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Pride - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 35
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:
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

(Beer added by: beersabound on 12-08-2007)
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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Mebuzzard, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

BitterPachyderm, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

jophish17, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Floydster
3.73/5  rDev -12%
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

Floydster, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

HopHead84, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of boralyl
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to AKBelgianBeast for this bottle.

A - Pours 2 inches or so of fluffy white head that has great retention and leaves some very good lacing as it settles. The beer is hazy golden orange color. A few carbonation bubbles can be seen racing towards the top.

S - Lemongrass and a sour-like smell are most notable in the aroma.

M - A lot of carbonation, light-medium bodied. Very crisp and dry.

T - Begins with an acidic citrus flavor followed by tart lemon. Belgian spices round up the end leaving a slightly sour taste in the mouth.

As far as I am aware this is the first beer I've tried with the "Brett" yeast. It actually has a nice flavor and is very drinkable. Definetly a different taste, worth a try.

boralyl, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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.

illidurit, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey, effervescent body with a pillowy, white head.

Smell: Vaguely malty aroma with notes of oak, flowers, lemon, and that unmistakable Brett character.

Taste: Delicate, light maltiness for the oak and chardonnay to ride out on. Fairly floral and with a spritz of tropical fruit juices. Never much sweetness present. One lemon seed. Light spice. Incredibly light, earthy funk. Finishes rather dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Full, lively carbonation, baby!

Drinkability: A tasty beer and that even a sourpuss like me could freely enjoy.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pride pours a yellow/gold transparent brew with decent head that quickly dissipates to a thin head, but decent lace. The nose is of a bit of saison funk and some sligt tart tones and a hint of spice. At first taste you get some weak sour flavors that are nice and subtle with a good balance of malt and spice. This is lacking a bit in hop flavor but it makes up for in smoothness. The oak this beer is aged in makes its presence known but it is very subtle and takes a few sips to come forward. As it warms the oak gains presence. The mouthfeel is thin for a belgian style, but the carbonation is about right. Drinkability is very high, but abv is weak for a "belgian strong pale". This could get better with some age, due to the brett in it. I put one away but wont get my hopes up to high for it yet. It tastes like an american wild ale on training wheels.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of BeardedRiker
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

BeardedRiker, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev -5.7%

WynnO, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of beersabound
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Advertised as a Belgian Style Strong Pale Ale aged in French oak with bettanomyces. 40 IBUs.

Pours a beautiful deep golden hue with a tight slightly fizzy head. Like a Phoenix the head stands tall whenever I swirl the glass. The marked aroma is some barnyard funk with pear and apples and a slight bready sweetness. Flavors are sour at first with mild fruit notes. Pale malt sweetness gives it balance and adds to the complexity. It finishes smooth with a lingering sour note that connects each sip and makes me want more. The body is light and so is the mouthfeel. It fills the mouth with tiny smooth bubbles making foamy clouds. The sourness pleasantly tingles the sides of my mouth and tongue. Way to go again and again to MSBC. While this is not a beer for everyday, it is very well put together.

beersabound, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of gford217
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pride is #6 on my list of the 7 Deadly Sins brews, courtesy of NoonanDBarbarian. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a massive bubbly white head that shows great retention and sheets of lacing. Streams of carbonation come up from the bottom to feed the head throughout. It certainly looks tasty.

The aroma has lots of fruity sweetness with apricots and apples on top of a hint of Belgian yeast and some spicy notes. There is a noticeable funk in the nose as well, but certainly nothing overpowering.

The taste starts with just a touch of hop kick before giving way to the Belgian yeast and light fruits. The funk is much more subtle in the taste and is only slightly detectable in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium and very, very smooth for a Belgian pale. Probably a little thin for the style but makes it very easy to drink.

Due to the fairly low ABV, the drinkability is high on this one. It's a good brew, but one that is probably on the lighter side of things as Belgian style ales go.

gford217, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Kegatron, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of warmstorage
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle states 40 IBU, 6.5%. $9.99 from Brown Jug Warehouse, Anchorage, AK.

Appearance: medium orange/gold, slightly hazy, with huge rocky/creamy off-white head, and huge lacing. Beautiful.

Aroma: Spicy lactic sour. A mild and pleasant drinking beer.

Taste: sour lactic tart delicious, well done semi-strong Belgian pale.

Mouth: Tart and tingly from the Brett, finishes tart and slightly slick.

Overall: Tasty and fun, the Brett is well done. It'll probably be better in a couple of years, but it's very drinkable and very pleasant now. There is something really nice about a mild, and mildly assertive, Brett beer. If only it wasn't $10 a bomber, I'd go buy a case.

warmstorage, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

glid02, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Donnie2112
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Donnie2112, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

nickd717, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of bret27
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

bret27, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of randawakes
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

randawakes, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of hopdog
4.22/5  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

hopdog, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of JAXSON
4.22/5  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.

JAXSON, Jan 14, 2011
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Pride from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.