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RATINGS: 71   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9997) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is vanilla, sweet oak, dates, plums, bourbon, cookie and toast malt with light nutty tones, Belgian candi sugar, and light earthy hops. Flavor is malt forward with candied fruits, oak, bourbon, vanilla, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5834) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Dark brown-red pour with a tan head. The aroma and flavor are both very complex and show a lot of barrel-aged notes. Aroma is maple, cherries, toffee and bourbon. Flavor is maple, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, oak and caramel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4125) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 20, 2013
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep ruby/brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of spicy yeast, hints of vanilla and bourbon, a good amount of dark fruits, some caramel malts and a little chocolate. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not bad but a little too much going on and it doesn’t blend perfectly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (869) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2013
650ml bottle. Dark brown, perhaps ruby in shade. Nice long-lasting head. Aroma is quite muted at first. Bourbon and toffee shyly come forth, then later some bubblegum yeastiness. Malty, brown sugar, bourbon-rich taste. I like the barrel influence. Solid stuff but nothing to pay over the odds for.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6700) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head and a fruity aroma. There is a treacle, cherry and vanilla flavor with a bourbon finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Nose of belgian yeast, pehnolic fruitiness followed by vanilla beans, a slight bourbon notes, a little musty and odd. This smells really similar to the Imperial Porter. House yeast motherfuckers, boom. Pours brownish auburn red and shit, off whtie tannish head, good lace, all that shit, Sweet, toasted malts, fruity yeast, raisins, brown sugar, faint borubon, airy notes, a good deal of vanilla sweetness. Seems a little thin, well carbonated, smooth with the 9% abv. Interesting beer, glad to try, probs not worth 11 bucks.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ADfan (600) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2012
22oz bottle. 9% version. Hazy deep amber, almost brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla beans, raisins / dark fruits, some wood, and caramel. Tastes of vanilla bean, some bourbon, caramel, wood/oak, and chocolate. Alcohol content hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5739) - Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Shared 750 ml bottle to snifter. Looks solid; a semi-transparent deep amber with off-white lacing. Smells solid too; candied fruit and booze. Tastes like it smells with an average (albeit thin) mouthfeel. Decent.


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