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Mercy - Ale Asylum

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very good

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 14
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-10-2014 21:03:21 | More by SkinniePost
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-15-2011 02:47:27 | More by imperialking
Photo of MPLS


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first offering from Ale Asylum, I have no idea how long this brewery has been around even though I live in the neighboring state.

A: Poured somewhat aggressively into my Chimay goblet. Underneath the somewhat bright lights this beer is pale carmine in color with a bubbly white head that has little to no retention. Lacing is minimal and there certainly isn't any ring stuck to the glass. There is however a yeast ring that formed around the bottle.

S: I ah smells yeast, pear/apple fruits, alcohol, and cinnamon.

T: This beer has a good amount of fruitiness and definitely dominated by it's malt structure and yeast. The fruitiness comes on first, followed by the breadier aspects of the beer that collide with a touch of spice and alcohol discernible only at the back of the throat or if you concentrate on the finish.

M: Not visually impressive, but a good medium bodied brew that has for all intents and purpose a good amount of carbonation.

D: This beer is a great beer from a brewery that is I had not heard of until I received a few beers from them. The flavor will not know your advocate socks off, but is pleasing; however I wish the finish of this beer had a smoother finish and it would be more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 10:06:45 | More by MPLS
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark copper color with a small, thin, off-white head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruits (pear and apple). It also had some nice malty and caramel aromas.

T - It tasted quite spicy/peppery with a nice dried fruit backbone. Also, a good deal of sweet malty flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth, dry finish. A medium to full bodied beer.

D - This did not look like it was going to be a good bottle, but it tasted far better than it looked.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 01:55:18 | More by zeff80
Photo of cokes


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper in color at it's heart as it fades in gradients towards toasted golden near the edges. The head is short and beige, then endures as a milky skim across the surface.
It smells of toasted wheat, ginger, allspice, black cherry, kiwi, and then thoroughly glazed in a sherry and brown sugar reduction.
In the mouth, it begins with a honeyed cereal graininess. Caramel enters and expands in the confectionary, nougat sense. Yeast brings a load of wet doughiness, and more modest spicing (ginger, cinnamon, clove) and banana bread. Fruitiness is certainly here, but meshed and a bit indistinct, though black cherry and golden raisins both make impressions as it warms. Figs too, and whispers of grilled pineapple. Hopping is more-or-less a nonfactor, but some tea-like notes materialize late. Alcohol comes in with more vinic, grapey notes than actual heat.
Full bodied with a stunted carbonation. It's a bit syrupy but without any big booze sting.
As a Belgian-styled Winter Warmer, it accomplishes what it sets out to do.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 09:48:53 | More by cokes
Photo of Onslow


3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to John, you rock sir! ... pours a ;ight tawny red -copper ... nice firm coco cola head ... light fruit, sugar, raison bread, light rum smells and flavours ... abv is A-OK ... great lacing ... do people even get excited about the old firm derby? ... wow, i feel this warming my belly on this cold night ... a very enjoyable way WAY to easy to drink brew! This brewery has great promise with their bottled beers if this is what they put out... who you callin a syko!?!?

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 03:47:02 | More by Onslow
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a dark copper and almost brown. There is a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. I would want a little bit more. Its pretty clear too. The nose on the beer is dark plums and a slight bit of phenols. I want a bit more esters and less phenol, but I think this fits.There are hints of alchohol with a very sweet maltiness. Some esters come through with a bit of phenols.the balance is pretty good, but I think its a tad bit sweet. Maybe a bit more of bitterness would help. I don't know how drinkable the beer is because of the sweetness, but I enjoy it. There is a bit of spicy hops that surprised me, but it fits.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 21:14:45 | More by swizzlenuts
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South Dakota

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a darker amber color, with a small head. The smell consisted of malts and spices. The taste was also very malty and spicey, a bit of orange as well. A nice full flavor, and nice carbondation, and yet still easy to drink. Overall very enjoyable, would love to get another one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 21:56:03 | More by vette2006c5r
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to PaleAl for this surprising extra. Great stuff, Alex. Thanks.

Mercy is clear and a nice deep copper color. It's topped with an off-white head that barely reaches a finger deep. It was extremely quick to dissipate and left light strands of lace on the glass. I'm guessing the abv was just a little too much for it. Not bad at all.

