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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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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4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, this is a solid dark brown color with light head. The smell is incredibly sweet with some hints of caramel, brown sugar, raisins, and heavy alcohol.

The taste is dominated by the alcohol here, and really that's what you'd come to expect with something around 17%ABV. Beneath the alcohol, it is very sweet and there are some raisins and brown sugar.

This is a hard beer to drink, the definitive slow sipper, and I didn't find it to have many of the complex and interesting flavors other beers of this nature do. Still it is worth trying, especially if you like your beers sweet.

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

Batch 9 (2011)

Review #400

Pours a dark brown color with crimson highlights. For 16.83% ABV, I was surprised that there was a one finger cocoa head, and good lacing. The nose is raisin, fig, molasses, some grain, and a whiff of alcohol. Very nice, and the alcohol doesn't overwhelm. The taste is good, but it's obviously a young beer that should be aged more than I have. The nose profile comes through with a little bit of honey sweetness added. Nice alcohol burn on the aftertaste, which sticks around for a while. Feel is full, with a malty backbone and an alcohol bite on the backside. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer- definitely a sipper. I imagine the taste and feel score would go up with 3 or 4 years on it. Still, I would buy this again. Cheers.

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3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review from 10/10/2009

2004 bottle of batch ONE. Direct from Adam Avery’s cellar to my friend, to my glass, to my mouth. 22 oz bomber pours Dark brown with light bubbly off white head. Incredible rich caramel aroma, hints of chocolate and bread. Full bodied, super sweet. Rich and well balanced with a deep molasses finish. Almost LIke a rich English barley wine with a belgian yeast underneath. This has aged incredibly well and it feels like it could hold up for a few more years at least. Definitely appreciative to have tried this batch one.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,404 ratings.
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