Bell's Mercury (The Winged Messenger) | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Mercury (The Winged Messenger)Bell's Mercury (The Winged Messenger)

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mothman on 06-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this has aged extremely well, and now stands as one of my favorite examples of the style. the beer is brilliant! pale straw colored, not quite all the way clear, but no visible sediment is present either. the head is a gushing bubbly pearl white color, highly active. aroma here is spicy from the now mature belgian yeast, with some elements of a wit more than a belgian pale or golden, i get an herbaceou property, a little citrus, and all kinds of fruit from the yeast here, green apple, pear, plantain, white grape, its all happening. the flavor is awesome too, all so well integrated, with even a little funkiness arising to it, farmy and bone dry, not sure its bretty, but its got a lot more going on than most belgian strains in this aspect, and the fruitiness is still there too. this comes across as very summery to me, super rustic and refined in a different kind of way. maybe one of the less exciting beers in the series on paper, but the liquid tells another story. super effervescent on the feel, crackling dry, and grassy in the end. superb beer overall, an awesome example of the complexity than can exist in a light style like this, and one of the best beers overall in the series, at least as it exists now, i never got to try it fresh...

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Photo of Gtg642
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of macrosmatic
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cycle Brewing pint glass.

A: Hazy deep yellow, with good visible carbonation and a finger's worth of white head that lasts quite well.

S: A low level of aroma overall. Some Belgian fruity yeast, biscuit malts, some wheat and some musty barnyard character.

T: Biscuit malts with milder pilsner and wheat malt flavors. Yeasty, and a touch of barnyard that's reminiscent of a saison. Belgian tests with apple, pear and banana esters. A touch of clove. It finishes with lingering yeast esters and just a bit of hop bitterness.

M: A medium heft to the body overall - if this is indeed a Belgian pale ale, it's rather on the heavy side for style. Alcohol presence and carbonation sensation are average for style.

O: This wasn't my favorite Belgian Pale Ale. It seems more of a combination between a saison and a BPA. The fruity yeast esters didn't pull through a ton. Add that to not having any Brett character to add depth and you've got a fairly forgettable beer. Not offensive, but I'm not particularly looking forward to the next in the series.

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Photo of JDoHo
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mendvicdog
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of red94tt
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clouded, bright golden coloring, solid white head atop.

Aroma: spicy (coriander?), floral, a touch of citrus, a little whiff of sour.

Taste: Brisk hoppiness right off the top, then smooth, slightly sweet. Wheaty. Medium-bodied, mellow, not sure what exactly this is supposed to be. Belgian blonde, wit? Hm. Nice beer, but unremarkable.

Once more, I'm a touch nonplussed. I really should have found a copy of "The Planets" to play while drinking, perhaps that would help me understand what this beer's raison d'ĂȘtre might be. What'll the label say? "This is one of a seven part series inspired by Gustav Holst's musical composition, "The Planets." Strap in and embark on a flavor tour of our solar system---in the order of Holst's piece. Mars to Neptune."

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Photo of brian44556
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Braxton Tulip. Bottled 12/4/14.

Pours a light shade of orange. Decent head that fades rather quickly. Little to no lacing. Quite a bit of sediment sits at the bottom of the glass.

Aromas of banana bread, Belgium yeast, canned pears, and bit of spice.

Tastes of canned pear juice with a dry, yeasty finish. Earthy hops, with notes of banana and clove.

Very refreshing with a light body.

Just ok, I wouldn't recommend. One of the few offerings from Bell's that didn't wow me.

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Photo of brittanylicious
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heysuz
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billydoughnuts
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of QuadriderMX
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jadjunk
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"This is one of a seven part series inspired by Gustav Holst's musical composition, "The Planets." Strap in and embark on a flavor tour of our solar system - in the order of Holst's piece, Mars to Neptune." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Pale Ale, release #3 in the Planets series, a one-off release in bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy crisp head of a pastel white over a mildly hazy golden amber body with abundant pulpy sediment in tow and ample, lively carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and droopy. 3.75

(Smell) Unmalted wheat and light cracker and pale malts with a moderate sweetness, met with a yeast note that accents spring fruits, banana and peppery spices, notably coriander and clove. Aromatically, it plays close to an aromatically pleasing witbier, but not an overly original one. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Malt body of pale malts and moderate cereal wheat with a creeping sweetness, a delicate yeast fruit note of banana and light citrus juice, and an effervescent peppered and dry finish. Very light in alcohol but considerably flavorful in malt complexity and yeast flavor, despite keeping a high drinkability. I enjoyed it but find it lulls in between styles, and makes it difficult to place. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, clean, peppery and medium dry. Carbonation is high, generating a moderate frothiness and a briskly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly peppery and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Arguably the tamest of all of the planets beers by style, and not very disappointing so long as you're not expecting anything phenomenal. While falling under Belgian Pale Ale here, It certainly has a strong Belgian Wit ale angle going for it, with big pronounced hazy yeast, banana character and an assertive coriander and clove spicing. Altogether it's tasty and a pleasing experience, but pedestrian in comparison to the previous two entries in the series and undoubtedly to be compared to the ones forward. 3.5

Bell's Brewery, Inc.'s
Mercury: The Winged Messenger

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Photo of Kinger86
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of okcommuter
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From bottle dated 12/04/2014. Most likely past its prime. Look, smell and taste is Typical of style. Not bad but definitely not worthy of the planet series.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gem clear (SRM 3-4), pale gold with a thin, quick, fine white head that coats the Offero glass with fine white lacing. Columns of tiny carbonation are visible before yeast is added, clouding the clarity to an opalescent glow.

The aroma is soapy and wet hay. Some honeysuckle flower scent is also present against lemon and coriander. As a Belgian Pale Ale, this one is a bit of a mess. Yeast cuts the sharpness, adding light clove and banana.

The flavor is lightly sour and in balance with bitterness and sweetness. Honeydew melon, light pear, and light straw are discernible throughout the middle. The finish has a short punch of bitterness, followed by a drawn-out dry lemon. Yeast again cuts the sharpness and moderates the flavors.

This has a medium body and slick texture. Alcohol and carbonation are both surprisingly high.

This was an enjoyable beer, even though it fell short of the hype. Hopefully the rest of the Suite is more to expectations. Clarity and sweetness does match the music quite well.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of devilfluff
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of carrollmel7
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Strike00
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first of the Planets series. Poured from 12-ounce bottle into tulip glass. Hazy, dull orange in color, two-finger head of dense white foam. Aromas of orange peel, coriander, Belgian yeast transfer to the palate. A very impressive take on the Belgian style.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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