In this special beer blog, we are going to get into third brew from this Planet series from Bell’s Brewery. It is Mercury The Winged Messenger Belgian Style Ale. After a major recall, I took my chances to try this beer because of glass being in it. I filter this beer twice. I am still alive and I did not see any glass. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this midwest craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan craft brewery legend. Let us get into this Belgian style ale.
It has a slight cloudy golden color with a white constant head. It has a big bubbles in the head. The smell has a floral to herbal notes. The taste has an herbal to species. The aftertaste has a nice dry finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
This is one of a 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.
Here is a description from their website (www.bellsbeer.com):
The Winged Messenger
STYLE: Belgian Single
RELEASE DATE: December 2014
COLOR: Pale, straw
TASTING NOTES: Light and sessionable like its namesake, the third release in the Bell’s Planet Series, Mercury: The Winged Messenger, was inspired by the Belgian Single, a style traditionally brewed by monks in Belgium for their own consumption.
This interpretation has bready and grainy notes from Belgian malt, herbal and balanced characteristics from the hops and a subtle, but spicy character from the Belgian yeast. Fruity notes of pear are also present in this light, bright and complex session beer.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Ending, I did enjoy this beer. The problem that i have with this beer is the price. I am paying so much for a session Belgian Ale. I get what they were doing. It was not really good for the price. If it was cheaper or everyday brew, it would make a little bit more senses. There is a little rumor out there. Bell’s did a recall because the liquid was not up to their standards. It has nothing to do with glass in the bottles. They made something up to get this liquid off the market. This is just a rumor and I heard it in a few craft beer bars. If you can find a bottle, drink it at your own risk. I believe this is once in a lifetime brew. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser