The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by jwc215:
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle - bottled in 2006 - poured into a glass chalice:
Pours hazy orange/amber with a thin tan head that becomes patchy.
The smell is of raisins, dates, molasses, caramel, toffee, honey, earthy notes, peppery alcohol. Very complex - almost sensory overload. Aromas blend nicely.
The taste is just as complex - if not moreso - caramel, honey, molasses, dark sugar candy, raisins and honey. Honey becomes more noticeable as it progresses. Wheat maltiness gives it a tang. Brandyish with enough wheat malt and carbonation to keep it a beer, rather than a liqueur (which the flavors make it lean towards). Carbonation present, but soft. Full-bodied, syrupy and silky. Alcohol is still sharp and hot. Very complex taste and feel. Very warming finish. A slow-sipping night-cap brew, to be sure. Almost too much going on but everything comes together wonderfully.
Wow - strong, almost overbearing but awesomely delicious.
Thanks to Wasatch for the recommendation.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2007 15:00:39 | More by jwc215
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: Murky orange with a small brown ring of head.
S: Lots of dark and red fruits, plum, maybe some basic (as in, non acid) citrus, particularly orange, some grape, red wine, and a touch of alcohol in the nose.
T: Grapes, spices, plum, raisin, a whisky-like harshness, floral hops, amazing that any hop character comes through after so many years of aging.
M: Full bodied, harsh from alcohol and a touch flat.
O: Pretty good. The alcohol was a bit harsh, and the flatness as unplesant. I'd take Samael or Mephistopheles over this any time, but I'd still recommend this. Perhaps it's better fresh.
Note: Brewed in 2009 (batch 7), Imbibed Fall, 2012.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 21:48:11 | More by BierJager89
The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.