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Mercy - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
85
very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 15
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of nickd717
1.9/5  rDev -49.7%
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.

nickd717, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of largadeer
1.9/5  rDev -49.7%
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.

largadeer, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.05/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

BeerBelcher, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of ibbjamin
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

ibbjamin, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of djmichaelk
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

djmichaelk, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of levifunk
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

levifunk, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Bobby12many
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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...

Bobby12many, Dec 03, 2010
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Cooper, Feb 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

jegross2, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of CWhite
3/5  rDev -20.6%

CWhite, Feb 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

FeelinSurley, Jan 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of aeroslipton
3/5  rDev -20.6%

aeroslipton, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of TheDTrain
3.1/5  rDev -18%
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.

TheDTrain, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of SiphonKing
3.1/5  rDev -18%
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.

SiphonKing, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of MaxT
3.25/5  rDev -14%

MaxT, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of lanamj
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

lanamj, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of SafeAtFirst
3.25/5  rDev -14%

SafeAtFirst, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

BeerLover99, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

akorsak, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of deereless
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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

deereless, May 13, 2010
Photo of ommegoose
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.

ommegoose, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Kegatron, Jun 18, 2013
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Mercy from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.