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Fallen Angel - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 26
Gots: 15 | 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:
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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Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +1.5%

jophish17, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a hazed golden orange with ample tight off white head and big lace. The nose is balanced and interesting, bright yeast notes, lemon and candied sugar, notes of ginger, some light doughy malt, with notes of white pepper. The taste is similar, smoother and creamier than expected, lemon, ginger, white pepper and some dough notes. Rather dry finish, assertive carbonation, lively palate. Very tasty and balanced.

cpetrone84, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

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!

alexgash, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of hopdog
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%

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

hopdog, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev -2%

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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

twelveinches, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

kscaldef, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of ffejherb
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

ffejherb, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, Apr 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

IdrinkGas, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 31, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

vermilcj, Nov 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

krome, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

aerozeppl, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -1%

A-deep golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-apple, clove, banana, earthy, candy sugar, yeast

T-yeast, bready malt, candy sugar, apples, clove, earthy, little hoppy, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with mod,erase carbonation, crisp

O-decent belgian pale ale, easy drinking in spite of the ABV

MDDMD, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of brewandbbq
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

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!

brewandbbq, Dec 19, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev +1%

22oz Bomber. Label notches are microscopic, but I believe this was bottled Jan 2011.

Pours cloudy pale gold into a tulip. A couple of fingers of white head, settles down, and not as big a head as most Belgians. A good amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

Absolute Belgian nose, fruity (apples, pears) with earthy wild yeast. Some spice. Citrus notes and a tinge of sour.

Taste follows the nose, mildly sweet, but a distinct sourness emerges in the middle of the flavor that reveals the presence of what I believe is Brett. I just recently had an Anchorage Brewing Co. Whiteout Wit (brewed w/ Brett), and this tastes quite similar. Similar, but the flavor is smoother and sweeter overall. No trace of the alcohol.

Creamy mouthfeel, sticks to the mouth but with a decent amount of carbonation. On the flat side for a Belgian, but doesn't really hurt the beer.

666.

brotherloco, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

Onenote81, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

AleWatcher, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of joe1510
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

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!

joe1510, Feb 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Drknight, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

hooliganlife, Dec 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

anteater, May 26, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -1%

A friend shared this with me the other night at a tasting. The pour was golden yellow, big white head, light lacing. I thought the aroma was tame for the style, frutity, peaches and pears, some alcohol. The taste is about like the nose, somewhat boozey finish, fruity. The body is medium, average carbonation, light alcohol. Pretty average for the style, nothin really stands out.

bonkers, Nov 14, 2011
Fallen Angel from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.