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Fallen Angel - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 26
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewandbbq on 12-19-2006

Fallen Angel Golden Ale, first brewed on
6-6-6 [JUN 6, 2006], is named in the tradition of Belgian golden strong ales--after the devil himself. We call this beer our "original sin" because it spawned our 2007 Deadly Sin beer series.

Midnight Sun's Fallen Angel Golden Ale is a traditional Belgian-style golden strong ale--deep gold in color with tiny, conniving bubbles forming a very thick, meticulous head. Effervescent and crisp, this delicious ale tempts the palate with apple, pear and a little earthy mustiness. Its beauty and brightness is angel-like in appearance but the devil in is its strength.

35 IBU
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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 58
Photo of Zach136
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy gold, thin collar, meh lacing.

Aroma: Light yeast driven aroma and toasty malt.

Flavor: Light, sweet, slightly sugary with a touch of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation and medium light body.

Overall: Easy to drink, but lacks the depth and intensity of flavor most BSPA's have.

Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

A-deep golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-apple, clove, banana, earthy, candy sugar, yeast

T-yeast, bready malt, candy sugar, apples, clove, earthy, little hoppy, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with mod,erase carbonation, crisp

O-decent belgian pale ale, easy drinking in spite of the ABV

Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great out of the glass. It's a pale necatarine color, hazy. The head is a brilliant white, thick and frothy. Great retention and a sticky lace. Really an attractive beer.

They've found the Belgian scent. Classic notes of white pepper, pear, and green apple. You can almost smell the sweet, spicy flavors.

Comes up just a hair short in the taste department. Very yeasty. The pepper is dominant but never over the top. A bit of alcohol with each sip. Some hop presence in the finish.

There are layers and complexity to keep your palate guessing. There's a splash of citrusy fruit up front. The spicy pepper takes over soon after and never lets go. A savory hop character picks up from mid sip, at which point the alcohol warms things. A dry finish leaves your tongue with a bit of a warm pucker. Medium bodied and fairly tart.

One of the better beers I've had from Alaska. It's very close to something a Belgian would be proud to drink.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a tulip this beer was a clear gold color. There was a minimal white head.

Grassy hops aroma. Some citrus. Sweet malt.

Grassy hops, Lemon. A little funky. Bready.

This beer was OK, with a neutral mouthfeel. I kind of liked it, but wasn't in love with it. I would probably drink it again, but wouldn't go looking for it.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 release. bomber into a teku glass.

Pours a crisp golden color with a inch in ch thick white, lasting head. Smell is of yeasty malts and lemon grass, lovely. The taste is real farmhousey/belgian yeast dominating your palate. Tad of bitterness at the end. Herbal, dry finish. Very sticky. Pear is the dominant fruit flavor but its mild. Not the best of the style but pretty good. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall a good belgian styled ale. Recommended!

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, apricot, grape, clove, pepper, banana, bread, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of pear, apple, grape, apricot, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, apricot, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, herbal and yeast earthiness. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors with a balanced malt backbone; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with nothing visible to mark it's bottling or "best by" date. Poured into a Boulevard Smokstack tulip glass.

Appearance - Promising start, with a brassy amber body topped by a foamy two-finger head that sticks around for several minutes before settling to a substantial one-finger froth and leaving sticky, pronounced lacing. Head is creamy white and this is overall a very beautiful beer.

Smell - First sign of a problem begins to arise with the aroma. Dominated by bitter, arresting tones of ester and the pleasant floral overtones I usually love in this style are muted. A good BSPA, in my eyes, will give me as much satisfaction, just from sticking my nose in the glass and breathing in the wonderful layers of aroma, as it does from drinking. This one really made me want to avoid breathing deeply while drinking. Disappointing.

Taste - Better than the smell, the bitterness is still present, but more subdued. Now the fruity phenols are more present as well, with some tropical fruits and a sweet yeasty characteristic, like sweetened bread. I also get a distinct flavor from the grain--it makes me think of pilsner malt in it's crispness. Alcohol heat becomes a bit more obvious as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Decent, and as expected for the style. Carbonation on the high side of moderate, with a continuous stream of bubbles rising through for the duration of the session. Medium bodied and a semi-dry finish.

