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
Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by pwoods. Thanks man!

Pours very dark brown, nearly black in color. Smell is dark, ripe fruits and bourbon. All the flavors meld and compliment each other perfectly. I can't explain how much I'm digging this beer. Absolutely mindblowing. Good, full mouthfeel and non-cloying. This is a definite sipper though. But that's good because you won't want this beer to end.
Didn't get too much brett in the beer, and I think that's a good thing. It's almost perfect as it is.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared with autumnaldave. Pours a big deep brown color with dark blood red edges. A half inch of light tan head on top of the brew. Decent head retention here considering the ABV. Aroma is a blast in the nose of big roasted malts, rich bourbon and oak with a wonderful fresh sour cherry as well. Subtle tartness. This is divine, extremely rich and inviting, I don't want to stop smelling it. Brilliant.

First sip brings sweet roasted malt with a nice bourbon character. Oaky barrel accents meet sour cherry fruit. Thoughts of fresh picked cherries run through my head. Light tartness kicks in on the way down. A simply elegant and sublime mix of bourbon, cherry and Brett. The blend of flavors here is as close to perfect as I have ever tasted. Each sip is a revelation.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with mellow carbonation. Goes down fairly easily considering the 11.5% here. My favorite Midnight Sun brew I've tasted so far....I truly will Lust after this beer and so wish I had more. Amazingly delicious right now, if you have some crack it open and experience true beer bliss.

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

This is definitely midnight suns most unique attempt so far at a belgian style ale. This is one of the few beers brewed in america that blends Bourbon aging with the true texture of a belgian. Pours almost black with dark red tones. typical head dissipates into a ring quickly. The nose is similar to that of a flemish red with sour tones. Also plenty of Bourbon in the nose. This led me to beleive that there would be an overpowering flavor of sour cherry in the flavor ( as this beer is brewed with sour cherries and brett ) thank goodness there was not! at first taste i was shocked at the wonderful texture and sweet sugary taste. A strong malt and dark fruit plum and raisin type of taste at first then wanes into the taste of the cherries which ( despite the label is not sour but more of a sweet dark cherry flavor) and finally you taste the barrel aged hint at the end due to the fact that it is aged in bourbon barrels. This is a very optimistic moment for me as i am usually quite dissapointed with american attempts at a belgian brew. An exquisite melding of Belgian style beer and bourbon aging. This shows promise for the brewing future of our great land and the last frontier! belgian fans get a bottle, you will be pleased!

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coffee with Brett, oak, like a Russian River.Everything you would expect from a bourbon coffee chocolate,roast, vanilla RR. Cherries in bourbon and whiskey. Strong, rich fruit. Complex taste, a good one with aroma.Boozy.Replace wine with this at a dinner.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled 5/2/08. Shared the entire 7 beer series with fellow BAs Deuane & SierraGS. It was quite a night! Special thanks to AKBelgianBeast for trading me the complete set of these to try.

22 oz bomber into a snifter.

Pours black with 2 fingers of creamy tan head that retains nicely and leaves big, thick lacing behind. The aroma is a big cherry blast up front that then intermingles with more subtle notes of bourbon and vanilla. I'm also picking up just a bit of sour funkiness and a nice waft of heat.

The taste is a beefy mix of caramel sweetness and dark fruit tartness. The Brett isn't very pronounced, being hard to differentiate from that of the more prevalent cherry tartness. The bourbon notes from the barrel aging make themselves known towards the finish. The mouthfeel has a full feel with a creamy carbonation and some alcohol heft but for the most part, it's fairly well hidden.

Wow! This was quite unique, complex, and most of all drinkable for such a beast of a beer. I wish that I could have picked up some more of the Brett's involvement but the interplay between the deep sweetness, cherry flavors, and then bourbon notes more than made up for it. A very well made and complex entry from the series.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Frank for this one again. The fifth night in a row for me of the seven deadly sins. This twenty two ounce bottle was cellared for almost a year and served in an over sized wine glass. Consumed on 07/19/2008.

WOW was I happy to come home last night and open this one up! CDracked it open and poured the gurgling contents into the snifter. Very dark, essentially black liquid came out, with a monstrous three inch high head of tan foam which came up over the top immediatly. Rich and thick, it stayed around forever, only settling gradually down to a one inch layer of foam that stayed throughout the session. Tons of thick and sticky side glass lace then ensued. This was a mostrous looking dark ale.

Rich aromas of bourbon and oak started it out. Thick and strong, you could smell this one from across the room for sure! After it warmed and the bourbon calmed down a bit it really brought out the vanilla esque oaky note and nice touches of tart cherries. The flavor started out very strong with lots of bourbon and earthy notes as I would have imagined. When I first sampled and it was relatively chilled, there was a nice bit of brett coming through in the finish, balanced with a nice cherry flavor this was really quite nice. Very complex. As it warmed it took on more of a fig or prune like taste that blended well with the oak notes coming through. The cherry stayed strong through the mid palate and the finish was just as nice with a strong and long lasting bourbon flavor that would not quit. This was a masterfully done strong belgian, probably the best tasting I have had. Gorgeous feel on this one, with rich, silky carbonation that stayed with it throughout the session and really just never did let up. A superb sipper, that I enjoyed over the course of a few hours, there was really nothing here that did not impress me.

Overall I was bowled over by pride but this one was a whole new level for me. This really showed off what they can do at Midnight Sun. Such complexity is hard to find, and the barrel aging here really took the front stage, with the cherries and brett providing excellent balance and keeping the whole thing alive. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. Go seek this one out!

