Allagash Midnight Brett

Posted: January 29, 2016 in Allagash Brewing Company, American Wild Ale, Reviews

Today, we’re reviewing another beer from the state of Maine, and it’s the second beer in a row. This beer gets some really good reviews and was plenty expensive, so time to pop this one open.

midnight brett

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Midnight Brett gets its name from the Midnight Wheat we brew it with. The dark wheat gives it a deep, dark chocolate color. The aroma opens with fresh berries and sour cherries, and ends with a warm roastiness. Each sip offers smooth drinkability met with the zip of tart fruitiness on the palate. We brew this beer with 2-row, Midnight wheat, raw wheat, and rye malt. It’s hopped with a blend of Perle, Glacier, and Simcoe hops. We then add our house strain of local, wild Brettanomyces yeast. The yeast works its magic over the next eight months where the beer ferments in a stainless tank. Midnight Brett begs to be shared no matter the hour on the clock.”

Random: This was first brewed in November of 2013.

When I popped the cork on this bottle, I fully expected major overflow from it. I was surprised when all of the liquid remained in the bottle. This beer poured with a thin, light khaki colored head. It dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on my Teku glass. The body was a dark brown with high carbonation. The nose was filled with brett, tart cherries and then transitioned into a musty note with leather. The taste had brett as well, but it wasn’t as intense as the nose and the beer wasn’t all that tart. The berry note was also more pronounced with the same tart cherries and blueberries. There was a tinge of a roasty note as well with cocoa powder. The body was on the thicker side with intense carbonation, which was a bit overwhelming. The finish was quick with roasted malts and cocoa powder. This was $18.99 for the bottle, which came to $1.50 per ounce. No one can argue that this was a complex beer, but given the price tag, the transitions weren’t seamless and it could have used more tartness and less carbonation. I’m glad I got to try it, but I won’t be searching it out again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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