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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: 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
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Photo of BarrelO
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 6, bottled in 2008. 16.31% ABV.

Tawny orange body with a decent head. Smell is of pineapples and vanilla. Taste is similarly heavy on vanilla and tropical fruits. Also plenty of alcohol burn. This is a decent sipper overall, but it isn't even remotely Belgian in its flavor profile. If you're a fan of rum, though, meet your new favorite beer.

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

Pour a 2007 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass and had a nice 1 inch creamy head with a sticky malt lacing that was very prominent .
A. Color was a glowing copper.
S. Lots of flavors throughout of caramel, butter toffee, cherries, raisins, and citrus.
T.Very sweet with notes of butter toffee nuts and pitted fruit with a very slight alcohol warmth in the mouth.
M. Full bodied, very thick and syrupy, but smooth. Slight alcohol backdrop at the finish.
D. A definite sipper that tastes great on a cool fall evening

Photo of MOB210SA
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited, My first BA review!

Pours 1/2 finger head disperses into small thin layer that mostly stayed around the outside rim the entire glass. Dark amber looks awesome.

Stong effervescent almost apple/grape juice, sweet somewhat wine smell emanating.

Wow this is the stongest beer ive had to date (Yes I havent tried 120 yet..) with the others being 12%'s but this does seem slightly stronger, but in a good way.

Its extremly sweet candied-maple sugar sweetness. THIS sweet is a first for me, but its great.

Mouthfeel was a slight alcohol sting but nothing overwhelming. Its a little hot from the high ABV. But i really liked it.

Drinkability isn't 5 becuase Im not sure if i could just drink this all day. But I could drink this all night. I felt pretty good just by the end of a 12 oz. Its a nice sipper. Strong but goes down nice.

Im going to def. be buying this again so ill come back and edit this review later.

I Like Avery that much more :)

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.

$7.99 / ea.

Bottled: 2009

S: Sweet, and extremely boozy. Difficult to pick out individual scents.

A: Clear dark amber body. Low carbonation with a small head that dissipates almost immediately. No lacing. Nice and clean.

T: Very sweet, caramel notes. Ends with ripe fruit taste, and a bit of strong alcohol vibe in the back of the throat. Could use some time to mellow.

M: Very smooth, with low carbonation.

D: A tasty beer, but could be so much better with age. Alcohol of 15+ abv makes this a difficult to make of unless your goal is to get hammered as quickly as possible.

O: Need to get another one and put it to bed to test again in 6 months.

Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle "2009" poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: Rosy red body with an eggnog colored head that clings to the sides of the glass beautifully, as if fearing the beast within.

S: Loads of caramel with a piercing alcohol presence, leading to a luring bitter sweet hoppy aroma. Thus far with what we can smell we would peg this beer to be a Barley Wine, not a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Making this both confusing for the senses, but extremely interesting.

T: Sweet dates, honey, molasses, and brown sugar throughout with a very cereal/grainy like finish. Alcohol is well noticed, but with this beer being so fresh, combined with the high ABV it is expected. Still more Barley Wine then Belgian.

M: Medium in body, little to no carbonation, yet leaving a bubbly sensation on the palate. Finishing with a warming in the chest.

D: Goes down smooth, but the high ABV doesn't go without notice. One 12oz is enough, but we would love to try this brew again with a couple years on it.

The Kings Of Hop

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"What for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel, but the irresistible power of unarmed truth."

--Boris Pasternak

Bottled in 2005. Murky caramel gradually fading to murky orange and honeycomb amber along the bottom edge of the snifter. In spite of an appropriate escape of CO2 on crown cracking, the ecru colored lid is miniscule and is no longer completely covering the surface. Nor is it leaving much lace. That's really no surprise given the ABV.

The nose is reminiscent of a BSDA on steroids, with a less than aggressively estery Belgian yeast strain. Dominant aromas include figs and raisins macerated in blackstrap molasses and Sambuca. Some of those are actual ingredients (see below).

The Beast Grand Cru isn't much of a Belgian strong dark ale, but it is damn good beer if you like them sweet and strong. More than 4 years in the bottle has almost certainly tamed this brute. It has also made it compulsively drinkable. Gotta stick with sippin' since this sucker is pushing 30-proof.

