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The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 67
Gots: 280 | FT: 12
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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I'm not always a fan of Belgian-style beers, but this one was satisfying and one I would drink again.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two of these both from July of 2013. Tasting occurred 14 & 16 months in the bottle, really not much difference in two months (as you would probably expect).

A&S: Dark cherry colored beer. Surprisingly big head for being around 18% ABV and aging over a year. Head is a light brown color.

T&M: Really hot on both times. Woody, tannins, acidic, spicy. Becomes much sweeter when you pour the second half of the bottle in., but still on the bitter side. Sharp carbonation, but somehow smooth and thick.

Overall: I think if I was going to buy this one again I would probably let it sit for 2.5-3 years. I probably should have let it sit longer, but I forgot to double check my notes from the 14 month tasting before cracking this one. I don't know if the flavors I'm getting a strictly alcohol based, but it feels pretty hot still.

minterro, Nov 14, 2014
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2012 Bottle.

A- 12oz bottle poured to a can glass and a chalice with a fairly cloudy amber-brown body, somewhat chalky. A creamy head builds to under a finger with pretty good retention for the ABV. A large puffy ring remains leaving spotty lace.

S- Dusty Old Ale feel, a really deep caramel and a hefty spiced raisin bomb. Certainly doesn't carry much Belgian strength here for me but I can understand at 16%, almost like a Barleywine. Gives me a rum or cognac feel without the actual aging. A fair bit of dried fruits throughout.

T- Raisins, dusty Old Ale caramel and a definite spiciness from the yeast but not overly Belgian at all. Dried fruits and something like vinous grapes come to mind with a rum feel due to the combination of high ABV and caramel spiced flavors. Heavy brown sugar and blackstrap molasses, burnt sugars. Tobacco dark candi-sugar. Toasted nut and very slight roast hints but seriously reminds me of the good Old Ales with a spiced character.

MF- Alcohol thins out the body just a bit but overall it is still a moderately thick brew. Carbonation is low-medium and it all finishes with a spicy yeast presence and fairly hot alcohol on the palate.

This is certainly a beast... in a good way, I just hate to say that. Has an Old Ale feel for the most part but also brings a lot of complex dark sugars, a slight fruity feel and Belgian yeast spice.

cbutova, Nov 01, 2014
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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.