The Planets Series Mercury The Winged Messenger by Bell’s Brewery

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The Planets Series Mercury The Winged Messenger by Bell’s Brewery is a 4.8% ABV Belgian Single/Pale Ale

Label:
This is one of the seven part series inspired by Gustav Holst’s musical composition, “The Planets.” Strap in and embark on a flavor tour of our solar system- in the order of Holst’s piece. Mars to Neptune.

==Introduction==

I obtained this one at QualityLiquorstore.com. This is technically the first time I tried Bell’s brewing beers and I was intrigued at the fact that this was a Belgian style beer. Bell’s beers are very rare in California so to see these, I was quite intrigued. That and the fact that they use the planets as an inspiration for the set are very well themed. So let’s explore this planetary beer and hope to see more in the future.

Aromas:
Waffle cone, citrus, peppercorns, biscuit bread, vanilla hints, honey, lemon peel, grapes, pilsner grains, cereal grains, phenolic hints of banana, mild clove spice, bubble gum hints citrus peel and pears.

Flavors:
Biscuit bread, peppercorns, phenolic notes of banana, mild clove spice, grassy and floral hops, rich honey, lemon peel, citrus peel, spicy coriander spice, bubble gum, barnyard hay, cereal grains, pears and grapes.

Aftertaste:
Peppercorns, citrus, lemon peel, earthy, floral and grassy hops finish with some honey biscuit bread. No alcohol in the taste, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, easy to drink and clear gold body.

Overall:
A pretty good Belgian beer. It is border-lining the sessionable style. I feel like I have had something similar before. Oh yeah, a lot of the Belgian Golden ales seem to be like this one. While I do prefer the other ones, this one is very drinkable. I guess I enjoy stronger beers but this is very drinkable for those that enjoy light Belgian style beers. Good stuff if you can find it.

Anime Corner:
Amy Mizuno/Anderson also known as Sailor Mercury from the Sailor Moon series was used in this pairing since I wanted to pair her name with that of the beer and comparison. Since Mercury is the winged messenger of the gods, Amy represents this well with her flying attire and wings. Definitely one of the easiest pairings in mind.

Sources:
http://static.zerochan.net/Sailor.Mercury.full.1797888.jpg

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St. Bernardus Extra 4 by Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Extra 4 by Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV is a 4.8% ABV Belgian Pale Ale/Belgian Single.

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Extra 4 is a classic Belgian “Single” style, light golden in color, full of flavor and character and brewed with more hops and bitterness in comparison to the other well known St Bernardus abbey ales. Extra 4 will be brewed with high fermentation and bottled conditioned with an ABV of 4.8%. Extra 4 will be a unique, tasty and refreshing spring and summer quencher with a lower alcohol content than such other popular St Bernardus products as Abt 12, Tripel and Prior 8.
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I never knew the Single style was actually Belgian pale ale. Dubbels are brow, Tripels can be light or hazy and Quads Dark and Strong. But Belgian Pale Ales are closer to the Golden Ales or Golden Blondes. I feel like I learn something with every beer I try and I am glad I can bring this knowledge to you. St. Bernardus beers are typically world class and some of the best beers out there and the number 12 is simply the best! Cheers and hope you enjoy my review!

Aromas:
Biscuit Bread, grains, vanilla, honey, caramel, peppercorns, sage spice, floral, grassy and herbal hops, citrus, lemon zest, lemon peel, clove spice, banana hints, honey comb, waffle cone, stone fruit and coriander spice.

Flavors:
Honey, bananas, clove spice, peppercorns, citrus, lemon peel, vanilla, dulce de leche caramel hints from the yeast they use, grassy and herbal hops, stone fruits hints of peaches, apricots and plums, sage spice, coriander spice and waffle cone.

Aftertaste:
Honey, biscuit bread, herbal and grassy hop linger for only a little bit before they dry. No alcohol in the taste whatsoever, easy to moderate drinkability, hazy medium body, light to moderate mouth feel, crisp and refreshing. Definitely for the summer.

Overall:
Very good indeed and not as heavy as other Belgian beers in terms of the full mouth feel or higher ABV. This is supposed to be lighter on purpose and is possibly the first time I try a Belgian ‘Single’, that is, if the Golden Ale, Belgian Pale or Belgian Blonde style were not the style referred here. Even though the flavors do math similarly to that of those styles. Either way, this is something I can definitely see myself drinking several on a summer day for sure. Still getting those nice Belgian flavors at a lower ABV. I would definitely recommend you try this out and see how you like this one.

Anime Corner:
Ryuko Matoi from Kill La Kill in her Super Saiyan/Fashion Week Mode was used in this pairing because I wanted to one of my four favorite anime characters in a St. Bernardus beer. If you look at my other St. Bernardus beers, you will find that I paired 1 of the 4 with one of the beers, except Tokyo since that one is unique. Anyways, when I heard this beer was coming out and I heard it was a beer style I had not heard before, I figured, this version of Ryuko is perfect for that golden ale. While she is more powerful than the ABV this beer carriers, the flavor is where the strength lies in.

Sources:
http://i.imgur.com/feUANQf.jpg