Fallen Angel | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fallen Angel Golden Ale, first brewed on
6-6-6 [JUN 6, 2006], is named in the tradition of Belgian golden strong ales--after the devil himself. We call this beer our "original sin" because it spawned our 2007 Deadly Sin beer series.

Midnight Sun's Fallen Angel Golden Ale is a traditional Belgian-style golden strong ale--deep gold in color with tiny, conniving bubbles forming a very thick, meticulous head. Effervescent and crisp, this delicious ale tempts the palate with apple, pear and a little earthy mustiness. Its beauty and brightness is angel-like in appearance but the devil in is its strength.

35 IBU

Added by brewandbbq on 12-19-2006

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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Photo of NoonanDBarbarian
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours with a cloudy golden color and some great rolling carbonation. Topped with a large white head that sticks around. It has a nice Belgian yeast and fruit smell. It has a clean a clear flavor flavor that finishes with a small taste of fruit (apples) at the finish. Goes down extremely smooth and feels great going down. It took me longer to write this review than to finish the 22oz bottle you be the judge

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of khiasmus
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Edgelow for this rare brew. Brewed on 666, and inscribed with the words, "This may not be the reason we all burn in hell, but it's one of them."

A- Looks like Duvel looks in the pictures in the ads. The most perfect, beautiful half glass of pillowy white head that lasts forever and laces all the way down the glass. A cloudy(only because I swirled and poured the yeast) orange/light amber color with constant bubbles riding up the side of my glass. This beer could not be more beautiful.

S- A complex bouquet of spicy phenols, banana, esters of pear and orange, clove, white and black pepper, alcohol, yeast, golden raisin, a hint of grass, honeydew, and honeysuckle. My only complaint about the nose is that it isn't strong enough through all that head.

T- Spicy and peppery up front, especially as the carbonation carries the flavor. The head has a metallic taste to it. A bit of banana, pale malt, clove, tons of yeast, and some noble hops finish it out, as it comes to a very citrusy, spicy, and slightly bitter finish.

M- Very highly carbonated, smooth, medium-full bodied, with a long, slightly astringent and a bit numbing(from the carbonation) finish. Loses just a bit dfor the astringency... not desirable for this style, but it still seems to serve this particular beer quite well.

D- Was originally at a 4, but this really deserves a 4.5. One of the most dangerously drinkable strong ales I've ever tasted. I just downed the whole bomber myself, and could have another, easily and happily. Absolutely wonderful. If you get a chance, get your hands on this brew.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade (thanks Larry!).

Bottle labeled born on 6-6-6 (nice). Poured a medium and cloudy yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of pears, apples, light spices, yeast, and citrus. Tastes of pears, sweet apples, citrus, spices, and yeast. Light alcohol finish, but overall well hidden.

Notes from 9/14/07

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Photo of Kuaff
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my snifter.

This Belgian strong pale ale doesn't have an overly flashy appearance. It's a clear gold color with minimal haze and basically has no head save for a thin sheet of white foam which fades quickly. But appearances are superficial. On to more important things...

For being called "Fallen Angel," it smells heavenly. Or maybe I should say "like temptation," hehe. The aroma is like fruity candy... I think I can recognize scents of apple, peach, and maybe a little mango (jeez I love mangos). QUITE intoxicating.

Taking a sip of this beer is like drinking a liquified loaf of yeasty, freshly baked white bread. It's slightly sweet, but it has just the right amount of hoppy bitterness to offset this and balance out perfectly. It feels like it could be a mere half of the 8% ABV, by the way. The definiton of "dangerously drinkable," I believe.

The carbonation is perfect. I have little else to say about it because it functioned so seamlessly well.

Ah, Midnight Sun. You never fail me. This one's right up there with Duvel in my book.

"How far will you fall?"... so asks the label on the bottle. My answer: I'll fall as far as is necessary to indulge in some Fallen Angel!

