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Fallen Angel - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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88
very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 26
Gots: 15 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: brewandbbq on 12-19-2006)
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Elprico, Jan 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

mctizzz, May 27, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Earthy!
This beer pours a hazy yellow/gold. decent head at first, holds pretty damn well. smells alot like horny devil but with more belgian yeast tones. Some appley taste toward the finish. estery taste with some yeasty and slightly citrusy aftertaste. mouthfeel is good, perfect carbonation for the style. The drinkability is high, this is close to a true belgian pale. Its quite good, but there are some better. Great brew.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of RickS95
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

RickS95, Apr 05, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

hooliganlife, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Nage37, Sep 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Keith_R, Oct 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

GRG1313, Oct 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally opened this badass-labeled belgian last night for my 27th birthday. Created 6-6-6, destroyed 12-15-09.

I have had this one in my collection for awhile now, so it has grown in expectation and mystery each time I had gaze upon it in my cabinet...

I poured this for myself into a chimay goblet, the nicest glassware my mom has in her house (that I gave her)while waiting for my brother to shower, dinner and movie on the schedule for the night. I really said "oh wow really?" to the very light pale blonde/straw/golden hued liquid that came out. I didn't expect it to be really dark, but maybe I did given the whole 666 thing, maybe just a dark golden, but not this light. The carbonation is very apparent from the first pour, with bubble rising incessantly to the egg white frothy ceiling. A little hesitant, i opt to swirl and let this sit for a few. The lacing that remains is thick and white, overall lookin good!

The nose reminds me right off the rip of granny smith apples and green grapes. I'm thinking they grabbed a bottle of some ocean spray juice blend and thought it was a good idea.

Again, a bit surprised by how mild this tasted as opposed to the nose and my overall expectations. Not that this was weak in flavor, but I am assuming the age has mellowed this down quite a bit. The carbonation at first was a bit high, but after some more waiting and swirling it reduced to an acceptable level. I'm left with a residue of apples and pears in my throat. The body is also a touch thin to me, I wanted it to be a little more impressive at 8%.

A few minutes of waiting aside, I pretty much HOUSED this one in 15 minutes or less. Soooo easy to drink. Thumbs up all around

naproxen, Jan 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

theminutemen, Sep 01, 2012
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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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

itracy63, Jun 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

AndrewBV, Feb 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 received in a seriously fantastic trade with AkBelgianBeast.... Frank had been sitting on these for a long while... I cracked the first with some very deserving Boise peeps over the weekend... poured into my small La Trappe goblet....

Very clear.. dark yellow.. foamy white head with good lace on every pour.

Nose is very Belgian but not as much as I was dreaming of... Fruity esters speak of lite peaches.. and an even lighter phenolic spiciness... some white pepper??

Flavor is more rich, but still seems on the light side... definitely reminds me of Duvel.. underripe pear and white peach... some white peppercorns are there.. good depth with every swallow.. a lighter than expected body but a big carbonation helps to make it very enjoyable... very bright...

Franklin... truly appreciated.. I hope you're digging the brews I sent you as much as I am your's.

Edit: Nobody should trade with Frank :-) His hands are full... he doesn't need or want your beers. ;-)

JohnGalt1, Sep 02, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gen from Frank, I have really been pulling through their lineup lately! This one was served right out of the cellar and poured into a snifter, consumed on 05/26/2009.
 
The pour was very nice, rich bright amber in color with a huge foamy head of white that had some light sediment in the bottom of the glass as it the end of it was poured. A decent amount of cloudiness on it as well now as it settles down though a very nice look to it overall and almost exactly what I would want from it. Light aroma, apricot, peach, and pear, light hints of apples and a nice overall presence of grassy notes are settled in amongst everything. Really clean, bright flavor here, nothing over the top, and the ABV is well mixed with in. As it warms it starts to develop a touch of a booziness but really, overall it maintains a light, grain profile that is well accented by light fruit notes. Near perfect carbonation kept this one going throughout the night.
 
Overall a very solid offering here and nearly spot on for the style. One of the better golden ales I have had in a long time and something that is a must get if you run across it for sure.

mikesgroove, May 27, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

IdrinkGas, Sep 22, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light golden yellow with a touch of bottle conditioned haze. Good amount of effervescent that feeds a solid white two finger head. The foam lingers for a while then fades to a thin film.

S-A mix of green apple, orange, lemon, and spicy yeast.

T-Taste is just like aroma, just a bit more robust with a touch of light grain. Bitter, dry bite in the finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden until you feel its warmth.

M-Slight fullness at first but that seems to fade to a more dry finish. Carbonation is lively on the ride down.

O-A enjoyable beer, but there is a sameness in it. It taste pretty much like many other Belgian golden strongs. Very similar to Duvel, but falls short of that beer in every catagory.

beorn7676, Apr 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

largadeer, Oct 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

eddsan, Oct 18, 2013
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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.

SHODriver, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again, Kyle. This lineup of Midnight Sun brews that you contributed to our tasting is something I likely will never see again. Beer number 21 of day 2, and number 30 overall for the "Most Epic Fucking Tasting You Wish You Were a Part Of," as Dyan coined it.

This was part of the newer batch, in 22oz bottles rather than the corked-and-caged 720mL of the first batch. The pour reveals tons of carbonation, even though the head is somewhat weak, there are tons of bubbles that push towards the surface nonstop. The color is a dirty straw-like brown.

The aroma is characteristic more of a tripel than it is of a Belgian Pale Ale. Fruity esters, dry malts, and the signature spice of Belgian yeasts pack the nose. Once tasted, there is a surprising sourness that I don't think anyone saw coming. The sourness fades to the back as the tripel characteristics again take over. This is more of a tripel than the Panty Peeler that we tried earlier. Cloves and black pepper come through in the finish.

The finish brings on a nice drying malt profile. Not the best tripel that I have had (I will insist on calling it one), but solid nonetheless. The sourness makes me wonder if some lactic acid bacteria or some bretty managed to sneak its way into this batch. I have another bottle that I plan to age, so I guess we will see!

NittanyBeerFan, Apr 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for breaking open this bomber at a tasting...
Appears a hazy, medium gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap and chunky collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left behind.
Smell is of straw, confectioners sugar, pils malt, light citrus, and doughy bread. It's almost like I inhaled some fresh pastries.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some tangerine notes pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, earthy, slightly herbal, and floral.

weeare138, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

DavoleBomb, Apr 12, 2012
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Fallen Angel from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.