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Beer Advent Calendar – Day 15: Midnight Brett Ale presented by Heather

@heathervandy, @AllagashBrewing

To celebrate the Holiday Season, and have teamed up with beer bloggers around the country to host the third annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you.  31 Bloggers Bloggingclick here for the running list of beers/bloggers.

Let’s see who is spreading holiday cheer today!

Blogger: Heather Vandenengel
Blog Name: Beer Hobo
Twitter/Facebook/Untappd: @heathervandy Untappd: heathervandy
Beer: Midnight Brett Ale
Brewery: Allagash Brewing Company, Portland Maine

Beer Details:

  • Style: American Wild Ale
  • ABV: 7.3%

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.


Why I selected Midnight Brett Ale:
While not strictly a holiday beer, a roasty, tart and fruity beer does feel festive. I picked up this 375-mL bottle at their Black Friday beer release–it was previously draft only, but is now out in a limited bottle release.

It’s perfect for when you want a dark beer on a cold night, but aren’t in the mood for anything sweet. Midnight Brett pours dark brown (midnight, almost?) with a thin off-white head and has an earthy, roasty aroma with notes of cherry and funk. Taste is dark fruit goodness and tart Brett with notes of chocolate.

Allagash never disappoints with their Brett beers (or any of their beers, really), and this is a perfect alternative winter warmer.

About Heather Vandenengel:
Heather used to write a beer column for a paper in Boston. Now she travels and writes about beer on, as News Editor for All About Beer magazine, and for Serious Drinks.

About Allagash Brewing Company:
Belgian-style focused Allagash Brewing Co. was founded in Portland, Maine in 1995 by Rob Tod. They brew seven year-round beers–from the enormously popular Allagash White to Belgian-style stout, Allagash Black–as well as many specialty, barrel-aged, wild and sour beers. “We have always strived to produce the finest Belgian inspired and experimental ales this side of the Atlantic”–read more at



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