Mercury - Belgian-Style Small Beer
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Mercury - Belgian-Style Small BeerMercury - Belgian-Style Small Beer
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Belgian Dark Ale
3.92 | pDev: 8.93%
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Mercury - Belgian-Style Small BeerMercury - Belgian-Style Small Beer
Notes: Messenger of the gods, Mercury symbolizes commerce, travel, thievery, wit and wealth. MERCURY cleverly stole its essence from mistress lover Venus. Second runnings of the voluptuous quadrupel created this small yet fascinating beer. Indian coriander acknowledges the traveler; Belgian yeast contributes wit and charm.

35 IBU
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

Pours an amber color with a white head. Sweet pale malt aroma with a light fruit character it. Maybe some tart apples and some pears. A nice sweetness of pale malt and apples and pears. There’s a hint of tartness on the back end. Light to medium body with medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A serious pop upon opening. A cork would have hit the ceiling! The head is deeper than the liquid. Thick, soft looking foam, is off white and in no hurry to go away. Very active, deep amber, but bronze with back light. Great retention (hurry up already, I want to taste it!), and thick lacing. After a few minutes, the head has receded along the edges of the glass, but is still high in the middle, away from the edges. Very impressive.

Sweet and spicy, balanced, with prominent and exquisite Belgian yeast character. Some dark fruit add depth. Very inviting.

Similar to the aroma. Malty sweet with spicy yeasty influences, dark fruit, and a light hop bitterness present and growing stronger toward the end.

Doesn't feel overcarbonated, despite the theatrical opening. Medium body and viscosity, fairly rich, nd an ever so gently drying and bittering sensation in the finish.

I was negligent in not putting away more of this one! Or drinking more of it fresh! I don't recall it being anywhere near this special. Very complex, balanced, smooth and tasty. A sober man's Venus (made from the second running of the Venus grain)...Wow. A fool I was for not getting more of this when I could, and now it is all gone.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared by torino at woodshop 5.1

Poured a dark brown with a thin tan head that left lots of sticky lacing on the glass. There was big belgian yeast aromas with chocolate accents and hints of vanilla and brown sugar. The belgian yeast is dominate on the palate alongside chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, and slight booze as well. Its a meduim to full bodied beer with a fair amount of carbonation and a sweet boozy finish. Drinkability is pretty good and the beer kind of reminds me of a belgian quad. I will definitely seek out the rest of the planet beers from midnight sun brewing.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large white head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, lemon and coriander. The flavor is more of the same with citrus and coriander. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the brewery back in July. The label indicates it was brewed last May.

The beer pours a solid brown color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing On the nose I get a boat load of brown sugar, light chocolate and vanilla, and considerable underlying spice. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, but with the moderate sweetness leading to a fairly dry, spicy, somewhat hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light and drinkability is quite good. This beer comes across as a Belgian dubbel light, but with plenty of flavor and considerable spice.

This is a very nice beer, and one I appreciate all the more for its (relatively) low alcohol. Another solid effort from the folks over at Midnight Sun.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours sweet yeasty enormous whitish head on golden yellow body. Smells malty, yeasy, refreshing. A smooth above average mouthfeel. Taste comes to a camel and a dry finish. Not very complex but still quite drinkable and only 6.5% abv.Bonus bottle from Jsquires.

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Photo of ccrida
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber fresh from the new brewery, poured into their tall pils glass. Mercury is a chill hazed ruddy amber with a big, frothy white head that is slow to subside, very rocky, and leaving small chunks of foamy lace.

Smell is strong dates, medjools, with a powdery mustiness from the spices as well.

Taste is stronger, sweet, caramel and figs, cleaner then the nose, with the spicy bite from the corriander I picked up on the nose, but not as musty, more yeasty.

Mouthfeel is, as per MSBC stylee, super creamy. Mercury is pretty smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability is OK, but it's really not my style of Belgian amber. But it's not bad. Smart move by MSBC, pulling a second running of Venus and bottling it up as well. Rather then being greedy, however, they pulled it off.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dark amber body with a luxuriously large, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted, fresh-baked bread brushed with light caramel sauce and simply jacked with fruity esters and a nose-pleasing pop of coriander.

