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Pride - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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93
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 36
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Mebuzzard
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
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 John_M
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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 HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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 HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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 gford217
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
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 jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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 hopdog
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of Deuane
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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 Floydster
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
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 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.

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Pride from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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