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The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
87
very good

984 Ratings
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Ratings: 984
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.36%


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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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2005 vintage. Pours a cloudy very dark reddish brown color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, toast, toffee, chocolate, molasses, earth, licorice, tobacco, honey, dark bread, candi sugar, and light earthy yeast esters. Incredible and highly complex aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, toffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, earth, tobacco, candi sugar, honey, light licorice, light hop spiciness, and light earthy yeast esters. Lingering notes of dark fruits, toffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, earth, tobacco, light licorice, candi sugar, honey, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a while. Damn nice malty flavor balance with big complexity; with a good balance of maltiness with light earthy spiciness; and slight lingering sweetness on the finish, that is minimally cloying. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is extremely well hidden at 15% with only a moderate warming noticed after the finish; definitely a sipper. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Huge flavor complexity and balance of malty flavors; and very smooth to sip on slowly. A very enjoyable offering with this amount of age, though I have never tried it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:22:37 | More by superspak
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from July 2013. I was going to wait a whole year to crack it, but gave in.

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.

I get huge aromas with the beer sitting next to me as I type. There's a big aroma of raisins and prunes and something sherry-like. This beer has a barleywine aroma. Lots of malt and bread in there too.

Whoo! Very hot, but it's not unpleasant. This is the beer a St. Bernard would deliver to you if you were stuck in the Alps, for one sip would provide all the warmth you would need. There's still a lot raisin, maybe even pineapple, and plenty of sweetness. About mid-palate I get a thick, creamy blast of sweet malts that offer some caramel and bread.

According to Avery, the beer is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale, but it lacks the yeasty qualities and effervescence of that style (at least to my thinking/understanding), but it very much resembles a barleywine, apart from the Belgian candy syrup flavors I was getting as it warmed up, and a good one at that.

I don't recall how much I paid for this, but if the price is right, I'd buy more in the future.

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A - Amber pour, bright, one finger tan head, good carbonation. No lace, no retention.

S - Bread, dark fruit, sugar.

T - Booze, sugar, spirits, quite sweet, sort a fecal element, mud, earth.

M - Decent carbonation, slick full body, harsh boozy finish.

O/D - This wasn't the best. Rough, boozy, and a bit too sweet with a very pungent off flavour. Too bad.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 984 ratings.