The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
VINTAGE: 2009 ABV: 15.07%
(No Batch number listed, but I presume it's #7)
(I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this one, yet. It's my fave release from Avery, and I revisit it regularly.)
Pours a light amber with notes of red and a touch of brown. Almost mahogony. A creamy tan head of about one-finger of foam sits on top. Retention is good. Lacing is in thick strands, but slides down the oiliness that this one leaves on the glass.
Huge notes of over-ripened dark fruits blend with a sweet maltiness. Cherries, raisins and plums. A touch of toffee. A mild yeastiness. Mild notes of brown sugar and a hint of woodiness/earthiness. Some good alcohol presence, but at this high octane level, it's to be expected.
Malt bomb dessert brew supreme. Huge presence of sweet malts combine with tasty dark fruits. Big raisin presence with hints of berries. Brown sugar and toffees. Very light presence of hops, right on the back-end. While the alcohol can be tasted, it's surprisingly muted.
Very nicely full-bodied brew. Beautiful, medium carbonation level keeps it from being overly cloying. Nice viscous quality that makes it almost 'thick'.
The Beast is appropriately named, with it's high ABV levels and huge sweetness. If you dig maltbombs though, like I do, this is a fantastic brew. I haven't ever done more than two in a session, but I've done that many times. I love this stuff!
Speaking of two in a session:
VINTAGE: 2008 ABV: 16.31% BATCH: #6
The colors are almost the same as the 2009 batch, just a touch more red. The head is about twice as big, slightly more than two fingers, and it hangs around longer also. Lacing is about the same, but slightly more sticky.
The maltiness is definitely shining through, after a year. The fruits are still here, but they are a bit more subdued now. The yeastiness is more pronounced now, also.
As much as I love this fresh, it's even better with some age. This one is so much less 'hot' now. The sweetness is more reigned in. It's now more like dark fruits and toffees, on a yeast roll.
The body is almost exactly the same. No real change, yet.
Drinkability is slightly higher now. This is just smoother and more well-rounded, overall.
This one just screams at me for a vertical. I may have to go back into the cellar for another vintage or two, although I really want to hold off for a few more years. We'll see if I make it.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2009 20:32:38 | More by coldmeat23
More User Reviews:
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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