The Beast Grand Cru | Avery Brewing Company

The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru
BA SCORE
3.89/5
1,412 Ratings
The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
605
Ratings:
1,412
pDev:
14.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
432
Trade:
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Photo of ADTaber
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes, 12 oz btl poured into an Avery pint glass, poured by the bartender at Brendan O'Shea's, not sure of the vintage

A: pours a murky brown with a slight reddish hue and a thin cream colored head that leaves only a tiny amount of lacing

S: sweet, sweet fruit - I pick out mainly golden raisins and figs, the alcohol is quite apparent as well, maybe a hint of malt

T: overwhelming sweet fruit, a little too sweet, golden raisins and figs as in the nose, maybe some plums or sweet prunes as well, syrup like cheap pancake syrup as opposed to good maple syrup, some spice and a hint of hops, finishes with a big alcohol flavor

MF: medium bodied, not very much carbonation, quite smooth despite the big alcohol presence

O: I found this beer too sweet for my likiing I don't mind high alcohol as long as it's well hidden and it definitely was not in this case, otherwise it was pretty good, probably won't try this one again

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Photo of nova009
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a foil wrapped bottle into a snifter

A- pours a hazy brown with a slight reddish tint, cloudy, small off white head appears and quickly dissipates, steady stream of bubbles rise to the surface, spotty to little lacing

S- incredibly sweet smelling, malty, caramel notes, finished off with a slight alcohol tinge, a little too sweet smelling for my taste

T- wow the taste is pretty much identical to the smell, super sweet, almost like liquid caramel, like oakiness to it, slight taste of belgian yeast but its pretty much overpowered, alcohol brings up the rear with prominence, this is literally like drinking a syurp

M- very heavy body, like a syurp, thick and super chewy, carbonation is actually balanced pretty well, slight alcohol burn, pretty standard for a beer with this kind of ABV

O- im not super excited about this one, its pretty darn sweet and its like drinking caramel, super alcoholic to boot, okay to try once but i wont pick this one up again

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Photo of rarbring
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew is clear dark amber with a ruby hue, a tan head, small, settling quickly, leaving lacing. heavy curtains.

Smells sweet and alcoholic! Much dried fruits, dates, figs, bitter oranges. Port whine, liqueur. Earthy nuances, yeast and wet concrete.

Starting also very sweet, raisins, dried apricots, dates, sherry and alcohol, a cherry seed bitterness. All flavors are very intense.

Low carbonation, soft, sticky, oily, a huge body, a dry finish.

This is really a beer to enjoy in very small portions with good mature cheese to balance the nearly overpowering sweetness and flavors. Vintage 2009, small bottle.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a brown color on the lighter side with a reddish tint. I is very cloudy and looks to have a moderate amount of carbonation. Its small white head dissipates quickly.

S: The smell is a balanced combination of some sweetness, malts, and a finish of an alcoholic scent.

T: It is kind of sweet and tastes similar to maple syrup. There is an oak-like flavor along with some fruitiness. There is a profound alcoholic finish.

M: A big, in-your-face alcoholic finish packs a punch. It has a medium to heavy body and a sort of chewy texture.

O: Due to its high alcoholic content, it is definitely a sipper. It a pretty bold drink, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Says bottled in 2010.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of bubbles. Decent sized light tan head fades into a patchy layer. Good amount of lacing.

Smell: An interesting mix of caramel and other roasted malts with raisins, molasss, honey, and other dark fruits. Strong scent of Belgian yeast throughout. The fruits also have a spicy scent giving an aroma like black licorice. Also some booze in the scent.

Taste: Strong taste of caramel and molasses up front is followed by the spicy and sweet dark fruits and honey. Hints of vanilla. There is some warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and low to medium carbonation. A little alcoholic heat throughout.

Overall: A well crafted and interesting version of a Belgian dark ale. Definitely a slow sipper.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep orange to a light amber, huge carbonation with a thick foamy head that defiantly rises and sits there triumphantly

S: There is a huge caramel blast, bittering hops, orange zest, raisins, and a boozy air about it

T: Huge boozy first taste that subsides into dark fruit notes, the alcohol imparts a drying effect with the blast of hops that further pushes the palate down the spiral. It reminds me of a highschool friend who you used to see doing blow at age 17, but then just keeps self-deprecating and going further down the spiral, only to shock his or her family with an undergraduate degree in Sociology at age 31. That kind of experience.

