Midnight Brett
Allagash Brewing Company

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Brett Beer
Ranked #39
Ranked #13,171
3.93 | pDev: 10.43%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hit all the right notes. A brett masterpiece. I picked it up somewhat late in the game, glad I did. Dark malt character is exceptional. Shared with social distance.

May 05, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Oct 16, 2013

Big fluffy foamy head, tons of lacing, clear dark brown almost black slight ruby hue

Nose big Brett funk, little sourness and acidity, little chocolate cocoa, creamy smelling, faint roasty

Taste more Brett funk, barnyard funk notes but more sour slight tangy, touch cherry fruity note, little sticky sweet, slight acidity and tangy, slight creamy roasty cocoa notes too, flemmy

Mouth is med bod fair creamy decent carb

Overall nice balance and interesting beer, no wild and dark beer clashes, pretty nice

Sep 10, 2018
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cavedave from New York

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to LeRose for another Allagash treat.

Darkest brown with a quick to flee finger of ecru foam. Once diminished, a ring and skim island remain. Despite the cork having exited with vigor there is little carbonation showing.

Combine the aromas of red wine, pipe tobacco, add a touch of grainy sweet, lighter touch ofroasty goodness, wrap it in some righteous tart, and kiss it with a hint of floral and you have this aroma.

Funny how you get ready for one taste and get another. First, it is not sweet, at all, but there is a burnt caramel sweetness in there that is almost like a ghost it is so light and hard to focus upon. It is less tart than anticipated, more roasty than anticipated. The roast combines with an earthy funk to create a strong backbone for the tart and vinous notes to hang on. The vinous notes are far drier than anticipated, which is strange counterpart to the ghostlike sweetness it seems to have. It has a unique taste that is satisfying but doesn't deserve to be called delicious.

Much more carbonated than it looks, too much in fact, medium body and viscosity, with a deep and severe finish that dries it out wonderfully but ends to have an aspirin character to it.

Not one of Allagash's best wild ales, but one I am enjoying. If you are a fan of strong and unique flavors like I am, this baby will be in your wheelhouse

Feb 19, 2017
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Midnight Brett is brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, available in 12.7fl oz. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a manilla-tan consistency over a dark brown body with little transparency nor clarity. Retention is average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Bread malts with a subtle roasted nose, no discernible hop aromas nor bitterness. Moderate impact from the Brettanomyces strain, generating aromas of tangy stone fruit, peppery funk and a modest acidity. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Toasted bread crusts, soft roasted grains, and trace fruit syrups with a very light residual sweetness, followed with a delicately tangy fruit finish of tart cherry juice and soft funk. Finishes clean and very dry. I found the sourness of this beer to be fairly subtle but in line with the delicate roasted characters of the malt, although the beer had dried out significantly with little to no residual sweetness remaining for a dry-tasting ale with light flavor. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly syrupy, smooth, softly chewy, dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly dry malt and earthy funk over sweetness. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A nice wild ale with a surprisingly high drinkability and a complexity of malt and sour characters with no flavors even approaching the chance of going overboard. I felt the sourness was light, but in line with the specialty malt character, which was evidently complex and unique but still passive in flavor presence. In short, Midnight Brett is carefully crafted and meticulously balanced but nonetheless not very exciting. 3.75

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Sep 08, 2016
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AirBob from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 vintage. Three fingers of fluffy off white head. Disipates to about 1cm with fine bubbles. Black with brownish hues when held up to the light. Strong fruity brett notes on the nose with a light touch of roast. Taste is intense fruity brett and tart that transitions to light notes of cocoa, roasted coffee, and leather. Finishes with slightly tart lemon. Light body and feel. Finishes dry.

May 06, 2016
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dee4maine from Maine

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one awesome dark version of a wile ale. lots of dark fruits, plums, prunes and raisins on taste with the classic brett funk. not over the top but well balanced.

Mar 07, 2016
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Bonsall_Phil from California

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute. Beautifully clear and dark copper beer, good carb a lacing
Scent is lightly tart cherries, not much else spare a touch of Brett.
Taste is near non- existent. Slight cherry, brett funk, no tartness that the nose promised. I waited on this drink to warm thinking it was too cool, but even at room temp... Nothing
Mouthfeel was ok too, light and lively.

What a monstrous disappointment,

Dec 23, 2015
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Sexybeernerd6969 from California

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice sour with dark roasty malt,
Chocolate and dark cherry playing
Against eachother. I can't tell if
there are Any hops, but seems
mostly like a barley wine
Combined with a sweet stout.
Three Yums!

Nov 08, 2015
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage bottle served in a wine glass. Bottling date is June 16, 2014. This review is my 400th on BA.

