The Beast Grand Cru | Avery Brewing Company

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The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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: 1,400 |  Reviews: 602
Photo of jwat
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle (Batch #9 - August 2011 release). Only available in 619 cases. Pours a cloudy nut brown with almost no head. Aroma is mostly booze but also has some dried dark fruits, a little Belgian sugar and a little caramel. Taste is heavily sweet. Has a huge alcohol burn with a good bit of Belgian sugar, caramel, raisins, molasses, and dark fruit. Some bourbon barrel wood and a little vanilla in there too. Almost reminds me of a less sweet port wine. Full bodied with a thick texture. Soft carbonation and a long finish. Overall, an interesting beer that complements well with the Mephistopheles' Stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of russwbeck
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 7 (2009) and 9 (2011) enjoyed on-tap side by side at Churchkey in DC

Batch 7

A: Lighter, more red than batch 9. It also has less head than batch 9, both are white. This has good lacing, but minimal retention. 4

S: Dark fruits, booze, very sweet, but balanced. 4

T: The taste is very malty, with dark fruits and booze. Very much walks the line between BSDA and a Quad. Belgian yeast, candied sugar, booze, and dark fruits all blended wonderfully to create a dangerously drinkable beer. 4.5

MF: Medium body, good carbonation, warming alcohol feeling. 4

O: Very tasty, but the alcohol was really noticeable. For a BSDA I thought this was great. It held up well with age. 4.5

Batch 9

A: Dark ruby pour with a small white head. No retention, but what does stick around laces well. 4.5

S: Licorice, dark fruits, very sweet. Like Mephistopheles, this seems a bit medicinal. Less booze than Batch 7, but more plastic...3.5

T: The taste has a lot more booze than Batch 7. The dark fruits are stronger and try to take over the drink, but fail. Pretty much all fruit and booze. Far too hot. 3.5

MF: Medium to heavy body. Below average carbonation and a warming alcohol feeling at the end. 3.5

O: This was the definition of the Avery tap takeover: The more age, the better. Too hot, too unbalanced, only OK. 3

As I always do, the ratings reflect the fresh version. Batch 7 was way better. I recommend aging this guy!


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Photo of OoReFLuXoO
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
Aug 2011 Batch 9 Case 649

A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a faint glow of garnet at the base. There is a bubbly thin yellowish beige cream that sticks to the glass in a meniscus.

S- The bright raisin and light molasses blends with alcohol heat rum ball light notes and treacle syrup aromas. There is a nice complex sweetness in the finish.

T- The slightly sweet graham malt flavor has dark raisins, treacle and molasses notes with some candy sugar notes in the finish. There is a bitter hop bite in the finish that balances all the sweetness very well.

M- The light mouthfeel is thinned out from the alcohol burn that lingers but there is a creamy texture in there somewhere.

O- This is a big sugary but not cloying sweet, bright beer with big alcohol heat that is a bit to hot but welcome in these arctic conditions. Age would do this wonders but it has a very nice complexity now.

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Photo of sjverla
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle into snifter

Nose: Super boozy. Cocoa nibs, raisins, and some vanilla. Nice complexity, but heavy on the alcohol.

Appearance: Thin, caramelly head that leaves quickly. Semi-hazy honey-ruby-amber. Deep and inviting.

Taste: Vanilla is prominent - like spiced rum. Sweet berries and caramel. Surprisingly rich and fairly dynamic. The alcohol is very hot. The finish is burnt and bitter and subtly herbal.

Overall: Very good. Rich and complex flavors, but the heat makes it tough. Thanks to my brother Ben for the Christmas gift.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a reddish hue. There is a quarter inch of soft, off white head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with notes of bread, barley malt, sugar, fruit, and alcohol esters. The flavor is very intricate and unique. There are notes of bread and barley up front followed a sugary, caramel sweetness and finishes with notes of raisins, dates, and a distinct honey note. I'm impressed that each ingredient has its own distinct contribution to the overall flavor. The alcohol is very noticeable. It's forward and warm and even burns the throat a little in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied and very warm with just some faint carbonation.

This is a very flavorful beer with many intricacies and complexities. Ultimately, it loses some points for me because it's overly boozy. The flavors are great, but can't stand up to the overpowering alcohol. With that being said, I enjoyed it, and I look forward to more in the future.

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Photo of jskennedy
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of mhjets
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AndybIPA
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jilly425
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of harrymel
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9, 649 cases; 16.83% ABV; Aug, 2011

Pours a nice chocolate cherry hued brown with a finger of light latte foam. This falls to a solid sheet of the same. Smells of alcohol, wood, raisin, hints of toffee.

Taste is sweet with a metallic flavor mixed with a hazelnut, raisin, tofee and bread pudding flavor. Does kinda remind me of the flavor of an aged (5+ years) Chimay Grand Reserve, but on 'roids with the burn of alcohol coming through on the finish. There is a nice moderate body and low, smooth carb. Semi dry finish.

I've often wondered what aging would do to the demon series, maybe I will give it a go with the latest release.

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Photo of Stoutsman
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of doppelmeup
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8 from 2010. Thank you Mitch!

I've had this in the refrigerator for a year and half, and finally decided to open and taste.

Pours a pretty dark amber. For a beer of this magnitude, i was pleasantly surprised by the amount of lace and also it's staying power. While not a pillowy cloud, it retained bits of foam all the way down the sides of the glass. It also had legs like a glass of wine would have.

Aromas were of slightly sweet malt, some fruitiness and some brown sugar.

Taste was superb. The year+ of aging really helped to mellow this out - reminded me of a barleywine. Slightly sweet, fruity, alcohol present but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel was velvety. Still had some light carbonation. Warming from the alcohol.

Overall a very fine brew. Way to strong to drink a lot of - I am glad I shared the bottle with a friend. A very nice treat.

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Label says bottled in 2009 so it must be Batch 7.

A- Pours a ruddy dark brown with a 1/4 inch head that is short-lived before it becomes a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass. Minimal surface foam and nice sheets of lacing.

S- Pungent wafts of malty booze and some wood. Astringent.

T- Much smoother flavor than the aroma leads on. Sweet raisin and caramel that has a faint cinnamon aftertaste. The booze characteristic is definitely there but has obviously mellowed out in the bottle during its 2+ year shelf life. Sweet and imparts notes of white grape juice.

M- Tangy with a bitter afterfeel that hangs on the tongue and forces the lips to smack. Medium-low carbonation.

O- More complex than Mephistopheles which is the only thing I have to compare it to in the series. Truly its own breed of beer.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,400 ratings.
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