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 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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Photo of TheDTrain
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of Ale Asylum, however for a dark strong ale Mercy didn't get my engine steaming. Pretty muddled in flavor & nothing which made it unique. Some decent hints of citrus like banana & orange and warming alcohol finish, yet still nothing to exciting.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a darker amber color, with a small head. The smell consisted of malts and spices. The taste was also very malty and spicey, a bit of orange as well. A nice full flavor, and nice carbondation, and yet still easy to drink. Overall very enjoyable, would love to get another one.

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Photo of ommegoose
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured surprisingly thin with a head that fizzled out on me instantly, and looks like a berry juice cocktail in my glass. It's much more translucent than I expected, and small particles hang in suspense throughout the body. I'll try not to dock it for being a style straddler between BSDA and BSPA.

At least it smells a bit like fruit juice, so it has some continuity going for it. Sweet berry mix.

This reminds me of Raison D'Etre more than a little bit, with fruity flavors that definitely recall raisin and white grape. Sweet fruity malt on the tip of the tongue turns dark like molasses towards the end. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Certainly spicy yeast at the end as well, maybe a touch of pepper. Reminiscent of the Unibroue yeast a bit, though less aggressive. This is a flavorful ale, but does not burst with it like the best of the style do. Fairly clean aftertaste, no discernible hops. Warmth provides a softening of the fruitiness, and date, plum, and peach notes. There are dimensions to it, but it would benefit from being more dry and bold.

The carbonation is not in a bad place, but this is a little thin and hot; not luxurious like the best examples.

I wanted to like this more, but I'm underwhelmed. However, it's pretty easy to drink. Or, at least I'm quite thirsty. The relative lack of complexity for the style is a factor. There are some real heavy hitters in the style, and this isn't in that league. I have to wonder if something changed this year, since the reviews seem to have skewed way below the average. Off year? Didn't catch the price on this single bottle I was given, but it's a possible repeat if it significantly undercuts the competitors. Would like to give Ale Asylum another try.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - brown, maroon, hint of orange body, paper-thin head, lacing

S - very faint sweet malt, alcohol, and fruits aroma

T - soft sweet malt, hints of spices, bread, and ripened fruit.

M - med/light body, mild amount of carbonation

D - Ok, I'm a tad disappointed, heard great things about Ale Asylum. Powerful alcohol warmth hits you, but not enough flavor for this style. Sip this one, guess the muted flavors make it go down slightly easier, but alcohol warmth will keep you at bay.

Hoping this is just a bad bottle or batch and want to give Ale Asylum another chance. I'm a big supporter of American craft beers and specifically in my own region of the Great Lakes/Midwest. Figure if I don't support them, the macros will just keep crushing the masses with their beers.

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Photo of Bobby12many
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a translucent reddish orange with a thin, quickly fading head. Some carbonation remains as small bubbles slowly find their way to the top and remain in a ring around the surface.

S - A touch of Belgian yeast up front with a sweet hint of alcohol

T - Nice and smooth malty character up front that moves promptly into a cloyingly sweet alcoholic note. Not as much yeast in the flavor as the nose suggests. Hints of banana and clove.

M - Light for the style, and borderline watery.

D - Certainly not a horrible beer, bot not a very good one either. The thin feel, cloying sweetness, and booziness in the finish make this tough to enjoy. The other 5 from this 6 pack may be hanging around a while...

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Photo of levifunk
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - pour is a translucent golden reddish brown. nice cream head.

s - belgian yeast. some spice, and light caramel sweetness.

t - belgian yeast, clove spice, off-putting alcohol flavor. some sweetness, but overall this is not a pleasant flavor.

m - medium body, and lighter carbonation.

overall - glad i just got 1 bottle because i wouldn't drink anymore. Might just be the clove flavor as that is always off-putting for me.

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Photo of SiphonKing
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Limited head retention. Notes of fruit, spicy, plum notes. Toffee flavors, yeasty esters. Easy to drink with alcohol warming notes as it finishes. Drinkable but for a strong it lacks the pinch and stand-out flavors that make Ale Asylum's other offerings so appealing.

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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 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 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 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 Wisconsinality
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a dark reddish orange with some good haze. A half finger worth of head that recedes quickly leaving a small cap on the beer and spotty lacing.

S- Big dark fruits up front, fig and raisin. A little bit of apple and the booze is pretty present. A little bit of candi sugar and a slight hint of Belgian yeast.

T- The big dark fruits in the nose are a little more subdued. Some spice and again, a bit of apple. The malt balances out this beer nicely.

M- Medium bodied with not a whole lot of carbonation. The lack of carbonation makes this beer smooth but there is a little warming from the alcohol.

D- A good all around beer but just lacks something that makes it stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of deereless
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Thinnest layer of a dense and tan head, medium to deep copper in color, head retention seems decent, especially clear, lots of sticky spots around the interior of the glass - 3.75, S: Significant fruity esters, noticeable alcohol, faintest touch of sour, some dried cherries and figs, light spiciness, malt contributes caramel to the nose, very sweet - 3.50, T: Raisin-like sweetness, the same spiciness that was noticeable on the nose comes through on the palate, alcohol is very apparent, I presume there are candied sugars that are imparting the dry finish, esters and phenols, malts govern this beer with only the faintest sign of some earthy hops - 3.25, M: On the side of creamy and with a little alcohol warmth - 3.50, D: Though certainly an enjoyable brew, a touch too far on the side of sweet in my opinion - tone the sweetness down a bit and Mercy would surely benefit - 3.00

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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 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 robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown, with blood orange highlights. Minimal head, no lacing to speak of, clear looking.

