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The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

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very good

1,061 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,061
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 63
Gots: 245 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  16.83% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Batch 1 (2004): 15.7% ABV
Batch 2 (2004): 18.1% ABV
Batch 3 (2005): 14.9% ABV
Batch 4 (2006): 14.6% ABV
Batch 5 (2007): 16.42% ABV
Batch 6 (2008): 16.31% ABV
Batch 7 (2009): 15.07% ABV
Batch 8 (2010): 16.21% ABV
Batch 9 (2011): 16.83% ABV
Batch 10 (2012): 16.00% ABV
Batch 11 (2013): 18:00% ABV
Batch 12 (2014): 16.1% ABV

(Beer added by: Crosling on 01-29-2004)
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Photo of stcules
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany color, with an off-white foam, quite scarce.
Intense smell, molasses, ripe fruit, candy sugar. Intense and full. Some figs and dates notes.
The alcohol is here, ok, but it is more than 16 ABV.
Full and full bodied in the mouth. Again dried fruit, dates. Apricot in syrup.
Alcohol, ok, but not overwhelming.

stcules, Yesterday at 07:12 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

EmptyPockets, Yesterday at 06:41 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

bismarksays, Monday at 02:35 PM
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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

Bottlefed1, Monday at 02:07 AM
Photo of indianabeerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

indianabeerman, Monday at 01:25 AM
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

2012 Vintage.
Nose: alcohol, grainy malt, fruit, vanilla, bourbon
Brilliant mahogany under a 1" finely bubbled tan tinted off-white foam cap. Lacy.
Palate: alcohol, toffee, dark dried fruit, vanilla, bourbon, with an assertive hop bitterness wrapped around alcohol flavors on the finish.
Chewy, medium low carbonation. Well balanced between the malt, hops, fruit and alcohol. Warming. Surprisingly not hot and solventy considering the levels of alcohol.

pat61, Sep 17, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +7%

dagubna, Sep 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Demon_Lung, Sep 16, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

gcd, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

JohnParadee, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of zander4dawin
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%

Strong sharp cherry flavor with caramel, toffee, fig in a high alcohol beer.

zander4dawin, Sep 15, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

bluetrevian, Sep 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Gagnonsux, Sep 14, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +13.2%

Domvan, Sep 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

tally, Sep 13, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

beerforpresident, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

ToddHolder, Sep 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

SaxmanRick, Sep 10, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74%

Nichols33, Sep 09, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

largadeer, Sep 09, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

pkalix, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of draheim
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

L: 3.50
A: 3.75
T: 4.00
M: 4.00
O: 4.00

12oz (batch 10, July 2012) into a tulip. Pours a murky mahogany with a nice khaki head, patchy lace.

Aroma is simultaneously sweet and hoppy. Rich caramel malt, floral bitter hops. Smells somewhat like an American barleywine, but maybe with a little more toffee and brown sugar.

Taste is sweet and sticky, boozy. Caramel malt, toffee, rum-soaked raisins, brown and sweet candi sugar. Not as much hops presence as on the nose, but I suspect the hop bitterness is still there, tempering the malt sweetness. Lots going on here, obviously high gravity and strong.

Mouthfeel is likewise sticky, chewy, thick. Nice carbonation keeps it as light as possible on the palate.

Overall a big behemoth of a beer, worthy of the name. A tad sweet for my taste but I get it; they weren't going for subtlety here.

draheim, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of beergoot
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Release #12 at 16.1% ABV per bottle label.

Blood-red amber body with a thick, sticky, off-white head; fine carbonation (4.0). Nose filling aroma of raisins, figs, molasses, raw oak, and booze; toffee (4.25). Big sweetness; honey, maple syrup; boozy and phenolic; figs and dates (4.0). Heavy body; syrupy and vinous(4.0).

The beast is a monster! Heavy-duty malt character, strongly sweet yet very bearable, especially when bounced off the huge ABV. Wild, complex, huge depth with flavors and mouthfeel. Personally, I don't mind drinking these kind of beers year-round, but this would really make for an awesome cold weather/holiday beer.

beergoot, Sep 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jblain, Aug 31, 2014
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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.