Pride - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 37
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beersabound on 12-08-2007

PRIDE Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale boasts a glorious deep gold color and an amazing yet arrogant head. Plentiful pale malt creates beautiful, agile body. Assertive hops and Belgian yeast achieve charismatic floral and spice notes in aroma and flavor. But Pride’s predominant and unique character comes from its exposure to Brettanomyces in French oak Chardonnay barrels. At once tart and refreshing yet earthy and musty, Pride is unlike most beers on earth. And it’s bitter, lingering finish demands another sip.

40 IBU
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 39
Photo of GeezLynn
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: apricot orange shade with a mountainous white head.
S: green apples, lemons, and a musty basement funk.
T: flavor is a soft pale malt with Belgian yeast spice to it, some citrus and a Brettanomyces addition that is very distinctive, yet light enough to compliment the other components. Bitterness is mild and accompanied by a touch of oak. Finish is short and dry.
M: body is light and despite all that foam, the carbonation is moderate and fine.

Surprised at how well this has held up to this point, though it was better on tap. A delicate and easy drinking beer with enough character to keep you interested. Changes withstanding, hopefully they continue making these types of beers well.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first beer at the Midnight Sun Brewhouse.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small off white head. The head fades to the edges with lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Slight funkiness, wheat, malts.

T - Not as sour as expected. More like a lightly hopped pale with a touch of funk.

D - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Glad to be able to try this.

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Corey – much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of ripe pears. Also present are floral and slightly leafy hops and a soft spiciness from the oak.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly dry pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of light and syrupy pears. The flavor profile dries out further midway through the sip with the addition of leafy hops. Near the end of the sip a slight spiciness come into play, fading out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is another very good Belgian from Midnight Sun. The mouthfeel was the best part about this beer but the crispness wasn’t far behind. Unfortunately I didn’t get a lot of brett but I’m unsure how well it would have worked with everything else. Worth a shot.

Photo of BeardedRiker
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like mixed-style beers and I really like Midnight Sun, so I chose to pick this up at La Bodega up in Anchorage (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/labodega.store?ref=ts). I thought, "Hoppy and a strong ale? I'm down for that."

Pride poured into my beer glass like a strong ale and had a cloudy amber-orange color. The head was creamy-frothy and left a little bit of lacing when I drank the beer. There was a TON of sediment at the bottom of the glass so I made sure to swirl it around a lot before pouring it all out.

Pride is a complex beer. The flavor is multi-layered, hitting you with different flavors from start to finish, and has a decent body to it; Not too heavy but not too light. Basically, Pride tastes like a bitter-sour hefeweizen. It has a peppery-hoppy bitterness to it like a pale ale, a slight sourness from the French oak aging, and has overall a sediment-filled, yeasty, hefeweizen main body. I don't quite find it to be a Belgian. If it is a Belgian-style then it's a light Belgian and not too malty or fruity. It tastes much more like a hefe to me. In all Pride is a very complex beer. It certainly entices the taste buds and is interesting, however, I don't necessarily like it too much. It didn't really do it for me.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a wine glass, I don't think this has been "Retired" they have brewed it again.

looks like: Orangish brown, white fulffy head, sporadic lace, thin film of head retention

smells like: sour, lots of sour smells! Aromas of vinegar, soured fruits such as grapes, currants and pomegranates.

tastes like: Malt backbone like a smooth, simple IPA, then HOLY CRAP it's a sour, then some hoppiness as if it were an IPA again. Sweet, sour then bitter, lots of fun to drink.

feels like: got snappy carbonation that delivers the sour deliciousness quite well

drinks like: This beer is really easy to drink on, not a lot of alcohol has an over all profile of a pale ale with some seriously delicious sour yumminess.

Photo of JAXSON
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Early 2010 rate.

Pours a clear orange gold with a big fluffy wheat head. Nose is soft brett, light chardonay, oak, some light citrus fruits. A bit sharp on the nose. Soft pear, apricot like sweetness in the mouth balanced very deftly with a really mild sour lemon quality and mild rolling barnyard tones. Very soft and balanced, not much spiciness or heat from the oak, which I was worried about. Not really a huge flavor profile on this but very nicely done.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning.

Poured into my tulip glass. Color is a bright golden with a nice white head and some good ringy lacing. The nose brings wood, grass, citrus, lemon, hay, funk, and some light grain. The taste is quite nice as well. I really enjoy this. A slight fruit presence comes along with citrus and the nice grassy character. A bit of barnyard funk. Really nicely done with a good feel. A bit much in the end and I've liked some of their other Belgians better, but this is quite good.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small white head with tightly packed bubbles. Pure honey golden color. Brett comes through quick in the nose. Something like pretzels and musty basement. The oak is present too and blends in nicely. Majority of the taste is brett and musty toasted oak. Just think of a damp New England basement. Dry cobweb finish. Almost tastes like bubblegum too. Cannot not emphasize this beer's mustiness enough! This is a brett lover's dream.

Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my FL homie, Jw347, for this surprise in the last box he sent me. You the f'n man! Poured into Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a dark yellow/orange, off-white creamy head, nice cap, lots of sticky lacing, and some chucks of goodness from the bottle of the bottle. Very nice looking beer.

S - Wonderful brett aroma, some oak, melon sweetness (honeydew, cantaloupe). Lots of stuff going on here to meld together and create an awesome-smelling brew.

T - Brett, slight funk/tart, melon sweetness, oak. Very saison-like, which is a good thing. Very solid.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, semi-dry finish.

D - A wonderful offering from MS. I would love to have this one again and I think there's room for more development in the bottle. Thanks again, JW, for this one. Highly recommend.

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sean for sharing this one on a random Thursday night. Served in a Portsmouth snifter.

A - Pours with a giant meringue foam that eventually settles to a chunky cap that leaves behind tons of lace. Hazy orange-brown body with plenty of chunks of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S - Funk! Oak! Some dill, vanilla, and sharp tangy wood. As it warms there's more traditional Saison flavors that come out - green apple, stone fruits, estery yeast, candi sugar.

T - Taste is less defined, but consists mainly of oaky vanila, stone fruits, and a earthy, musty, Saison backbone.

M - Soft, smooth, lower carbonation, with a dry tannic finish. Medium body that suits the 6.5% ABV.

D - This is quite drinkable. It's like an oak-aged Saison, and a good one at that. Had no problem putting down half a bomber, and I'd have been glad to have had more. Liked this better than Lust, but not as much as Sloth.

Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Saturday's MS Sins tasting.

A: A gush of beer and foam as the cap is popped, but a quick pour into the glass shows a cloudy golden orange/amber with a huge white head.

S: Tons of brett in the form of an earthy funkiness which is quite pleasing along with the bright, lemony acidity. A bit of oak and grass to keep things nice and "green".

T: The flavor is just as good as I had hoped: a really clean and bright acidity with some lemon and green apple. The funk provides a nice earthy and light bitter note, and some mild oak.

M: The body is toward the light side with a bounty of carbonation that pricks the tongue.

D: One of the best of the Sins beers and even of the Midnight Sun offerings I've had. Just delicious.

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was delighted to see this beer at the recent PDX tasting at Hannont's.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is just wild, but at the same time, so Midnight Sun. The beer shows plenty of honey, vanialla and cantaloupe, all wound around some interesting light sour funk. Flavors replicate the nose in this moderately sweet beer, though the funk and light hoppy finish balance it quite well. The mouthfeel is at most medium bodied in this beer, and drinkability is quite good. The beer tastes as if the alcohol could be anywhere from 5% to 9%, and is barely noticeable.

Another very nice beer from the folks at MS.

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to timcd for this one.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy color of gold. Nice tight white head with some spots of lace.

S: Aromas of light summer fruit, citrus, oak, and mild tartness.

T: Nice light Brett flavors. Fruity both sweet and citric. Light notes of grapes and mild oak as well.

M: Medium in body, nice level of tartness from beginning to end.

D: Good I like this one.

Photo of darklordlager
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Offering from the 2007 Deadly Sins Series
"Pride is the excessive belief in one's own abilities and achievements."

Courtesy of the cousin of a very generous BA...
A: Bottle cracked and tossed into a snifter. Pours a gorgeous opaque dark orange, with head-a-plenty (a la lemon-meringue pie). Rocky, multi-sized bubbles of tan/cream coloured head with some monstrous stickage power. This beer looks fantastic.

S: Mmm. Funky brett and grapes are the first things to leap out. Nice farmhousy smell of hay and wet grass. Musty basement. A buffet of fresh fruit finds its way in as well. Sweet pineapple, apple, and white grapes. It says on the website it was aged in oak Chardonnay barrels, but the oak isn't evident in the smell. However, the grape character definitely is present.

T: Citrus, pineapple, orange, slightly sour funk. Funky brett (same as smell--hay, wet grass, earthy) hits you up front and morphs into great fruity flavours (similar to the smell as well--pineapple, orange, and white grapes). Finishes with a noticeable hop bitterness that (combined with all the other flavours) leaves the tongue semi-paralyzed. As it warms up and the tongue acclimates, fruity esters can be noticed as well. The earthy note from the brett becomes more intense as well, attempting to tame the yeasty/hoppy fruitiness. It only gets better once it warms up some.

