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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8773) - Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle shared by b3shine 2012. Pours a deep amber color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, cherry notes, raisins and dark fruits with some mild woody character. Finishes on the dry side.

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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14617) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle at DadsThursday. Pours brown with tan head. Nose and taste of bourbon, blackberry, dark fruit, oak and vanilla. Touch of bubblegum. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5486) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 18, 2015
I’ve seen this one on shelves for years now, but never took the plunge. I finally get to try in on draft at Artistic Table in Livermore… glad I did. It pours a dark brown/red color with a light tan head. The aroma has lots of crystal malt, brown sugar, plum and raisins. Some fruity acidity in there as well. Nice. The flavor is the same. Lots of dark fruit, sweet caramel, mild toffee and buttery/woody barrel notes. There’s some noticeable alcohol heat, but it’s welcome since it cuts the heavy sweetness perfectly. Pretty tasty stuff and the bottles are pretty reasonably priced. Might pick up one sometime soon.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (9684) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 29, 2015
surprisingly good beer from a brewer I am admittedly not a fan of. got to sample this without dropping $10, though. Big booze and barrel character but not overly hot. light fruitiness, oak and yeast comes through as well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heavy (2665) - Split, CROATIA - JUN 15, 2016
Feb. ’16. A 0.65 l bottle from Pivoteka, Zagreb. It poured almost clear copper (mračno je, ne vidin) body with a small, short living head. Strong aroma of bourbon, alcohol, caramel, vanilla, touched with yeast. Not bad at all! Flavor was lightly sweet, with caramel, dried and dark fruits. Also lightly bitter/sour with wood and alcohol, especially towards the finish. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation on palate. Long finish, bitter, wood, bourbon, lightly sour peat and other subtle things and spices. Very nice aftertaste. Barrel aging distanced it from being too Belgian, seemed more like some barley wine. Even though I was not so impressed at first, it was definitely a pleasant and an interesting brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Sampled on 6/24/2011 on tap at Beer Revolution. This abbey dubbel pours a medium to dark brownish red color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit and sweet with bourbon and wood. A medium bodied dubbel. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy and herbal. Some wood. Nice carbonation. The bourbon flavors come in mostly at the finish, the beer is a touch boozy, but not that bad. I was hoping that the finish would be a little fuller, seemed a touch on the thin side. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
On tap at GABF. Pours with a clear bronze body with a massive and lasting tan head that leaves excellent lace. Strong barrel aromas with vanilla, cinnamon-apple crisp, bready and caramelized. Mild raisin like esters. Flavors are of bourbon and oak. Some tannin, dry apple notes, bready. Medium bubbles and body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2803) - California, 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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4928) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with a slight amber tint and medium, creamy beige head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts, light yeast, bourbon, earthy hops, figs, dates, and some sour/vinegar notes. Flavor is sweet malts, sour fruit esters, earthy hops, and vinegar towards the end; faint bourbon undertones with a sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation.


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