Lust | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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 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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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 ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, fizzy, khaki-colored head. That's a decent looking beer.

Smell: Bourbon aroma leads, followed by cherries, and notes of oak barrels with some dark maltiness imparting a mild hint of cocoa powder and roast.

Taste: For me, the bourbony flavor is up front with it's tastes of wood, brown sugar, and vanilla beans. Slight tastes of roast and chocolate. Distinct sour cherry flavor. A rather unobtrusive, even sensible Brett character that only helps to accentuate the various flavors and add to the overall complexity of the brew rather than trounce the other components. A whole medley of revisited flavors for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It's good, though a very busy beer, I must say!

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ccrida
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle (huge thx to warmstorage!) poured into my Midnight Sun cervoise, Lust is a very dark, murky reddish brown, with a large tan head that's long lasting and rocky, leaving huge chucks of foam. Served at cellar temp.

Smell is really big and fruity, huge cherry blast, with bourbon, vanilla and coconut. A hint of must is enough for me to believe that the brett really is in there, in spite of it's absense in the taste. Maybe a bit sweet, but nice.

Taste strong and rich, but honestly from the first sip, a bit of let down as it's not at all what I expected (I was hoping for an Oerbier Reserve clone). Huge caramel and maltiness, raisins, dates and cherries, poorly integrated bourbon, some plasticy phenols, the aforementioned barrel notes. There's also a slightly astringent/bitter aspect that is a bit like coffee grinds. Where is the brett funk? If it wasn't on the label, I'd never guess they're there. This doesn't even taste like a BSDA let alone a wild ale, if anything it's more like a fruity wee-heavy/barleywine/baltic porter mix. Which isn't to say too bad, just not what I was looking for. While the alcohol is very assertive, it seems clean, with few fusels. Scoring this as a funked BSDA would be about a 2.0. I'll considered it more of a fruited strong ale and give it a generous 3. I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to this beer, and really tried to like it. Sorry to skew the average folks, but it just fell short.

Mouthfeel is really thick and chewy, but with a big creamy carbonation. Heavy body. This clearly needs some time for the brett to chew through the sugars, to thin the body and dry it out. Bummer, as it may be the only one I ever get. If I thought wouldn't oxidize, I'd recap the second 1/2 of the bomber for a year. Actually, I guess I could pour it into a smaller bottle. Hmmm...nah, to lazy, and seems like the risk:reward isn't worth it. I'll still try to track another down, but with less vigor then I had for this bottle.

Drinkability was a bit low for me, to thick, rich and boozy, with more fruit then funk from the adjuncts, which is the opposite of what I was hoping for. This bomber has taken me damn near 3 hours to finish, and by the 3rd hour, it's become a real chore. Had this not been so hard to get, I probably wouldn't have bothered...If you only have one bottle, I'd seriously recommend you cellar it for a good year before busting it out, unless you don't like brett and prefer young dark barleywines.

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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 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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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 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 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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4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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