Sugar sources include raisins, dates, blackstrap molasses, alfalfa honey, turbinado sugar and Belgian dark candi sugar. The first three are easily appreciated; especially the first. This is unquestionably one of the three most raisiny beers that I've ever consumed. It's also almost as sweet as liqueur.

At this late date, hop flavor and hop bitterness are at an extremely low ebb. I'll list them anyway: Magnum, Galena, Saaz, Hallertau and Tettnang. A mild ground clove and black pepper spiciness is probably due to 'Belgian yeast and another hellion of a yeast strain'. This may not be the most complex beer on the planet, but it's incredibly deep and rich.

The body/mouthfeel is on the big side despite a lack of creamy voluminousness. Credit the sugars and the underachieving carbonation for that. On the other hand, I'm not sure that more bubbles would have been more better.

In late 2009, this 2005 Beast Grand Cru isn't much of a beast. Instead, it's a curiously delicious big beer that is keeping me enthralled all the way to the bottom of the bottle. When sips equals smiles, a purchase price of $7.99 for 12 ounces is well worth it.

Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Just says that it was bottled in 2009.

(A)- Pours a hazy copper to red amber color that produced a 1+ finger tan to white bubbly head with great retention. Is leaving tiny specks of lacing here and there as it is consumed.

(S)- Tons of toffee and caramel sweetness with a twist of lemon lime citrus with a finish of piney oak. This smells incredible but rather odd and unique at the same time. Rather unlike what I was expecting due to its style. Its like a aged barleywine and an IPA mixed together at this point.

(T)- A big sweetness of caramelish toffee nuttiness with a subdued lemon & lime citrus twist in the middle. Finishes in a dry piney warmth. Tastes strongly like a christmas fruitcake with some cherries, figs, raisins, and sweet bread.

(M)- What really surprises me me about this beer is how well the ridiculously massive 15.07% abv integrates into this beer. I was expecting a monster! There is a strong warming feel going down the throat, but in no way massive or overpowering like I was expecting. Has a big sweetness that compliments the dry finish well. Reminds me of a fruity tawny port! Suprisingly smooth. Its almost like they bottled a barleywine, an IPA, and a scoth ale together.

(D)- What a fantastic yet unique beer! Very much not what I was expecting, but I really respect this beer for throwing me off guard like that. The incredible alcohol integration is really impressive. It still hits you really hard about 1/2 way through the bottle. This is a definite sipper that is a good after dinner beverage on its own for dessert, or it might even pair well with a light to medium bodied cigar! I would love to see how this ages after a year or two. This really separates itself in uniqueness from any other strong ale I have had to date!

Photo of Anthony1
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a ruby-orange color with a thin light beige head that quickly dissipated.

S: a noticeable booziness, rum raisin, sweet toffee and a honey sweetness along with a fresh fruity aroma.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and syrupy with spicy honey, toffee and pancake (maple) syrup. There was some spicy ripe fruit (sugar plums) and fresh raisins as well. There was some sugary fruitiness and alcohol fusels with a thick viscose malt sweetness. The beer finishes with a moderate alcohol burn but not as bad considering its extremely high abv.

M: full bodied, very thick and viscose on the tongue with a light carbonation.

D: A big abv and overly sweet palate may limit this to low moderational sips and servings

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Review #666. Just had to review The Beast.

Poured from the bottle a deep clear mahogany color with a whisper thin tan cap.

Big aroma with this beer. It smells like a freshly-baked oatmeal raisin cookie two feet away from the glass. Molasses, brown sugar, sweet malts, and booze round out the aroma.

Tastes of raisins, molasses, grapefruit, sweet malts, brown sugar, and candy sugar. A touch too sweet perhaps. The alcohol delivers a warmth that only 15% can do.

Rich bodied, smooth and oily, with a very light carbonation.

Ahh...this one goes down smooth, almost like a cognac. I just wished I had saved this for a cold and snowy winter night in front of the fireplace.

Photo of kegger22
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2007.

The Beast warmed me.

Poured ruby red with a moderate head that reduced to a wide collar. The aroma was powerfully black forest cake (chocolate and cherries). The taste was sun warmed raisonettes, or maybe chocolate covered, dried cherries? The taste is more intense as it warms, with the alcohol showing it's colors. The feel was full bodied and oily, with a wee bit of carbonation for the tip of the tongue. Drinkability was good, for a 15 ABV.

