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Allagash Midnight Brett - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 652
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 27.81%
Wants: 31
Gots: 167 | FT: 38
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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Photo of Holland
2.07/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

A: pours dark brown to black with a tan head with excellent retention. Amazing looking beer.

S: that's where the amazing ends, except that it smells amazingly average. Dark malts come through a bit, but it mostly smells like smarties.

T: it's bad. This tastes like a campfire and sweet tarts. Sour along with some dark malts come through a bit, giving this beer slight redeeming taste.

M: way too frothy for a wild ale. Feels like a Guiness on nitro.

O: terrible experience overall. I had to use a Sam Adams Rebel IPA as a chaser to finish this. To sum it up: this tastes like a Smarties factory caught on fire while the brewery next door was coolshipping a beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
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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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber to black color.
S-Funky breadiness from the brett and smoked ham. Toffee if I really try.
T-Disappointingly mediocre. I almost feel like I'm drinking an amber beer that tastes like smoked ham and finishes with bread.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of Summerteeth
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was bottled on 6/16/14. Smell is slight berry. Taste is Prosecco-like with slight cherry essence. Very highly carbonated. Finish is sweet and smooth.

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Photo of kevanb
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

375ml bottle poured into an Allagash Coolship Tumbler.

The beer pours a dark burgundy color, hues of maroon, garnet and deep brown. Atop the beer rises a large, foamy, khaki head that has wonderful retention and leaves a vast trail of sticky lace behind. The aroma is beautiful, tart dark cherries and plum with some soft sweet malt and chocolate with just a subtle touch of brett before a nice undertone of dry wheat and roast comes out. It's quite interesting and certainly engaging, one of the more ambitious and creative aromas I've smelled recently. The flavors, however, don't quite match up to the nose. Lots of dark malt, a bit sugary but also a bit crusty and earthy with a hefty dose of funky brett, the roasted character is more dominant, a bit ashy, while some hoppy bitterness comes across. Unfortunately, the fruit character that is showcased in the nose so wonderfully, is a total after thought. The body is decent, carbonation is lively, but it's a bit thinner than anticipated and finishes with an oddly dry sensation.

Verdict: An ambitious brew and one that started out great. The aroma is great and really emphasizes the fruit that brett can bring out, but the beer itself is just a little too heavy and malty on the tongue. I appreciate the gusto it takes to brew a beer like this and can't wait to try the next Allagash Coolship release.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Matt, shared with Todd, thanks for the opportunity!
Dark brown color with ruby highlights and a decent sized tan head that dissipates quickly. Moderate level of earthy brett aroma along with hints of caramel, cherry, chocolate and brown sugar. The flavor follows the aroma, a bit tame on the sour/wild front. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. Decent brew, but feels like its not quite done yet. I know 100% brett beers don't get horribly tart and or funky, but for me this one was just meh.

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Photo of Myotus
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shout out to Perryman for this trade.
Poured gently from a 375ml bottle (dated 16Oct13) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of extremely light brown foam (not quite khaki) that halves itself after two and a half minutes (yeah, take your time going down with that head). Dark brown in color with a maroon tint. Rising bubbles are subtle. Despite being poured gently, there are yeast chunks of various sizes that are everywhere in this beer. Lacing is thing and high.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sour and earthy yeast along with subtle oak and spicy rye and hints of roasted malt are the only scents I can make out. I cannot detect the wheat, hops, or berry aromas that the brewery says are there.
TASTE: Initial taste is composed of mild sour yeast, earthy yeast, and oak flavors (reminds me of a Flanders Oud Bruin). Subtle spicy rye and hints roasted malt flavors enter immediately after. As all flavors persist, those berries that couldn't be detected in the smell mildy enter in the final taste. I wish they remained hidden. The combined flavors create a slight cough syrup taste that isn't too horrible, but is something I still wouldn't want to try again.
FEEL: Full-bodied (gotta love it) and highly carbonated (gotta hate it). Goes down somewhat syrupy and finishes subtly dry.
NOTE: I think mine may have been a dud or the yeast might have completely messed everything up. That, or it was just aged too long for my taste. Regardless, I'm very thankful for this trade.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Fishpaws while visiting family in MD. Corked and caged pours dark brown with a creamy khaki colored one finger plus head. Aroma is big funky vinegar and wet dog, black cherry, tart apricots. The flavor is tart up front with black cherry, but then fades into an interesting taste of roasted malt and dry rye--still lightly funky and sweet--then back into fruity black cherries that linger a bit. Relatively light bodied and perhaps a bit more watered down than one would like. Medium carbonation. A unique beer worth trying, but not sure it is worth stocking up on. Maybe the tartness will come out more with some age?

