The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by brystmar:
4/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle into my Maredsous chalice.
A: pours a beautifully hazy brown color with reddish hues itching to escape. Minimal head with poor retention, but ridiculous amounts of lace adorn my glass. More head and this would be perfection!
S: strong malty sweetness leads the way with other fruity/herbal notes not too far behind. Can definitely smell the booze too, but it's not unpleasant by any means. I really like this beer's aroma; unfortunately it's not nearly as forward as I'd like it to be (likely thanks to the lack of head).
T: The Beast is an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Loads of sweetness from start to finish. Dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, and plenty of other things I can't decipher. Strong alcoholic warmth as it goes down; really quite pleasant for a 15%.
M: this brew sports one of the most silky, creamy bodies of any beer I've ever tasted. Sweet residue from the malt lines your mouth and throat even after you've swallowed. Exceptional.
D: it's hard to get around the high booze content, but this beer is a pleasure to drink. It's exceptionally smooth for a brew this big, and it truly leaves you wanting more after each sip. Honestly not difficult at all to drink, unlike some other big beers I've had (Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout comes to mind). Hats off to Avery -- this one's a winner!
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2010 04:13:40 | More by brystmar
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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.
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
87 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.