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The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

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85
very good

1,123 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,123
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 64
Gots: 262 | FT: 13
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 10 (2012): 16.00% ABV
Batch 11 (2013): 18:00% ABV
Batch 12 (2014): 16.1% ABV

(Beer added by: Crosling on 01-29-2004)
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Gregaroo, Yesterday at 11:26 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

beb86, Yesterday at 03:01 AM
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Eric_Leon, Monday at 06:46 AM
Photo of Roguer
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark brown but relatively clear nut brown ale, topped by a minimal head, quickly receding to a thin line around the edge of the glass. A fair amount of sediment makes the brew thick through the center.

Age tints the aroma with a big dose of aspirin, followed by a large amount of toffee and caramel. Some dark fruit also comes through. The aroma, at 7 years old, is not inviting, but neither will it stop me from diving in.

Flavor is fruity, thickly malty, and hot. Unfortunately, the staleness does shine through on the backend, imparting a medicinal, aspirin-like flavor that is pretty strong. The alcohol isn't even slightly balanced. Despite the staleness, the beautiful flavor of the malt is evident: fruitbread and dark fruit, and a big dose of alcohol.

Brew is hot, but very smooth and silky. Medium to medium-light mouthfeel, with an oily, lasting retention.

I don't know what the perfect age for this beer is, but I know that 7 years is simultaneously too much, and still insufficient to take away the alcohol heat and edge. It would be interesting to try this fresh, but at this age, it's not particularly enjoyable. (My rating for taste reflects how I think the beer is without the taint of oxidation.)

2007 edition, enjoyed in 2014.

Roguer, Sunday at 07:43 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BrianBo, Saturday at 03:56 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

dmorgan310, Oct 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

APPEARANCE - Dark brown. 1-finger head that dissipates. Some lacing

AROMA/SCENT - Mildly sweet.

TASTE - Super-sweet, sugary, a little boozy, smoky, peaty, much stronger than the smell.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Gooey, not much carbonation.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A sipping beer. Do not try to drink this fast.

Homers_Beer_Odyssey, Yesterday at 01:09 PM Edit Delete

Homers_Beer_Odyssey, Oct 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

McNazz, Oct 24, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +4.2%

The beer is earthy, piney, and covered with caramel sweetness. There's a slight brandy alcohol flavor that comes through and the beer dries and bitters out. A good amount of pleasurable oxidation for an '11 vintage.

The beer tastes towards an aged American barleywine that Belgian style brew. The alcohol is extremely well hidden for its over 15% ABV.

dar482, Oct 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured into a goblet, my favorite glass for darker beers.

A - Pours an opaque amber/brown, head is fizzy to start, then settles to a nice 1/8" creamy head that seems to want to stay. It slowly shrinks to a very attractive thin layer across the top of the beer.

S - Very enjoyable aroma, smells likes raisin bread or dates with just a hint of alcohol.

T - First flavors are dates and molasses, very satisfying. The alcohol makes itself known at the end, but it's not overpowering which is surprising for a 16% abv beer.

M - Definitely a little sticky and chewy, and the flavor stays in your mouth for a good long time.

O - I like this beer. Definitely a cold weather drink for me. I kind of wish I was sitting outside around a fire. With the high alcohol it has a warming feel as you drink it.

spacecake9, Oct 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,123 ratings.