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The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru

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87
very good

986 Ratings
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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.36%


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 11 (2013): 18:00% ABV

(Beer added by: Crosling on 01-29-2004)
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Moss

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release July 2012 Batch No 10. Cellaring another for review once aged 5-10 years.

A - One finger light tan head, reddish brown beer with somewhat of a haze to it. Leaves good lacing going down the glass.

S - Smells of slight alcohol with a smell of dates and molasses.

T - Wow. Strong with a very upfront alcohol taste and a very nice warming effect afterwards. Taste of dates, plums, honey, molasses, and goodness. Sweetness from the candi sugar. This may very well be one of my favorite tasting beers. May be hard to cellar the other one for a long time without temptations.

M - Medium - Heavy bodied.

Overall - Very impressed. This beer is great. I look forward to trying the other one in years to come.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 00:33:17 | More by Moss
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From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that says Bottled in 2009. Sampled on April 20, 2014.

Dark brown pour with a modest a little off-white head and moderate clarity.

Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, bread, and a bit of booze. It would be nice if it wasn't so alcoholic pungent.

Medium to above medium body and texture.

If the booze wasn't so prominent this could be a really excellent beer. It has some fine characters of caramel malts, licorice, burnt wood, and overripe fruit. Definitely a beer to have on a special occasion rather than on a daily basis. This will set you out for a loop.

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Bottle from July 2013. I was going to wait a whole year to crack it, but gave in.

Starts of with a massive frothy head that is light khaki in color. Dissipates fairly quickly before settling about a half-finger thick and leaving streaks of lace at the higher levels. The body is a dark brown color with some translucency.

I get huge aromas with the beer sitting next to me as I type. There's a big aroma of raisins and prunes and something sherry-like. This beer has a barleywine aroma. Lots of malt and bread in there too.

Whoo! Very hot, but it's not unpleasant. This is the beer a St. Bernard would deliver to you if you were stuck in the Alps, for one sip would provide all the warmth you would need. There's still a lot raisin, maybe even pineapple, and plenty of sweetness. About mid-palate I get a thick, creamy blast of sweet malts that offer some caramel and bread.

According to Avery, the beer is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale, but it lacks the yeasty qualities and effervescence of that style (at least to my thinking/understanding), but it very much resembles a barleywine, apart from the Belgian candy syrup flavors I was getting as it warmed up, and a good one at that.

I don't recall how much I paid for this, but if the price is right, I'd buy more in the future.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.