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Review: Allagash Little Brett

Portland, Maine-based Allagash is best known for their Belgian-inspired wheat beer, but they don’t shy from experimentation with their broad portfolio of limited releases. A good example of this is Little Brett, which relies exclusively on the uncommon (and, for some brewers, unwelcome) Brettanomyces yeast, Allagash’s 2-row barley blend, and a healthy dry hopping of Mosaic hops. The experiment here is a simple enough brew (at least as far as ingredients go) that allows the Brett yeast to really shine on its own.

The beer pours a golden straw color with nice carbonation and a modest head that slowly dissipates. The Brett is immediately present on the nose with a grassy funk and buttery baked fruit notes that are almost peach cobbler except for the traces of pineapple and mango that are clearly there. The palate is refreshing with a bready and lightly bitter backbone. It’s at first dry but then turns briefly sour before finding a juicy balance between the two extremes, with subtle traces of the same tropical citrus notes discovered in the nose. I’m left wanting just a little more depth of flavor from the Mosaic hops, and maybe even from the Brett itself, but all-in-all, Little Brett is a worthy experiment from the folks at Allagash that seems particularly suited to outdoor day drinking.

4.8% abv.

B+ / $14 per 4 pack / allagash.com

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Drew Beard

Drew Beard is Assistant Editor and Social Media Manager for Drinkhacker. He has studied and written about beer, whisk(e)y, and other spirits since he first started drinking them, earning several booze-related merit badges along the way, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. In addition to his work with Drinkhacker, Drew is also Spirits Editor for Santé Magazine. A recovering Federal government employee, he is happy to have finally found a career where it is acceptable to drink on the job.

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