Pride - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 51
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 6.22%
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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Photo of MattCox
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The flavor derived from the French oak barrels gives Pride a very surprising flavor and makes it one of the more unique pale ales out there. It's like a hint of chardonnay or something along those lines. Overall a very nice brew and probably my favorite of the Deadly Sins that I've tried. (289 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.68/5  rDev +12%
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! (1,619 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes out to Frank for this one again. The fourth night in a row for me of the seven deadly sins. This twenty two ounce bottle was cellared for almost a year and served in an over sized wine glass. Consumed on 07/18/2008.

So here we are at the fourth installment in the series. I had been looking forward to this one to be honest, as I am a big fan of the sour ales in genereal. Very nice pour with a light amber, hazy color coming through immediatly. Lots of foam on this one with a four inch high head of white coming up immediatly and hanging on for what seemed liked forever. Very good retention and a nice amount of carbonation coming through now as well. Loads of side glass lace left me really liking where this one was going.

The aroma was huge notes of sour right off the bat. This one was defintly loaded down with brett. Super sour straight away as I was greeted with the funky yeast aroma. As it warmed some light grain notes, maybe some other light fruit, but this was pretty down sour. The flavor was more of the same. Started out with a light citric like flavor which morphed seemlessly into the funky sour flavor we all love. Rich and long lasting nish just served to pucker the lips even more and bring out the lovely notes for one last encore. Absolutly perfect feel, as swishing this one around just caused it to foam up and the light bodied ale just showed itself off from this point on. A nice one you could ether sip or well you had to sip as it would be a waste to do otherwise, but stll I could not have asked for this one to be any more drinkable.

Overall this was fantastic. Easily my favorite of the series so far, this was truly a tremdously good beer that really showed off wat Misnight Sun can do. I would go for this again in a heartbeat. One of the best for sure! (1,808 characters)

Photo of darklordlager
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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." (2,065 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,053 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,382 characters)

Photo of urwatuh8
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to timmcd64 for hooking me up with one of these.

Big white head, probably an inch. Absolutely delicious. Somewhat sour, fruity, slightly yeast-spicy (not spice spicy). Crisp. Dry. The oak isn't that strong in the flavor, but that's probably a good thing, there's enough else going on.

It's got big time flavor, but I could have drank another bomber if I had one to spare. (380 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold, with an inch-plus head of white fluff.
Lacework aplenty as the brew sips down.
Aromatics are all about the brett.
Cloves, dusty boards, dried pineapple, lemon oil, juniper berries, wet hay, and bitter greens.
The mouthfeel is light, super-dry and crisp. Very refreshing.
The pallet has a light malt base, with tropical citrus notes, bitter fruit pith, and a mild funkiness.
Hopping is heavy handed in the bitterness, moderate in the middle, and the grassy overtones hint at some dry-hopping as well.
Finishes bone-dry and firmly bitter, with lingering phenolics.

The French oak aging really doesn't add any oaky tones, but I'm sure it helped dry out the beer along with the Brett.

A terrific ode to Orval, and markedly better than the Matildas I've had in the past. (785 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden yellow with a medium white head leaving heavy lacing.

S-That tell tale sour twang from Brett-a nice sour nose.

T-Initial tartness from the Brett followed by and ending with a nice sharp, peppery hop bite. A very nice transition of flavours.

M-Medium body with a sharp crispness. Good effervesance.

D-Very pleasant. Tart, crsip sharp and bitey. Totally drinkable...well done Belgian PA! (398 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of SargeC
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Semi-hazy golden-orange brew with a foamy, off white head. Good carbonation presence.

Smell: Yeast, banana and citrus with minor buttery notes.

Taste: Interesting flavor. Light and tangy with a lively flavor that highlights yeast. Subdued malt rides shotgun. The flavor of the oak is very subtle.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very dense and tight mouthfeel with a waxy finish.

Drinkablity: Very consumable, satisfying and challenging flavor. (455 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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. (514 characters)

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

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Aromas of citrus, brett, leather, and wood (oaky). Tastes of brett, ligher citrus, wood, vanilla, and some spiciness. Lively body.

Notes from 2/29/08 (274 characters)

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. (294 characters)

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. (460 characters)

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. (381 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of Donnie2112
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,106 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 5/2/08. Shared the entire 7 beer series with fellow BAs Deuane & SierraGS. It was quite a night! Special thanks to AKBelgianBeast for trading me the complete set of these to try.

22 oz bomber into a snifter.

Pours a hazy (but almost clear) gold with a finger of creamy brite-white head. Great retention and just MASSIVE lacing left behind. The aroma is lemongrass, spice, fruit sourness, and a buttload of BIG BRETT FUNKINESS!

The taste is pale malts, tart citrus tones, earthy hop bitterness, and a more subdued funky sourness from the Brett. More of an oak presence comes out in the finish as it warms. The mouthfeel is light medium with more of an effervescent, easy feel.

Not bad. I liked how the pale malts balanced out some of the funk and sour notes to make this a pretty crisp and drinkable beer. I think that this may have actually benefitted from a little more beef in the ABV department but for the most part, this was very well done. (961 characters)

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Pride from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.