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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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For the winter season, we traditionally make a Belgian-style Dubbel; a rich malty pleasure that is the perfect accompaniment to those long winter nights. Last year we decided to play around with the concept and see where it might take us. After much tinkering -with a number of unique ingredients combined with wood barrel aging- we arrived at this wonderful juxtaposition of fruitiness and maltiness which harmonized magically to produce this delicious winter warmer.

The designation of "Grand Cru" originates from the Burgundy region of France. Brewers have taken the term and applied to it more elaborate, aged and reserved versions of their beers. Our Belgian-style Dubbel -a great beer itself with a loyal following- has been taken to the next level by the careful blending and aging techniques. We believe we’ve created a classic to be enjoyed throughout the winter months.

For 2010, we offer a very limited release of (only 48 barrels) our Winter Grand Cru. In this batch, we’ve added over 100 pounds each of locally sourced Zante Currants and Black Mission Figs. We aged 20% in used Bourbon barrels for 12 months - in which time the warmth of the Bourbon, along with toasted oak and vanilla flavors were released from the wood. Whole Vanilla beans compliment the wood and bring forth a velvety smoothness and richness. The fig flavor is forward on the nose along with the bubble-gum/banana ester derived during fermentation. The taste starts with the rich sweetness of fruit, carries through with a rich mellow center and finishes dry, allowing for another glass as you sit by the cozy fire. Á votre santé!

Pairings: Lamb, wild game, charcuterie, pâté, duck, rabbit, braised short ribs, cherry reductions, bread pudding.

2010 Vintage - 8%ABV.
2011 Vintage - 9%ABV.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HammerTroll (848) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 9, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2015 Hazy dark brown color, small tan head. Lovely aroma, lots of dark fruit and chocolate, some wood, bit boozy. Strong sour kick right into your face, not well balanced. Cherry. Finish is extremely long, chocolate and vanilla appeared at the end. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. It soubded better than it is. //vrutak

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (1549) - CROATIA - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle, 750 ml courtesy of Luka, shared with him and rest of the guys. Pours brown with off-white head. Sour with bit of chocolate, fruit (cherries maybe), oak.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (6416) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 24, 2015
Bottled 650ml. -from Vrutak Zagreb. Dark brown coloured, medium to big sized brown head, raisins in the nose. Vinous malty, caramel, raisins, figs and vanilla with discreet touch of wood. Rather dry finish with hint of alcohol. Not bad at all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1498) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2015
On tap at Southern Filling Station. Pours dark ruby brown. Nose is black cherries, molasses, dates, light chocolate, vanilla, and cloves. Sweet and nicely tart. Medium to heavy body, syrupy and a touch acidic. Overall, this is a complex, nicely balanced, and tasty beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7196) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 29, 2015
surprisingly good beer from a brewer I am admittedly not a fan of. got to sample this without dropping $10, though. Big booze and barrel character but not overly hot. light fruitiness, oak and yeast comes through as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (943) - CROATIA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle; pours a dark cola brown with a khaki head; aroma is dark fruits with molasses, vanilla, yeast, and some spice; taste is sweet with dark fruits, molasses, and chocolate with hints of yeast and vanilla; has a light spice finish with a hint of oak; nice Belgian

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4078) - Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2015
Growler. Pours opaque dark chocolate brown with a typical light tan head. Bold aroma has fruity, bourbon, woody, and subtle malty notes. Flavor delights with fruity, caramel, bourbon, woody and fruity notes that dance across the palate. Firm, smooth texture has some good fizz; finish is fruity and woody. Splendid!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rproff78 (155) - - MAR 5, 2015
Yum. Very good barrel aged beer out of California. A must try if you can find it!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle 2014. Deep reddish brown color with a tan top. Nose is fruit basket, wood and cocoa powder with bourbon as she warms. Taste is sweet dark fruit with some bourbon as well. Nice

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4304) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 18, 2015
I’ve seen this one on shelves for years now, but never took the plunge. I finally get to try in on draft at Artistic Table in Livermore… glad I did. It pours a dark brown/red color with a light tan head. The aroma has lots of crystal malt, brown sugar, plum and raisins. Some fruity acidity in there as well. Nice. The flavor is the same. Lots of dark fruit, sweet caramel, mild toffee and buttery/woody barrel notes. There’s some noticeable alcohol heat, but it’s welcome since it cuts the heavy sweetness perfectly. Pretty tasty stuff and the bottles are pretty reasonably priced. Might pick up one sometime soon.


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