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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2009
From the bottle, pours a clear crimson red with a thin bubbly white head. Some fruits, apples, caramel make up the aroma. Taste is what is expected form the aroma, flavors of caramel malt, a slightly spiced and bitter finish, with a smooth aftertaste. This is a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3010) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle pours copper red with a fizzy, quckly dissapating head. Smells of yeast, a little spice and dough. Lots of sweet malt in the taste, balanced by yeast and a warm alcohol finish. The malt just sits on the back of the tongue on this one. Mouthfeel is a lot richer and creamier than I expected. A very pleasant brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drewbeerme (3885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2009
bottle. pors clear red with small soapy head. aroma of dark fruit and candy sugar. flavor is very sweet dark candy sugar, dark fruit, a bit yeasty. sticky palate. not much malt complexity here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Opaque orange with a thin off-white quickly fading head. Aroma of Belgian Yeast, dark fruits, sweet and toasted malts. Taste of sugar, toasted malt, fruit, mild citrus and spices. Not too much alcohol on the palate but noticeable warming effects afterwards. I haven’t had a whole lot of this style, but this was pretty good as far as beers go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7225) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear, fiery reddish-orange with a short-lived cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up darker fruit, toffee, and warm caramel sweetness with well-integrated peppery alcohol and wintery spices. The flavor was centered around aged caramel with some raw cane sugars here and there.. spices rose toward the edges of the palate and left a dry, tacky impression on the finish.. alcohol was bright and not necessarily complementary, but it never got in the way either.. warmed up the belly nicely. Heavier-bodied and lively on the palate with a long impression on the finish.. overall a respectable drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3155) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2009
12 oz bottle
Thanks to noncaloric for two bottles of this in a trade. Having tried the first I may lay down the other for a while to see if settles. While a well done beer I think a few months to a year could help it meld even more.

Aroma / Appearance - A sheet of lacing slid along the sides of the glass as the murky red body flowed out of the bottle. Peach, vanilla, chocolate, and ethanol formed a sweet and creamy combination that was a little overpowering though cohesive.

Flavor / Palate - Chewy with a strong malt backbone it unfolds into a series of delightful tastes startign with chocolate and oranges. Next come raisins and some laid back spices. Finally the warm finish tickles the throat with a yeasty kick. All told it is a little different than i expected but solid nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Tasted 1/3/09. 12oz bottle. Slightly hazy with an orange golden hue. Bubbled ring of off-white head. Sweet nose with hints of raisins, cinnamon, molassia and a citrus banana yeast character. Rather full bodied with a sweet malt character. Both the malts and the yeast offer sweet nuances. Flavors of dark berries and citrus, Belgian style yeast. Slight bitternessin the middle. Nice citrus zest. Sticky finish that lingers with a pleasant mix of cola and a touch burnt wood and caramel. Solid style and interpretation. Lotta respect for these guys. Another Ace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3936) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2009
12 oz thanks to General Gao. Light haze on this ruby-copper beer with a small lasting ring of cream. Delicate frosty lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, banana, tropical fruit bubble gum and hints of oak. Tastes of Bananas Foster, molasses, raisins and lightly tart berry. Finish dries well with earthy spiciness of nutmeg and cinnamon, with dashes of wood barrel, char and alcohol. Medium body is mostly smooth, spicy-tingly and finishes nicely dry for all the big malt flavors. Also some slight chest-warming in this nice winter ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Ive been waiting a while to try this brew. Pours a semi translucent amber colour with a huge off white head. Aroma is beautiful, enticing with ripe cherries, raspberries and sweet rich caramel malts on the nose. Taste is flavourful with ripe fruit notes and a creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
12oz bottle, no date thanks to Colin (General Gao) for this one! This one would’ve gone under my radar otherwise. Clear copper brown with a 1/2 finger beige head, slowly fading to a thick ring and thin film, though creamy. Lots of sweet caramel/toffee malts and dark candi sugar up front with plenty of sweet raisins, figs, and some spicy clove and candied orange rind notes. There is also a bit of Belgian yeast (go figure) and some spicy alcohol, as expected from the strength. So far, so good--though it could end up far too sweet. Well, it is sweet, but not ungodly so (thank you). The flavor adds a bit of tea notes and it isn’t quite as fruity, though all of the fruits are still present, and there seems to be a bit of a fruity tang, (perhaps the orange? though the orange didn’t seem tangy in the aroma. . .), though not terribly strong. The finish is semi-dry with a bitterness peaking around a 2-3 and slightly earthy. Full body with light to moderate carbonation. Overall pretty nice--glad I got to try it.

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