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
Very Good
1,430 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:
615
Ratings:
1,430
pDev:
14.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
431
Trade:
25
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Photo of Trentt2
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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Photo of Dr_Fox
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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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DougT
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Erik-P
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 on tap served in a snifter, 16.8%
Look - dark amber color with some lacing and very slight head that went away
Smell - tons of dark fruit ( plum dates etc) molasses and honey... very rich
Taste - a little bit of booze but lots of honey date and molasses.
Feel - warm medium syrupy body with a slight crisp carbonation
Overall - what a great beer... taste a lot like a quad.

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Photo of StretchZep
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Very deep tan pour, thin head which dissipates to a gossamer lacing. Enticing sweet esters on the nose with a definite nectarine / orange note upfront with underpinnings of fresh date, brandy and cardamom. Bold and sweet on the tongue with notes of carmelized sugar, maple syrup (like Aunt Jemima style), apricot, honey and other cloying flavors. For the style I was surprised how treacly it was. It definitely has a pronounced fusel spike in the mid and end palate which clashes with the rest of the beer's sweetness. Some spicey phenols peek through with some fig & raisin but not as much as you would expect from the style. Lot going on in this beer, some good but a lot of it is too notched to 11. A big in-your-face beer, and not without quality, but better if it were dialed-in.

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Photo of MHJeff06
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshiban
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nrbw23
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MrREAK
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer/ale id one of the best neers i have ever tasted

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Photo of moodyxc9
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Caribbean Rum, malt forward, balanced in hops; barrel aged. This is expensive and a treat, but worth it. Clearly a sipper, but its excellence unfolds as it breathes. Deep copper pour that leaves a nice lacing upon drinking. Initial taste is strong, but gives way soon to an appreciation for what Avery has achieved in this beer. Excellent.
17.2 % ABV

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,430 ratings