1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

The Beast Grand Cru - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,022 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,022
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 56
Gots: 232 | 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 11 (2013): 18:00% ABV

(Beer added by: Crosling on 01-29-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,022 | Reviews: 540 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jmvecchio1
jmvecchio1

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-18-2011 17:00:53 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of jayhawk73
jayhawk73

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9 (2011)

Review #400

Pours a dark brown color with crimson highlights. For 16.83% ABV, I was surprised that there was a one finger cocoa head, and good lacing. The nose is raisin, fig, molasses, some grain, and a whiff of alcohol. Very nice, and the alcohol doesn't overwhelm. The taste is good, but it's obviously a young beer that should be aged more than I have. The nose profile comes through with a little bit of honey sweetness added. Nice alcohol burn on the aftertaste, which sticks around for a while. Feel is full, with a malty backbone and an alcohol bite on the backside. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer- definitely a sipper. I imagine the taste and feel score would go up with 3 or 4 years on it. Still, I would buy this again. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:16:40 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of bsuedekum
bsuedekum

Missouri

5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-17-2011 21:40:33 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of arkansastroy
arkansastroy

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

12-17-2011 15:58:05 | More by arkansastroy
Photo of jeff1973
jeff1973

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-17-2011 03:23:03 | More by jeff1973
Photo of trojankeg
trojankeg

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-17-2011 03:11:29 | More by trojankeg
Photo of Solether
Solether

California

5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-15-2011 20:04:03 | More by Solether
Photo of IrishColonial
IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-15-2011 18:02:35 | More by IrishColonial
Photo of Rhettroactive
Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-15-2011 06:13:29 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of null
null

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-14-2011 18:11:17 | More by null
Photo of jak
jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-13-2011 21:28:41 | More by jak
Photo of seth72104
seth72104

Missouri

5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-12-2011 00:54:03 | More by seth72104
Photo of Pellinore1
Pellinore1

Illinois

5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-09-2011 18:25:53 | More by Pellinore1
Photo of ChrisPro
ChrisPro

Illinois

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

review from 10/10/2009

2004 bottle of batch ONE. Direct from Adam Avery’s cellar to my friend, to my glass, to my mouth. 22 oz bomber pours Dark brown with light bubbly off white head. Incredible rich caramel aroma, hints of chocolate and bread. Full bodied, super sweet. Rich and well balanced with a deep molasses finish. Almost LIke a rich English barley wine with a belgian yeast underneath. This has aged incredibly well and it feels like it could hold up for a few more years at least. Definitely appreciative to have tried this batch one.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:59:41 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of adrian21
adrian21

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2011 23:23:26 | More by adrian21
Photo of fergster75
fergster75

Illinois

5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-07-2011 05:09:52 | More by fergster75
Photo of StevenSpringer
StevenSpringer

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2011 03:59:20 | More by StevenSpringer
Photo of Kevlee722
Kevlee722

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-06-2011 23:53:08 | More by Kevlee722
Photo of mdfb79
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
Photo of Lantern
Lantern


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

12-06-2011 15:19:48 | More by Lantern
Photo of xnicknj
xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-05-2011 04:28:28 | More by xnicknj
Photo of iemailjack
iemailjack

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-04-2011 22:15:38 | More by iemailjack
Photo of mhaugo
mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-04-2011 17:44:05 | More by mhaugo
Photo of josefnewsong
josefnewsong

New York

5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-04-2011 16:40:52 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of whatthehull
whatthehull

California

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

Tulip

A - a very lovely translucent blood red, 1/4 finger tan very thick head and some very sticky lacing

S - very sweet, tons of malt, wet boozey wood, lots of nice belgian yeast, candy sugar, red wine, lots of fruits, tons of spices, earth, rasins, dark fruit, lots of booze and a very fruit floral hop

T - not as boozey as the smell, but still a nice booze, so so sweet, tons of malts, a bit toasty, a very Belgian yeast, nice bitter to sweet ratio, dried sweetened fruit, oak, red wine barrel and soil

M - full bodied, decent balance, crazy complexity, low acidity and very long finish

D - this is a huge beer. If you aren't into giant beers do not try this at home! So much yeast, booze and malts it smacks you in the effing face. If you like epic beers and their adventures, get 'er done! I would drink this every day if it was way less expensive

Final thought - $8 a pop and 17% abv? What!?! Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 00:49:52 | More by whatthehull
The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.