Jan 3, 2017

Allagash Little Brett

Normally, when I purchase beer for review on The Barley Blog, I typically just get the single bottle — I’ve learned that blindly buying a sixer without prior experience with the beer can be a waste of money. That wasn’t the case with Allagash’ Little Brett, however. Singles were available, but it’s almost a no-brainer when it comes to purchasing products from the Maine brewery, so a four pack of this 4.8% ABV wild ale.

Brewed with the company’s house strain of Brettanomyces, Little Brett also features just one malt (2-row barley blend) and one hop variety (Mosaic), as well. The result may be a beer that is simple in construct, but still presents a dynamic array of flavors with a well balanced presentation. A smooth earthy funk, hints of pineapple and a solid base of lightly toasted bread and grain combine for a satisfying and refreshing experience. The Brettanomyces also provides a soft lemony tartness and creates a lively mouthfeel that just amplifies the invigorating nature.

Little Brett is one of those beers that I could enjoy all day long — in part to the fairly low ABV, but also due to its flavors. That gentle tartness and fresh, earthy character simply make for a great drinking experience. I really hope this one comes back around this Summer as it would be perfect in the warmer months.