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RATINGS: 72   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.


3.4
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (4864) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2011
On tap at Birch & Barley, October 2011. Dark reddish/brown with a small slightly tan head. Aroma of oak, dark fruit, bourbon and toffee. The same in the nice taste. I liked the clean and rather full mouth feel of this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4579) - 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 (4035) - 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 (3597) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3371) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3347) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3341) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Pours reddish amber hued with a lush beige head. Complex and well-balanced bouquet of caramel malt, bourbon, traces of vanillins, and sherry along with a mellow woodiness. Vanilla and wood are more prominent in the body, though the finish is all sherry and wood. Chocolate appears as well, but there is no discernable roastiness. Just a complex fruity body that manifests in changing waves.

0.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
DYCSoccer17 (3328) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
2012 22 ounce bottle purchased at Granzella’s in Williams, CA. This was in the cooler. The aroma definitely has some infected tart character present. Stale wood and oakiness. Virtually no bourbon character or really anything else. Christ. Transparent amber body with a small, fairly wispy light tan head present. Starts super sour, tart, and incredibly infected. Horribly infected and sour. Just undrinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #12. Dark reddish/brown pour, slightly hazy with a beige head that clung to the glass very nicely. Sweet dark fruitiness with a bit of bourbon that also lent the beer some heat as well. Flavor was very woody, a good amount of oak and a touch of bourbon, smooth finish though with just a slight lingering aftertaste. (2131)


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