readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a bright golden with a bit of sticky white foam. Not as bubbly as I’d expect from a bretty beer.
Nose is bubble gum, and a bit of hops - very sweet smelling.
Taste is kind of a muddled mess. Very belgian - bubble gum, cloves, sweet, and a touch boozy. No brett whatsoever.
Sticky, medium bodied mouthfeel. This one disappoints.
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Slightly let down by this beer as I’ve grown accustomed to really good sours from both NB and Lost Abbey. This was cheap for the style, but there really wasn’t a whole lot going on outside of a nice farmhouse aroma. The flavor is too sweet, and not very funky or tart...though that may go away with age. I like the sorachi presence, but as a whole, this is below the standard for these brewers, and for the style."
rdixon77 (1583) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old rating. Not bad, but a little disappointing. More like a citrus ipa with a little barnyard rather than extra bretty or sour at all.
DrnkMcDermott (2903) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bought Nov. 2012, can’t decipher the date stamp. Pours bright yellow in my tulip, like a Belgian tripel. Plenty of suspended bits, and I can see sediment swirling at the bottom of the barrel. Nose is rather mild, just a hint of tartness and maybe some Belgian funky hops; just not in abundance. I guess I expect an all-Brett beer to be pretty sour, but this is more zesty. Highly bubbly, which kind of keeps the taste from getting to me. Not sour, not lactic, I guess nearly 2 years of aging makes a difference. Some strong hops listed in the mix, but they are kind of lost, too, or perhaps they are blended in with the slightly citrusy malt taste. It does taste nice, and it stands out from other beers. Mostly citrus, a bit of wit spice, and a touch of funk.Swirling the sediment for the final pours just leaves it hazy and with some yeast taste.
flatmatt (1258) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage on tap at the Oak Cafe in Wyanndotte, one of several New Belgium beers, this one labeled 2012 Lost Abbey Collaboration Bretta - must be this one. Pours a clear gold with a white head. Light green grape aroma. Flavor is lots of citrus and green grape, lightly tart with a light bretty cracker flavor. Very enjoyable.
fiercepanda (608) - Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A hazy yellow beer with a small white head. The aroma is light hay and citrus. The flavor is weak grain.
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Mike! Dense gold color, moderate translucency with little bits of sediment hanging in suspension, topped with a foamy & lightly soapy, fizzing white head. Aroma is a brettanomyces overload with some bready malt. Funk, biscuit, baked bread, musky citrus, band-aid, medicinal, & weird sterile notes. I love Brett & bready malt, but not in this capacity. Taste contains earth, wet cardboard, band-aid, damp cellar floor, & big medicinal off-flavors. Again, overstating the Brett in large quantity. Heavy, heavy bread flavors with a clumpy, overpowering, yeasty finish. Dryer finish than the desert. This was a difficult one to put down the hatch; honestly, just not a very well made beer. You can’t load a crappy beer up with Brett & expect it to be good. Here’s the proof. BTW no sour or pineapple Brett notes ANYWHERE, like the description states.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Corn and basement notes mar the citrus fruit and herbal hops in this otherwise fluffy and soft concoction.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy blond.
-The citrusy, tropical fruitiness could have been more fun.
-I would have liked a bit more acidity in the finish.
-This is so far from the original Mo Betta Bretta brewed in Solana Beach, it’s unrecognizable.
Errl (2115) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is yellow with a white head..Nose is brett, fruit, spice, hay, honey...Taste is spice, citrus, honey, pineapple, hops, crisp, fruity...
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was given to me by the New Belgian Kinetic Sculpture team in 2014 and consumed one year later. Wonder if I wanted too long. Poured gold with haze White head. Nose of some light fruit and just a hint of the brett. Medium body Flavor is a little funky with a little citrus and again just a hint of the brett. Did it fade or was it never there. Kind of disappointing.
suprchunk (2607) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy straw colored pour. Medium white head that falls quickly. Little bit of lacing. Aroma is malt with a slight lemon note. Taste is a malt bomb; sweet, caramel, slight citrus. Not a hint of tartness nor sourness. Tastes like a decent IPA with a muted hop presence. But I don’t think that is what they were shooting for. Not a surprise seeing who they teamed up with for this one though.