3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Reviews by GeezLynn:
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
A:Cloudy shade of peach/orange with a billowing white head. Excellent head retention through the course.
S: Loads of musty brett fused with citrus. The oak complements the two nicely. Just a touch of pale malt in there. Nice overall balance between the components. As it opens up, i get a some grapefruit and melon characters from the hop/brett combo.
T: First impression - dry and bitter. As I adjust, grapefruit rind and lime become apparent. Also some pine and cloves. Although I pick up some of the oak in the flavor, the cabernet is not evident. Finish is lengthy, dry and bitter, with a slow alcohol burn. Could use a little more sweetness, but the Brett has had a few months now to work. Flavor is good, but not quite as good as the smell had me expecting.
M: Medium-bodied with high carbonation, which often bothers me but is smooth here and appropriate for style.
I have yet to find a Belgian IPA that I can really get excited about, but this was by far the most interesting one I have had yet, and well-worth trying. Would expect nothing less from Midnight Sun.
Thanks for the great trade Toby!
09-16-2010 04:26:46 | More by GeezLynn
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4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.
The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a great mix of Brettanomyces and citrus hops. The flavor is brett, orange citrus and some oak. The citrus hops of orange, mango and lemon really stand out even thought he beer has a lot of brett funk character to it. Really an interesting beer and the first Belgian IPA I have tried that had this much American hop character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-19-2010 05:08:26 | More by Mora2000
4.53/5 rDev +11.3%
Day 5 of 5: msubulldog25's most generous offerings. Thanks pal!
This thing pours one of the firmest, fluffiest heads I've ever seen...it's also rocky/cratered, like the surface of the moon...a very, very snow-white moon made of freshly churned cream. Oh, and the color, that's a glowing sunset copper/gold/orange. And those wacky sheets and slashes of lace! The more I look, the more I like. Can't be anything less than a "5".
The aroma keeps my enthusiasm for 3767 going. It's one of the more accessible Brett-ified aromas I've smelled, leaning on the fruity side and less on the Band-Aid side. But it's still totally, unrelentingly Brettanomyces. Sharp, tart jabs of lemon rind and lime flesh slap the nostrils in the nicest way. The hops don't get drowned out completely by the crazy yeast, and there's even a hint of lemon cake batter further back.
Wow. I took my first sip, a long and deep one, let it settle on the tongue, and just sat here closing my eyes going "wow...wow...wow." It's really impressive. And the finish is so long, nearing infinite. Just crazy. The Cabernet Sauvignon barrel aging is here in a tart vinous layer, but there's so much more happening. This is far from one-dimensional. Lots of lemon and grapefruit, both rind and flesh. Of course the Brett does its thing, offering an ultra-earthy, mutated young fruit sort of funk, and hops come in with a blazing, West Coast kind of grassiness, although far from unpleasant. They and all the more intense flavors here are balanced by a dab of citrus sweetness, and an underlying kiss from an understated but very hard-working malt (what kind I couldn't even guess, but obviously a lighter, brighter grain -- almost pilsner-ish!).
Finishes is tart and puckers the mouth a little, and the lemon and other citrus impressions ride out a long while, as the super-earth Brett finally takes on a more barnyard/saddle-blanket sort of character in the finish. The feel is buoyant, airy, slick and slippery, yet with just the right amount of creamy edge.
Oh heck, this TOTALLY hits the spot. 3767 has balance and depth, where other, more highly hyped Brett-y, white wine barrel-aged beers do not. Nuff said...it's time to just sit, sip and love the rest of this bottle. Thanks again Brian!!
08-06-2010 23:17:27 | More by Metalmonk
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
We've been waiting for this one for 9 months. A collaboration beer brewed by Gabe Fletcher of Midnight Sun and Colby Chandler of Ballast Point brewing in San Diego, CA.
This is one complicated beer. It's an IPA brewed with belgian and american yeasts, then dosed with brett in secondary, aged in french oak cab sauv barrels and dry hopped. 8%, 70 IBUs.
