The Beast Grand Cru | Avery Brewing Company

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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.

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Ratings:
1,405
Reviews:
603
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
15.36%
 
 
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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at blind tiger (this is the 2010)- pours a hazy mahogany color with 1.5 fingers of creamy white head. Good retention, some splashes of lacing.

Smell is great- very thick and a little musty. Lots of toasted barley, some molasses, a little booze. Surprisingly little for the abv. I smell some wood as well.

Tastes fantastic- full of smooth, rich barley malt flavor. Certainly sweet, rich caramel flavors, a little spice, kind of peppery. Toffee.

Mouthfeel is very appropriate- full bodied, modest carbonation but enough to make it possible to drink. Long finish that leaves a nice bready caramel flavor. I would definitely get this one again.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, procured at this apparently back alley brewing concern, during Denver Beer Week (and BeerDiaries' road trip) celebrations. Batch 11, July 2013, 18% ABV - I guess the yeast is evolving, getting more hardy over time - or something.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with one finger of somewhat puffy, mostly bubbly pale beige head, which leaves little beyond a few remote specks of islet lace around the glass as things slowly sink into oblivion.

It smells of grainy, gritty caramel malt, earthy, weedy honey, mixed dried orchard fruit, brown sugar, musty figs, a bit of leafy, grassy noble hop bitterness, and a sherry-like, subdued yeasty booziness. The taste is big, bready caramel malt, concentrated syrupy demarara sugar, a further bit of spicy graininess, dusty, fruity raisins and dates, molasses, muddled roadside floral honey, a more bitter than aromatic Euro hoppiness, and a persistently befuddling understated alcohol warmth.

The bubbles are quite laid-back in their herculean, otherworldly support effort, the body an um, er, beastly medium-heavy weight, especially for the proscribed style here, and as smooth as one might expect, given the heady parameters of this offering. It finishes a tad on the sweet side, all that complex malt, even more complex sugar bill, and yet more sublimated booziness still unable to instill in me the remotest notion of scraping my tongue. Swuh?

Well, then - this seems like the ungodly stepchild of the biggest, baddest BSDA, and an even bigger, badder American Strong Ale, the kind of attractive urchin that lures you in, settles your nerves, and then BAM! - blood and weakly scripted chaos reign. Anyways, one hell of a strong ale, Belgian-influenced or otherwise, where the grandiosity of the kitchen sink approach is somehow more than enough to ward off the liqueur-esque ABV. Yeah.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,405 ratings.
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