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The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
86
very good

987 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 987
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 16.41%


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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bens0n

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I snagged a bottle of the 2009 batch (15.07% ABV), figured one year of aging was reasonable (in hindsight, maybe not) later that day at another liquor store I went to, I found some of the 2008 batch which was the 16.21% ABV, but I had already bought the 2009 so this is what am posting my review from (notes).

It pours a murky copper color with a surprisingly good amount of yellowy off-white head. The head dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a small amount of lacing in the glass even after it flattens out.

Overall it has a fairly sweet smell, hard to miss the maple syrupy smell and something that reminds me of figs or prunes is present, but the alcohol is still definitely there too. Pretty complex, but given the amount of ingredients I am not surprised.

The taste is alot like the smell, but a little less pleasant. Given the ABV and lack of aging it wasn't bad, but wasn't anything exceptional. There is less fig/prune in the flavor and more of a sweet sugary flavor with the maple syrup. You can definitely taste all of the different kinds of sugar that they used.

It has an interesting mouthfeel, its moderately thick, but the most interesting part is the sticky quality it has. The aftertaste is my favorite aspect of it, its much less sweet and different than the rest of the beer, hard to describe, but I would consider it pleasant.

I shared a 12 oz bottle with somebody and it still took me a while to finish it, not very drinkable, but decent as a slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 02:40:46 | More by bens0n
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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.

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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.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.