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
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
16
For Trade:
1
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fallen Angel from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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