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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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87
very good

1,022 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,022
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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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The beer is much lighter in color than I remember it from my several taproom experiences with it. Unlike in the taproom, this one also has a little bit of head, maybe a quarter-inch or so that lasts for a couple minutes. A lighter shade of burgundy and clear, with no haze, the foam of the Beast tries to cling to the edges of the glass, but with each sip it slides down, leaving no lacing for more than a few seconds.

SMELL: There is a ton of malt in this beer and every ounce of it is present in the nose here. It smells remarkably like a Dogfish Head creation, with that slightly raisin-like smell that I get in World Wide Stout, it also has that boozy aroma.

TASTE: This is a complex beer to say the least. Orange came through the most for me and that was the first and most dominant flavor throughout. Some of the raisin from the nose pulled through along with a host of other dark fruits. Caramel, vanilla and a touch of oak also make appearances and the alcohol, while not as strong as it could be, is certainly present.

MOUTHFEEL: This is an enormous beer in terms of body and it is super sweet. The finsih dries up a little bit, but it is not enough to avoid a boozy and sugary mouthcoating aftertaste. At 16.83% this beer also can make you feel a little drunk. Even now after just 8 ounces, I am feeling it.

OVERALL: For a lot of breweries this would be their best effort by leaps and bounds. In Avery's case, it is not their best, but it is an excellent showcase of what they can do with malt. Of course, it still has 63 IBUs. Great celebration beer. Grab a couple bottles and save them for future Christmas gatherings, that would be the perfect time to break them out.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 06:02:34 | More by StoneTSR
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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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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.