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Review by everetends on 06/23/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2010
Old Review
Old Review
A huge thanks goes out to AKBelgianBeast for my second offering from Midnight Sun. Labeled a Belgian Strong Ale, it has my attention from the get go. Served up in a St. Bernardus chalice. Lets get on it.

A: Pours a very beautiful, light golden yellow, that is not much unlike a chardonay in color. The body is clear and shiny, showcased a pretty active and constant carbontion activity. Held to the light, it has a very light golden color coming through, but it doesn't lose much color. The head was a solid finger of frothy white head, pristinely white. The lace is spotty, seemingly fickle about what location is worthy of its sticky presence. Very beautiful and very intriguing.

S: The smell is very present and aromatic, catching a whiff instantly as the cap is removed. It is wierd because the initial aroma is somewhere in between a chard and a nice champagne. Just very light and fruity with a nice tannin presence for sure. You can really smell the white grape presence vividly. Getting some pear and green apple in here that has a nice sour quality to it along with a touch of sweet goodness. There is a nice earthy and slightly funky goodness here as well, with just a touch of barn aroma. Not really getting any distinct aroma from the malts, but this beer doesn't need it because there is so much going on here. There is a slightly pungent aroma that I can quite put my finger on.

T: Good God, is this nice. The chard flavors really come out here with a nice and fruity grape presence. You get the tannin presence but also the sweetness of the grape. Then comes the fruity goodness in the form of pear, green apple, citrus fruits and just a note of peach I believe. All these fruits have a slightly tart and sour presence. Just a touch of bitterness coming out here from a seemingly floral, and herbal/medicinal hops presence. Getting a touch of spice lingering with some light horse barn notes. The slightly pungent quality comes out here with a creaminess that is very interesting. The best way I can put it is that it tastes slightly like the rind of a good brie. I imagine this flavor is being created somehow out of the light vanilla presence from the oak used here combined with the spicy qualities. This is just really interesting and absolutely something that I have not quite experienced yet.

M: Medium in body that has a nice and light airy quality to it. Still has a touch of smooth creaminess to it somehow. The carbonation is high and crisp for sure, almost champagne like at times. At times this beer can be tart, sweet, sour, or bitter. It just runs the gambit of what a feel can be. Alcohol is only as present as it is in a nice wine, very nicely balanced to match the flavors coming out here. Aftertaste is that brie rind along with some grape flavors.

D: This beer is quite amazing. I was kind of skeptical about it for some reason and I was almost putting off trying it. It just didn't appeal to me for some reason. Then after the brewfest yesterday, I was reminded how good Belgians could be so what the hell. This beer did not disappoint at all. It is a slow sipper, but mostly because the aromas and flavors are so challenging and amazing. Its not a bad thing or an alcohol influence, this beer kind of demands respect. Its quite nice. The use of the chard and oak works so well, and the chard characters come out so much more than I would have ever expected. This beer is a fine example of a very closely crafted beer. Simply put: Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-08-2009 05:41:40

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 11/18/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2009
22oz Bomber

The ever generous AKBelgianBeast sent me this outstanding looking brew a couple months back, thanks Frank! This beer has been in the cellar awhile and I get a crystal clear golden pour thanks to that. Tiny carbonation rushes to the surface in tight streams. The head grows to two fingers on a soft pour and shows a lot of fizz up front before slowly falling to a one finger crown of meringue-like foam. Sticky sheet lacing clings to the glass after each drink.

The aroma brings with it a sugar cookie malt base that stays back to let the barrel and brett do their thing. Dusty yeast and overripe green apples play the major roles in the nose. The brett character is super unique and I find myself enjoying it immensely. The first whiff shows horsey brett that's well integrated and somewhat mild. A deeper pull and that horsey character take on an almost cinnamon quality that works surprisingly well. At times I get wildflower fields and at others I get damp horseblanket. As this one warms the barnyard steps to the forefront. The barrel is mild but the grapes add an underlying current of vinous sweetness.

I can't say the flavor lives up to the nose but it's not far off. Sugar cookie sweetness lays down the malt base while the semi-tart green apple bursts through. The brett shows off some horsey notes and a light tartness that sticks to the cheeks. The vinous sweetness tries to balance out the brett notes but falls just short. A couple new fruits show up on the rear, peach and lemon, which add some balance. This is a well put together brew with layer upon layer of flavor.

The mouthfeel is spot on for this brew. The lightly moderate body shows signs of sweetness upfront but dries out as it works over the tongue until the back of the tongue is bone dry. The carbonation is a bit prickly but also soft while a mild tartness runs along the cheeks.

This barrel aged, brett dosed beer is a sheer joy to drink. The play of sweet and tart work perfectly together to quench and make me thirst. The alcohol is nowhere to be found.

I'm of the understanding that Pluto is Fallen Angel aged in chardonnay barrels and dosed with brett. The barrel aging and brett has turned an already good beer into a masterpiece. I wish I had a few more of these in the cellar for later dates. Thanks for the beer Beast, it's a gem!

Reviewed: 5/17/09

Served In: Tulip

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 0
Thanks to the Great Northener, AKBelgianBeast.

What a beautiful beer this is that presents it's self before me! This one be of a vibrant brassy color, with two fingers of frothy, cloud-like white head that rises quickly, and seductively slips to whence it came... leaving a quarter inch cap in it's wake. Champagne-like carbonation slowly finds it's way from the very bottom, assuring the luxurious cap a beautiful yet mournful life. Sheets of lacing despearately grasp at the glass with a lovers embrace.
What stands before me is a thing of beauty.
*sigh*

What an aroma this produces! Aromas of a mousy/musty attic, oaky chardonnay, and pungent/thick/soft/fragrant cheese. Hints at sweet fruit, touch of white grapes, and fields of blowing grasses. Each element distinct and balancing, the second complimenting the previous, and so-on. Intense and delicate, all together interesting.

Taste is that of lemongrass hoppyness first, along with sweet fruits - Golden Delicious apples, pears, musk melon and a touch of kiwi. All these quickly roll into oak and chardonnay. At the finish, there is that mousy, pungent cheese taste to be washed across the tongue, and this is what lingers, complimented by a pinch of cane sugar.

Light in body. Smooth, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Soft, delicate and 'tingly' is the carbonation... spot on for this offering.

This is a true treat! I love what the Brett and chardonay barrel aging has lent to this beer - mousy/funky/tannic tastes.... the cheese element shines a whole new light on this - and I completely enjoy it! A most enjoyable sipper!
A complex beer - be assured. Take your time with her, she will show you pleasures...
Frank, thanks again. One more bottle?
A Must Try!

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 05/18/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 11 13 3 6 2009
Big thanks goes out to Kyle for sharing this beer at the Bruery's 1st Anniversary party (5-16-09). I've wanted to try this beer since the news came out about its release.

Poured an attractive golden apricot color with a full inch of head and exhibiting some great retention and lacing on the sides.

Great aroma. Tropical fruits all around with some peach, mango, papaya, grapes, lemon, and leather. Good brett presence. At some points I detected some spicy or cinnamon aromas.

Unfortunately, the taste did not match the delicious aroma. Barnyard funk on the front with some distracting alcohol heat in the finish, almost fusel. Tropical fruits in the middle with some cereal flavors and plastic like funk in the finish. Was not impressed and almost every sip had some alcohol heat in the back of the throat. It wasn't just the alcohol heat that made me give this a less than stellar score, I just didn't sense much complexity in this one. Medium carbonation, airy and decent on the palate, medium dryness as well.

This is the second Midnight Sun beer that I had high hopes and ended up being disappointing.

Served In: Snifter

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