Appearance: I really do love these 375ml bottles from Allagash's Limited Release collection. Very classy. The cork popped with vigor and spunk. I half expected a gusher here but was pleasantly surprised that I didn't have to tap my ninja glass skills on this one. It poured pretty thin with a nice and uniform tan head. The bubbles are very crisp and nice. The beer is clear with a very dark brown color and hints of red shining through when put to the light. Elegant.

Nose: the glass is about 2 ft from my nose and I'm getting pineapple, funky Belgian yeast, bready malts, classic Brett funk, citrus, blackberries, blueberries, nothing off-putting at all. Juicy and delicious.

Taste: very dry mouthfeel, bone dry even. Very fruity, blueberry, blackberry, funky but not overwhelmingly so. Funky to the extent that you know there is Brett in here (if you hadn't bothered to read the bottle) but are not smacked in the face my a phenolic bomb. No acidity outside of a normal Sach fermented beer. The carbonation is spot on and lifts flavors off the palate to allow for waves more to settle in. Masterpiece.

Overall: what a joy this beer was to drink. I'm really impressed with Allagash's offerings. They really know how to nail down the Wild Ale style. I have another bottle but would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes or wants to try a Brett beer.

Oct 16, 2015
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Phil-Fresh from California

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Berries mixed with tart cherries upfront, followed by noticeable roast and oak.

A: Deep brown color, opaque with a bit of head.

T: Berry/cherry flavors, give way to some roasty grainy notes, finished with some hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Lots of brett funk but not overly sour.

O: While tasty, the beer could benefit from additional acidity to cut through the dark grains and hop bitterness. Also – while I’m reviewing the bottle version, I don’t have a lot of confidence in the draft version. The keg brought to Stone Sour Fest 2015 was contaminated and not in a good way (unfortunately) worst beer poured.

Oct 11, 2015
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ironchefmiyagi13 from Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled Oct. 16th, 2013

Found this one sitting on the shelves at a local brewshop, so I had to get it.

Pours dark, blah blah blah

Nose is definitely dominated by the brett. I do not really smell any acidity. It is jsut a bunch of complex aromas: touch of damp metal shavings, leather, cherries, a kiss of smoke, wet oak, musty basement.

Flavor is interesting as well. It has a bitterness to it that is a mix between a hop and grain bitterness. Not really tart, which I feel hurt it a little bit, because a little acidity would cut the heavy characteristics of the brett and dark grains. Definitely getting a lot of that 'musty basement' in the beer burps.

Carbonation is cripy, but 'pillowy', if that makes any sense. Lots of bubbles, but it is a soft carbonation that is present on the palate. Without any acidity, this beer feels a little 'heavier'. Medium+ body.

Overall, this is one of the more interesting and complex beers I've had in a while. Brett definitely took over and did its thing, because this beer is completely different from the descriptions I have read from fresher bottles.

Glad I bought a bottle.

Sep 20, 2015
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Summerteeth from Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was bottled on 6/16/14. Smell is slight berry. Taste is Prosecco-like with slight cherry essence. Very highly carbonated. Finish is sweet and smooth.

Aug 30, 2015
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Myotus from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shout out to Perryman for this trade.
Poured gently from a 375ml bottle (dated 16Oct13) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of extremely light brown foam (not quite khaki) that halves itself after two and a half minutes (yeah, take your time going down with that head). Dark brown in color with a maroon tint. Rising bubbles are subtle. Despite being poured gently, there are yeast chunks of various sizes that are everywhere in this beer. Lacing is thing and high.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sour and earthy yeast along with subtle oak and spicy rye and hints of roasted malt are the only scents I can make out. I cannot detect the wheat, hops, or berry aromas that the brewery says are there.
TASTE: Initial taste is composed of mild sour yeast, earthy yeast, and oak flavors (reminds me of a Flanders Oud Bruin). Subtle spicy rye and hints of roasted malt flavors enter immediately after. As all flavors persist, those berries that couldn't be detected in the smell mildy enter in the final taste. I wish they remained hidden. The combined flavors create a slight cough syrup taste that isn't too horrible, but is something I still wouldn't want to try again.
FEEL: Full-bodied (gotta love it) and highly carbonated (gotta hate it). Goes down somewhat syrupy and finishes subtly dry.
NOTE: I think mine may have been a dud or the yeast might have completely messed everything up. That, or it was just aged too long for my taste. Regardless, I'm very thankful for this trade.