Pours a clear light orange color with a giant easy forming stark white cauliflower head that lingers forever and leaves great lacing.
The nose is mostly Gabe's unmistakeable brett strain and a good portion of american hops, along with a noticeable spiciness of what im guessing is another kind of belgian yeast.
Taste is quite complex. Starts off with nice belgian yeast and mild bitterness. Soon though the bitterness builds and the brett takes control. A fair amount of good funky flavor, but there is an IPA in here as well with some american hop flavors lurking, and defined bitterness as the glass gets shorter. The finish is savagely dry and very crisp. Brett and dry hop flavors linger in the aftertaste with a little bit of belgian yeast as well.
Mouthfeel is pretty much perfect. Ample carbonation and a nice medium viscosity with a scorching dryness on the finish, ideal.
Drinkability is also quite solid. The 8% abv isn't even a concern as this one is consumed and the bitterness is balanced very well by the belgian characteristics. The brett is nice and obvious without being too dominant as well.
Overall, simply put, this is one of the best Belgian IPAs i've ever had. A masterfully crafted beer, and one I will surely be drinking very high volumes of in the near future. I strongly recommend getting your hands on some of this if you can. It sounds like minimal quantities could be showing up in CA, and possibly WA and OR as well, but when i say limited i mean count on one hand, so keep your eyes and ears peeled. Excellent beer.
10-27-2009 06:07:29 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
22oz bottle from City Beer, shared at City Beer. I'm a sucker for a good Belgian IPA, so I liked this a lot.
Pours a brilliant slightly hazy golden color with a large, sticky white head that leaves excellent lacing.
Aroma is very bretty with lemon/citrus notes and not quite as much hop presence as I expected.
Flavor is lots of brett and slight funk. Slightly lemony with some mild citrusy hops. Just a tiny bit tart. I found this beer to be similar to New Glarus R&D Golden Ale, with a little cleaner/crisper funk and more hops.
Medium bodied and fairly dry and crisp on the palate with a good carbonation level.
Extremely drinkable. Overall an excellent Belgian IPA, as I'd expect from these 2 great breweries.
02-17-2010 21:56:51 | More by nickd717
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
This is from the awesome trader Bitterbill, cheers Bill! I think this was bottled in early January, but the marking isn't clear to me...
Pours an effervescent honey/apricot color with with 2+ fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Hazes a bit as this is poured out, Good head retention & lacing
S: Funk & dirt, much breadyness, fades a bit as this warms
T: Lemony, slightly dirt tasting then grapefruit, apricot & a kiss of pineapple. Funkyness & dry apple cider dominate as this warms along with more grapefruit & oakyness from the barrel aging, sourness really picks up as well. Finishes sour, funky & a touch bready with plenty of pineapple & grapefruit, plus a touch of candi sugar
MF: Creamy, medium bodied with firm carbonation & a touch of boozey warmth.
Great drinkability, a well put together offering, but most of Midnight Sun's kick ass, so this is no suprise..
05-28-2010 04:09:24 | More by russpowell
3.48/5 rDev -14.5%
A- Pretty clear brew. Color is a deep copper. Head is pretty billowy and goes at least 2 or 3 fingers depending how you pour it. You can see bubbles coming up from the bottom which is pretty cool.
S- Smells like a sour beer which isn't surprising given the Brett and also because it was aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. I also get lots of fruityness like apples, pears, and grapes. Very fresh. Hard to detect any hoppyness, maybe ever so slight in the background.
T- Um... oh my... This is taking some getting used to. Its very funky. Its like a million flavors in my mouth which I am having trouble controlling. ... As I drink, it is getting better. I was close to beer face on the first couple sips as my palate was getting used to this. So there is a crazy sweet and sour aspect to this which is just driving me crazy. I am not normally a big sour drinker for this reason. As I am drinking it I am getting tons of tart grapes and it comes out pretty dry. The warmer it gets, the more it goes into a more IPA like bitter stage. This is truly a unique brew that takes me on a roller coaster ride of musky tart and bitter flavors and to be honest I am having trouble enjoying it as I would most straightforward brews of this style.
