Allagash Midnight Brett - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

604 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 33
Gots: 162 | 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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Ratings: 604 | Reviews: 92
Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of alaimoa
3.52/5  rDev -10%
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

Photo of Meathead27
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Photo of Holland
2.07/5  rDev -47.1%
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.

Photo of Omnium
3.57/5  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

Photo of poolemhore
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Dope
4.02/5  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.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Photo of stuppy
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark Brown almost black, with large white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma: Some fruit, cherry, pepper, chocolate, wood and light smoky nose, some brett

Flavor: light dark fruit and chocolate, some pepper/spices (rye?), oak, roasted malt flavor on the side of smoked, finishes dry with some tartness. Very light Brett. Some bitterness, but very low.

Mouthfeel: medium body, high carbonation

Overall: Drinkable, Very heavy on roasted malts and rye which gives an impression it was barrel aged. Very light sour beer, could have been more. Worth a taste, but probably won't have again.

Bottled 10-16-13

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.7 oz. formerly corked and caged bottle into a Allagash branded cervoise glass

Pours a dark cola brown topped by an extremely fluffy three finger cream colored head. Exceptional retention with tons of lacing. Whiffs of dark cherries, accents of dark chocolate, balsamic vinegar, and mixed berries on the nose. Opens with dark chocolate and caramel joined by dark cherries, blueberries, and other dark fruit notes. Finishes fairly dry with tart cherries, a bit of balsamic vinegar, light oak and mild rye spice. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation silky smooth and creamy. Really wonderful, unique brew. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Sweet fruit and sour cherry aroma. Some roasted malt.

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

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

Photo of larryi86
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a four finger off-white head.

S- Sour dark fruits, roasted malts, some chocolate, nice funk, brett, some peppercorns.

T- Tart dark fruits, brett, roasted malts, some chocolate, funky/earthy finish.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- Tasty, but doesn't blow me away. This tastes more like a black saison than a wild ale, not very sour. I think I will pick up another bottle to let it age and see if it gets more sour.

Photo of NCalement
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

A- Pour is black with foamy tan head that holds like a bubble bath. Very nice looking brett beer.

S- Funk, hay, a little chocolate and roast, some sour cherries, and vinegar.

T- Brett yeast, chocolate, sour cherries, spice, and a little bitter soap. Kind of has a metallic quality.

M- Is very good for the style. Medium body with active carbonation. It cleanses the palate and leaves you wanting more.

O- Not a bad beer at all. Kinda expensive but I bet it will age well.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
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?

Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of kevanb
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly creamy and vigorous light tan head that does not dissipate quickly and appears to last quite a while. The beer itself is a dark black with hints of dark, ruby red that adds a nice shade to the black. The smell is very good and certainly worth writing about. The beer has a strong funk (tart) smell from the Brett in addition to hops, a bit of the roast, all of which to form a cherry smell when it warms up. Some of the raw wheat gets through and combines well with the Brett but easily gets lost if you are not looking for the wheat. The roasted character also comes out a bit to make the combined smell similar to berry. The hops do not seem to be very present if at all. The taste is a bit different from the smell but still similar in some respects. The funk is still the strongest flavor but is less sharp than it is in the smell. Rather, the funk (tartness) seems to mix with the other flavors and comes out a similar flavor to cherries. The light roast also makes an appearance and the hops are make an appearance in the aftertaste. The beer feels bubbly and smooth but not crisp, which makes it an easy but unique drink. Overall, a very good beer and one that I will get again if I can swallow the price tag.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
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.
M-Medium
O-Disappointing.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Allagash Midnight Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.