Little Brett
Allagash Brewing Company

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Brett Beer
Ranked #39
Ranked #12,864
3.93 | pDev: 11.45%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Little Brett is both hopped and dry hopped with 100% Mosaic hops and is completely fermented in stainless with our house strain of Brettanomyces yeast. Little Brett is a hazy, straw-colored beer featuring an aroma bursting with pineapple and notes of bread crust. Pineapple continues through the flavor with additional notes of fresh cut grass. A mild tartness in the finish is nicely balanced with a pleasant hop-bitterness.
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sourlinus from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jul 17, 2016
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fmccormi from California

4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Allagash chalice. Purchased at the brewery on the same day, but this also has a bottling date of April 27, 2016 printed in white ink in a little black box at the far right of the label, just above the barcode (“04/27/16 14:36 BOTTLED ON”). That would make this beer about two and a half weeks old at the time of consumption, so still pretty goddamn fresh.

Appearance (4.0): This pours with a beautiful, two and a half finger-thick head of fluffy white foam capping a crystal clear (at first), straw-golden body. The head dies down at a fairly slow pace, leaving idiosyncratic fragments of loopy, lava lamp-like pieces of broken, foamy legs. As the body recedes, very little lacing is left on the sides of the glass, but suds trail the surface of the body as it goes down. Very, very pretty, and fitting for the style.

Smell (5.0): Unbelievable nose! Mosaic dry hopping is very, very pronounced: fresh cut grass, gooseberry, green grapes-kind of sauvignon blanc-ish. Vibrant, almost musky passion fruit hangs out underneath. Meanwhile, all the trappings of a Brett pale ale hold up the underlying core of the beer: light straw, some combination of citrus, spice, and orchard fruit, eliciting something like coriander, dried apricots, and pear juice. Some earthy notes blend with common crackers, rustic country bread like pain de campagne.

Taste (4.5): The three main components of this beer are incredibly well balanced with each other. Mosaic hops give a nice mixture of cut grass, underripe pineapple, guava rind, tart citrus zest (tastes like grapefruit pith to me), and a bit of gooseberry. Brettanomyces bolsters that tartness, which in turn offers a shelter for some light, spicy and somewhat medicinal phenols. Earthy, dusty straw pops up with the Brett, and it nicely complements the dry, pleasant malt flavors in this beer: as in the nose, common crackers and crusty country bread, but with some white sourdough mixed in. On the back end of the palate, beautiful floral tones come out from underneath the various tart citrus and fresh cut grass flavors. There's a lot of subtlety and complexity here, but it all meshes very nicely without clashing anywhere.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Very fine, fairly light, tingly, and quenching. The body is definitely on the light- side of medium, but not watery; the carbonation comes in with a fine layer of bubbles that cover everything around and foam up easily, but offers just a fine tingling sensation rather than a prickle. The body is light and dry, aided by the earthy, spicy Brett and grassy hops. This is insanely drinkable.

Overall (4.5): I am very, very pleased with this beer. It's light, and drinks like a light, easy-going beer, but it has so many different, varied components brought in from high-quality malt, a very charismatic variety of hops, and well-handled Brettanomyces fermentation. It's light and elegant, but has a strong character in many ways, as well. This is a great example of how many of the best beers, in my opinion, are so pleasing and easy to drink that you could throw it back, but if you stop to consider it and let its layers unfold, it's very rewarding at the same time. This would also make an outstanding table beer, and would stand up well to a number of different food pairings, I think. Highly recommended.

May 19, 2016
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Roguer from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon yellow and pale. Big fluffy white head with great retention.

Citrus, banana, yeast, vinegar; light aroma.

Flavor follows: it's a light rustic saison, with a dank hoppy finish from dry hopping (my guess). Lemongrass and banana linger on the finish.

Dec 24, 2015
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a small head that breaks quickly leaving an island of foam and some light bubbles around the edges. Smell is light funk and some fruitiness. Taste is Brett up front followed by some grassy notes and some fruitiness. Feel is light and crisp sharp carbonation.

A nice beer, and great on a warm day. Well done.

