Mo’ Betta Bretta – The Lost Abbey/New Belgium
Purchased at Davis Beer Shoppe ($7.99/12.7 oz. bottle) and poured into flute glasses.
This collaboration between California’s The Lost Abbey and Colorado’s New Belgium pours an opaque lemony orange with a tight white head and plenty of bubbles in the body. Mo’ Betta Bretta has a nose that is pleasant but lacks distinction, combining the expected smells of tropical yeast, fresh grains, and a little faint funk. The first swallow is a little flat, and has a taste much like a standard blonde ale with some wild yeast added to the mix. There is some semi-sweet melon on subsequent swallows, but I was not a big fan of the skunk-funk aftertaste. Perhaps it would have fared better in a blind taste – this is a fairly refreshing, summery brew, but not the Collaboration of the Titans you would have hoped for.