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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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 51
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 gford217
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of boralyl
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (719 characters)

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 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 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)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (569 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 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 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 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 warmstorage
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of beersabound
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (801 characters)

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