Overall, just not a very good representative of the style for my money. There are so many that are easier to get and better that I'm not likely to have this one again. Hoping that the other bottle of Midnight Sun beer I have is better.

Photo of Kuaff
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my snifter.

This Belgian strong pale ale doesn't have an overly flashy appearance. It's a clear gold color with minimal haze and basically has no head save for a thin sheet of white foam which fades quickly. But appearances are superficial. On to more important things...

For being called "Fallen Angel," it smells heavenly. Or maybe I should say "like temptation," hehe. The aroma is like fruity candy... I think I can recognize scents of apple, peach, and maybe a little mango (jeez I love mangos). QUITE intoxicating.

Taking a sip of this beer is like drinking a liquified loaf of yeasty, freshly baked white bread. It's slightly sweet, but it has just the right amount of hoppy bitterness to offset this and balance out perfectly. It feels like it could be a mere half of the 8% ABV, by the way. The definiton of "dangerously drinkable," I believe.

The carbonation is perfect. I have little else to say about it because it functioned so seamlessly well.

Ah, Midnight Sun. You never fail me. This one's right up there with Duvel in my book.

"How far will you fall?"... so asks the label on the bottle. My answer: I'll fall as far as is necessary to indulge in some Fallen Angel!

Photo of hooliganlife
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2006 thanks to Dan.

Pour was very pale faint straw yellow, light haze. Little head.

Apples, loads of apples. Maybe some grapes. Light sweetness.

Similar to the nose, apples and loads of funk. Old flavors, tastes like it had been sitting around. Fairly light and muted pale malt.

Very light for an 8% Belgian strong.

Honestly, this was great. I doubt fresh even could compete on this level.

Photo of impending
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

B+

22oz into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed coppery gold, minor egg cream colored head, ok lacing.

Aroma is of yeast and subdued crystal candied fruits.

Taste is a mildly sweet turn to mildly dry. Aftertaste is of a mild bitter, hops and tree bark. Something off in the flavor that remains attractive none the less. Shy of medium bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Photo of Thorpe429
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Healthy Spirits into a Midnight Sun goblet.

Pours a beautiful golden color with a massive fluffy white head that sticks around for 15+ minutes. Loads and loads of lacing on the way down. The beer itself is perfectly clear with plenty of visible carbonation bubbles for the duration.

Unfortunately, the rest of the beer isn't quite as good. The nose brings some very light fruit notes plus a touch of alcohol and some nice phenols. Not much depth or complexity. The flavor is quite similar. Some fruit and pepper there, but the yeast isn't expressive enough.

Body is light-medium with high carbonation and an odd dryness to the finish. It's not quite crisp given how high in carbonation it is. As it warms, this appears to be a bit of graininess and accompanying tannins.

Overall, this is just okay, though extraordinarily impressive in its Duvel-like appearance.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Bilbosnuts for this.

4.0 A: Hazed yellow-orange-brown color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is decent and moderate amounts of lacing left.

4.0 S: Quite earthy with a good amount of hay, dirt, and rotting wood. Moderate peppery spiciness, lightly sugary, flowery and earthy hops, and a light citrus. Peach and apple fruitiness.

3.5 T: A good bit like the nose. Peppery spice, hay, earthy, woody. Moderate yeastines, lightly sugary with earthy hop flavor. Peach and apple fruitiness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good active carbonation. Spritzy, but could be more so. Lightly creamy and could use some more of that too.

3.5 D: Another tasty beer by MS. They never let me down.

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep yellow to light orange with a finger of head with decent retention comprised of many small bubbles
S: Smells slightly lemony with some yeasty breadiness and some slight spice, a little grassy and some floral hop aroma
T: bready and grassy malt flavor kicks things off followed by some slight musty fruitiness, and a faint floral hop flavor rounds things out along with some apple skin flavor and a slight spiciness from the yeast. Aftertaste is more fruitiness and alcohol like that fades quickly although isn't very prominent from the start
M: slightly prickly carbonation and slightly thin in the mouth
O: Great flavors and pretty complex, these folks up north know their way around a belgian style beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy blonde color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of semi-sweet Belgian style malt backbone with light fruity ester. Taste is also an interesting mix between some semi-sweet Belgian-style malt with nice attenuation level with some fruity notes Body is quite full with good level of carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done with nice drinkable feature.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a brownish orange in color with murky yellow highlights and a light transparent ring of brown hovering at the top. There was a very thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the top.

