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The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

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The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru

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very good

1,020 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 56
Gots: 232 | 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 11 (2013): 18:00% ABV

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

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The Beast, like all Avery brews, comes with Avery's signature elegant foil crowning the bottle. According to the label, this was bottled sometime in 2010, and holy wow, 16.21% ABV. $7.49 for 12 oz. Served on the cold side, around 40°F.

No yeast.

A: This Grand Cru is a hazy mahogany, dirty enough that the middle of the beer is barely visible. Were the Beast any cloudier, it wouldn't allow you to see how vigorously it boils off the etching at the bottom of the goblet. A one-finger ecru cap sits atop, leaving sticky lace and legs. Globs of cream deposit themselves onto the sides of the glass as the head falls.

S: The nose is big: esters first, raisins and plums, followed by strong west-coast hops. Other flavors present include grapefruit, pineapple, cherry, vanilla, toffee, caramel, pears, pine and a touch of espresso.

T: A barrage of dank hops hit heavy on the tongue, masking loads of flavors, both harsh and pleasant. It's sweet and sugary, but monstrously hot, and it's clear that a tremendous amount of fusels are hidden by the pineapple hops. Closer to room temperature, this beer smells and tastes and smells just like fingernail polish remover.

M: The mouthfeel is thick, super sticky, and a little creamy, with an astringency that glues the tongue to the back of mouth. The Beast delivers warmth from within.

D: Not that desirable, as it's too hot and sticky. At this ABV, I should probably expect extremely low drinkability, but either way, it's not a friendly brew.

Approaching the bottom of the bottle, I suddenly remembered trying this at the brewery on a trip through Colorado back before I was a connoisseur. I didn't like it then - it was too hoppy and hot. Looks like nothing has changed. Several years of aging would likely greatly improve every aspect of the Beast.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 17:39:30 | More by SPThirtyThree
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Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2007 Batch 5

Cloudy mahogany color yielded a tan smooth head. Nose is quite loaded with fig. Do get some caramel, mint leaves and alcohol. The nose translates the taste as this is a Fig bomb. I do get a mint and caramel background with a boozy finish. The feel is thick and alcohol laden. Just not my style, big and bold, but just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

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4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Me and my buddies found 2 bottles of 2007 Beast at a newly-opened wine shop in Chicago, 5.99 each. No joke. Popped one open that night in celebration of their birthdays.

A - Blood red, crystalline, no head. Big ol' yeast chunks flying around all willy-nilly. Not cool. I know this is cause of age, but I am have to rate based on what I have.

S - Heavenly Belgian. Big, big raisins, plums, figs, extremely sweet malt. No alcohol.

T - So sweet, even after all this time. Intensely strong taste, plums, raisins, figs, bourbon (peculiar, but tasty), caramel, juicy fruits. No alcohol burn. Incredible what 7 years can do.

M - Thick, viscous, all the calories you need. Sticky.

O - A wonderful experience with wonderful people. Awesome.

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch #9- I was happy to find one of these at a lq in littleton along with a 2013 batch. I split this with two other friends which I feel is about the right portion for such a sticky, sweet monster.

A: slightly hazy and murky, despite the extensive ageing. There are ruby red highlights in the light brown liquid, and their is only slight carbonation which dissipates fairly quickly after pouring.

S: Lots of booze, barrel, and sticky, sweet malt character. Their is a fruity, fragrant yeast character as well. I get hints of honey, bourbon and other spirits, berries, and hard candy.

T: Wow my palate is really challenged on this one, there is so much going on. The first sip yields an overwhelming sensation of alcohol, malt, and tons of flavor. This borders drinking beer and whisky or other strong alcohol at the same time. There is some bourbon character, tobacco, lots of estery fruits, caramel and other sweetness from the malt, and lots of lingering alcohol that coats the tongue for a long time after you swallow. This beer is complex and delicious. The age has really helped tame the flavors and mellow everything out so it does not completely overwhelm, while it still remains a true beast.

M: The beer is sticky sweet and full bodied. The low carbonation makes it a little difficult to drink, but you want to sip this like a spirit anyway, and make the bottle last a long time.

O: This beer is nearly 5 years old, and I'm happy that I did not drink it in the last year since I had it. I'm curious to try other Avery demon-line beers that have been aged this long as this one was such a great sample. I would like to do some additional vertical tastings, but that requires getting several people involved due to the large character of these beers.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
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