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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/1/11 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey at the Avery tap takeover event. Batch 7 - 2009 vintage.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells very sweet fruits, molasses, sugar, alcohol, raisins, and light burnt malts. Alcohol is present, and very sweet.

t - Tastes of very sweet fruits, roasted malts, alcohol, raisins, light toasted malts. Fruit is dominating and way too sweet. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium to thick full body, low carbonation. Somewhat smooth but some alcohol warmth.

o - Overall a decent beer, but way too sweet in the taste. Alcohol is there but not as bad as I expected; may be due to it being 2 years old. Worth trying and probably ages well, but a bit too sweet for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of whatthehull
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - a very lovely translucent blood red, 1/4 finger tan very thick head and some very sticky lacing

S - very sweet, tons of malt, wet boozey wood, lots of nice belgian yeast, candy sugar, red wine, lots of fruits, tons of spices, earth, rasins, dark fruit, lots of booze and a very fruit floral hop

T - not as boozey as the smell, but still a nice booze, so so sweet, tons of malts, a bit toasty, a very Belgian yeast, nice bitter to sweet ratio, dried sweetened fruit, oak, red wine barrel and soil

M - full bodied, decent balance, crazy complexity, low acidity and very long finish

D - this is a huge beer. If you aren't into giant beers do not try this at home! So much yeast, booze and malts it smacks you in the effing face. If you like epic beers and their adventures, get 'er done! I would drink this every day if it was way less expensive

Final thought - $8 a pop and 17% abv? What!?! Awesome!

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3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft into a 9 oz. snifter at TJ's Anniversary event. Pours a beautiful ruby gold with a thin veil of a head. The nose is unsurprisingly boozy with loads of caramel, vanilla, and more booze. The taste is sweet. Way sweet. More caramel, toffee, and sweet whatever. The mouth is. Ery smooth with a touch of heat on the finish. Overall...very nice.

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4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh batch, August 2011. $9.99 a 12 oz.

A: Chestnut colored hue, some moderate head and slight lacing. Dissipates fairly quickly though. Just a wisp of foam after a small pour. Even the wisp doesn't last.

S: Honey, raisins, mango, cherries, caramel, toffee, rubbing alcohol. The works.

T: Dark fruits, figs, coconut flakes, butterscotch candies, caramel, brown sugar. A surprising amount of bitterness at the end of the pine variety.

M: Despite the hefty abv, I'm not really getting much hotness.

O: Another big beer winner from Avery. Worthy of another purchase to drink now or cellar.

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden reddish brown with heavy sediment settling down. Has a tan head with 2 fingers in length and leaves a fine lacing with good retention.

Smells like I was punched in the nose with malts and the high ABV is undoubtedly mixing in too. Caramel is also very prominent, and almost sickly sweet. Many scents intermingling.

Warm feel, mild carbonation with a very malty finish. I felt that the malts would be overpowering at first, but it actually makes for an excellent aftertaste. Very good sweet to bitter balance, which makes it very drinkable considering the high alcohol within.

Grand brew. Would definitely purchase again, especially if on tap. I am extremely curious how it would taste fresh. Hopefully I have more Belgian Strong Ales in the future.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
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