3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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2.2/5 rDev -45.9%
Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by me. Thanks, Arbi.
A: Pours a cloudy straw-amber body. Nice head, lacing, with a long-lasting cap.
S: Horse-blanket, hay, and tropical citrus (pineapple, grapefruit, mango).
T: Horse blanket, hay... Great brett flavors coming out. But they don't add anything to the (dry-hopped?) IPA flavors; in fact, they muddle the pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine to create a strange clash. Kind of my same complaint about Orval, really. Brett and IPAs don't mix. The finish is heavily brett and tannins. I start picking up a wine/grape sweetness as the beer warms. Total clash.
M: Light-bodied. Dry. Well carbed.
D: An interesting experiment, but kind of a failure.
04-07-2010 22:38:53 | More by Arbitrator
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
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
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
3.55/5 rDev -12.8%
Sometimes beers can get put into the corner of the fridge and be forgotten about for extended periods of time. That is what happened with this poor bomber. Opened it on May 24.
The appearance is a nice golden straw color with a medium amount of clarity. Without trying hard at all the head comes up to about three fingers of sticky mess. Nice dense foam that is very impressive. Brett, it really seems to improve head retention on beers.
The smell is of straight musty Brett yeast. Considering when this was released, the hops have faded and the caramel and bready malts have taken over. You cannot really smell anything other than the Brett yeast strain though.
The taste is enjoyable, with caramel and biscuit malts and the really unique taste of Brett, it is pretty interesting. There is still a fair amount of hop bitterness, but the aroma and flavoring hop additions have faded. The carbonation levels are to the extreme, and it makes the beer a little more interesting. Really fun to drink, but something that will not be very memorable in the future.
05-27-2010 03:38:17 | More by Jmoore50
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
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
3.75/5 rDev -7.9%
Swimsum shared this goodie with us last night. Thanks a lot Brent!
Poured into a New Belgium globe.
Appearance: Originally poured out clear; second pour dropped had some sediment in it, which turned the body hazy. Anyhoo, body is orange-gold in color. Frantic carbonation feeds a dense, white, cap for the entire session. Tons of lacing. Other than the haze, this looks superb. I'm not even sure if I should fault the brewers for that either; that should be expected with bottle-conditioned beers.
Smell: Bret, flowers, and lemon jump out immediately. Smells a bit catty - are there Simcoes in this? I also get hay when I dig deeper. Lightly sweet and tart. This is odd. I'm not really sure what to make of it.
Taste: Flowers and herbs make up the bulk of the flavor profile. Tastes way closer to a saison than an Belgian IPA at this point. The Bret produces just a touch of tartness in the finish - I really liked how they did that. This beer is interesting, but it tastes disjointed. I don't really get it.
Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but still soft. Waves of tiny bubbles caress my palate. Light, citrusy, clean, and dry. Very nicely done.
Drinkability: Complex, thought-provoking, and smooth. With that said, I think this beer is either past its prime or just lost. I enjoyed the experience, even though I didn't really care for the flavor/aroma combination.
05-23-2010 22:46:39 | More by ThreeWiseMen
3.78/5 rDev -7.1%
From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.
a - Pours a golden amber color with 2 inches of white head.
s - Smells of spices, lemon, fruity malts, and some sour funkiness.
t - Tastes same as the nose, but especially heavy on spices. Not as funky as the smell.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
d - A pretty good Belgian with brett. I wish the taste had a little more funkiness to it and less spice, but still enjoyable. Would like to try again.
09-08-2010 20:41:33 | More by mdfb79
3.78/5 rDev -7.1%
Aroma:Sour Belgian yeast and hops in the aroma. Also a little wine.
Appearance:Murky, pale tangerine in color.
Taste:Rather subtle in flavor, including some wood flavors from the barrel. It has a little sourness from the brett. A little red wine flavor in the foretaste. The piney hops rule the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel:Very smooth, light body, just a little astringency on the back of the throat.
Drinkability:Great Belgian IPA, retains the hops even after a bit of time in the bottle.
10-25-2010 16:41:50 | More by fear025
3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
Thanks to Sarah for sharing this one!
A-pours a dark golden amber color with a tight white head that is slightly bubbly on top. very good retention and a thick lace is left behind.
S-the nose is a little light, hints of brett and yeast up front, just a hint of dry oak comes in next. Floral hops and a touch of pear towards the back.
T-the taste follows the nose but isn't quite as fruity. light taste of brett, hints of funk, a touch of sourness and some dry oakiness. Floral hops make up the back accompanied by notes of pear with a touch of spicy clove. The brett continues to linger. As this warms, soft golden fruits, notes of booze and hop bitterness seem to become more present in the finish.
