The Midnight Son - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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The Midnight SonThe Midnight Son

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BA SCORE
86
very good

15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 3.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
Sahti |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wordemupg on 07-03-2014

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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 6
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip. A hazy yellow-orange with a finger of firm, frothy beige head comprised of orderly layers of rather tiny bubbles. Leaves a sheet of lacing as it slowly collapses toward the middle.

Fruity herbal aroma. Banana, clove (must have used a hefe yeast here), orange, lemon, old dried pine needles, gin, something else green but a tad musty (lichen?). Interesting indeed. One might have expected the fruity and resinous notes to clash more but not so.

Taste recalls equal parts tropical fruit smoothie and pungent herbal tincture. Again, it somehow hangs together. One is initially struck by the pungency delivered by the juniper berries and peppery hops but some bubblegum, orange marmalade, lemon balm, cilantro (!), sour cherries, and rank rustic yeast. Rather bizarre, like a saison meets hefeweizen meets some Finnish resinous ghost of beers past. Fairly thick of body and reasonably fizzy as well. Finishes tart and bitter. The juniper is discernible but does not dominate. Gamey and bucolic but not over the top in this regard.

All in all, a compelling and worthy experiment. I do not claim to have any prior experience with this style but can only assume the original tasted like aftershave. As a modern incarnation, this offers something unique.

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.8%

What's better than trying your first Sahti?! Trying your first Sahti with also another classic Finnish past-time... A smokin' hot sauna!

Props to joemcgrath27 for another tasty brew, and my first venture in the Sahti world.

A - Pours a hazy orange colour, thumb of big bubble head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Fruity yeast esthers, hints of sweet clove and banana, some mild sweet resin notes and a hint of bubblegum.

T - A touch of tart sour flavours alongside toasted biscuit and wheat, hints of sour apple, candied cherries and grassy notes linger alongside a solid sour citrus rind flavour.

M - Lighter bodied, big bubbled and goes down smooth with a touch of dryness.

O - My first experience of the style, but based on the flavour profile and mouthfeel, and the BA description (with the exception of ABV), I certainly feel that this brew lives up to the true characteristics of the style. A pleasure to have had the opportunity to try.

Photo of BigBry
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Sahti style, it was already sold out in the couple stores I looked at, glad I was able to still find a fresh draft pint at the brewery.
This beer arrived looking hazy, medium golden color. Tall, dense foam, good head retention, good looking and long lasting lace.
It smells yeasty, tart/sour, and some citrus like lemon peels.
The taste is a combo of malt, yeast, lemon, and some spiciness, earthy hop leaf.
The carbonation is high keeping it crisp and refreshing, the body is light towards medium,
dry finish.
Combines elements of a wit/wheat, and a saison.
As mentioned, my first of the style, so have no reference point to compare, but, I did enjoy this one (and therefore has become my personal measuring stick).

Photo of leaddog
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours an amber colour with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - yeast, banana, clove, citrus, hint of juniper, spicy hops.

Taste - Very similar to the aromas with the yeast, banana, clove, citrus, touch of juniper berry pepperiness, and closes with the spicy hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry with a touch of the juniper berry and spicy hop bitterness.

Overall - For my first go at the Sahti style, this is definitely a refreshing brew with a pleasant juniper berry pepperiness and a spicy hop profile. Good on Wild Rose for expanding their profile.

Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle - this has to be the first commercially made Sahti ever, in Alberta - my Finnish relatives here are really not the beer-making types.

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some decent electrostatic pattern lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of sharp earthy yeast straight off, followed up by some mildly astringent pine, spruce, and well juniper, I suppose (gin is my only reference here, and gin is what I'm getting) green vegetation, bready, crackery pale malt, strangely gamey orange preserves, chewing gum, overripe lemon, and muddled savoury spice. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, gritty farmhouse yeast, musty orange and lemon, an almost saline-like warm spiciness, further fruitiness from the berry-like juniper twigs, with additional pine, wet leaf, and woody herbal hop notes.

The carbonation is fairly tight in its slowly reeled out frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and pretty plain in the smoothness department, the acridity of yeast and forest floor detritus equally culpable. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness and malt sweetness carrying enough extra ammo to maintain a low-grade ground war with all that lingering green, woody flora character, if need be.

From my limited experience with the style (and one of them was from Dogfish Head, which, as much as ya gotta love them, wasn't all that adherent to traditional style, despite their effective marketing to the contrary), it seems like the fictional (?) Albertan Midnight Son did well in dredging up the goods in Suomi. What comes after that is simply a pleasant assembly of the constituent ingredients, and a small ticker's orgasm can now be heard murmuring across Wild Rose's distribution area.

Photo of wordemupg
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 11/7/14

A hazy, glowing golden orange liquid with tiny suspended particles throughout, enough clarity too see some slow bubbles feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves some polka dot lace

S juniper, spruce, and pine, wet twigs and leaves, farmhouse yeast, bubblegum, orange marmalade, spice I can't place, menthol, smells interesting to say the least

T not really sure where the nose went, everything's well toned down, woody, the yeast sticks out with a little orange rind, pretty tame compared to the nose

M lighter side of medium, a little foamy, slick on the palate, rind and spruce on the finish

O the nose was great but it didn't quite follow through in other areas, different for sure and that on its own would be enough reason to try it

Gotta give Wildrose props for trying new things and this was an interesting brew that left me a little confused. I'm going to remember this one because I've now tried every style of beer listed on BA, it could be a world class version of a Sahti for all I know.

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The Midnight Son from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.