M: The mouthfeel is a strange affair with all the conflicting notes taking place at the same time, ultimately it doesnt have a lot of coating or overriding maltiness, the taste presents a trojan horse approach where with a limited presentation, a full on explosion occurs, poseidon is pissed, and you are left more wrecked than a hellenistic empire.

D: If you are a complete alcoholic or escaping some serious issues, i guess this would be drinkable. I personally cannot self medicate to this level, it imparts too much, too fast and I dont find myself wishing for another couple bottles of this complete ravaging. Its exhilarating in the same way that a firehose in your chest is exhilarating, but a full 2 hours of it would become tiresome.

Narrative: "NOBODY CHARGES ME FOR ADDITIONAL SAUCES, NO BODY." His neck strained with rage and a sweaty brow. He used to be such a good friend and, for a few moments he was actually pretty fun, but this is not the Chad that you remember from college. "OH I AM SORRY AM I MAKING A SCENE? well guess what GOOD I DONT NEED TO BE EATING HERE BRO I JUST WANTED SOME GOD DAMN RANCH FOR THESE STRIPS. I DONT. LIKE. DRY. STRIPS!!!" You hang your head sulking, oh great, a co-worker happens to come into this Denny's? It used to be such a good time with Chad, going to ball games, kicking back a few brews, now he is misquoting the Da Vinci code and hitting on the receptionist from your office. "YEAH SO THATS WHY THEY CALL IT A JET BOAT, I am sorry, too much for you? Too much speed? Or you just dont know nothing about boats? Don't touch me bro, I am hollering at this girl, OH IM SORRY, SORRY FOR BEING SO EMBARASSING YOU, CAPTAIN NO SEX WITH HAYLEY SINCE 5 MONTHS AGO. "We should do this more often, check please."

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.74/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I found a whole shelf of 2006 vintage bottles, so i picked up 2 to try.
Black, dense head at first that quickly fades due to the alcohol.
Strong alcohol heat on the aroma, aloy of figgy notes.
The flavors are so prune, fig, and raison packed it's ridiculous. There is alcohol poking through, but this is just a sticky syrupy boozey bottle. i have been sipping on this bottle for 2hrs, and still have half left. it's hard to get though. Not exactly what i was expecting honestly. The strong alcohol flavors are the only thing saving this at all, i enjoy the aroma honestly.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2009.

The beer pours a hazy red-amber color with a white head. The aroma is molasses, alcohol, dark fruit, caramel, toffee and some rum. Not sure where the rum notes come from, but they add a lot to the aroma.

The flavor is very heavy on the molasses and brown sugar. I also get some toffee and caramel notes as well as some alcohol.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of iguenard
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage, aged 2 years.

( 40/50, 14.9% alc/vol, Home, after a good writing performance) Dark, deep red body, shrouded in a veil of thin black sediment suspended in mid-glass. No real carbonation, nor head. To be expected from such a strong brew. First off, I am floored by the alcohol in this baby. 14.9%! But even at that, it does not smell of alcohol. I get roasted walnuts, prunes, figs, dark sweet raisins. Licorice. The mouth is a strong, syruppy mountain of malted sweets and hops resins. Strong prunes, molasses, and has the most wonderful yeast esters of cherry pie and manderines. The mouth is as sticky as it comes without being glue or caramel. It is only at this stage that one can appreciate the alcoholic warmth in the belly. It commands respect. It does feel like an english barleywine as I have ever had one. Belgian, maybe for the yeast strain, it does have those red-fruity esters and residual sugars to prove it. All in all though, this is one nice sipping beer, and although commanding a hefty sale price of 5.53 (on sale for its age) totally worth every pence.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Rackhouse in Denver (what happened to the frequent appearance of these types of beers on their menu?)

Anyways, this one poured a dark amber color with a barely noticeable sheen of beige foam on top. Aromas of dark fruits, candi sugar, yeast and booze. On the palate, this one has a somewhat sticky, almost candy like sweetness, along with light brown sugar, caramel and a lot more booze.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Bottle Review

C: Slightly Cloudy
H: Burgundy-ish
N: Tons of Sweet Malt, Dark Fruit (Figs, Plums, Etc), Still has some Booze to the nose too

Wow well the dark bottle pulled me in, and the red foil top closed the deal for me.
This Grand Cru is really a “beast” of a beer. While I have had this beer from draft before, it was just wayy tooo boozey to truly appreciate the effort put in from the fine brewers from Avery Brewing Company.
The 2006 bottle allowed for the booze to calm down and the complex malt notes to shine. There was a hint of oxidation to the bottle, but for the most part the super sweet,almost syrup textured beer was very good. Lots of dark candy sugar notes, dark fruit, and even a bite of bitterness on the tail-end.

