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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: 1,220
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 70
Gots: 325 | FT: 22
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:
Beer added by: Crosling on 01-29-2004

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
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I picked up a bottle of Avery's The Beast Grand Cru a month a half ago for $8.49 at Holiday Market. I'm pretty interested in trying this beer, but I'm a little scared it might be as sweet as Samaels Oak Aged Ale, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz foiled bottled into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a muddy mahogany color that didn't really let any light come through and it half a fingers worth of light tan head that died quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness that has a candied sugar like aroma and it's followed by the dark fruits which impart a brighter dark fruit aroma that's a little similar to grape juice and it goes right into the Belgian yeast which imparts a typical spicy yeast aroma. Up next comes some more sweet aromas followed by the malts which impart a toasted malt, caramel malt, sweet malt, caramel and slight toffee like aroma. This beer had a nice aroma, but the sweetness was a little too dominating and it wasn't very complex.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that still has a candied sugar like aroma to and it starts off with the dark fruits still being the first to show up and they impart that same bright dark fruit and grape juice like aspects and it goes right into the Belgian yeast which imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects that it did in the aroma with the caramel sticking out the most. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with some more sweetness and a light alcohol flavor that's pretty warming and it had a candied dark fruit and caramel like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but the sweetness was a little out of control.

M- Not the smoothest, a little crisp, fairly cloying, slightly sticky, very warming, on the thick side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a decent mouthfeel, but I wish it wasn't so warming and cloying.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, the Belgian aspects came through even though it was pretty much dominated by the sweetness there were still some nice flavors and aromas that showed up. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it was not the smoothest, a little crisp, fairly cloying, slightly sticky, very warming, slightly filling and the taste did an ok job of holding my attention, but I think half the bottle is a good amount for me, anymore than that and it might really start to wear on me, especially the warming aspect. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and the Belgian Strong Dark Ale aspects that came through, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the sweetness and the mouthfeel, those two aspects need some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I'm glad I tried it, but I see no need to revisit it anytime soon and I would only recommend it if you like really sweet and strong beers. All in all I liked the beer, but didn't love it and in the end it was the sweetness that really held this beer back. It isn't a favorite Avery beer or a favorite of the style, it falls in the middle in both aspects. I appreciate the effort it took to make this beer, but in the end it's just not for me, better luck next time guys.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.