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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 weve 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, weve 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. votre sant!

Pairings: Lamb, wild game, charcuterie, pt, 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
baraciisch (1737) - USA - JUN 20, 2012
Aroma of bourbon and oak.... Deep mahogany in color... Body is a little thin but flavor is sweet with notes of caramel and bourbon... Delicious

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Bottle:   Caramel, on the darker side, large sudsy tannish head, dies quickly leaving little lacing.   Somewhat of a prunish vanillaesque aroma.   Soft bourbon up front, a little tart and mealy, faint dark pitted fruit on the backside.   Finish feels a bit woody.   This one seems a little thin, not much body, with all the flavors being very shallow.   Almost sour on the finish, like its infected.   Not getting the bready dark pitted fruit so commonly associated with the style.   Seems a bit of a mish-mash on this one.   Thankfully as it warms up it becomes a bit more entertaining, a little banana and clove, dark wheat like malts... seems like a Dunkleweizen at times.   Then there is some vanilla and marshmallow.   However, above all it still has a slight sour fruit tinge to it.   Body and mouthfeel are right in the middle.   Finish just has this sour tinge to it that doesnt compliment this style.   The beginning of infection?   Over the hill?   Maybe... some depth to this one but nothing seems to stick together.   Very mish-mash like.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2012
22oz bottle. 9% version. Hazy deep amber, almost brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla beans, raisins / dark fruits, some wood, and caramel. Tastes of vanilla bean, some bourbon, caramel, wood/oak, and chocolate. Alcohol content hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9542) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, burnt carmel, dark fruit, vanilla, light coconut, light oak and light bourbon. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, carmel, dark fruit, light vanilla, light oak and light bourbon with a smooth lingering fruity finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
A: Poured a cola color with good carbonation leaving a small dirty white cap and some lacing S: Whifss of brandy, chocolate and dark fruits T: Well the taste followed the ose but presented a big letdown with cheap brandy, some Hersheys like chocolate, my moms bakers powder cocoa and some dark fruits, some weird phenols hittin on this with an odd finish. M: Well carbonated but the mouthfeel was simple and poor tasting O:Pretty much avoid

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4621) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2012
22oz bottle pours a transparent, copper amber with a creamy, lacing white head. Big, vanilla bean aroma, raisin, apples, brandy, dates, caramel, fresh cocoa pods. Flavor is sweet, watery bourbon, worcestershire sauce, caramel, vanilla, dried apple slices, raisins, dates. Full bodied, caramel, vanilla finish. Very one note.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
tepid chestnut with thin oily cream head. Nose is date, newspaper, oxidation. Flavor is heavy chocolate liquor, light cream and coconut through finish. Thin but well balanced, like the rich dessert end.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
651mL thanks to ygtbsm94. Clear amber pour with diminishing tan head. No lace. Nose is phenolic, newspaper, oxidized. Taste is sweeter, richer. Dessert cherry. Some paper and plastic. Very strange flavors. No abbey dubbel character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours a hazy brown with a reddish tint. Toasted malt aroma with a bit of fruit. Sweet fruity flavor, strawberry and cherry. Bitter finish with moderate hops. Light vanilla and bourbon, though not really noticeable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - APR 7, 2012
Poured fro a bottle. 2011 vintage 9 % ACL. poured brown aubum red color. Mild sweet taste of some fruits.


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