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Photo of SirRuss
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Young tawny port in colour, with an eggshell white head whose structure is as fragile as its color suggests. The lacing is also thin and eagerly flees from the sanctuary of its crimson crib.

S – Honey and cognac, delicate floral notes, and an underlay of baked pear. Distinctly reminiscent of Royal Tokaji .

T – Wow. Incredible. Succulent sweetness acts as the apex of this mighty iceberg, which gorges an exquisite and indelible memory onto the tongue. Golden syrup, raisins, dates, orange peel and dried apricot all blend into a blissfully piquant puttonyos pool skimmed with a touch of spice and a deliberated dusting of green hops. Fine acid balances the whole affair, and the finish is sweet, yet refined.

M – Respectful carbonation guides the sweetness steps from a cloying precipice without resorting to carrying it in an undignified rescue. The alcohol is charismatically hot and is in large part the point of this brew; it’s bold and unapologetic as it expertly executes an arrogant charm.

O – Superb. I actually opened this brew in the hope that it would satisfy a cheese pairing as part of a craft beer dinner with friends. Having exhausted several theoretical brews as potential matches, I was finding difficulty justifying beer over port. Needless to say, The Beast Grand Cru re-instilled a sense of confidence in the versatility of beer in general, and is, in a word (or 5), the Port of the Beer world. Bravo Avery, Bravo.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage, poured from the bottle into my DFH Chalice.

Appearance: An easy pour, the beer is a murky, muddy looking brown color. There's virtually no head, maybe a few sparse bubbles close to the edge of the glass. There are some thin rings of lacing.

Smell: Some dark fruit, raisins and prunes, and lots and lots of booze. Smells very potent.

Taste: The booze, while still there, is not as strong as I thought it would be given how powerful it was in the nose. The fruitiness definitely stands out here, still has the darker fruits, but also some lighter fruit notes with an almost sugary kind of sweetness. Very surprising!

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit lighter than I thought it would be, and the carbonation is a bit low.

Overall: A very potent brew, even after 5 years. I bet this one fresh would peel the paint off the walls. Guess I should try it fresh...

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to aapp for this one! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle purchased at Julio's 3 days ago. Bottled in 2009. ABV 15.07% (different from listing).

Pours a super murky, ruddy brown with some orange/amber highlights and thin off-white foam that recedes quickly.

Nose is classic Avery big-boy stuff. There's just that proprietary aroma here, same as in Samael's. Big fig-y, date-y, plum-y goodness. Molasses, light grade maple syrup, fresh barley, maybe a little milk chocolate. Big and sweet smelling.

Palate is HuGe and bOOzey! Slick and sweet, densely layered with caramel, figs, and honey. Reminds me a lot of baklava! I suppose there's some Belgian character in here, but it's obscured by the initial sugar shock. Some dark wooly malt comes through after a while, but it's all about the big raisined fruits that one usually tastes in a BSDA - it's just that they are actually in this beer. A little smoky, wood tannin note comes out on the finish and rounds things out with a little spicy note, like black pepper. Very low carbonation and very sweet.

Notes: This is pretty killer. Reminds me a lot of DFH Olde School. I have a penchant for big, syrupy beers of this caliber and flavor. I love Avery Samael's, DFH Olde School, and North Coast Old Stock. I think I prefer Samael's over this one, but I'm glad I tried it.

Edit: I'm drinking a 2006 bottle today (5/2/11) and the flavors are all about the fig/date thing as per above. But there's no booziness at all here, just super slick sticky sweet malt. A big ol' syrup bomb without any bitterness or heat. Wild.

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Photo of claytong
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beast wasn't as beasty as I expected. By that I mean it was well balanced, smooth and not over the top as Avery tends to do sometimes. So I was pretty pleased getting this, the price is ridiculous at the brewery, but it's a damn good beer, maybe buying it in the store is better for the wallet, not sure.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery "The Beast" on tap at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY, part of an Avery "tap takeover".

Appearance: Crazy foamy head, over two fingers, white with caramel speckles. Great retention, head remains throughout. Good but not great lacing. Color is hazy Baltic amber-nasty copper.

Smell: Intense! Lots of prune, currant and other dark fruits. Brutal sweetness, booze, sherry. Overwhelming but enticing. Doesn't quite prepare you for the upcoming onslaught of flavor. There is even a whiff of cleaning product at the end. Almost nauseatingly sweet.

