Allagash Midnight Brett | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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.

Added by Jason on 01-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
720
Reviews:
101
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.46%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
170
For Trade:
32
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Date bottled: 10/16/13.

Pours a murky super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, earth, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of funk bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid but mild funk presence all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY

A: The beer is nearly black in color—dark red is visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark, sour cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a little sour and has flavors of black cherries but there are also strong notes of dark malts. The sour cherry flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a lot to moderate amount of carbonation. Faint bits of tartness are noticeable.
O: You wouldn't expect this to be a wild ale from its appearance, but it has a nice amount of sourness that's not overpowering and interesting contrasting flavors of dark malts.

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3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork. Cost was $16.99 USD in New York City.

Overcarbonation is anticipated. Expectations are high given the brewery.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Creamy, foamy, frothy, smooth, thick, and even. Retention is very good - about 8-10+ minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque dark auburn-brown. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Looks good for the style, but it's not unique or special.

AROMA: Funky and lightly sour brettanomyces yeast dominates the flavour profile. Cream. Belgian malts. Sourness is quite tame - maybe a 2-3/10 in intensity. I find no true spontaneous bacterial character.

Aromatic intensity is average.

No hop profile, off-notes, or alcohol.

TASTE: Has a pleasant albeit mild sourness with some complementary subtle brettanomyces-induced funkiness - and even some spice. Belgian character is evident, with hints of raisin and plum. Sourness intensity is maybe 3/10 tops. It's got good depth of flavour though, favoring a neutral malt base to allow the other flavours to shine. The yeast is the star of the show, but I would like more sourness and complexity. Some faint grape. Light tartness. Not as earthy as more farmhouse-leaning wild ales, but still vitamin-y and yeast-emphatic.

Good duration of flavour, with an average flavour intensity. Boasts notable subtlety, particularly where the dark fruit characteristics are concerned.

TEXTURE: Surprisingly creamy and sleek, with an almost silky smoothness. Wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, and soft. Has a pleasant comforting presence on the palate. It's never too thick or syrupy. More of an acidic smackier feel would do it wonders. Carbonation is almost perfect, but a bit overdone. This'll keep for years.

This texture doesn't elevate the beer, but it does complement the taste well, though it doesn't accentuate any specific constituent notes.

OVERALL: A highly drinkable brettanomyces wild ale from Allagash. It's not worth its high price point, but I'm glad I tried it once. More good work from one of the USA's finest breweries. But not world-class, especially in a style this hard to brew.

Constructively, the creaminess of the texture (and taste) does mute the flavour profile somewhat.

B

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3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Thomas for sharing this one!
Served in a small tasting goblet, quick review from notes.

Brownish black color with a mahogany highlight around the edges. Tan foam with lasting coverage and a little spotty lace.

Mellow Brett presence in the aroma, and mild roast malt.

Taste has a mellow tartness to it, dark woody malt, dry lingering mst aftertaste of musty Brett yeast. Medium bodied, fairly drinkable. Overall it was nice to try, but not something I'd revisit personally.

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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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4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

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Allagash Midnight Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
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