Midnight Sun 2008 Planet Beers: Venus

 
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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 429   ABV: 14.3%
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P2 = 2nd planet from The (Midnight) Sun
Venus—goddess of love and beauty—exudes grace and voluptuousness. Indulgent with lush dark malts and sensuous star anise, VENUS is decadent and divine in body and spirit. Leisure lounging in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon wine casks results in a lovely liquid feast of fabulously luxurious flavors.

LOGISTICS LOG:
designed to out shine the others. brewed with lush dark malts. cameo appearance by rising star anise. fermented using bodacious Belgian yeast. very brief aging in stainless tank followed by a long leisure lounge in French oak Cabernet Savignon barrels.

Availability:
AK - draft and 22-oz bottles (limited release begins 11/14/2008)

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3.9
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
Shared bottle with JMerritt on 2-13-10. Pours a slightly viscous brown with a dense, small bubbly head that fades down to a presence along the edge of the glass. Aroma has a strong anise note early followed by a brown malt note, light oak, molasses and Cabernet presence. Flavor has a very early Cabernet Savignon note, mild raisins and molasses flavors follow with brown sugar, anise and lots of chocolate at the end. Body was pretty dense and oily with strong, fine carbonation and lots of alcohol presence at the very end. Overall this brew has a lot of strong, rich flavors working pretty well together. The alcohol is very noticeable but it works because of the rich flavors present. Very interesting brew.

2.6
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2010
Bottle from MaltOMeal
Pours a murky tea brown with an aroma of earthy vegetable. Flavor is earthy vegetable dirt. Average mouthfeel. Too earthy.

3.7
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2010
2008 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt!...Pours opaque brown with a large tan head...aroma is full of brown sugar, vanilla oak, plum, and yet I still would have never guessed it to be a quad...flavour is similar, burnt sugar bitterness, molassas and plum skin, plenty of cocoa...I didn’t get anything from the barrels besides a bit of vanilla, and there was definitley some heat, but still less than I expected there to be...glad I got to try this!!

3.8
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
bomber - dark brown with fizzy white head; super fruity nose with prunes, brown sugar; quite strong up front though smooths out in the finish; very sweet with dark fruits, cherries and pepper; can’t believe that this is 14%+; pretty nice but for the style, I was expecting a little more from MS; drank this over 9 months ago, so would be interested to try with some age

4.1
drfabulous (7945) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2009
22 ounce bottle via trade with SuzyGreenberg. Pours a lovely brown/black dark color. First sip is wow. Oak and vanilla. Lots of caramel. Not a sweet bomb by any means. Very tasty Quad. I get a bit of that Cabernet in the taste. Not too much. Typical Quad fruit, dates, cherries, raisin. This is a tremendous beer. I’m in debt to this trade.

3.7
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber, almost brown, body with a large two finger plus frothy light brown head. Lots of lacing. The nose is thick fruity malts, rather vinous overall, with some light oak. No alcohol on the nose, which I find very surprising. Plums, figs, raisins, and some yeast notes. Very thick and heavy flavor with tons of plum and dark fruits, residual sugars, a nice oak profile, and pretty moderate alcohol on the finish, which is impressive on its own. You can really pick out the Cabernet flavors really well. Very sweet and clingy on the palate with an extremely long lingering finish. The alcohol is a little warming down to the belly, but again, pretty well in check. Pretty nice beer.

3.8
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2009
opaque pour with tight, dense head that has a filthy hue. aroma is strong just from opening the bottle, nutty doppelbock alcohol even from afar. a closer take reveals more caramelized nuts and dark pit fruits that include a sweetish tinge reminiscent of a bent take on candi sugar, nearly strawberry. big alcohol has its own esters that far surpass the yeast itself. the aftertaste is strong coating chocolate, proceeded by the wood which i never found in the nose. oak is dark, wet and lightly rotten. while this certainly tastes strong i dont know that i would guess 14% were this sample done blindly. this has all the great qualities of a quad or any successful big beer; however it may be the biggest of them all, or at least in my modest resume.

3.7
bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle thanks to maltomeal. Sweet, chocolately, viscous, sweet. This one was well into the night-I’d like to try this one again.

4.2
3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2009
trappist glass. dense dark brown body with a rich, creamy and fine-bubbled dark tan head, lasting retention, beautiful swirling pattern. nose nails the dried apricots i’m sitting here eating... rich caramel and sticky toffee is infused with a red wine/sherry note (mild) with light barrel tannins. rich, tangy and full, frothy on the back, lightly peppery up front. body is exceptionally dense but well-suited for the texture and level of sweetness. light pepper/nutmeg/allspice notes here and there, huge chewy munich/caramel/light roast malt flavor. the base beer speaks more than the barrel, as it should be. dried apricots, dried prunes, dried dates, that thick and chewy character of the dried fruit is perfectly mimicked by the chewy malt body. sweetness is substantial but not overdone, with dark candy sugar and caramelized prune juice coming to mind. resinous damp wood notes in the finish with a light wine/red grape/dried peach touch of sweet. awesome beer throughout.

3.9
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2009
bomber thanks to brewboone. Pours black with a tan head. Nice lacing. Nose is of oak, vanilla and roast malt. Seems similar to other Midnight Sun brews. Taste is of oak, vanilla and malt. Mouthfeel is sweet. Very nice.


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