Mercy | Ale Asylum

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
aleasylum.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Belgian-style Grand Cru is a full bodied winter warmer. A slightly spicy aroma and flavors of dark fruit and caramel are harmonious with the classic Belgian-style finish.

Added by spointon on 11-30-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
148
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
18
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of largadeer
1.9/5  rDev -48.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark copper color with a small, thin, off-white head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruits (pear and apple). It also had some nice malty and caramel aromas.

T - It tasted quite spicy/peppery with a nice dried fruit backbone. Also, a good deal of sweet malty flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth, dry finish. A medium to full bodied beer.

D - This did not look like it was going to be a good bottle, but it tasted far better than it looked.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least."

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fiery apricot orange that is almost dark enough to be considered burnt orange. A massive mousse-like crown of golden ecru colored foam was produced on the pour, melts in slow motion and deposits more than a smattering of suds as it does so. With respect to the appearance, this beer could be any of a dozen different styles.

The aroma follows the look... in that it's darker than pale (BSPA) and more pale than dark (BSDA). Ale Asylum calls Mercy a Grand Cru, which says next to nothing about the style. To me, it smells like a Belgian strong amber ale. Quadrupel would work too. Plenty of fruit and spice from the yeast allows the above score to be chosen with no qualms whatsoever.

While it doesn't give Belgium's best a serious run for their money, Mercy Grand Cru is tasty stuff and is a wonderful effort from an American craft brewery that probably doesn't have much experience with beer of this sort. Authenticity is something that I always look for in a Belgian-style ale. This seasonal has it in spades.

Mucho malt holds down the bottom end with plenty of ballast. Toasted bready and steely caramel dominates and adds a respectable sweetness. For my money, a darker direction would have been preferable. Rather than apricots and brandy-soaked peaches, figs and dates (or even anise and raisins) would have been killer. It's a testament to the beer's quality that I'm still enjoying the hell out of it.

The brewer has stated that this is the highest gravity ale that he's ever brewed. I believe it. The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium-full and is as polished glassy smooth as they come. Perfect carbonation doesn't hurt either.

Warming *almost* elevates Mercy Grand Cru to classic status. Ale Asylum kicks out some pretty impressive beer, so maybe I shouldn't be quite so surprised that this Belgian-style <something> is so impressively delicious. This is one of those times when I regret not having come home with more than a single bottle.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on the same date as the freshness date - 05/19/15:

Pours copper with a thin lasting off-white head. Traiing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of dark and tropical (banana) fruits with caramel and peppery alcohol.

The taste is sweet - caramel with restrained banana and some dark fruit. Lingering pepper from the alcohol in the finish.

A bit sticky and slightly raw. Carbonation hovers around medium. Caramel and booze linger.

While I didn't find it to be the most complex of the style - the caramel and booze are strong - there's enough to keep it interesting. A slow sipper.

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Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 oz bottle on December 28, 2016.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a cloudy amberish color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, slight figs, plums, raisins, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, with some dark fruits. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad. My first from this brewery.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle. This is my first Ale Asylum beer.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is sweet oranges with some caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same with the orange and caramel being joined by some Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a still light brown with amber highlights. Vigorous pour produces a thin creamy tan head that fades to a thin crown and some thin streaks and specs of lacing. Potent, warming aroma of yeast, clove, brown sugar, toasted malt, ripe fruits and booze. Flavor is similar to nose, but milder, slightly watery in the finish and a little sloppy all together. Initially strong yeast and mark flavors before strong fine carbonation scrubs away the yeast sweetness and finishes with a slightly bitter dark fruit and bready flavor. I enjoyed this beer a lot more than my scores would suggest, but something was off in the balance and mouthfeel resulting in a less than coherent overall experience.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Best by 5/16/2015. Served in a snifter glass 3/19/2015.

A- Dark brown-reddish body, two finger thick white head with strong staying power, nice rings of lacing left over.

S- Sweet toffee and caramel, Belgian yeast esters, mild black pepper. Not much else, it smells quite sweet.

F- It also tastes quite sweet, but nicely balanced between the yeast esters, peppers versus the toffee and caramel. It has a mild dried seaweed like flavour on the finish. I've never quite learned what that flavour is, but it tastes an awful lot like the dried seaweed used to make sushi handrolls. That seems to disappear more as it warms up allowing more dark fruit to show up.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and velvety. Nice body on this one. Decent estery finish on this one.

O- Nowhere near my favourite as far as beers from Ale Asylum go. I think they should move away from trying to do interpretations on Belgian styles (is it going to ever be any better than the stuff on the Belgian import shelf?) and just focus on doing great, unique tastes on various American styles.

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Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained in the No BS 4 BIF via dirtylou. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/8" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head is instantly down to an uneven swirl of bubbles, leggy with average lacing. Aroma is sweet and lightly fruity. Taste begins sweet, prickles fruity in the middle, and goes sweet again with alcohol warmth at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, and drinkability is pretty good for the style. A little more excitement would be cool, but this brew is good overall.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to EliteDigger for hooking up grub at DLD. Seems like more of a BSPA rather than a dark.

Pours a pretty clear dark orange, some golden highlights, pretty cool colour, thin soapy white head forms, quickly settles down to a loose ring around the glass, some lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is neat, pretty fruity, rhubarb and apricots, some caramel and biscuity malt, light candi sugar, orange peel and citrus, touch of alcohol, some raisin, quite malty, lightly spicy, pretty cool. Taste is similar, honey and biscuits, quite toasty, some candi sugar sweetness, lots of fruit, raisins, alcohol comes through a bit, some toastiness and spice in the finish, with a very thick maltiness, some orange peel as well, pretty cool. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, maybe a touch too high in the body department, some warmth from alcohol but pretty well hidden. Nice beer that encompasses quite a few Belgian styles, I like it. Thanks Scott!

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Photo of ZAP
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.72 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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