Thirty miles north of Barrelworks lies the fertile Santa Maria Valley. Its warm days and cool marine layer-fed evenings allow for a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to be grown in its rich soil. One of Santa Maria’s crown jewels is locally grown raspberries. We jumped at the opportunity to ferment fresh local raspberries with one of our Barrelworks creations. Behold Bretta Rosé! A low-alcohol Berliner Weisse style ale, acidified and matured in French oak puncheons for 6 months, is the foundation for this gem. Add 1000 lbs. of fresh raspberries, allow a secondary wild fermentation for 4 more months and voila (!), we have a crisp effervescent concoction, bursting with raspberry perfume and flavor, a rosé color, bracing acidity, and a clean and refreshing finish.
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Batch 3 bottled 2/10/16 poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip glass. Purchased at B&C in North Providence, RI.
Pours a lightly hazy bright pink-red body – looks like a rose wine. Head is effervescent and fizzy, light pink in color. Leaves a ring of retention and very little lacing.
On the nose is straight raspberry – fresh and bright, fruity and juice-like. Not getting much oak here, just raspberry juice, lightly tart aroma.
On the tongue.. lightly acidic raspberry notes, very jammy, fruity, tart, not too sour. Again the oak is not present at all, so I have to deduct .25 for taste. Quite balanced and very easy to drink, high carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.
If you like Raspberries and tart, borderline sour beers, this is for you. Not super complex, but quite enjoyable.