Fallen Angel | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.94/5
125 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#7,317
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
125
pDev:
9.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
16
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of steve8robin
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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 PittBeerGirl
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks UncleJedi!

A-Body is a hazy translucent straw yellow color. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is bright. Lots of lemon, citrus, a hint of funk, and bready yeast.

T- A lot of citrus and aple upfront with some floral hop overtones. Funky and bready yeast backbone. Finish is more citric than bitter and leaves behind very little residual bitterness.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a nice full bready and citric mouthfeel.

O- Overall this is a great beer. Its very saisonlike with and extra addition of citrus and hoppiness.

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Photo of ksherry112
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Mtnbeerman
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DucksFan16
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 cpetrone84
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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 ffejherb
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber shared with friends on 9/20/11.

A - Poured a clear golden liquid reminiscent of a white wine with a thin, bright white head that reduced to a patchy film and minimal lacing.

S - Initial nose produces a fume of alcohol, toasted grains and a hint of citrusy hops. Belgian yeast imparts moderate spiciness with notes of clove, giving the nose a bit of an earthy flair.

T - A warm alcohol tang is first evident after my initial sip, but it is flanked by a hint of citrus rind, sharp herbal notes and a hint of sweet honey. Mild earthy notes emerge in the backend and develop into a slight mustiness amid a hint of fruity sweetness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and minimal carbonation. Finishes with an earthy hop bite and hint of sourness on the palate.

D - Seemed a bit boozy for an 8% ABV beer. While not a small beer by any means, I felt it lacked something despite having lots going on. Perhaps it was a bit too complex for its own good.

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Photo of AleWatcher
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 mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dry, peppery, and rather austere ale. Any traces of malty sweetness seem to have disappeared. Quite sharp and with a very thin mouthfeel. Looks quite nice with its pale lemony color and nice lacing. Tastes more like a very dry Saison seasoned with pencil shavings. Hops emerge with a long bitterness. Aroma reminds me of drying concrete.

Very coarse carbonation, which may be a product of more age than is good for it. I like this style, but I don't think this is a very good representative. The more I sip the more odd this tastes, like it has discovered a new kind of bacteria. This is not really bad beer, it is just such a peculiar and unfriendly flavor I leave it to others to decipher it.

Tasted again 01/21/2011 - Bottle marked June, presumably 2011. Rather spritzy, quite dry, just slightly hazy. Still tastes like a strong Saison with a lot of yeast and a fairly harsh Belgian funkiness.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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 biegaman
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Bierlerner
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Almost a hazy light orange. 3 fingers of great white head. Retention is nice. Patchy lacing.

S- Yeasty and citrusy. A bit of bread. Some cloves. And banana.

T- Bready and yeasty. A bit sweet. Definitely citrusy with some nice light fruit kisses throughout. Bananas. This is a tame version but very well balanced and awesome.

M- Medium body with low carb. Creamy mouthfeel with a great somewhat bitter dry finish.

O- I love this beer. I could drink this all Summer long too. Another great brew MS :)

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Photo of Seanibus
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, intense. An amazing intro for me to a cult brewery.

Pours sunny slightly hazy yellow with a vast fluffy head, like meringue. The aroma is intense and fruity, with a phenolic character reminiscent of poached pear or pear brandy. The flavor is sweet and fruity, with pear and apricot and some modest spice, a little clove and all-spice, but the fruit side of the Belgian equation is stronger. The malt is clear with a hint of what might be wheat in there, followed by a sting of noble-type hops. The mouthfeel is rich and round, with a nice prickle of carbonation.

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Photo of cbeer88
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into Duvel (apropos) tulip. Acquired the bottle as a generous extra from JohnGalt1.

Appearance: Steady but gentle pour of a little over half the bomber leaves almost 3 inches of fluffy white head. The head fades rather quickly but leaves some very nice lacing in the glass. Pretty golden orange color, with bubbles steadily streaming up from the nucleation point. A quick swirl provides a thin insta-head, which is always kind of nice.

Smell: Yeast, yeast, and more yeast. Not getting a whole lot else. Bit of spicy/pepper if I strain myself.

Taste: More yeast in the flavor, but also some pepper, vague citrus, alcohol, bread, and some cloves. A tidbit of the belgian ester. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and extremely dry. Not as bad as it sounds, but I do want a glass of water halfway through this one.

Drinkability: Not bad. I could have two glasses of this in one sitting, but am content with one. Alcohol is definitely present in the taste, but it doesn't burn.

Overall: Not a bad Duvel clone at all. It falls well short of the real thing, but it's up there with some of the better Belgian attempts. Unique in that it lacks the sweetness in many of them. I probably won't seek this one out again, but if I ever stumbled across it on tap, I'd happily order one.

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Photo of benpopper
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold with 1/2" of white head that falls slowly to a ring and film on the surface. Not much lacing, but tons of micro bubbles rising to the surface everywhere in the glass.

Smells very mild. The yeast is in the front but there is a little bit of spice and malt in there too.

The yeast that is prevelant in the smell comes through the most for me, very fresh. There is a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Drinks very well with a solid amount of carbonation on the tongue but finishes just a little sharp in the back of my mouth, a little dry as well.

My first offing from Midnight Sun and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of aasher
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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 beorn7676
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished 24-karat gold with banana peel borders and multiple streams of sparkly bubbles jetting up to a thick chunk of French vanilla colored foam. The head doesn't have much character as it melts and is leaving the glass spotless. Not a great start.

The nose has a decent amount of power and smells somewhat BSPA-like, just not well-crafted BSPA-like. Each sniff delivers a smidgen of golden fruit and comparatively less estery spiciness. Looks like there's some work to be done on the palate.

Fallen Angel is a surprisingly tame version of the style. That might mean that it has been aged for an extended period of time, but weren't bombers used for the first time this year? More aggressive yeast would have helped. Nicely buried alcohol does help.

Specifics include snappy apples with a light dusting of ground clove. That's pretty much the extent of things. The beer isn't both sweet and bitter, it's neither sweet nor bitter, which is an important distinction to make. My affinity for the style is the only thing allowing the taste score to remain above average.

The mouthfeel is nowhere near Belgianesque. It still has decent size and bubbles that do their jobs in acceptable fashion. Just like all the rest: no big negatives, no big positives.

Fallen Angel isn't a bad BSPA, just a borderline bland one. My recommendation, if the suggestion box is open, is for Midnight Sun to use a more estery, more fruit-and-spicy yeast strain. That's the only way this big brew will ever be heavenly or devilishly delicious, take your pick. Thanks again sprucetip.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label art was awesome. 750ml.

A: Clear golden color. One finger of white head. Spotty lacing with tons of visible carbonation.

S: Touch metallic. I really do not know what it was but I got rusted metal in the nose. Citrus. Oranges as well.

T: Orange duvel. That is this beer. Nice and crisp. Quite a bit of malt made it's way through. Very fruity.

M: Nice and dry. Super easy drinking.

D: No hint of the ABV at all. It really is like Duvel with orange. The nose was a weird one for me but everything else was great.

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Fallen Angel from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 125 ratings
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