3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by AKBelgianBeast on 10-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Richard on 1-14-12.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +6.1%
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 -7.9%
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 +5.7%
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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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -8.4%
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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3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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 +6.1%
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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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +1.2%
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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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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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3767 - Belgian IPA With Brett from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 61 ratings