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RATINGS: 78   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4531) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 20, 2013
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep ruby/brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of spicy yeast, hints of vanilla and bourbon, a good amount of dark fruits, some caramel malts and a little chocolate. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not bad but a little too much going on and it doesn’t blend perfectly.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
750 ml bottle (I think, I wasn’t arsed to check) into a tulip. 2011 vintage, from yesterday. A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. Retention is low, and so is lacing left on the glass. Pretty unremarkable looking. S: Also unremarkable on the nose. All I really get are some light fig/currant notes, with the faintest kiss of the barrel. That’s about it. T: This is almost ridiculously estery. The opening flavors are heavy in fig, currants, and raisins. One really has to work hard to find barrel qualities, which is disappointing considering how long it spent in there (12 months!) The flavors are far more enjoyable than the nose - still, it lacks the complexity and nuance to be a world beater. M: It has a medium body with medium carbonation and medium drinkability. Absolutely no booze is found anywhere on the feel, which is always good. My only nitpick is that the sweetness could be toned down in the finish some. O: I think this one is decent, just simple to a fault and not impressive in the aroma. Even if it’s not the greatest beer, it does a solid job of standing out from its peers, so it deserves at least some respect. I’d drink it again, gladly.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (6682) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle shared by Charlie while brewing .;. Deep ruby plum .. . Solid head and lacing .. . Quite sweet,mild mouth .. . Plum, raisin, and mild brandy burn .. . Pretty slutty and a good example of a beer to share with a few people.. . . Thanks for the special sauce Aubrey...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bomber from State Line. Pours turbid ruddy burnt sienna with minimal off-white head. Nose is heavy bourbon, oak, vanilla, earthy brown sugar, figgy fruit. Tastes of figgy fruit, oaky bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and complex. Finishes with some heat and and a lot of oak, dark fruit, and bourbony notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
streve (105) - Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2013
22oz bottle from 2011. Pour is a semi-clear, dark reddish brown color with minimal head. Aroma is delightful. Full of cherry, vanilla and caramel. Mouth is very smooth. Hints of caramel malt, vanilla, bourbon oak and cherry. The finish is a little dry like a mild wine. I like the complex blend of flavors and aging.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5927) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Dark brown-red pour with a tan head. The aroma and flavor are both very complex and show a lot of barrel-aged notes. Aroma is maple, cherries, toffee and bourbon. Flavor is maple, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, oak and caramel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (523) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Cloudy auburn brown color with white head.. Nutty caramel malty aroma with hints of bourbon. Complex palate. We’ve got a dark fruit presence along with a please sour note and a candy like maltiness. Smooth bourbon and vanilla finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
Tap: dark reddish-brown pour with large creamy, light tan head. Aroma is dusty with woody oak, chocolate, cola, cherry, and vanilla. Flavor is cherry cola, vanilla, a light oaky bourbon and a very slight yeasty funk. Palate is mostly sweet and creamy thick. Overall an interesting beer but the flavors never seem to settle, probably could use some age to gel the flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bourbony! Brown in color. Some oak and vanilla! And some wood! Some malts. Good stuff

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2425) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Hm, somewhat different than I was expecting. Poured at a good temperature with an average size light tan, slightly fizzy, foamy head that eventually settked and some lace. Color is a clear orange mahoganey with lots of rapidly rising bubble trails. Aroma is at first dark ripe fruit, yeast, malt, and later vanilla. Flavor’s like nose but much more intense. Has nice interplay between bitter - sweet- and carbonic tang (although tang starts to get in the way after a period). Flavor reminds me of some sort of candy I’ve never tried before and while I kind of like it, I wasn’t all in. Body is decent but carbonation is a little too aggresive. Finish is like flavor, alcohol comes out strong, and length is long. Not a bad brew, but not a fav.


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