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Mercy - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
85
very good

110 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 14
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: spointon on 11-30-2008)
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Reviews by ommegoose:
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ommegoose

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured surprisingly thin with a head that fizzled out on me instantly, and looks like a berry juice cocktail in my glass. It's much more translucent than I expected, and small particles hang in suspense throughout the body. I'll try not to dock it for being a style straddler between BSDA and BSPA.

At least it smells a bit like fruit juice, so it has some continuity going for it. Sweet berry mix.

This reminds me of Raison D'Etre more than a little bit, with fruity flavors that definitely recall raisin and white grape. Sweet fruity malt on the tip of the tongue turns dark like molasses towards the end. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Certainly spicy yeast at the end as well, maybe a touch of pepper. Reminiscent of the Unibroue yeast a bit, though less aggressive. This is a flavorful ale, but does not burst with it like the best of the style do. Fairly clean aftertaste, no discernible hops. Warmth provides a softening of the fruitiness, and date, plum, and peach notes. There are dimensions to it, but it would benefit from being more dry and bold.

The carbonation is not in a bad place, but this is a little thin and hot; not luxurious like the best examples.

I wanted to like this more, but I'm underwhelmed. However, it's pretty easy to drink. Or, at least I'm quite thirsty. The relative lack of complexity for the style is a factor. There are some real heavy hitters in the style, and this isn't in that league. I have to wonder if something changed this year, since the reviews seem to have skewed way below the average. Off year? Didn't catch the price on this single bottle I was given, but it's a possible repeat if it significantly undercuts the competitors. Would like to give Ale Asylum another try.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 07:55:58 | More by ommegoose
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Mercy from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.