Aug 23, 2017
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale golden yellow color light chill haze maybe with small one finger white head to falls to ringed scum. That leaves some light lace.

Aroma is great big tropical fruits orange, pineapple with plenty of hay notes. Of course tart Brett notes also present and blend perfectly. For such a low abv brew the aroma is fantastic.

Taste is note quite as good as aroma but the same. Nice fruit notes pineapple, more lemony then orange but that might just be the Brett talking. After the fruit you get dry wood, wet hay some light hints of earthy spice and of course Brett again. Finish is very dry with after tastes of light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp without being overly carbonated thank the Lord.

Overall a wonderful little beer that i could see me enjoying a lot of if the price was cheaper. Not as complex or funky as some wild ales but very favorable and easy drinking. Could have many of these, where as some others one is enough even though they are well done.

Jun 15, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

1.97/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap. White head. Bright yellow color.

Tons of Brett in the nose. The Brett has completely dominated this beer. It is over done. Very medicinal.

I couldn't drink very much of this.

Apr 17, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass. Label says Bottled On 04/27/16.

A- Pours a semi-hazy straw color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Solid funky Brett presence with a bit of bubble-gum like sweetness. Mild fruitiness from the hops.

T- Straightforward but very apparent Brett brings notes of green olive but then the sweetness comes around again to balance the yeast's dryness. Super easy to drink while still having depth from the funk.

M- Clean and a bit tangy with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A great "table" Brett beer that's not extremely complex but gives you your funk fix when you need it.

Feb 06, 2016
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gr0g from New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Moderately hazy with a straw color. Quickly fading head. Brett notes are readily apparent on the nose: dank, musty cellar, leather, a bit medicinal. Berry-like notes that I often perceive with Mosaic hops are also there. If this is anyone's first Brett beer, it might seem off-putting, but I think the aroma is interesting, if unspectacular.

Flavor profile can be summed as "American pale ale with Brett." It's bone-dry, making the apparent bitterness seem relatively high. Bland finish. Thin body, slightly fizzy but not harsh. On a hot day like this, it does have a refreshing quality to it, but it's not particularly tasty. At best, it's a funky alternative to the monotony of the summer pilsners/blondes.

May 28, 2016
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liquidkore from Washington

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you like Brett....'nuff said, go pick one up.

If you don't know what Brett is...'nuff said, go pick one up.

If you don't like Brett...'nuff said, what the hell are you doing reading a review of a Brettanomyces forward beer with Brett in it's name, skedattle trolls!!

...dammit, it's all gone.

Nov 10, 2017
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Trombone69 from New Jersey

1.92/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

I have been enjoying some of the sour beers lately. But this one was NASTY. Is that the Brett? Or did I get a bad one.
I bought a single 12 oz bottle at the local store. They haven't been offering it in my area for very long, so I don't think it's super old. Because it's Allagash (Who I love) I will give this another try at a later date.

Jun 28, 2016
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Davit from California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 14, 2016
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Evan from Maryland

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jul 10, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw with champagne like carbonation, and 3 fingers of white head that leave a nice lacing.

Smells of Brett, lambic funk, macaroni, and a light white lily floral quality, as well as white wine and cantaloupe.

Tastes very light and follows the nose completely. Slightly sweet, slightly sour, mostly a light version of funky brew.

Light body with light, powdery carbonation.

Drinking in Sturbridge, MA on Jan 2nd, 2018. Nice for a session brew of this funky sort.

Jan 03, 2018
NOLANDMAN from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 23, 2017
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smartassboiler from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 29, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottled on 4/27/16, so it is a little old…pours a very slightly hazy golden color with a nice head, soon reducing to a thin layer. Possibly some pineapple in the nose along with some grain. Taste is slightly tart, but very light.

Mar 25, 2017
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 19, 2016
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braican from Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Feb 08, 2016
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VeganUndead from Virginia

2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Jan 13, 2016
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NorCalBeer from California

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 25, 2015
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BeerOps from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 12, 2016
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emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jan 16, 2016
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 21, 2017
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 08, 2016
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Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 12, 2016
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