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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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donaldchapman

Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery 15th Anniversary Vertical Tasting

2008
A - Dark brown with ruby highlights. Dark head with good lacing.
S - Malty complexity with a spicy hop aroma, aromas reminiscent of plums, raisins, pear, etc.
T - Malty sweetness, with a complex spicy hop flavor, noticeable esters and phenolics. Dark fruit complexity.
M - Very full bodied, with an alcoholic warmth which is not offensive but not completely pleasant. Somewhat hot.

2005
A - Same as 2008
S - Malt complexity is increasing and beginning to dominate. Slight hop aroma accompanied by some nice Belgian like esters and spice.
T - Sweet malt flavor accompanied by spicy earthy hops and a backing of bitterness that balances the flavor well.
M - Like the 2008 a very full body, but the heat from the alcohol has mellowed leaving a wonderful warmth without the harshness.

2004
A - Same as other two beers.
S - Very malty, hops are subdued but noticeable, with a complex dark fruit, ester, spice aroma.
T - Very complex malt profile, slightly sour, with a good bitterness. Hop flavor is very low, but descent.
M - Full bodied with a pleasant warmth like that of 2005.

This beer is good new but just gets better as it ages.... The 2005 seemed to have the best balance, the 2004 was very malty and I prefer a bit more hop flavors.. Overall you can't go wrong with any of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 17:16:08 | More by donaldchapman
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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.