3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett
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Belgian IPA
4.09 | pDev: 10.27%
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett
Notes: The extensive distance between two breweries on the West Coast – 3767 miles – is bridged by this collaboration beer. Brewers Gabe Fletcher of Midnight Sun Brewing Company [Anchorage, AK] and Colby Chandler of Ballast Point Brewing Company [San Diego, CA] designed and brewed an exciting representation of their passions: hops, Belgian yeast, oak aging and Brettanomyces.

Just prior to the Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Fest in JAN 2009, Gabe and Colby brewed a West Coast-worthy IPA at Midnight Sun Brewing Company. This hop-centric beer became the jumping-off point for other intense flavors. During its course to completion, 3767 was affected by three different yeast strains--including Brettanomyces, aged for several months in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, and then bottle- and keg-conditioned.

70 IBU
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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

medium amber in color but leaning golden with a light bit of haze that very quickly cleared up and left behind a huge, three inch towered head of white foam that took what seemed like forever to settle down. Aroma was light at first but built up after a few minutes. Ripe citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit dominant with hints of light spicy notes tugging on the palate and a light belgian floral note. As I take the first taste though is really where it begins to come alive. Insanely bright and crisp taste. Huge notes of lemon and grapefruit are all over this one. Ripping through the palate they leave hints of pears, light peppery spices, apricots and herbal yeast notes in the finish. Very dry and a huge amount of carbonation, I could have drank this one all day to be honest.

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Photo of levifunk
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - cloudy orange in color. large white head.

s -belgian yeast, faint caramel sweetness, brett funk, light floral hops. some woodiness.

t - huge pine hops and brett. there is some sweetness way way in the back. lemon rind. very bitter, surprisingly bitter at 1yr old. There is some of sour, but bitterness is much stronger. oak flavor comes through faintly on the finish.

m - body is lighter with bigger carbonation. dry finish

overall - very impressed with this beer. huge thanks to fear025 for sending me this (and 8 other beers) asking nothing in return. This is my 3rd brett ipa (which makes me an expert?). IMO, these should be aged for a year or two.

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Photo of fear025
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma:Sour Belgian yeast and hops in the aroma. Also a little wine.

Appearance:Murky, pale tangerine in color.

Taste:Rather subtle in flavor, including some wood flavors from the barrel. It has a little sourness from the brett. A little red wine flavor in the foretaste. The piney hops rule the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Very smooth, light body, just a little astringency on the back of the throat.

Drinkability:Great Belgian IPA, retains the hops even after a bit of time in the bottle.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Midnight Sun beer. WHen I told Bill I hadn't had any MS before, he immediately gave me this bottle (well the next time I saw him anyways). So portia99, thanks a ton for this gem.

It pours with a huge almost 3 finger fizzy and bubble head that fades at a decent rate over a somewhat clear slightly hazy orange peach color with just a touch of a pink hue. At the bottom of the head it leaves a thick lacing, but the top of the head had none.

The nose is loaded with Brett. Not sure when this was bottled since the date coding on the side was not notched. It can't be fresh as the Brett dominates now. It has a nice wild yeast funk, dry funk, little barnhouse but not horse blanket. Under that is some hints of Belgian malts, light golden Belgian malts, and a touch of sweetness. I also get some very mild grassy hop effervescence.

Taste is interesting. Again the Brett has mostly taken over, but hasn't destroyed the beer. Plenty of Brett, funky barnyard, but again not horses ass flavor. Some light maltys underlinings, with light sweetness and a little Belgian golden malts. A very light hop presence, with some light bitterness, and touch of grassy mild hops. The cross between the light hops and funky Brett brings a strange effervescence that is interesting. The Brett also brings a light bready taste. It also has a very slight spicy quality, I think from the light warming alcohol, and perhaps a hint from the wild yeast. A slight juicy almost light Chardonnay flavor with smooth oak, which is barely detectable but somewhere in the background. I wonder if that was more dominant when it was fresh. It finishes with a nice dry finish, lingering Brett and light funk, as well as some light malty flavors. A slight bitterness comes on in the finish too.

The mouth is medium bodied with metric butt-loads of carbonation.

