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 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 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 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 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 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 sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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

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Photo of Bonis
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of jp32
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of ClePaul
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
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

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Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of Pencible
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.46/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of InfragilisBrew
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Fargrow
4.24/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of demon
3/5  rDev -15%
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"...

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours semi-hazy in the body and a medium gold in color. A smaller, 1 finger head forms and hangs around a good bit, providing a good amount of lacing. Light grains and yeast start this scent off, but it moves quickly towards traditional Belgian smells of banana fruitiness and esters. Spices kick in at the end of the drink and there is a touch of lingering sweetness.

The taste of this beer is pretty much straight, classic Belgian pale. Starts with a light grain and moves directly towards the spices and esters. The banana flavor is there again, but it is mild. At the end there is just a touch of hops in there and the lingering flavor on the tongue is of fruity esters. As far as the feel goes, this is easy to drink and rather smooth. Nothing special on the palate, just a solid Balgian pale.

Overall, this is a rather enjoyable Belgian pale. It is a great example of the style and displays the Belgian fruit characteristics and a touch of hops to go along with the musty malts.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with a white bubbly head. The clarity is good, not out of bounds for a Belgian style ale. Pungent hops in the aroma, leafy and stanky. A bit of grain and spicy yeast phenols carry the hops. Peppery almost. Just a hint of fruit.

The taste is quite bitter for the style, perhaps the bottle very fresh, the beer tasted green to me. Not particularly bad but the grains and choice of hops aren't agreeing with my taste buds. Light fruit, pungency and spices get lost in a wave of earthy hops. It tastes as though the ingredients cancel out and leave me with nothing but a slight bitterness. Not particularly drinkable but a decent American take on the style. More impressive were all of the other planets thus far. I wouldn't by any means call this a terrible brew, just average which I usually don't associate with Bells.

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Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, w/ PKGD dating 12/04/14

Pours hazed light and dull looking medium amber with a lemony hue. Next to no head, just a slight fine film and fine spots of lace.

Ripe fruit nose.

This a pleasant enough lighter and fruitier brew. Some coriander, yeasty notes, limey citrus flourishes in the finish.

Summery, tasty and worth a try.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep gold with particulates producing 1.5 fingers of somewhat lasting, while, frothy head that leaves a nice webby wash of lace. Aroma is pale & pilsner (?) malt, wheat (?), mineral, thin banana, clove, caramel & dried apple/pear with a sour hint that is slightly off putting. Taste is pale, bready, pilsner (?) & wheat (?) malt, more intense Belgian yeast fruity esters of banana & clove than in the nose, thin hints of coriander & the same soured hint. Little Belgian funkiness. Spicy/peppery finish with a some bitterness & mineral. No hop presence outside of the bitterness. Malty, yeasty soured aftertaste is mildly astringent, slightly bitter & shortlived. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, prickly, dry & mildly astringent in the aftertaste.

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Bell's Mercury (The Winged Messenger) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.53 out of 5 based on 530 ratings.
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