Bell's Planet Series: Mercury - The Winged Messenger

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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Today you get your first look at one of a seven part series of beers inspired by Gustav Holst’s musical composition, “The Planets.” The series will follow the sequence of Holst’s piece from Mars to Neptune. Today we get to see Mercury, The Winged Messenger and it is a Belgian-Style Ale.

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3.8
koleminer20 (3840) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2017
12 oz bottle. I had my buddy Matt pick one of these up for me, and it’s the only one. The pour is a nice cloudy golden yellow with a thicker white head and a pretty good bit of lace as it falls down. The aroma is really sweet. There is a light maltiness and a sweet, bready, Belgian yeast. I like that there isn’t really any spiciness to it. It’s just sweet and bready. The flavor is much of the same. There is a little touch of spiciness, but the malts and the yeast really balance together well. It’s grainy, but I like it. The mouth feel is light and brightly carbonated with a lot of residual foam and a lingeringly grainy and yeasty finish. Not too shabby.

3.3
JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - SEP 28, 2016
Aromas of pale malts and rubber. Straw color with a taller, dissipating white head and decent lace. Pale malty flavors with light yeast. A bit of lactose and light candi. A fairly simple Belgian golden ale. 1/15

2.9
Mrnoluv (358) - long beach, California, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Good little session beer, nothing special, mellow taste, no kick to it at all.

3.4
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle. Belgian aroma but with a hint of wet cardboard. Murky gold. Very thin head. Granted this being probably 1 1//2 yrs from bottling it’s likely not quite at its prime but it’s a pretty basic Belgian ale. Good but not necessarily planetary.

3.3
juiceisloose (1528) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2016
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden color and topped by a small layer of off white foam that settles quickly to a thin film. The aroma shows notes of light citrus fruit, lemon zest, some banana, clove, and Belgian yeasty esters over a pale, grainy malt base. Some grassy hops add some bitterness as well. The flavor follows with the sweet citrus fruit, lemon, clove and spices, and banana up front to go with the sweet pale malts, Belgian yeast, and bread while earthy, grassy hops add balancing bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation that leads to a crisp, sweet and spice finish. Pretty straight forward for the style, but tasty enough. Not my favorite from the series though.

3.4
drowland (8955) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2016
12/1/15. A group of us drank and discussed each beer while listening to the music that inspired them. We had a blast! 12oz bottle. Golden pour with a small khaki head. Fruity Belgian aroma, some sugars, light yeast spice. Sweet, fruity flavor, Belgian spice, doughy malts. Not bad, not a favorite of the night.

3.4
rdixon77 (2948) - Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2015
At drowland’s amazing symphony listening planets tasting! So awesome! This was in the middle of the pack. It delivered as a Belgian. Nice earthy and funky with a mild hop bite. Nothing amazing, but solid and tasty.

3.3
Dogbrick (13547) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Sample at the Far Out! Space Tasting #2 on 10/01/2015. Hazy pale golden color with a medium thin white head that dissipates steadily to a film. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruit, yeast and malt. Light body with flavors of grainy malt, yeast and pitted fruit. The finish is wheaty and malty with some yeast left behind. Decent overall.

3.4
rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Bottle at the hotel room in San Diego. Clear golden beer with as all offwhite head. Grassy aroma, sourish, hay, floral, dandelions,come yeast and lemon zest, spicy notes. Floral bready flavor, grassy. Hay, lemongrass, floral, some bread. A bit thin.

3.5
BierMeHoos (644) - Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Where: A gift enjoyed at a tasting event, thanks Maxbier and dlovell2. Appearance: Poured a cloudy light gold with a white head. Aroma: Lemon zest and grassy hops, peels. Taste: Citrus taste as well as a hint of bitterness and spice. Palate: Light and crisp with fairly high carbonation. Overall: Pretty tasty beer, a triple not a home run.


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