Lust | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
LUST Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale stirs shameless desire in men (and women) with its captivating appearance, enticing aroma and satisfying flavors. Aged in bourbon oak barrels for twelve months, Lust is worldly, smooth and decadent. Sour cherries contribute tartness while brettanomyces brings muskiness to this naughty brew.

40 IBU

Added by AKBelgianBeast on 12-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of unclekeith
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The last remaining keg from 2007, tapped to start of Alaska Beer Week on 01/01/2015.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of ReeseMax3
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of JAXSON
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Early 2010 rate.

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with deep crimson edges and a pretty thick tan head. Nose is rich dubbel wort highlighted by a deep fruity sweetness, soft brett, dark chocolate. Big and rich in the mouth, nice dry chocolate dust, very deep, earthy brett, soft sour cherries. Hot and boozy in the most pleasant way. Thick and velvety with nice fizz. Earthy, boozy, a bit wild. Awesome!

***I had it again in fall, 2010, and it wasn't nearly as good as the initial bottle. Great nose, rich bourbon, deep malt complexities, but the flavor was empty cardboard with a distinct lingering bitterness that depressed me somewhat.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours dull dark brown with a large frothy light brown head.

The aroma exhibits light cherries in harmony with subtle Brett, oak, and light bourbon notes. I detect a dash of brown sugar a little roast. The cherries are still pretty nice, but overall the aroma is bit muted.

The flavor is slightly sour with notes of cherry skins and flesh. Bourbon is more prominent here. Brett is subtle, imparting leather notes and a musty quality. I get a dash of chocolate in the finish.

The beer is lower full bodied with moderate carbonation and a full mouthfeel. This is still tasty, but it was noticeably better a couple years ago. Now it's like a less complex version of 2008 Cuvee de Tomme.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shane for bringing this up from SoCal. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that eventually settles to a thin ring and some patchy film. Dark brown body that's slightly lighter at the fringes.

S - Oak, light cherry, some musty brett notes and dark roasted malts. A little understated, but pretty solid. Not sure where the bourbon barrel notes are?

T - Taste has sour cherry, dark quad-like notes, burnt sugar, and a bit of barrel contributing butterscotch and vanilla. Slightly sour brett and lemon finish. More depth and potency than the nose.

M - Zesty but not unpleasant carbonation, sticky and chewy medium-full body. Might be my favorite thing about this beer.

D - This was a pretty solid beer, but wasn't as exciting and impressive as other Sins or Planets beers I've had. The alcohol would make it pretty hard to finish on own, but it was nice to get a chance to try it.

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Photo of largadeer
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks, Shane.

Lust pours a dark muddy brown, and once in the glass it's turbid and opaque with a well-retaining tan head.

Pretty mild on the nose, brett leaves some signature funk, and the cherries are noticeable too without being terribly bold or complex. Not much bourbon barrel character, though there is a bit of brown sugar, faint Belgian yeast and a dark malt foundation. Not much to this, perhaps it was better fresh.

The palate opens with dark candi sugar, raisins, dried cherries. There's a mild brett influence, but it's drowned by flavors of molasses and anise. Finishes oaky, phenolic with a barely perceptible note of bourbon. Pretty good, certainly not amazing.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeremy for sharing this one!

A-pours a dark brown color with chestnut brown edges, pencil shaving colored head that is thight and dense.

S-tons of chocolate malt integrated with a light belgian yeast. a light roasted malt characteristic with a subtle bourbon characteristic. hints of sweet cherry in the back but very light.

T-a little heat up front but seemingly well integrated with the flavors and bourbon, dark rich chocolate and belgian yeast create an interesting and tasty combination, the bourbon lies towards the back, notes of vanilla, hints of tart cherries and really searching for brett but not finding much.

M-soft and smooth feel on a relatively full bodied beer. it is creamy and rich, the carbonation is still very strong and the finish is crisp and little bitter.

D-very tasty brew, huge flavors, big malt body and a nice pair of the belgian yeast, the brett wasn't really present and the tart cherry was there but very subtle. the flavors work well together, could have been brilliant but still darn good!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Saturday's MS Sins tasting.