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Photo of alaimoa
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Good not great and a slight disappointment at a high price point ($15). Teeters along potential greatness but lacking across the board on slight muted flavor and feel

Pour dark violet with foamy dirty brown head that was a inch or two
Smell has a bit of musty dark fruit (cherry, date) not strong
Taste similar to nose but when something has Brett in the name I was expecting bold farmhouse funk and if just wasn't there. Profile lacked depth
Feel medium and nice rolling carb but couldn't save it

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Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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.


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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled October 16, 2013.

Appearance - Brown body. Big tan head. Lots of surface wisps and a thick collar.

Smell - Very bretty. Lots of toasted malts. Chocolate. A little bit of sour dark fruits.

Taste - More sour dark fruits. Toasted wheat and nutty malts. Earthy bretty bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium high carbonation. Medium body. Not really sour.

Overall - Decent beer that has some very tasty moments. The flavors tend to clash a little bit, though.

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Photo of Omnium
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes at the brewery on 10-17-13

A - Ruby dark brown with one finger of fizzy white head medium lacing.
S - Very odd aroma, dark fruit, cherries being among them, bubblegum, big funky medicinal.
T - Very tart cherry and blueberry, slight clove and pepper, apple, weird medicinal flavor that I cant discern.
M - Extremely tart sour.
O - Just a weird beer, not my style at all

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 7/4/14

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - not exactly midnight black, but definitely rich - pours with a large, light tan head, retains a small cap, leaves some nice streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Dark brown and chocolate malts with a nice amount of funk - brown and chocolate malts, with some roasted, lightly burnt malts - some funk, doesn't really scream Brett, but it's definitely in here - some musty, damp sourness, works well with the chocolate malts - some dark and stone fruits as well

Taste: Dark brown, caramel, and chocolate malts with some light sourness and funk - chocolate malts and some caramel grains - light malty sweetness - some light Brett notes with some wet funk - some stone fruit and dark berry skins - a bit leathery and phenolic

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, dry finish

Overall: Probably more refined than 2am Brett

This has some decent Brett funk with a nice base of chocolate and caramel. I don't think that the flavors really merge as well as they could, but this is definitely good. I have another bottle aging, and I'm curious what will happen in a few years.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- 4oz. pour off tap at Coal House Pizza (Stamford, CT) into flight glass on 11-Aug-15

The malt character didn't seem to gel well with the Brett in this one. It was decent, but not on the same level as JK's Funk Metal or Bruery's Tart of Darkness.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle dated 10/16/13

A: Dark brown pour with thick creamy head.

S: Metallic aroma with roasted malts, earthiness, hay, dark fruits and band-aid.

T: Mildly acidic (lactic). Ashy, roasty malts (smoked?), dark fruits and funk mixed with band-aid. There is a bit of an astringent bitterness on the finish.

M: Creamy carbonation but thin; easy drinking.

O: Reminds me a little bit of a Fantome saison in terms of the yeast profile and off flavors. I give it extra points for being interesting but in the end its not my favorite and not a great value.

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Photo of emerge077
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Thomas for sharing this one!
Served in a small tasting goblet, quick review from notes.

Brownish black color with a mahogany highlight around the edges. Tan foam with lasting coverage and a little spotty lace.

Mellow Brett presence in the aroma, and mild roast malt.

Taste has a mellow tartness to it, dark woody malt, dry lingering mst aftertaste of musty Brett yeast. Medium bodied, fairly drinkable. Overall it was nice to try, but not something I'd revisit personally.

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Photo of rudzud
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the dive bar on Allagash tap takeover. Poured into an Allagash tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep garnet hue with a nice one finger light tan head that fades to leavethin lacing and a light blanket.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, light funky brett, faint almost jam like aroma, light fruits.

T - Taste is definitely brett...lightly smokey, sweet malts, light fruits...strawberry perhaps... not quite dark fruits. The funk slightly overpowers the roast malt in here, light nuttiness, slight lactose creamy thing going on.