Taste: More of the same, intensified. To the aromas present in the nose, add caramel, toffee, coconut shavings, heavy old-fashioned British desserts and else. Pure syrup. Hot woodsy booze. Bread and biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Hot, burning, sticky. Prickly, brutal. Sweet and heavy , kind of like overtly-flavored chewing gum. Full flavor, full body, full carbonation

Overall: This is too intense and unbalanced. Drinkability would be "2.5", but I like the taste, nose and else so the overall goes up. Eight ounces were fine, and even that small amount hit my head. Would not have any more than that.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish amber, minimal head, no lacing, very low carbonation.

Very sweet, I can smell the alcohol to, fruity and sugary in aroma, over ripe plum comes to mind.

Hot, very hot that said it is pretty tasty, fruit flavors are everywhere and a syrupy sweetness backs it it up, great malt back bone holds everything together

Heavier in body and certainly a sipping beer, syrupy and very boozey

Overall not bad but before I have another one I need to let it age and mellow.

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Photo of pezfiend
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beast Grand Cru Ale, 2008 Vintage, Batch 6, 16.31% abv
Serving 12 oz bottle to PALM Tulip Glass

A - Murky brown amber with very thin head around the glass, continuing to effervese but could be because it's cold. Maybe next time i try this one room temp.

S - Sweet molasses and raisin/dates. alcohol scent is powerful

T - Chocolate and raisins with dark molasses/brown shuga. Similar to a spiced black Dominican rum.

M - Thick like syrup or a liquor. A very chewey beer, luckily the light carbonation keep it more drinkable.

O - I was very excited about this one because it was a bday treat to myself. I found a distributor that has a whole vintage and rarity shelf. It's incredibly bitter sweet like dark chocolate while having a strong rum flavor almost like drinking a glass of Gosling's while eating a chocolate bunny... Not a bad idea either. Next time i try this one it'll be room temp. Over all it's an excellent sipper and enjoyer. Even now at the end of the review I've still got half the glass left. Can't wait to try the rest of the demon Avery series

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Photo of axeman9182
2.6/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, 2010 vintage that I received from volunteering at this year's EBF. It was allowed to warm for about an hour before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

The Beast pours a crystal clear, vibrant cherry. The off white foam crown is massive, hurdling up to and just past four fingers in height and threatening to spill out of my glass. Retention is very good, and gobs of lacing are left all down the side of the glass. The nose is way off for a big Belgian, it smells much more like a heavy English Barleywine. The nose is heavy on caramel/toffee sweetness, with a pronounced boozy quality. The flavor is just a little bit better. It takes those same notes and adds some fruitiness to the mix. Primarily dates and figs, but there's just a bit of raisin mixed in as well. Still though, no clove or peppery yeast notes, no real intense dark fruits. There's not much of anything here that suggests a dark Belgian ale. Again, the mouthfeel doesn't have a trace of Belgian-ness to it. The body is excessively heavy and the carbonation doesn't come close to cutting through it. In a word, syrupy. The Beast isn't as bad as the final score would indicate, it's just grossly miscategorized. As an English Barleywine I'd say it's just a little bit hot and needs some more time. As a strong Belgian dark ale though it's entirely off base.

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Photo of Phelps
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip. Bottled in 2007.

Whoa. I don't know why, but I expected The Beast to be black as night, so this murky gold pouring from the bottle is surprising. It amalgamates inside the glass to become lightly hazy blood orange, topped with a frothy half-finger head of light tan. The head fizzles away slowly, becoming a silky and persistent top layer and large ring. Bubbles grip the sides in thick horizontal streaks.

The nose is equally off-putting. There are a lot of flavors competing here, but upon reading the bottle, I'm able to discern a few: raisins, dates, blackstrap molasses, alfalfa honey, turbinado sugar and dark Belgian candy sugar. The dates and honey seem most prominent now, with the molasses and sweet sugars rearing their heads every so often. In the back is a mild toastiness and an odd, malty tang that reminds of wet wheat. A rich aroma that, surprisingly, exhibits very little booziness.

Well, the flavor follows the nose well in its rich sweetness. I get tons of that Belgian sugar now, along with wheat, raisins and honey. The seems to be some small semblance of spicy German hops left behind, but they've been pushed into obscurity by the sweet malt and sugars. Bitterness does linger on the sides of the tongue between sips. It's a heavy flavor -- liqueur-like, and a little overbearing. Amazingly almost no alcohol shows up in the flavor, but the beast rears its head after the swallow, imparting major heat to my throat. It's almost as if it's picking up steam the further it goes.

