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Allagash Midnight Brett - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

472 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 25
Gots: 90 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2013)
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Reviews by pmlondrigan:
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It has been some time since I have reviewed a beer, a long time. So here goes. This beer was served at room temperature.

A - the initial pour produces a large head, very dense and creamy looking. The head dips down a creates a bit of a caldera with lacing left behind. The sheeting is almost guiness like. The color is very deep dark brown and opaque. Not black, you can see translucent brown where light hits it.

S - very fruit forward. Berry aromas, more on the fruity side of brettanomyces aromas, slightly phenolic and medicinal at times. Some hay and very light barnyard funk do make an apperance. Unlike other reviewers I think the aroma is less laudable then the taste.

T - interesting. A little messy truthfully I think, but a few things stand out as good. Cocoa and chocolate marry with some spicy rye flavors and a hint of coffee. The rye malt also marrys very well with the brettanomyces. Rye and brett play well together. There is a clear brett flavor that equates to cherry and or berry that lingers and creates a long after taste.

M - the wheat gives this beer nice fluffy-ness and mouthfeel. Unlike a lot of brett beers it is not thin or watery. The bottle conditioning is soft and appropriate. There is however a lingering brett and chocolate like aftertaste that I find somewhat off putting, kinda.

O - this beer has some good things going for it, but the one thing that really detracts from this beer I believe is how damn successful Allagash is at creating American Wild Ale. Stacked up against there other offerings this one falls a little short. HOWEVER, I still think this beer exhibits something that other breweries have yet to master...nuance and balance. Allagash have mastered nuance and balance in there wild ales and while this is not there best effort it is better than many wild ales I've had because of the balance and nuance. I think this beer is rated unfairly low because there is a preconceived notion of what an american wild ale should taste like...or maybe I'm just an allagash fan boy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of braugon
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice-looking beer. In a teku glass the beer was a dark brown, nearly black, color. The tan head was a bit sticky and lasted to the end of the glass.

Sweet fruit and sour cherry aroma. Some roasted malt.

Nice taste. Berries, sour cherries. A little bit of chocolate and a little bit of funk.

It's alternately sweet and sour. A beer to savor.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nem2006
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chocolate, dark fruits, and sour mix

Taste: dark and sweet milk chocolate, lots of balck cherries, light blueberry, and sour mix

Mouthfeel: sour with a slightly sweet start and a dry semi-bitter finish, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: Really enjoyed the sour cherry and dark chocolate combination. Glad I was able to find this on draft. I would certainly pick this up again. One of my new favorite beers from a brewery that I like.

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of lostandwandering
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of VinceMig
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Roguer
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super carbonated pour: three finger creamy tan and bubbly head. Brew is extremely dark, solid black but thin-appearing. Lacing is good. A lot of yeast stays behind in the bottle.

You can smell tartness and funkiness as soon as you pop the cork, and it only intensifies as you pour. The Brett comes across as a hay or barn funk lemon sharpness. Darker fruit is present behind, with soft cherries, red grapes, and prunes. Sweet and tart. Not subtle, but complex and balanced.

Flavor is delicate in all respects, and follows the nose in different degrees. Rye and wheat also make their presence known, mostly on the back end. Cherries and prunes are balanced against light funk with an impression of mild aged cheddar. A bit of wood comes through. Beer has some bitterness, but if the hops are represented in the flavor profile, it's only in a dry, grassy sense.

Medium to medium-light body, with a nice lingering effect, and a cleansing dryness on the back end. Almost no sting, but it doesn't come across the slightest bit flat.

This is an impressively complex and tasty wild ale. If anything, I expected more tartness, especially from the aroma. This is really a wonderful beer, and I wish there were more of it to go around.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml corked and caged bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a frothy 1.5 finger brown-gray head with good retention. Beer is coke colored. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick. An awesome looking beer.

Nose is a slightly sweet ash, chocolate, cocoa, sweet red fruit and a mild roast. A bit of woodiness too. Nice and subtle but very well balanced.

Opens chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt. Sweet and slightly tart red fruit in the middle mixed with smoked malt, more chocolate and coca cola. Ends slightly coarse and tart with a roasty, sweet aftertaste. Pretty good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down frothy and foamy. Finishes messy with a filmy, sticky aftertaste. Pretty nice.

I'm not usually a big fan of dark sours but this is surprisingly enjoyable. The slight Brett presence works well with the sweet and roasty flavors present in the base. Worth a try!

Photo of blabaer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Allagash Midnight Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.