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 italianstallion
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jegross2
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Ri0
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Cinnamon brown and dark amber with almost no head. A few spots of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, caramel, honey toast. A bit of spice and cinnamon.

T - Belgian yeast, plenty of spice and a hint of cinnamon. Brown sugar, caramel, and honey toast make up the sweetness.

M - Light mouthfeel, not as smooth as I expected.

0 - A decent beer, but nothing spectacular. This is what I would consider a decent holiday beer. Not an spiced up winter warmer.

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Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Brasserie V in Madison, WI on 11/28/2008.

A= This ale arrived in a Chimay goblet and was a lightly cloudy, dark copper color with a 1/2" soapy white head. The head retained well and left lots of sheet lace down my glass.

S= The aromas of this ale were filled with malty caramel sweetness underneath some nice yeasty-musty notes and undisclosed spices.

T= The flavors were if anything, even more complex than the aromas. Lots of caramel malty sweetness in the front end, but that was quickly leveled out by a short burst of hops and a deliciously funky yeast character. I also detected the faint spice quality as I found in the aroma. The finish was more of the same, with barely any of the alcohol apparent. Very nice.

MF= Medium bodied with a relatively soft carbonation for the style. This worked well with the sweet/funk/spice notes though.

D= A really terrific beer. I was visiting Madison from out of town and happened into a bar that had a keg of this. To my great pleasure, I unexpectedly discovered an outstanding beer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Snagged this last time I was in Madison. Pours into the glass a deep garnet hue with an inch of off white, almost khaki colored foam that sticks around for awhile. Banana bread is the first thing that comes to mind along with a swirl of spiciness and some caramel/toffee sweetness. Yeast esters entangled with a touch of fruitiness and cherry accents.

First sip brings spicy, bready malts upfront with a melange of fruity flavors and cherry accents. Spicy yeast tones kick in with a hint of cinnamon. Caramel throughout, the brew finishes a touch on the sweet side with a kiss of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with good carbonation that's more on the mellow side. Overall it's a bit on the sweet side for me and that hampers drinkability. I would probably have to stop after a couple, but it's still a tasty brew.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of MidwestBA
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of tourdot
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of number1bum
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.06/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I knew this beer and I were going to have a conflict when I first poured it in the glass. It was a bright red color, which I found attractive, but the beer looked thin and I had to pour it hard into the glass to get the least bit of head. Aroma didn't really make me feel any better or worse...it was fruity, like I'd expect a Grand Cru to smell, with some coffee and cocoa undernotes. Flavor was where the problem came in - flavor is diacetyl-y (buttery), vegetable-like, and doesn't really deliver a compelling reason to keep drinking this beer. I feel like flavors that should be caramel are grainy, and that there is something deeply unpleasant in the after-taste of this beer. Mouthfeel is quite watery as well, which is a fairly significant strike against a beer brewed to be this big.

Mark me down as not a fan of this beer.

I bought this bottle at Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI on 7 August 2009.

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Photo of SkinniePost
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of eldoctorador
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of deebo
2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Missing a good Belgian yeast character. Too bitter throughout.

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Photo of daledeee
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazelnut brown with a nice off white head and a little lacing. Nose is not very strong but has alcohol and dark fruits.

Taste is sweet at first then some dark cherry and plums. Some roasted malt in the finish. Mouth feel is pretty creamy. Alcohol is not very apparent. I would rate this beer higher if it had a little more nose and head which is more the characteristic of the type. However, the taste is good.

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Photo of pagriley
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours mid amber with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing, but thick syrupy legs
S - Light estery notes are in the background with sweet caramel malts and dried fruit up front. Notes of sauvignon blanc meld nicely and hint at the yeasts
T - light and fruity with the alcohol well hidden. I am generally not a fan of Belgians and was given this by a friend and he was right on the money - not a ton of Belgian yeast in your face - this is subtle and delicate with great caramel malt and raisin flavors.
M - rich and creamy with a touch more carbonation than I like, but still very nice

Overall a very enjoyable beer with a lighter less in your face profile that belies the alcohol and horsepower underneath

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of u2carew
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) Reddish blond. Clear pour with a good aroma producing head.
(S) Definitely a Belgian style, but not too overpowering... more pleasant.
(T) A smooth, Belgian taste. Not too sour or bitter.
(M) Very clean. Covers the palate completely and there is definitely girth to the body of this beer.
(D) Great drinkability. I'd take a swig, and say, "This is a really good beer. I don't usually like Belgian beers."Before I knew it I was finished with my glass and the ABV was catching up to me.

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Photo of redleg411
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JeffSK
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of martyl1000
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light brown pour into a tulip glass, with an off-white fluffy creamy head.

Banana taffy hits the nose first, plus booze and rye bread.

Not very complex in the mouth. Caramel malt, honey, and fruit-cake sweetness. Some indeterminate spice. Stone fruit presence, dried fruit, prune, date. Alcohol wafts on the breath in a lilting brightness, keeping things refreshing.

Medium-full bodied, creaminess, cut by med-high carbonation. Lovely mouthfeel. Serious body but still crisp.

It doesn't measure up to Gulden Draak or La Terrible or Brasserie des Rocs. But at $12 a six pack, it's perfectly serviceable, even pleasurable.

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Mercy from Ale Asylum
3.72 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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