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RATINGS: 77   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5352) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Sampled on 6/24/2011 on tap at Beer Revolution. This abbey dubbel pours a medium to dark brownish red color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit and sweet with bourbon and wood. A medium bodied dubbel. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy and herbal. Some wood. Nice carbonation. The bourbon flavors come in mostly at the finish, the beer is a touch boozy, but not that bad. I was hoping that the finish would be a little fuller, seemed a touch on the thin side. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2012
22oz. Bottle (2011 Vintage at 9%ABV per the Bottle): Aroma of malt, chocolate, cocoa, tannins, cherry, and oak. Very little Bourbon in the aroma. Poured deep copper/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, beige head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, cocoa, cherry, dark fruits, slight funk, light barrel, slight caramel, and tannins. Medium body. Lightly chalky, slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, cocoa, chocolate, cherry, oak finish is lightly chalky, medium sweet, and lightly dry. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4755) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4462) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4105) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3845) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 18, 2015
I’ve seen this one on shelves for years now, but never took the plunge. I finally get to try in on draft at Artistic Table in Livermore… glad I did. It pours a dark brown/red color with a light tan head. The aroma has lots of crystal malt, brown sugar, plum and raisins. Some fruity acidity in there as well. Nice. The flavor is the same. Lots of dark fruit, sweet caramel, mild toffee and buttery/woody barrel notes. There’s some noticeable alcohol heat, but it’s welcome since it cuts the heavy sweetness perfectly. Pretty tasty stuff and the bottles are pretty reasonably priced. Might pick up one sometime soon.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3801) - Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2015
Growler. Pours opaque dark chocolate brown with a typical light tan head. Bold aroma has fruity, bourbon, woody, and subtle malty notes. Flavor delights with fruity, caramel, bourbon, woody and fruity notes that dance across the palate. Firm, smooth texture has some good fizz; finish is fruity and woody. Splendid!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3575) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3474) - 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.


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