The Beast Grand Cru | Avery Brewing Company

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The Beast Grand CruThe Beast Grand Cru
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3.89/5
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1,430 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
Batch 13 (2016): 16.8% ABV

Added by Crosling on 01-29-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
615
Ratings:
1,430
pDev:
14.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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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Photo of Lothar666
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Snifter after aging the bottle in my cabinet for over 2 years.

A- Poured a syrupy dark brown amber with an off-white head, but carbonation receded so it has the appearance of maple syrup in a glass. Lacing is weak.

S- Strong alcohol, dark fruits, some sugar, and little else. You can tell it is a booze bomb from the nose alone.

T- The flavor is delicious if not complex, especially the aftertaste. The strong alcoholic tingle that is offputting at first leaves after a moment and leaves a syrupy flavor of brown sugar that makes you want more.

M- Very thin, doesn't coat the tongue or the throat, and even after several years aging this guy is a booze bomb. Not really a bad thing, but the complexity is lost in favor of a high abv, which this one makes no effort to hide.

Overall-

Good flavor balanced by lack of drink-ability. While I did enjoy this, the 8 bucks and the 2 years of waiting was somewhat of a disappointment. For the same amount of money, Dogfish has some brews that are much more impressive.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

A-Pours out a murky,scarlet/amber with a slight and fleeting tan collar that left thin and oily alcohol legs on the glass.

S-Lots of sweet dark fruit(plum,fig,dried cherries),mild tobacco,black pepper,molasses, punchy hops,burnt sugar and hints of dry spice(clove,cardamom).

T-Bittersweet prune,cherry Kool-Aid,black currant,Nebbiolo grapes,black tea and toffee.

M-Sweet,full and warm.Nice complexity of flavors on the cusp of cloying.

O-My second foray into the Demons of Ale series,after Samaels,was another nice beer.Good balance on an extreme beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's 3 year anniversary event on 8/24.

*2008 vintage*

This was cellared for 3 years at the Abbey.

A - Clear amber colour with a big fluffy 2 finger head that receeded nice and slowly leaving big, thick side lacing.

S - A bit on the weaker side considering the strong ABV, big dark fruits though.

T - Pretty good. nice and smooth considering the age. Sticky sweet malts and candy along with some belgian spices.

M - Sticky, candy malt mouthfeel. Thick and a big heavy.

O - Overall, I liked this beer, probably alot better than I would the fresh version. Wouldn't mind trying an older one.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Bell's Tulip Glass

Bottled In 2006 and %14.6 abv

A- Probably the most interesting color combo I've seen. Pours a dark reddish brown that looks like blood in the glass with a thin khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving some clouds on top of the body. No lacing but some really nice legs on the side of the glass.

S- Wow these are by far my favorite beers to stick my nose in, old musty malt bombs!!! So damn complex in every way. Tons of sweet toasty roasted caramel malts, toffee, dark fruits, raisins, dates, molasses, leather, cherries, and slight hints of Belgian yeast. Behind it all the tons of alcohol notes creep up on ya but blend really nicely.

T- Wow, its so sweet!! But so good!!! The first thing that hits you on the tip of the tongue is the dark fruits and alcohol but as it makes its way down the throat the super strong sweetness from the caramel malts and candied sugar comes out and gives the effect of a sourness it's so strong. The complexity of the malts and yeast really blends nicely creating one hell of a monster brew. The alcohol is there but warms you up mostly, doesn't burn or linger.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice wet strong sweet finish.

Overall this is a dream in a bottle, musty malt bomb with tons of dark fruits and molasses but only if your into that sort of thing. A really nice dessert beer if there was such a thing, could take the place of a wine any day IMO. Unfortunately this is definitely the sweetest beer I've had of this style which kind of knocks it down a notch cause it's pretty extreme. But definitely worth every penny and every sip.

SkÅL!

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

Review # 666 poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter. My bottle is from 2010, 16.1% alcohol. The pour is murky, and muddy, big white head. The aroma has alot of alcohol, caramel sweetness. The first sip hot alcohol is all you notice, once you get past it the raisins, and honey shine through. The beer is very sweet, and the finish lingers with hot alcohol. The body is medium, good carbonation. I felt this was a nice treat for review 666. I enjoyed it, if they could tone down the alcohol a bit it could be even better.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 15.07% ABV in the batch I had.

A - Amber with a cloudy reddish brown color.

S - Sweet, honey, malt.

T/M - WOW. This a a phenom! Overload of honey with a tate of belgium like yeast at the end of the first "flavor wave" and finishes with a medium almost salty sweet finish.

O - Man, I'm torn on this one in a good way, extremely intense flavor, but no hint of the 15.07% ABV this has in store for you.

PP (Price Point) - $8.99 for a 12oz bottle that is 15.07% I would definitely say this is a must try and a good value for the money!

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

Thanks to expedition for the bottle! Poured into a lost abbey tulip.

A: A light translucent brown builds into a brown-hued black with a slightly roasted head that looks creamy and leaves creamy lacing that dissipates shortly.

S: Major fig and raisin (avery specialty it seems) with some rummish heat and a tad of dark cherry tartness.

