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Fallen Angel - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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88
very good

58 Reviews
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Reviews: 58
Hads: 118
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 7.3%
Wants: 28
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of NoonanDBarbarian
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours with a cloudy golden color and some great rolling carbonation. Topped with a large white head that sticks around. It has a nice Belgian yeast and fruit smell. It has a clean a clear flavor flavor that finishes with a small taste of fruit (apples) at the finish. Goes down extremely smooth and feels great going down. It took me longer to write this review than to finish the 22oz bottle you be the judge (412 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Edgelow for this rare brew. Brewed on 666, and inscribed with the words, "This may not be the reason we all burn in hell, but it's one of them."

A- Looks like Duvel looks in the pictures in the ads. The most perfect, beautiful half glass of pillowy white head that lasts forever and laces all the way down the glass. A cloudy(only because I swirled and poured the yeast) orange/light amber color with constant bubbles riding up the side of my glass. This beer could not be more beautiful.

S- A complex bouquet of spicy phenols, banana, esters of pear and orange, clove, white and black pepper, alcohol, yeast, golden raisin, a hint of grass, honeydew, and honeysuckle. My only complaint about the nose is that it isn't strong enough through all that head.

T- Spicy and peppery up front, especially as the carbonation carries the flavor. The head has a metallic taste to it. A bit of banana, pale malt, clove, tons of yeast, and some noble hops finish it out, as it comes to a very citrusy, spicy, and slightly bitter finish.

M- Very highly carbonated, smooth, medium-full bodied, with a long, slightly astringent and a bit numbing(from the carbonation) finish. Loses just a bit dfor the astringency... not desirable for this style, but it still seems to serve this particular beer quite well.

D- Was originally at a 4, but this really deserves a 4.5. One of the most dangerously drinkable strong ales I've ever tasted. I just downed the whole bomber myself, and could have another, easily and happily. Absolutely wonderful. If you get a chance, get your hands on this brew. (1,598 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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 (342 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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! (1,220 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of NoonanDBarbarian poured into a snifter.

This one poured a clear golden yellow with as much carbonation as I have seen in a beer. The head was two fingers when I poured and it grew to three fingers over the next five minutes due to the continuous stream of bubbles, champagne-like, and leaves sheets of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by the light fruits sweetness of apples and pears. There is also some Belgian yeast and hints of some spices as well.

The taste starts with a slight fruitiness before giving way the biscuity malts and Belgian yeasts. The finish has more of the pears and apples.

The mouthfeel is clean and crazy carbonated but still goes down very, very smooth.

This is yet another good offering from MSBC, a highly drinkable Belgian style with almost undetectable alcohol presence. Recommended. (840 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of joedon
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent version of a strong Belgian. Drinkable enough, but I was a bit tipsy after finishing off a 22 oz. bomber.

Bright gold color with a huge white, sticky head. Tons of lace and a bit of chill haze.

Smell was mostly malt, yeast and spice with a bit of esters.

Very much to style for the taste. Well balanced between hops, malt and residual sugar. Very full mouthfeel with a pleasant, slightly tangy aftertaste.

Highly recommended. (440 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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. ;-) (974 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

#666

Created 6-6-6

Although this was originally brewed 6/6/6 this is the early '08 bottling. My neighbor Dave brought me back this bottle last summer, thanks again Dave! Fallen Angel is an incredibly pale straw golden with a minor haze and a few streams of large carbonation bubbles. The head grew easily to two fingers of dish soap white but fell just as quickly to a thick collar and skim coat. There is some decent clingy lacing left behind after the head recession. I'd like to see a little better head retention. *Edit: the second and third pour provide an ample head with strong staying power.

If the nose is any indication this is one spicy brew. After the head settles there are big notes of white pepper, coriander, and mild clove in that order of intensity. The pepper is actually very prominent, I like it. A quick swirl brings the head back up and the fruitiness shows itself; big notes of pear lead the way while mild green apple stands tall in the background. There are also some sweet peach qualities I really enjoy. A spicy clean alcohol brings up the rear. This BSPA pulls me right in.

The flavor runs fairly close to the aroma but there are some differences. The spices aren't as intense and there's an earthiness on the backend that's not noticeable in the nose. Pear, peach and green apple are the showcase in the flavor with mild white pepper integrated throughout. A spicy, somewhat drying alcohol shows up on the swallow managing to add some depth. This is a good American made BSPA.

When I first poured this the mouthfeel was too prickly for the first 15 minutes or so but after letting it sit a little the prickliness calms down and a nice lively carbonation is left in it's wake. The body is moderate but there's an excellent creaminess.

I could see this being a dangerous brew. The alcohol is so well hidden and the flavors so bright I can't get enough at the moment. I'm actually drinking this way too fast.

Fallen Angel is yet another winner from Midnight Sun. They know how to nail Belgians in the best of ways and in a lot of cases put interesting, delicious twists on them. This is just a straight up BSPA but it is delicious. Thanks for the bottle Dave! (2,206 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, intense. An amazing intro for me to a cult brewery.

