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Allagash Midnight Brett - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

556 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 28
Gots: 148 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2013

Midnight Brett is chocolate brown in color, brewed with 2-Row, Midnight wheat, raw wheat and rye malt. It was hopped with a blend of Perle, Glacier and Simcoe hops. The beer was fermented with our house strain of Brettanomyces in stainless tanks. The finished beer has the aroma and flavor of fresh berries, sour cherries and a slight roasted character. The finish is pleasantly tart and fruity making this beer very drinkable.
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Ratings: 556 | Reviews: 83
Photo of Colinbrien9
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average mediocre plain bland grand

Photo of misterworldwide
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great aroma to this beer, but the taste was way off. Not sure if this was a bad bottle, but it was a super smoky taste.

Photo of BeerTheater
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer smells like...victory. And it tastes great too, first taste to swallow and finish. Great brew.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12.7 ounce bottle poured into a wine glass.

I'm back with another review so I'm basically just keeping it short and to the point! This brew pours outstanding, nice dark brown murky body. There's light golden brown hues that shines, like a halo around the glass. Nice thick off white creamy head just resting gloriously on top the brew's body. Yeah, she's a looker! Like a rugged peasant girl that's a farmer by trade and gets dirty behind the shades!

The aroma is also just as outstanding! Depth of tart dark fruits (like a melange of rotten cherries and green apples) and rustic grains. Some stomach bile adding some funky complexity. Pretty pleasant and enjoyable.

Here comes the flavor! Yeah.. It's got some tart fruity notes (slightly sour cherries) with some dry cocoa that has a hint of sweetness behind it. Some Brett funk and hints of bubblegum. This finishes dry with slight acidity, lingering bubblegum and cherry pit in the aftertaste. The feel is medium-light body, vigorous carbonation.

Overall: There's not really enough going on with this brew to make it my favorite, yet the aroma makes this one to seek out. I will not buy this again for the flavor isn't really impacting me enough to seek it out. Not bad, not great yet it's dead in the flavor for me.

Photo of eaglephile
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark with minimal head that quickly fades. Smells like earth, tart berries, and a tiny bit of funk. Tastes of subtle blackberries, peach, and bandaid funk; very drinkable. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall not the best small bottle from allagash, but quite enjoyable.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C bottle.
bottled on June 16, 2014
poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: pours an opaque medium black bodied beer. Large dirty off white head that is easily 3 fingers tall and is composed of creamy and dense bubbles. Heavy lacing is left on the side of the glass and the beer slowly drops down to a thin cap. Pretty long lasting head; good head retention for this beer. Really nice looking beer just like most of the other allagash beers.

Smell: light roast and hint of sweetness. Earthy, oaky, and funky. Fruity and leathery brett notes.

Taste: The beers starts off with a light tartness and an earthy oak barrel, hints of light roasty malt mix in there as well. Light funk combines with semisweet chocolates. Vinous and earthy flavors comtinue to unfold in this beer around mid drink. The funk starts to show itself more now. Earthy, musty rotten hay, and leathery funk flavors. Acetic flavors begin to build towards the end of the beer, building up from being tart to becoming slightly sour. A general fruitiness encompasses the beer and more chocolate flavor shows up as this beer warms up and opens up. Lots of complex flavors here, really nice. It seems like each sip has a different character about it. Allagash showing some serious finesse with barrel aging here.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with carbonation that is at a moderate level. The carbonation is pretty creamy and not much for dry characteristics of this beer, but there is a slight dryness in the finish of the beer. Very drinkable beer. Drinks like it is a 5% abv sour beer, but surprisingly enough it clocks in at 7.3% abv.

Overall: This is a pretty nice beer by Allagash! Very different and interesting. I cant say that I would call this a soured stout, but it is defiantely a dark beer with brett. Perhaps it could be considered a combination of a black saison, a wild ale, and a mellow porter. As always... Allagash delivers an awesome looking beer, with nice complexity from the flavor profile, and a great mouthfeel to boot. Should I just move to Portland Maine to be closer to the source of so many great wild ales?

