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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Ratings: 1,425 |  Reviews: 612
Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Burt
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, definitely a cool label. About 1 year old

dark brown muddly color, not much head. huge boozy aroma which is not surprising given the ABV. taste is also hot, on top of the rich malt flavors. sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of sponch51
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of dragonWhale
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jheezee
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 2011 Batch 9 12 oz., label says 16.83% abv.

Pours a deep reddish brown, hazy, two inch head dissipates slowly and leaves a film down the side of the glass.

Smells of pine resin hops, oak, and sweet apple caramel malts.

Tastes buttery and apple sweet with floral hop elements and a bit of woody bitterness. Booze flavor as well.

Feels syrupy with a light tingle of carbonation and a sting and warmth of alcohol.

Delicious monstrous brew, doesn't even try to hide the booze. Definite sipper, and flavor-wise much more like a barley wine than a Belgian dark. Definitely would have again, but slowly.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC on 10/25/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a deep reddish copper color. It has a finger of off-white head on top. The head recedes pretty quickly leaving just a few specs of lace behind. The nose has a big fruity aroma and a nice sweetness to it. There are some scents of dark fruit and some alcohol presence as well. The taste starts off with some nice dark fruit flavors. There are flavors of fig, plum, cherry, and raisin. There is some hop flavor and some booziness. It has a syrupy sweetness, but it isn't too much. The finish leaves some lingering fruity sweetness, light hop flavor, and a bit of booziness. This has a fully body and low carbonation. It has a smooth mouthfeel that has a bit of a chewy quality to it. It is sweet and there is some bitterness to it. There is also some alcohol heat here as well, which is to be expected. This has good drinkability. It is a sipper, but the flavor is great. I really enjoyed this beer. It has a deep sweet fruitiness that I really enjoyed. Overall, I think this is an awesome beer, and I recommend trying it.

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Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage poured into an Avery Tulip.

A - Pours a dirty brownish-red with a creamy off-white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving sheets of lacing.
S - Sweet aromas of toffee, caramel, sweet malt, bitter chocolate, figs, raisins, and a touch of booze. Complex, sweet, and decadent.
T - Similar to the nose, very sweet and malt-forward with big flavors of caramel, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, and dried apples. Ever so slightly booze, quite a nice surprise given the almost 15% ABV.
M - Sticky, with a pretty full body and good, "prickly" carbonation.
O - Definitely a Beast of a beer, but a surprisingly smooth, complex sipper!

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a wine glass

Color is a mahogany, reddish tint. 1 finger of khaki head that leads to a ring with a layer. It slowly dissipates to nothingness.

Roasted malt, caramel, and belgian yeast are prevalent. A touch boozy.

The alcohol comes through a bit stronger, but is very well muted for being 16.8% ABV. All of the smell in the nose comes through in taste. There is also some dark fruit added in. Highly complex.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, and has a nice, rich carbonation.

I enjoyed this, and would seek it out again as a great sipping beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out similar to the Samuel, the color was a dark brownish amber. With a small thin head on top. There isn't much lacing from the head but the beer itself is thick and coats the glass lightly with a swirl of the glass. The smell of the beer is also very boozy and sweet smelling. The taste of the beer has a oaky sweetness to it with a slight tart flavor in there too. The beer has a big amount of complexity to it. It goes through several changes from start to finish. The mouthfeel of this beer was pretty thick feeling and smooth. Oily and dry as well. Overall it's a pretty intense brew. Fits well in this series.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blind Tiger

2009 Vintage

A- murky amber read with wispy foam and some clinging foam rings.

S- Unbelievable nose here. Molasses, prune, dates, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, rum.

T- whoa. just way way way to sweet here. Molasses and brown sugar but the other stuff is drowned out by the pure tidal wave of sugar. Tons of alcohol heat.

O- Not my thing, its just far too sweet. Maybe because of the aging, I'll definetly have to try this fresh to test it out.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: After five years of cellaring, the 2006 edition of The Beast Grand Cru pours a dark, hazy amber with a virtually nonexistent white mousse. Looks like a heavy, ponderous beer.

S: Complex aromas of raisins, prunes, candy sugar, toffee, milk chocolate, and oak are present on the nose. After five years in the bottle, hop aromas are just barely detectable.

T: A sweet, yet alcoholic entry blossoms into robust notes of honey, chocolate, vanilla, prunes, molasses, raisins, figs, dates, candy sugar, gingerbread, tawny port, and maple syrup. The finish is fiery, intense, and rather sweet with notes of sugar, dried fruit, chocolate, honey, and molasses bathed in alcohol. Complex, but overpowering.

M: Very full-bodied with a firm, weighty, substantial feeling in the mouth. Off-dry, oily, and rather sticky. Could be better.

O: The Beast Grand Cru is interesting, but is a heavy, ponderous beer even by quadrupel/strong dark ale standards. Drinkability is low and sessionability is completely nonexistent. I'm glad I tried it, but it is definitely one of those once a year types.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2010.
ABV stated on bottle is 16.21%, not the 14.90% listed above.

A: Looks silky and thick as it pours. It sits heavy in the glass, deep dark cloudy red like apple cider. Mine didn't produce much head at all.

S: Apple, booze, big on raisins. Alcohol.

T: Sweet raisin, tart. You can taste the alcohol pretty clearly, like a dark red wine or port.

M: Sharp alcohol burn that melts your earwax. Thick and silky. Good carbonation.

O: This is a perfect beer to share after a hearty dinner, to serve as a dessert drank in wine glasses like you might take a good porto. Drinking alone might get you a little tipsy, as one of these bottles packs the punch of about 3-4 normal beers. In short, this beer is a great wine.

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Photo of mikehblack
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle, 12 oz. Poured into a snifter

A- Pours a nice garnet red/brown. Pretty hazy with about a half-finger's worth of off-white head that settles down to a ring. Prominent alcohol visible on the glass.

S- Wow. Huge dark fruit and caramel notes right off the bat. The alcohol at over 16% also makes itself known. Some spicy Belgian yeast comes through along with sugary syrup. A lot going on here.

T- This baby is sweet as all get out. Tons of sticky brown sugar and molasses. Raisins and dates with plenty of spice. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

M- Good amount of carbonation. Medium mouthfeel with lingering sticky sweetness. The alcohol leaves a slight burn in the back of the mouth and warms as it goes down. Very nice.

O- Truly a "beast" of a beer. I'd love to see what an extra few years could do to it. Fits in the Demon Series nicely. Enjoying this slow sipper.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Beast

A - No head to speak of. Brew is nice purple red. Brew builds nice head when swirled. 4 for style, not great, but good for style.

S - Lots of raisins. Lots of grapes.

T - Tastes like a Port brew... Would almost serve well as a dessert brew.

M - Perfect carbonation. zero heat. zero bitterness. but lots of warmth in the throat.

O - Like a shot of Tequila, you can feel it all the way down. An awesome brew, it just needs a moment or two to breath...

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.
2011 bottle (16.83% ABV).

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color. Not much of a head, just a dark tan lacing on the edges and some film.

Smell: Sweet aroma of malted barley (like a mash tun, just chilled) and the hint of alcohol.

Taste: Strong alcohol-based flavor. Definitely some dark, semi-sweet barley malts going on there.

Mouthfeel: Very strong and viscous; full-bodied with relatively light carbonation.

Drinkability: Super-strong. Not as much alcohol flavor as I imagined, but still plenty of it. Hard to do more than just sip this.

The strength of this is impressive, but it isn't particularly enjoyable to drink. More than a bit "over the top."

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,425 ratings