I finally opened this badass-labeled belgian last night for my 27th birthday. Created 6-6-6, destroyed 12-15-09.
I have had this one in my collection for awhile now, so it has grown in expectation and mystery each time I had gaze upon it in my cabinet...
I poured this for myself into a chimay goblet, the nicest glassware my mom has in her house (that I gave her)while waiting for my brother to shower, dinner and movie on the schedule for the night. I really said "oh wow really?" to the very light pale blonde/straw/golden hued liquid that came out. I didn't expect it to be really dark, but maybe I did given the whole 666 thing, maybe just a dark golden, but not this light. The carbonation is very apparent from the first pour, with bubble rising incessantly to the egg white frothy ceiling. A little hesitant, i opt to swirl and let this sit for a few. The lacing that remains is thick and white, overall lookin good!
The nose reminds me right off the rip of granny smith apples and green grapes. I'm thinking they grabbed a bottle of some ocean spray juice blend and thought it was a good idea.
Again, a bit surprised by how mild this tasted as opposed to the nose and my overall expectations. Not that this was weak in flavor, but I am assuming the age has mellowed this down quite a bit. The carbonation at first was a bit high, but after some more waiting and swirling it reduced to an acceptable level. I'm left with a residue of apples and pears in my throat. The body is also a touch thin to me, I wanted it to be a little more impressive at 8%.
A few minutes of waiting aside, I pretty much HOUSED this one in 15 minutes or less. Soooo easy to drink. I even poured a sample for my mommy, hell she popped me out 27 years ago and has been dealing with that ever since, she needs a drink more than I. Thumbs up all around.
Although this was originally brewed 6/6/6 this is the early '08 bottling. My neighbor Dave brought me back this bottle last summer, thanks again Dave! Fallen Angel is an incredibly pale straw golden with a minor haze and a few streams of large carbonation bubbles. The head grew easily to two fingers of dish soap white but fell just as quickly to a thick collar and skim coat. There is some decent clingy lacing left behind after the head recession. I'd like to see a little better head retention. *Edit: the second and third pour provide an ample head with strong staying power.
If the nose is any indication this is one spicy brew. After the head settles there are big notes of white pepper, coriander, and mild clove in that order of intensity. The pepper is actually very prominent, I like it. A quick swirl brings the head back up and the fruitiness shows itself; big notes of pear lead the way while mild green apple stands tall in the background. There are also some sweet peach qualities I really enjoy. A spicy clean alcohol brings up the rear. This BSPA pulls me right in.
The flavor runs fairly close to the aroma but there are some differences. The spices aren't as intense and there's an earthiness on the backend that's not noticeable in the nose. Pear, peach and green apple are the showcase in the flavor with mild white pepper integrated throughout. A spicy, somewhat drying alcohol shows up on the swallow managing to add some depth. This is a good American made BSPA.
When I first poured this the mouthfeel was too prickly for the first 15 minutes or so but after letting it sit a little the prickliness calms down and a nice lively carbonation is left in it's wake. The body is moderate but there's an excellent creaminess.
I could see this being a dangerous brew. The alcohol is so well hidden and the flavors so bright I can't get enough at the moment. I'm actually drinking this way too fast.
Fallen Angel is yet another winner from Midnight Sun. They know how to nail Belgians in the best of ways and in a lot of cases put interesting, delicious twists on them. This is just a straight up BSPA but it is delicious. Thanks for the bottle Dave!
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