Plenty of dark fruit raisins and plums, with hefty with a touch of Belgian yeast.

Very fruit forward with a spicy hit in the middle, finishes slightly sweet with an almost balanced finish. Definitely figs and raisins with the plums. Warming for sure, but the abv is well hidden, not over the top.

Medium mouthfeel, very soft with limited carbonation. Very drinkable. Becomes very interesting as it warms up. I am liking this as a high abv session beer, if that's possible, could have serveral for sure.

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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 Yojimbo1941
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A- Light brown with red highlights and a thin, wispy head.

S- Brown sugar, tangerine, clove, dark honey, plum, light cereal, malt, golden raisins

T- Malt, dark fruit, raisins, dates, the wife thinks there's a Moroccan taste to it (not sure what that means), little bit of wheat

M- Heavy, lingers on the tongue, not much bitterness at all followed by an ever so slight alcohol burn - just enough to let you know that it's beer.

D- At 9.5% it's heavy enough to be a sipper but nowhere near the all day for one bottle drinking session that is The Beast.

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

This is my first offering from Ale Asylum, I have no idea how long this brewery has been around even though I live in the neighboring state.

A: Poured somewhat aggressively into my Chimay goblet. Underneath the somewhat bright lights this beer is pale carmine in color with a bubbly white head that has little to no retention. Lacing is minimal and there certainly isn't any ring stuck to the glass. There is however a yeast ring that formed around the bottle.

S: I ah smells yeast, pear/apple fruits, alcohol, and cinnamon.

T: This beer has a good amount of fruitiness and definitely dominated by it's malt structure and yeast. The fruitiness comes on first, followed by the breadier aspects of the beer that collide with a touch of spice and alcohol discernible only at the back of the throat or if you concentrate on the finish.

M: Not visually impressive, but a good medium bodied brew that has for all intents and purpose a good amount of carbonation.

D: This beer is a great beer from a brewery that is I had not heard of until I received a few beers from them. The flavor will not know your advocate socks off, but is pleasing; however I wish the finish of this beer had a smoother finish and it would be more enjoyable.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a dark copper and almost brown. There is a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. I would want a little bit more. Its pretty clear too. The nose on the beer is dark plums and a slight bit of phenols. I want a bit more esters and less phenol, but I think this fits.There are hints of alchohol with a very sweet maltiness. Some esters come through with a bit of phenols.the balance is pretty good, but I think its a tad bit sweet. Maybe a bit more of bitterness would help. I don't know how drinkable the beer is because of the sweetness, but I enjoy it. There is a bit of spicy hops that surprised me, but it fits.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Kentucky Breakfast Stout Stem glass. No date or info on the bottle.

A - Carbonation keeps flowing up the center through the clear coppery amber color to an initially finger-high tan head. It lowered kinda quickly to a ring. Little bits of lacing left of the glass.

S - Sweet toast malts and fruit abound in the aroma of this Grand Cru. Evident right away is it's potency from the warm and spicy alcohol on the nose. Rich and inviting, not solvent-like at all. There is also a sweet, heavy toasty caramel malt nose behind the alcohol that pairs well with the lingering fruity aromas of raisin and plum with a sweet melon hint. An ever-so-slight kiss of hops towards the finish.

T - The booziness is a bit sharper and solvent-like on the aroma but not a whole lot. It's followed up quickly by a lightly yeasty, very caramel-rich toasted malt flavor with a sweet kick. The fruits in the nose finish the beer out and are a b it more prevalent on the tongue. It's a deep, complex brew that grows in complexity as it warms.

M - Very smooth and a bit creamy starting out which changes up a bit with the finish of carbonation down the throat. The finish features a nice warming sensation from the alcohol too. It's a fuller-bodied beer that has a soothing softness to it.

D - Mighty, mighty tasty here. It's a good beer I certainly would never turn down. It goes down very well for the flavor punch it packs and the alcohol level it has. I'm enjoying sipping at it as it warms up. A good winter-warming beer.

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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 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 ibbjamin
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Paid $3.19 for a loose 12oz bottle from Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Poured into a standard pint glass to review (since I'm at my folk's house and they don't have the best glassware).

Pours rather thin for a grand cru. Head is very small, fizzy and off white in color. Despite the small head, this is well carbonated as suggested by the rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Transparent dark copper in color. Minimal lacing.

Smells of sweet candied fruits a la grape, fig and banana with hints of caramel malt. Quite pleasant on the nose without being much on the side of complex.

The taste seems a bit artificial for the style. It has a similar taste to the nose in regards to the fruitiness, but it is almost as if this was a concentrate that was added. Has similarities to a fake juice taste.

The mouthfeel is rather disappointing for the style and really is what separates this from a quality Belgian. Quite watery and light to medium bodied. Medium finish of artificial fruity sweetness.

Despite all of this, finishing this one beer was not a problem. Not a bad offering from such a young brewery from the US brewing in Belgian style.

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