Happy Ending | Ale Asylum

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Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in Madison. Pours a caramel/apricot color with a single finger of tight white head that leaves mild lacings and has great retention.

Aroma is lightly sweet with fruity esters and notes of apricot and apple, along with a bit of bready malt. Quite pleasant in the nose.

Taste is lightly fruity and mildly bready, as a good Belgian should be. Fruit notes of grape and apple are present alongside soft notes of bittering hops upon finishing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth finish and a touch of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Drinkability is good. This is an easy-going Belgian ale, even at 7.7% APV which is barely noticeable. The fruit is not overpowering, nor is the breaded malt or yeast. A well crafted brew from Ale Asylum. Cheers!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear red-amber with a thin and quickly dissipating white head. Aroma gives away a strong malt base and some alcohol strength but primarily offers a fresh loaf of banana nut bread. A blend of peppery spices comes forth as the beer warms. Flavor is overwhelmed by banana with some strong peppery spice notes. As the beer comes to room temp, more and more almond flavor rises to the surface. Eventually this flavor blends with a sweet banana liquor finish to create the perfect banana nut bread beer. I can’t get over the flavors here. I don’t exactly love them but they are unique. The buzz off this puppy is great too. Mouthfeel is on the heavy, body is full with noticeable ABV. Front is spicy. Finish is sweet and fruity. Drinkability is high if you love bananas but otherwise mediocre.

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Photo of dmheinz57
5/5  rDev +30.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a ruby accent. The nose displays sugar, red berry-like fruit, and alcohol. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently effervescent. The flavor follows the aroma. It's smooth, and fruity with a light tartness over a soft, sugary malt base. Moderately bitter. Surprisingly drinkable!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

second sample from ale asylum...on draft at the brewery

appearance: poured into the same tulip-esque glass they serve all 3 belgians in...a dark deep amber-mahogany, foamy beige head about twice as full as the tripel with the same end result of very little lacing

smell: heavy graham cracker aromas, banana nut bread, very sweet caramel apple, lightly spiced

taste: deep dark fruits, big sweet caramel apple flavours, sweet plumb, graham cracker, honey, brown sugar kick, peppery spice, light alcohol feel, nutty, big malt backbone, light yeast kick

mouthfeel: medium, moderate carbonation

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of SamuelR
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyncognito for this growler. Shared with Deuane.

A: The ale is a hazy golden copper color, darker near the mouth of the glass where it takes on a reddish hue. With over a week under its belt, the carbonation was still pretty good although by the second glass lacing was out of the question.

S: The ale has a pleasant licorice aroma that gets things off to a good start. Pale candi sugars and bready grains fill up the rest of ths nose.

T: The pale malts leave an immediate mark with a bready sweetness that really sets the stage for the Belgian profile. Candi sugars pile on top of the grains with a dry, subtle sweetness. Raisins, green grapes and some banana (!) all make an appearance with marked sweetness, especially the banana. Licorice adds a twist to the flavor. Hop bitterness is nonexistent, but it is not missed behind the yeast and candi flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet with fruit. Rather than being cloying, the licorice and yeast dry the flavor out nicely. The result is a very approachable ale that doesn't have a hint of booze in it.

D: The alcohol doesn't rear its head in any manner, a real feat for a beer of its seeming strength. The yeast-driven banana flavor is a highlight.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

64 oz growler poured into a Duvel tulip.
7.7% ABV.

A - Rusted copper-colored, Happy Ending is hazy and pours with a lasting ivory head that lingers in a densely packed ring below a rocky lace silhouette of a mountain range.

S - Happy Ending's full aroma wafts out immediately and offers a bouquet of Belgian yeast esters; clay, lemongrass, white pepper, and grains of paradise. Caramel notes slowly emerge with dry biscuit following while a swirl brings out granny smith apple slices and a funky off-yeast hint that's not quite aggressive but present nonetheless.

T - Soothing malty presence starts the beer with caramel and sliced warm whole wheat bread before abruptly shifting to the yeast's relentless esters which mirror the nose's earthiness; clay and white pepper with a mélagne of spices along the finish. Traces of molasses and dark candi sugar trail off on the finish of Happy Ending.

M - Happy Ending ends happily with a smooth feel yet mildly carbonated finish; the perfect balance for an Abbey brew. Spiciness trails on the tongue, gently balancing out the sweet malt which lingers in the background all while a faint trace of alcohol warms the throat and stomach.

O - Ale Asylum's Happy Ending has a great base of maltiness and features quite a bit of Belgian yeast character, though somewhat forced-feeling; faintly unnatural. By no means does it distract from the overall impression, which is a soothing and delightfully balanced Belgian-style brew.

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Photo of CraigTravor
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of xdtfx
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Alehouse.
Poured into chalice. Deep hazy red/brown color. No head, but good lacing.
Cherry, chocolate, and toffee aroma. Followed by similar flavours. Very mello and enjoyable. I deff rate this much higher than others have. It is excellent.

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Photo of One
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of FFATS
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of hopdog
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ale Asylum Brew Pub.

Poured a deeper amberish / brownish color with a smaller sized off white head. It also had a light haze to it. Aromas of bananas, spices, raisins, plums and some yeast. Tastes of fruitiness, raisins, caramel, and spices.

Notes from and tasted on 7/23/07

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong yeast, alcohol, hops, hint of floral, sweet malt, and spices. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of hop, spices, and alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Mrpickles
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Happy Ending from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 53 ratings