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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6400) - 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 (5387) - 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 (3492) - 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 (4143) - 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 (688) - 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 (4791) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2246) - California, 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 (6300) - 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 (9642) - 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.


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