M- Pretty thick going down. The alcohol is non-existent which is nice. Even though the head is thick and billowy the carbonation is very subtle going down. Very smooth.
D- I would have a hard time have more of these. Overall this was a good experience but this is just not my thing. I have enjoyed other Belgian IPAs like Hopsinjoor and Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel but this one just is too much on the sour side. I can see how some people would absolutely love this but it just isn't me.
12-06-2009 06:56:56 | More by boogyman
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
22 picked up today ... was freaking stoked to see it. Poured into my Delerium goblet.
3 finger head looks like a firm meringue... great crusty lacing dries to the side of the glass... nice cap.. the brew is slightly hazed orange.
WOW!! The nose on this is awesome! Citrus hops... pineapple... dusty brett... spicy phenols make me think white pepper... some malts show as it warms up but mainly to deliver the olfactory wallop that practically throws itself from the glass.
Nice bracing bitterness melts quickly into plenty of brett and a bit of woody tannins... hops aren't as prevalent as the nose, but plenty of pithy citrus zest and a bit of resinous pine show... finish is long and wonderful with quite a bit of brett funk and American hops... the body is just where it should be along with ample carbonation.
This beer is fantastic.... I need more bottles .. Certainly the best Belgian IPA I've ever had... I remember loving Green Flash Le Freak and Midnight Sun's Wrath... but the brett in this just takes this to the next level.... I love it.
01-14-2010 07:15:50 | More by JohnGalt1
4/5 rDev -1.7%
medium amber in color but leaning golden with a light bit of haze that very quickly cleared up and left behind a huge, three inch towered head of white foam that took what seemed like forever to settle down. Aroma was light at first but built up after a few minutes. Ripe citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit dominant with hints of light spicy notes tugging on the palate and a light belgian floral note. As I take the first taste though is really where it begins to come alive. Insanely bright and crisp taste. Huge notes of lemon and grapefruit are all over this one. Ripping through the palate they leave hints of pears, light peppery spices, apricots and herbal yeast notes in the finish. Very dry and a huge amount of carbonation, I could have drank this one all day to be honest.
07-15-2011 01:36:36 | More by mikesgroove
3.05/5 rDev -25.1%
Thanks for sharing this, Arbi. Murky burnished amber with a fluffy, lasting head. The aroma is a bizarre mélange of wine barrel, band-aid, barnyard funk, tropical fruit and hops. Grapefruit, pineapple and guava aromas come from the strange combination of yeast and hops. Funk and tropical fruit overwhelm the palate at first, but hops and wine barrel begin to take over mid-palate. Pineapple, astringent oak, lemon peel and tannins hit the palate strongly in the finish. Phenolic, almost plasticy. Strange stuff, the different elements aren't entirely harmonious, but it's an interesting beer.
04-03-2010 22:24:14 | More by largadeer
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
a - cloudy orange in color. large white head.
s -belgian yeast, faint caramel sweetness, brett funk, light floral hops. some woodiness.
t - huge pine hops and brett. there is some sweetness way way in the back. lemon rind. very bitter, surprisingly bitter at 1yr old. There is some of sour, but bitterness is much stronger. oak flavor comes through faintly on the finish.
m - body is lighter with bigger carbonation. dry finish
overall - very impressed with this beer. huge thanks to fear025 for sending me this (and 8 other beers) asking nothing in return. This is my 3rd brett ipa (which makes me an expert?). IMO, these should be aged for a year or two.
11-21-2010 03:00:21 | More by levifunk
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange-golden color with a huge, fluffy off-white head, lacing throughout. Aroma is pale malts, citrus, earthy brett, wood, spicy, pepper, and grapefruit. Flavor is pale malts, cloves, grapefruit, spicy, brett, floral and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, crisp, and bitter. Great beer, lots of flavor.
08-19-2010 02:45:57 | More by mtstatebeer
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
My first Midnight Sun beer. WHen I told Bill I hadn't had any MS before, he immediately gave me this bottle (well the next time I saw him anyways). So portia99, thanks a ton for this gem.
