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Mercy - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
85
very good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%


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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largadeer

California

1.9/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Foggy amber, little clarity and little head. Smells strongly of soggy diaper, spice, dried fruit and sugar; overly sweet with a chemical overtone. Taste is equally bad, horribly sweet with cardboard, mineral, prunes and sugar. Syrupy sweet with a short finish, this is tough to choke down. Terrible.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 08:21:36 | More by largadeer
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nickd717

California

1.9/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle.

Pours a cloudy amber color with a white head that leaves some thick bubbly foam.

Aroma is a little disturbing. Sulfur mixes with dirty diapers, and beyond that there is some sweet caramel malt.

The flavor is sweet malt and cardboardy oxidation, with diaper also coming through in the flavor along with iron and dirt. Some fruity apple and prune presence as well.

Boring mouthfeel with soft carbonation and medium body.

Dude, just no.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 15:22:09 | More by nickd717
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I knew this beer and I were going to have a conflict when I first poured it in the glass. It was a bright red color, which I found attractive, but the beer looked thin and I had to pour it hard into the glass to get the least bit of head. Aroma didn't really make me feel any better or worse...it was fruity, like I'd expect a Grand Cru to smell, with some coffee and cocoa undernotes. Flavor was where the problem came in - flavor is diacetyl-y (buttery), vegetable-like, and doesn't really deliver a compelling reason to keep drinking this beer. I feel like flavors that should be caramel are grainy, and that there is something deeply unpleasant in the after-taste of this beer. Mouthfeel is quite watery as well, which is a fairly significant strike against a beer brewed to be this big.

Mark me down as not a fan of this beer.

I bought this bottle at Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI on 7 August 2009.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 19:32:23 | More by BeerBelcher
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ibbjamin

California

2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Paid $3.19 for a loose 12oz bottle from Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Poured into a standard pint glass to review (since I'm at my folk's house and they don't have the best glassware).

Pours rather thin for a grand cru. Head is very small, fizzy and off white in color. Despite the small head, this is well carbonated as suggested by the rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Transparent dark copper in color. Minimal lacing.

Smells of sweet candied fruits a la grape, fig and banana with hints of caramel malt. Quite pleasant on the nose without being much on the side of complex.

The taste seems a bit artificial for the style. It has a similar taste to the nose in regards to the fruitiness, but it is almost as if this was a concentrate that was added. Has similarities to a fake juice taste.

The mouthfeel is rather disappointing for the style and really is what separates this from a quality Belgian. Quite watery and light to medium bodied. Medium finish of artificial fruity sweetness.

Despite all of this, finishing this one beer was not a problem. Not a bad offering from such a young brewery from the US brewing in Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 00:07:14 | More by ibbjamin
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djmichaelk

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, courtesy of shellac01 (thanks, Mike!) into a perfect pint.

A - Pours a nice translucent amber, with almost no cloudiness at all. Not much head of lacing, and obviously no retention, just a thin ring around the glass that slides down as I drink.

S - When chilled, there's not much and it's very subdued. Some Belgian candied sugar, toffee, caramel. As it warms the dark fruit comes out to play, with plums, raisins, and dates. Maybe a bit like a plum wine. Nice enough.

T - The flavors aren't quite as forward as the elements in the nose, but it's still pleasant. Lots of raisin and dark sugary-ness, and a long, thin caramel finish. Upfront it's very nice, but the finish isn't quite up to the task.

M - I'm used to a fairly full mouthfeel in a BSDA, and this doesn't have it. It's not overly thin, but it could use a boost. Very fine carbonation adds to the effect.

