1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,072 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,072
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 64
Gots: 247 | FT: 14
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,072 | Reviews: 547 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TboneRN
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

TboneRN, Yesterday at 05:44 PM
Photo of blange3
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Deep, dark ruby explosion of fruity complexity covered with a thin layer of lacy foam.. Sip slowly and allow it to warm as the high alcohol warms you. Savor each drop for its multiple fruit flavors; plums, dates, raisins and figs. Full bodied and port like. Make sure you have time to settle in and relax while you enjoy this one.

blange3, Yesterday at 12:18 PM
Photo of msanborn
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

msanborn, Monday at 09:07 PM
Photo of Samp01
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Batch 8. Pours a deep dark red orange. Aroma is sweet dark fruit, dried plumes, Belgian yeast and honey notes, citrus and orange marmalade. Taste is a combination of all the aforementioned aromas and nuances. Palate is a full rich body, slight creaminess and full flavored. The finishes is a combination of sweet caramel malt, Belgian yeast, fruity notes of dried fruit plums and honey followed a good kick of bitter hops and a good punch of alcohol on the end. Aroma becomes overwhelming as it warms up. Overall seems A bit too strong for my taste.

Samp01, Monday at 07:46 PM
Photo of marcngin
4/5  rDev +3.9%

marcngin, Sunday at 02:21 PM
Photo of teak
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

teak, Sunday at 01:01 PM
Photo of rhynosorus
3/5  rDev -22.1%

rhynosorus, Saturday at 02:17 AM
Photo of Stevebeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Stevebeergeek, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of apasternak
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

apasternak, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of stcules
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany color, with an off-white foam, quite scarce.
Intense smell, molasses, ripe fruit, candy sugar. Intense and full. Some figs and dates notes.
The alcohol is here, ok, but it is more than 16 ABV.
Full and full bodied in the mouth. Again dried fruit, dates. Apricot in syrup.
Alcohol, ok, but not overwhelming.

stcules, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of EmptyPockets
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

EmptyPockets, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of bismarksays
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

bismarksays, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Bottlefed1
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

Bottlefed1, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of indianabeerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

indianabeerman, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

2012 Vintage.
Nose: alcohol, grainy malt, fruit, vanilla, bourbon
Brilliant mahogany under a 1" finely bubbled tan tinted off-white foam cap. Lacy.
Palate: alcohol, toffee, dark dried fruit, vanilla, bourbon, with an assertive hop bitterness wrapped around alcohol flavors on the finish.
Chewy, medium low carbonation. Well balanced between the malt, hops, fruit and alcohol. Warming. Surprisingly not hot and solventy considering the levels of alcohol.

pat61, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of dagubna
4.12/5  rDev +7%

dagubna, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Demon_Lung
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Demon_Lung, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of gcd
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

gcd, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of JohnParadee
4/5  rDev +3.9%

JohnParadee, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of zander4dawin
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%

Strong sharp cherry flavor with caramel, toffee, fig in a high alcohol beer.

zander4dawin, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of bluetrevian
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

bluetrevian, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Gagnonsux, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Domvan
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%

Domvan, Sep 13, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,072 ratings.