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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1,433 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:
-
Reviews:
616
Ratings:
1,433
pDev:
14.91%
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
430
Trade:
25
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Photo of snapp1422
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avitra
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dates, honey, figs, red wine, and more dates. Great beer albeit a tad too sweet. An added hop in two would have created the world's greatest beer, as it is it's just very good

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Photo of npdevil27
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheHopsman
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper to brown with a lot of sediment and haze suspended within the body. There's a fingernail of beige on top. I smell Belgian malt and not much else. The flavor is packed with raisins, dates, dark malt, honey, and booze. The mouth is very thick, chewy, and warm with booziness.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woemad
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle of the 2016 vintage (16.8% abv

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz bottle from TW Arrowhead 12-27-2014 for $8.99. Batch # 012 released in August 2014. Stored in the wine fridge for aging since purchase.

Beer poured dark brown with a small bubbly head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is brown sugar, plums, figs, alcohol.

Taste follows the nose with the dark fruits, booze, that is sweet with a prickly finish.

Mouthfeel is the best part of the beer, full bodied, smooth, very satisfying.

Overall a pretty solid brewing job, beer is a bit better than i expected. I have not had this fresh but would suspect it is tamer. Glad i gave this one a try!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle of Batch # 12 from 2014 at 16.1% ABV that I've been aging in my cellar until tonight. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer is a very dark/amber copper color with some deep ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a tan head that's about 1/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 1/4 inch with excellent retention and nice lacing. Aromas of toasted bready malts with caramel notes along with some wheat and dark fruit notes of raisins and plums. Also some booze of course. What a complex flavor profile this beer has, with big roasted, bready caramel malt sweetness and dark fruit notes of plum, raisin, and fig. Also some brown sugar and and honey notes. Also some spice and peppery notes and also some boozy notes. Not really any hop presence here at this point. Has a crisp, slightly syrupy and chewy, also smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a sweet, spicy aftertaste. An excellent beer.

Eric

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

From the 2006 bottle in a snifter. This long held lurker in the doomsday beer closet
pours a dark murky brown with a light head of white foam that settles to a razor thin
ring. Nose of dark sweet rum, prunes, dates, booze, dark brown sugars, and subtle
orange zest. Flavors for this old brew...wow...aged well. Dark plum, rum raisin notes,
light chocolate, nutmeg and coriander, dark rich bread, and brandy flavors drenched in
a malt bomb of molasses. Nice mouth feel----full body, slick, sweet, low carbonation
although it did a good hiss with the pop of the top, and a rich warming boozy finish.
It mellowed out with age to be certain....less abrasive than when I had it many moons
ago.

A sleeping aid for insomniacs!

Heavy Duty Judy!

Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy!

Cheers

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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

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,433 ratings