M: High carbonation, with medium mouthfeel. Finishes dry, with a decent amount of hop bitterness. Works very well, and is able to put a leash on the brett (just a bit) and let the fruity flavours really pop out at you.

D: I definitely underestimated this brew when I pulled it out of the cellar. Browsing around, I saw this brew at 6% and figured that would be a good pick for a bit lighter belgian. Looking at the reviews for this now, younger35's comparison to NG's R&D Golden really strikes a cord--Pride seems a bit more intense though at this point (but who knows what the brett in the R&D will do a few years from now). Truly a great brew from Midnight Sun--glad to have indulged in this "sin."

Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by bret27 at a tasting. Thanks a lot, Bret. I never thought I'd get a chance to try anything from this Deadly Sins series. Damn it, Midnight Sun, start sending your beer to the Bay Area! Or else! Or else...I'll have to keep trying (and usually failing) to trade for them.

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a one-finger white head and great lacing, as Midnight Sun beers tend to have.

Aroma is bretty funk, oak, and sour grapes (like I have for people that have easy access to Midnight Sun beers).

Flavor is bretty and mildly tart with pale malt, oak, sour apple, and dry white wine. I'm told this was aged in chardonnay barrels, but hey, I'm a beer guy and I can't tell chardonnay from the next white wine.

Great medium-light palate with mild tartness that's not too mouth-puckering. Fairly crisp.

Drinkability is very high. Overall a really nice beer, as this brewery tends to put out.

Photo of bret27
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of timmcd64 up north!

S: mostly brett

A: yellow, white head w/good rentention

T: Brett, but much lighter and less dominant than smell. Slight oakiness and sweetness.

M: med/light and fairly dry

D: light brett+dry=could drink all day

Overall: Very refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bret27. Pours a cloudy orange color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is very bretty, manifesting as cheese and barnyard. Other notes of oak, wine, phenols. Flavor is tart with caramel and lemon, white wine, dough, pepper. Very nice beer in the vein of Orval.

Photo of randawakes
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle on MSB's re-release in Oct. 2009. The deadly sins were only supposed to be release once as LE, but this was one of the best they said, so they brought it back for a short time!

Pours no head (or at least not very much at all, maybe I'm just a great keg pourer?)

Color is light golden amber, opaque.

Smells like tangy fruit, spicy.

Wow, pow taste is yeasty with those brettanomyces, they dominate this beer. Sour grape tastes, reminds me of the Midnight Sun 3767, although not as hoppy. Good carbonation bite. The crabapple denoted by the the user 2 below, yes, I taste it too. The spice is thick, this beer goes down easy as soon as you become accustom to Brett.

Suggestion: If you liked this beer try 3767 next if you haven't yet.

Photo of younger35
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this brew from Mikesgroove not so long ago. I've enjoyed all of these brews so far and this is the first out of the ordinary one. Drank from my The Lost Abbey goblet.

Deadly Sin 5 of 7.

Appearance- Pours a light orange yellowish with a huge three plus finger bright white head that doesn't want to fall below one or two fingers. Obviously a great cap and collar is maintained along with loads and loads of thick sticky lacing. Honestly wish I could give this more than a 5. I even took a picture. Dork.
Smell- Nice and tart as the Brett has had ample to time to do its thing in here. Tart green apples and ripe pears definitely permeate my glass. Plenty of lightly floral grass and subtly dank hay. I'd say somewhat earthy but it's a fruity sort of earthiness.
Taste- Starts with significant Brett character as it's ever so lightly fruity yet fairly musty and earthy. Mushroom and grass as well but the more I drink, the more the floral nature of the brew comes out. The French oak adds a nice bit of smooth vanilla and a slightly tannic caramel bite. It's not that strong, but it's nice and adds another great aspect to the brew.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light body with a fairly sharp bite of carbonation. Spot on.
Drinkability- Off the charts! This reminds me A LOT of New Glarus's R&D. The Brett is a bit more advanced in this brew and I can't decide if I like more or less. I will say though that usually when I try these sorts of brews the Brett is young and hasn't fully worked its magic. It was nice to see some progression in this brew. Either way, it's really tasty and super duper drinkable. Thanks Mike!

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A BSPA with a touch of sourness that sort of ruins the beer, imho. A light orange, hazey pour with a whalloping head. Foamed about 100 feet...well, maybe not that much. But big.
Good lacing on it. Sticky.
Sour crabapple, lemon, slight pepper and bready aroma. The sour throws me off.
And so does the taste. Highly unripe citrus, sour, some apple and coriander. Some good flavors are there. I like the bready-pear, but it's puckering. Over-ripe lemon aftertaste. A bit of a let down, but not a bad beer.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, courtesy of the mystery box (Solomon420)...no freshness, poured into an oversized wine glass and served cellar temperature.