O - Overall this comes across as a somewhat average entry in a field of high-quality competitors. Nice but not necessarily something that I'd go out of my way to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 13:42:45 | More by djmichaelk
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levifunk

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - pour is a translucent golden reddish brown. nice cream head.

s - belgian yeast. some spice, and light caramel sweetness.

t - belgian yeast, clove spice, off-putting alcohol flavor. some sweetness, but overall this is not a pleasant flavor.

m - medium body, and lighter carbonation.

overall - glad i just got 1 bottle because i wouldn't drink anymore. Might just be the clove flavor as that is always off-putting for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 01:39:15 | More by levifunk
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Bobby12many

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a translucent reddish orange with a thin, quickly fading head. Some carbonation remains as small bubbles slowly find their way to the top and remain in a ring around the surface.

S - A touch of Belgian yeast up front with a sweet hint of alcohol

T - Nice and smooth malty character up front that moves promptly into a cloyingly sweet alcoholic note. Not as much yeast in the flavor as the nose suggests. Hints of banana and clove.

M - Light for the style, and borderline watery.

D - Certainly not a horrible beer, bot not a very good one either. The thin feel, cloying sweetness, and booziness in the finish make this tough to enjoy. The other 5 from this 6 pack may be hanging around a while...

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 01:42:38 | More by Bobby12many
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SiphonKing

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Limited head retention. Notes of fruit, spicy, plum notes. Toffee flavors, yeasty esters. Easy to drink with alcohol warming notes as it finishes. Drinkable but for a strong it lacks the pinch and stand-out flavors that make Ale Asylum's other offerings so appealing.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 23:22:09 | More by SiphonKing
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TheDTrain

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of Ale Asylum, however for a dark strong ale Mercy didn't get my engine steaming. Pretty muddled in flavor & nothing which made it unique. Some decent hints of citrus like banana & orange and warming alcohol finish, yet still nothing to exciting.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 21:53:30 | More by TheDTrain
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderately dark brown with some rusty red highlights. Has a tan head that brings just a tad of lacing with it. Nose brigs some orange peel, caramel, dark fruits, and a bit of a generic yeast characteristic. Taste is similar but adds in a good dose of alcohol heat which turns into a bit too much, affecting the mouthfeel quite a bit. Drinks okay, but not something I need a whole bottle of.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 12:31:55 | More by Thorpe429
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lanamj

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

120z bottle that I received as an extra, pour right out of the box it was packed in,into a tulip.

A- Heavy amber color with cloudy characteristics and a foamy khaki head generated by a prompt pour. The head disipates to a 1/4 inch foam that holds like a bubble bath.

S- Dark fruit, molasses and Belgium spice from the yeast. I get some booze, sweet caramel, banana bread and biscuit as well.

T- Lots of sweet flavors with a smooth alcohol burn at the finish. I get dark fruit, dark cherries, banana, biscuit and sugar water (simple syrup). Little to much sweet for me.

M- Heavy. Lots going on, carbonation is good for the style. The lingering booze at the end is a little to much. One I enjoyed but not what i love in a beer.

O- A decent strong. Not my favorite style but I feel this one is done in the opposite fashion of the strong ales you see out west which have a much heavier hop present. This was just a little to sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 19:59:00 | More by lanamj
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - brown, maroon, hint of orange body, paper-thin head, lacing

S - very faint sweet malt, alcohol, and fruits aroma

T - soft sweet malt, hints of spices, bread, and ripened fruit.

M - med/light body, mild amount of carbonation

D - Ok, I'm a tad disappointed, heard great things about Ale Asylum. Powerful alcohol warmth hits you, but not enough flavor for this style. Sip this one, guess the muted flavors make it go down slightly easier, but alcohol warmth will keep you at bay.

Hoping this is just a bad bottle or batch and want to give Ale Asylum another chance. I'm a big supporter of American craft beers and specifically in my own region of the Great Lakes/Midwest. Figure if I don't support them, the macros will just keep crushing the masses with their beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 20:59:57 | More by BeerLover99
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of eyncognito.

A: The grand cru ale a full amber color, much darker at the wider mouth of the glass than at the base. On pour, the head overflowed out of the glass, requiring a minor clean up.

S: The nose has a candi sugar edge that is darkly sweet. Boozy heat is present, as are caramel malts.

