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:
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
The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
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