Mercury (The Winged Messenger)
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Pale Ale - Belgian
3.52 | pDev: 11.93%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Mercury (The Winged Messenger)Mercury (The Winged Messenger)
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 12/4/14; drank 1/3/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque dandelion hue.

Bright white head; a curtain of lace.

Black pepper, banana & mild clove nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Black pepper notes up front with a mild banana & clove finish. A black pepper bite settled on the lips over the course of the session.

Decent; forgettable.

May 14, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
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...

Apr 28, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Dec 11, 2016
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev +2%
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'être 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."

Mar 05, 2016
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brian44556 from Kentucky

3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Feb 18, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
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

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Jan 22, 2016
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KensWorld from Florida

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Dec 09, 2015
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Nov 29, 2015
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dcotom from Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

Oct 14, 2015
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sweemzander from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
(A)- Pale orange color with some good white froth. Decent retention
(S)- A nice biscuit/cereal bready dryness met with a subtle grassy yet lemon forward sweetness
(T)- Kind of like a lemon curd citrus sweetness meets a slightly dry yet grassy cereal/graininess
(M)- A good carbonation level. Decent balance with mild sweetness meets a dryness
(O)- I enjoyed this one better than venus

Sep 07, 2015
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Bonis from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I feel like I enjoy this a bit more than others. To me, it's got a touch of funk, lots of hay and grass, along with some tart fruit/peach esters and a light peppery dry finish. Maybe it has evolved over time. Definitely not a GREAT BPA, but a solid beer and one that I would say is worth drinking.

Jul 04, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man). Bottled 12/04/14. Served in a Bells snifter.

Pours a hazy, pale yellow with about a finger of thin white head. A white rail of a halo remains, leaving zero lace.

Smells bready, yeasty, hay and some vague spice. Meh.

Flavors of pear, hay, pepper, bread and some vague floral bitterness. Light, dry, airy and easy drinking though not particularly flavorful.

Crisp, light, thin body with lively carbonation. Aftertaste is semi bitter and mildly fruity with pear skins, sweet bread and a yeasty spice.

Mercury is flighty and light much like the movement in Holst's work (that I listened to while drinking). It is fairly refreshing and unassuming but ultimately not for me.

Jun 04, 2015
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jp32 from Michigan

3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow color. Mostly transparent with much huge, chunky sediment floating throughout. No head whatsoever.

Aroma is fruity and sweet. Flavor is bready, with occassional sour or slightly bitter hop notes. Thin, powerfully carbonated feel. Finishes crisp, clean, and dry. Refreshing if not anything more.

Jun 03, 2015
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ClePaul from Ohio

3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bells Mercury

Look 5/10
Smell 13/20
Taste 28/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 73/100

May 23, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

I dig both the idea of a series of beers and ones that are inspired by classical music and an homage to our solar system, but even at that, I cannot keep up with my backlog. I have bottles getting in the way of CANs and that is grossly UNSAT! I am trying to winnow some of it down, but the bottles keep rearing up. Bear with me.

From the bottle: "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."

I Pop!ped the cap, and I had I nice goblet standing by, but there was visual evidence of lees, so I utilized a very gentle pour. It worked out in the sense that I ended up with a fairly clear beer in my glass, but conversely, I only had wisps for head. C'est la guerre. Color was a slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose had a semi-sweet mustiness, like retrieving old magazines or newspapers from the attic. It saddens me that such will be an obscure allusion before long. Mouthfeel was thin, watery, just not there. The taste was oddly dry and dusty. It offered notes of old newspapers, honey and cereal but they did not seem to mesh very well. The finish was semi-dry, but it really seemed to lack direction. I am unsure what they were trying to accomplish, but I hope that this was not really their goal. It was a disappointing outing from a usually solid brewery.

Apr 29, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It smelled of esters, floral notes and caramel. Fruity taste with spices and a malty backbone.

Apr 27, 2015
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Darren.

A: A clear golden with an off-white half-finger head that turned to foam. Significant lacing.

S: Lemon zest, Belgian yeast.

T: Follows nose. Drinks like a saison. Very fruity and floral with citrus elements. Summery.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Overall, not bad. With a name like Mercury, you'd figure it would have some heat in it. But a winged messenger would be more Pale Ale and saison-y.

Apr 13, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a modest head; some splashes of lacing hang around

Smell: Grassy, with bready elements underneath

Taste: Bready, with grassy hop elements building (oddly skunky, in a way); some pear and pepper arrive, after the swallow

Mouthtfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An odd little beer, almost as if a pilsener was made with Belgian yeast and left out in the sun by mistake

Apr 12, 2015
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Pencible from Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and grassy hops, with salty Belgian yeast and some sweet honey.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and lemon zest, with salty Belgian yeast and some sweet honey. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a decent Belgian ale. The scent and taste were fitting for the style but didn't do anything to stand out. The body was a little weak, but the finish was smooth, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not a bad drink, but entirely forgettable.

Apr 04, 2015
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Beejay from Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow orange with fairly large chunks of yeast in there.. A decent white head.

S: Lemon and citrus peel. A touch of spice in there.. perhaps coriander? Smells nice.

T: Fairly good, citrus taste as well as a hint of bitterness and a decent amount of spice with some yeast noes.

M: Light and crisp with fairly high carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty tasty beer, but slightly less interesting than I would have imagined for a special release.

Apr 03, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

2.62/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Golden yellow in color. Fairly clean in appearance. Hints of belgian yeast esters and nondescript bittering hops. Very bland and flavorless. Hopefully Bell's doesn't sue me.

Mar 27, 2015
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InfragilisBrew from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listen to the Mercury movement by Gustav Holst while you try this if at all possible. Blending the two sensory experiences enhances the overall beer in my opinion.

In any case, this is a very drinkable belgian. Great golden haze. Moderate Sweetness. Clean crisp finish.

Mar 24, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow golden color with white fizzy head. Lots of light fruit notes with a little spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness.

Mar 21, 2015
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Fargrow from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful pale straw beer with a bright white head. As someone who doesn't really enjoy Belgians, I was very impressed with this. The malt was able to shine through the pungent Belgian yeast. This would be a great beer if you wanted something a little different on a hot summer day.

Mar 18, 2015
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demon from California

3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L - Pale straw yellow. Thin head. Light effervescence.

S - Caught a skunky whiff when I cracked the bottle open, don't know what that was about. Not a lot of scent picked up, other than basic light malty smells and light hoppy smells.

T - Very light and unobtrusive. Wheat and bread yeast. Coriander.

F - Very watery. Not very sticky. Leaves a hop bitterness on the palate.

O - Refreshing. Nothing really popped out to me here however. I'd drink a few of these on a hot day if they were provided, but I don't think I'll come back to explore the finer details of this one. Not to bash these guys too hard, but this tastes like a cheap lager.

Nothing about this beer really reminded me of a Belgian style pale ale other than the coriander notes. Some other reviewers hit the nail on the head... "Midwestern influence".... "reminded me more of a euro lager than a Belgium pale"...

Mar 09, 2015
Mercury (The Winged Messenger) from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 536 ratings