T: Rum-soaked raisins (think another reviewer was right on with this) with majorly sweet fig, date and plum piled on top with some hop biternesss for character. Some rummish heat in the taste but less than you'd expect with the monster abv (my bottle says 15.07%). Has a heavy raisin/date sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium, maybe slightly heavy bodied with some fruit like stickiness in the afterfeel and some heat burn in the top of the mouth. It all fits with the taste though and I don't find the mouthfeel too knockable.

O: Not a bad beer. Avery does the dark fruit flavors well and this beer only pushes that reputation further. I could imagine enjoying this beer with a dessert, but on its own it maybe a little too much flavor and alcohol punch. I continue to respect avery as a solid brewery, and this beer only continues that trend.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Amazingly sweet and delicous desert beer.

Pour leaves a dark copper beer, hazy and the head fades immediately. Lacing is ok.

The aroma has sour notes of vinegar with a big malty molasis and brown sugar background.

The taste has no sour notes. Full of toffee, brown sugar, molasis, dark fruits. Dates and rum soaked raisins. Big honey domination with sugary notes througout. Woody notes and some earthy hops in the back. Very sweet and complex.

Thick and vicious with boozy burn, but nice balance for such a high alcohol beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage courtesy of kingcrowing a ways back. Served in a Mikasa goblet and split with Amyliz4.

Pours a muddy garnet-brown with a thin off-white head that falls quickly, leaving a few spots of lacing, a thin collar, and a nice galaxy swirl. Nose brings forward all sorts of dark fruits plus a strong coat of brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Slight cherry and beautiful oxidation. Flavor is so mellow and smooth. Quite complex and incredibly delicious. Thick, chewy body. My only complaint is that there really isn't much yeast presence here. However, the booze is nearly non-existent and the malt has done wonders. Oxidation has done its duty on this beer. Well done.

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Photo of fastd03
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of Avery's high-alcohol content beers. I found it at a nearby store, and knowing Avery, I bought it in part for this reason. I liked it. But if you have an aversion for strong beers that taste almost as if somebody dropped a shot in them, this beast is definitely not for you. The bottle listing is actually 16.2 (rather than the 14.90 ABV listed here), and that extra 1.3 must give it a bit of extra alcohol flavor.

So, if you like extra strong Belgian-style beers, you should give this one a try (at $13, it's not something to get 4 of without having tried it first), but if you aren't so enamored by the style, this is one you may want to pass up.

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Photo of feylure
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my goodness wow. I've worked my way thru the other two beasts, and this one is quite an amazing addition.

Appears as a extremely dark amber, but it's filtered; you can see thru it, but still, it's an extremely dark amber color.

Smell is straight up like sweet malt and raisins. There's also a bit of alcohol in the smell.

Taste is crazy awesome and BOLD. It's thick, sweet, bold-caramel-like in the feel and taste until the raisin flavor really comes out over everything. It's a floral, non-bitter flavor with tons of raisin caramel flavor.

Throughout the whole taste, the mouthfeel is full, and toward the end, it fees like the full raisin taste starts drying in the top of my tongue as the bottom is left lubricated. The lingering taste is that caramel + raisin flavor.

This beer is definitely a desert beer. And it is an EXTREMELY well done one. I will DEFINITELY get this again.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a brilliant ruby red with very little head. Has moderate carbonation and a nice film that clings to the glass.

N: Dark Belgian candy sugar, ripe dark fruit, sweet toffee, honey, white grapes and some booze.

T: Very sweet toffee and dark Belgian candy sugar upfront. This is followed by sweet honey, red wine, barnyard, fig, dates, ripe plum and medicinal cherry. Finishes sweet with dark fruits, burnt sugar and floral notes.

M: Full bodied, sticky and warming.

O: Quite boozey and a bit of a sugar-bomb. Vinous with some nice dark fruits hiding beneath. Rather cloying and the 12oz bottle should be shared with a friend.

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Photo of dantheman13
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle; 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a deep amber in my tulip glass. It is clear, with a minimal head. This beer is sipped slowly, and during that time the head pretty much dissipates, which is to be expected for a beer of this alcohol percentage. Upon close inspection, there are a few 'floaties' in this beer. I like that.

S: Lots of fruit, combined with alcohol. As far as the fruity side goes, I am smelling pear, and banana. A slight hint of vanilla perhaps. The fruit and alcohol aromas are combined nicely to produce a sweet smell.

T: Sweetness, and alcohol. This is a high gravity beer for sure. I think a few years or aging could improve the taste, or perhaps barrel aging on the part of the brewer. Lots of sweet malt at the front of the mouth, followed by alcohol burn. Pear with skin and raisin, as others have noted. Not a a whole lot of bittering or hop flavor, as to be expected.

M: Lightly carbonated, which is to be expected. A nice thick feel to the beer. It leaves a sweet, alcoholic aftertaste.

O: For me, this beer is just too alcoholic. I believe that it is well crafted for the style of beer that it is. In order to enjoy this beer though, one would have to sip on it the entire evening, and given that fact the flavors are just not interesting enough for me to do this a second time.

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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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The Beast Grand Cru from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,430 ratings