The drinkability is surprisingly nice. It has some light juicy flavors and malts, light bitterness, a nice dry finish, and goes down smooth. The Brett doesn't overpower and destroy the palate, and doesn't bring the wet horse blanket flavors, just some nice barnyard funk and wild flavors. For an oak aged Belgian IPA inoculated with Brett, at probably more than 8% by now, this is much more drinkable than I expected.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Cloudy shade of peach/orange with a billowing white head. Excellent head retention through the course.

S: Loads of musty brett fused with citrus. The oak complements the two nicely. Just a touch of pale malt in there. Nice overall balance between the components. As it opens up, i get a some grapefruit and melon characters from the hop/brett combo.

T: First impression - dry and bitter. As I adjust, grapefruit rind and lime become apparent. Also some pine and cloves. Although I pick up some of the oak in the flavor, the cabernet is not evident. Finish is lengthy, dry and bitter, with a slow alcohol burn. Could use a little more sweetness, but the Brett has had a few months now to work. Flavor is good, but not quite as good as the smell had me expecting.

M: Medium-bodied with high carbonation, which often bothers me but is smooth here and appropriate for style.

I have yet to find a Belgian IPA that I can really get excited about, but this was by far the most interesting one I have had yet, and well-worth trying. Would expect nothing less from Midnight Sun.

Thanks for the great trade Toby!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a golden amber color with 2 inches of white head.

s - Smells of spices, lemon, fruity malts, and some sour funkiness.

t - Tastes same as the nose, but especially heavy on spices. Not as funky as the smell.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good Belgian with brett. I wish the taste had a little more funkiness to it and less spice, but still enjoyable. Would like to try again.

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Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden brown with a one inch creamy egg-white head. The head slowly dies down and resembles the froth on a nice cappuccino.

A bit funky. Smell reminds me of lemon zest, pineapple and belgian yeast, with a faint hoppy aroma following with some barnyard funk in the mix.

Very light and delicate flavors, some faint bitterness with some more lemon rind. The brett is subdued, but when combined with the hops creates a lingering bile-like bitterness. The aftertaste reminds me of the last time I had the dry heaves.

Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall this was better cold when I first poured it. After some grilled steak and corn, it's wearing on me a bit and the bitterness is a bit too prevalent. An interesting beer but not overwhelming.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange-golden color with a huge, fluffy off-white head, lacing throughout. Aroma is pale malts, citrus, earthy brett, wood, spicy, pepper, and grapefruit. Flavor is pale malts, cloves, grapefruit, spicy, brett, floral and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, crisp, and bitter. Great beer, lots of flavor.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Day 5 of 5: msubulldog25's most generous offerings. Thanks pal!

This thing pours one of the firmest, fluffiest heads I've ever seen...it's also rocky/cratered, like the surface of the moon...a very, very snow-white moon made of freshly churned cream. Oh, and the color, that's a glowing sunset copper/gold/orange. And those wacky sheets and slashes of lace! The more I look, the more I like. Can't be anything less than a "5".

The aroma keeps my enthusiasm for 3767 going. It's one of the more accessible Brett-ified aromas I've smelled, leaning on the fruity side and less on the Band-Aid side. But it's still totally, unrelentingly Brettanomyces. Sharp, tart jabs of lemon rind and lime flesh slap the nostrils in the nicest way. The hops don't get drowned out completely by the crazy yeast, and there's even a hint of lemon cake batter further back.

Wow. I took my first sip, a long and deep one, let it settle on the tongue, and just sat here closing my eyes going "wow...wow...wow." It's really impressive. And the finish is so long, nearing infinite. Just crazy. The Cabernet Sauvignon barrel aging is here in a tart vinous layer, but there's so much more happening. This is far from one-dimensional. Lots of lemon and grapefruit, both rind and flesh. Of course the Brett does its thing, offering an ultra-earthy, mutated young fruit sort of funk, and hops come in with a blazing, West Coast kind of grassiness, although far from unpleasant. They and all the more intense flavors here are balanced by a dab of citrus sweetness, and an underlying kiss from an understated but very hard-working malt (what kind I couldn't even guess, but obviously a lighter, brighter grain -- almost pilsner-ish!).

Finishes is tart and puckers the mouth a little, and the lemon and other citrus impressions ride out a long while, as the super-earth Brett finally takes on a more barnyard/saddle-blanket sort of character in the finish. The feel is buoyant, airy, slick and slippery, yet with just the right amount of creamy edge.