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4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2006 thanks to Dan.

Pour was very pale faint straw yellow, light haze. Little head.

Apples, loads of apples. Maybe some grapes. Light sweetness.

Similar to the nose, apples and loads of funk. Old flavors, tastes like it had been sitting around. Fairly light and muted pale malt.

Very light for an 8% Belgian strong.

Honestly, this was great. I doubt fresh even could compete on this level.

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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of NoonanDBarbarian poured into a snifter.

This one poured a clear golden yellow with as much carbonation as I have seen in a beer. The head was two fingers when I poured and it grew to three fingers over the next five minutes due to the continuous stream of bubbles, champagne-like, and leaves sheets of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by the light fruits sweetness of apples and pears. There is also some Belgian yeast and hints of some spices as well.

The taste starts with a slight fruitiness before giving way the biscuity malts and Belgian yeasts. The finish has more of the pears and apples.

The mouthfeel is clean and crazy carbonated but still goes down very, very smooth.

This is yet another good offering from MSBC, a highly drinkable Belgian style with almost undetectable alcohol presence. Recommended.

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4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into Duvel tulip.

The first pour was gorgeous. In pouring the rest of the bottle I went to far and poured in the yeast. Needless to say, this act has been detrimental to my enjoyment of the beer.
It looked fantastic, smelled an tasted delicious, and was really quite a great beer--- now though, it is lessened in every aspect. My score reflects my thoughts BEFORE the great yeast invasion, though it is now much harder to dissect each component.

Smells grainy and lightly sweet. The taste has a light sweetness, lemony citrus notes, a touch of bubblegum, and a very nice Belgian yeast.

The body is just about perfect-- on the light side with a good airy feel.

This is the best American made Belgian golden I've had. Very tasty and nice.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MSBC Fallen Angel

22 ounce bomber, states 8% ABV, 35 IBU.

Appearance: medium straw yellow with a slightly orange tint, off-white fairly dense head leaves almost no lacing. If someone pushed this across a dim bar and told me it was Bud, I might believe them. Until I smelled it.

Aroma: deep peppery estery Belgian yeast, with fruity or slightly sweet sugary notes. Aroma is a LOT like Duvel.

Taste: Again, a lot like Duvel: tangy sweet peppery, very slight banana, a perfect mix between sugar and aromatic estery tanginess. Delicious!

Mouth: Moderately slick, sticks around for a while. Limited alcohol warmth noted.

Overall: Delicious -- perhaps my favorite MSBC Belgian style, outside of the Seven Deadly Sins series. It really does compare favorably with Duvel, and other Belgian golden strong ales.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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Photo of joedon
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent version of a strong Belgian. Drinkable enough, but I was a bit tipsy after finishing off a 22 oz. bomber.

Bright gold color with a huge white, sticky head. Tons of lace and a bit of chill haze.

Smell was mostly malt, yeast and spice with a bit of esters.

Very much to style for the taste. Well balanced between hops, malt and residual sugar. Very full mouthfeel with a pleasant, slightly tangy aftertaste.

Highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 received in a seriously fantastic trade with AkBelgianBeast.... Frank had been sitting on these for a long while... I cracked the first with some very deserving Boise peeps over the weekend... poured into my small La Trappe goblet....

Very clear.. dark yellow.. foamy white head with good lace on every pour.

Nose is very Belgian but not as much as I was dreaming of... Fruity esters speak of lite peaches.. and an even lighter phenolic spiciness... some white pepper??

Flavor is more rich, but still seems on the light side... definitely reminds me of Duvel.. underripe pear and white peach... some white peppercorns are there.. good depth with every swallow.. a lighter than expected body but a big carbonation helps to make it very enjoyable... very bright...

Franklin... truly appreciated.. I hope you're digging the brews I sent you as much as I am your's.

Edit: Nobody should trade with Frank :-) His hands are full... he doesn't need or want your beers. ;-)

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Fallen Angel from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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