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Mercy - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
85
very good

112 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 15
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

Florida9, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Stoutsman
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

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 Mrpickles
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Mrpickles, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of rjacobs6
4/5  rDev +5.8%

rjacobs6, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of aeroslipton
3/5  rDev -20.6%

aeroslipton, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of schomber
4/5  rDev +5.8%

schomber, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Exiled, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of wallrock
5/5  rDev +32.3%

wallrock, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5.8%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of nickd717
1.9/5  rDev -49.7%

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 djmichaelk
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%

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 ZAP
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

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...

ZAP, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of TheDTrain
3.1/5  rDev -18%

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 vette2006c5r
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

vette2006c5r, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of ommegoose
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

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 BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%

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 Bobby12many
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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
Photo of levifunk
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%

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 SiphonKing
3.1/5  rDev -18%

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%

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 number1bum
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

number1bum, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of largadeer
1.9/5  rDev -49.7%

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
Mercy from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.