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Fallen Angel - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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88
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%


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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Reviews by ffejherb:
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 04:20:05 | More by ffejherb
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ChaseBeer

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-08-2014 01:43:01 | More by ChaseBeer
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RickS95

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 03:36:41 | More by RickS95
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 19:23:09 | More by lordofthewiens
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unclekeith

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-12-2014 15:17:12 | More by unclekeith
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AndrewBV

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -30%

02-28-2014 02:27:17 | More by AndrewBV
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle into tulip:

A: somewhat hazy golden yellow colored body with a slim half finger white foamy head that dies within a half minute leaving some nice clingy lacing sticking tot he sides of the glass

S: it starts off with that "iced apples" thing I normally use to describe a fair amount of tripels and then combines with a very strong lemon and coriander sort of spicy character, some Belgian yeasty notes come out but they're extremely subdued for the most part of the beer

T: bittersweet perhaps becoming tart through a combination of the lemon finding its way to intricate itself amongst the flavoring, super dry lemon-like aftertaste and finish

M: light to medium, harshness comes at me like a brick wall - wow - pummeling my taste buds into submission; carbonation is not smooth in any sort of way

O: well, if anything this lives up to its name, its a fallen angel, one who is bitter and harsh for what it portrays to the drinker. For a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, I say this is good. Would I have this again, hmmm...., maybe, I think there's a good chance. I could definitely see this with a nice broiled fish dinner, perhaps some King Salmon.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 10:01:48 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Elprico

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-05-2014 19:17:12 | More by Elprico
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-30-2013 00:47:22 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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WMEugene

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

12-15-2013 02:09:15 | More by WMEugene
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-30-2013 03:47:43 | More by vermilcj
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GTB

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-29-2013 13:44:51 | More by GTB
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

10-19-2013 20:59:42 | More by largadeer
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eddsan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

10-18-2013 20:51:39 | More by eddsan
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:59:43 | More by Axnjxn
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Nage37

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

09-10-2013 03:00:03 | More by Nage37
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Bubbalito

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-08-2013 03:49:46 | More by Bubbalito
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-05-2013 02:12:16 | More by Dactrius
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:58:48 | More by superspak
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andy1701

Florida

3/5  rDev -23.7%

08-17-2013 14:53:49 | More by andy1701
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 08:00:29 | More by LambicPentameter
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krome

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-19-2013 14:27:27 | More by krome
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Bnoise11

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-14-2013 02:04:28 | More by Bnoise11
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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

07-08-2013 05:57:02 | More by Zbeetleman
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HALB

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-07-2013 20:44:26 | More by HALB
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Fallen Angel from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.