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The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
87
very good

983 Ratings
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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.36%


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 11 (2013): 18:00% ABV

(Beer added by: Crosling on 01-29-2004)
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.61/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at blind tiger (this is the 2010)- pours a hazy mahogany color with 1.5 fingers of creamy white head. Good retention, some splashes of lacing.

Smell is great- very thick and a little musty. Lots of toasted barley, some molasses, a little booze. Surprisingly little for the abv. I smell some wood as well.

Tastes fantastic- full of smooth, rich barley malt flavor. Certainly sweet, rich caramel flavors, a little spice, kind of peppery. Toffee.

Mouthfeel is very appropriate- full bodied, modest carbonation but enough to make it possible to drink. Long finish that leaves a nice bready caramel flavor. I would definitely get this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 18:57:44 | More by Hopdaemon39
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the 2011 version at the brewery

Drinking from a 4-oz snifter; still, good head...half inch; still fizzing as it sits; dark cherry in color; says its made with 6 hops, 6 sugars, 6 malts; smells very malty, sweet; on a first sip, it's got serious punch; tastes ALOT like Samiclaus; very cherry sweet; has a bread flavor on the backend, oddly enough; I can't get over the malt taste in it; love the experimentation here, although there's a flavor profile that is a little bitter; this has to be the last beer I try here...it's a palate destroyer!

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 02:20:56 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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Spider889

Ohio

2.33/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2011 batch served on draft at the brewpub on 9/24/11.

Served in a mini snifter. I drank this side by side (split the two with a friend) with Samael's. While we did decide that Samael's was better, the two frankly were much more similar than they were different.

The Beast has decent clarity to it as well as over abundant carbonation. The head had risen above the top of the glass post pour (like while the waitress was serving it to us, yikes). The head had a thick meringue texture and staying power, and leaves amazing rings of thick lace on the glass. More impressive appearance than Samael's, though the clarity is the main reason this doesn't get a "5" for appearance score.

The aroma is boozy right off the bat. You'd think that at these levels of alcohol Samael's and The Beast would seem equivelant on the alcohol impression, but at 1.5% higher, The Beast definitely makes its fusel properties known... in a big, beastly sort of way. Aromas of a thick, dense mixture of stone fruit and leather are present underneath the blanket of alcohol. The back end of the aroma is nearing solvent territory.

Tastes very sweet (but less so than Samael's) but has a hint of hop assertiveness. Bitter with a harsh biting alcohol bent. This Beast bites back.

The mouthfeel is what you'd expect from such a beer - heavy, with strong alcohol burning and extreme (EXTREME!) sweetness.

Overall this is just too much to drink more than a sample of. My friend and I were actually arguing over who had to finish the last of this and the Samael's. Then again, I'm not all that fond of shots or sipping on brandy/sherry.

The last of my notes proclaim this to be "He-Man's sperm." Yep. This is strong enough to put Chuck Norris to shame. Beast on my friends. Beast on...

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2012 09:40:10 | More by Spider889
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rand

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Monkey Paw, batch 11, poured into a Chimay glass

The aptly named Beast pours like oil, raisin-y in color, syrup-y in complexion. A huge bouquet of booze and caramel streams from the glass. It smells extremely sweet and boozy, like a liquor. But the taste doesn't follow - still strong and 'beastly', but there's nuance and subtlety. Raisin sweetness meets a buttery creaminess meets a touch of floral hop astringency. The alcohol warms, but for 17%? It's actually quite balanced and drinkable. It does have a sticky complexion...I think there's a bit still stuck between my teeth. But damn, surprisingly quaffable for such an extreme beverage.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 09:40:03 | More by rand
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is light brown with an orange hue. There is a finger of head with little appreciable retention, but some nice lacing left behind. Pineapples and oranges in the nose make for a promising offering. The mouthfeel is thick with a flavor of sweet raisins and molasses dominating. There is a slight alcohol bitterness at the finish, but it is hardly noticeable considering the high ABV of this offering. There is a little pepper flavor at the end as well. This is a perfect beer for sipping by the fire with your sweetheart and a rich and sweet desert.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 04:41:04 | More by 57md
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 7 (2009) and 9 (2011) enjoyed on-tap side by side at Churchkey in DC

