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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 weíve 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, weíve 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. Ń votre santť!

Pairings: Lamb, wild game, charcuterie, p‚tť, duck, rabbit, braised short ribs, cherry reductions, bread pudding.

2010 Vintage - 8%ABV.
2011 Vintage - 9%ABV.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2443) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2011 vintage. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark ruby red color with a 2 finger moderately dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, toast, chocolate, cocoa, light roast, molasses, light vanilla, clove, oak, dark bread, herbal, light bourbon, light banana, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, fruit, and yeast ester notes with a fair amount of barrel presence; and good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, prune, toast, chocolate, cocoa, light roast, molasses, light vanilla, clove, oak, dark bread, light bourbon, light banana, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity and earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, toast, molasses, cocoa, light roast, clove, oak, light bourbon, dark bread, light banana, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, fruit, and yeast ester flavors; with moderate barrel presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice blended Belgian dark ale. All around nice balance and compelxity of malt, fruit, yeast ester, and moderate barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at Churchkey. Dark walnut colored pour with no head. Nose holds surprising ammounts of balsamic and cider vinegars, rye, port, and dark fruit; smells almost like an oud bruin. The flavor brings tart cherry and wood to the forefront. Bizarre for the style but I like it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2168) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Hm, somewhat different than I was expecting. Poured at a good temperature with an average size light tan, slightly fizzy, foamy head that eventually settked and some lace. Color is a clear orange mahoganey with lots of rapidly rising bubble trails. Aroma is at first dark ripe fruit, yeast, malt, and later vanilla. Flavorís like nose but much more intense. Has nice interplay between bitter - sweet- and carbonic tang (although tang starts to get in the way after a period). Flavor reminds me of some sort of candy Iíve never tried before and while I kind of like it, I wasnít all in. Body is decent but carbonation is a little too aggresive. Finish is like flavor, alcohol comes out strong, and length is long. Not a bad brew, but not a fav.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2166) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2011
4 oz pour at ChurchKey. red / brown pour with a small off white head. bourbon, oak and apple on the nose. light to medium body with layers of apple, grape, oak, bourbon, fig, vanilla and caramel. thin finish with more bourbon, wood and fruit. nice beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Opaque red with an inch of poofy tan head. Aroma is raisins, tart cherries, and a hint of cinnamon, with some cola notes. That mostly covers the taste as well, but the vanilla takes a prominent finishing note, and itís less tart than the aroma would suggest. Seema says "What the hell is that? It tastes like rancid pop!" She doesnít normally dislike sours, either. $7/22 (11th ann)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1699) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 26, 2011
(Draft @ Frisco Taphouse) Served in a heavy stem glass. Murky amber with a touch of beige head. Nose of bourbon, wood, coconut, caramel and a bit of spice. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, low carbonation. Tastes of sweet bourbon, oak, coconut, caramel, maybe a bit of rum and spice. Hot and sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Poured into goblet. 2011 vintage. 3.5 A: Dark brown color. A little over one finger of frothy tan head. Retention isnít very good, but a short ring of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Ass load of cocoa powder in this. I didnít read of this addition on the bottle, but Iím convinced that they had to have. Just super chocolaty. Vanilla is also pretty potent. The bourbon, however, is barely detectable, which is probably the right way to go with a dubbel. Light leather and earthiness from that and subtle oak. Fig and plum fruitiness. Banana under that. Surprisingly this isnít very spicy. 3.5 T: The barrel comes through a lot stronger in the taste. Some tannic astringency with oak and vanilla. Tangy caramel, earthy, and leather. Not as cocoa-y as the nose, but itís still there and is plentiful. Lots of banana, fig, and plum fruitiness. Brown sugar and molasses. Light clove, but not spicy overall. Not bad. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness to it. Also reasonably creamy. Good here. 3.5 D: A little strange, but itís not bad. Give it a try if you can. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-06-2012 03:08:13

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Thanks to Kevin for the chance to try this one -- really interesting brew. The fruitiness of those currants and figs really comes through, and the vanilla is also readily apparent -- none of those flavors slips to the background. Some of the caramelly oak from the bourbon is definitely there, along with the traditional booze dilution, and while I think it could use a bit of refinement, the flavors play together well and make for a far more interesting brew than I anticipated.


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