The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by pilotgod:
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle poured into Chimay goblet.
A: Pours a dark burgundy, about a 37 on SRM chart with mild head that quickly dissipates to a very fine film like head which remains for the entire glass. Lacing in moderate with fine bands developing from each successive sip.
S: The alcohol is a bit overpowering at first and you have to fight your through it to find the other nuances. A molasses note becomes apparent which hints at a confectioners sweetness to the beer. Later on, almost as an after thought come hints of fruits like dates, prunes or raisins.
T: This one will wake you up. The alcohol presence presents as a tingling on the tongue and cheeks, but is balanced well by the sweetness of the molasses and caramel flavors. If you hold it for a bit before swallowing, other notes come into character like the dried fruits and a raw honey note. Hold it too long though and the only thing you notice is the alcohol.
M: The carbonation is light, but combines with the alcohol to give a pronounced tingling that may be unappealing to some not accustomed to higher ABV styles. The sweet leaves a pronounced tingle towards the back of the tongue, which of course makes you want to take another sip.
D: For the Grand Cru/Belgian Dark Ale style this is a fair example and definitely worth getting. The entire style though does lend itself to easy drinking. I think of it more as a fine brandy or cognac. You pour it into a goblet or snifter, sit down after dinner, and grab a nice cigar if so inclined. This is almost a dessert beer and with the high ABV, one glass sets pretty well for the evening. If you plan on trying this, save it for last, because otherwise, you've thrown off your pallette for other beers for a while.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2011 04:06:13 | More by pilotgod
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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
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
The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
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