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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

1,111 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 64
Gots: 260 | 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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Ratings: 1,111 | Reviews: 548 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

antoines15, Apr 16, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -61%

Troville1990, Apr 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

valkyre65, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of vandemonian
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery Beast is sweet, malty and boozy. It's nice, but don't expect much else.

A: Red in colour with a big 12 mm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Malty with some oxidised aromas. 3.5

T: Malty and sweet with some noticeable alcohol in the finish. There are also some roasty, caramel flavours from the more toasted malts. 3.5

M: Thick and reasonably foamy. 4

O: 3.5

vandemonian, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

ncworster, Apr 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Zaphog, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip, bottled in 2009. Poured aggressively and got a large 2 inch off white, that leaves some lacing. The beer is a cloudy brownish red. Smell is strong brown sugar, fig, prunes, banana bread, and some booze. Taste is very pungent burnt brown sugar, dark fruits, banana bread, and warming alcohol. Body is large, good amount of carbonation for its massive ABV, a little dry, and a sipper for sure. This is a hybrid beer, quadish/english barleywine, not my favorite flavors. Love Mephistopheles, Meph Addict, Samael Ale, but not this one.

SawDog505, Apr 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

LeeryLeprechaun, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of b3shine
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 6. Bottle to tulip. Looks okay; brown and opaque with very little head. Smells pretty good; sweet and BOOZY! Tastes a little too strong for my liking. It's like a BB barleywine that is lacking balance. Mouthfeel is average, even for the high abv. Overall, I'm glad I got to try it, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

b3shine, Apr 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

BWarrington, Apr 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Caterwaul, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of crosborne
1.75/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Batch 9, 2011
Tasted like a bad Barley Wine where the goal to reach a high ABV overrides the goal to make a good flavorful beer. I suffered through 3/4 of this before I poured it out.
Overly harsh alcohol flavor.
The best thing about this beer is the cool looking bottle

crosborne, Mar 31, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6, bottled in 2008. Picked up in downtown Nashville in December of 2011, $9.99 a bottle

A - Red and cloudy, slight head, a touch of lace on the glass. Cloudy cloudy!!!

S - Brown sugar, nectar, honey! Very sweet.

T - Sweet nectar of the gods! Belgian candy, and yeast very present. Lots of brown sugar and honey. Definitely a damn good Grand Cru.

M - Well, its aged 4 years, so not much carbonation. Warms towards the end, due to the alcohol.

O - As good as a Grand cru can get in my opinion. 16% ABV is well hidden, but it definitely hits your head by the end. I think aging this beer did alot for it. The sweet malts and belgian yeast dominate.

BeerDawgs, Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Lucho, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

IPx, Mar 26, 2012
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1.85/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

'09
Pretty ruby. Lacing on the rim.

Pungent sweets - grape, raisin. Mixed with smoke and oak, rounded out with alcohol.

Raisin, chocolate, lots of molasses, spice, burnt things. This is not working for me - these flavors just don't work in this beer.

Thick mouthfeel with a decent alcohol bite.

I see what this beer is going for and it fails. The problem is it is completely unrestrained and unrefined. Truly a beast.

ptykozoon, Mar 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

redfacedshooter, Mar 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

jsnoek, Mar 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ScottyC54, Mar 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Mudawg, Mar 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

strongaf, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

canadianghetto, Mar 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of TheTot
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

2004 release

I have rated the 2011 release also so I will compare the two as well as rate this beer.

Pours a dark dark redish black color with absolutely no head to speak of. Starting off poorly. The beer is absolutely dead, no bubbles at all. The smell is similar to the un-aged version with a little more sweetness and a more well rounded smell, still harsh and not welcoming at all. Honestly I was really scared to try this beer but wow, well done Avery. The taste is nothing like the harsh smell, there is a nice vanilla/creamy taste to this beer that is unusual with a grand cru. Smooth taste throughout with a kick of the alcohol at the end, being a 15.7% it drinks so much easier than that. With trying both the 2011 release and now the 2004 I would recommend aging this beer for sure. The mouthfeel is about what you would expect from a beer with such high alcohol, you get an oily residue throughout the mouth after tasting, which is not a bad thing. Overall this beer surprised me 100%, I love Avery and am upset that they pulled out of Indiana but as far as this label is concerned I did not enjoy the 2011 release but am really enjoying the 2004 release. Age this beer if you have the means.

TheTot, Mar 09, 2012
The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.