Friday, October 3, 2014

Avery Brewing Company The Beast Grand Cru Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Avery Brewing Company The Beast Grand Cru Ale - Ale With Raisins, Dates, Molasses And Honey - Released July 2013 - Batch No. 11 - 622 Cases.

From the Avery Brewing Company website: “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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a hazy orangish-brown with a  large tan colored head and great lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruits, molasses, sweet caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruit, toffee, honey, spice and very boozy.
Taste: Sweet caramel, honey, dark fruits, pineapple, bready malts, orange, toffee, molasses and spice.
Overall: Sweet and boozy, Avery Brewing Company The Beast Grand Cru Ale is a beast for sure.  This 18% ABV monster reminds me more of a Barleywine than a Grand Cru.  I’m a huge fan of “The Demons of Ale” series.  Each one has been incredible!


Mark Harvey

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