It pours with a huge almost 3 finger fizzy and bubble head that fades at a decent rate over a somewhat clear slightly hazy orange peach color with just a touch of a pink hue. At the bottom of the head it leaves a thick lacing, but the top of the head had none.
The nose is loaded with Brett. Not sure when this was bottled since the date coding on the side was not notched. It can't be fresh as the Brett dominates now. It has a nice wild yeast funk, dry funk, little barnhouse but not horse blanket. Under that is some hints of Belgian malts, light golden Belgian malts, and a touch of sweetness. I also get some very mild grassy hop effervescence.
Taste is interesting. Again the Brett has mostly taken over, but hasn't destroyed the beer. Plenty of Brett, funky barnyard, but again not horses ass flavor. Some light maltys underlinings, with light sweetness and a little Belgian golden malts. A very light hop presence, with some light bitterness, and touch of grassy mild hops. The cross between the light hops and funky Brett brings a strange effervescence that is interesting. The Brett also brings a light bready taste. It also has a very slight spicy quality, I think from the light warming alcohol, and perhaps a hint from the wild yeast. A slight juicy almost light Chardonnay flavor with smooth oak, which is barely detectable but somewhere in the background. I wonder if that was more dominant when it was fresh. It finishes with a nice dry finish, lingering Brett and light funk, as well as some light malty flavors. A slight bitterness comes on in the finish too.
The mouth is medium bodied with metric butt-loads of carbonation.
The drinkability is surprisingly nice. It has some light juicy flavors and malts, light bitterness, a nice dry finish, and goes down smooth. The Brett doesn't overpower and destroy the palate, and doesn't bring the wet horse blanket flavors, just some nice barnyard funk and wild flavors. For an oak aged Belgian IPA inoculated with Brett, at probably more than 8% by now, this is much more drinkable than I expected.
10-03-2010 01:50:32 | More by jlindros
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
Thanks to nickd717 for picking me up this bottle while at the Midnight Sun night at City Beer.
Beers like this are why I love being a craft beer drinker in America right now. A collaboration beer based on a West Coast style Belgian IPA, spiked with Brett, and thrown into French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels to age. What's next? An Imperial Stout brewed with a black hole?
Poured this into a tulip at 45 degrees.
Appearance is awesome! Tons of head on the gentle pour, about 3 finger-widths. The head is bright white and very light and airy in nature, it actually kinda looks like the head from some beers I've poured that wound up being infected. Super rocky head on the re-pour. Exceptional lacing, super frothy and sticky. The color of the body is a nice apricot skin hue with little tiny bubbles rising quickly from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is SUPER DUPER complex, like, what smell do I not get from here? Banana and clove, along with all kinds of tropical fruits like pineapple and guava. A tart apricot type of smell is rising up off of here too, with some black pepper nearer the end. There is also a bunch of citrus, lemon, orange, grapefruit, the usual, but it's sort of stashed away in the back. I'm also getting the sour grapey character off the barrels. The only thing preventing a perfect score is that I also get a little inky character.
Finally, let's move on to the taste of this beast. The first thing hitting my tongue is the pineapple and other tropical fruits, some banana underneath. Moves on to the citrus, grapefruit pith and lemon zing. Sour character dominates the mid-range for me, with some grape skin and other odd indescribable flavors. Peppery finish with lots of earthiness and a bit of ink. This beer is damn interesting and holding my attention with every sip. Edit #1, just got some sour green apple as well. Edit #2, forgot to mention the oak and slight vanilla like character which is there the whole way but, just faintly. Edit #3, gadzooks, I just got ginger, "somebody stop me!!!" -The Mask
Mouthfeel is refreshing. It's light, but not too thin, bubbly in a non-annoying kind of way, and spritzy. The head is inviting. Finishes super dry which is a plus.
