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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9854) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GT2 (9359) - 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
mcberko (9348) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a dark amber / brown with a small beige head. Aroma of red berries, floral notes and a slight sourness. Flavour of red berries, slightly sour fruits, and overall much more muted and less complex than the brandy barrel version. Decent, though inferior to the brandy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8530) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
On tap at GABF. Pours with a clear bronze body with a massive and lasting tan head that leaves excellent lace. Strong barrel aromas with vanilla, cinnamon-apple crisp, bready and caramelized. Mild raisin like esters. Flavors are of bourbon and oak. Some tannin, dry apple notes, bready. Medium bubbles and body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7562) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head and a fruity aroma. There is a treacle, cherry and vanilla flavor with a bourbon finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Draft. Mahogony beer with a cream colored head. Nice bourbon aroma. Bourbon and dark fruit flavor with light malt and figs. Medium bodied. Bourbon and vanilla lingers with dark fruit, light malt, and figs. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7100) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7032) - Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle shared by b3shine 2012. Pours a deep amber color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, cherry notes, raisins and dark fruits with some mild woody character. Finishes on the dry side.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (6850) - .....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...


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