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
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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 ironchefmiyagi13
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled Oct. 16th, 2013

Found this one sitting on the shelves at a local brewshop, so I had to get it.

Pours dark, blah blah blah

Nose is definitely dominated by the brett. I do not really smell any acidity. It is jsut a bunch of complex aromas: touch of damp metal shavings, leather, cherries, a kiss of smoke, wet oak, musty basement.

Flavor is interesting as well. It has a bitterness to it that is a mix between a hop and grain bitterness. Not really tart, which I feel hurt it a little bit, because a little acidity would cut the heavy characteristics of the brett and dark grains. Definitely getting a lot of that 'musty basement' in the beer burps.

Carbonation is cripy, but 'pillowy', if that makes any sense. Lots of bubbles, but it is a soft carbonation that is present on the palate. Without any acidity, this beer feels a little 'heavier'. Medium+ body.

Overall, this is one of the more interesting and complex beers I've had in a while. Brett definitely took over and did its thing, because this beer is completely different from the descriptions I have read from fresher bottles.

Glad I bought a bottle.

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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 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 dd43
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a strong berry character to this beer, blackberry perhaps? It definitely has the tart characteristics of it. Dark roasted malts add to the feeling. Brett notes are actually less pronounced than in other Bret forward beers due to the tartness of the berries taking center stage. This is a fun beer to try and would make for a special gift to a beer lover, or could be something to commemorate a special occasion with. That said I would not call this a go to sour, or Brett beer, or wild ale for that matter. It's just a little too experimental. That said, here's to experimentation and kudos to Allagash for flexing their beer muscles yet again with this beer.

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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 TomMorris
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford, CT.

The name pulls no punches - this beer pours midnight black with minimal brown head. The nose is the definite highlight of the beer: smells of chocolate-covered sour cherries and strawberries. The taste is like a milder version of the nose: less strong that I was expecting but definitely has some detectable sour cherries and candied sweetness. Much less chocolate and coffee than I was bracing myself for - tastes much lighter than the color of the beer. A bit thin and watery for what I was hoping for, but overall a quite nice beer, but would have loved something that tasted stronger and darker. Will have to seek out a bottle to see how it compares to the tap.

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Photo of Budlum
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark Ruby brown bowdy with a silky, long-lasting tan head. The nose is fabulous - dark fruits, pears, apples, yeasty funk, sweet flowers, and tart cherries. The flavors are actually muted considering the smells, but there is a smooth bitterness mixing with sour green apples for a long finish. The feel is a very dry in the mouth, leaving a lasting feeling like champagne. The bottles I found were from 16 Jun 14. Hopefully I can find a fresh batch someday to compare to this year old example.

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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 Pencible
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 16, 2014, reviewed April 14, 2015

A: This poured a nearly opaque cola with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet apple cider and tart vinegar, with some funky oak and sour and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like funky oak and tart vinegar, with some sour apple and sweet brown sugar and minerals. It had a mostly clean and sour aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with lots of carbonation. Big bubbly body.
D: This was a quality brew, like an oud bruin. The scent and taste were complex and delicate, with a fitting body. The finish was relatively smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. Would certainly age well, but is good to drink anytime.

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Photo of farmhaus
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 12 oz bottle that's been in the cellar since 10/2013.

To start -- Pours a nice, dark chocolate with a great amount of carbonation. The nose really lets off some serious fruit. Pretty powerful amounts of stone fruit that come across like Trix cereal. A pretty soft floral note comes in behind the fruit.

To continue -- My first inclination is to dark, stone fruit combined with age. Dried, tart cherries. Prunes, figs, raisins. An earthy sweetness--sorghum, molasses crossed with cocoa? Towards the finish I find roasted almonds and other intriguing roast/nutty characters.

To finish -- Medium body that leads to a sweeter finish than I expected. The Brett left a real linger that I didn't expect, but I enjoy it. Cheers to you, Allagash.

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Photo of richj1970
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a purple tinted deep brown with generous 3 finger creamy white head that lasts a good while and leaves several chunks of lacing.

S: Tart cherries, plums, and a bit of brett funk. There is a lingering note that almost a reads smoky to me.

T: Nice tart dark fruits up front. Cherry, plum, and raisins. Just a faint touch of roasted malts and unsweetened cocoa powder.

M: Medium body and nicely carbonated. Finish is just a touch sour, but very well balanced.

O: Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Lots of fruity notes and not overly sour. Not something I want to drink everyday, but a very nice departure from the norm.

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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 eaglephile
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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?

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of SABERG
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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.


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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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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 badgustav
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of nkelley77
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Allagash Midnight Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
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