Allagash Midnight Brett - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 623
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 32
Gots: 161 | FT: 37
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 angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (1,153 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of MagicJeff
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Third time having this brew. Finally opening my own bottle.

A- Poured to a few goblets with a black body but a thinner appearing body. Fizzy light tan head up to about a finger with a foamy texture. Retention is pretty good. Spotty lacing and some nice legs.

S- Fruity brett character with some signature cherry pie and barnyard funk along with a slight hint of band aid. Tiny amount of roast character but overall the aroma is surprisingly tame. Some citrus and stone fruit.

T- After a few sips the dry, dark roasted and toast grains open up to basically balance the Brett half and half. Yeast side of things provides cherry pie, stone fruit pith, lemon citrus and dry straw.

MF- Fairly light body but some thickness remains compared to other AWAs, a slight creamy silky texture. Carbonation at a moderate level providing some foamy, crispness.

Good Brett character without being overly funky or unbalanced. The dark malts provide nice flavors but overall the beer is fairly relaxed and just smooth. (1,005 characters)

Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decanted into Russian River stem.

Appearance is dark brown with hints of light coming through around the edges. Huge fluffy light creamy toffee colored head that lingers potently. Huge lacing on the sides of glass

Aroma is definitely roasty with herbal, apricot, pear Brett notes. The combination of roasted malts and yeast create a leather and musky character. Horse saddle also a result from the Brett funk and earthy/burnt toffee malts combining forces on the olfactory system.

The palate confirms the former with an abundance of coffee and bitter chocolate coming through and secondary flowery and pear brettanomyces aftertones pulling in at the finish. No sourness to speak of. Subtle spices linger on the finish and present themselves briefly at the front of the palate as well.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with ample carbonation. Slight bitter and pretty dry finish.

A nice brew and change of pace but Still not really thrilled by the dark Brett/sour beers. A bit contradictory compilation of flavors in the style. But this one has some interesting elements and is very drinkable. (1,101 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a beautifully packaged wild ale from allagash, dark and earthy like a good robust porter, smelling more like a sour, lemony and slightly lactic, but coming through in taste with the soiled malty roast first and an extremely dry bretty finish that really exemplifies the use of brett in a beer, its wonderful. the oak profile on this is solid too, a little sweet for a second, but really just mellowing the whole thing. the grain first yeast second trajectory is welcomed too, with a soft yet rich body like a porter or a dark ale, not bitter but lots of dark barley flavor. carbonation is comprised of so many tiny bubbles it almost seems creamy, like the frothed milk on the top of a proper cappuccino. while the nose shows a hint of souring bugs, the flavor doesnt at all, just the brett, which does an incredible job of drying things out and adding a cool flavor layer without detracting from the dusty chalky dry chocolate malt flavors. while i can easily see the flavors in this beer being polarizing, i mean, its rather unconventional, one must admit, admire, and appreciate the quality of this brew, it is simply wonderful. a real treat to get to try this stuff out here in denver. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Lothore
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a pitch black hue with a huge, chunky brown head that leaves plenty of lacing on the way down.

S- Brett, strawberries, bright fruit notes

T- Brett up front, light fruits, slight sour notes that lead into a wave of deep toasted malt. Smoke, campfire.

M- medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- extremely interesting brew that is just not my cup of tea. (366 characters)

Photo of Uanof
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: shows a very dark brown in color, cream effervescent head that quickly turns into the decent lacing that it leaves as it dissapears.

S: aroma is nutty, woody and chocolatey, slightly bitter and dry.

T: you get some esters to play around with a noticeable chocolate presence at the beggining followed by a carbonated dry nuttyness, and a slight vinegar taste at the end. Not much tartness and average acidity.

M: chewy, medium bodied, bone dry, rough, did i mention that it was dry??

O: taste and appereance were pleasent, with aroma coming in at second and the mouthfeel leaving some to desire. Not sure if to state that this was a great brew slowly working it's way to the top or simply a great brewery with a brew leaving something to desire. (754 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of AnthonyBeerdain
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a footed pilsner glass. Bottled on 16-Oct-2013.

Appearance
Dark ruby, near black. Seems opaque. Poured with a half-inch head. Big bubbles.

Aroma
Sour cherries. Reminiscent of an Oud Bruin. Very slight "brett" characteristics of goat scrote. Presents itself as a tart mouth-buster. Alcohol in the distance.

Flavor
After smelling the beer, I was expecting, as I've been conditioned, to be assaulted with a strong souring, puckery experience. Instead, I don't get much sour at all; just a hint. The middle of the beer is somewhat void. At the end, hints of roastiness poke through. Again only mild farmhousey characteristics. Some fruitiness as well: berries? As the beer warms a nutty flavor fights its way into the middleground.

Mouthfeel
Medium to light, despite its dark color and higher ABV, with a slick lasting (but welcome) presence.

Overall
There's nothing "big" about this beer, but I think that's the point. It's an extremely drinkable, very mildly-sour, dark ale. The brett, while a characteristic of the beer, is not the highlight as the name suggests. I could drink several of these, but would've appreciated a bit more *something* in between the surprisingly subtle sourness that first hits your tongue and the roasty, fruity finish. The middle just seems to sit there coating my tongue. (1,317 characters)

Photo of MarioM
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle poured into a Jolly Pumpkin Goblet
Bottle date: Oct 16, 2013.

