Mercy | Ale Asylum

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Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States

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

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear crimson color with a thin head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass. A bit of a letdown looks wise.

Good Belgian aroma. A lot of fruity notes with a distinct vinous quality. Could pass itself off as an actual dark ale from Belgium.

Unfortunately the flavor does not live up to expectations. It is a little heavy on the phenols which distracts from the ester qualities of the yeast. Some dark fruit and caramel notes but finishes a little astringent.

Does not feel anywhere near 9.5% ABV. Feels much lighter than that and is a little harshly carbonated.

Has some good qualities and is almost there, but there is some flaws in the flavor and carbonation. Probably a beer that would benefit from bottle conditioning.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Mercy from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 149 ratings