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3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 35
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The extensive distance between two breweries on the West Coast – 3767 miles – is bridged by this collaboration beer. Brewers Gabe Fletcher of Midnight Sun Brewing Company [Anchorage, AK] and Colby Chandler of Ballast Point Brewing Company [San Diego, CA] designed and brewed an exciting representation of their passions: hops, Belgian yeast, oak aging and Brettanomyces.

Just prior to the Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Fest in JAN 2009, Gabe and Colby brewed a West Coast-worthy IPA at Midnight Sun Brewing Company. This hop-centric beer became the jumping-off point for other intense flavors. During its course to completion, 3767 was affected by three different yeast strains--including Brettanomyces, aged for several months in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, and then bottle- and keg-conditioned.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: AKBelgianBeast on 10-27-2009)
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Photo of libertygrails
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: An aggro pour gets ya loads of cloudy cratery head. As it halves/as ya drink, crystaline lacing is left behind. Murky golden color. Heavy carbonation prolly from the brett (we'll get to that a lil later..)

Smell: Musky/grape musty, earthy, vanilla bean, pine sap, fresh-squeezed clementine, candied sugar, pepper. Complex, balanced nose and enticing!

Taste: The palate explodes with a perfectly balanced medley of pepper, estery citrus, clove, must, earth, oak, cotton candy, and pine. Give it a good swirl at the bottom to get all the earthy/nutty Euro brett. 8%ABV/70IBUS.

Mouthfeel: Rich, satisfying while being fresh and light. Lovely & balanced.

Drinkability: One drink begets another. And another and another. Alas, gone too soon! ;(

This is the best beer i've ever had in a Bomber. Limited release. It's going to be highly sought after when word gets out. I'm off to grab my share before it's all gone. Thank you, Midnight Sun! A+

libertygrails, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of twelveinches
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

twelveinches, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for hooking me up with this brew!

A-Body is a nearly opaque very dark blond color that is uniformly translucent. Pours with a massive, foamy 3+ finger slightly off-white head. Head has good retention at about 1 finger and leaves behind plenty of lacing in the glass.

S- Nose is fantastic-exactly what I am looking for in my perfect brew. A wonderful balance of floral hops, tart apple, juicy pear, oak, and a hint of vanilla is there also.

T- Lots of floral hops upfront. Oak is there too-but somewhat hidden. A mild fruitiness with juicy pear and tart apple is also upfront. Spicy yeast comes through more for the finish than the initial flavor-but provides a substantial backbone for everything else going on initially. The finish is big and full of floral hop flavor/bitterness with a big spicy yeast backbone. Slightly dry overall but a mild hop bitterness lingers.

M- High tingly carbonation with a slightly smooth, yeasty, creamy body.

D- This is a great brew! Its quite complex yet pretty light and drinkable. It has everything you really need-funk, fruit, spiciness, floral hops, oak, vanilla. Was really looking forward to this and it really lived up to my expectations-Midnight Sun is becoming one of my favorite brews.

PittBeerGirl, May 09, 2010
Photo of Pencible
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy dark gold with lots of fluffy white head. It smelled quite complex like sweet oranges and tart cranberries and sour funk, with some grapefruit and apricot and a bit of creamy yeast and oak. It tasted very complex also like sweet orange and mango and grapefruit hops, with oak and sour yeast and funk, and a bit of caramel malt and other spices. It was somewhat thick with mild carbonation, and had a bittersweet and sour aftertaste. Overall this was a very unique beer that had a bit of everything. It was an amazing balance of sweet, sour, and bitter. It was clean and delicate, but still bold with good body. It also hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink, but this needs to be sipped to be fully enjoyed. A fantastic beer like none other. There was just so much going on, and it all worked together in perfect harmony. Amazing.

Pencible, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Metalmonk, Aug 07, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

CheapBeerBuzz, Mar 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours 1 finger of off white head. Fades to a thinner layer eventually. Leaves some nice lace. Color is a hazed golden orange. It has this odd thick ring below the head. It is a muddy brown color. I have never seen anything like this. Very interesting.

Aroma: Lots of earthy and grassy hops. The Brett is very pronounced. Very funky. Lots of spices. Crushed pepper, coriander, lemon zest, and orange peel. The oak shows from the cab barrels and brings some grape flavors with it. Lots going on here.