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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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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this...
Appears a dark brown with a small beige collar that slowly fades out. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of black cherries, Chimay yeast base, roasty malt, oak, light bourbon.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a definite Belgian yeastiness and cherry flavor going on. I'm not getting much of the brett addition in the flavors though.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, mildly astringent, oaky, yeasty, with the cherries and tropical fruit zinging across the palate. Obvious booziness in there at 11.5%. I'd be curious to check out a bottle when aged for a few years.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ReeseMax3
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of hopdog
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a deeper and muddy borwn color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, vanilla, dark fruits, cherries, vanilla, bourbon, and very light brett. Tastes of vanilla, wood, dark cherries, bourbon, and oak. Midnight Sun really knows how to do barrel aging!

Notes from 12/21/07

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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 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 tayner
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks go out to AKBelgianBeast for sending some love to the desert!

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my sexy SanTan glass. It pours very dark, almost black, with mahogany edges when backlighted. Head is tan/khaki wiht large bubbles near the beer and foam on top that laces really well

Smell seems to be dominated by yeast and dark fruit (cherries and figs) with a hint of alcohol (bourbon). not really smelling any hops. Nice aroma that smells very sweet.

I am in love. Where is the 11% abv? There is a sweet maltiness right off the top. Definite cherry profile, but i dont know if i would say it was sour, almost a sweet cherry with just a slight tartness after swallowing. Perhaps that will get more sour with some age on it. Bready yeast flavor coats my tongue very nicely. Bourbon warming on swallowing, but not overbearing or hot at all.

This is very thick for a BSDA, and very nice. It coats well and is not watery at all.

I docked the drinkability just a little on this one only because it is a little sweet, and very filling. it is very easy to drink, but i think one or maybe two at a time is possible, and i think the 11.5% will kick your butt without you even knowing it, that is until you try to stand up!

I must seek out more of these... again, thanks to AKBelgianBeast!

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

AKBelgianBeast sent me this, I've been waiting forever to open it.

Pours dark brown with a nice frothy tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, Cherries, Bourbon, Musky Leather and Hay notes from the Brett.

Taste: Coffee, Cherry, Subdued Brett, and finishes with Bourbon and Vanilla. Very creamy mouthfeel, a little warming and very drinkable.

I was expecting a little more Brett, but it needs more time. It's still absolutely amazing.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber $12.99 at the brewery. Bottle states 11.5% ABV, 40 IBU.

Appearance: deep opaque brown bordering on black. Medium brown head is initially moderate, then limited, leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma: definitely cherries and funk, and a few other things I can't quite place. Perhaps a little less brett than I might have expected.

Taste: just about fucking perfect. Cherries and some brett spunk, with a deep roasty malt depth, and an amazing complexity. Long toasty brown sugary sweetness, with hints at dark chocolate. Just fantastic stuff. Immensely drinkable for suck a huge, complex beer.

Mouth: Deep warmth, but not alcoholic heat, especially given the ABV. Moderately thick to full. Aftertaste has lingering cherries with heat, almost like NOLA cherries bombs (but vastly, vastly more pleasant, and I'll feel vastly, vastly better tomorrow morning.)

Overall: A delicious motherf***er of a beer. I initially balked at paying $13 for a bomber, since I have ben occasionally not so impressed with some of MSBC's other Belgian attempts. No such concerns here: this stuff borders on magical. I'm going to go buy more.

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Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown when held to the light with lighter highlights. Thin tan head that left nice lacing.

S-Light cherry and bourbon notes. What I expect was present but not overpowering...a little weak.

T-Astringent sour cherries with light chocolate notes. A bit of sourness...not sure if from more cherry flavours or if from the Brett. Bourbon notes fairly weak but does finish with a nice smokey flavour.

M-Medium-light, quite tart. Not bad...a bit thin for me.

D-More, in cherry and bourbon...lacks for me. I dont get from the Brett, maybe overplayed by the cherries? Somewhat uni-dimensioanl. I will say this...11.5%, your kidding...I detected little alcohol in this, well done.

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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 irishevans
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

as the beast said, unquestionably the best american made belgian style I've yet tried. the beer pours dark brown with a little reddish hue most visible at the bottom of the glass, the head is nice, lacey, and creamy. the nose it strong with a hint of some liquor, inviting. the taste is smooth no real stand-out flavors that i can detect at the moment, but a nice taste, the cheeries are only subtle on the finish, not overpowering as i expected. the mouth-feel is where this brew really stands out, the one thing that all american attempts i've tried fall way short on is the mouth-feel, and lust is now the first exception. perfection, thick and somewhat bitey, and as far as drinkability she goes down nicely, but she's a belgian, so the yeast leaves me at one bottle a sitting, at least i'm saying that now. a damn good beer, i highily recomend this one.

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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 sprucetip
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initially fruity, cherries more specifically but I doubt I could be that specific if I didn't know what was in it. Alcohol and kind of musty as well. Later in the sample the large volume of sweet maltiness came through clearly.

Med dark brown with a hint of ruby if held to light. Modest tan head dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Tastes kind of like the smell, fruity with some alcohol, but nothing to indicate 11.5%. It was sweet breifly up front then some sort of bitterness cut through it. Didn't taste like hops to me, maybe the Bret? I'm unfamiliar with Bret.

Thick, full, warming with a dry finish. very easy drinking, especially considering the 11.5%

I don't regret dropping $13 for it (at the source), and intend to get some more before it is gone. It pretty well lived up to its reputation among Anchorage beer geeks and Midnight Sun groupies. It was the last of the Seven Deadly Sins beers I sampled. Special though it was, I think Sloth is still my favorite of the bunch. The 11.5% is felt, if not noticed in other areas. Enjoy!

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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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