Oh heck, this TOTALLY hits the spot. 3767 has balance and depth, where other, more highly hyped Brett-y, white wine barrel-aged beers do not. Nuff said...it's time to just sit, sip and love the rest of this bottle. Thanks again Brian!!

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Gypsy Dancer wine glass...

The beer pours a slightly hazy, orange amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is quite impressive, showcasing a beautiful melange of orange citrus, cherry, vanilla, white pepper (by the truck load) and ginger snap. If anything, this beer is even better on the palate, replicating the nose pretty closely, but with some considerable barnyard funk flavors as well. There's enough spice, vanilla, and hoppy bitterness that I get next to no sour flavor, but otherwise, the combination of flavors is nothing short of astonishing... the barnyard funk in combination with the rest of the flavor profile is very, very impressive. Also, something that needs to be emphasized, is just how dry and bitter the finish is on this beer. The hoppy bitterness completely dries out the moderate sweet honey and vanilla flavor I get initially. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, dry, bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol no more than an after thought. There's so much going on that there's no way you can just gulp this down, but nevertheless, the amount of flavor this beer delivers is just lovely. So ultimately, I'd have to call this beer pretty drinkable indeed.

Debated over when to open this up, as I was concerned how well the hops would hold up. On the other hand, I figured a little extra time in bottle would only help to emphasize the flavor dimension added by the brett, and in fact that was the case. In any event, this beer still tastes incredibly fresh at the present time, and the brett adds a wonderful flavor component to this impressive beer. Another solid hit from the folks at MS. Impressive.

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Photo of Japerrault
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden ale with a tall, thick, long-lasting white head.

S: Fruity, spicey and piney hops along with candy-like aromas.

T: Light sweetness surrounding multiple hops flavors, grapefruit, pine mostly. Muted Candy/caramel flavors as well. Very little bitterness present.

M: Medium body, but everything dissipates fairly quickly on the tongue. Carbonation is done well. Some alcohol warmth is felt.

D: Overall, this is a good, smooth ale. Many complex flavors with little bitterness, and clean aftertaste makes this an easy drinker.

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Photo of afausser
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light hazy, amber with golden wheat tones and a fluffy, creamy three fingers of foamy tan head. Immediately frosts the glass and has nice bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Decent head retention, which leaves the top of the glass looking sort of like an ice cream float and later like fluffy soap bubbles. Nice sheet of lacing, too.

Smell: Smells very appley, with nice cider notes. The apples remind me of going to the orchard when I was little to get tart apples for pie--not quite a granny smith smell, but definitely tart apples. These play in nicely to the sour, brett funk, which is quite strong and when agitated smells almost like sour powder, and as it warms, predominantly white vinegar. There's a slight hint of pears that bridge these two otherwise dominant scents. Delicious in the nose and entirely mouth watering.

Taste: Apples, pears, and grapes--perhaps a hint of white wine in there as well, if a slightly funky white wine. The brett is definitely evident here, and dominates. Slightly sour. Not really a barnyard funk, but plenty of brett and bitter hops that appear mid-sip and carry through to the aftertaste. The sour, funky brett tones get much nicer as this one warms, which is great, and makes the mix of flavors make a bit more sense than it had while it was cold. A bit of orange, grapefruit, pine, and cloves warm this one up nicely.

Mouthfeel is decent. I, as always, am being slightly OCD about carbonation tonight, so forgive me. It starts out crisp, though the bubbles are a bit big, and ends up foamy, which is never a good thing. I think that a higher carbonation level would serve this brew well, but it would have to come in the form of smaller, if more numerous, bubbles.

Drinkability, again, is decent. It doesn't come across as an 8%, and doesn't have any particular heat, but it definitely does have a decent amount of alcohol--if I had to guess I'd probably guess around 6%, so not bad. The aftertaste, I think, is a little oddly balanced with the rest of the brew, which also slows down the drinkability of this one. Overall, a decent, nicely sessionable brew, and an interesting collab.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is from the awesome trader Bitterbill, cheers Bill! I think this was bottled in early January, but the marking isn't clear to me...