Wow, what a gusher...even without a cork! Massive five fingers of mountainous off white foam, sticky and rocky with incredible retention. Hazy burnt orange body with a bubbly snowcap of greatness sitting on top...

BRETT WARNING! Tart sour green apples and tart cherries overpower the senses...hints of leather and oak abound. So much funky goodness, which seems a bit abnormal for the style, but pretty damn good. I like what's going on in my glass...

Huge letdown...hay and grass with only a hint of brett. Very muted on all fronts...slight apple and cherry notes dominated by musty wood that leads into a deep bitter finish. I was definitely expecting something else entirely...

A good bit of carbonation, but also somewhat thin and watery, which hurts it's all around drinkability. No alcohol really noticed, and I think it could have used some to make it more interesting.

Overall, I don't think I have had a beer show that much promise and fall that flat on it's back with mediocrity. What we have here, is an amazing idea that wasn't finished...I'd like to say age it, but I don't even see that being able to help it.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 received from AKBelgianBeast a long long time ago... I was gonna save this one to share with the bro, but decided WTF. Poured into my New Belgium snifter....

Fizzed over almost immediately upon opening.. not too badly .. not a gusher, but certainly a fizzer... Huge 4 finger head took probaby 5-6 minutes to die back.. leaving tons of crusty lace... the brew is an only slightly hazed orange..

Out of the gate reminds me alot of the Port/DeProef Signature ale batch 1 that I had the other night... tons of tropical fruits.. mango and melon.. spiked with a nice touch of lemon.. sorta grassy and earthy... honey essence..

Flavor is really interesting mix of fruity esters sprinkled with white pepper... just enough funk to really make it interesting without going overboard... dry from front to back.. the wood adds a tannic quality to the finish.. lite/medium body with an obvious and abundant carbonation.. really a surprising amount of brett characteristic as it warms to room temperature.. and more lemon shows up too... The drinkability is great.. I could sit with a never ending bottle and constantly find new flavors and aromas.

Pretty damn good ... I wish I would have gotten 2... one to try fresh and another to cellar... with quite a bit of time in the cellar, the Pride is a stellar brew.

Thanks a ton Frank... One of the most unique beers I've had in a long time.

Photo of khiasmus
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The excessive belief in my own ability and achievement. A rocky ice cream cone sits high atop my glass, sheltering a dense, constantly bubbling, cloudy miasma of orange liquid.
"too much lemon, there's something in the aftertaste..." i don't know. give me a minute for this monster to drop to a manageable level over this immense kitchen sink of bubbles. Give me a minute to wipe my nose and upper lip.
A cornucopia of soured oak and lemon greets the nose. "indulge your demons." There's a background of light malt syrup, destroyed by the goodness of sour. A very little cheese, negligible vinegar, a taste of hops, and brett. Brett, oh, sweet brett. (said while watching a samwell video)...
There's sweat, though maybe not blood and tears...
I doubt I'll ever have this again. Medium light mouthfeel with high carbonation, dry finish... I can't describe it well enough. It's not crazy complex, but it's certainly not simple. It's not the most sour beer I've had... not the funkiest... but it's amazing. Amazing. Incredible.

This beer has humbled me.

Photo of Floydster
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with AKBelgianBeast, thanks to Frank for the opportunity, poured into my St. Feuillien snifter tonight, color is hazy orange with some golden tint, huge two inch frothy white head that stayed for over ten minutes, nice lacing at the top, aroma has a fair amount of brettanomyces, lots of tropical and citrus fruits including pineapple, lemons, lime, and papayas, also grassy accents, oak, and pale malt, flavor does not have as much tart or fruitiness that the smell might make you think, starts off with some sweet malt, citrus in the middle, finish is dry and has a sticky brett feel, wish this was more acidic and not so dominant with malt, still enjoyable nevertheless, mouthfeel is dry, slightly sweet, and mildly tart, medium bodied, high level of carbonation, aftertaste lingers, could drink most of the bottle but it can be a bit heavy, alcohol is not hidden too well for a beer under seven percent, can be refreshing at times though when it is colder, glad I got to try another one of these Deadly Sins beers, recommended

Photo of HopHead84
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden with a huge, 3 finger, frothy head. The head takes 5 minutes to dissipate. Lacing is insane. It is very thick and is all over the glass. Aroma is of ripe golden apple and pear with some earthy hops. Some brett is noticeable. Taste is of ripe apple and spices; Pride is low on bitterness up front, with just a faint sourness, almost undetectable. Carbonation is very good. Light - medium bodied.

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Pride from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.