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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,220 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 70
Gots: 328 | FT: 23
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of davey101
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 5, 2007, 16.42% abv. Foil topped 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a clear dark red/amber body with lots of rising carbonation. A small head forms but sizzles away leaving behind a beautiful edging of light tan foam. A swirl produces thin lacing and nice alcoholic legs. Certainly doesn't look like a big beer.

S - Huge alcohol presence. Once you get past that though its a rather complex and layered BSDA. Rich caramel and toffee malt, honey, expired dried prunes and raisins, Christmas spices, wet cardboard, soy sauce and some vanilla. Incredibly sweet with just a touch of savory, really unique aroma.

T - Toffee and caramel malt lead into gobs of raisins, vanilla, and spice. A bit savory towards the end with some soy sauce. Slight oxidation actually compliments the beer. Somewhat one dimensional but full of flavor. The alcohol is very warming but pleasant. Mouth feel is thin yet syrupy with medium carbonation. The alcohol seems to break up any mouth feel by numbing the tongue anyways.

O - This has held up surprisingly well. I can't say I feel inspired to buy any more of this, but I'm glad I finally caved in to try it. I feel like this beer is just over the hill.

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3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a teeny tiny brown head even with a relatively aggressive pour. Aroma of heavy bourbon and more vanilla than I have smelled in a barrel aged before. Small bit of roasted grain. Bourbon flavor explodes on the palate up front even more than I expected. Lasting vanilla & cocoa after swallowing that is pretty intense. As it fades there is an additional punch of chocolate and hint of espresso out of nowhere. Very complex. Heavy on the palate, very warming. Just the right level of sweetness. Want more...

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the 2011 version at the brewery

Drinking from a 4-oz snifter; still, good head...half inch; still fizzing as it sits; dark cherry in color; says its made with 6 hops, 6 sugars, 6 malts; smells very malty, sweet; on a first sip, it's got serious punch; tastes ALOT like Samiclaus; very cherry sweet; has a bread flavor on the backend, oddly enough; I can't get over the malt taste in it; love the experimentation here, although there's a flavor profile that is a little bitter; this has to be the last beer I try here...it's a palate destroyer!

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The beer is much lighter in color than I remember it from my several taproom experiences with it. Unlike in the taproom, this one also has a little bit of head, maybe a quarter-inch or so that lasts for a couple minutes. A lighter shade of burgundy and clear, with no haze, the foam of the Beast tries to cling to the edges of the glass, but with each sip it slides down, leaving no lacing for more than a few seconds.

SMELL: There is a ton of malt in this beer and every ounce of it is present in the nose here. It smells remarkably like a Dogfish Head creation, with that slightly raisin-like smell that I get in World Wide Stout, it also has that boozy aroma.

TASTE: This is a complex beer to say the least. Orange came through the most for me and that was the first and most dominant flavor throughout. Some of the raisin from the nose pulled through along with a host of other dark fruits. Caramel, vanilla and a touch of oak also make appearances and the alcohol, while not as strong as it could be, is certainly present.

MOUTHFEEL: This is an enormous beer in terms of body and it is super sweet. The finsih dries up a little bit, but it is not enough to avoid a boozy and sugary mouthcoating aftertaste. At 16.83% this beer also can make you feel a little drunk. Even now after just 8 ounces, I am feeling it.

OVERALL: For a lot of breweries this would be their best effort by leaps and bounds. In Avery's case, it is not their best, but it is an excellent showcase of what they can do with malt. Of course, it still has 63 IBUs. Great celebration beer. Grab a couple bottles and save them for future Christmas gatherings, that would be the perfect time to break them out.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Finally time to break this one out of the cellar! Batch 6, bottled 2008. Brewed with two-row, honey malt, aromatic, pale wheat, roasted wheat, and Special B, along with raisins, dates, alfalfa honey, turbinado, and dark Belgian candy sugar. Poured into a Chimay chalice. 16.31% abv? Let's get it on!

Appearance: Nearly opaque dark amber beer; very much like unfiltered, raw (i.e. the good stuff) apple cider like you'd get at an orchard. A bit different, for sure, but the lasting light tan cap of foam on top is quite nice, especially with 4 years on this bad boy.

Smell: Waves of caramel, dark/caramelized sugars, toasty Belgian malts (esp. biscuit). A hint of boozy dark fruit. Massive and pleasant; even with four years on it, this is borderline overpowering (in a good way). Sticky dark fruits (dates) as well as hints of hard candy

Taste: Tons of sweet sticky caramel, slightly burnt toast, toasty pale malt, sugared dates, and a mean hit of (clean, at least) alcohol on the finish. Rich, potent, and full, with a surprising bitterness on the finish (maybe a combination of hops and higher alcohols?) So, SO much better than several years ago when I had this (much fresher) on tap, and it tasted like cheap fruit brandy with nothing but burn. Complex and challenging.

Mouthfeel: Full, fairly smooth.

Conclusion: Challenging, rewarding, and (even at this age) ALMOST over-the-top. These used to go for around $5.99 for a 12oz. At that price, I might well get another one-or two to put down for 4-5 years, as my two experiences with this beer have taught me that age is DEFINITELY a component to enjoying it fully.

B+/A- (major points for subdued alcohol w/aging and nice melding of sweet date and caramel flavors, esp. since this was not cellared under anything like ideal conditions for 2 of its 4 years)

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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