Taste: Bready, even toasty maltiness with a light caramel sweetness. Touch of apricot fruitiness. Spicy, lightly bitter hops fittingly coupled with a dose of fresh coriander. Hints of Belgian yeast. Return of sweetened grain late in the taste. Finishes very crisp with a lingering hint of toasty malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation, quite lively at times.

Drinkability: What an absolutely pile of delight. Tasty and supremely drinkable. Gather up the kids, because Midnight Sun has given us a great way to learn the planets of our solar system.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours clear dark amber with a ruby tinge. A half inch head of off-white settled quickly to a partial skim coat on the surface and a few errant dots of lacework.

Biscuity malts, light spice, and some mild grape jam lead off the nose. Fresh dough with dark fruit and a citrus-spice dusting.

On the light side of medium bodied, with a slightly sticky, syrupy mouthfeel.

Ripe dark fruits, bready malt, grape hard candies, and some crisp hopping lead off the palate. A drying bitterness steps forward but doesn't quite balance out the residuals.

Finishes with lingering grapes, sweet malt, and clovey phenols.

Tasty enough, but there's a faint huskyness that's a characteristic of second runnings. A minor detraction though, with plenty of ripe fruit and a delicate spiceyness.

More props out to Tim in AK for another tasty one.

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Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this bomber...
Appears a dark amber with a small white head that slowly fades. Scattered streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty bread, apricots, and tropical fruit salad.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with standout ripe fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy with CO2, yeasty, and dry.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Frank, as always for providing me with another in a fine line of beers. I have always been impressed with every trade we have ever made, this one being no exception. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed 12/01/2008, review #1400.

The pour was wonderful. Deep, dark brown, nearly opaque with a huge billowing off white head of foam that towered to a height that was nearly out of the glass. Great retention left this one hanging around for what seemed like forever, before finally turning into a rocky, crater filled mess. Simply a fantastic look.

The aroma was huge, big notes of spice right up front, light orange peel, hints of pepper and cinnamon and a nice touch of dark fruit. As it warms, really changes over to a more grainy like aroma, but still wonderful touches of light spices. The flavor was equally as well recieved. Rich, with nice notes of light chocolate, nutmeg, hints of dark fruits, raisins maybe and a nice earthy base. Smooth, creamy, and very rich in flavor and feel, this one will definitley fill you up, but still for only 6.5%, it was remarkable in its drinkability.

Overall again I cannot say enough good things about this brewery. Every beer I try is better then the one before. I could have had this in the fridge everyday and been very happy.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Slight foamer when opened. Poured a deeper amberish color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, spicy, and caramel. Tastes of caramel, spicy, citrus, and toasty. The body was on the lively and fizzy side that was hard to get around.

Notes from 8/29/08

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Photo of Floydster
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle courtesy of AKBelgianBeast, thank you for the opportunity Frank, 35 IBUs, poured into a pint glass last night

A-Color is a mixture medium brown and ruby red, huge two inch foamy beige head that leaves lumpy pillows and lasts a long time, great retention, some lacing towards the top
S-Spice is what is prominent and the Indian coriander makes itself be known, lots of Belgian yeast as well, also lemon juice, sweetness, very bready malts, graham crackers, grains, cereal, snd light hoppiness
T-Flavor starts out with subtle dryness, bready malt in the middle, a strong coriander presence in the finish that provides some nice spice, aftertaste is sweeter with Belgian yeast and is quite mellow, this beer is really smooth, coriander becomes stronger once this warms but never becomes too much, Belgian yeast gets very sweet by the end which makes this taste like no other small beers I have had before
M-Sweet, creamy, chewy, and spicy mouthfeel, carbonation might be a little high, thin to medium bodied, taste does not linger very long
D-Drank the bottle myself and could have had more, it goes down easy and is smooth, its thinner texture makes it that much easier to drink, light on stomach, alcohol is hidden

This was the first beer I tried from the planet series and it was good, I was told this brew is actually a result of the first stages of brewing Venus, their sixteen percent quadrupel do out soon, only have had a few small beers and certainly not a Belgian inspired one, this was definitely interesting, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy to NoonanDBarbarian poured into a tulip.