Drinks like a champ, don't get any alcohol whatsoever, but with that said... This is a challenging beer. Your palate will probably be a bit shocked at first, but as it acustoms itself to the odd character of the beer it drinks easier and easier. I can't tell you enough how much I would recommend you try to get your hands on this beer. It was one of the few eye-opening beers I have had in my elustrious beer drinking career.
02-28-2010 09:07:09 | More by Bubba83
4.03/5 rDev -1%
A: The pour is a hazy pale golden color with a nice fluffy white head.
S: The initial aromas are nice American, citrus hops--particularly grapefruit. Subsequent sniffs give off some Belgian yeast and esters with a touch of spice.
T: There's a mild hop bitterness to the flavor, which I didn't know if I was going to get. The Brett is there, but it does not offer a huge funk, more of a drying effect. There might be a tiny bit of tartness too.
M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a nice dry finish (presumably helped along by the Brett).
D: This is one I've been wanting to try for some time now. It certainly is an interesting beer, and I'd love to try it again.
02-24-2010 17:48:34 | More by womencantsail
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
22oz bottle received in trade with alaskajoe. Never heard of this before, so glad to get a chance to try this. Thanks Joe! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.
A - Pours a dirty, yeasty brownish gold color with a huge 3 fingers of fluffy cream colored head which slowly fades maintaining a short whipped cream like cap in the center and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S - Citrusy orange and sweet aroma up front. Lots of brett character. Not much in the way of hop aroma. A little bit of bready malt. The wine barrel aging adds some more fruitiness and a distinct wine aroma.
T - Taste follows the scent, but with some more complexity. Lots of citrus - lemons and oranges. Tons of brett character too. Really nice how the brett works here. More hops in the flavor than aroma, blends well with the brett to give a nice overall bitter taste. Some cab wine flavor too but again, subdued compared to the aroma.
M - Thinnish and almost watery, but no problem, actually works quite well. Carbonation is high and this works well too. Very active and lively beer. Quite refreshing...
D - This is an extremely drinkable beer. Really enjoying this one. Very smooth and easy drinking. Very good brett IPA. Definitely recommend this one.
12-12-2009 23:04:32 | More by portia99
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured into my Gypsy Dancer wine glass...
The beer pours a slightly hazy, orange amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is quite impressive, showcasing a beautiful melange of orange citrus, cherry, vanilla, white pepper (by the truck load) and ginger snap. If anything, this beer is even better on the palate, replicating the nose pretty closely, but with some considerable barnyard funk flavors as well. There's enough spice, vanilla, and hoppy bitterness that I get next to no sour flavor, but otherwise, the combination of flavors is nothing short of astonishing... the barnyard funk in combination with the rest of the flavor profile is very, very impressive. Also, something that needs to be emphasized, is just how dry and bitter the finish is on this beer. The hoppy bitterness completely dries out the moderate sweet honey and vanilla flavor I get initially. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, dry, bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol no more than an after thought. There's so much going on that there's no way you can just gulp this down, but nevertheless, the amount of flavor this beer delivers is just lovely. So ultimately, I'd have to call this beer pretty drinkable indeed.
Debated over when to open this up, as I was concerned how well the hops would hold up. On the other hand, I figured a little extra time in bottle would only help to emphasize the flavor dimension added by the brett, and in fact that was the case. In any event, this beer still tastes incredibly fresh at the present time, and the brett adds a wonderful flavor component to this impressive beer. Another solid hit from the folks at MS. Impressive.
07-25-2010 02:14:33 | More by John_M
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
pours a semi-clear orange, with above average carbonation, a large creamy white head, and very good lacing.
smell is of yeast, caramel, sour malt, some citrus, and a little banana.
taste is thick, sour malt, pine, hops, a little grapefruit in the back, and some wild yeast, ends a little tart, and somewhat bitter.
