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The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

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The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru

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87
very good

1,020 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 56
Gots: 232 | FT: 13
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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granger10

Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I am glad to say I have encountered "The Beast" and survived, barely. This is the biggest beer I have ever had, by far! Bottle says brewed in 2004, so this is very young. I could tell it was young just upon the opening of it. Strong alcohol scent burned my nosehairs. The pour was very nice. It had a mohagany red color with a full light colored tan head. The aroma is alcohol solvent and maybe a little dark and dry fruit flavors. The taste was extremely complex. Too many flavors to mention. It really opened itself up the more it warmed and became much more drinkable. The initial flavor when cold was straight alcohol and red grapes. As it warmed more fruits like apples, pineapples, pears, and a little nectarine flavor emerged. Ester alcohol was there the whole time though and dominated my palate. I could taste the added Belgian candy sugars and brown sugars in it. Hops weren't strong enough IMO but were there towards the end. The finish was quite acidic and alcoholic flavored as well. Needless to say the mouthfeel was huge and thick and chewy. I had trouble drinking too much of this though and drinkability is definitely limited. Maybe it should be made in smaller bottles as well? This beer could age for many years and produce numerous different flavors. I applaud Avery for this attempt but it was not ready yet IMO. I don't think that this is a Belgian either, more of a strong ale. I need to get some and age them, just like the Czar.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 16:36:08 | More by granger10
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KYGunner

Kentucky

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
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Illinois

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
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +29.9%

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Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-27-2014 01:28:30 | More by dvmin98
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Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.1%

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Texas

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Ricelikesbeer

Colorado

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
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
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