M-this has a medium to light body with a soft smooth feel on the palate. the carbonation is light and it falls down the back of the throat.
D-this is lighter in body and very tasty. it is easy to drink and has nice elements of brett and hop all in one beer.
Had about six months later:
A-pours a hazy dark amber color with a billowy white head and bit time retention.
S-a mix of brett and citrusy hops with light notes of yeast. juicy orange and appricot hops add balance.
T-brett and spice really dominate the flavor. juicy oranges give a hop presence with notes of appricot and virtually no hop bitterness. the hops are brighter in the nose and the brett seems slightly muddled in the flavor and make it somewhat bland.
M-good medium body, soft feel on the palate with a low carbonation and lightly dry.
D-sweet and tasty but brett is a little strong in the taste but the citrusy flavors are still nice with no bitterness so easy drinking.
05-10-2010 19:12:03 | More by cpetrone84
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
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
3.98/5 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
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
The label has a month and week bottled portion on it. There's nothing notched but it "looks" like small white dashes under O for October and in between 2 and 3 under week.
It has a very impressive pour. Cloudy orange colour with 2 finger's worth of billowy foam that's holding up nicely.
There's a strong smell of Brett , yeast, and some hop bitterness that's on the fruity side.
The taste starts off being very funky from the Brett. Wow. When I say very, I mean very. Some fruitiness comes through that tastes like a mix of oranges and lemon zest. Also, now, I'm getting an earthy malt flavour that is only evident short periods of time during each sip. The hops bring a very dry finish and a short aftertaste.
There's, overall, a lot of bitter notes here that will surely please the hop heads out there and the Brett is working very nicely with the bitterness. This is a very good brew indeed though I have to say, to my palate, I can't pull anything out from the oak aging.
It has a good medium mouthfeel with just a bit, imho, too much carbonation but the brew still comes across as fairly smooth.
Drinkability? At 8.0%abv, it certainly isn't something to quaff but it is not a tough chore to drink at all. Very nice. And now that there's less beer in my glass, I can see that there's no shortage of sticky lacing. I'm pleased as punch that I sought this beer out.
02-22-2010 23:37:10 | More by Bitterbill
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
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Thanks for trading me this, Greg! I had sampled this at a Captain Lawrence event and really wanted to try it again. From notes on 3.26, the night before Rosso.
Pours a hazy golden-orange color with some whitish foam in a tulip. 2 finger head fades. Ok retention, leaving some abstract lacing.
Aromas of straw and brett. I had remembered this having a bit more of a citric hop presence in the aroma. Musty, woody, white wine grapes and some lemon peel and orange juice. I would have liked to try this closer to the release probably before the Brett really kicked in as much as it has.
The taste is very complex, musty, wet woodiness and some bitter herbal hops. It's hard to say, there are a lot of flavors here. Is it messy or complex? Some of the flavors from the yeast are kind of 'off' but they somewhat work in a sense. A little citrus tang.
Brett dominates the mouthfeel and leaves some grimy must on the tongue. Medium bodied, drying finish, moderately carbonated. Really a good amount to split this bomber 3 ways like we did. I hope they make this again and I can try it when it's super fresh.
04-03-2010 22:15:40 | More by Ineedabeerhere
4/5 rDev -1.7%
A: Pours a hazy golden color with a big off-white head. Leaves a nice lace.
A: Beautiful aroma of citrus hops, Belgian yeasts, and Brett.
T: Tastes of strong grapefruit hops and farmhouse musty Brett.
M: Well balanced for a Belgian-style IPA. The hops give this a nice drying finish. Well carbonated for the style.
O: A very well brewed Belgian IPA. I don't think I have had one like this before. So much complexities in the hop plofile, along with the unique characteristics that the Belgian yeasts and bacteria contribute, this beer is amazing. Thank you Midnight Sun and Balast Point for creating this beer. I have bought a few bottles to enjoy. I might be somewhat bias because I was born and raised in So. Cal. and now live in Anchorage but this is totally in my range of beers, IPAs and Belgians.
01-09-2010 09:36:31 | More by Aggy360
4/5 rDev -1.7%
thanks to timmcd for this one.
A: Pours a nice a nice bright clear golden hue with a nice off white head. Good retention and lace noted.
S: Aromas of Belgian yeast, spice, citrus hops, and light brett. You can tell this one is funked up from the start.
T: Lots of Belgian qualities, yeast and fruit with a nice addition of citrus hops. The brett is there to add a nice bright tartness.
M: Medium in body, smooth, tart finish.
D: Pretty good. People seem to like or hate this one. I liked it.
03-11-2010 16:40:38 | More by tpd975
3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.