3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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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
4.03/5 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
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%
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
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
01-24-2010 09:03:38 | More by MasterSki
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
4.33/5 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
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
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
22 oz bottle shared by 321Jeff.
The pour is a deep golden orange, ridiculously hazed with a creamy off white thick head that has nice retention with little lacing. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, but it was a little bit of a mess of strong, bold flavors without much balance. The predominant flavors also wildly varied as this beer warmed up from being refrigerated. At colder temperatures I enjoyed this the most, as the sweetness and vinous flavors from the oak were most predominant with a subtle but strong hop bite in the finish. As it warms the musty funky flavors from the brett become more prominent as do the hops and the oak becomes less noticeable. Aroma is a mild blend of all of these flavors through, but never quite as strong, bitter or funky as hoped for. Reminds me a little of some Jolly Pumpkin beers in flavor and even more so in the composition. The oak and brett flavors also remind me of some of the McKenzie beers I've been drinking lately. Recommended, but some age might radically change my opinion of this beer (for better or worse)
04-01-2010 02:46:36 | More by yourefragile
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
03-11-2010 04:34:31 | More by mothman
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
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
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
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
01-02-2010 06:25:39 | More by ccrida
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
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
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
Big thanks to Ira for this bottle, poured into a tulip.
Pours a shockingly clear amber with bubbles streaming to the top and feeding a big creamy white head that leaves thick clumps of lacing on the sides. Wonderful looking beer.
The aroma is sweet with citrus, especially lemons and orange peel, as well as having a spiciness from the yeast and oak. The brett is there and beginning to give an earthy barnyard scent, but it's not overly funky for sure. It definitely still smells like a Belgian IPA.
The taste is spicier and has more funk. The hops are less noticeable and are mostly coming in the form of lemon zest, lightly sour. Certainly less sweet citrus fruits in the taste. The finish is heavy on spicy oak and brett funk. Again, not overly funky but definitely more than the aroma.
The mouthfeel is very effervescent with extremely dry in the finish, almost wine-like in that regard.
Another solid effort from MSBC - a spicy Belgian IPA with a modest dose of Brett funk and oak. I imagine the Brett will really start to grow on this one and I'm interested to see how it develops over time.
01-24-2010 22:35:06 | More by gford217
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
03-14-2010 07:54:16 | More by popery
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
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
3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.