Happy Ending | Ale Asylum

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3.82 w/ 53 ratings

Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 17
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a slightly hazy brown color with a thin cream colored head on top. The lacing was minimal and not much retention either. The smell of the beer did have some soft fruity notes and a bit of bread in the aroma too. It smells sweet and doesn't have much of any hop character on the nose. The taste was decent. It was sweet much like what the aroma. There were flavors of some sugar and dark fruits as well as some malts and a nice amount of yeast in there too. The mouthfeel was decent, not overly complex but managed to keep me interested. Overall it's not a bad brew. I believe that if this one warms up it would probably be a better beer. I drank it too fast and wasn't able to give this one the proper amount of time it deserved.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ffejherb
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler pour into shaker pint, courtesy of akorsak via Deuane.

A - Poured a hazy amber/copper-colored body with thin bubbly off-white head that reduced to a patchy veil and left a bit of spotty lace around the sides of the glass.

S - Initial aroma suggests sweet corn, caramel malt and a subtle hop presence with citrus and floral notes. Slight fruity aroma also develops with hints of apricot.

T - Flavor incorporates plenty of sweet malty notes suggesting caramel, toffee and corn. Hop character is mild with citrus and floral notes at the forefront. Finishes with a fruity aspect akin to ripe apricots paired with bready malt and just a touch of spicy yeast.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with a light syrupy texture and extremely soft carbonation. While a subtle hop bitterness develops on the palate, the finish is on the sweet side of the spectrum.

D - Pretty solid Belgian pale ale with a distinct fruity character. Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery overall, but I'm glad to have had the opportunity to sample this.

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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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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blood red beer in a footed goblet with a thin white head. Burnt cherry pie in the nose, dark chocolate, sourdough bread and a light spice. Not heavy, but nice as it soaks in. Caramel, toffee and a fair amount of sweetness in the mouth which droops clean off the back. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but adequate. Nose is more intriguing than the taste. Perfectly nice beer, but not the top of my list from AA.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Happy Ending from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 64.2% out of 100 with 53 ratings
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