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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

1,017 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,017
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 56
Gots: 233 | FT: 14
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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oldcrustacean

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2004 The Beast bomber, 18.1%

I like to seek out new beers at my local store two or three times a week, but almost missed this one. The Beast's red eyes lured me in ... I just couldn't resist the temptation to try something new. Avery's 10 and 11 were some of the best brews I've ever had, but I had a feeling that The Beast was something all together different.

The Beast, to say the least, was intimidating. I just didn't have it in me to drink it that first night. Now, after a long day of work, I poured her into my chalice and just gazed into its firey glow. Something about this beer made me hesitate; took me nearly 15 minutes to take a sip.

Above a thin lacey head this beer smells of trouble... a strong scent of fruit (specifically fig and grape) and fusel alcohol. As I pull the glass to my mouth, its as if I'm staring into the crimson eyes of the beast. I take my first sip. The taste: thick and fruity, strong...alcohol dominating... I'm scared.

I'm only half way through this beer and it's got me -- The Beast has dragged me into its lair and it's only time before I'm done. Surprisingly, this brew is very drinkable if you ignore the smell... which, while not awful, just lets you know that you're in for something.

Drinkability? Well, if you're smart, you'll stop at one.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 01:29:00 | More by oldcrustacean
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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.

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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.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,017 ratings.