The Beast Grand Cru | Avery Brewing Company

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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

Added by Crosling on 01-29-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,396
Reviews:
601
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
15.36%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
430
For Trade:
26
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Photo of BrewNoob1
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bier82
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is quite the "Beast".
The malt is the most forward aspect of this beer, its sweet and almost spicy.
Next is the oak, it comes through with vanilla notes and woody overtones.

The alcohol is the kicker for me, it comes through clean and harsh all at once.
This beer is an amazing combination of malt, oak, and alcohol.

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Photo of mattsucks
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ohiovania
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccg
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #14 from July 2016 (16.8% ABV) and opened November 2016.
Fluffy head on top of a golden/amber-colored, translucent beer. Head retention is good. No real lacing.
Smell is caramel and sweet malted grains with a bit of bite from the alcohol and hint of citrus.
Flavor has quite a bite from the high ABV. The oak comes through more in the flavor than in the smell. It's also tangy with a moderate amount of bitterness, but that alcohol just keeps biting.
It has a slick feel to it even if it is a little thin, but overall that alcohol burn kind of overpowers any subtlety in the mouthfeel.
Overall, I'd say that it somehow seems a bit less than the sum of its parts. I definitely should have cellared this bottle for a long time to give it a chance to mellow out. At five months old, it's still a bit too much like drinking a lightly carbonated, flavored vodka.

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Photo of shigg85
4.86/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had the 2013 on tap in 2016. So smooth and delicious.

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Photo of ckollias
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PprBurke
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidHume
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zotzot
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of meanmutt
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in SC with 16.8% ABV.

Clear copper body with a very good head.

Quite sweet up front but good but-sweet balance overall.
Rich aroma and richer more complex flavor; Dark fruits with faint dark rum. I'm not surprised to find this uses Westmalle Belgian Ale yeast.

Overall: Delicious. High ABV is obvious in the aroma and clear in the aroma but still nicely hidden overall.

Overall: exceptional. The flavor profile and partially hidden alcohol lets this go down way too easily given the 16.8% ABV.

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Photo of g00ey
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch No.13, July 2015, 17.2% ABV; pours cloudy chestnut brown color with a 1+ finger light tan colored head that was packed with tiny bubbles and faded slow to average time, leaving very nice foamy lacing clinging to the sides. Much better lace retention and head display then I expected since this was aged over a year with such a high alcohol level. Impressive.

Smells of port wine, toffee, warm caramel, dark rum and brown sugar up front, followed by dark fruits and some piney or floral hops. If the description below is from Avery (and therefore fact...) then I get why this smells the way it does; the sugars listed below include: Dates, Molasses, Dark Belgian Candy Sugar, Colorado Honey, Raisins, Turbinado. Very complex but still on the basic side with booze cutting through the dark fruit and rich fermented malts.

This is super sweet but perhaps that's by design as the alcohol seems muted and just a warming accent in this dark fruit bomb which has tons of toffee, syrup, caramel and bready notes. Hops add minor bitterness with some piney accents and grapefruit, orange peel, guava and mango before the raisin, cherry, plum and date kick in and then bring molasses, peat moss, brown sugar, faint cinnamon, vanilla, oaky notes, cheap red wine, sherry, black cherry soda and a sweetness which remind me of bread pudding. This brew surprised me as I though the booze would be harsh and hot at this stage in it's life, but this was a little sweeter than I wanted but much smoother than expected.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a warming from the high ABV, an almost cloying sweetness, lots of complexities, yet a smooth, dynamic taste like a nice bourbon or scotch. It's strong and doesn't apologize for it, yet manages to not offend your taste-buds and slide down easier than it should bringing out a lot of malty flavors as it goes down. Some spices pop up but the boozy aspects and sweet fruity flavors compliment the various malts gathered. There are a lot of hops in the mash but they don't come through and just bring balance, like a Jedi wielding a light-saber. Good shit right here, enjoy!

10/27/2016-Had The Beast on tap at The Lark in East Northport, NY and it was incredibly boozy and way too over the top. It must have been this year's batch as it was very aggressive, angry even. I could taste some of the aspects that made the well aged bottle so enjoyable, but that snifter on tap was one of the forced slowest sippers I've ever faced.

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Photo of trdtercel92
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichaelMurray
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mcrawford
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eziel
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AJmon13
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Farnswurth
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffwise
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,396 ratings.
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