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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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87
very good

1,018 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 56
Gots: 233 | 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 11 (2013): 18:00% ABV

(Beer added by: Crosling on 01-29-2004)
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-25-2014 07:20:47 | More by GRG1313
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-24-2014 16:23:44 | More by PappyVans
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-13-2014 19:20:16 | More by ZEB89
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-11-2014 09:01:30 | More by Jason1337
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-09-2014 19:21:35 | More by JamesStreet
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atrocity

Virginia

3/5  rDev -22.1%

04-25-2014 15:23:28 | More by atrocity
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.1%

04-22-2014 03:19:45 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-21-2014 02:00:51 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that says Bottled in 2009. Sampled on April 20, 2014.

Dark brown pour with a modest a little off-white head and moderate clarity.

Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, bread, and a bit of booze. It would be nice if it wasn't so alcoholic pungent.

Medium to above medium body and texture.

If the booze wasn't so prominent this could be a really excellent beer. It has some fine characters of caramel malts, licorice, burnt wood, and overripe fruit. Definitely a beer to have on a special occasion rather than on a daily basis. This will set you out for a loop.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 22:13:01 | More by puboflyons
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

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

Bottle from July 2013. I was going to wait a whole year to crack it, but gave in.

Starts of with a massive frothy head that is light khaki in color. Dissipates fairly quickly before settling about a half-finger thick and leaving streaks of lace at the higher levels. The body is a dark brown color with some translucency.

I get huge aromas with the beer sitting next to me as I type. There's a big aroma of raisins and prunes and something sherry-like. This beer has a barleywine aroma. Lots of malt and bread in there too.

Whoo! Very hot, but it's not unpleasant. This is the beer a St. Bernard would deliver to you if you were stuck in the Alps, for one sip would provide all the warmth you would need. There's still a lot raisin, maybe even pineapple, and plenty of sweetness. About mid-palate I get a thick, creamy blast of sweet malts that offer some caramel and bread.

According to Avery, the beer is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale, but it lacks the yeasty qualities and effervescence of that style (at least to my thinking/understanding), but it very much resembles a barleywine, apart from the Belgian candy syrup flavors I was getting as it warmed up, and a good one at that.

I don't recall how much I paid for this, but if the price is right, I'd buy more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 03:55:49 | More by ONovoMexicano
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

04-17-2014 22:40:04 | More by DRTBrewster
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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

04-16-2014 23:37:38 | More by Stillmakingnoise
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-11-2014 00:26:30 | More by mozim
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California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-08-2014 18:06:16 | More by eulerthegrape
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Janis_Hoplin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-06-2014 03:34:31 | More by Janis_Hoplin
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Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-04-2014 16:02:49 | More by CraigTravor
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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-04-2014 03:04:41 | More by threedaggers
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-01-2014 10:36:56 | More by MDDMD
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-22-2014 23:39:28 | More by dunlap926
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Mayo2323

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-22-2014 20:19:58 | More by Mayo2323
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Johnny58

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-22-2014 10:15:08 | More by Johnny58
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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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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.