Pours sunny slightly hazy yellow with a vast fluffy head, like meringue. The aroma is intense and fruity, with a phenolic character reminiscent of poached pear or pear brandy. The flavor is sweet and fruity, with pear and apricot and some modest spice, a little clove and all-spice, but the fruit side of the Belgian equation is stronger. The malt is clear with a hint of what might be wheat in there, followed by a sting of noble-type hops. The mouthfeel is rich and round, with a nice prickle of carbonation. (568 characters)

Photo of Bierlerner
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Almost a hazy light orange. 3 fingers of great white head. Retention is nice. Patchy lacing.

S- Yeasty and citrusy. A bit of bread. Some cloves. And banana.

T- Bready and yeasty. A bit sweet. Definitely citrusy with some nice light fruit kisses throughout. Bananas. This is a tame version but very well balanced and awesome.

M- Medium body with low carb. Creamy mouthfeel with a great somewhat bitter dry finish.

O- I love this beer. I could drink this all Summer long too. Another great brew MS :) (505 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great extra bottle received from alaskajoe in a recent trade. Wow! Thanks for this one, Joe! Not sure of the vintage on this one...

Poured into my tulip glass a murky orange/gold with a big frothy off-white head on top. Retention is minimal, and there's little lacing. Small dark chunks float throughout this brew. I'm guessing it's yeast. Smells slightly peppery and yet sweet. Mild fruity tones waft out like peach and nectarine. Nice.

The mouth is bubbly and crisp, but not harsh in any way. Carbonation level is spot on. This is a tamer version of a Belgian Pale from my experience. The yeasty quality that I find in most is muted; it's pleasant. Flavors of honey and nectarines are the main players here. This a wonderful fruit-forward Belgian Pale that I am honored to have tried. Thanks so much, Joe, for the opportunity. (830 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of Homerbag
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to AKABelgianBeast for this,

Big foamy head with a opaque, gold/orage body.

Smell is very yeasty, bready, and pungent of hop. Candi sugar is present in the taste, I would be comfortable calling this an American equivalent to Duval. There is a more pronounced hop punch and more carbonation than a Duval.

Excellent beer and representation of the style. I will shy away from calling this a Duval clone, it is distinct enough to be it's own beer, but since Duval and Orval are two of my favortie beers, this is worthy. Can't wait to get more someday. (558 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 22oz bottle, brewed 6/6/06.. Thats right, a 22oz'r with a cork in it..Hmmm.

Pours with a high level of carbonation, with coarse foam that tries to leap out of the glass. Huge, sponge-like bubbles pop and recede quickly leaving behind some traces of lacework.
Whisps of tiny, white orbs are all that remain on the surface after 2 minutes.
The body of the brew is crystle clear and light gold.
Aromatics are clovey and peppery, with nice tropical notes and some warmth. Spicy and fruity.
Body is thin to medium, with a light bitterness and a zesty yeast bite.
Pallet is warming and peppery. Hints of clove-studded pineapple with some bitter grapefruit pith. The bitterness is a bit astringent, and there are traces of fusels.
Finishes hot-ish on the back of the throat, with lingering pepper dust.
Big props to Timmcd64 for hooking me up. Thanks! (872 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label art was awesome. 750ml.

A: Clear golden color. One finger of white head. Spotty lacing with tons of visible carbonation.

S: Touch metallic. I really do not know what it was but I got rusted metal in the nose. Citrus. Oranges as well.

T: Orange duvel. That is this beer. Nice and crisp. Quite a bit of malt made it's way through. Very fruity.

M: Nice and dry. Super easy drinking.

D: No hint of the ABV at all. It really is like Duvel with orange. The nose was a weird one for me but everything else was great. (524 characters)

Photo of Reswald
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of benpopper
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold with 1/2" of white head that falls slowly to a ring and film on the surface. Not much lacing, but tons of micro bubbles rising to the surface everywhere in the glass.

Smells very mild. The yeast is in the front but there is a little bit of spice and malt in there too.

The yeast that is prevelant in the smell comes through the most for me, very fresh. There is a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Drinks very well with a solid amount of carbonation on the tongue but finishes just a little sharp in the back of my mouth, a little dry as well.

My first offing from Midnight Sun and I enjoyed it quite a bit. (627 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, served at 45 degrees F.

Pours a turbulent, bubbly golden, burnt orange with paler edges. Tall, rocky, frothy, off-white head with golden highlights. Sweet, honey dough malts with notes of candy sugar, and hay. Funky hop nose of mowed grass and sea air mixes with floral spice. Very Duvel-like. Taste starts Duvel-like as well: Sweetish biscuits and bread dough with light sugar and fruit, but then the huge hop wave comes crashing in. Strong herbal, mint, and sea air hop bitterness dominate and veer this beer off in the direction of Rogue's Imperial Pilsner. Numbing finish, with warming alcohol notes and leftover shades of honey malt. Medium-bodied, with a crisp, sparkling feel. Nice, and not just a Duvel-clone! (735 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (451 characters)

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Fallen Angel from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.