T: The ale is sweet with a heavy finish. Candi sugars and licorice are strong, leading the way with a good bit of flavor. Hints of fruit dot the the taste, darker and juicier as the ale warms. Caramel malts are evident, a nice pairing with the fruity flavors. Anise is a key aspect of the end of each sip.

M: The mouthfeel starts out rocky before picking up. The fruit and anise are big selling points for the ale.

D: The ale is a little too boozy to be a go-to. That coupled with an okay flavor makes this an average one.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 01:09:48 | More by akorsak
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deereless

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Thinnest layer of a dense and tan head, medium to deep copper in color, head retention seems decent, especially clear, lots of sticky spots around the interior of the glass - 3.75, S: Significant fruity esters, noticeable alcohol, faintest touch of sour, some dried cherries and figs, light spiciness, malt contributes caramel to the nose, very sweet - 3.50, T: Raisin-like sweetness, the same spiciness that was noticeable on the nose comes through on the palate, alcohol is very apparent, I presume there are candied sugars that are imparting the dry finish, esters and phenols, malts govern this beer with only the faintest sign of some earthy hops - 3.25, M: On the side of creamy and with a little alcohol warmth - 3.50, D: Though certainly an enjoyable brew, a touch too far on the side of sweet in my opinion - tone the sweetness down a bit and Mercy would surely benefit - 3.00

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 01:00:12 | More by deereless
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ommegoose

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Florida9

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly translucent orange-tinted chestnut brown in color. Forms a decent sized tannish colored head, but it quickly reduces to nothing but a thin ring around the edge. No lacing.

S: The aroma is sweet and malty, with hints of vanilla, fruits, and spice.

T: Wow. This is a seriously sweet beer, almost candy sweet. Actually, not almost - this beer IS candy sweet. Lots of sweet malts, with malty fruits, berries, and a flavor reminiscent of Fruit Loops. There is a little citrus in the mix as well, but it's not a hoppy citrus flavor. Rather it tastes like orange flavored Gatorade or that cheap orange juice from concentrate. Quick finish.

M: Medium in body, but just feels thin for the style. Lower carbonation and a very mild bitterness.

O: There just seems to be something off about this beer. It's certainly drinkable and it's not that's its a bad beer - it's not - it's just that something seems out of place. I'll admit I don't care for sweetness much and this is a very sweet beer. Got through the bottle just fine, but couldn't see having another.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:21:08 | More by Florida9
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morimech

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear crimson color with a thin head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass. A bit of a letdown looks wise.

Good Belgian aroma. A lot of fruity notes with a distinct vinous quality. Could pass itself off as an actual dark ale from Belgium.

Unfortunately the flavor does not live up to expectations. It is a little heavy on the phenols which distracts from the ester qualities of the yeast. Some dark fruit and caramel notes but finishes a little astringent.

Does not feel anywhere near 9.5% ABV. Feels much lighter than that and is a little harshly carbonated.

Has some good qualities and is almost there, but there is some flaws in the flavor and carbonation. Probably a beer that would benefit from bottle conditioning.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 20:23:20 | More by morimech
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Snagged this last time I was in Madison. Pours into the glass a deep garnet hue with an inch of off white, almost khaki colored foam that sticks around for awhile. Banana bread is the first thing that comes to mind along with a swirl of spiciness and some caramel/toffee sweetness. Yeast esters entangled with a touch of fruitiness and cherry accents.

First sip brings spicy, bready malts upfront with a melange of fruity flavors and cherry accents. Spicy yeast tones kick in with a hint of cinnamon. Caramel throughout, the brew finishes a touch on the sweet side with a kiss of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with good carbonation that's more on the mellow side. Overall it's a bit on the sweet side for me and that hampers drinkability. I would probably have to stop after a couple, but it's still a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 02:20:10 | More by orbitalr0x
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5%
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
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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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ZAP

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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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blackie

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Mercy from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.