Taste: Very funky with tons of brett. Lots of spices: pepper, coriander, lemons, and oranges. The oak is subtle but the the grapes are there. Tons of flavor here. Nice earthy hops with some funk to it. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, bubbly, creamy, and refreshing. Not to much bitterness here, but a tad. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends very funky, a tad dry, but pretty clean. Nice.

Overall, this is an awesome beer. There is a lot going on with it and I really like that, as all the components blend together well. It is drinking well and easy to drink. Glad I got to try this one.

mothman, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of getkrunkhoe
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Notes from Ballast Point Night @ Naja's 3.4.09. Courtesy of the homegirl Esther.

Pours a bright orange color, with golden/sunlight hue. since it was a small pour, I didn't get much head, but the carbonation was ACTIVE. Fluffy head.

Aroma is complex. Brettanomyces, tropical fruits, stale hops, spice, rotten papaya and rotten pineapple come to mind.

T- Mango (nectar), Brett, sour fuit, minimal citrus notes(maybe grapefruit).

Mf- is pretty good/balanced, feel the bubbles on the tongue, finishes a bit harsh (once it warms up)leaving you with "funky" breath.Dry funk in mouth.

D- Easy drinking, light finish.

getkrunkhoe, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

AKBelgianBeast, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

4.5/5/4.5/4/4

JohnGalt1, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

portia99, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer gives great head, even on a fairly mild pour this beer unleashes the fury. The lacing on this thing is like that of a sexy fish net stocking. Onto the beer itself it is an excellent golden fluid I'd love to swim in.

S- This has loads of complexity. The IPA hops come though right off the bat, then there is a bready yeastyness that is there next. All the while there is a naked dancing midget, we'll call him Brett, and he is dancing in and out of the smell profile the whole time with his sour acidic smelly dance that isn't overpowering but its just there the right amount.

T- Interesting, very interesting in a beard stroking way. Complexity is the name of the game for sure, lots going on here. The IPA part of this beer has a great hop taste solid, refreshing, and crisp. The Belgian side of this beer is earthy and bready with a hit of fruit. Again our friend the dancing midget dances through the taste profile bringing sour splashes of goodness. The barrel aging has added a great level of complexity that just pushes this beer over the edge in greatness. Excellent touch.

M- The Midget must dance to his own music because he likes to stick around very long after the taste doing his own thing. This has a nice thickness to it, and great carbination.

D- This is a super easy beer to drink, but it is one that is worth savoring. Lots of flavors if consumed too fast you might miss the different profiles this beer has to offer. Great brew!

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Wetpaperbag, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, 37367 is a dull, murky pale orage with a huge off-white head, dense and long lasting, very rocky as it settles, leaving huge chunks of lace. While the beer itself is nothing to write home about, the head is ridiculous.

Smell is very funky, musty, at first, but sweetness emerges as it breaths, orange creamsicle.

Taste is really nice, big citrus notes, more esters then hops I think, but both, with a strong bretty bite. Really nice Belgian IPA, digging the west coast hop profile, even though it's obviously faded a bit from the barrel aging, it still comes through, without being overly bitter. No getting much from the cab, but there is a tannic feel to it.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied. Some creaminess, but not on the scale of most MSBC beers, which are exceptional.

Drinkability is pretty high, I'm really digging this beer. This would be nice to have on draft regularly, but I'll probably never have it again. Too bad, cause it's a damn fine brew.

ccrida, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of randawakes
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of grapes and sweetness, very pleasant and floral. Pours a small head but amazingly stagnant lace, murky golden color. Tastes like the cabernet grapes its supposed to, being aged in those oak wine barrels.

I taste some poignant yeast (brettanomyces), but the hops are mild if not fairly hidden by the bitterness. Dry floral taste overcomes your mouth.

Drinkability is excellent, this beer is worth going after. Get a couple bottles if you can.

randawakes, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours hazy copper with a two inch head of off-white. Plenty of ripped lacing throughout the glass as well as a full, dense surface coat.

Aromatics lead off with grassy, earthy hops, dried fruit, and mild funk. Pineapple, wet hay, cut grass, clove-studded cedar, grapefruit, and spruce resin. Hints of tangerine, white pepper, lemon zest, and grape skins follow through.