Batch 7

A: Lighter, more red than batch 9. It also has less head than batch 9, both are white. This has good lacing, but minimal retention. 4

S: Dark fruits, booze, very sweet, but balanced. 4

T: The taste is very malty, with dark fruits and booze. Very much walks the line between BSDA and a Quad. Belgian yeast, candied sugar, booze, and dark fruits all blended wonderfully to create a dangerously drinkable beer. 4.5

MF: Medium body, good carbonation, warming alcohol feeling. 4

O: Very tasty, but the alcohol was really noticeable. For a BSDA I thought this was great. It held up well with age. 4.5

Batch 9

A: Dark ruby pour with a small white head. No retention, but what does stick around laces well. 4.5

S: Licorice, dark fruits, very sweet. Like Mephistopheles, this seems a bit medicinal. Less booze than Batch 7, but more plastic...3.5

T: The taste has a lot more booze than Batch 7. The dark fruits are stronger and try to take over the drink, but fail. Pretty much all fruit and booze. Far too hot. 3.5

MF: Medium to heavy body. Below average carbonation and a warming alcohol feeling at the end. 3.5

O: This was the definition of the Avery tap takeover: The more age, the better. Too hot, too unbalanced, only OK. 3

As I always do, the ratings reflect the fresh version. Batch 7 was way better. I recommend aging this guy!

O:

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 15:44:45 | More by russwbeck
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mdfb79

New York

3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/1/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey at the Avery tap takeover event. Batch 7 - 2009 vintage.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells very sweet fruits, molasses, sugar, alcohol, raisins, and light burnt malts. Alcohol is present, and very sweet.

t - Tastes of very sweet fruits, roasted malts, alcohol, raisins, light toasted malts. Fruit is dominating and way too sweet. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium to thick full body, low carbonation. Somewhat smooth but some alcohol warmth.

o - Overall a decent beer, but way too sweet in the taste. Alcohol is there but not as bad as I expected; may be due to it being 2 years old. Worth trying and probably ages well, but a bit too sweet for me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 19:14:52 | More by mdfb79
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft into a 9 oz. snifter at TJ's Anniversary event. Pours a beautiful ruby gold with a thin veil of a head. The nose is unsurprisingly boozy with loads of caramel, vanilla, and more booze. The taste is sweet. Way sweet. More caramel, toffee, and sweet whatever. The mouth is. Ery smooth with a touch of heat on the finish. Overall...very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 17:45:30 | More by Retail1LO
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JizackFH

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC on 10/25/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a deep reddish copper color. It has a finger of off-white head on top. The head recedes pretty quickly leaving just a few specs of lace behind. The nose has a big fruity aroma and a nice sweetness to it. There are some scents of dark fruit and some alcohol presence as well. The taste starts off with some nice dark fruit flavors. There are flavors of fig, plum, cherry, and raisin. There is some hop flavor and some booziness. It has a syrupy sweetness, but it isn't too much. The finish leaves some lingering fruity sweetness, light hop flavor, and a bit of booziness. This has a fully body and low carbonation. It has a smooth mouthfeel that has a bit of a chewy quality to it. It is sweet and there is some bitterness to it. There is also some alcohol heat here as well, which is to be expected. This has good drinkability. It is a sipper, but the flavor is great. I really enjoyed this beer. It has a deep sweet fruitiness that I really enjoyed. Overall, I think this is an awesome beer, and I recommend trying it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 09:32:28 | More by JizackFH
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Tschnab

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blind Tiger

2009 Vintage

A- murky amber read with wispy foam and some clinging foam rings.

S- Unbelievable nose here. Molasses, prune, dates, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, rum.