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with some nice ruby highlights and a tan head.

S: Tons of vanilla and chocolate fill the nose right off the bat. The cherries are there but come through a bit later on. The bourbon notes are certainly there as well.

T: Things move on to the tongue quite seamlessly. The vanilla and chocolatey notes are robust, and the oak is more noticeable here too. A nice sweet black cherry flavor throughout with a subtle tartness on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a low level of carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy on the tongue.

D: I was expecting a bit more of the wild character to come out with this, but was certainly not disappointed when it wasn't there. Really nice flavors with just a hint of oxidation.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


This beer really is lust. They did everything you can do to a beer for this one and everything worked out.

A: Nice dark rusty looking brown tinged black color. Minimal brownish head.

S: Brett. Cherries. Oak. Just a touch of bourbon. Chocolate. Insanely complex. This might be the best smelling beer I have ever had.

T: Bourbon right up front. Nice sweetness then cut by the oak. I never really got brett in the taste but I did get a little bit of sour cherries. Insanely complex.

M: The oak really gave this a nice smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

D: This has so much going on and it is a big beer and it is still super drinkable. This one is a real winner. They need to make this again.

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Photo of tpd975
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep shade of brown with a small tan head. No retention or lace noted.

S: Aromas of dark fruit, sour cherries, booze, and light yeast.

T: Lots of dark fruit, mild sourness, yeast, and molasses. Hints of booze and vanilla.

M: On the fuller side of body, mild booze in finish.

D: Pretty good.

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Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jeff for breaking this out at our sour tasting.

Pours pitch black with very slight caramel/mahogany edges and a two finger frothy dark beige head with excellent retentiononly slowly fading into a thick fading cap that coats the glass with soapy chunks of lacing.

Slight vinous tart dark fruit aroma with a lot of roasty dark chocolate malt laying underneath. Very prominent sour dark fruit notes, especially tart cherry, plum and fig. Subtle roastiness with bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee, subtle coffee bean and grape. This beer smells amazingly complex with so many different scents bouncing off of one another.

Slightly dry tart vinous medium body with a prominent silky, roasty chocolate malt character. The vinous dark fruit notes up front(mostly sour dark cherry, grape and plum) are quickly balanced by the slight roasted viscous chocolate malt backbone. Slightly spicy mid palate with more of the oaky vinous dark fruit notes coming through in the finish. Very complex and pretty drinkable considering the complexity.

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Photo of younger35
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew not so long ago from Mikesgroove. This is the last of the Deadly Sins and the one I've looked forward to the most. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Deadly Sin 7 of 7.

Appearance- Pours a near pitch black with a nice creamy one finger dirty tan head. A beautiful cap and collar remains the entire beer along with plenty of lacing. I will say, pound for pound, this is the best looking group of beers I've ever seen.
Smell- Definitely a deep and layered nose with a lot going on. The bourbon is quite strong with an oaky vanilla that is very abundant. Quite a bit of toffee and or caramel that I'm assuming is from the barrels since this is a Dark Strong Belgium Ale. I swear by the smell that I'd guess this was a RIS though. There is a slightly tart cherry tone hidden among the wafts of goodness.
Taste- Interesting. Starts with a bite of tart cherry that isn't really cherry-ish per say, just tart and cherry like. A part of the beer is slightly sweet (not cloying though) with a bit of Begiumy yeast. Again, I'd guess this as a Belgium Stout or even an IRS if I couldn't see the bottle. The musty notes of Brett are most definitely apparent as a mushroom and hay like undertone really seem to grow as the beer warms. Plenty of oak makes an appearance as well adding maybe a touch of bourbon and a touch more vanilla. The alcohol is a plenty in the finish as well.
Mouthfeel- Decent enough feel with a medium/heavy body and a spritzy creamy feel. The carbonation is light but nice.
Drinkability- I went into this beer thinking the worst. A tiny little friend that lives on the East coast told me he was fairly disappointed by the beer. Again, he proves to be an idiot. The style of the beer doesn't really seem fitting but it is what it is. The oak is really nice and adds a great complexity to the beer. Definitely enjoyed it! Thanks Mike!

