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Fallen Angel | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
123
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
14.14%
 
 
Wants:
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For Trade:
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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, served at 45 degrees F.

Pours a turbulent, bubbly golden, burnt orange with paler edges. Tall, rocky, frothy, off-white head with golden highlights. Sweet, honey dough malts with notes of candy sugar, and hay. Funky hop nose of mowed grass and sea air mixes with floral spice. Very Duvel-like. Taste starts Duvel-like as well: Sweetish biscuits and bread dough with light sugar and fruit, but then the huge hop wave comes crashing in. Strong herbal, mint, and sea air hop bitterness dominate and veer this beer off in the direction of Rogue's Imperial Pilsner. Numbing finish, with warming alcohol notes and leftover shades of honey malt. Medium-bodied, with a crisp, sparkling feel. Nice, and not just a Duvel-clone!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy blonde color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of semi-sweet Belgian style malt backbone with light fruity ester. Taste is also an interesting mix between some semi-sweet Belgian-style malt with nice attenuation level with some fruity notes Body is quite full with good level of carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done with nice drinkable feature.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep yellow to light orange with a finger of head with decent retention comprised of many small bubbles
S: Smells slightly lemony with some yeasty breadiness and some slight spice, a little grassy and some floral hop aroma
T: bready and grassy malt flavor kicks things off followed by some slight musty fruitiness, and a faint floral hop flavor rounds things out along with some apple skin flavor and a slight spiciness from the yeast. Aftertaste is more fruitiness and alcohol like that fades quickly although isn't very prominent from the start
M: slightly prickly carbonation and slightly thin in the mouth
O: Great flavors and pretty complex, these folks up north know their way around a belgian style beer.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again, Kyle. This lineup of Midnight Sun brews that you contributed to our tasting is something I likely will never see again. Beer number 21 of day 2, and number 30 overall for the "Most Epic Fucking Tasting You Wish You Were a Part Of," as Dyan coined it.

This was part of the newer batch, in 22oz bottles rather than the corked-and-caged 720mL of the first batch. The pour reveals tons of carbonation, even though the head is somewhat weak, there are tons of bubbles that push towards the surface nonstop. The color is a dirty straw-like brown.

The aroma is characteristic more of a tripel than it is of a Belgian Pale Ale. Fruity esters, dry malts, and the signature spice of Belgian yeasts pack the nose. Once tasted, there is a surprising sourness that I don't think anyone saw coming. The sourness fades to the back as the tripel characteristics again take over. This is more of a tripel than the Panty Peeler that we tried earlier. Cloves and black pepper come through in the finish.

The finish brings on a nice drying malt profile. Not the best tripel that I have had (I will insist on calling it one), but solid nonetheless. The sourness makes me wonder if some lactic acid bacteria or some bretty managed to sneak its way into this batch. I have another bottle that I plan to age, so I guess we will see!

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for breaking open this bomber at a tasting...
Appears a hazy, medium gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap and chunky collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left behind.
Smell is of straw, confectioners sugar, pils malt, light citrus, and doughy bread. It's almost like I inhaled some fresh pastries.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some tangerine notes pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, earthy, slightly herbal, and floral.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery today.

Hate to sound like a kid in a candy store, but I had the pleaure of spending a considerable amount of time at MS today.

The beer pours a darkish gold color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose on this one is OK, consisting of sweet rock candy and honey. Flavors replicate the nose, except there is also a light rootbeer component as well. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, as well as fairly smooth. The beer is fairly drinkable, albeit with a noticeable warming sensation after a bit. This beer is deceptively easy to drink, with the alcohol well disguised. Just another fine beer from MS.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, apricot, grape, clove, pepper, banana, bread, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of pear, apple, grape, apricot, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, apricot, banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, herbal and yeast earthiness. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors with a balanced malt backbone; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fallen Angel retains a golden colour and angelic complexion (although a little chill haze prevents perfect transparency). For a Belgian-style ale it doesn't have the typical head, the kind that's tall enough to ride any roller coaster at the amusement park, but instead has one that combines with its lacing to look uniquely like a jellyfish, the glass an aquatic museum.

The aroma has some phenols and esters, but they're as much a product of alcohol as yeast. It's the smell of pale malts coated in sugar that makes the most resounding impression. At first glance (err, sniff) it actually does resemble the style's holy classic, Duvel. A bit of garden variety English hops seep through as well. We're on the right track so far.

The taste tends to drop out on the finish, and not really show up on certain sips, but then again that's to be expected from a beer made pretty much exclusively of pale malt. Like the straightforward grape character you'd find in a conventional white table wine, this beer's malts give off a soft grainy breadiness, and they're even coated in a similar sugariness to boot.

The yeast seems neutered by Belgian standards - it gives off only minimal spice, nothing like bubblegum flavours and only nominal fruitiness in the form of a stale apple-cider type flavour. It does, however, have a good deal of earthy herbal character and resounds with a dried garden herbs kind of finish, a nice balance to all the sugary sweetness.