Pours an effervescent honey/apricot color with with 2+ fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Hazes a bit as this is poured out, Good head retention & lacing

S: Funk & dirt, much breadyness, fades a bit as this warms

T: Lemony, slightly dirt tasting then grapefruit, apricot & a kiss of pineapple. Funkyness & dry apple cider dominate as this warms along with more grapefruit & oakyness from the barrel aging, sourness really picks up as well. Finishes sour, funky & a touch bready with plenty of pineapple & grapefruit, plus a touch of candi sugar

MF: Creamy, medium bodied with firm carbonation & a touch of boozey warmth.

Great drinkability, a well put together offering, but most of Midnight Sun's kick ass, so this is no suprise..

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sometimes beers can get put into the corner of the fridge and be forgotten about for extended periods of time. That is what happened with this poor bomber. Opened it on May 24.

The appearance is a nice golden straw color with a medium amount of clarity. Without trying hard at all the head comes up to about three fingers of sticky mess. Nice dense foam that is very impressive. Brett, it really seems to improve head retention on beers.

The smell is of straight musty Brett yeast. Considering when this was released, the hops have faded and the caramel and bready malts have taken over. You cannot really smell anything other than the Brett yeast strain though.

The taste is enjoyable, with caramel and biscuit malts and the really unique taste of Brett, it is pretty interesting. There is still a fair amount of hop bitterness, but the aroma and flavoring hop additions have faded. The carbonation levels are to the extreme, and it makes the beer a little more interesting. Really fun to drink, but something that will not be very memorable in the future.


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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Swimsum shared this goodie with us last night. Thanks a lot Brent!

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Originally poured out clear; second pour dropped had some sediment in it, which turned the body hazy. Anyhoo, body is orange-gold in color. Frantic carbonation feeds a dense, white, cap for the entire session. Tons of lacing. Other than the haze, this looks superb. I'm not even sure if I should fault the brewers for that either; that should be expected with bottle-conditioned beers.

Smell: Bret, flowers, and lemon jump out immediately. Smells a bit catty - are there Simcoes in this? I also get hay when I dig deeper. Lightly sweet and tart. This is odd. I'm not really sure what to make of it.

Taste: Flowers and herbs make up the bulk of the flavor profile. Tastes way closer to a saison than an Belgian IPA at this point. The Bret produces just a touch of tartness in the finish - I really liked how they did that. This beer is interesting, but it tastes disjointed. I don't really get it.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but still soft. Waves of tiny bubbles caress my palate. Light, citrusy, clean, and dry. Very nicely done.

Drinkability: Complex, thought-provoking, and smooth. With that said, I think this beer is either past its prime or just lost. I enjoyed the experience, even though I didn't really care for the flavor/aroma combination.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sarah for sharing this one!

A-pours a dark golden amber color with a tight white head that is slightly bubbly on top. very good retention and a thick lace is left behind.

S-the nose is a little light, hints of brett and yeast up front, just a hint of dry oak comes in next. Floral hops and a touch of pear towards the back.

T-the taste follows the nose but isn't quite as fruity. light taste of brett, hints of funk, a touch of sourness and some dry oakiness. Floral hops make up the back accompanied by notes of pear with a touch of spicy clove. The brett continues to linger. As this warms, soft golden fruits, notes of booze and hop bitterness seem to become more present in the finish.

M-this has a medium to light body with a soft smooth feel on the palate. the carbonation is light and it falls down the back of the throat.

D-this is lighter in body and very tasty. it is easy to drink and has nice elements of brett and hop all in one beer.


Had about six months later:
A-pours a hazy dark amber color with a billowy white head and bit time retention.

S-a mix of brett and citrusy hops with light notes of yeast. juicy orange and appricot hops add balance.

T-brett and spice really dominate the flavor. juicy oranges give a hop presence with notes of appricot and virtually no hop bitterness. the hops are brighter in the nose and the brett seems slightly muddled in the flavor and make it somewhat bland.

M-good medium body, soft feel on the palate with a low carbonation and lightly dry.

D-sweet and tasty but brett is a little strong in the taste but the citrusy flavors are still nice with no bitterness so easy drinking.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for hooking me up with this brew!

A-Body is a nearly opaque very dark blond color that is uniformly translucent. Pours with a massive, foamy 3+ finger slightly off-white head. Head has good retention at about 1 finger and leaves behind plenty of lacing in the glass.

S- Nose is fantastic-exactly what I am looking for in my perfect brew. A wonderful balance of floral hops, tart apple, juicy pear, oak, and a hint of vanilla is there also.

