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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11255) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
On tap at the Bistro BA festival. As 9% in a Heaven Hill barrel. Pours hazy dark copper with a beige head. Somewhat musty aroma. Flavor is almost fresh darkish fruit with some mild vanilla and oak. Cola wafts in and out. Light, but dang tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2182) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6169) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2012
22. Pours nearly black with a light and loose tan film and tons of stringy lace. Overall, not a heavy-looking beer, but it occupies the glass without a doubt. Very pronounced sweet caramel and vanilla from the bourbon and oak, along with some mildly sweet esters, maybe a little plummy. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Caramel, vanilla, plums, and black bread on the mid palate. Mild plummy finish. Very beguiling beer.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5593) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2013
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) cloudy deep brown, thick offwhite head. Nose of bourbon barrels, light herbal flavors, vanilla, complex, smells awesome. Taste of graham cracker, alcohol, vanilla, light alcohol, cream, quite unique and very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2267) - 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. Flavor’s 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 I’ve never tried before and while I kind of like it, I wasn’t 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2690) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Draft. Mahogony beer with a cream colored head. Nice bourbon aroma. Bourbon and dark fruit flavor with light malt and figs. Medium bodied. Bourbon and vanilla lingers with dark fruit, light malt, and figs. Nice.

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.

3.8
   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.


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