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Happy Ending - Ale Asylum

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Happy Ending
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BA SCORE
86
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

SamuelR, Jul 25, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a cloudy, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong yeast, alcohol, hops, hint of floral, sweet malt, and spices. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of hop, spices, and alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Tone, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jera1350, Jun 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

tgraven, Apr 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

dmheinz57, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

CraigTravor, Jan 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DMB, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

richkrull, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours light brown with hints of red and a slight has that let a little light through.

Smell has some great Belgian aromas. Yeasty esters have notes of apple pears and slightly tart black cherries. Some nice light phenol spice follows along with some earthy toffee malt. Very small amount of herbal hops on the finish.

Taste follows nose. Some crisp fruity Belgian flavors are forward followed by a light phenolic spice and toffee like lightly roasted malt. Nicely balanced and the malt and yeasty flavors compliment each other nicely.

Mouthfeel is crisp smooth and refreshing. Not too light, not too heavy. Mild carbonation keeps this crisp but not to sharp.

Fcolle2, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Rand_ale_Thor, Sep 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jschott75, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
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superfriend, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.19/5  rDev +9.1%

64 oz growler poured into a Duvel tulip.
7.7% ABV.

A - Rusted copper-colored, Happy Ending is hazy and pours with a lasting ivory head that lingers in a densely packed ring below a rocky lace silhouette of a mountain range.

S - Happy Ending's full aroma wafts out immediately and offers a bouquet of Belgian yeast esters; clay, lemongrass, white pepper, and grains of paradise. Caramel notes slowly emerge with dry biscuit following while a swirl brings out granny smith apple slices and a funky off-yeast hint that's not quite aggressive but present nonetheless.

T - Soothing malty presence starts the beer with caramel and sliced warm whole wheat bread before abruptly shifting to the yeast's relentless esters which mirror the nose's earthiness; clay and white pepper with a mélagne of spices along the finish. Traces of molasses and dark candi sugar trail off on the finish of Happy Ending.

M - Happy Ending ends happily with a smooth feel yet mildly carbonated finish; the perfect balance for an Abbey brew. Spiciness trails on the tongue, gently balancing out the sweet malt which lingers in the background all while a faint trace of alcohol warms the throat and stomach.

O - Ale Asylum's Happy Ending has a great base of maltiness and features quite a bit of Belgian yeast character, though somewhat forced-feeling; faintly unnatural. By no means does it distract from the overall impression, which is a soothing and delightfully balanced Belgian-style brew.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 09, 2013
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Happy Ending from Ale Asylum
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.