Fallen Angel - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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2.95/5 rDev -25.1%
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.
08-10-2011 05:38:48 | More by mactrail
3.16/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
08-05-2013 08:00:29 | More by LambicPentameter
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
04-19-2012 16:43:25 | More by Thorpe429
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
Polished 24-karat gold with banana peel borders and multiple streams of sparkly bubbles jetting up to a thick chunk of French vanilla colored foam. The head doesn't have much character as it melts and is leaving the glass spotless. Not a great start.
The nose has a decent amount of power and smells somewhat BSPA-like, just not well-crafted BSPA-like. Each sniff delivers a smidgen of golden fruit and comparatively less estery spiciness. Looks like there's some work to be done on the palate.
Fallen Angel is a surprisingly tame version of the style. That might mean that it has been aged for an extended period of time, but weren't bombers used for the first time this year? More aggressive yeast would have helped. Nicely buried alcohol does help.
Specifics include snappy apples with a light dusting of ground clove. That's pretty much the extent of things. The beer isn't both sweet and bitter, it's neither sweet nor bitter, which is an important distinction to make. My affinity for the style is the only thing allowing the taste score to remain above average.
The mouthfeel is nowhere near Belgianesque. It still has decent size and bubbles that do their jobs in acceptable fashion. Just like all the rest: no big negatives, no big positives.
Fallen Angel isn't a bad BSPA, just a borderline bland one. My recommendation, if the suggestion box is open, is for Midnight Sun to use a more estery, more fruit-and-spicy yeast strain. That's the only way this big brew will ever be heavenly or devilishly delicious, take your pick. Thanks again sprucetip.
10-27-2010 20:51:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
A: Pours an opaque tangerine with a lively coating of grey-white head.
S: Pepper and spice, with a fruity belgian yeast backing. Very estery. A little bit of banana and clove as well. Light earthiness, and not much hop character.
T: Some kind of spice--Grains of Paradise(?). Spicy clove, banana, light fruit (pear). Boatload of esters from the yeast.Gets a bit bready as it warms, with some light candi sugar. Gingerbread-like finish after it warms.
M: Very high carbonation, a bit too much in fact. After letting it sit for a while, it has improved greatly.
D: While at first the spice and carbonation seem to be running wild, with some time the carbonation dies down and the spice becomes a bit more complex. Not my favourite beer, but still a nice example of the style.
01-12-2010 04:22:21 | More by darklordlager
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
Unlike the picture, my 22 oz. bomber just had a crown cap, but was otherwise the same, created 6-6-6. It's now over a year later - I forgot I wanted to have this last Wed, on the 6th...oh well!
Poured into my Midnight Sun cervoise, the Fallen Angel looks to be very authentic right off the bat. Huge, dense, bone colored head on top of a hazy, lightly burnt straw colored body with lots of carbonation streaming through out. The head is thick and rocky - I let it sit for a good 5+ mins and it was still in full effect. Really awesome, exactly how I want a BSPA to look.
The smell is also very true to style, lots of Belgian yeast and noble hop spice, with lemon zest, slight pineapple, and a grainy malt background that's only mildly sweet. Not to strong, but very appetizing.
Zesty yeast, husky malt, spicy hop bitterness, dry and powdery with heavy minerals, with soft tropical fruits, just very complex. The only booze is on your breath as an aftertaste, and it's pretty clean, although the rest of the finish is not, and really coats the mouth in fact. Pretty good, but a bit of a let down after the perfect look and very nice aroma. The thing I didn't really love about this one was that it was a bit too chalky/powdery/dusty. I would have liked to tried one fresh or at 6 months to see if it had the same presence originally, or the yeast just got a little too tired with age...
Mouthfeel is pretty light, creamy and effervescent. Still, not the most 'digestible' Belgian...
Drinkablity was ok. This was enjoyable, as I love the style and it was fairly well done, and I always like to try a new one. And while not my favorite, I'm really glad I got to try it. That said, 1 bomber was enough, there are just to many great beers out there! Still, it would easily pass for an authentic Belgian in a blind tasting, but wouldn't be the best.
06-12-2007 07:30:01 | More by ccrida
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
04-11-2012 23:56:22 | More by DavoleBomb
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
04-01-2010 13:38:35 | More by DefenCorps
3.7/5 rDev -6.1%
22 oz bomber poured into Duvel (apropos) tulip. Acquired the bottle as a generous extra from JohnGalt1.
Appearance: Steady but gentle pour of a little over half the bomber leaves almost 3 inches of fluffy white head. The head fades rather quickly but leaves some very nice lacing in the glass. Pretty golden orange color, with bubbles steadily streaming up from the nucleation point. A quick swirl provides a thin insta-head, which is always kind of nice.
Smell: Yeast, yeast, and more yeast. Not getting a whole lot else. Bit of spicy/pepper if I strain myself.
Taste: More yeast in the flavor, but also some pepper, vague citrus, alcohol, bread, and some cloves. A tidbit of the belgian ester. Enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation and extremely dry. Not as bad as it sounds, but I do want a glass of water halfway through this one.
Drinkability: Not bad. I could have two glasses of this in one sitting, but am content with one. Alcohol is definitely present in the taste, but it doesn't burn.
Overall: Not a bad Duvel clone at all. It falls well short of the real thing, but it's up there with some of the better Belgian attempts. Unique in that it lacks the sweetness in many of them. I probably won't seek this one out again, but if I ever stumbled across it on tap, I'd happily order one.
06-03-2011 22:14:56 | More by cbeer88
Fallen Angel from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.