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 16, 2014. Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is an extremely dark, almost opaque, brown coloring that borders on date colored. The beer pours with a dense, foamy, bubbly head that quickly recedes into a surface coating of off-white. Aromas of farmhouse funk, date and red grape sweetness, solid roasted character, licorice, cotton candy, and some earthy notes. Flavors are roasted and sweet forward, with notes of date and fig, licorice, tobacco, brown sugar, red wine dry and sweet, and tart berry. There is a sharp and very tart/sour undertone, with hints of citrus, mint, and an herbal blend of spices. Cherry, subtle yeast funk, and earth round out the tail end of the palate, with the tart and sour notes carrying through into the aftertaste. The body is robust and dry, giving a solid and consistent feeling across the palate. Very subdued roasted sweet and tart aftertaste compared to the palate, but a perfect transition into the smooth, dry, and soft finish, with only subtle lingers of old world fruit and berries. Very solid, balanced, layered beer.

Photo of SABERG
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle dated 6/16/2014, into a modified tulip glass.

A - Deep mahogany, in color. A chorus of carbonation presents steady work culminating in a sustained meringue of a cap. Striking in its construction and consistency. Little lacing leaves its home.
S - Tart dark fruit, fig, red grape skin, Michigan dark cherries, blond tobacco, and warm tanned leather, hints of Cala lily and light oak. All add up to a clear challenge for this guys nose!
T - Oh that Brett, not overpowering but acts as the thread that holds this all together.
Cherries, again start things off but quickly give way to warmer notes of light oak, roasted malts, hints of citrus. Incredible in its complexity the flavors run around like an rush hour traffic rotary. The whole while maintaining a lite touch, and with a little warming the fruitiness subsides. Ending with a opaque maltiness. Delicious in every aspect.
M- Wonderfully light in its touch, initial tartness try's to roll up your palate, those tiny bubbles fight that off, leaving an even coating of delicate sweetness lingering for some time. A very intriguing experience for sure.
O - A delight to be had, from the creamy cap, through the ever evolving bouquet. to the palate dance. This Allagash offering is worth seeking out.

Cheers

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Remember that Simpson's episode where Barney tells Duffman, "Just put it in my veins." Yeah, something like that.

Sweet yet not overly so, brett has added a lot of nuanced fruit flavors to this beer. The balance of dryness helps lend this beer it's high score.

Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork. Cost was $16.99 USD in New York City.

Overcarbonation is anticipated. Expectations are high given the brewery.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Creamy, foamy, frothy, smooth, thick, and even. Retention is very good - about 8-10+ minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque dark auburn-brown. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Looks good for the style, but it's not unique or special.

AROMA: Funky and lightly sour brettanomyces yeast dominates the flavour profile. Cream. Belgian malts. Sourness is quite tame - maybe a 2-3/10 in intensity. I find no true spontaneous bacterial character.

Aromatic intensity is average.

No hop profile, off-notes, or alcohol.

TASTE: Has a pleasant albeit mild sourness with some complementary subtle brettanomyces-induced funkiness - and even some spice. Belgian character is evident, with hints of raisin and plum. Sourness intensity is maybe 3/10 tops. It's got good depth of flavour though, favoring a neutral malt base to allow the other flavours to shine. The yeast is the star of the show, but I would like more sourness and complexity. Some faint grape. Light tartness. Not as earthy as more farmhouse-leaning wild ales, but still vitamin-y and yeast-emphatic.

Good duration of flavour, with an average flavour intensity. Boasts notable subtlety, particularly where the dark fruit characteristics are concerned.

TEXTURE: Surprisingly creamy and sleek, with an almost silky smoothness. Wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, and soft. Has a pleasant comforting presence on the palate. It's never too thick or syrupy. More of an acidic smackier feel would do it wonders. Carbonation is almost perfect, but a bit overdone. This'll keep for years.

This texture doesn't elevate the beer, but it does complement the taste well, though it doesn't accentuate any specific constituent notes.

OVERALL: A highly drinkable brettanomyces wild ale from Allagash. It's not worth its high price point, but I'm glad I tried it once. More good work from one of the USA's finest breweries. But not world-class, especially in a style this hard to brew.

Constructively, the creaminess of the texture (and taste) does mute the flavour profile somewhat.

B

Photo of badgustav
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you don't like brettanomyces, you won't like this one. It's on the nose and in the taste. The dark color gives the beer its name and is quite different than standard Belgian ales. Light on the tongue, the bite of the yeast is quite prevalent. There is an underlying malty richness to the beer. Overall, it is like nothing else I've had, and immensely enjoyable.

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown color. Light passes through the edges easily, but not the center. Lasting, but thin, head. Only a couple of spots on the glass.

