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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,219 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,219
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 70
Gots: 325 | FT: 21
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:
Beer added by: Crosling on 01-29-2004

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 10 (2012): 16.00% ABV
Batch 11 (2013): 18:00% ABV
Batch 12 (2014): 16.1% ABV
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,219 | Reviews: 578 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of AMCimpi
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tridge85
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SackBlabbath
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Maverickdp
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

it tastes like I’m drinking a big ball of cinnamon pancake batter dipped in whiskey; that is all...

Photo of jakea
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle.

A: Brown mud, with no head.

S: Burnt bread and sweet caramel.

T: Rich caramel, burnt brown sugar and booze. A decent bit of bitterness in the finish as well as some grapefruit notes.

M: Thick with medium carbonation.

O: A big beer for sure. Tasty, but a little hot.

Photo of Chitex78
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harsh, chemical-like alcohol taste. Not sure what they were going for here.

Photo of DaveRinn
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SierraFlight
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear dark amber with nice head. Aromas are raisin, alcohol heat, molasses, red fruit. Flavors are similar with the heat dissipating with time.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottle shared tonight by Todd, thanks for the opportunity!
Very sweet and still has a bit of alcohol to it. Very fruity. Probably past but nice to try.

Photo of BeerBeast
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAllYouCanBe
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 9. 2011. February 2015. Four years in the bottle, and still feels new. Had only one bottle and wish I had kept it longer. The hops has begun to drop out, allowing a ton of stuff to go on with the many sugars in this witches' brew. Molasses in the nose and entrance, candy sugar and raisin sugar are prominent, and black strap is strong on the long finish. Pretty sure I'm growing new chest hair as I write this. Reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot after a few years, but oh so much bigger than even that. Passes the Big Beer smell test with flying colors.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Total Wine in Jacksonville, FL. Another one of Avery's big old sugary ABV bombs.

Pours a clear garnet brown, with basically no head or lacing.

Smells really strongly of sugary booze and sugary malt, and not much else.

Another exceedingly sugary and strong Avery creation. To it's credit, the booze is not that powerful- it doesn't feel "hot," but the alcohol is definitely quite present. It's warming, and slightly spicy. The boozy sugar levels in this one are insanely high, and it drowns out any Belgian dark complexity there may be.

This is thick, and exceedingly syrupy, making it a bit of a chore to drink. The carbonation level is pretty low.

Not one of Avery's best, it just seems extreme for the sake of being extreme.

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's good, I liked this

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage. Very strong brew. I feel it might be necessary to grab another bottle, age it for two or three years, and enjoy it then. Despite the strength, I sat with this beer for a good hour and a half and enjoyed each small sip I took. No rush. Why rush with a good beer?

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sohearn
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of benjamincarter
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dbenitez
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer,crew is great for the price

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a generous sample of this at my local taphouse. $15 a pint kept me from going all in. It was a very interesting brew. Do I have to tell you that it is really big? Notes of a high-octane Flanders Red on the nose... big warm alcohol bite on the back red of the palate. Bravo to Avery for aiming high. In this style, prefer the lower ABV fare as they are more delicately balanced. This is worth a try, by far, but I don't think it would become a regular fridge stocker (as if I could find it).

Photo of DirtyPedro
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I received a bottle from the 2013 batch. It was delicious to my taste but a little hard in the bite for my wife.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,219 ratings.