Small dogs should stay on the porch or be eaten, only big dogs run with The Beast. Very nice.

Photo of beertunes
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This batch #6, bottled 2008, ABV 16.3%. Poured into tulip. Poured clear, a deep ruby color with almost two inches of medium-deep tan head that had good retention, but a surprisingly low amount of lacing.

A pleasant deep, earthy fruity aroma glides to the nose. Scents of stone fruit (cherry, plum) mask the scent of alcohol, but don't cover it totally. At first sip the beer has an overpowering alcohol taste. After your tastebuds have been recalibrated, the various fruit flavors dominate, with a nice grainy malt taste as the foundation. There is a gentle hop finish.

The body is typical for the style. As for drinkability, well I'm not sure any 16% beer can be overly so, but this one may be. Overall, a good example of the style, certainly worth seeking out.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Avery "The Beast" Grand Cru. Alcohol content stated 14.9%. I'm sure its a tad more with a bottle date of 2005. Panther-like face on front of bottle w/ red foil capper.

A- Has a "dark as night" color pour that doesn't even let one ray of light penetrate its heavily brown hued liquid. "Little to none" head that leaves behind a tight barely there ring around the glass.

S- Agh... Heavy amounts of alcohol esters, burnt caramel malt, and stale scents hops that are so "out of bloom" that it burns the nose. Hard-ass smell for a bold beer.

T- Damn... Starts off sweeter than a ripe red apple that turns to a brown sugar-alcohol estery of mean burnt malt mass that overwelms the strongest taste bud avalible. S***! Too much to list at once! Raisins, figs, dates, brown sugar, rotton citrus, fired oak, and alcohol... NICE! Barleywine like taste.

M- Flow of beer ruins my mouth with thick fruit like tang that only lingers on to make me pucker in fear of whats next. Flavor sits on the buds only asking you try again to test its wrath of feel.

D- Well... Dont drink alot. Great "Strange beer" But not one you have a drinkfest with. Dangerous and Over-bodied but a sipper with friends (12oz.) beer.

Notes: Almost has 120 essense but don't mistake very STRONG ALE!!

Photo of BigDank
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The name is most definitely not misleading on this one, it is a true beast. Batch 6 (2008) with ABV at a sweet 16.31%. Beautiful sweet smell from all of the sugaring agents and a taste that will blow most others out of the water. Somewhat strong alcohol burn but evened out by the smooth flavor and soft aftertaste. Reddish brown in color and medium to dark haziness. High alcohol content makes this a great candidate for aging. Wish I had a couple cases to get me through the year. Unfortunately I bought this out of town and can't get it here but I can't wait to get another chance to enjoy this beast once again.

Photo of 1inamill
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Avery The Beast Grand Cru: Reddish brown colored brew that looks thick and hazy. Had a sugary syrup aroma. Initially creamy full, soft and sugary but immediate as it goes down the warming blanket of alcohol hits. Hot liquor burn coats the throat and stomach right from the get go. Burnt brown sugar in the aftertaste. Medium full body. This is one gnarly Beast and should be locked away for 5 years, at least. Great beer but way to strong for me.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
VINTAGE: 2009 ABV: 15.07%
(No Batch number listed, but I presume it's #7)

(I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this one, yet. It's my fave release from Avery, and I revisit it regularly.)

Pours a light amber with notes of red and a touch of brown. Almost mahogony. A creamy tan head of about one-finger of foam sits on top. Retention is good. Lacing is in thick strands, but slides down the oiliness that this one leaves on the glass.

Huge notes of over-ripened dark fruits blend with a sweet maltiness. Cherries, raisins and plums. A touch of toffee. A mild yeastiness. Mild notes of brown sugar and a hint of woodiness/earthiness. Some good alcohol presence, but at this high octane level, it's to be expected.

Malt bomb dessert brew supreme. Huge presence of sweet malts combine with tasty dark fruits. Big raisin presence with hints of berries. Brown sugar and toffees. Very light presence of hops, right on the back-end. While the alcohol can be tasted, it's surprisingly muted.

Very nicely full-bodied brew. Beautiful, medium carbonation level keeps it from being overly cloying. Nice viscous quality that makes it almost 'thick'.

