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Allagash Midnight BrettAllagash Midnight Brett

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Killer- thanks to Suzanne at the blind tiger! Pours a dark mahogany color with two fingers of head, good retention, barely any lacing.

Smells awesome- lots of Brett funk, not too sour, a little chocolate.

Tastes awesome too- same kinda thing going on. Malt up front, followed quickly by Brett funk, then a lingering funk mixed with roasted malt and chocolate.

Medium bodied full carbonation. This is a keeper. Get it if you can!

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Photo of joefuzz
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at taproom in patchogue

Pours just like the name...midnight black with a tiny ring of bubbles. Smells like tart grapes with a little bit of plums. Taste is not as sour as the nose let's on, more funky with a slight sour grape twing. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with soft carbonation. Overall this beer blew me away, I hope more of this makes it into my market.

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Photo of nkelley77
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was reading the sour bible while having a craving for a spectacular brett based beer while reading. I decided to peek into the cellar and noticed this brew was a year old today(Now yesterday). Last time I had this beer was early winter of last year and rated this beer poorly for the sharpness of the brett at the time. This baby needed some time to really show off what it was capable of.

A: While undoing the cage I gave a slight twist and there was some serious pressure inside this 275 ml bottle. This ebony goddess pours midnight black following the name with a huge three finger head that takes a minute to dissipate leaving a off white millimeter head that retains for over thirty minutes.

S: Spectacular earthy nose with a slight spice note.

T: Follows the nose with a nice earthy brett character that takes over the beer. If I was not looking I would not know it was pitch black. The only sign is a slight sweetness towards the end.

F: Medium body that is fully carbonated

Overall: This was a complete WOW beer considering what it was a little under a year ago. I wish I grabbed a few more bottles. Damn what a year in a bottle can do with brett.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of badgustav
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you don't like brettanomyces, you won't like this one. It's on the nose and in the taste. The dark color gives the beer its name and is quite different than standard Belgian ales. Light on the tongue, the bite of the yeast is quite prevalent. There is an underlying malty richness to the beer. Overall, it is like nothing else I've had, and immensely enjoyable.

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Photo of Meathead27
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

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Photo of dee4maine
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The dark brown liquid arrives showing off plum highlights; a perky head leaves occasional splashes of lace behind

Smell: A range of sweet and tart jam fruits (grape, black raspberry and cherry) dominate the aroma with some leathery Brett tones underneath

Taste: The jam fruit flavors detected in the aroma jut forward bringing subtle sweet and tart elements; by mid-palate, the leathery Brett arrives, adding some additional sour tones; the finish shows off the oaky vinous character but every element of the beer is held in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Tremendous subtlety in every direction makes this beer stand out; the barrel aging here was handled with great deftness

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Photo of tigg924
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chocolate, dark fruits, and sour mix

Taste: dark and sweet milk chocolate, lots of balck cherries, light blueberry, and sour mix

Mouthfeel: sour with a slightly sweet start and a dry semi-bitter finish, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: Really enjoyed the sour cherry and dark chocolate combination. Glad I was able to find this on draft. I would certainly pick this up again. One of my new favorite beers from a brewery that I like.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to joefuzz for the tip on this one. Decided to head over to the tap room for lunch to see what the hub bub was all about. Showed in a snifter. Maroon purple with minimal head. Smell is grape and dark fruit. Nice sweetness. Really smooth, easy drinker. Not really all that sour, but good tartness on the finish. Word is this might go to bottles, paint me excited. Great sour for those who don't love overly sour beer. Will be interesting to see what time does to it if it does get bottled.

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Photo of Budlum
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of KalH
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caught this on tap at Nocturnem earlier today. They had some left over from the Allagash Tap Takeover last night and so I gladly obliged myself to a glass.

A - Black in color with a minimal tan head.
A - Funk, Dark fruits, some slight oakiness and roast
T - Wow. This was everything I expected it to be and more. The funky, bretty notes are definitely there and provide a pedestal for the well-incorporated dark fruit aspect in the flavor. Raspberry and black cherry nuances arrive in what I can only assume are those derived from the wine barrels they used. Some oak character and dark malt also reside in the flavor profile as well.
M - A very smooth and delicate brew with a nice balance in soft carbonation and even mouthfeel. The set-up allows the above mentioned flavors to wash right over the palate effortlessly. This drinks somewhat light and hides the alcohol well.
O - Would buy the shit out of this if Allagash put this into bottle production. Such a great funky stout and the flavors here are interwoven so well. Enjoyed this immensely and highly recommend it.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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?

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught in a small tulip, muddy brown, like a dark spiced rum. Modest khaki head leave slight laceing.

Aromas deliver as promised with cherry and berries. Funk comes out as well, but is secondary.

Nice sweet/tart flavors follow the aroma. Long sour finish.

Alcohol is less prominent than 7.3 suggested and carbonation is on par for the style.

Very enjoyable with Belgain friets, and worth finding again.