T- Lots of floral hops upfront. Oak is there too-but somewhat hidden. A mild fruitiness with juicy pear and tart apple is also upfront. Spicy yeast comes through more for the finish than the initial flavor-but provides a substantial backbone for everything else going on initially. The finish is big and full of floral hop flavor/bitterness with a big spicy yeast backbone. Slightly dry overall but a mild hop bitterness lingers.

M- High tingly carbonation with a slightly smooth, yeasty, creamy body.

D- This is a great brew! Its quite complex yet pretty light and drinkable. It has everything you really need-funk, fruit, spiciness, floral hops, oak, vanilla. Was really looking forward to this and it really lived up to my expectations-Midnight Sun is becoming one of my favorite brews.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, courtesy of BrewsB4Shrews - thanks for the extra! Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a very authentically-hued IPA-ish color, sort of a burnished copper amber, largely transparent though perhaps with a bit of chill haze. The point of comparison I went in to this one with was, obviously, Pluto, Midnight Sun's wine barrel-aged and Brett-ed golden ale, but the carbonation is completely different - it's less plentiful (though still relatively dense), with various streams of different sizes emanating from different locations in the base of the glass and rising towards the surface at different speeds. The head, on the other hand, is very similar - it's dense, rocky, billowy, like a giant mound of slightly tanned or at least dull white marshmallow cream, the result of tons of hops and tons of Brett, I presume. It maintains its two-finger height consistently throughout the experience, consistently being replenished by the stream of bubbles and also leaving huge swaths and chunks of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. I can't really knock it much, though it does pale slightly (not literally, quite the opposite really) when compared to the bright, effervescent brilliance of Pluto.

Aroma: Spicy, funky, and slightly fruity, though it takes a bit of effort to tease it all apart, even as it warms, so it's superficially a little one dimensional. The prominent note is a spicy, IPA-esque note, a little herbal, but mainly just straightforward spice. The funk is fainter, decidedly Brett-y without any of the side dishes - straightforward again, simple, soft. There are some faint citrusy notes and a few tropical fruit overtones - watermelon, strawberry, citrus. Nice.

Taste: Interesting. I can't say I'm the hugest fan, but it's pretty solid. The IPA is mild, with a sweet and slightly roasted malt base - faintly honey-like in places, with plenty of simple biscuity malts, slight caramel, nothing heavier - a moderate amount of bitterness, and a handful of hop overtones: orange and grapefruit zest, a small amount of pineyness, and a few leafy, herbal notes. The fruit notes in particular are accentuated well by Brett notes, evoking strawberries, kiwi, and some banana notes. Other than that, they contribute slight horseblanket, really more of an ethereal funky presence. There's perhaps a slight, faint acidity contributed by barrel aging that suggests a light, white wine-esque fruity note, but it's largely masked by the spiciness and bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft, but with a nice crisp kick that gives it some lift. There's enough carbonation, but you almost wish there was more - usually Bretted beers (that aren't lambics) are huge, bright, crisp, fierce, and in your face with their carb, but this one is more mild, sedate, and - though I suppose it works better with the IPA tones. Still, though, the subtlety of the carbonation makes for a very smooth and even body, and the carbonation that is there makes it pillowy and elevates it well over the tongue.

Drinkability: Solid. Not nearly as good, unique, or as much of a standout as the Pluto, but few beers are, in my humble opinion. The 8.0% isn't noticeable - masked under a wave of slight funk and quality IPA notes - but is definitely accurate, and I can feel the warming feeling. I'm glad I recently got another one of these, 'cause I'm interested in letting this one age for a while - conflicting, 'cause the IPA notes will fade, but the Brett notes will surely evolve. I guess we'll see ...

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a great mix of Brettanomyces and citrus hops. The flavor is brett, orange citrus and some oak. The citrus hops of orange, mango and lemon really stand out even thought he beer has a lot of brett funk character to it. Really an interesting beer and the first Belgian IPA I have tried that had this much American hop character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.24/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by me. Thanks, Arbi.

A: Pours a cloudy straw-amber body. Nice head, lacing, with a long-lasting cap.

S: Horse-blanket, hay, and tropical citrus (pineapple, grapefruit, mango).

