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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bomber from State Line. Pours turbid ruddy burnt sienna with minimal off-white head. Nose is heavy bourbon, oak, vanilla, earthy brown sugar, figgy fruit. Tastes of figgy fruit, oaky bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and complex. Finishes with some heat and and a lot of oak, dark fruit, and bourbony notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle... Murky brown ale with a small, quickly dissipating, khaki head. The aroma provides generous measures of caramel and toffee flanked by notes of soil, grapes, oak and fallen plums. Full-bodied, but watery with lazy carbonation. The flavor delivers complex layers of caramel, milk chocolate and toffee with undercurrents of tart, tannic plum skins and bourbon. Finishes bittersweet, malty and vinous with long-lasting, light bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1961) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4969) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 2, 2015
From Pivoteka, shared with Mario, thanks! Unsure of the vintage - 75% "ale with fruit with vanilla beans added, 25% ale aged in bourbon barrels." Shiny ruby-brown body with a tiny off white head. Aroma - raisins and vague bourbon. Taste... raisins, fruity in general, vague tartness, light coffee, far from excessively sour, mild puckering. Slightly dry finish, notes of grapes. Actually a very nice beer, without being a thriller.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hrc_Cro (435) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 16, 2016
0.66l bottle. Misty amber color with nice browny head. Nice smell of bourbon. Aroma of cherries, plum, malt and coffee. Taste is sour and little bitter and sweet with some alcohol present. More acidic than expected, but good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3857) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (726) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1629) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (2129) - 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)

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