The nose is pretty impressive. It's fruity up front and features a nice mix of apple, pear, and a little cherry. A little brown sugar is noted. It definitely smells sweet. Spices are fairly prominent. Cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg are noted. It definitely has a holiday vibe to it. I don't know if that's intentional or not, but I like it. It's a little grainy and has a nice malty scent that emerges with a little warming. This is good stuff. The only drawback is that alcohol seems too prominent. It is big at 9.5%, but it could be masked a little better.

My first impression of Mercy is that it's a good, solid BSDA. Brown sugary sweetness is noted right off the bat. It's furthered by a nice honey flavor that's prominent throughout. It has a nice solid malt base and a bit of a yeasty flavor. You can tell it's Belgian yeast, but I'd like it be a little stronger. I can't seem to get enough of that great flavor. The spices are very flavorful and are a blend of holiday varieties. Cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg are the most prominent. It works well and adds quite a bit to the overall flavor. It is a little grainy toward the end. Alcohol is noticeable, but seems to perform much better here. I was expecting it to be a tad hot, but it's not at all. It actually seems pretty well blended for a 9.5% beer. Nice job. It finishes spicy and a little sweet. I like it. It's not as refined as some of the world's best BSDAs, but it is a pretty impressive take on the style from Wisconsin.

Mercy has a medium body that's well built. Carbonation is a little buzzy, but it's still smooth and enjoyable. Drinkability is good. It's good stuff. It's a little big at 9.5%. I'd probably limit myself to a single bottle, but I've enjoyed the bottle.

This is my first go with Ale Asylum and it's been a good experience. It's one of those breweries I wasn't at all familiar with, but am now looking forward to trying more of their beer. The only real problem with this one is that it's a little too boozy on the nose. Not too big of a deal. Yeah, it could use a little refining. For example, a stronger Belgian yeast presence would help. I like the holiday vibe it has. I really don't know if it was designed for that or not, but it works well. All in all, this is good stuff. Definitely worth seeking out. You might as well go ahead and seek out some other Ale Asylum releases as well. If this one's any indication, they seem to have a pretty good thing going up there. Thanks for the thoughtful extra Alex. It was a very good choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 02:05:49 | More by prototypic
Photo of Flyer


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice beer. Essentially a maltier belgian dubbel, but that description doesn't do it justice. Pours a beautiful copper coloer with a frothy head. Aroma of spices and fruitcake. Flavors of classic dubbel, spiciness, some hints of fruit, wrapped around a toffee malt center. Nicely balanced. Just the right alcohol burn, with a slightly sharp fruit finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 23:56:47 | More by Flyer
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazelnut brown with a nice off white head and a little lacing. Nose is not very strong but has alcohol and dark fruits.

Taste is sweet at first then some dark cherry and plums. Some roasted malt in the finish. Mouth feel is pretty creamy. Alcohol is not very apparent. I would rate this beer higher if it had a little more nose and head which is more the characteristic of the type. However, the taste is good.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 23:44:37 | More by daledeee
Photo of u2carew


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) Reddish blond. Clear pour with a good aroma producing head.
(S) Definitely a Belgian style, but not too overpowering... more pleasant.
(T) A smooth, Belgian taste. Not too sour or bitter.
(M) Very clean. Covers the palate completely and there is definitely girth to the body of this beer.
(D) Great drinkability. I'd take a swig, and say, "This is a really good beer. I don't usually like Belgian beers."Before I knew it I was finished with my glass and the ABV was catching up to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 22:16:38 | More by u2carew
Photo of Wasatch


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a cloudy amberish color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, slight figs, plums, raisins, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, with some dark fruits. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad. My first from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 01:30:31 | More by Wasatch
Photo of blackie


