The Beast Grand Cru | Avery Brewing Company

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The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru
BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
1,429 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:
614
Ratings:
1,429
pDev:
14.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
431
Trade:
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Photo of JakerLou
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Allurex
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josephandbrown
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a beer, this Beast. while not quite the highest ABV I've had from a beer, it is still intimidating at 17.2%. The beer hits like a freight train upon the first sip, and seems closer to a fortified wine than a beer.

The Beast was a deep amber color. While shining a light through it, an orange tint became obvious. While it did not pour with much head, it sustained throughout and left pleasing lacing on the glass.

The aroma was surprisingly light. I mostly detected sweetness, from malt and what smells like Belgian candied sugar. There was also some yeast smell noticeable as the beer warmed. It feels heavy and thick. The carbonation was very strong, making it hard to hold the beer in the mouth for very long. This isn't too much of a problem, as the flavors are strong and tend to linger in the mouth for some time.

I've heard The Beast's flavor described as "complex," and that seems like an understatement. It's almost a grab bag of flavors, and I noticed something different every time I took a sip. At first, it is reminiscent of a port, but as the flavors start to come through, I was hit with a menagerie of Belgian esters: figs, banana, clove, licorice, and toffee. Cocoa nibs seemed present as the beer warmed. Some hop bitterness is present, though it took about half the beer for me to notice it; the sweetness and other malt flavors are clearly dominant. I was surprised to see the IBU was 63, not far from the highest we can detect, about 85. It goes to show you how much those bittering hops are necessary as you get high in ABV.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2005 vintage. Pours very hazy very dark reddish brown color with a thin spotty lace cap for a head that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, honey, brown bread, molasses, leather, and tobacco; with lighter notes of cinnamon, pepper, licorice, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruit/sugars, and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, honey, brown bread, molasses, leather, and tobacco; with lighter notes of cinnamon, pepper, licorice, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Minimal herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, honey, brown bread, molasses, leather, tobacco, light licorice/pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruit/sugars, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, slick, and syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming or boozy alcohol for 14.9%. Overall this is an incredible Belgian strong dark ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruit/sugars, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Feels more like an old ale or English barleywine at this point, due to the very subdued spicy Belgian yeast character; but this has aged amazingly. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Most negative ratings come from how alcoholic The Beast is. To me, it almost gets away with ridiculous.
While well-crafted, The Beast has too much %

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a beautiful,murky, rustic, brown with a thin, off-white, creamy head.
S- Funky, boozy, toffee, carmel and hop.
T- Malt forward with the carmel and toffee taste showing up first along with slight hop funk. Transitions to slightly sweet candied fruit that is quitensmooth thanks.to the oak.
F- very slick, medium bodynwith nice warming from alcoholm.
O- very unique oak ale, malt forward with vreat sweetness balance. Avery is awesome.

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

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.88/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of curlybird
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bier82
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
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 +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ccg
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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 +24.9%
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 +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of DavidHume
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BlueSpader
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,429 ratings