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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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Ratings: 1,056
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 62
Gots: 242 | 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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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Zonian1, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

mgr78704, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

RyanStelzner, Jun 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

dtomes, Jun 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Mrduprey215, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

kingjohnh, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

2011 batch #9- I was happy to find one of these at a lq in littleton along with a 2013 batch. I split this with two other friends which I feel is about the right portion for such a sticky, sweet monster.

A: slightly hazy and murky, despite the extensive ageing. There are ruby red highlights in the light brown liquid, and their is only slight carbonation which dissipates fairly quickly after pouring.

S: Lots of booze, barrel, and sticky, sweet malt character. Their is a fruity, fragrant yeast character as well. I get hints of honey, bourbon and other spirits, berries, and hard candy.

T: Wow my palate is really challenged on this one, there is so much going on. The first sip yields an overwhelming sensation of alcohol, malt, and tons of flavor. This borders drinking beer and whisky or other strong alcohol at the same time. There is some bourbon character, tobacco, lots of estery fruits, caramel and other sweetness from the malt, and lots of lingering alcohol that coats the tongue for a long time after you swallow. This beer is complex and delicious. The age has really helped tame the flavors and mellow everything out so it does not completely overwhelm, while it still remains a true beast.

M: The beer is sticky sweet and full bodied. The low carbonation makes it a little difficult to drink, but you want to sip this like a spirit anyway, and make the bottle last a long time.

O: This beer is nearly 5 years old, and I'm happy that I did not drink it in the last year since I had it. I'm curious to try other Avery demon-line beers that have been aged this long as this one was such a great sample. I would like to do some additional vertical tastings, but that requires getting several people involved due to the large character of these beers.

Ricelikesbeer, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

GJ40, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ryanpj, May 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Reggie1982, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

GRG1313, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

PappyVans, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ZEB89, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JamesStreet, May 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

MLaVioletteJr, Apr 21, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

puboflyons, Apr 20, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

ONovoMexicano, Apr 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

DRTBrewster, Apr 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Stillmakingnoise, Apr 16, 2014
The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.