Aug 28, 2015
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dd43 from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a strong berry character to this beer, blackberry perhaps? It definitely has the tart characteristics of it. Dark roasted malts add to the feeling. Brett notes are actually less pronounced than in other Bret forward beers due to the tartness of the berries taking center stage. This is a fun beer to try and would make for a special gift to a beer lover, or could be something to commemorate a special occasion with. That said I would not call this a go to sour, or Brett beer, or wild ale for that matter. It's just a little too experimental. That said, here's to experimentation and kudos to Allagash for flexing their beer muscles yet again with this beer.

Aug 26, 2015
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Rollzroyce21 from California

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- 4oz. pour off tap at Coal House Pizza (Stamford, CT) into flight glass on 11-Aug-15

The malt character didn't seem to gel well with the Brett in this one. It was decent, but not on the same level as JK's Funk Metal or Bruery's Tart of Darkness.

Aug 19, 2015
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TomMorris from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford, CT.

The name pulls no punches - this beer pours midnight black with minimal brown head. The nose is the definite highlight of the beer: smells of chocolate-covered sour cherries and strawberries. The taste is like a milder version of the nose: less strong that I was expecting but definitely has some detectable sour cherries and candied sweetness. Much less chocolate and coffee than I was bracing myself for - tastes much lighter than the color of the beer. A bit thin and watery for what I was hoping for, but overall a quite nice beer, but would have loved something that tasted stronger and darker. Will have to seek out a bottle to see how it compares to the tap.

Aug 11, 2015
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Budlum from Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark Ruby brown bowdy with a silky, long-lasting tan head. The nose is fabulous - dark fruits, pears, apples, yeasty funk, sweet flowers, and tart cherries. The flavors are actually muted considering the smells, but there is a smooth bitterness mixing with sour green apples for a long finish. The feel is a very dry in the mouth, leaving a lasting feeling like champagne. The bottles I found were from 16 Jun 14. Hopefully I can find a fresh batch someday to compare to this year old example.

Aug 03, 2015
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a fleeting head of beige foam. The bubbles fall to a ring with a few rafts floating around the top. It looks deceptively thin and under-carbonated.

Smell is certainly different. Wine-like (red), a sweetness or caramel-like note that leans towards tobacco. A light floral note over the top of it all. I'm not finding berries anywhere.

There's a little of this and a little of that going on in the taste, which I am enjoying but I'm not in love with it either. There's a little bit of sweetness but almost into the burnt sugar category - very faint but definitely present. This isn't super tart, just a little bit of zing that takes the edge off everything else that's going on. If I had to guess, I'd attribute that to the rye - has that character to it. Definite red wine character comes through in the taste. It is very earthy to my palate, and quite a substantial degree of roast flavor that leans towards the porter/stout. It is an unexpected taste taken in total - enjoyable, but different. Nowhere do I find the fruitiness touted in the beer's description unless it has devolved into the wine-like notes.

The carbonation is higher than appearances suggest and I think it is too carbonated. The body is medium, finish is dry and pretty abrupt - no lingering tastes.

I don't think this is everyone's cup of beer - it's pretty assertive and the flavor is certainly different compared to other wild ales. Personally, I enjoyed this beer but I can't give it a whole-hearted recommendation. If you are looking for something different and at least interesting, this would fit the bill. Price is a consideration - this isn't a knock your socks off beer from Allagash, so the value proposition is lacking.

Edit to add: When I had this beer at the brewery, my comments were focused on the berry flavors - blackberry, raspberry, and a tea-like raspberry character. Thinking even moderate age tones these flavors down.

Jul 19, 2015
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GSSW88 from California

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours highly carbonated dark black/brown, looks just like a cola. Smell is tart, sour lactic acid, vinegar, funky Brett, dark fruit, plum, raisins, cherries, roasted grains, dirt, slight oak. Taste is just like the scent. Hits you with cherries and vinegar/sourness first, then the cherries and raisins/plums. Finishes with the Brett and earthiness/roasted grains. Like most allagash beers, pretty pricey. This beer tasted like a soured blend of a dubbel and a porter. I love sours but this just didn't do it for me. It wasn't bad, just didn't quite work for me.

Jun 18, 2015
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Pencible from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 16, 2014, reviewed April 14, 2015

A: This poured a nearly opaque cola with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet apple cider and tart vinegar, with some funky oak and sour and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like funky oak and tart vinegar, with some sour apple and sweet brown sugar and minerals. It had a mostly clean and sour aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with lots of carbonation. Big bubbly body.
D: This was a quality brew, like an oud bruin. The scent and taste were complex and delicate, with a fitting body. The finish was relatively smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. Would certainly age well, but is good to drink anytime.

Jun 09, 2015
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farmhaus from Arkansas

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

Note: 12 oz bottle that's been in the cellar since 10/2013.