3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into my st. bernie chalice, the beer is a lovely orange-tinged amber in color, the head quickly fizzles to a small grouping of carbonation on the surface, no lace

s: subdued, fruity belgian malts, some mild phenols, papery-spice hops, white fig pulp, lightly caramelized sugars, this one has the makings of a great beer

m: carbonation on the low side of medium, not as smooth as many belgians but just fine, body a full-medium

t: lightly caramelized belgian grains and sugars, flavors of light honeyed fruit, aged hop flavors and a moderate bitterness that's just a bit harsh in this context, warming alcohol, enjoyable flavor...could be very good but is just a bit timid

d: easy given the high abv

bottle shipped by dirts

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 01:23:02 | More by blackie
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-01-2014 03:05:31 | More by dmheinz57
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-14-2011 15:37:25 | More by bpfrush
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-27-2012 01:39:00 | More by Kunstman
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-18-2013 16:17:36 | More by brewskis4drewski
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-09-2012 16:06:39 | More by jcmittag
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District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a still light brown with amber highlights. Vigorous pour produces a thin creamy tan head that fades to a thin crown and some thin streaks and specs of lacing. Potent, warming aroma of yeast, clove, brown sugar, toasted malt, ripe fruits and booze. Flavor is similar to nose, but milder, slightly watery in the finish and a little sloppy all together. Initially strong yeast and mark flavors before strong fine carbonation scrubs away the yeast sweetness and finishes with a slightly bitter dark fruit and bready flavor. I enjoyed this beer a lot more than my scores would suggest, but something was off in the balance and mouthfeel resulting in a less than coherent overall experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 00:16:55 | More by yourefragile
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Burnt orange..no head

S-Nice sweet fruity aroma...some spicy esters.

T-A bit fruitt...melons...some banana...bready malt back bone....orange peel....some spiciness....I like the way this tastes...becomes a bit one dimensional and fades as you drink it..

M-Low side of full bodied...a little syrupy....sticky sweet in spots but the abv and spicy qualities do a nice job of keeping it in check.

O-Bottom line....is this an all-time great? No...but it is a niice effort by Ale Asylum. Good but not great...enjoyable...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 04:47:03 | More by ZAP
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3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Cinnamon brown and dark amber with almost no head. A few spots of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, caramel, honey toast. A bit of spice and cinnamon.

T - Belgian yeast, plenty of spice and a hint of cinnamon. Brown sugar, caramel, and honey toast make up the sweetness.

M - Light mouthfeel, not as smooth as I expected.

0 - A decent beer, but nothing spectacular. This is what I would consider a decent holiday beer. Not an spiced up winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 01:31:36 | More by Ri0
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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained in the No BS 4 BIF via dirtylou. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/8" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head is instantly down to an uneven swirl of bubbles, leggy with average lacing. Aroma is sweet and lightly fruity. Taste begins sweet, prickles fruity in the middle, and goes sweet again with alcohol warmth at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, and drinkability is pretty good for the style. A little more excitement would be cool, but this brew is good overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 00:52:28 | More by ppoitras
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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a dark reddish orange with some good haze. A half finger worth of head that recedes quickly leaving a small cap on the beer and spotty lacing.

S- Big dark fruits up front, fig and raisin. A little bit of apple and the booze is pretty present. A little bit of candi sugar and a slight hint of Belgian yeast.

T- The big dark fruits in the nose are a little more subdued. Some spice and again, a bit of apple. The malt balances out this beer nicely.

M- Medium bodied with not a whole lot of carbonation. The lack of carbonation makes this beer smooth but there is a little warming from the alcohol.

D- A good all around beer but just lacks something that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 22:35:45 | More by Wisconsinality
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for a bottle of this.

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, slightly brown really, with a finger and a half of tan head. Keeps a thin lace and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell is quite sweet, with bready and caramel aromas particularly strong. There is some spice and fruit as well, like apricots I am thinking. Sort of a candied fruit kind of aroma. Quite sweet.

Taste is also very sweet, with a snappy spiciness initially helping to offset that. Like the nose it also has some fruit flavor, apricots again coming to mind. They're juicy and sweet, which is the dominant theme. Lots of caramel, and the body is also somewhat bready. With the spice it's almost like caramel soaked rye bread. Not overly complex but not bad.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied or maybe slightly fuller than that. It's pretty smooth and even though it's so sweet it's not cloying at all; finished very clean, so I'll give it an extra bump for that.

This is a pretty decent beer but it's just not very distinctive. Not much yeast character at all in fact. A decent beer, but nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 02:10:34 | More by number1bum
Mercy from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.