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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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1,056 Ratings
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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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Photo of doppelmeup
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Batch 8 from 2010. Thank you Mitch!

I've had this in the refrigerator for a year and half, and finally decided to open and taste.

Pours a pretty dark amber. For a beer of this magnitude, i was pleasantly surprised by the amount of lace and also it's staying power. While not a pillowy cloud, it retained bits of foam all the way down the sides of the glass. It also had legs like a glass of wine would have.

Aromas were of slightly sweet malt, some fruitiness and some brown sugar.

Taste was superb. The year+ of aging really helped to mellow this out - reminded me of a barleywine. Slightly sweet, fruity, alcohol present but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel was velvety. Still had some light carbonation. Warming from the alcohol.

Overall a very fine brew. Way to strong to drink a lot of - I am glad I shared the bottle with a friend. A very nice treat.

doppelmeup, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of bef126
5/5  rDev +29.9%

bef126, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Frozenmoses
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Frozenmoses, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Birdlegs, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured into a snifter. Label says bottled in 2009 so it must be Batch 7.

A- Pours a ruddy dark brown with a 1/4 inch head that is short-lived before it becomes a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass. Minimal surface foam and nice sheets of lacing.

S- Pungent wafts of malty booze and some wood. Astringent.

T- Much smoother flavor than the aroma leads on. Sweet raisin and caramel that has a faint cinnamon aftertaste. The booze characteristic is definitely there but has obviously mellowed out in the bottle during its 2+ year shelf life. Sweet and imparts notes of white grape juice.

M- Tangy with a bitter afterfeel that hangs on the tongue and forces the lips to smack. Medium-low carbonation.

O- More complex than Mephistopheles which is the only thing I have to compare it to in the series. Truly its own breed of beer.

Immortale25, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Kahlerbock, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of WuAnquo1
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +3.9%

12oz bottle from the 2009 batch (15.07% abv). Into an Epic snifter. Not sure where I bought this, but I know I bought it fresh in 09.

A: Slightly murky copper color with a light tan head that bubbles up to about 1/2 an inch and quickly disappears, leaving behind a few gobs of lacing. A small island of bubbles remains in the middle of the glass, a few bubbles meander lazily to the top.

S: Lots of malt here, big time dark breads and caramel. Brown sugar and even a touch of cinnamon finds its way in to the nose. A slight amount of booze in here, but surprisingly, not as strong as I had expected. Smells like a huge sweet beer.

T: Taste follows the nose, tons of caramel malts and dark bread, with an enormous amount of brown sugar and sweet breads, even some notes of molasses in here. A touch of roasted malt as well. A little bit of astringent alcohol. No real Belgian yeast notes in here, which I figured would be all over the place, but they're very subdued. Still for what the beer is, it's a really tasty example of a ridiculously strong ale.

M: Fairly thick with medium carbonation, and quite a bit of alcohol warmth, but it isn't out of place at all. Finish is fairly sweet, but again expected.

O: A nice every once in a while treat, because this is a huge ridiculous beer in every way, but it is very tasty. I wish I had a few more of the older vintages though to see how they continue to develop. Nicely done.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of n2pux
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

n2pux, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of pushstartnow13
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

pushstartnow13, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Hopstout, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of aliving1
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of HaysAmerica
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

HaysAmerica, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of MarcHensley74
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

MarcHensley74, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.58/5  rDev +19%

Poured unto a snifter. Vintage bottle from 2006 served New Years Day night 2012.

Appearance: Light tan head is 3/4" on the initial pour but settled just before sipping. Light bubbles through out the body

Smell: Mmmm, this beer is f'n yum. Smells of fine wine no wait an aroma of bliss, I hate to hype it up this much but it smells that damn good.

Taste: Spicy, not like a hot sauce spicy more like a sweet spicy. Like caramel meets malts plus a touch of pepper.

Mouth: Light carbonation, easy texture and not hard to drink when factoring it's mouth alone.

Overall: Comes off sweet, but definitely a tough beer. Too bad this is a very limited beer so grab it when you see it. Incredible taste and beautiful aroma I have fallen in love and willing to share my lady. Cheers to you all!

BlurryVisi0n, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Stoffel, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

PhineasGage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of hawkmage
2/5  rDev -48.1%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of jayfro70
4.08/5  rDev +6%

Batch 3 - 2005
A - Little to no head. Pours thick, almost syrupy
S - Smells crazy sweet. Currants, brown sugar, and alcohol
T - Tastes just like it smells. Very sweet, alcohol is present but very smooth. Flavors of caramel and concentrated brown sugar.
M - Super smooth, mellow, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.
O - 6 years of aging. 5.5 in the bottle shop and .5 in my cellar. I haven't had this beer without aging, so I don't have a good comparison, but for the high ABV, it is very smooth and I can only imagine the sweetness has increased as the alcohol has mellowed over the years.

jayfro70, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of leprakhan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

leprakhan, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Jamstone714, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

usofar, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

buckyp, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

MacStinson, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Kirch, Dec 27, 2011
The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.