M - Mouthfeel is not bad for the style, lightly carbonated. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall I was again underwhelmed by this beer. The brett here kind of overpowers the fruit and Belgian-esc aspects. Sigh.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Man, I had this on draft at an Allagash event last year and remember liking it quite a bit. I decided to try a bottle since the price was dropped to $6.99, and it just wasn't the same. It had a roasty, bitter character that was sort up unpleasant. The tartness was minimal and the beer just didn't seem as lively as it was fresh. I just don't feel like the roasty bitterness from the malts and slight tang from the brett worked very well together. It isn't terrible, bu this is the only miss I've had from Allagash's corked and caged wild series.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled October 16, 2013

Pours a dark brown color with a good sized light tan head, fades at a really slow rate which is quite surprising for a wild, although the color of the beer is also pretty unique for a wild ale,

Smell has a musty woody aroma which is odd since it's not barrel aged, only a slight hint of tartness on the nose, some fruity aromas mingle with a fairly roasted malt backing.

Taste is quite subdued based on that there's so much trying for attention, at first it's very roasted malt heavy, a subtle tartness tries to sneak in but leaves quickly, some fruitiness lingers around near the end but also leaves as quickly as it's found, carbonation is high with the body seeming a bit too thin.

The sour tartness just isn't strong enough, then again not all American Wild Ales are necessarily sours but for those looking for a sour ale will sorely be disappointed, so check your expectations.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out really black which was a surprise with a highe 3 finger beige head with good retention with not much lacing.

Smell is a little brett, cherry, definitely some sour funk. Really smells nice.

Taste is a little darker malts and brett forward at about the same abundance. Definitely some sour funk with a strange dark malt funk that I have never tasted but it is really nice. Really not as much cherry in the taste but there is a little which makes it nice. Really a unique taste.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin as I would expect but there is a little thickness when swished arounf the mouth.

Overall this is a quite a funky beer. Really haven't tasted dark malts and brett in the same beer like this but it works pretty well but is sorta weird. The slight cherry taste is really nice and even better in the nose. Really glad a generous trader let me get a taste of this as it is really unique.

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Photo of GSSW88
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours highly carbonated dark black/brown, looks just like a cola. Smell is tart, sour lactic acid, vinegar, funky Brett, dark fruit, plum, raisins, cherries, roasted grains, dirt, slight oak. Taste is just like the scent. Hits you with cherries and vinegar/sourness first, then the cherries and raisins/plums. Finishes with the Brett and earthiness/roasted grains. Like most allagash beers, pretty pricey. This beer tasted like a soured blend of a dubbel and a porter. I love sours but this just didn't do it for me. It wasn't bad, just didn't quite work for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce pour - $6.00 at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur, Georgia as part of their Allagash Takeover event.

Appearance: Dark mahogany-hued body with a smallish, short-lived, beige head. Slim latticework of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Fruity, berry-accented wine barrel aromatics with notes of chocolate (fairly light) and roast (also quite mild) with a sustained but subdued funkiness.

Taste: Lightly chocolaty, with a little bit of scorched grain and muted, muddled caramel. Modestly sweet. A welcome fruitiness coming across for me as raspberry and black cherry. Some leathery, phenolic, funky qualities. All of the various flavors converge on the tangy/tart, lightly funky, lightly malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Barely hits medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While one was plenty, it was interesting and pleasant.

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Photo of MagicJeff
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a caged/corked bottle dated Oct. 16, 2013 into my snifter.

A: Dark brown body, slightest brown/off-white head. Head is retained nicely throughout my entire time drinking. Lots of debris/particles in pour.

S: Some cherries/slight blueberry. Slightest vinegar notes. Little bit of lemony funk.

T: Not tart by any means. I'm picking up some berry (blueberry and cherry, probably more blueberry); some bitter coffee notes mid-taste, and I also get some barnyard funk on that end. slightest chocolate/mocha finish. If this thing was more tart, I think this would be amazing.

M: Medium to medium-full bodied. Kind of dry, despite the creamy and ever-present head. Don't really taste much booze, drinkable.

Overall: I think this thing would taste much better fresh. The funk from the bret made this beer taste dry to me for some reason; it seemed to have over powered the fruit presence . I probably shouldn't have let this age for so long. Also don't understand the high price for this beer. I give it a B+ overall.

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Allagash Midnight Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.