The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
3.7/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Bottled in 2006
[OG 1.147, Alcohol 14.6% by Volume]
Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle, sealed with silver backed thin red foil on the neck which has a large silver letter A set against a black circular brewery stamp. This foil covers the upper 2 of the neck, as well as the black and gold Avery logod crown cap. (Yet) another Avery dark black satanic label , this time with the red-eyed head of a snarling Big Cat like .erm, well, Beast. Cost $6.99. Not cheap.
Appearance: Pellucid dark chestnut brown with a Mohave red desert heat set into the background in and amongst a coppery body. Massive amounts of fine carbonation produce a fast rising beige head which fills my English handled Half Pint Mug with the merest pour. Smattered lacing at the top of the glass rim is speckled in nature, but as you work your way down it transmutes to a ring style rocky smattered affair. The craggy surface of the head is very attractive as it settles down. The conditioning is average in strength but the bubbles move slowly in the deep alcohol depths.
Smell & Taste: I merged these; for they are inextricably linked, one is seemingly indefinable from and interspersed with the other. Lots of brown sugar, prunes, sweet malts, sugared plums, molasses, rum & raisin ice cream, some vinous tones, toffee, caramel with an even stronger brown sugar in the finish. In fact the whole nose is of a thick rich caramel toffee infused with brown sugar with dark fruity plums and a sour wine angle that intrigues and carries straight through into the tastes and lingering palate. Soft finish raises some solvent based alcoholic aromas that rise quickly up the back of the throat and warm up the nostrils as it is exhaled.
Mouthfeel: Unlike some other Avery brews, this one does not suffer the slings and arrows of heat; moreover, immense brown sugar sweetness produces a thickness that has a molasses texture at its base. The alcohol breaks through in the back third but it is always tempered with a sugary roundness which keeps it all under control.
Drinkability: The sugary sweetness is too much for me, Im not that partial to the high sugar levels but it just rescues itself from being sickly with some balancing dark fruits and even the alcohol help to assist in keeping some attraction but this is a hard slog at times, good job they dropped the Bomber down to a 12 fluid ounce bottle.
Overall: Not bad, nice enough, but just too damned sugary sweet for my liking.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2007 06:59:43 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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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
07-27-2014 15:38:43 | More by KYGunner
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 05:26:44 | More by Trifecta1
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2014 17:17:29 | More by Ricelikesbeer
The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
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