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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1905) - 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 it’s less tart than the aroma would suggest. Seema says "What the hell is that? It tastes like rancid pop!" She doesn’t normally dislike sours, either. $7/22 (11th ann)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1677) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2014
bomber shared poured a mahogany deep red color with off white to almost light brown head. aroma is of bourbon and vanilla and dark fruits. the flavor is a medium bodied. the flavor is more of the same plenty of bourbon and vanilla notes with plenty of dark fruit undertones. lots of great flavors running through this at times seems a bit muddled but yet distinctive of each flavor..

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (1549) - CROATIA - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle, 750 ml courtesy of Luka, shared with him and rest of the guys. Pours brown with off-white head. Sour with bit of chocolate, fruit (cherries maybe), oak.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1522) - 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 isn’t very good, but a short ring of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Ass load of cocoa powder in this. I didn’t read of this addition on the bottle, but I’m 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 isn’t 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 it’s 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 it’s not bad. Give it a try if you can. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-06-2012 03:08:13

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1474) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2015
On tap at Southern Filling Station. Pours dark ruby brown. Nose is black cherries, molasses, dates, light chocolate, vanilla, and cloves. Sweet and nicely tart. Medium to heavy body, syrupy and a touch acidic. Overall, this is a complex, nicely balanced, and tasty beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1421) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1349) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle from capitol beer. Aroma is wood , grape, . Has some slight sour taste. Has a bourbon aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1189) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle from 2012. Pours a burnt reddish brown color with a thin khaki head. Malt, caramel, oak, dark fruit, brown sugar, tart and some alcohol aroma. Malt, caramel, chocolate, raspberry, plum, raisin, tart, oak, brown sugar, vanilla and slight alcohol flavors. Full body and average carbonation. Slightly sweet with a malt, dark fruit and vanilla finish. Wouldn’t mind a bit more barrel character.


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