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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Our first bottled seasonal beer, this Belgian ale has a spicy aroma and deep caramel flavors to balance the slightly sweet finish. Mercy will be available in 4 packs this November around Thanksgiving. We’re making just 600 cases, with a few kegs available to Madison area bars, including the Ale Asylum taproom. At 9.5% abv., Mercy is perfect for warming the body and the soul.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours a moderately dark brown with some rusty red highlights. Has a tan head that brings just a tad of lacing with it. Nose brigs some orange peel, caramel, dark fruits, and a bit of a generic yeast characteristic. Taste is similar but adds in a good dose of alcohol heat which turns into a bit too much, affecting the mouthfeel quite a bit. Drinks okay, but not something I need a whole bottle of. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-01-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2293) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2010
#400 rating! On tap at Ale Asylum, this was a 2009 aged for a year that was released for one night at Ale Asylum, pours a clear amber with thin head, aroma is of suble fruit and booze with spices, flavor is of nutmeg with other spices and a caramel afertaste, very warming and delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
alassio (72) - USA - NOV 2, 2010
I remember having mixed feelings about this one last year, but this year’s version, despite a nice bit of caramel and prune/raisin, basically tastes like steel and soap. With a bit of salt. Fizzy, unsatisfying mouthfeel - - particularly disappointing for something purportedly in a Belgian style. At least the 9.5% ABV is subtle. Otherwise, a clinically austere beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1545) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy of Secret Santa, Summer 2010. Amber pour with a small off white head and no lace. Sweet brown sugar and honey aroma with a moderate sticky palate. Flavor is sweet malt with mild spices. Light hop presence. Tasty and enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy amber color with a white head that leaves some thick bubbly foam. Aroma is a little disturbing. Sulfur mixes with dirty diapers, and beyond that there is some sweet caramel malt. The flavor is sweet malt and cardboardy oxidation, with diaper also coming through in the flavor along with iron and dirt. Some fruity apple and prune presence as well. Boring mouthfeel with soft carbonation and medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2010
(12oz can thanks to mar) clearish medium orange with no bubbles at all. Nose of candied fruit, cotton candy, alcohol, caramel and raisins. Taste of alcohol, old fruit, apple, caramel with a fruity finish. Decent carbonation, not enjoying the palate finish much though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle. This is my first Ale Asylum beer. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is sweet oranges with some caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same with the orange and caramel being joined by some Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4346) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2010
This poured a reddish brown color with an off white head. Aroma was of candy sugar, some brown sugar, and some yeast. Flavor was a bit sweet, good amount of yeasty belgian notes, but not dark fruits of any kind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2010
Tap at brewery. Pours dark brown/red. Lots of sweet, complex dark fruit and malt. Not a lot of EtOH. I got pulled away from my rating to take the tour so I couldn’t finish my notes, and I don’t remember the rest well. I do recall thinking it was a pretty good quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4945) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark copper with a bit of a pinkish tinge under a very minimal wispy off-white head that ran to a very thin ring. The nose is very focused on the heavy caramel quality with a bit of toffee, some alcohol, and a bit of Belgian yeast influence. As it warms a bit of dark fruitiness comes out. The flavor is similar, lots of caramel, but less on the dark fruits and yeast influence that I want from a Quad. Noticeable but not overbearing alcohol flavor and heat. Clearly an American Quad as opposed to a Westy/Rochefort Abt type of thing. Mouthfeel is very dense and heavy with light soft carbonation. Finishes a bit thinner than I’d like with a a light alcoholic kick. About what I’ve come to expect from most American Quads, too one dimensional and not enough yeast influence.

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