01-24-2010 07:01:33 | More by froghop
3.48/5 rDev -14.5%
Thank you, Kyle
Hazy orange with a dense off-white head that's thick and hangs around a while, leaving great lacing, this is a great looking beer. The nose is dominated by citrus and floral hop with a big Bretty bandaid and a little clove. The hop character is starting to fade, I get a little honey and caramel. The palate opens super Bretty with an almost astringent bandaid, mildly plastic-like character, before some juicy honey and orange comes through refreshing the palate a bit. Hop character is in the back with some citrus and floral character, and the bitterness is low. Drying finish with a hop bitterness and some citrus, this is decent. Light in body with a high level of carbonation and a long, Bretty finish with hop character, this one is solid. Not sure I'd actively it seek out, but I'm glad I got to try this.
04-01-2010 13:47:32 | More by DefenCorps
3.55/5 rDev -12.8%
Pours with a dark gold color into my tulip glass. There is so much haze that it is completley opaque. There is a nice white head with a foamy texture that leaves great lacing.
Aroma is Belgian fruitiness with a strong, tart, acidic edge. Slight floral notes come through as well, but I don't think there is much hop presence in the nose. There is also a slight rust quality. I would have liked some more intense fruity notes.
The taste is a clash between hoppy bitterness and brettanomyces influenced flavors, with a bit of oak in there as well. The bitterness is a bit much, and on the yeasty pour it is harshly bitter. The brett flavors dominate the front part of the palate, but there isn't enough citric or fruity flavors, making it feel a bit plain.
The mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated, typical of the style. Unfortunately the bitter finish hurt the flavor and mouthfeel of this beer by numbing the palate. This was an interesting style to try, but I think it's not a popular style for a reason.
03-28-2010 19:43:00 | More by jeffthecheff
3.7/5 rDev -9.1%
An extra received in a trade with mykie73. Thanks, I'd been wanting to try this one. Poured into my Moonlight pint glass, the beer appears dark orange with a billowing seafoam head that lingers for a very long time, eventually choosing to recede in a cavernous fashion leaving a plethora of lacing.
In the aroma, I find a balance of citrus and Brett. Earthy notes accompany grapefruit, grass, straw and subtle clove-like phenols. The citrus isn't prominent, and this doesn't really smell at all like an IPA, but it's still quite nice.
The flavor is spicy and phenolic, with notes of white pepper, clove, grapefruit, and golden apples. Bitterness is at a moderate level, and it seemed slightly at odds with the dry wet leather Brett when cold, but that impression faded when it warmed up. The phenolic quality borders on plasticy at times, though never quite getting there. The mouthfeel is dry and carbonation is at an upper moderate level, and citrus eventually wins out in the musty Brett finish. I generally find the combination of an IPA and Brett to be somewhat disharmonious, but this is pretty enjoyable...a good one for a summer day, or a 65 degree San Diego winter day (subtle bragging).
03-15-2010 01:29:48 | More by HopHead84
3.65/5 rDev -10.3%
Pours a medium golden brown with a one inch creamy egg-white head. The head slowly dies down and resembles the froth on a nice cappuccino.
A bit funky. Smell reminds me of lemon zest, pineapple and belgian yeast, with a faint hoppy aroma following with some barnyard funk in the mix.
Very light and delicate flavors, some faint bitterness with some more lemon rind. The brett is subdued, but when combined with the hops creates a lingering bile-like bitterness. The aftertaste reminds me of the last time I had the dry heaves.
Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall this was better cold when I first poured it. After some grilled steak and corn, it's wearing on me a bit and the bitterness is a bit too prevalent. An interesting beer but not overwhelming.
08-20-2010 04:03:24 | More by JoeySchlitz
4.03/5 rDev -1%
S: Oaky, earthy, barnyard brett w/oaky tartness. Grassy hops as well.
A: Cloudy caramel brown w/thick off-white head. Thick impressive brussels lace.
T: Older hops but compensated w/brett tartness, and still pleny of bitterness.
M/D: Medium w/avg carbonation. Refreshing. Bitter, dry, refreshing=good drinkability.
Overall: Like it, but don't completely love it. To me hops in an IPA and aging/brett just don't meld perfectly, but this is as good an attempt as I could imagine. If anyone can do it, it would be Midnight Sun and Ballast Point.
02-28-2010 07:32:29 | More by bret27
3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.