T- whoa. just way way way to sweet here. Molasses and brown sugar but the other stuff is drowned out by the pure tidal wave of sugar. Tons of alcohol heat.

O- Not my thing, its just far too sweet. Maybe because of the aging, I'll definetly have to try this fresh to test it out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 23:35:16 | More by Tschnab
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's 3 year anniversary event on 8/24.

*2008 vintage*

This was cellared for 3 years at the Abbey.

A - Clear amber colour with a big fluffy 2 finger head that receeded nice and slowly leaving big, thick side lacing.

S - A bit on the weaker side considering the strong ABV, big dark fruits though.

T - Pretty good. nice and smooth considering the age. Sticky sweet malts and candy along with some belgian spices.

M - Sticky, candy malt mouthfeel. Thick and a big heavy.

O - Overall, I liked this beer, probably alot better than I would the fresh version. Wouldn't mind trying an older one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 22:34:49 | More by rudzud
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Rackhouse in Denver (what happened to the frequent appearance of these types of beers on their menu?)

Anyways, this one poured a dark amber color with a barely noticeable sheen of beige foam on top. Aromas of dark fruits, candi sugar, yeast and booze. On the palate, this one has a somewhat sticky, almost candy like sweetness, along with light brown sugar, caramel and a lot more booze.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 04:08:25 | More by emmasdad
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claytong

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beast wasn't as beasty as I expected. By that I mean it was well balanced, smooth and not over the top as Avery tends to do sometimes. So I was pretty pleased getting this, the price is ridiculous at the brewery, but it's a damn good beer, maybe buying it in the store is better for the wallet, not sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 01:17:55 | More by claytong
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery "The Beast" on tap at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY, part of an Avery "tap takeover".

Appearance: Crazy foamy head, over two fingers, white with caramel speckles. Great retention, head remains throughout. Good but not great lacing. Color is hazy Baltic amber-nasty copper.

Smell: Intense! Lots of prune, currant and other dark fruits. Brutal sweetness, booze, sherry. Overwhelming but enticing. Doesn't quite prepare you for the upcoming onslaught of flavor. There is even a whiff of cleaning product at the end. Almost nauseatingly sweet.

Taste: More of the same, intensified. To the aromas present in the nose, add caramel, toffee, coconut shavings, heavy old-fashioned British desserts and else. Pure syrup. Hot woodsy booze. Bread and biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Hot, burning, sticky. Prickly, brutal. Sweet and heavy , kind of like overtly-flavored chewing gum. Full flavor, full body, full carbonation

Overall: This is too intense and unbalanced. Drinkability would be "2.5", but I like the taste, nose and else so the overall goes up. Eight ounces were fine, and even that small amount hit my head. Would not have any more than that.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 16:19:27 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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danman0125

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -61%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I had this beer on tap last night at the Brass Rail deli in Campbelltown, Pennsylvania. It was served as a 10-oz in a snifter.

Appears Dark Brown in color (not quite as dark as you would usually expect from a typical Belgian strong dark ale.... looks more like a pale ale). Nice-sized ~1 inch head that has good retention while you are sipping the brew.

Smells like a barleywine in my opinion. I am not picking-up on much of a hop aroma.... it is subtle but certainly not in your face. What I smell predominantly is a rich malty sweetness similar to what one would expect from a barleywine with a similar ABV. Questionably some caramelized sugars and maybe some figs/raisins.

As far as taste goes, I think I would have liked this brew much more if the taste resembled the smell.
The beer has an extremely dry and pungent alcoholic taste. There is no hiding it. Any beer that has this kind of ABV you would expect to be a slow sipper but I could hardly even finish my glass. If it wasn't $10.95 for a 10 oz glass, I probably would have left the last few sips. It seriously tastes like taking a sip of vodka or some other hard liquor without much taste to it.
I guess what I am trying to say is that the alcohol seriously overpowers this brew (and I've drank plenty of 15%+ ABV beers which have left a much better impression on me taste-wise).

