Fallen Angel - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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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
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
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!
04-01-2013 07:23:12 | More by Kuaff
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.
12-10-2012 15:07:58 | More by hooliganlife
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
22oz into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed coppery gold, minor egg cream colored head, ok lacing.
Aroma is of yeast and subdued crystal candied fruits.
Taste is a mildly sweet turn to mildly dry. Aftertaste is of a mild bitter, hops and tree bark. Something off in the flavor that remains attractive none the less. Shy of medium bodied mouthfeel.
06-24-2012 23:58:23 | More by impending
Fallen Angel from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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