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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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
750 ml bottle (I think, I wasn’t arsed to check) into a tulip. 2011 vintage, from yesterday. A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. Retention is low, and so is lacing left on the glass. Pretty unremarkable looking. S: Also unremarkable on the nose. All I really get are some light fig/currant notes, with the faintest kiss of the barrel. That’s about it. T: This is almost ridiculously estery. The opening flavors are heavy in fig, currants, and raisins. One really has to work hard to find barrel qualities, which is disappointing considering how long it spent in there (12 months!) The flavors are far more enjoyable than the nose - still, it lacks the complexity and nuance to be a world beater. M: It has a medium body with medium carbonation and medium drinkability. Absolutely no booze is found anywhere on the feel, which is always good. My only nitpick is that the sweetness could be toned down in the finish some. O: I think this one is decent, just simple to a fault and not impressive in the aroma. Even if it’s not the greatest beer, it does a solid job of standing out from its peers, so it deserves at least some respect. I’d drink it again, gladly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (798) - CROATIA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle; pours a dark cola brown with a khaki head; aroma is dark fruits with molasses, vanilla, yeast, and some spice; taste is sweet with dark fruits, molasses, and chocolate with hints of yeast and vanilla; has a light spice finish with a hint of oak; nice Belgian

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (688) - Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Pours brown with tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, sugar, and some soy sauce. Taste is also complex. Sweet, citrus, bourban. Overall very nice, but a little unbalance and too sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Half pint @ Chuck’s. When I say I’m looking for something different, this is what I’m talking about. Bourbon, slight tang, gorgeous red, vanilla(?). Good god this is delicious. Who the fuck is Black Diamond?

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
Tap: dark reddish-brown pour with large creamy, light tan head. Aroma is dusty with woody oak, chocolate, cola, cherry, and vanilla. Flavor is cherry cola, vanilla, a light oaky bourbon and a very slight yeasty funk. Palate is mostly sweet and creamy thick. Overall an interesting beer but the flavors never seem to settle, probably could use some age to gel the flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2014
On draught at baileys cellar fest - '11 pours cloudy amber with small head. Nose of booze, brandy, and tart fruit. Taste is of brandy, oak, bourbon, and sour cherry/cranberry. Dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ADfan (648) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
Poured from the bottle it has a dark brown color. The taste has a mild sweetness almost like a cough syrup. There is some roasted fruits like figs and some peppermint. Good finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (522) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Cloudy auburn brown color with white head.. Nutty caramel malty aroma with hints of bourbon. Complex palate. We’ve got a dark fruit presence along with a please sour note and a candy like maltiness. Smooth bourbon and vanilla finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanuta06 (381) - Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Serving: from tap at Beer Junction. Aroma: lightly fruity with cask wood scent. Appearance: average-sized, fizzy, off-white, initial head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Black body. Taste: heavily sweet initial flavor and overwhelmingly sweet, caramel finish with hints of cask wood and bourbon. Average duration. Palate: light body, dry texture and fizzy carbonation. Overall: a complex beer. I liked the caramel finish, but it soon became overwhelmingly sweet.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cory (371) - , California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle. Vanilla, oak, yeast, raisins, smoke. Taste is sour, with a little savory, flavors of sour apple, grape juice, and wood. Belgian yeast, red ale, and juice qualities, and no bourbon or dark malts. Interesting and complex but not particularly that enjoyable for more than a couple sips in my opinion.


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