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The New Black - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 17.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Belgian Black Bier - oak-aged with Brett, black currants.

Brewers suggest the Belgian strong dark ale category as they don't consider it a fruit beer. Neither are there and pedio or lacto yeast strains used. Only brett. Therefore it doesn't exactly fit into either of the Belgian sour categories. If BeerAdvocate had a Belgian Specialty category they would prefer it go under that. In the meantime it will remain in it's current category.

(Beer added by: kbutler1 on 11-20-2010)
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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2/5  rDev -47.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

yourefragile, Jan 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I stumbled across this ancient brew in Anchorage. Opened on 8.6.12.

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a one inch light brown head Good retention.

S - Bret funk, wood, spices.

T - Belgian yeast and roasted malts, then the Bret kicks in.

D - Good carbonation, a thin body with a tart finish.

O - A bit mis-aligned, just doesn't quite mesh together. I guess it is two years old at this point, but I thought the Bret would pull it together, I guess not.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ithinkimasofa, May 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Telestic, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

gueuzer, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

lakersfan16, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large thick head. Nose is fairly roasty, fruity, mildly acidic, and sour. Flavor is sour cherry, light roast. I wanted more prominent malt character in this. A bit flabby on the finish. Thin, not particularly good. Drank next to several beers of a similar style (Sinners 09, Perseguidor 4, Black Cherry Bomb, Oer Faute) and this was probably the weakest of that bunch.

JAXSON, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of akbeerfiend. Thanks Steve! Served in a Michigan Brewer's Guild tulip.

A - A finger-plus of dark tan foam settles to a thick ring and thin cap. Body is black with plum highlights. Not much in the way of lacing. Still, looks exactly how you'd expect it to from the description.

S - Brett funk, roasted malt, dark fruits, and char. As it warms some brett clausenii tropical fruits and cocoa powder aromas emerge as well.

T - Milk chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits and fruity brett character that imparts some pineapple, appleskins, and a hint of lemon. Finishes lightly oaky and sour. The currant flavor isn't very pronounced in either the aroma or taste - sort of just rolls into the dark fruit component of the malt bill.

M - Zesty carbonation. Medium-full body with a pleasant smooth texture and no obvious alcohol. Lightly dry finish that has a hint of oak but is largely clean.

D - I was really surprised this was 8.4%, as it drinks a lot lighter. Somewhat hard to evaluate in that it's a bit disjointed but does nearly exactly what it promises. I didn't like it as much as Bar Fly, but I'm glad I have another bottle to spend some time with. It's pretty unique in any case. I suspect the brett will only get more pronounced over time, so perhaps not something to cellar for too long.

MasterSki, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Donnie2112
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a Hennepin chalice

It's black, excellent lacing, good head retention. It couldn't look better unless rainbows popped out of the thing.

The nose is sweet and malty, the nose is sour... lemon sour and yeasty. Just a bit of that dark fruit described on the label

The cassis apparent but not on the forefront, this beer is just a little bit roasty (a hint of smoke and coffee), a little bit fruity (cherries, currants, sour grapes), BRETT!!!! (green apples, lime, vinegar) no perceivable hop presence. This is a very American rendition of this Belgian style, this is brilliant. Based on what they seem to trying to do I don't know how this could be better.

Thin, on the mouth, suitably carbonated, it pops it glows it's beautiful!

I just want to sip it forever, this beer isn't about getting drunk, it can be paired, it can be an apertif, the brett is beautiful, the currants are nice, the roasted qualities are gorgeous. This is one of those moments where I wish that I could just comment with scoring because it's so pretty but I don't know that I would call it my "favorite" beer, I also don't know if this beer is the perfect representation of a "Belgian Strong Dark Ale." What I can say is that it's the perfect "Oak aged black bier with brett and currants."

Donnie2112, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jeremiah for this bottle.

Pours really close to, you guessed it, black with very little light showing through and a really thick and rocky beige head that shows insane retention and lacing. Really beautiful pour.

Aroma starts with tart currants and brown sugar but with an emerging barnyard funk that's not dominant but very noticeable. Add to that some spicy oak.

The taste is even more complex than the nose, starting with the black currants, brown sugar and Belgian yeast. The brett brings a nice earthy funk to things as does the oak which leaves a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely creamy and highly carbonated. I'd say it's almost perfect for the style.

As usual, Midnight Sun has nailed another Belgian style beer and I actually this this one will get better with age. Currently, it's a great balance of fruits, oak and brett with the potential to let the brett add even more depth.

gford217, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very dark brown - nearly black - color with a tan head. The aroma is very complex and very nice. I get some dark fruit, heavily roasted malt and some brettanomyces notes.

The flavor is just as nice. I get a lot of brett, leather and roasted notes, along with some black currants and cherries. Definitely a very interesting combination of flavors that worked out very well.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the guys from the Full Pint for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with some inky notes to it that give it a black look at times. The head is tan in color and while initially large, fades away before too long.

S: The nose is of dark roasted malts that provide a bit of a different background to the dark fruit, oak, and lactic acidity of the beer. Very minimal in terms of the funk, and I don't get that much of the currant.

T: The flavor is highly acidic and woody. The fruit (currant) is again mild to moderate in terms of intensity. The roast seems to be less aggressive on the palate, which is nice. Sort of a blend between Consecration and Bam Noir.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. The roast as well as the bugs gives the beer a very dry finish.

D: Certainly one of the better Midnight Sun beers that I've tried. Something different, which is good, but it could use a little work.

womencantsail, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark blackish brown, tall creamy tan head. Great retention and chunky lace.

S: Light roasted malt, black currants, and black cherries.

D: Dark roasted malt, with loads of black currant. Mild brett with notes of black cherries, light oak, and a hint of spice.

M: Medium in body, smooth with a nice mild tartness.

D: Good I love Midnight Sun.

tpd975, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip

Pours a finger of tan head. Decent retention leaving some nice lace. I can definitely tell this is Belgian. Color is nearing black.

Aroma: Roasted malts and chocolate. I get some sour notes which must come from the currants and some funk from the brett.

Taste: More brett shows here making this one funky with some floral notes. It is also fairly sour. Has the currants flavors. Roasted malts and chocolate stick out a lot. Fairly similar to the nose, but more funky and sour.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, bubbly, and smooth. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation.

Overall, it is an alright beer, but just kind of all over the place. Too much was going on with this one. I think it is good for what it is, but I wouldn't want to drink too much of it. As it warms it does get better.

mothman, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a very, very dark brown/black color with a big fluffy tan head that laces itself down the glass. The aroma is crazy with notes of fruit, roast, oak, and funk. The smell is almost red wine like. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Wow, this is like nothing I have had before. It's like a roasted porter meets wild ale. Dark fruit sweetness pairs with roasted coffee with an underlying funk taste. Some metallic as well. Ends pretty dry with only a lingering funk taste. Interesting, very interesting beer.

kbutler1, Nov 20, 2010
The New Black from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.