As far as mouthfeel goes, there is moderate carbonation. That + the impressive head retention for a beer with its ABV gives it a decent mouthfeel.

This beer gets a low-grade for drinkability from me. On the other hand, I don't think it was Avery Brewing Co's intention to make it very drinkable (it isn't a low-ABV American IPA or anything like that where you can bang down 5 or 6 of 'em in front of the pool on a hot summer day).
I'm sorry if my review might seem a little biased.... I very much enjoy Belgian-style strong beers and a good deal of high ABV beers, but this brew doesn't do anything for me but make me want to pass it to someone else.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2010 15:34:20 | More by danman0125
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at ?

Hazy, and dark golden color. Minimal head and not much in the way of lacing, as would be expected. Nose of dark, dried fruits, molasses, and alcohol. Taste was similar to the smell, pleasant dark fruits...and alcohol. Pretty smooth and somewhat thick in the mouth, with some heat.

Ranges between 14-18% ABV depending on the batch. I've had the 2008 (16.3%) and the 2011 (16.2%). Good, but it loses drinkability due to the high ABV, though for a high ABV it isn't as harsh as you'd imagine. Just not as tasty as say, a DFH World Wide Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 20:20:51 | More by Rifugium
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small chalice from the Avery Brew Pub. (Beast '09)

a- Beautiful dark amber with semi-white head that retained for about a minute.

s- Sweet like honey with fruit and alcohol in the nose. Vanilla figs, and toffee maybe. Nothing off-putting, it makes my stomach and tongue quiver out of joyous anticipation.

t- Unbelievable. Best beer I've had in maybe ever. Sweet and syruppy, with notes of hazlenut and barleywine accents. Nothing bitter, like drinking adult candy, warming figs, raisins, light cinnamon and earthy sugar.

m- Thick and wet. full bodied to the point you think all beer should be like this, light carbonation does a tango with syrup and not too hot.

d- I would have to say "very" but I know the alc content is rediculous at 15% so I will say, sip and enjoy.

extra- I had this on tap from '09. Bottled is a different and sad story, I might rank the '09 bottle as a B- at best as the sweetness disappears and the alcohol dominates. I don't think one can really have the experience i've had unless they get it on tap.

The '10 on tap I've had as well, it is a little less sweet more hop and alc dominant as well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 16:51:44 | More by JoeAmerican77
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a ruddy brown color with some red hues, dirty white head

S: Booze, dark fruits, wood

T: Wow. Booze, dark fruits, candy, wood, sugar, cinnamon, toffee, caramel

M: Heavy body but not as heavy as I thought for such a big beer

D: Oddly enough, it went down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 14:09:06 | More by barleywinefiend
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jjayjaye

New York

4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Beast draught...OMG, was this crazy good!!! Enjoyed this one in KC at the Flying Saucer last week.

Poured a cloudy red hued caramel color with a frothy stiff head that dissipated slowly leaving sheets of Belgian lacing...unusual from an ale with this weight..in my experience anyway. The smell is full on sweet, a rich aroma of dark fruit, Belgian malt, butterscotch vanilla from the alcohol and balanced spicy pepper notes (4.75). The mouth feel is perfect; tangy bright, crazy smooth, full bodied with outstanding coating character without being syrupy at all. Full flavored, rich sweet figs, butterscotch vanilla caramel matches up nicely with the nose. Drinkability..after I note that there's a nice soft warmth from the alcohol..I will repeat the words of a very wise man "...this WILL KICK YOUR A$$ IN 5 MINUTES". Seriously!! Nothing like it.

I'm a big fan of this series from Avery.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2010 12:40:55 | More by jjayjaye
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the extremely awesome Dunedin Brewery green (beer-snob) room.

G – Snifter

A – Brown-chestnut in hue, slightly hazy, with a viscous shine to it; very little ring of head that clings to the edges of the glass, save for the random breakaway .