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Photo of rayjay
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra in a BIF, much thanks go out to Tayner!

Red ale with a big cap of tight red foam. Great retention. A great looker.

Lots of bourbon and wood on the nose. Cherries and malt sweetness too, but the bourbon dominates. It's fun lately to drink non-stout bourbon aged beers.

Very old-school meets new-school; big, malty old ale (think Unibroue 17), dusty and fruity, meets new school fruit and bourbon aging. The bourbon adds gentle heat to the throat. Lots of wood complexity too. Fruit vibes from the cherries, and also from the high alcohol esters. I'm not getting Belgian yeast esters, more like an English barleywine to me. Pretty fine stuff, certainly a well made beer that's unique and makes it's mark. The flavors seem to all get along pretty well. Not quite my thing but a fine beer in it's own right.

Excellent mouthfeel, providing a mellow dryness and active carbonation to release the beautiful aroma. The bourbon and thick malts don't get very sticky, but there is still some body to chew on. Not especially palate killing or dehydrating so it makes for a nice sipper.

I'd say this is a very drinkable beer, interesting, challenging, and delicious. Now that I've tried it I would seek it out again, but certainly worth it to try. Big cheers to Dana and Midnight Sun!

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another mystery box goodie, oh my! very shocked to see this one come my way...

22 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass...

deep dark brown body with a thin brown head of large bubbles...more like a skin of bubbles, and it really wasn't a head. provided decent lacing, but disappeared quickly. this is one menacing looking dark with some mahogany hues around the edges. kind of odd...

tart cherries on the nose with a bit of musty wood. a bit weak in this category. some green apple and pit fruits, but mostly cherry...

lots of chocolate and tobacco with a tannic cherry finish. some smoke and wood, with brandyesque notes...a bit disapointed by the lack of funk here...

smooth with a nice bite..carb is good

very drinkable for an 11.5 abv beer

this reminded me more of a cherry aged old ale than anything from Belgium. i am extremely disappointed in myself for opening this up so soon. i recommend at least another six month to let the brett do it's thing...

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Photo of urwatuh8
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to timmcd64 for the trade. Enjoyed with Colin in a pair of Stone IRS glass.

Dark, dark brown. Almost black. Thin brown head.

Big smell of sour cherries and of course bourbon aromas.

Sweet tastes up front. Molasses sweet. Tangy turns to astringent Brett sour as it moves back. The souring happens smoothly. Never too loud. Bourbon taste is present throughout, but always blends in well and never overpowers.

Creamy smooth. A tad too much carbonation.

There's some warming in the finish but the alcohol is well hidden.

This isn't a beer to consume in mass quantities. It forces you to pay attention. Well crafted; Fits together nicely. I love how Midnight Sun pushes the envelope. This is a successful experiment. But in a kitchen sink way.

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Photo of Floydster
3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by rallison, thanks for providing this Ryan, had been wanting to try this for a long time after having some of the other 7 Deadly Sins beers, poured into my Stone sampling glass, reviewed from notes

A-Dark brown with a lot of red tint, 3/4 inch creamy beige head, some retention, small legs
S-Cherries, wild yeast, brown sugar, caramel malt, oak, booze, milk chocolate, toffee, and sweetness
T-Starts off sweet with malt, cherries and other berries in the middle, expecting some tart or sourness in the finish but it is barely even dry, just sweet mostly, too malty, more cocoa and sweetness comes out as it warms, lots of fruit and candy-like flavors, needs some other stuff going on to balance it out, a little ho too
M-Sweet, malty, and boozy mouthfeel, medium bodied, too much carbonation for what it is, taste lingers way too long
D-Heavy stuff, too sweet overall, alcohol is not hidden, not balanced, could not drink the bomber individually

Probably the biggest letdown of the night, could barely tell there was any Brettanomyces in it at all, for being one of the most hyped beers of the series it was my least favorite, glad I did not pursue a trade for this rarity, still worth trying

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Photo of seaoflament
2.95/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Ryan for bringing this rarity to the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th.