To start -- Pours a nice, dark chocolate with a great amount of carbonation. The nose really lets off some serious fruit. Pretty powerful amounts of stone fruit that come across like Trix cereal. A pretty soft floral note comes in behind the fruit.

To continue -- My first inclination is to dark, stone fruit combined with age. Dried, tart cherries. Prunes, figs, raisins. An earthy sweetness--sorghum, molasses crossed with cocoa? Towards the finish I find roasted almonds and other intriguing roast/nutty characters.

To finish -- Medium body that leads to a sweeter finish than I expected. The Brett left a real linger that I didn't expect, but I enjoy it. Cheers to you, Allagash.

May 27, 2015
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richj1970 from Alabama

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a purple tinted deep brown with generous 3 finger creamy white head that lasts a good while and leaves several chunks of lacing.

S: Tart cherries, plums, and a bit of brett funk. There is a lingering note that almost a reads smoky to me.

T: Nice tart dark fruits up front. Cherry, plum, and raisins. Just a faint touch of roasted malts and unsweetened cocoa powder.

M: Medium body and nicely carbonated. Finish is just a touch sour, but very well balanced.

O: Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Lots of fruity notes and not overly sour. Not something I want to drink everyday, but a very nice departure from the norm.

May 12, 2015
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Shroud0fdoom from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12.7 ounce bottle poured into a wine glass.

I'm back with another review so I'm basically just keeping it short and to the point! This brew pours outstanding, nice dark brown murky body. There's light golden brown hues that shines, like a halo around the glass. Nice thick off white creamy head just resting gloriously on top the brew's body. Yeah, she's a looker! Like a rugged peasant girl that's a farmer by trade and gets dirty behind the shades!

The aroma is also just as outstanding! Depth of tart dark fruits (like a melange of rotten cherries and green apples) and rustic grains. Some stomach bile adding some funky complexity. Pretty pleasant and enjoyable.

Here comes the flavor! Yeah.. It's got some tart fruity notes (slightly sour cherries) with some dry cocoa that has a hint of sweetness behind it. Some Brett funk and hints of bubblegum. This finishes dry with slight acidity, lingering bubblegum and cherry pit in the aftertaste. The feel is medium-light body, vigorous carbonation.

Overall: There's not really enough going on with this brew to make it my favorite, yet the aroma makes this one to seek out. I will not buy this again for the flavor isn't really impacting me enough to seek it out. Not bad, not great yet it's dead in the flavor for me.

Mar 05, 2015
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eaglephile from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark with minimal head that quickly fades. Smells like earth, tart berries, and a tiny bit of funk. Tastes of subtle blackberries, peach, and bandaid funk; very drinkable. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall not the best small bottle from allagash, but quite enjoyable.

Feb 27, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C bottle.
bottled on June 16, 2014
poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: pours an opaque medium black bodied beer. Large dirty off white head that is easily 3 fingers tall and is composed of creamy and dense bubbles. Heavy lacing is left on the side of the glass and the beer slowly drops down to a thin cap. Pretty long lasting head; good head retention for this beer. Really nice looking beer just like most of the other allagash beers.

Smell: light roast and hint of sweetness. Earthy, oaky, and funky. Fruity and leathery brett notes.

Taste: The beers starts off with a light tartness and an earthy oak barrel, hints of light roasty malt mix in there as well. Light funk combines with semisweet chocolates. Vinous and earthy flavors comtinue to unfold in this beer around mid drink. The funk starts to show itself more now. Earthy, musty rotten hay, and leathery funk flavors. Acetic flavors begin to build towards the end of the beer, building up from being tart to becoming slightly sour. A general fruitiness encompasses the beer and more chocolate flavor shows up as this beer warms up and opens up. Lots of complex flavors here, really nice. It seems like each sip has a different character about it. Allagash showing some serious finesse with barrel aging here.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with carbonation that is at a moderate level. The carbonation is pretty creamy and not much for dry characteristics of this beer, but there is a slight dryness in the finish of the beer. Very drinkable beer. Drinks like it is a 5% abv sour beer, but surprisingly enough it clocks in at 7.3% abv.

Overall: This is a pretty nice beer by Allagash! Very different and interesting. I cant say that I would call this a soured stout, but it is defiantely a dark beer with brett. Perhaps it could be considered a combination of a black saison, a wild ale, and a mellow porter. As always... Allagash delivers an awesome looking beer, with nice complexity from the flavor profile, and a great mouthfeel to boot. Should I just move to Portland Maine to be closer to the source of so many great wild ales?

Feb 26, 2015
Midnight Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 728 ratings