S – Sweet malt, with a roasted peat element, like a Wee Heavy. Also present are notes of wood, Cognac, and vanilla.

T – This beer is ridiculous! Very boozy; Cognac and Grand Marnier impressions are immediate and exceptionally powerful, but that is the point of this beer; there is an understated raisin, currant, dark fruit element in the palate as well. It certainly doesn't drink ‘hot’, by any means, actually very smooth. There is also a huge amount of malt in this beer and little or no discernible hop impact, but the malt is tempered by the vinous alcohol, and it all is balanced quite nice. Best not to warm it, as the sweet malty Beast within it swells like the Incredible Hulk; so keep it cold. And despite an extremely boozy flavor, it actually has a well-hidden ABV, drinking more like an 8% Barleywine than a 16%+ skullcrusher!

M – This is lightly carbonated, somewhat viscous and slick, but it works very well for the style.

D – This is a rare treat. But I will order it on-tap anytime I see it. So, very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 00:58:43 | More by ktrillionaire
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chaz410

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this...well, BEAST at the Flying Saucer.
Pours an amber red body with a finger length pale head.
Smell needs warming before you can appreciate it. It smells of sweet dried berries such as dates, figs and sour cherries. Alcohol is present in the smell but not overwhelming. Huge malty caramel character flowing through. Spice and fruit dance throughout the musky odor.
Taste is huge to say the least. Thick roasted corn and malases along with sweet figs and dark fruit. Lots of caramel and caramunich malts. Alcohol burn comes in at the finish and lingers for a while but it's completely worth it!
A smooth velvety mouthfeel and very sweet but not something you go back for seconds, each sips like taking three of any normal beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2010 02:41:51 | More by chaz410
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep sipper in draft form, nice in complexity and assertive booziness. Close to the bottle version but the draft, while a tad fresher, feels like it might compromise somewhat the smell and slow enjoyability of the brew.

Presentation: 10 oz draft serving. Menu only notes style as "Grand Cru", and Alc. by Vol. (14.90%) Served in a thick glass goblet.

A - Clear deep amber to amber brown pour with a short head that fades quickly leaving a surface ring.

S - Faint fruity sweet nose over an alcoholic note. Malt woven with caramel and sugars, dark fruits.

T - Very rich and complex flavor. It is a bit subdued by a bit of a colder presentation than what it would benefit the drink the most. Full caramel malt notes with a hefty fruity alcohol coating the experience. While the booze drives it, it is nevertheless rich in sugar and dried fruit notes. Less of a distinctive Belgium yeast and sugar flavors in this draft version.

M - Full body with a sticky and almost creamy smoothness and adequate carbonation.

D - A nice sipper, complex around the alcohol but well carried.

Notes: Ironically having had the bottle version before, the freshness from the draft serving seems to be a bit compromised by a minor lost of complexity. Decent glassware but not the best here, and a bit of a colder presentation than what would be most beneficial, cuts the brew a bit short. It is still a remarkable brew, and a great finding on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2009 04:55:20 | More by Daniellobo
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My eighth pour at the Avery 15th Anniversary Party.
"Holy shit, they have a Vintage Tent!!!"

'04 Vintage

The Beast pours a hazy orange with a yellow/light tan head resting on top. The aroma is sweet malt and medicinal booze. The flavor can best be described as a barleywine on crack. Even after 4 years it is still a boozy hooter of a beer. A little too much for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2008 22:07:07 | More by BradLikesBrew
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Got this bottle from a liquor store in DC. July 2013 Batch 11.

A - Amber pour, bright, one finger tan head, good carbonation. No lace, no retention.

S - Bread, dark fruit, sugar.

T - Booze, sugar, spirits, quite sweet, sort a fecal element, mud, earth.

M - Decent carbonation, slick full body, harsh boozy finish.

O/D - This wasn't the best. Rough, boozy, and a bit too sweet with a very pungent off flavour. Too bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 23:53:59 | More by tbeckett
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BierJager89

California

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
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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.