Medium bodied with a drying, crisp mouthfeel. Woody and quenching.

Dried fruit, spice-rubbed oak, pine pulp, and a tannic vineousity lead off the palate. Shades of grapefruit, orange pith, and juniper follow through.

Finishes with a building dryness, earthy brett, grassy hops, and a mild warmth. Bitterness in check and balancing.

A very tasty, quenching, complex beer. My only dissapointment is the level of hops, both flavor and aroma, which is low considering the pedigree of the collaboration. Maybe the Brett ate 'em.

Big ups to Tim again for another great beer!

brewandbbq, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Mora2000, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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..

russpowell, May 28, 2010
Photo of levifunk
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

levifunk, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jlindros, Oct 03, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

John_M, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

nickd717, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to akbeerfiend for sending a few of these from the frosty north. Served in a Bell's tulip and shared with dschuster03 after a very, very long evening of partying.

A - Pours with two fingers of meringue-like foam that has stupidly good retention - like it looks the same after leaving the glass for five minutes and coming back. Hazy peach color that glows when held to the light. This is about as good as it gets for the style.

S - A mixture of fruity hoppiness that is typical of the Belgian IPA style, and funky brett. Some sort of mixture of tropical fruits - pineapple, pear, mango? There's a touch of sour lemon in the periphery as well as the earthy funkiness typical of a brett beer. The smell is quite potent and complex, and actually defies easy description. Whatever it is, it's very good.

T - The taste has more sourness and chardonnay/oak qualities to it. The hop character is more on the aromatic side of things and less intensely flavorful - although there's still a good amount of funk and lemon. The finish is quite earthy and slightly tannic. Reminds me a little of Uranus - I wouldn't be surprised if part of that recipe was recycled here.

M - Light carbonation, dry tannic finish, medium body that's a touch grittier than I prefer. It's style-appropriate, but nothing mind-blowing.

D - It was easy for us to kill a bomber even after an evening of pretty intense drinking. I think on a fresh palate I could definitely have this on my own. I wish it tasted a little more like it smelled, and I have a feeling it's only going to move into the sour and funky part of the continuum as time goes on.

If I had to hazard a guess I'd say that Midnight Sun took Uranus and added the tropical fruit-flavored hop bill from Sculpin. It's certainly quite unique - one of the few collaboration beers that I actually like.

MasterSki, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, home. Unique and very good.

This beer is a relatively light shade for a DIPA, though it's a few shades darker than some West Coast, nearly all pale malt versions. The head is white and enthusiastic. It sprouts up big and proud upon the initial pour and leaves nice lacing down the side of my glass as it settles. The label art deviates from Midnight Sun's normal folk/cartoon style and uses a slick map illustrating the motivation behind the beer's name.

The aroma is fantastic. 3767 is one of those beers that makes me wish for beer aromatherapy. Light brett, oak and vinous notes hit first. The brett is slightly funky but takes a backseat to the big aromas from the barrel-aging. If you close your eyes and smell this beer, you can almost see the still wet barrel of a big fruity cab. There's a light alcohol note but it doesn't get in the way.

All of this would almost make me think that I was drinking a light barrel aged sour, like something from Jolly Pumpkin, except for a hoppiness that's more noticeable when I'm not sticking my nose in the glass. The hops contribute a very pleasant sweet citric note, orange rinds and blossoms. Superb.

The flavor is quite dry and a bit rough, to be honest. There's probably a bit too much oak and brett robbing this beer of nearly every speck of residual sweetness. The rather strong hop bitterness doesn't exactly help. That said, it's still an enjoyable flavor, overall. The beer certainly favors the West Coast style of IPA/DIPA brewing and would probably be quite hoppy without the barrel-aging and brett. Also, the brett contributes a lightly tart, sour berry flavor that merits a mention.

Mouthfeel is dry and a tad harsh, but it works with this wonderfully odd brew. I'm not sure how many I could drink, but I wouldn't mind putting that to the test given an inexpensive enough opportunity. Before Midnight Sun, I did not expect that Alaska would ever be so high on my list of beer vacation destinations.

popery, Mar 14, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Bubba83, Feb 28, 2010
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3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.