S: I could definitely sniff out some pear and apples on the first whiff alongside some sweet belgian yeast but with a touch of brown sugar.

T: the belgian yeast character was more potent on the palate alongside the pear apple fruits, brown sugar, mild pineapple, and slight hop bitterness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, yeasty, slight fruity, and mild hoppy finish.

O: it actually was a solid golden belgian and also had nice fruit forward flavors.

Photo of beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle pours cloudy yellow with a fine bubbled white head. Nose has some sharpness, some citrus and crisp, sweet candy sugar, but also a sweet, doughy softness from the yeast. The taste starts with a slight fruitiness before giving way to the biscuity malts and Belgian yeasts. The finish has more of the Tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is clean and nicely carbonated but still goes down very, very smooth. This is yet another good offering from Midnight sun, a highly drinkable Belgian with almost undetectable 8% alcohol presence. A little less body than a typical Belgian Strong. But very nice.

Photo of steve8robin
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to get some Midnight Sun as an extra from Imperialking. 22oz bottle...

A: A gorgeous murky golden colored brew with a nice fluffy white head that fades at a slow pace. Very good.

S: A mild bready scent upfront with a mild hop blended well. A mild sweet malt makes an appearance. Good.

T: It starts with a hop quickly overtaken by a bready malt. Breadiness is then overtaken by a very sweet malt flavor. Can taste the 8% ABV very obviously. Decent.

M: Medium body with a hard carbonation. A sweet malty finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. I'm not a huge golden ale guy, but this is a good golden ale. I'd definitely give it a try if you like golden ales and would like a unique twist on the style.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks UncleJedi!

A-Body is a hazy translucent straw yellow color. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is bright. Lots of lemon, citrus, a hint of funk, and bready yeast.

T- A lot of citrus and aple upfront with some floral hop overtones. Funky and bready yeast backbone. Finish is more citric than bitter and leaves behind very little residual bitterness.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a nice full bready and citric mouthfeel.

O- Overall this is a great beer. Its very saisonlike with and extra addition of citrus and hoppiness.

Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend shared this with me the other night at a tasting. The pour was golden yellow, big white head, light lacing. I thought the aroma was tame for the style, frutity, peaches and pears, some alcohol. The taste is about like the nose, somewhat boozey finish, fruity. The body is medium, average carbonation, light alcohol. Pretty average for the style, nothin really stands out.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed golden orange with ample tight off white head and big lace. The nose is balanced and interesting, bright yeast notes, lemon and candied sugar, notes of ginger, some light doughy malt, with notes of white pepper. The taste is similar, smoother and creamier than expected, lemon, ginger, white pepper and some dough notes. Rather dry finish, assertive carbonation, lively palate. Very tasty and balanced.

Photo of ffejherb
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber shared with friends on 9/20/11.

A - Poured a clear golden liquid reminiscent of a white wine with a thin, bright white head that reduced to a patchy film and minimal lacing.

S - Initial nose produces a fume of alcohol, toasted grains and a hint of citrusy hops. Belgian yeast imparts moderate spiciness with notes of clove, giving the nose a bit of an earthy flair.

T - A warm alcohol tang is first evident after my initial sip, but it is flanked by a hint of citrus rind, sharp herbal notes and a hint of sweet honey. Mild earthy notes emerge in the backend and develop into a slight mustiness amid a hint of fruity sweetness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and minimal carbonation. Finishes with an earthy hop bite and hint of sourness on the palate.

D - Seemed a bit boozy for an 8% ABV beer. While not a small beer by any means, I felt it lacked something despite having lots going on. Perhaps it was a bit too complex for its own good.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into Duvel tulip.

