The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by zeledonia:
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 11 August 2009. 15.07% ABV, per the label. Thanks to BigTomZ for the bottle. Tasted 14 August 2012, reviewed from notes.
Pours a murky medium brown-amber. One finger of yellowish head, gone quickly, but leaves nice lacing.
Smell is delightfully sweet, deep, and fruity. Sugary, full of raisins and dates. I like sweet beers, and I really think I'm going to like this. No sign of the alcohol, which is shocking to me.
Taste is much like the smell, but better and fuller. Rich, complex, and very fruity. Hits of port, plums, and tobacco. A touch over-sweet, but my tastes can forgive that. Alcohol rears up at the end, but considering how strong this beer is, it's a very gentle beast.
Mouthfeel: slick, syrupy, sticky goodness. I can feel the residual sugars in this, and given how much sugar was converted to alcohol, the malt bill must have been absolutely massive. Carbonation is good, maybe a little low, but solid for a beer 3 years old.
I'll admit that I like sweet beers, and those who don't might find this one unpalatable. But there's so much to it, so much variety in those sugars, that I find it hard not to like. And I honestly cannot imagine a beer that better masks its alcohol.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2012 18:13:28 | More by zeledonia
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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
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