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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16719) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sweetish malty vanilla woody aroma. Sweetish malty bourbon vanilla woody flavor with weak yeasty hints. Has a sweetish malty bourbon vanilla finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10676) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured clear dark brown color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy malty, wood, bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Poured into goblet. 2011 vintage. 3.5 A: Dark brown color. A little over one finger of frothy tan head. Retention isn’t very good, but a short ring of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Ass load of cocoa powder in this. I didn’t read of this addition on the bottle, but I’m convinced that they had to have. Just super chocolaty. Vanilla is also pretty potent. The bourbon, however, is barely detectable, which is probably the right way to go with a dubbel. Light leather and earthiness from that and subtle oak. Fig and plum fruitiness. Banana under that. Surprisingly this isn’t very spicy. 3.5 T: The barrel comes through a lot stronger in the taste. Some tannic astringency with oak and vanilla. Tangy caramel, earthy, and leather. Not as cocoa-y as the nose, but it’s still there and is plentiful. Lots of banana, fig, and plum fruitiness. Brown sugar and molasses. Light clove, but not spicy overall. Not bad. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness to it. Also reasonably creamy. Good here. 3.5 D: A little strange, but it’s not bad. Give it a try if you can. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-06-2012 03:08:13

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5458) - Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Shared 750 ml bottle to snifter. Looks solid; a semi-transparent deep amber with off-white lacing. Smells solid too; candied fruit and booze. Tastes like it smells with an average (albeit thin) mouthfeel. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Some nice malt, fruit, and yeast combine to make a very nice beer. Some nice wood notes. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3358) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2012
22 oz bottle, 2011. Deep brown with tan frosting. Nose is bourbon, banana and fig getting woody with vanilla. Medium body with a tang then dry. Taste is bourbon soaked raisin, caramelized banana, plum and oak. Tasty Belgian hybrid.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3562) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with a slight amber tint and medium, creamy beige head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts, light yeast, bourbon, earthy hops, figs, dates, and some sour/vinegar notes. Flavor is sweet malts, sour fruit esters, earthy hops, and vinegar towards the end; faint bourbon undertones with a sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (645) - Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Pours brown with tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, sugar, and some soy sauce. Taste is also complex. Sweet, citrus, bourban. Overall very nice, but a little unbalance and too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4567) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Mostly a very sweet sugary aroma. A brown-orange color. First sip is better than the aroma. Tons of vanilla in this, but some fruitiness too, figs? It works pretty well. Not too sweet in the finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jon_M (3) - - JUN 27, 2012 does not count
This is my first time having this beer so it is a tentative rating. It’s very nice but not excellent.


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