tartness comes through with some green apple, some more oak, and a bit of yeast. The finish is a mix of sour and tartness with some sweet malt and oak that linger.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a nice tart finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced. It is fairly light bodied but does not sacrifice in flavor at all.

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Photo of BarleyAndBrett
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Epicfail97081
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JeremyDrinksBeer
5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Brette Davis Eyes from Drake's Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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