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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Our Belgian-style Grand Cru is a full bodied winter warmer. A slightly spicy aroma and flavors of dark fruit and caramel are harmonious with the classic Belgian-style finish. Part of our seasonal series, Mercy is available on tap and in six packs at your favorite Wisconsin craft beer outlet from mid-November through January-ish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Pours mahogany with a tan head. Smells of raisins, caramel, some sweet molasses. Tastes sweet and cloying with some fruity elements.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has strong notes of malt, medium notes of caramel, and light notes of spices. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of malt and medium notes of caramel, leaing to a dry alcohol finish. The alcohol burns lightly on the palate. Thanks CaptainCougar for coming to Denmark and sharing this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theis (13986) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks to CaptainCougar. Clear dark amber - white head. Caramel, toffee, alcoholic, sharpness, soapy, licorice, candy, sharpness, metallic, fruity. Unbalanced - not impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (33246) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2009
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours clear and golden orange to hazzlenut brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is mild metallic, light overripe fruity note. Sweet fruity, dark caramelish and mild metallic note. Dark and dry caramel malty lingering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2009
Clear amber with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel adn toffee. Sweet flavour with toasted malt, caramel, hops and overripe fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of CaptainCougar. Clear amber golden with a rough, off-white head. Intense aroma of caramel, overripe fruit and alcohol. Full-bodied, overripe fruit and caramel with a vague yeasty edge - a fishy touch. The alcohol in the finish is a bit overdone. 300809

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Bottle. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was thin and off white. Smelled of black pepper, raisin, hay, and molasses. Medium bodied and spicy with a light warming alcohol effect. Slightly sweet with dried fruits, spices, and alcohol, toffee flavors. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6301) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle and served in my Ommegang tulip: Reddish amber with a fading head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of herbal and grassy hops, some corriander, caramel and fruity esters of plum, apricot, and apples. The taste is sweeter malt and fruits with a light handed bitterness and spicy tone, some yeasty notes and a hint of mineral water. The mouth feel is thinner than expected for the style but on the same note is is lively and aggressive which cuts the sweetness so sometimes the unexpected is welcomed. As it warmed this beer became more and more drinkable, a solid Belgian Strong but I question the whole Abt/Quad placement.

I bought this bottle at Riley’s on 7 August 2009 as well, so my moment in time is vastly better than the previous rater, BeerBelcher.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2009
I knew this beer and I were going to have a conflict when I first poured it in the glass. It was a bright red color, which I found attractive, but the beer looked thin and I had to pour it hard into the glass to get the least bit of head. Aroma didn’t really make me feel any better or worse...it was fruity, like I’d expect a Grand Cru to smell, with some coffee and cocoa undernotes. Flavor was where the problem came in - flavor is diacetyl-y (buttery), vegetable-like, and doesn’t really deliver a compelling reason to keep drinking this beer. I feel like flavors that should be caramel are grainy, and that there is something deeply unpleasant in the after-taste of this beer. Mouthfeel is quite watery as well, which is a fairly significant strike against a beer brewed to be this big. Mark me down as not a fan of this beer. I bought this bottle at Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, WI on 7 August 2009.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3371) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of molasses and candi sugar. Flavor is very sweet with some dark fruit and again more sugar. Very thick mouthfeel and almost too syurpy but there is nothing really offensive about this. A bit thin for a quad but there are enough Belgian things going on with this one to put it over the top.

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