Sweet and sour berry aroma. I can also really sense the alcohol warmth in the nose.

This beer starts out far more dark than the smell indicates--a bit of molasses and toasted bread. The flavors than shift to the smell with a definitive sourness, like blackberries. Lots of carbonation, but relatively rich as well.

Photo of JGam115
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very different. Chalky grape candy aroma. Mellow for a sour, but has a cough syrup aftertaste. Still interesting

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger off white head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Bretty, farmyard, merlot grapes, yeasty, light to medium bodied, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Taste: Brett is bearable and enjoyable. Merlot grapes, funky, tart, bready, yeasty,

Mouthfeel: Smooth, pucker, tart, funky, barnyard, rubber tires, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, some bitterness,

Overall: This beer has got better with age. Brett is more bearable and this beer was finished before I knew it.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottled on 10/31/14

This beer pours with lots of head that stays around forever. The beer itself is black and mostly totally opaque but with some reddish around the edges.

The nose here is a bit tart and funky up front with a touch of light coffee undernearth.

The beer itself is a bit of coffee, very light, and some roasted malts. Nothing too overpowering. This then fades a bit and there is a hint of sweetness (a touch of chocolate?) and also just a hint of some brett on the aftertaste. The brett here seems to be really only in the nose, pretty much a somewhat bland, fairly light tasting, stout otherwise. Probably the worst of the Allagash "limited releases" that I have tried so far.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught in a small tulip, muddy brown, like a dark spiced rum. Modest khaki head leave slight laceing.

Aromas deliver as promised with cherry and berries. Funk comes out as well, but is secondary.

Nice sweet/tart flavors follow the aroma. Long sour finish.

Alcohol is less prominent than 7.3 suggested and carbonation is on par for the style.

Very enjoyable with Belgain friets, and worth finding again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Date bottled: 10/16/13.

Pours a murky super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, earth, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of funk bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid but mild funk presence all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of nkelley77
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was reading the sour bible while having a craving for a spectacular brett based beer while reading. I decided to peek into the cellar and noticed this brew was a year old today(Now yesterday). Last time I had this beer was early winter of last year and rated this beer poorly for the sharpness of the brett at the time. This baby needed some time to really show off what it was capable of.

A: While undoing the cage I gave a slight twist and there was some serious pressure inside this 275 ml bottle. This ebony goddess pours midnight black following the name with a huge three finger head that takes a minute to dissipate leaving a off white millimeter head that retains for over thirty minutes.

S: Spectacular earthy nose with a slight spice note.

T: Follows the nose with a nice earthy brett character that takes over the beer. If I was not looking I would not know it was pitch black. The only sign is a slight sweetness towards the end.

F: Medium body that is fully carbonated

Overall: This was a complete WOW beer considering what it was a little under a year ago. I wish I grabbed a few more bottles. Damn what a year in a bottle can do with brett.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Killer- thanks to Suzanne at the blind tiger! Pours a dark mahogany color with two fingers of head, good retention, barely any lacing.

Smells awesome- lots of Brett funk, not too sour, a little chocolate.

Tastes awesome too- same kinda thing going on. Malt up front, followed quickly by Brett funk, then a lingering funk mixed with roasted malt and chocolate.

Medium bodied full carbonation. This is a keeper. Get it if you can!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, deep black, with a half inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like dark malt, some chocolate, and juicy sour cherries.

The cherry flavor in this one is really unexpected, but really quite tasty. The roasted malt gives off a chocolate flavor that really brings to mind chocolate covered cherries. This is mildly sour- the dark malt tampers a lot of it.

This one has a deceivingly light body, with a low amount of carbonation, and a crisp tart mouthfeel. I expected it to be slightly creamy, given the look, but it's not, which is cool.

The first dark sour I've really liked, maybe I'll actually like sour stouts someday.

Photo of Resuin
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This was bottled Oct. 16, 2013.