Very light carbonation inside a dense medium body. It fizzes up a tiny bit as it moves about, while the alcohol envelops the tongue in a numbing assault. Perhaps it's the sluggish carbonation paired with the big body, but the mouthfeel just strikes me as downcast. Not completely digging it.

Everything about The Beast was unexpected, from color to flavor to mouthfeel. It's most definitely a heavy sipper, and if this is what four years of mellowing have done to it, I can't imagine what this beer tastes like fresh, and nor would I want to. Nice to try once, but I probably won't look for it again.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
2010 vintage. (16.21% ABV)

pours a translucent deep amber tone with a quickly dissipating finger of tan head (unsurprising given the heat of this one); patchy lacing.

nose is rife with caramel, toasted malt - sort of reminiscent of a barleywine. notable presence of dark fruits; very slightly astringent. alcohol is a player.

flavor profile follows the nose. sweet and malty with notes of dark fruit, candied sugar, and a touch of molasses. very boozy (north of 16% ABV, how could it not be), especially in the finish. to me this is more barleywine territory than BSDA, but tasty nonetheless. would like to try this beer with some age on it.

syrupy, medium-full mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. the quintessential sipper.

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Photo of seeswo
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle. Pours hazy, translucent dark brown with a small, lingering tan head. Smells of boozy dark fruits and raisins and a bit of caramel, similar to a booze bomb english barleywine. Front is caramel, bready, dark fruit goodness with an awesome butteryness. Finishes with a slightly unpleasant hop and booze combo. In addition, this beer right on the border of being too sweet to enjoy. The mouth is creamy and hot with low carbonation. The finish, mouthfeel and booze (even after almost 3 years) makes this beer not particularly drinkable.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from 2006 taken from the cellar, been sittin on this for a bit cause it's a beast. Into a snifter, split cause 12oz is to much.

Beast Grand Cru, pours with a big shade of faded red with some soft brown sported within. A stealth pour yielded little results with just a cm of ivory colored foam that left after some time, no stick.

Smell is fusel alcohol up front that is certain, Toned down just a bit after 4 years, it's still there. A nice amount of alcohol soaked dark fruits, spirits, grapes, raisins, rum, BSDA.

I've drank this vintage for the past few years and it gets better with each year taming in alcohol and overall heat, yet remains a monster. Pretty much this can be summed up with alcohol soaked plums and other dark fruits in the BSDA category amped up alot. Some raisins, dates, spirit like tastes. Alot of alcohol.

Feel is a smoothtextured beer with a heat alert on it. I could not imagine anybody drinking this stuff fresh and enjoying it, it's impossible. Alot of years does alot of good, but at 15 percent it's hard to fully mask that. Light carbonation.

Five ounces is plenty, anymore is overkill. Not very drinkable and too big for it's own good. With that said, there still is some nice Belgian fruity ness coming out, just buried beneath alcohol, that's all.

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

12 oz bottle, Batch 6 bottled 2008. Poured into DFH snifter.

A - Pours a dark copper with a wisp or head that's gone quick. Alcohol lacing is huge. Cloudy.

S - Deep draw brings in tons of raisin and fig, plus a nice boozy sting. Sweet and bready. Some strong and sweet molasses, too.

T - Up front a boozy sting with some bitterness. Immediately rounds out to a sweet breadyness leading into an incredible raisin and fig finish that lingers for ages. A bit of molasses in the middle.

M - Full body and sticky sweet. Finish stays for ages and it fully coats the mouth.

D - A sipper, but the booze enhances the beer. I could sip it for hours, making it a delicious and drinkable brew. Certainly can't drink it down quickly, though.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
2.81/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An 06 bottles on the late thanks to onix1agr, you the man b.

A- a hard pour yields a surprising inch or so of tan head but it settles almost instantly leaving a mirror finish. Slightly muddy orange brown in color.

S- candied fruits, raisins and dates come to mind with caramel, chocolate and a good bit of nail polish remover.

T- sweet and vinous with lots of raisins and dates again. Brown sugar and some spiced baked good kinda thing. Lots of alcohol taste like a spirit.

M- on the fuller side of body with a light carb that has some trouble fighting its way through the brew making it feel slick and chewy. Still pretty hot after 5 years, yikes!

D- well for what it is I guess it succeeds but as far as being drinkable not so much. Its an alcohol bomb and for those in the hunt for the heat a fresh bottle of this will sure do it for ya. Maybe some more time will finish the mellowing this needs.

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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,412 ratings
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