A: Light tan head made from medium to small bubbles that are quickly dissipating to a thin rim of lacing. Color is black but thin looking, nothing like a stout but still dark as hell. A beautiful dark cherry red glows through when put against a light source.

S: Aroma hits you in the face with a huge fist full of tropical Brett. Slight funk is kinda there but smell is mostly ashy roast like a wannabe dark saison. I do enjoy dark saisons but they all have a slight ashy roastiness to them and this has that as well. The Brett is getting more prevalent as it warms and while keeping a distance from the glass. Quite funky almost old gym sock like aroma but kinda enticing in a weird beer geek way.

T: Dry and right away you get a distinct ashy roast that is nor chocolaty or coffee like in its roastiness. Its that typical roast you get in dark saisons. Very much like the nose but not as funky as the nose leads you to think. I've had this on tap and was more funky than this bottle. Maybe as it warms even more it will gain some funk. Nice and bitter finish though and also has some fruitiness in the aftertaste that is most likely the tropical Brett notes that are in the nose. Good brew.

M: High carbonation makes up for the otherwise thin mouthfeel. Slight roast and bitterness lingers for a while but fades into an almost dark fruit but mostly tropical Brett. Nice funk is beginning to develop but is not too obvious. Aging will be great on this bottle, wish I had picked up a few but was the last one left.

O: A nice example of a brett beer and perhaps one of the only examples of a dark brett beer. Its refreshing since its not a dense beer like a stout. The color is just that, color. It happens to be dark but roast is negligent minus a slight ashy character but is typical for non roasty dark beers. Worth a try. (1,909 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Chocolate brown.

Aroma/Flavor: Big grape funk, touch of acid on the nose but very little on the palate. A touch of toast and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, medium light. (189 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottled 10/16/2013. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with 1 finger of a light tan head with decent retention. Body is mostly opaque but with some ruby red around the edges when held up to light.

Smell: Sour cherry, roasted malt, lacto, slight hint of cocoa and wet hay.

Taste: Roasted malt, sour black cherry, rye spiciness, and some dark fruit. Nice mild clean tartness throughout. Some mild brett funk comes through more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation bordering on high.

Overall: Brett is a bit subdued but overall a nice beer. Probably not worth the price tag, but still enjoyable. (684 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a BA goblet. Moderate hand. Date bottled: Oct. 16, 2013.

A: Very dark red-brown. Essentially black viewed straight-on. 1/2 finger of off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Equal parts earthy funk and lactic/citric acid sourness. Darker notes of roasted malt. Trace cacao. Dark fruit, cherry. Minimal acetic acid. Licorice.

T: Roasted malt intermingled with musty brett and a relatively light tartness. Dry finish. No significant alcohol presence. Lightly metallic in the aftertaste, but overpowered by a tasty combination of dark fruit, smoky malt and lingering tang.

M: High carbonation with moderate-light body. Bit prickly early on, but smooths out nicely as it goes.

O: Very nice, well-integrated brett elements coupled with roasted malt makes for an interesting and rather delicious brew. Glad I picked up a second one to get a bit of age on!

Prost! (906 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not quite midnight, but exceedingly dark, almost opaque. Two-finger off-white head that has an incredibly long retention.

S: Sour cherry, a faint roasted malt smell. Really not a lot happening on the nose, but it certainly smells intriguing.

T: Not as sour or funky as the nose led me to believe. Dark roasted malts, slightly ashy. A punch of bitterness through the middle, with the taste of and a lasting note of funk. I realize as I describe this that it doesn't sound all that appetizing, but it is a nice balance.

M: High amount of carbonation, the body itself is actually fairly light.

O: A tasty beer. Reserved on the brett, and well balanced with malts and hops. The brett comes through more as it warms, but it is never in your face. (749 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
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 (499 characters)

Photo of Meathead27
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - pours dark brown but crystal clear with a great tan head, great lacing, head lasts

S - tart cherry, funky but a bit muddled with the dark malts

T - delicious - roasty, slight coffee flavor blended with Brett barnyard and dryness. Some rich malt / fig flavor which disappears quickly due to carbonation level. Taste is less sour than aroma would suggest.

M - great carbonation, very dry

O - lots of intangibles in this special beer. Very well down, great Brett beer. Glad I have 5 more! (494 characters)

Photo of Holland
2.07/5  rDev -47.6%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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 (380 characters)

Photo of poolemhore
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - midnight black (they weren't kidding) with a thin khaki head, light lacing

S - a lot more going on than what hits upfront. definitely funk from the brett and hints of alcohol and coffee as the drink warms. a friend reviewing with me says to her she smells dark fruit, maybe fig-like.

T - minimal sweetness to start, not as tart or funky as I was expecting. funk/bitterness persists and moves around in your pallet as you imbibe. a slight saltiness to it.

M - a lot of fizz hitting the tongue, perfect amount of carbonation to spread all the flavors around in your mouth.

O - This is a grower not a first hit sip. Gets better as it warms to room temperature. I wouldn't recommend refridgerating this one. Very complex but very well balanced and not overbearing in any part of its flavor components. Very different wild than others I have tried. Kind of expensive but worth a try. (886 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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. (2,031 characters)

Allagash Midnight Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.