Appearance: Pours deep, deep reddish brown, but with a touch of translucence, and leaves a big, light tan head that takes forever to fade and leaves lots of lacing. (4.2)

Smell: Big bready malts, lemon zest, cloves, hint of banana, hint of tart cherries, maybe some cocoa. Definitely pleasant, and well balanced. (4.4)

Taste: The taste is way off the smell. Cocoa, big funk, cloves, dark fruits, hint of tart cherries, hint of banana, roasted malts. Not really sour at all, unlike the smell. Quite mild overall, but like I said the taste surprised me based off the smell. (4.05)

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carb with a medium, slightly creamy body. Finishes smooth. (4)

Overall: A very interesting wild ale. The smell geared me up for a nice, slightly sour, bready sour, but when I tasted it I was surprised with mild dark fruits, some cocoa and very little sour. Still a solid, drinkable, well balanced brew. (4.25)

Photo of Maxwell
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark maroon with brown sugar highlights, it forms a small head of fizzing lightly yellowed, tan bubbles with mild retention. In body, the beer is a dark, opaque murk. On the nose, the beer smells of bristling tannic oak with raisin and dark cherry accents and a hint of plums and chocolate. Subtle brown sugar softens the edges of the nose, as well. The beer unfurls more and more as it warms in the glass, and is full of quite a few layers of complexity. On the tongue, the beer begins as tart, nearly sour with fruity accents that unfurl and then are coated in thick roasted malt bitters. The finish is lightly dry and bitter. In flavor, the beer begins as tart dark cherry pie coated in dark sugar with hints of plum. These flavors unfurl into dark, caramelly bread with roasted coffee and burnt toast character. Slight bitter, herbal hops and oak tannin enter on the finish to give structure and further complexity to the sip. The aftertaste is of bitter roast and cherries. As the beer warms, the tart cherry flavors begin to blend in with the middle and finish of the sip, which is lovely. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body, with a strong carbonation that scrubs the tongue. Mouthfeel is luxurious and smooth, with a crisp bite from the carbonation. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly dry, but with plenty of saliva on the edges of the tongue, and a slightly bitter stick to the tongue. Overall, this is a lovely dark sour with phenomenal funk and roast. If I had to label it, I would say more sour brown porter than sour stout, but honestly this beer defies modern categories; it’s a new style that needs to be further explored. This is a lovely sipper that could pair superbly with darker meats or chocolate raspberry desserts. This is a beer to try.

Photo of sweemzander
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 10-16-2013 date.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown; almost pitch black color. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- Smells a bit like jerky. Slight smoke meets some dry, slightly funky Brett. Subtle raisins and dark fruits.

(T)- Slightly funky, but with that meaty jerky character from the smell. Brett is present but subtle. Finishes strongly of raisins.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Its just a bit odd with the jerky character to this; kind of throws it off for me.

(O)- This is a bit of a weird one for me, was not expecting this dried meat aroma and smell to the beer overall. Might benefit from time, but its a strange beer considering Allagash made this.

Photo of portia99
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml C&C bottle poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a dark brown/near blackish color with a thick, several finger cap of grayish tan foam that is super dense and shows neverending staying power. After the shape holding cap of foam finally dissipates a bit, tons of thick foamy lacing is left on the glass.

S - Mildly tart and sour up front, loads of fruity berry aromas, sour cherries, mildly earthy funk, a bit of sweet tarts.

T - Nice hop bitterness that wasn't evident in the aroma gives the first impression on the tongue. Tartness is extremely mild...almost disappears. Earthy, medicinally bitter brett character kicks in nicely, traces of phenolics, light roast, fairly dry overall.

M - Fairly light in body, thin but not watery with a mild carbonation that edges on the foamy side. Phenolic, faintly tart, earthy, medicinal...

O - Interesting, a bit different, but just ok overall. Not one of my favorite Allagash offerings - I guess they all can't be winners, but they have a pretty good track record with me. This one is fine, but I won't run out to grab the stragglers left on the shelves either.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Dark dark brown almost black. Head is a loose creamy khaki. Nice streaks of lacing. A bit bubbly on the pour.

Smell: Soft layers of Brett funk. A bit earthy with some damp musty elements. A touch tart with a mild almost lactic element. Sweet roasted malts. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, and cocoa. Caramel malt sweetness. A touch medicinal with a phenolic element. Some bready sweetness.

Taste: Mildly roasted malt. A touch of chocolate malt coupled with cocoa and some coffee bean thrown in. Brett adds some soft funk with a mild tart edge. Some earthy and damp yeast. Super clean for Allagash thanks to the stainless steel. The missing oak is noticeable. A touch of lemon thrown in the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a moderate carbonation. A touch crisp with a clean, super clean for Allagash, finish.

Overall: Deep dusk.

Roasted and mildly bretty. Soft and mild for Allagash. The oak would have helped.

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Allagash Midnight Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.