The Beast Grand Cru | Avery Brewing Company

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The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru
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3.89/5
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1,423 Ratings
The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.83%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop Variety: Bravo, Bullion, Sterling, Hersbrucker, Columbus, Styrian Goldings
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, Honey malt, Dark Aromatic, Pale wheat, Roasted wheat, Special B
Sugars: Dates, Molasses, Dark Belgian Candy Sugar, Colorado Honey, Raisins, Turbinado
OG: 1.135 ABV: 15-17% IBUs: 63 Color: Burgundy

The Beast is a seducer – accomodating, complicated, powerful, dark and created to last the ages. With a deep burgundy color and aromas of honey, nutmeg, mandarin orange and pineapple, this massive and challenging brew has flavors akin to a beautiful Carribean rum. Dates, plums, raisins and molasses are dominant in a rich vinous texture. Cellarable for 10+ years.

The Beast is the first installment of “The Demons of Ale” series.

Food pairing: Pineapple upside down cake pairs nicely with the sweet, rum-like flavors found in our Beast Grand Cru.

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
Batch 12 (2015): 17.2% ABV
Batch 13 (2016): 16.8% ABV

Added by Crosling on 01-29-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
610
Ratings:
1,423
pDev:
14.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Harrison8
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 12 (2015).

Pours an opaque burgundy with a finger of buttery-khaki foam. Head retention is okay with no lacing left behind. Aroma is dark and stone fruits, booze, oak, with roasted, and nutted malts. Flavor profile is stone and dark fruits, plum, oak, and roasted and nutted malts. There is a boozy presence, although it remains fairly well balanced and smooth. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a smooth texture. Overall, a hefty hitter, and despite the boozy characteristics, is well balanced for its 17%+ ABV. Booze and alcohol are certainly present though, which keeps it from sipping easy.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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

Photo of Sabtos
2.22/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beautifully shimmering dark copper with a large, dense, creamy khaki froth settling to a persistent, dense film and bubbly, creamy collar, leaving some sporadic arms of lace.

Smell is spicy and bourbony with a touch of burnt orange peel, brown sugar, Belgian candi and stale, woody weedy hops.

Taste continues that sort of stale hop that brings some scorched pine, but that's quickly overcome by burnt caramel and hot new bourbon oak that slashes through everything like a hot iron. Hard licorice becomes apparent just before the swallow, which turns into lozenges in no time flat.

A medium, round frothy body seems like it could be soft, but that scorching heat brings a finish that is really hot, semi-dry and tingly, yet not numbing enough to deaden the senses for this excessively harsh brew.

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Photo of Nunya
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WesMantooth
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 13 bottledin 2016

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a cloudy orangish/reddish color. Slightly translucent. Almost no head.
S - The nose smells of currant, and a lot of barrel ageing.
T - Taste is well blended. I get a cherry and currant flavor, and then a nice alcohol burn as the finish. Not harsh, but I sure expected it to be at 17%.
M - full bodied for sure, very filmy, and again a nice alcohol feel.
O - A fantastic beer, albeit a monster. It is retired now so maybe I'll never get to have it again, but I'm glad that I got to have this monster.

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Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer lists the ABV at 16.8% ABV, which was released in July of 2016.

Pours a reddish color. Some clarity. Almost no head, but what was there was white. There were also a lot of floaties in the glass when poured.
The nose smells of cherries, and a hint of barrel ageing.
Taste is actually quite smooth up front. I do get a cherry flavor, and then a healthy alcohol burn on the backside, but not as harsh as expected.
Feel is full bodied, and a decent alcohol feel.
A delicious, and unique beer. I'm glad I got a bottle, since it is retired now.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpenske
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bogdawg
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tracker83
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

2016

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Photo of chossboss
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

2015 bottle. Aroma is spicey and fruity, with dates, raisins, honey, molasses, alcohol. Taste is sweet and boozy. Rum, treacle, dates, molasses. Finishes very hot and boozy. An enjoyable desert beer.

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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbulling
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of androidm
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 batch - aged 1 year

L: dark red with a decent amount of light coming through. poured a aggressive 1in head the quickly fell to nothing.
S: Booze dark fruit and caramel. strength in that order
T: Sweet candy sweet even some molasses. dark fruit undertones and full how boozy the nose the warmth and bite is surprisingly low.
F: coats the tongue for sure. the sweetness makes my lips sticky at the end. the warmth is there but in a minor minor way.
O: intense Belgian dark. nothing really nuanced here sweet powerful and an enjoyable dessert beer for me.

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3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RickS95
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from 2014. Pours a cloudy/milky brownish color with little off-white head. Dark fruits, raisin, fig, nuts, and plenty of alcohol on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied, thick, and sticky. Finishes very hot, even with age, this still had plenty of alcohol booziness on it, with dark fruits mixed in.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,423 ratings