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Allagash Midnight Brett - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Midnight BrettAllagash Midnight Brett

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very good

296 Ratings

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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The dark brown liquid arrives showing off plum highlights; a perky head leaves occasional splashes of lace behind

Smell: A range of sweet and tart jam fruits (grape, black raspberry and cherry) dominate the aroma with some leathery Brett tones underneath

Taste: The jam fruit flavors detected in the aroma jut forward bringing subtle sweet and tart elements; by mid-palate, the leathery Brett arrives, adding some additional sour tones; the finish shows off the oaky vinous character but every element of the beer is held in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Tremendous subtlety in every direction makes this beer stand out; the barrel aging here was handled with great deftness

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 00:34:09 | More by brentk56
Photo of metter98

New York

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY

A: The beer is nearly black in color—dark red is visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark, sour cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a little sour and has flavors of black cherries but there are also strong notes of dark malts. The sour cherry flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a lot to moderate amount of carbonation. Faint bits of tartness are noticeable.
O: You wouldn't expect this to be a wild ale from its appearance, but it has a nice amount of sourness that's not overpowering and interesting contrasting flavors of dark malts.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 01:41:16 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.68/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 16:32:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of emerge077


3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 20:42:40 | More by emerge077
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have had this several times but review from 03/07/14 notes. 12 oz. pour in tulip at One Mile House in NYC.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries and tart dark fruits, brett, citrus, fruity pebbles cereal, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, oranges. Nice nose, very good mix of some dark malts with brett and sour fruits.

t - Tastes of lightly sour dark fruits, cherries, brett, oranges, citrus, roasted malts, chocolate, light tang. Taste is a slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation

o - Overall I like this one quite a bit though not as much as Golden Brett. Light fruity pebbles in the nose especially, but a good mix of brett sour fruits and roasted notes. Well worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 14:55:41 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is dark brown with an everlasting beige head that leaves copious lacing behind. The aroma brings smoke, malt, molasses, leather, dark fruit, funk, oak. Well balanced and flavorful. Dark saison character. Complex and intriguing. A fun beer. This was really solid. I'd definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 18:13:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a tulip glass.

Super dark red body, hinting towards black. Foamy cap of mocha tan white, with a collar to match. Noticeable small carbonation.

Nose smells sweet fruit dominant. Welch's grape juice, mild little funk, good balance of sweetnees and funky character.

Sharp mild fruit sweetnees, good brett and funk mid palate almost with a nice woody roast character. Smooth wet feel, with moderate carbonation. Juicy quality slightly a bit, with grape and hints of dark red fruit, raspberries, cherry and so forth, mild pepper.

Real neat fun beer, like this sweet light fruit and brett mix.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 16:31:54 | More by smakawhat
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South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2013! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler shaker. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a minimal tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, wood, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, big funk, dark fruit, wood, earth, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I will come out and say it right out of the gate. I’m not the biggest fan of soured/funked stouts, etc. However I do mind giving them a try. This one was one I’m glad that I gave a shot. The funk on this one was definitely the dominate factor going on here with some of the notes from the base brew taking a backseat. The brett didn’t really add any balance to the brew which is what hurt my flavor score on this one slightly, but it was still a brew that I’m glad I got the chance to try and wouldn’t mind doing so in the future again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 00:57:04 | More by thagr81us
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 21:50:50 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 00:45:35 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of rudzud


3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 22:45:33 | More by rudzud
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 23:38:21 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body with decent head and lace and an aroma of chocolate, sour and tart fruit like berries although there is a mild fruit sweetness as well in the aroma. A medium bodied beer that at times got chewey and/or sticky. Has this sour, funky brett aspect (also a little spicy) that is combined, quite well I must say, with some chocolatey/vanilla overtones and this touch of sweet fruit that again I can only think of "berries" (more straw or blue than rasp or black) for a really good beer that is worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 22:31:12 | More by clayrock81
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to joefuzz for the tip on this one. Decided to head over to the tap room for lunch to see what the hub bub was all about. Showed in a snifter. Maroon purple with minimal head. Smell is grape and dark fruit. Nice sweetness. Really smooth, easy drinker. Not really all that sour, but good tartness on the finish. Word is this might go to bottles, paint me excited. Great sour for those who don't love overly sour beer. Will be interesting to see what time does to it if it does get bottled.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 16:45:13 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of homebrew311