While it might lack in the pyrotechnics department, that's not entirely a bad thing. Its modest 8% alcohol prevents any undesirable scathing and allows for bigger gulps. The mildness of the spiciness also encourages larger swallows than is typical of most Belgian ales. So what it lacks in character it gains in quaffability. A fair trade-off so far as I'm concerned.

Fallen Angel won't pass for an authentic Belgian-brewed ale but it certainly provides enough romantic residues of the classic pale, strong style to earn a respectable score. As far as the $12.99 I paid for this bomber there's no regrets, and while the money might just as well have been spent on something else, I'm glad I got to try this homage, if just this one time.

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Photo of naproxen
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally opened this badass-labeled belgian last night for my 27th birthday. Created 6-6-6, destroyed 12-15-09.

I have had this one in my collection for awhile now, so it has grown in expectation and mystery each time I had gaze upon it in my cabinet...

I poured this for myself into a chimay goblet, the nicest glassware my mom has in her house (that I gave her)while waiting for my brother to shower, dinner and movie on the schedule for the night. I really said "oh wow really?" to the very light pale blonde/straw/golden hued liquid that came out. I didn't expect it to be really dark, but maybe I did given the whole 666 thing, maybe just a dark golden, but not this light. The carbonation is very apparent from the first pour, with bubble rising incessantly to the egg white frothy ceiling. A little hesitant, i opt to swirl and let this sit for a few. The lacing that remains is thick and white, overall lookin good!

The nose reminds me right off the rip of granny smith apples and green grapes. I'm thinking they grabbed a bottle of some ocean spray juice blend and thought it was a good idea.

Again, a bit surprised by how mild this tasted as opposed to the nose and my overall expectations. Not that this was weak in flavor, but I am assuming the age has mellowed this down quite a bit. The carbonation at first was a bit high, but after some more waiting and swirling it reduced to an acceptable level. I'm left with a residue of apples and pears in my throat. The body is also a touch thin to me, I wanted it to be a little more impressive at 8%.

A few minutes of waiting aside, I pretty much HOUSED this one in 15 minutes or less. Soooo easy to drink. Thumbs up all around

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed golden orange with ample tight off white head and big lace. The nose is balanced and interesting, bright yeast notes, lemon and candied sugar, notes of ginger, some light doughy malt, with notes of white pepper. The taste is similar, smoother and creamier than expected, lemon, ginger, white pepper and some dough notes. Rather dry finish, assertive carbonation, lively palate. Very tasty and balanced.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber. Label notches are microscopic, but I believe this was bottled Jan 2011.

Pours cloudy pale gold into a tulip. A couple of fingers of white head, settles down, and not as big a head as most Belgians. A good amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

Absolute Belgian nose, fruity (apples, pears) with earthy wild yeast. Some spice. Citrus notes and a tinge of sour.

Taste follows the nose, mildly sweet, but a distinct sourness emerges in the middle of the flavor that reveals the presence of what I believe is Brett. I just recently had an Anchorage Brewing Co. Whiteout Wit (brewed w/ Brett), and this tastes quite similar. Similar, but the flavor is smoother and sweeter overall. No trace of the alcohol.

Creamy mouthfeel, sticks to the mouth but with a decent amount of carbonation. On the flat side for a Belgian, but doesn't really hurt the beer.

666.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a brownish orange in color with murky yellow highlights and a light transparent ring of brown hovering at the top. There was a very thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the top.

S: I could definitely sniff out some pear and apples on the first whiff alongside some sweet belgian yeast but with a touch of brown sugar.

T: the belgian yeast character was more potent on the palate alongside the pear apple fruits, brown sugar, mild pineapple, and slight hop bitterness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, yeasty, slight fruity, and mild hoppy finish.

O: it actually was a solid golden belgian and also had nice fruit forward flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fallen Angel is a solid standard beer for the style,and better than most American attempts.

The beer begins with a bright and bubbly golden-orange color with an off-white froathy head that falters half way through the session, light on lacing. The second pour from the bomber contains more sediment making the beer much more hazy than the first pour.

A nice balance of fruity esters and spicy phenols balance out wonderfully, where one doesn't allow the other to dominate. Acidic fruits of lemons, under-rippenend berries, and orange peel work well with tropical mangos, appricots, and pineapple notes. White peppery, corriander and bitter orange give rise to the complexity with the low hop additions.

A sugar-cookie doughy malt aroma and taste gives more sweetness to the beer than is expected from the style. While sweeter up front, the beer dries out wonderfully in the finish. Crisp, clean and with alcohol warmth that is amplified by the carbonation.

A bit on the sweet side, the beer could use an authentic earthy hop influence from either Belgian or German Noble varieties. Though solid, Fallen Angel doesn't seem to have that 'it' quality that separates authentic Belgian Pales from the rest of the pack.

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Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great out of the glass. It's a pale necatarine color, hazy. The head is a brilliant white, thick and frothy. Great retention and a sticky lace. Really an attractive beer.

They've found the Belgian scent. Classic notes of white pepper, pear, and green apple. You can almost smell the sweet, spicy flavors.