The first pour was gorgeous. In pouring the rest of the bottle I went to far and poured in the yeast. Needless to say, this act has been detrimental to my enjoyment of the beer.
It looked fantastic, smelled an tasted delicious, and was really quite a great beer--- now though, it is lessened in every aspect. My score reflects my thoughts BEFORE the great yeast invasion, though it is now much harder to dissect each component.

Smells grainy and lightly sweet. The taste has a light sweetness, lemony citrus notes, a touch of bubblegum, and a very nice Belgian yeast.

The body is just about perfect-- on the light side with a good airy feel.

This is the best American made Belgian golden I've had. Very tasty and nice.

Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dry, peppery, and rather austere ale. Any traces of malty sweetness seem to have disappeared. Quite sharp and with a very thin mouthfeel. Looks quite nice with its pale lemony color and nice lacing. Tastes more like a very dry Saison seasoned with pencil shavings. Hops emerge with a long bitterness. Aroma reminds me of drying concrete.

Very coarse carbonation, which may be a product of more age than is good for it. I like this style, but I don't think this is a very good representative. The more I sip the more odd this tastes, like it has discovered a new kind of bacteria. This is not really bad beer, it is just such a peculiar and unfriendly flavor I leave it to others to decipher it.

Tasted again 01/21/2011 - Bottle marked June, presumably 2011. Rather spritzy, quite dry, just slightly hazy. Still tastes like a strong Saison with a lot of yeast and a fairly harsh Belgian funkiness.

Photo of brotherloco
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber. Label notches are microscopic, but I believe this was bottled Jan 2011.

Pours cloudy pale gold into a tulip. A couple of fingers of white head, settles down, and not as big a head as most Belgians. A good amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

Absolute Belgian nose, fruity (apples, pears) with earthy wild yeast. Some spice. Citrus notes and a tinge of sour.

Taste follows the nose, mildly sweet, but a distinct sourness emerges in the middle of the flavor that reveals the presence of what I believe is Brett. I just recently had an Anchorage Brewing Co. Whiteout Wit (brewed w/ Brett), and this tastes quite similar. Similar, but the flavor is smoother and sweeter overall. No trace of the alcohol.

Creamy mouthfeel, sticks to the mouth but with a decent amount of carbonation. On the flat side for a Belgian, but doesn't really hurt the beer.

666.

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fallen Angel retains a golden colour and angelic complexion (although a little chill haze prevents perfect transparency). For a Belgian-style ale it doesn't have the typical head, the kind that's tall enough to ride any roller coaster at the amusement park, but instead has one that combines with its lacing to look uniquely like a jellyfish, the glass an aquatic museum.

The aroma has some phenols and esters, but they're as much a product of alcohol as yeast. It's the smell of pale malts coated in sugar that makes the most resounding impression. At first glance (err, sniff) it actually does resemble the style's holy classic, Duvel. A bit of garden variety English hops seep through as well. We're on the right track so far.

The taste tends to drop out on the finish, and not really show up on certain sips, but then again that's to be expected from a beer made pretty much exclusively of pale malt. Like the straightforward grape character you'd find in a conventional white table wine, this beer's malts give off a soft grainy breadiness, and they're even coated in a similar sugariness to boot.

The yeast seems neutered by Belgian standards - it gives off only minimal spice, nothing like bubblegum flavours and only nominal fruitiness in the form of a stale apple-cider type flavour. It does, however, have a good deal of earthy herbal character and resounds with a dried garden herbs kind of finish, a nice balance to all the sugary sweetness.

While it might lack in the pyrotechnics department, that's not entirely a bad thing. Its modest 8% alcohol prevents any undesirable scathing and allows for bigger gulps. The mildness of the spiciness also encourages larger swallows than is typical of most Belgian ales. So what it lacks in character it gains in quaffability. A fair trade-off so far as I'm concerned.

Fallen Angel won't pass for an authentic Belgian-brewed ale but it certainly provides enough romantic residues of the classic pale, strong style to earn a respectable score. As far as the $12.99 I paid for this bomber there's no regrets, and while the money might just as well have been spent on something else, I'm glad I got to try this homage, if just this one time.

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Fallen Angel from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.