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Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Chocolate brown.

Aroma/Flavor: Big grape funk, touch of acid on the nose but very little on the palate. A touch of toast and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, medium light.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a beautifully packaged wild ale from allagash, dark and earthy like a good robust porter, smelling more like a sour, lemony and slightly lactic, but coming through in taste with the soiled malty roast first and an extremely dry bretty finish that really exemplifies the use of brett in a beer, its wonderful. the oak profile on this is solid too, a little sweet for a second, but really just mellowing the whole thing. the grain first yeast second trajectory is welcomed too, with a soft yet rich body like a porter or a dark ale, not bitter but lots of dark barley flavor. carbonation is comprised of so many tiny bubbles it almost seems creamy, like the frothed milk on the top of a proper cappuccino. while the nose shows a hint of souring bugs, the flavor doesnt at all, just the brett, which does an incredible job of drying things out and adding a cool flavor layer without detracting from the dusty chalky dry chocolate malt flavors. while i can easily see the flavors in this beer being polarizing, i mean, its rather unconventional, one must admit, admire, and appreciate the quality of this brew, it is simply wonderful. a real treat to get to try this stuff out here in denver.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a balloon glass. Deep brown color with a tan head that moves off quickly and shows red highlights throughout the beer. Nothing special really.

The aroma is very interesting, hinting at berries and sour funk in the profile. I get notes of vinegar, blackberries, and blueberries in this beer. The aroma is also quite potent. Really good.

Sour up front, but not aggressively sour. Blueberries, blackberries, and boysenberries are all very prominent and mix with the dark malt characters. The dark malts roasted flavors are only there in the background and even then not much. Really tasty beer. Not much alcohol present. The sour is not overwhelming, the beer is quite fruity, and it turns out to be a great tasting beer.

Full body and decent carbonation. Fluffy, dry, acetic finish.

I typically don't like dark sour ales but this has really made me think otherwise. Quite a good beer. It's drinkable yet complex. It reminds me of Dannon Mixed Berry yogurt. That is how much of a fruit profile this beer has. This one surprised me. Good one.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Sams in Durham. into an allagash flute glass.

pours a dark purple brown with an inch white head. smell is a big tart blueberries blackberry mix. excellent. taste stays true to the smell. moderate tartness with a big blackberry flavor. superb! medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall this is some great stuff. 100% recommend.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is dark brown with an everlasting beige head that leaves copious lacing behind. The aroma brings smoke, malt, molasses, leather, dark fruit, funk, oak. Well balanced and flavorful. Dark saison character. Complex and intriguing. A fun beer. This was really solid. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a tulip glass.

Super dark red body, hinting towards black. Foamy cap of mocha tan white, with a collar to match. Noticeable small carbonation.

Nose smells sweet fruit dominant. Welch's grape juice, mild little funk, good balance of sweetnees and funky character.

Sharp mild fruit sweetnees, good brett and funk mid palate almost with a nice woody roast character. Smooth wet feel, with moderate carbonation. Juicy quality slightly a bit, with grape and hints of dark red fruit, raspberries, cherry and so forth, mild pepper.

Real neat fun beer, like this sweet light fruit and brett mix.

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Photo of farmhaus
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This was bottled Oct. 16, 2013.

Appearance: Pours deep, deep reddish brown, but with a touch of translucence, and leaves a big, light tan head that takes forever to fade and leaves lots of lacing. (4.2)

Smell: Big bready malts, lemon zest, cloves, hint of banana, hint of tart cherries, maybe some cocoa. Definitely pleasant, and well balanced. (4.4)

Taste: The taste is way off the smell. Cocoa, big funk, cloves, dark fruits, hint of tart cherries, hint of banana, roasted malts. Not really sour at all, unlike the smell. Quite mild overall, but like I said the taste surprised me based off the smell. (4.05)

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carb with a medium, slightly creamy body. Finishes smooth. (4)

Overall: A very interesting wild ale. The smell geared me up for a nice, slightly sour, bready sour, but when I tasted it I was surprised with mild dark fruits, some cocoa and very little sour. Still a solid, drinkable, well balanced brew. (4.25)

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Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have had this several times but review from 03/07/14 notes. 12 oz. pour in tulip at One Mile House in NYC.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries and tart dark fruits, brett, citrus, fruity pebbles cereal, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, oranges. Nice nose, very good mix of some dark malts with brett and sour fruits.

t - Tastes of lightly sour dark fruits, cherries, brett, oranges, citrus, roasted malts, chocolate, light tang. Taste is a slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation

o - Overall I like this one quite a bit though not as much as Golden Brett. Light fruity pebbles in the nose especially, but a good mix of brett sour fruits and roasted notes. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Remember that Simpson's episode where Barney tells Duffman, "Just put it in my veins." Yeah, something like that.

Sweet yet not overly so, brett has added a lot of nuanced fruit flavors to this beer. The balance of dryness helps lend this beer it's high score.

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