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Allagash Midnight BrettAllagash Midnight Brett

Brewed by:
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 kojevergas
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.


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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste and nose of burnt rubber and plastic. This is one of the worst beers I've had in a while. Not a fan, and I can't believe this carries such a respectable rating here...

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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 smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown color. Light passes through the edges easily, but not the center. Lasting, but thin, head. Only a couple of spots on the glass.

Sweet and sour berry aroma. I can also really sense the alcohol warmth in the nose.

This beer starts out far more dark than the smell indicates--a bit of molasses and toasted bread. The flavors than shift to the smell with a definitive sourness, like blackberries. Lots of carbonation, but relatively rich as well.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger off white head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Bretty, farmyard, merlot grapes, yeasty, light to medium bodied, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Taste: Brett is bearable and enjoyable. Merlot grapes, funky, tart, bready, yeasty,

Mouthfeel: Smooth, pucker, tart, funky, barnyard, rubber tires, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, some bitterness,

Overall: This beer has got better with age. Brett is more bearable and this beer was finished before I knew it.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottled on 10/31/14

This beer pours with lots of head that stays around forever. The beer itself is black and mostly totally opaque but with some reddish around the edges.

The nose here is a bit tart and funky up front with a touch of light coffee undernearth.

The beer itself is a bit of coffee, very light, and some roasted malts. Nothing too overpowering. This then fades a bit and there is a hint of sweetness (a touch of chocolate?) and also just a hint of some brett on the aftertaste. The brett here seems to be really only in the nose, pretty much a somewhat bland, fairly light tasting, stout otherwise. Probably the worst of the Allagash "limited releases" that I have tried so far.

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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 UCLABrewN84
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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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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, deep black, with a half inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like dark malt, some chocolate, and juicy sour cherries.

The cherry flavor in this one is really unexpected, but really quite tasty. The roasted malt gives off a chocolate flavor that really brings to mind chocolate covered cherries. This is mildly sour- the dark malt tampers a lot of it.

This one has a deceivingly light body, with a low amount of carbonation, and a crisp tart mouthfeel. I expected it to be slightly creamy, given the look, but it's not, which is cool.

The first dark sour I've really liked, maybe I'll actually like sour stouts someday.

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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 Maxwell
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark maroon with brown sugar highlights, it forms a small head of fizzing lightly yellowed, tan bubbles with mild retention. In body, the beer is a dark, opaque murk. On the nose, the beer smells of bristling tannic oak with raisin and dark cherry accents and a hint of plums and chocolate. Subtle brown sugar softens the edges of the nose, as well. The beer unfurls more and more as it warms in the glass, and is full of quite a few layers of complexity. On the tongue, the beer begins as tart, nearly sour with fruity accents that unfurl and then are coated in thick roasted malt bitters. The finish is lightly dry and bitter. In flavor, the beer begins as tart dark cherry pie coated in dark sugar with hints of plum. These flavors unfurl into dark, caramelly bread with roasted coffee and burnt toast character. Slight bitter, herbal hops and oak tannin enter on the finish to give structure and further complexity to the sip. The aftertaste is of bitter roast and cherries. As the beer warms, the tart cherry flavors begin to blend in with the middle and finish of the sip, which is lovely. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body, with a strong carbonation that scrubs the tongue. Mouthfeel is luxurious and smooth, with a crisp bite from the carbonation. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly dry, but with plenty of saliva on the edges of the tongue, and a slightly bitter stick to the tongue. Overall, this is a lovely dark sour with phenomenal funk and roast. If I had to label it, I would say more sour brown porter than sour stout, but honestly this beer defies modern categories; it’s a new style that needs to be further explored. This is a lovely sipper that could pair superbly with darker meats or chocolate raspberry desserts. This is a beer to try.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 10-16-2013 date.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown; almost pitch black color. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- Smells a bit like jerky. Slight smoke meets some dry, slightly funky Brett. Subtle raisins and dark fruits.

(T)- Slightly funky, but with that meaty jerky character from the smell. Brett is present but subtle. Finishes strongly of raisins.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Its just a bit odd with the jerky character to this; kind of throws it off for me.

(O)- This is a bit of a weird one for me, was not expecting this dried meat aroma and smell to the beer overall. Might benefit from time, but its a strange beer considering Allagash made this.

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Photo of portia99
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml C&C bottle poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a dark brown/near blackish color with a thick, several finger cap of grayish tan foam that is super dense and shows neverending staying power. After the shape holding cap of foam finally dissipates a bit, tons of thick foamy lacing is left on the glass.

S - Mildly tart and sour up front, loads of fruity berry aromas, sour cherries, mildly earthy funk, a bit of sweet tarts.

T - Nice hop bitterness that wasn't evident in the aroma gives the first impression on the tongue. Tartness is extremely mild...almost disappears. Earthy, medicinally bitter brett character kicks in nicely, traces of phenolics, light roast, fairly dry overall.

M - Fairly light in body, thin but not watery with a mild carbonation that edges on the foamy side. Phenolic, faintly tart, earthy, medicinal...

O - Interesting, a bit different, but just ok overall. Not one of my favorite Allagash offerings - I guess they all can't be winners, but they have a pretty good track record with me. This one is fine, but I won't run out to grab the stragglers left on the shelves either.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Dark dark brown almost black. Head is a loose creamy khaki. Nice streaks of lacing. A bit bubbly on the pour.

Smell: Soft layers of Brett funk. A bit earthy with some damp musty elements. A touch tart with a mild almost lactic element. Sweet roasted malts. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, and cocoa. Caramel malt sweetness. A touch medicinal with a phenolic element. Some bready sweetness.

