BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2009
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
thegreenrooster (3649) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this one bottled thanks to CarterHayes, thanks Wyl!! Clear, slightly hazy amber pour with a thin, white head, slightly sweet, very spicy nose, fortified, flavors are all over the place, dark fruits, spice, peaches, apricots, apples, and raisins. Alcoholic finish. Much like a beer version of a glog! A bit over the top for my palate.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Mercy Grand Cru
Date: August 03, 2009
Appearance: clear amber, fine off white head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, sweet fruity esters, touch of candy, nice spicyness, light earthyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, candy caramel, balancing spicyness, light earthyness adds a drying effect
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
jkwalking05 (4369) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange in color with a very small off-white head. Aroma is of grain and caramel. Taste is of caramel, malt and booze.
shigadeyo (3388) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/31/2008: Ale Asylum Mercy Grand Cru... Aroma: Sugary and spicy, soft fruitiness; Belgian-like; definitely strong; hints of something dark and roasty in the background. Appearance: Coppery orange color with a thin beige head; looks heavy and syrupy on the pour; slight haze. Flavor: Sweet toasted malt followed by Belgian-like fruits (peach, apricot, citrus, dates), candi sugar, and subtle spice; fruit leather; strong flavor, but alcohol is not present. Palate: Medium-full body; smooth, slightly syrupy feel in the mouth. Overall: Moderate complexity; well-done; very drinkable; A great beer to just drink and enjoy and not have to think to hard about it!
12 fl. oz. bottle shared by Jason. Thanks! Rating #35 for this beer.
travita (4576) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The look is amber in color with not very much head. The smell is hops, caramel, sweet, malts, and spices. The taste is sweet, sticky, caramel, and malts.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Toncatchers. Thanks to whoever brought this. Amber pour with a small off-white head. The aroma was moderate in strength with assorted fruits and spices. The flavor was sweet and interesting with an odd mix of spices that I can’t pin down at this point in the tasting. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall: Not bad, not great either, but not bad.
Bockyhorsey (2611) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle bought in WI. Sweet candy cinammon spice aroma. Dark amber body with off-white head. Flavor of sticky sugary candy, yeasty bread notes and moderate spice to the flavor also. Thick almost like cough syrup. Although the beer was spicy, sweet and sugary it was acceptable on the palate unlike some other sweet beers that just destroy the palate.