The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by sweemzander:
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3
12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Just says that it was bottled in 2009.
(A)- Pours a hazy copper to red amber color that produced a 1+ finger tan to white bubbly head with great retention. Is leaving tiny specks of lacing here and there as it is consumed.
(S)- Tons of toffee and caramel sweetness with a twist of lemon lime citrus with a finish of piney oak. This smells incredible but rather odd and unique at the same time. Rather unlike what I was expecting due to its style. Its like a aged barleywine and an IPA mixed together at this point.
(T)- A big sweetness of caramelish toffee nuttiness with a subdued lemon & lime citrus twist in the middle. Finishes in a dry piney warmth. Tastes strongly like a christmas fruitcake with some cherries, figs, raisins, and sweet bread.
(M)- What really surprises me me about this beer is how well the ridiculously massive 15.07% abv integrates into this beer. I was expecting a monster! There is a strong warming feel going down the throat, but in no way massive or overpowering like I was expecting. Has a big sweetness that compliments the dry finish well. Reminds me of a fruity tawny port! Suprisingly smooth. Its almost like they bottled a barleywine, an IPA, and a scoth ale together.
(D)- What a fantastic yet unique beer! Very much not what I was expecting, but I really respect this beer for throwing me off guard like that. The incredible alcohol integration is really impressive. It still hits you really hard about 1/2 way through the bottle. This is a definite sipper that is a good after dinner beverage on its own for dessert, or it might even pair well with a light to medium bodied cigar! I would love to see how this ages after a year or two. This really separates itself in uniqueness from any other strong ale I have had to date!
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2009 23:43:08 | More by sweemzander
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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
87 out of 100 based on 1,019 ratings.