T: Horse blanket, hay... Great brett flavors coming out. But they don't add anything to the (dry-hopped?) IPA flavors; in fact, they muddle the pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine to create a strange clash. Kind of my same complaint about Orval, really. Brett and IPAs don't mix. The finish is heavily brett and tannins. I start picking up a wine/grape sweetness as the beer warms. Total clash.

M: Light-bodied. Dry. Well carbed.

D: An interesting experiment, but kind of a failure.

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this, Arbi. Murky burnished amber with a fluffy, lasting head. The aroma is a bizarre mélange of wine barrel, band-aid, barnyard funk, tropical fruit and hops. Grapefruit, pineapple and guava aromas come from the strange combination of yeast and hops. Funk and tropical fruit overwhelm the palate at first, but hops and wine barrel begin to take over mid-palate. Pineapple, astringent oak, lemon peel and tannins hit the palate strongly in the finish. Phenolic, almost plasticy. Strange stuff, the different elements aren't entirely harmonious, but it's an interesting beer.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for trading me this, Greg! I had sampled this at a Captain Lawrence event and really wanted to try it again. From notes on 3.26, the night before Rosso.

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with some whitish foam in a tulip. 2 finger head fades. Ok retention, leaving some abstract lacing.

Aromas of straw and brett. I had remembered this having a bit more of a citric hop presence in the aroma. Musty, woody, white wine grapes and some lemon peel and orange juice. I would have liked to try this closer to the release probably before the Brett really kicked in as much as it has.

The taste is very complex, musty, wet woodiness and some bitter herbal hops. It's hard to say, there are a lot of flavors here. Is it messy or complex? Some of the flavors from the yeast are kind of 'off' but they somewhat work in a sense. A little citrus tang.

Brett dominates the mouthfeel and leaves some grimy must on the tongue. Medium bodied, drying finish, moderately carbonated. Really a good amount to split this bomber 3 ways like we did. I hope they make this again and I can try it when it's super fresh.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, Kyle

Hazy orange with a dense off-white head that's thick and hangs around a while, leaving great lacing, this is a great looking beer. The nose is dominated by citrus and floral hop with a big Bretty bandaid and a little clove. The hop character is starting to fade, I get a little honey and caramel. The palate opens super Bretty with an almost astringent bandaid, mildly plastic-like character, before some juicy honey and orange comes through refreshing the palate a bit. Hop character is in the back with some citrus and floral character, and the bitterness is low. Drying finish with a hop bitterness and some citrus, this is decent. Light in body with a high level of carbonation and a long, Bretty finish with hop character, this one is solid. Not sure I'd actively it seek out, but I'm glad I got to try this.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle shared by 321Jeff.

The pour is a deep golden orange, ridiculously hazed with a creamy off white thick head that has nice retention with little lacing. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, but it was a little bit of a mess of strong, bold flavors without much balance. The predominant flavors also wildly varied as this beer warmed up from being refrigerated. At colder temperatures I enjoyed this the most, as the sweetness and vinous flavors from the oak were most predominant with a subtle but strong hop bite in the finish. As it warms the musty funky flavors from the brett become more prominent as do the hops and the oak becomes less noticeable. Aroma is a mild blend of all of these flavors through, but never quite as strong, bitter or funky as hoped for. Reminds me a little of some Jolly Pumpkin beers in flavor and even more so in the composition. The oak and brett flavors also remind me of some of the McKenzie beers I've been drinking lately. Recommended, but some age might radically change my opinion of this beer (for better or worse)

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3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a dark gold color into my tulip glass. There is so much haze that it is completley opaque. There is a nice white head with a foamy texture that leaves great lacing.

Aroma is Belgian fruitiness with a strong, tart, acidic edge. Slight floral notes come through as well, but I don't think there is much hop presence in the nose. There is also a slight rust quality. I would have liked some more intense fruity notes.

The taste is a clash between hoppy bitterness and brettanomyces influenced flavors, with a bit of oak in there as well. The bitterness is a bit much, and on the yeasty pour it is harshly bitter. The brett flavors dominate the front part of the palate, but there isn't enough citric or fruity flavors, making it feel a bit plain.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated, typical of the style. Unfortunately the bitter finish hurt the flavor and mouthfeel of this beer by numbing the palate. This was an interesting style to try, but I think it's not a popular style for a reason.

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3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 61 ratings