Taste: Mildly roasted malt. A touch of chocolate malt coupled with cocoa and some coffee bean thrown in. Brett adds some soft funk with a mild tart edge. Some earthy and damp yeast. Super clean for Allagash thanks to the stainless steel. The missing oak is noticeable. A touch of lemon thrown in the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a moderate carbonation. A touch crisp with a clean, super clean for Allagash, finish.

Overall: Deep dusk.

Roasted and mildly bretty. Soft and mild for Allagash. The oak would have helped.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 7/4/14

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - not exactly midnight black, but definitely rich - pours with a large, light tan head, retains a small cap, leaves some nice streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Dark brown and chocolate malts with a nice amount of funk - brown and chocolate malts, with some roasted, lightly burnt malts - some funk, doesn't really scream Brett, but it's definitely in here - some musty, damp sourness, works well with the chocolate malts - some dark and stone fruits as well

Taste: Dark brown, caramel, and chocolate malts with some light sourness and funk - chocolate malts and some caramel grains - light malty sweetness - some light Brett notes with some wet funk - some stone fruit and dark berry skins - a bit leathery and phenolic

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, dry finish

Overall: Probably more refined than 2am Brett

This has some decent Brett funk with a nice base of chocolate and caramel. I don't think that the flavors really merge as well as they could, but this is definitely good. I have another bottle aging, and I'm curious what will happen in a few years.

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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 MagicJeff
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a caged/corked bottle dated Oct. 16, 2013 into my snifter.

A: Dark brown body, slightest brown/off-white head. Head is retained nicely throughout my entire time drinking. Lots of debris/particles in pour.

S: Some cherries/slight blueberry. Slightest vinegar notes. Little bit of lemony funk.

T: Not tart by any means. I'm picking up some berry (blueberry and cherry, probably more blueberry); some bitter coffee notes mid-taste, and I also get some barnyard funk on that end. slightest chocolate/mocha finish. If this thing was more tart, I think this would be amazing.

M: Medium to medium-full bodied. Kind of dry, despite the creamy and ever-present head. Don't really taste much booze, drinkable.

Overall: I think this thing would taste much better fresh. The funk from the bret made this beer taste dry to me for some reason; it seemed to have over powered the fruit presence . I probably shouldn't have let this age for so long. Also don't understand the high price for this beer. I give it a B+ overall.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle dated 10/16/13

A: Dark brown pour with thick creamy head.

S: Metallic aroma with roasted malts, earthiness, hay, dark fruits and band-aid.

T: Mildly acidic (lactic). Ashy, roasty malts (smoked?), dark fruits and funk mixed with band-aid. There is a bit of an astringent bitterness on the finish.

M: Creamy carbonation but thin; easy drinking.

O: Reminds me a little bit of a Fantome saison in terms of the yeast profile and off flavors. I give it extra points for being interesting but in the end its not my favorite and not a great value.

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Third time having this brew. Finally opening my own bottle.

A- Poured to a few goblets with a black body but a thinner appearing body. Fizzy light tan head up to about a finger with a foamy texture. Retention is pretty good. Spotty lacing and some nice legs.

S- Fruity brett character with some signature cherry pie and barnyard funk along with a slight hint of band aid. Tiny amount of roast character but overall the aroma is surprisingly tame. Some citrus and stone fruit.

T- After a few sips the dry, dark roasted and toast grains open up to basically balance the Brett half and half. Yeast side of things provides cherry pie, stone fruit pith, lemon citrus and dry straw.

MF- Fairly light body but some thickness remains compared to other AWAs, a slight creamy silky texture. Carbonation at a moderate level providing some foamy, crispness.

Good Brett character without being overly funky or unbalanced. The dark malts provide nice flavors but overall the beer is fairly relaxed and just smooth.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out really black which was a surprise with a highe 3 finger beige head with good retention with not much lacing.

Smell is a little brett, cherry, definitely some sour funk. Really smells nice.

Taste is a little darker malts and brett forward at about the same abundance. Definitely some sour funk with a strange dark malt funk that I have never tasted but it is really nice. Really not as much cherry in the taste but there is a little which makes it nice. Really a unique taste.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin as I would expect but there is a little thickness when swished arounf the mouth.

Overall this is a quite a funky beer. Really haven't tasted dark malts and brett in the same beer like this but it works pretty well but is sorta weird. The slight cherry taste is really nice and even better in the nose. Really glad a generous trader let me get a taste of this as it is really unique.

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Photo of MarcWP
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decanted into Russian River stem.

Appearance is dark brown with hints of light coming through around the edges. Huge fluffy light creamy toffee colored head that lingers potently. Huge lacing on the sides of glass

Aroma is definitely roasty with herbal, apricot, pear Brett notes. The combination of roasted malts and yeast create a leather and musky character. Horse saddle also a result from the Brett funk and earthy/burnt toffee malts combining forces on the olfactory system.

The palate confirms the former with an abundance of coffee and bitter chocolate coming through and secondary flowery and pear brettanomyces aftertones pulling in at the finish. No sourness to speak of. Subtle spices linger on the finish and present themselves briefly at the front of the palate as well.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with ample carbonation. Slight bitter and pretty dry finish.

A nice brew and change of pace but Still not really thrilled by the dark Brett/sour beers. A bit contradictory compilation of flavors in the style. But this one has some interesting elements and is very drinkable.

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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 Lothore
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a pitch black hue with a huge, chunky brown head that leaves plenty of lacing on the way down.

S- Brett, strawberries, bright fruit notes

T- Brett up front, light fruits, slight sour notes that lead into a wave of deep toasted malt. Smoke, campfire.

M- medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- extremely interesting brew that is just not my cup of tea.

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Allagash Midnight Brett from Allagash Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 710 ratings.
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