4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown within white head and nice lace left behind. The nose starts with strong Brett character which brings funk, lemon, and spice to the nose. This is followed up with some roasted notes and mild chocolate character. The Brett notes seem to work nicely with the roasted malts. The taste features notes of Brett, fruit, funk, and chocolate intertwined. There is a slight tartness at the beginning, but that is overshadowed by roasty malt notes. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, I like the combo of dark malt and Brett. I think the two strong flavors do a nice job of balancing each other.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 05:44:11 | More by homebrew311
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@ Tyler's (Raleigh)

Very dark brown with a soft-looking, beige head. Smells different than I expected...Brett, tart, juicy berries, grapes, and leather. No roasted malt character to speak of. Flavors are similar with Brett, more dark fruits like blackberries, grapes, and plums, and some very light phenolics in the back. Fluffy, tart, medium body. Drinks lighter than its strength. Another tasty beverage from Allagash.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2013 12:43:44 | More by wedge
Photo of Dope


4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/16/2013.

A: Pours a very dark brown with some red highlights. Tall, fizzy, effervescent light brown head. Great head retention and big fluffy chunks of lacing.

S: Sour fruits mainly. Berries, cherries? A bit wheaty. Tart cherries.

T: Not as sour as the aroma. Lots of tart dark berries. Raspberries, blackberries in particular. Cherries for sure. Get some mild chocolate in there to help sweeten it and balance the sourness - especially towards the finish. A bit earthy too, again towards the finish and the aftertaste. Wheaty aftertaste with some oak (is this barrel aged? I don't think so, I must be mistaking oak for something else).

M: Medium bodied, smooth, lightly tart.

O: Interesting sour. Sour berries and some roasted malt. It's borderline like a light sour stout. But more grainy than you'd expect from a sour stout. Hard to define, doesn't really conform to any standard or have any comparisons that I can make easily.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 06:33:39 | More by Dope
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4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml, 10/13/13
Allagash tulip

A: Pours a dark brown but with reddish hues. Towards the bottom of the glass I'm seeing some more burgundy or reddish colors. Tight bubbled head. It's a lighter head. Sticking around. Not leaving a ton of lacing.

S: Very interesting. Light cocoa. Almost like powder. Some light sour funk coming through. Not overwhelming barnyard. Dry tannic oak.

T: First thing you get is form of that Brett funk. Then that light cocoa powder. The oak dryness. Light spice from the yeast. Prickly carbonation. Dryness on the close. Lingering flavors.

M: Medium bodied. You would assume leading to full with color.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 14:42:03 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.9/5  rDev 0%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 02:10:21 | More by SpeedwayJim
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3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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 sour 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 sour and sweet--then back into fruity black cherries that linger a bit. Relatively light bodied--light medium--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 with come out more with some age?

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 00:48:03 | More by BMMillsy
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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 00:33:40 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of MDDMD


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

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and little lacing

S-roasted malt, cocoa, light smoke, hint of Brett

T- dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, light smokiness, light Brett funk, hint of coffee, mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-nothing very compelling here, I enjoy dark sours but this really did bring much to the table and was far from beers like Tart of Darkness

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 23:25:17 | More by MDDMD
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Oct. 16, 2013

A: Pours a very dark brown with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a decent cap that leaves behind some good lacing

S: Quite a bit of restrained funk right off the bat, with some notes of sour cherry, barnyard, berries, and very lightly roasted malts

T: Roasted malts start things off, along with a light Brett barnyard funk. Very lightly acidic and sour, which is quite the turn from the nose. Light fruitiness comes in mid-palate, bringing along the berries and stone fruit as well. Finishes with lingering fruitiness and a hint of acetic acid

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and dry

O: A very nice and interesting AWA. While the nose suggests a bit more funk and sour notes, the taste is very subdued in those areas. Nice to sip on and let the complexities of the Brett come out as it warms. The roast also makes it quite interesting. Certainly worth trying

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 06:04:43 | More by BEERMILER12
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North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Sams in Durham. into an allagash flute glass.

pours a dark purple brown with an inch white head. smell is a big tart blueberries blackberry mix. excellent. taste stays true to the smell. moderate tartness with a big blackberry flavor. superb! medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall this is some great stuff. 100% recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 17:16:07 | More by Axnjxn
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3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2014 16:46:30 | More by Omnium
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