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Fallen Angel - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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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 joe1510
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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 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 Seanibus
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Bierlerner
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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 :)

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 Onenote81
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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 Homerbag
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Photo of aerozeppl
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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 benpopper
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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 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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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Fallen Angel from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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