This one pours a dark, clear amber with a massive rocky three-finger head that maintains an inch of head throughout the session. Lots and lots and lacing.

The aroma is fairly light with Belgian yeast and lots of spices as well, coriander and pepper especially. There is also a sweet caramel malt presence in the background.

There is quick hop kick up front that gives way to the coriander which is fairly evident in the taste as well as the sweetness of the caramel malts. The Belgian yeast is most present in the finish as it lingers with the spices between sips.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation which accentuates the spice presence.

Having never had a Belgian small beer, I have to say I enjoyed this one. It's a pretty tame Belgian dark, but definitely drinkable. Big thanks again to Brian for this one.

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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a faintly clouded amber colored ale with an assertive yet cooperative head.
The smell is very much sourdough with some notions of soaped fabric.
What the flavor lacks in complexity it makes up for with consistency, cohesion and purpose. Mercury comes forward with bready biscuit, a slight vinousness, and mild floral sweetness a juniper berry sentiment and pretty much rides that ticket right to the terminal. I'll tell you what, it isn't perplexing, but it ain't bad.

In the mouth, this is uber smoothly carbonated, with plenty of shoulders to back up its unlikely frame.

This one could make a Belgian-style devotee of a Michelob man.

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Photo of boralyl
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to AKBelgianBeast for this beer.

A - Pours a very dark ruby red. It has a good amount of fluffy tan head with great retention and some nice lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - The coriander hits the nose first, with it's tart lemon-like smell, followed by some sweet malts and ending with a faint hint of Belgian yeast.

M - A medium bodied beer that has a slightly creamy feeling with a good amount of carbonation. As others have stated, it feels a little bit too thin.

T - The coriander makes it's presence known throughout, but is not overpowering. Sweet malts(not sure how to describe these) and spices make up the middle. It finishes dry with the Belgian yeast flavor lingering.

For my first Midnight Sun beer I have to say that I like it. I haven't tried many Belgian styles, but this unique "Belgian-style small beer" tastes just fine to me. Not sure why it's called a small beer with a fairly high abv of 6.5, but nevertheless it's a great brew. I am looking forward to trying more brews from Midnight Sun.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AKBelgianBeast for trading this to soulfly967.

Pours a dark ruby red with a fluffy white head that stuck around as a thin layer throughout with minimal lacing. Smelled of coriander with a strong sweet malt base and subtle belgian yeast. The taste has a strong spicy bite with a smooth mellow sweet finish. The coriander plays well in this but does not overtake. The mouthfeel is slightly thin but does well for the beer. The drinkability is great but a little strong for a "small" beer.

Overall, great for the style and another great offering from Midnight Sun.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mercury- a belgian style small beer, made from the second runnings of the Quadrupel that will be Venus, spiced with indian coriander and brewed with belgian yeast. 6.5%, 35 IBUs.

There is no belgian small beer category, so I put a best guess.

Mercury pours a beautiful glowing ruby red with a nice off white fizzy head that leaves OK lace. The smell is spicy with some nice red ale type of maltiness. The malt presence in the taste reminds me of fur rondy a bit, but the coriander makes its presence known and immeadiately refutes any bold similarities. A nice dry finish, and a good belgian yeast flavor. I like the use of the coriander in this one, as it is not overpowering as it can be in many brews. Mouthfeel is thinner than I would like for the flavor, but this is a small beer so I think it is pretty to style. This is a big ass small beer though. Its a jumbo shrimp. Drinkability is quite high, but I can think of beers that are more sessionable. Overall I am impressed with this one. To be quite honest I did not expect much out of this one (which is very very unusual, as I usually expect alot from midnight sun) but I was pleasantly suprised, as I often am, with this brewery that we are blessed to have in our hometown of anchorage. Props to Gabe, Ben, and the crew (even you Jeremiah ;) on another good brew.

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Mercury - Belgian-Style Small Beer from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 23 ratings