A Belgian inspired Strong Dark Ale aged in bourbon barrels with sour cherries and brettanomyces...sounds in vein of a Cuvee de Tomme, I'm excited to try this one and compare.

Wow, very dark color with hints of red on the sides and a thin ring around the glass.

Dark fruits, brown sugar, not as bretty as I thought this would be...I couldn't really detect much funk in this beer, or sour cherries. Maple syrup, a lot of sweetness, toasted malts and hints of chocolate. Smells really good for a Belgian Strong Dark so I'll give it that, but the brett and sour cherry components were just not there as I thought they would be. No off aromas to hint at what I'm about to taste.

Harsh upfront and somewhat oxidized, sweet malts and fruits in the middle, then an astringent god-awful flavor. A bit metallic in the end as well. Was this a bad bottle? Could have been but the aroma wasn't bad so I have my doubts. If I ever get a chance to try this again I will update this but this beer was a disappointment, glad I got to try it though. Medium carbonation. Couldn't get through all of my sample.

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Photo of gford217
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tim for providing a beer I thought I would never have the opportunity to try. This completes my tasting of the 7 Deadly Sins beers.

Pours dark reddish brown out of the bottle but settles almost completely black in the glass underneath a huge creamy tan head that leaves sheets of lacing and hangs on as a cap.

The aroma has quite a few layers. There is the sweet tartness of the cherries with plenty of brown sugar and Belgian yeast underneath. There is a noticeable funkiness from the Brett though it's definitely not dominating.

The taste has an oaky bourbon presence up front that I couldn't get in the nose. The sweet Belgian body is there in the background with lots of dark fruit, including cherries, on top. The finish is slightly smoky and with a faint tartness from the cherries. The funk is really minimal in the taste for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and super smooth with plenty of carbonation. The finish is definitely dry and shows the wood character.

This is one of the more complex beers I've had recently and the taste is spectacular with all the competing flavors coming together almost perfectly. A great, great beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from AkBelgianBeast close to a year ago... Frank hooked a begging brother up... I've been sitting on this for too long. Poured into my Chimay Goblet.

2 finger tan head sticks around for an easy 5 minutes.. leaves sheets of lace with a great cap.. the brew is surprisingly dark.. very very dark brown.. verging on black... only the slightest hint of deeeep garnet is revealed near the stem when I hold it to a bright light.

The nose is a rich mix of pretty much everything that I was hoping for.. malty and Belgian esters with a woody/vanilla bourbon component.. The cherry that is there, I'm having a hard time discerning from the fruity esters.. smells pretty damn good.

Uhhh... the flavor is verging on sexual .. soooo lush... soooo rich... sooo complex! Thick maltiness .. toasty with layer after layer of fruity ester combined with the cherries and woody bourbon notes are fantastic... cocoa and vanilla.. spicy element reminds me of cinnamon... maybe EtOh (but I don't even remotely care!!).. cherries combine with traditional peppery and fig.. The body is thick for the style.. and the carbonation is firm yet very small enveloping bubbles.. almost creamy..

Oh.. sooo... gooood! Very well done brew for sure... The only complaint is, I'm not getting alot of brett.. other than a sorta musty element that gets lost in the loving fray of the rest of the brew.. what brett is there lends well to the complexity, but.. Had I not known MS dosed it, I would never have even remotely guessed.

Fantastic brew.... I am in Love/Lust!! This will certainly be the only bottle of this I will ever see... I am okay with that... I sorta wondered/fantasized how good it was gonna be for months now.. I am satiated.. and at the same time sorta sad.. simply wonderful.. and World Class.

Thanks Frank!! with a big ole gay smiley all over this brew. :-)

Edit: The website says "LUST. Regret. Repent. Repeat." I wanna Repeat... Just incredible as it hits room temp... sipping and wishing for a never-ending bottle.

Edit 2x: Steven missed out huge on this one.. I said, I was cracking fantastic cellar beers tonight... His loss..

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