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Bell's Mercury - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
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324 Ratings
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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: mothman on 06-27-2014

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Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow with a slight rusty hue and a finger head of bubbly foam.

Tons of black pepper in the nose, not appealing. Some slight funk and clove to note as well, but again not appealing.

Ugh, the black pepper aroma carried over into the sip. Not good. Way too much black pepper/herbal spice and not enough sweet.

Bubbly, spicy, not good.

Overall, Bell's need to re-evaluate this recipe (IMO).

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

SO much better than Venus (obviously not as good as Mars) but I love the unfilteredness of the beer. Very solid and although I probably give it more credit than it deserves, for a unique series of beers, might as well enjoy it.

The unfiltered part of the beer makes this beer pretty great!

Photo of superdoopersauce
4.39/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

These Bell's planet series beers have been great, this one especially -- a drinkable, low-ABV, malt-forward Belgian with tons of Midwestern influence and flavor to the max!

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer was better than I expected. I'm not usually a fan of straight Belgian ales, but this really reminded me of North Coast Pranqster. Specifically how clean and crisp the beer tasted. It also did not have the traditional Belgian yeast flavor that I expected. I can see how if you were going in expecting a more traditional Belgian this beer would be a disappointment, but for me it was the opposite. Light, golden, clean, easy drinking, good flavor, wasn't the heavy craft beer that I expected from Bells. This is something I could easily drink all summer (even though it came out in December).

Photo of dmheinz57
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sabitu
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Judging by many of the other reviews its possible that production was inconsistent. Either that or its possible that wholefoods somehow stored or transported it improperly. Strange, off, yeast flavors, but perhaps just not to my preference.

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barhoc11
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

What is Bell's doing besides putting out below average beer in this Planet Series? This beer has no smell or taste worth note. The only thing I taste is some Belgian yeast and malt, nothing worthwhile. I think I am done with this series

Photo of kaiyote
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drink this one too cold and you're in for a disappointing time. Opening it straight out of the fridge led me to believe it might have gotten skunked. Let it warm up, though, and it becomes considerably less objectionable. Tastes like a fairly average BPA. Not terribly exciting, but if they still have a few at my local beer place next week I might pick another one up.

Photo of JC333
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of juicebox
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian style aroma with hints of fruit and earthy hops. Belgian yeast with hints of funk, white pepper, clove, and coriander. Fruit esters of lemon, pear, banana, orange, and apple. Pale malt with hints of grains, straw, and cracker. Subtle earthy hops with some hints of grass. Also some hints of candied sugar. A pretty nice Belgian style aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian style taste with good notes of zesty fruit and earthy hops. Belgian yeast with notes of farmhouse funk, clove, white pepper, and coriander. Good mix of fruit esters with zesty notes of lemon, banana, pear, apple, and orange. Pale malt with bready notes of grains, straw, and cracker. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Nice earthy notes of grassy hops in the background. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid session Belgian Pale Ale. Nice mix of yeast, fruit, and spice flavors that would make you think it’s a heavier beer.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GOBLIN
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a packaged date of 4 Dec. 2014 in a pilsner glass.

The light golden body is slightly hazy with plenty of rising carbonation topped by a fairly durable white head. Good lacing.

Aroma: mild for style; fruity, as expected. Some floral, citrus and spice notes.

Flavor: about equally bitter and sweet with a higher but mild level of tartness. Good balance. Belgian yeast and biscuits in the lightly spicy finish.

Feel: medium-light body with medium-high, crisp carbonation; light but not watery; dry finish.

O: Limited complexity but no bothersome flaws. More enjoyable than Bell's Venus.

Photo of PatrickG
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tastybeer
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold colored beer with suspended floating bits throughout. Head is large and fluffy for a short while before it turns to a thin patchy sheet and a ring. Aroma is spicy, with floral and fruity esters. Lightly phenolic... Banana cream pie, flowery, a little farmy, pizza doughy, with slight lemon/wheaty tartness. Taste is all of the above and pleasantly refreshing. Very easy to drink down and not overly yeasty either. Bell's did a good job with this one...

Photo of wiseguywood
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not bad, but for for a one time brew, it was a tad disappointing.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whatname
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Bell's Mercury from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.