The Beast is appropriately named, with it's high ABV levels and huge sweetness. If you dig maltbombs though, like I do, this is a fantastic brew. I haven't ever done more than two in a session, but I've done that many times. I love this stuff!
Speaking of two in a session:

VINTAGE: 2008 ABV: 16.31% BATCH: #6

The colors are almost the same as the 2009 batch, just a touch more red. The head is about twice as big, slightly more than two fingers, and it hangs around longer also. Lacing is about the same, but slightly more sticky.


The maltiness is definitely shining through, after a year. The fruits are still here, but they are a bit more subdued now. The yeastiness is more pronounced now, also.


As much as I love this fresh, it's even better with some age. This one is so much less 'hot' now. The sweetness is more reigned in. It's now more like dark fruits and toffees, on a yeast roll.


The body is almost exactly the same. No real change, yet.


Drinkability is slightly higher now. This is just smoother and more well-rounded, overall.
This one just screams at me for a vertical. I may have to go back into the cellar for another vintage or two, although I really want to hold off for a few more years. We'll see if I make it.

TOTAL:4.4 (A)

Photo of asabreed
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip, between four friends on my balcony. One of the "Last Hurrah" bottles of the night, as my wife and I are moving to New York in exactly one week from Virginia.

Batch 6. 2008. 16.31% ABV.

Pretty sure because of how the Beast rolls, the ABV is going to be different with every batch, so I figured I'd spew the specifics.

Appearance: Light blood. Blood red. Awesome deep dark red. Makes sense and it's a visceral thing happening here.

Smell: Raisin sweetness, doughy sweet bread, weird vinegar cider almost-sweetness, molasses drenched raisins, sopping brown sugar mixed with rich jammy earth. Did anyone say sweet?

Taste: Raisin sweetness, again, with some decent raspberry in the mix. A bit of rind citrus and vinous funkiness. But yes, this is insanely sweet. And a bit unbalanced, and way too raucous maybe.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation for the sickly sweet thick body. A bit cloying. Not the good status, but tolerable and better than average.

Drinkability: I'm not sure how this is going to hold up over the years. The sweetness is just way too insane here. Like a candy drink. Raisin soda that someone poured even more sugar into to try and get it right. Again, would waiting make things better? I'm not sure. I don't think so, though. Give it ten years and see maybe? Again, I don't know. I wouldn't. I wasn't a fan of this, especially when you have brews like Olde School, which I think handle everything a lot better. I hope to try this again, though. Maybe it's the batch. I don't know.

Photo of kaseydad
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snifter pour and produces an awesome burgandy/amber color. A small foam head appears but slowly retreats.

Aroma of hops, sticky sweet candy, syrup, dark fruits, and alcohol. Many Barleywine characteristics.

Initial smooth and creamy taste but as it slides down the throat there is a slight warming burn. Not overly harsh, just enough to remind you that this is the BEAST. Hoppy and slighty spicy with a good portion of booze. Not bad. Definitely a sipper.

It would be tough to put two away in one setting but overall this is a rather nice beer to sip and enjoy with friends or alone with a cigar.

A definite cold weather beer! Nicely done by the Avery folks.

Photo of kappldav123
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KAggie97 for that awesome beer. Bottled in 2006. The bottle looks really good. The beer in the glass also, quite dark, almost oily, not much foam. The beer starts strong-alcoholic, quite malty, modest smoky. Warming and intense finish, sweet notes. Very good beer!

Photo of capra12
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed with the help of Speedwayjim on 7/10/09 in the Georgian Mountains served out of a snifter glass.

Appearance: 2 fingers of head with deep mahogundy (mahogany+burgundy) color.

Smell: Molasses, dates, raisins, and brown sugar.

Taste: Open very strong like a beast should with strong a spiciness and molasses which intensifies. Dark fruits, raisins, dates and honey come through in the middle which intensify as well and carry through tot he end. There is an obscenely strong alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with sweetness that stings the tongue and lingers, and alcohol which warms the soul.

Drinkability: Although I enjoy this beer way too much the drinkability on this is low, as you only need one for the night.

Photo of aubuc1
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle (batch 6 bottled in 2008) poured in to a snifter.

Pours a hazy deep brown with a light tan clingy but thinning head.

Very big sweet smell of caramely malt, alcohol, and wood. Big smell.

Big sour and sweet boozy taste that is pretty hot, but considering the booze inside I understand. Slight wood taste.

Mouthfeel is really creamy. Drinkability is pretty low.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle (they're smart to make it a 12)-- mine says batch 6, bottled in 2008, 16.31% by volume.

