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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
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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 AKBelgianBeast
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.

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 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 naproxen
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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 JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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. ;-)

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of beorn7676
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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 NittanyBeerFan
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!

Photo of weeare138
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.

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 Reswald
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber purchased at the brewery. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Dark honey color. Effervescent white head of pin-point carbonation, though not as thick as is typical for the style. Long-lasting with good lace.

Crisp and clean on the palate, but with some light fruit notes to remind you that you're drinking an ale, not a lager. The 35 IBUs provide just the right amount of bitterness and the 8% alcohol hides deceptively amongst all the flavor.

Brisk and refreshing, it's dangerously drinkable.

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

This beer was courtesy of BrewerB, who threw it in as an extra in a recent trade! Thanks again Brian!

This beer pours a medium bodied honey gold in color, slightly cloudy, and with a beautiful two finer white creamy head. It smells of yeast, light spice, honey, and pale malts. The flavors consist of dry and tart pale malt, light honey, moderate yeast, with a moderate alcohol finish. I'm surprised the alcohol comes through in the finish. It drinks smoothly and has an interesting finish for a BSPA. It's kind of dry. Overall it's a nice beer and definitely worth a try. It's not the best BSPA I've ever had but it's worth your while. Another good beer from Midnight Sun.

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 hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade (thanks Larry!).

Bottle labeled born on 6-6-6 (nice). Poured a medium and cloudy yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of pears, apples, light spices, yeast, and citrus. Tastes of pears, sweet apples, citrus, spices, and yeast. Light alcohol finish, but overall well hidden.

Notes from 9/14/07

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 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 John_M
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery today.

Hate to sound like a kid in a candy store, but I had the pleaure of spending a considerable amount of time at MS today.

The beer pours a darkish gold color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose on this one is OK, consisting of sweet rock candy and honey. Flavors replicate the nose, except there is also a light rootbeer component as well. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, as well as fairly smooth. The beer is fairly drinkable, albeit with a noticeable warming sensation after a bit. This beer is deceptively easy to drink, with the alcohol well disguised. Just another fine beer from MS.

Photo of warmstorage
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MSBC Fallen Angel

22 ounce bomber, states 8% ABV, 35 IBU.

Appearance: medium straw yellow with a slightly orange tint, off-white fairly dense head leaves almost no lacing. If someone pushed this across a dim bar and told me it was Bud, I might believe them. Until I smelled it.

Aroma: deep peppery estery Belgian yeast, with fruity or slightly sweet sugary notes. Aroma is a LOT like Duvel.

Taste: Again, a lot like Duvel: tangy sweet peppery, very slight banana, a perfect mix between sugar and aromatic estery tanginess. Delicious!

Mouth: Moderately slick, sticks around for a while. Limited alcohol warmth noted.

Overall: Delicious -- perhaps my favorite MSBC Belgian style, outside of the Seven Deadly Sins series. It really does compare favorably with Duvel, and other Belgian golden strong ales.

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

Yippee yay, motherfucker, another Midnight Sun beer that Kyle overnighted down to us. Thanks a bunch, man! This is the new batch in bombers.

The pour is hazy orange with a thin white head with decent retention and no lacing. The nose is very tripel-like with honey, citrus, mild spice, mild grass and a yeasty spiciness. Honey is quite prominent with some clove. Was there Brett involved at some point? The palate opens mildly watery with some orange juice, clove, hay, more citrus and a mild grassiness. Thin, this beer has high carbonation and is decent, if watery. Drying on the finish with honey and clove, this is solid stuff.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fallen Angel is a solid standard beer for the style,and better than most American attempts.

The beer begins with a bright and bubbly golden-orange color with an off-white froathy head that falters half way through the session, light on lacing. The second pour from the bomber contains more sediment making the beer much more hazy than the first pour.

A nice balance of fruity esters and spicy phenols balance out wonderfully, where one doesn't allow the other to dominate. Acidic fruits of lemons, under-rippenend berries, and orange peel work well with tropical mangos, appricots, and pineapple notes. White peppery, corriander and bitter orange give rise to the complexity with the low hop additions.

A sugar-cookie doughy malt aroma and taste gives more sweetness to the beer than is expected from the style. While sweeter up front, the beer dries out wonderfully in the finish. Crisp, clean and with alcohol warmth that is amplified by the carbonation.

A bit on the sweet side, the beer could use an authentic earthy hop influence from either Belgian or German Noble varieties. Though solid, Fallen Angel doesn't seem to have that 'it' quality that separates authentic Belgian Pales from the rest of the pack.

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 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.

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