Comes up just a hair short in the taste department. Very yeasty. The pepper is dominant but never over the top. A bit of alcohol with each sip. Some hop presence in the finish.

There are layers and complexity to keep your palate guessing. There's a splash of citrusy fruit up front. The spicy pepper takes over soon after and never lets go. A savory hop character picks up from mid sip, at which point the alcohol warms things. A dry finish leaves your tongue with a bit of a warm pucker. Medium bodied and fairly tart.

One of the better beers I've had from Alaska. It's very close to something a Belgian would be proud to drink.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

A-deep golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-apple, clove, banana, earthy, candy sugar, yeast

T-yeast, bready malt, candy sugar, apples, clove, earthy, little hoppy, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with mod,erase carbonation, crisp

O-decent belgian pale ale, easy drinking in spite of the ABV

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 release. bomber into a teku glass.

Pours a crisp golden color with a inch in ch thick white, lasting head. Smell is of yeasty malts and lemon grass, lovely. The taste is real farmhousey/belgian yeast dominating your palate. Tad of bitterness at the end. Herbal, dry finish. Very sticky. Pear is the dominant fruit flavor but its mild. Not the best of the style but pretty good. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall a good belgian styled ale. Recommended!

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Photo of slaintemhor
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last August at MSBC in Anchorage. The colour was cloudy and golden with very little head. The aroma was full of yeast and citrus with some spice notes. On the palate, there was a crisp feel along with a tangy character and still more yeast and citrus (tropical citrus, that is). So good I thought I should bring some bottles home to Portland!

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Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend shared this with me the other night at a tasting. The pour was golden yellow, big white head, light lacing. I thought the aroma was tame for the style, frutity, peaches and pears, some alcohol. The taste is about like the nose, somewhat boozey finish, fruity. The body is medium, average carbonation, light alcohol. Pretty average for the style, nothin really stands out.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a tulip this beer was a clear gold color. There was a minimal white head.

Grassy hops aroma. Some citrus. Sweet malt.

Grassy hops, Lemon. A little funky. Bready.

This beer was OK, with a neutral mouthfeel. I kind of liked it, but wasn't in love with it. I would probably drink it again, but wouldn't go looking for it.

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Photo of SargeC
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold brew with a pure white head.

Smell: Yeast, hints of malt and a spicy quality

Taste: Bready with good yeast presence. Good spicy character that livens up the flavor. Finishes with solid malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Waxy smooth.

Drinkablity: Tasty pale, satisfying and enjoyable.

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Photo of Zach136
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy gold, thin collar, meh lacing.

Aroma: Light yeast driven aroma and toasty malt.

Flavor: Light, sweet, slightly sugary with a touch of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation and medium light body.

Overall: Easy to drink, but lacks the depth and intensity of flavor most BSPA's have.

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Photo of aasher
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was courtesy of BrewerB, who threw it in as an extra in a recent trade! Thanks again Brian!

This beer pours a medium bodied honey gold in color, slightly cloudy, and with a beautiful two finer white creamy head. It smells of yeast, light spice, honey, and pale malts. The flavors consist of dry and tart pale malt, light honey, moderate yeast, with a moderate alcohol finish. I'm surprised the alcohol comes through in the finish. It drinks smoothly and has an interesting finish for a BSPA. It's kind of dry. Overall it's a nice beer and definitely worth a try. It's not the best BSPA I've ever had but it's worth your while. Another good beer from Midnight Sun.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to get some Midnight Sun as an extra from Imperialking. 22oz bottle...

A: A gorgeous murky golden colored brew with a nice fluffy white head that fades at a slow pace. Very good.

S: A mild bready scent upfront with a mild hop blended well. A mild sweet malt makes an appearance. Good.

T: It starts with a hop quickly overtaken by a bready malt. Breadiness is then overtaken by a very sweet malt flavor. Can taste the 8% ABV very obviously. Decent.

M: Medium body with a hard carbonation. A sweet malty finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. I'm not a huge golden ale guy, but this is a good golden ale. I'd definitely give it a try if you like golden ales and would like a unique twist on the style.

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Photo of beorn7676
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light golden yellow with a touch of bottle conditioned haze. Good amount of effervescent that feeds a solid white two finger head. The foam lingers for a while then fades to a thin film.

S-A mix of green apple, orange, lemon, and spicy yeast.

T-Taste is just like aroma, just a bit more robust with a touch of light grain. Bitter, dry bite in the finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden until you feel its warmth.

M-Slight fullness at first but that seems to fade to a more dry finish. Carbonation is lively on the ride down.

O-A enjoyable beer, but there is a sameness in it. It taste pretty much like many other Belgian golden strongs. Very similar to Duvel, but falls short of that beer in every catagory.

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Photo of impending
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

B+

22oz into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed coppery gold, minor egg cream colored head, ok lacing.

Aroma is of yeast and subdued crystal candied fruits.

Taste is a mildly sweet turn to mildly dry. Aftertaste is of a mild bitter, hops and tree bark. Something off in the flavor that remains attractive none the less. Shy of medium bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Fallen Angel from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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