Appearance: Its just slightly hazy orangey amber. There is a short lived off white head with some lacing. The appearance is the only normal thing about this beer.

Smell: Whoa. Alcohol. Medicinal. Fight through that, and there is ton of incredible stuff going on there. Spicy, very fruity, lots of raisins, bready yeast, and sweet, sweet, sweet. Go back for more, and I am again assaulted by something that smells like I should be disinfecting wounds with it.

Taste: Burning alcohol, but then, delicious. Very raisiny, super sweet, thick, bready, malty, and spicy. Swallow and suffer the sensation of mouthwash on the back of your tongue. Then somehow, the aftertaste is incredibly complex and delicious and you must go back for more.

Mouthfeel: I would say that its full, bready, and chewy, but its so astringent, that it really does feel like mouthwash that strips the taste buds off your tongue. Again, once you swallow it, the coating it leaves behind is so adsurdly good, chewy, and bready.

Drinkability: This thing confuses me. I enjoy it more when its not in my mouth. It might sound like I really hate it, but that's far from true. Its too big for itself, as I assume its supposed to be. This is not a beer you regularly consume, its a novelty. If they wanted to make a normal, big 8-10% belgian dark, they could have, but they wanted a 16% one. Thats going to suffer drinkabilty, but its a fucking 16% Belgian dark. By that criteria, I completely enjoyed it for what it was-- totally worth $8 for a 12 oz. However, compared to other belgian darks, its just not as good because the absurd alcohol content really screws up what would otherwise be top notch taste, smell, and mouthfeel. I'll buy another one and let it sit for a long, long, time.

Photo of weeare138
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage...
Appears a dark mahogany toned amber with a small, off white cap that retains nicely considering the abv of 14.6%. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is hugely complex mimicking a fine cognac, or port wine. Lots of malty brown sugar, molasses, raisins, prunes, dates, honey, doughy bread, tropical fruit. I could smell this stuff all night long.
Taste is of the enticing aromas. Great mix of raisins, dark sugar, molasses, honey, and date sugar. I mean...there's nothing I could say that's bad about it. It's just one to be savored and enjoyed as a digestif.
Mouthfeel is sugary, doughy, chewy, boozy, and warming. Despite the high abv, it's actually quite delightful and enjoyable. I could see how some would be turned off due to the amount of residual sweetness but I'm perfectly fine with it. To me, it's not cloying. It's just a sipper that's been smoothed out with a countering of hops and age. Lay it down for 3+ years and you'll be glad you did.

Photo of scottyshades
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked one of these up at Total Wine in Boca Raton for about $9.00. A little pricey, but my curiosity was peaked

A: Pours a light mahogany/ pale red-copper that produces an off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving slight lacing

S: Completely put off by this nose. Definitely unlike any other BSDA. Very fruity...almost too many to name, bready, yeasty, and spicy. Reminds me of DFH 120 Minute

T: Similar to the nose, which is very complex and super fruity. I must say that this is the first time during any of my reviews that I am actually confused. I dont know what the hell is in this brew, but its very unique

MF/D: Sticky, med-full body, semi-dry

If you like DFH 120 min, this brew might remind you of it, even though they are supposed to be completely different

Photo of ebin6
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Very impressed with the appearance; almost golden/amber

S - Nowhere near a good Belgian, but not bad in its own right

T - 4.5/5 if it could maintain the initial taste; turns to much stronger alcohol taste as others have mentioned

M - A solid punch to the face...in a good way of course!

D - Definitely a beer to share. My friends and I tried all three of Avery's "Demons of Ale" series and, after drinking one on my own, I HIGHLY recommend. Just gets too powerful towards the end...almost feels like you're drinking scotch

Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany with red hues, not unlike Ron Burgundy's apartment, with a frothy light tan head and lively carbonation rising from the depths of the glass.

Big aroma of raisins and dates, candied sugar, molasses, honey, yeast, and dark malts.

This Cru has a massive palate of honey, plums, various spices, raisins, and malt.

Mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy, but smooth and rich. Very slight carbonation and a pleasant alcohol burn at the finish. The ample flavors hang around well after the finish.

This is a great beer to sit and relax with. The full flavor and big mouthfeel make it a sipper. A must try, excellent palate, and all around enjoyable.

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