The Beast Grand Cru | Avery Brewing Company

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The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru
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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
Batch 13 (2016): 16.8% ABV

Added by Crosling on 01-29-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured unto a snifter. Vintage bottle from 2006 served New Years Day night 2012.

Appearance: Light tan head is 3/4" on the initial pour but settled just before sipping. Light bubbles through out the body

Smell: Mmmm, this beer is f'n yum. Smells of fine wine no wait an aroma of bliss, I hate to hype it up this much but it smells that damn good.

Taste: Spicy, not like a hot sauce spicy more like a sweet spicy. Like caramel meets malts plus a touch of pepper.

Mouth: Light carbonation, easy texture and not hard to drink when factoring it's mouth alone.

Overall: Comes off sweet, but definitely a tough beer. Too bad this is a very limited beer so grab it when you see it. Incredible taste and beautiful aroma I have fallen in love and willing to share my lady. Cheers to you all!

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Batch 3 - 2005
A - Little to no head. Pours thick, almost syrupy
S - Smells crazy sweet. Currants, brown sugar, and alcohol
T - Tastes just like it smells. Very sweet, alcohol is present but very smooth. Flavors of caramel and concentrated brown sugar.
M - Super smooth, mellow, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.
O - 6 years of aging. 5.5 in the bottle shop and .5 in my cellar. I haven't had this beer without aging, so I don't have a good comparison, but for the high ABV, it is very smooth and I can only imagine the sweetness has increased as the alcohol has mellowed over the years.

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Batch 9 (Aug 2011) bottle poured into chalice.

A: Dark, cloudy amber with a surprisingly thick tan head. Perfect, sticky lacing. Looking good.

S: Smells of strong dark fruits, caramel, candy, and alcohol.

T: Hints of dark fruit and caramel are buried beneath a strong, yeasty, malt and alcohol base. The end gives off a bit of bitterness from hops I presume? Hints of oak throughout. The alcohol, surprisingly, isn't overpowering.

M: Pretty darn thick and syrupy. Carbonation bites a little bit at the mouth, but nothing too bad.

O: Complex, big, and very nice. This one is definitely a sipper. The 17% alcohol isn't bad at all. Just had a fresh 120 Min IPA the other night and the alcohol with that one was a lot more overpowering. So, kudos to Avery for keeping the high alcohol in check.

This one is a great beer at a great price. This is probably a great candidate for aging.

A HUGE BSDA that is truly a demonic gift.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what amazing beer is meant to be. Bottle was from 2007 and enjoyed Dec 2011. Amazing mouthfeel. Shared with a person who is new to "good" beer and they almost fainted. Dark beautiful and thick, it pours without much head but with good carb. Strong notes of dark candy and malt. This is the kind of beer I want to curl up with in the end of days.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,422 ratings
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