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RATINGS: 78   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 weíve 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, weíve 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. Ń votre santť!

Pairings: Lamb, wild game, charcuterie, p‚tť, duck, rabbit, braised short ribs, cherry reductions, bread pudding.

2010 Vintage - 8%ABV.
2011 Vintage - 9%ABV.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1611) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2014
bomber shared poured a mahogany deep red color with off white to almost light brown head. aroma is of bourbon and vanilla and dark fruits. the flavor is a medium bodied. the flavor is more of the same plenty of bourbon and vanilla notes with plenty of dark fruit undertones. lots of great flavors running through this at times seems a bit muddled but yet distinctive of each flavor..

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at Churchkey. Dark walnut colored pour with no head. Nose holds surprising ammounts of balsamic and cider vinegars, rye, port, and dark fruit; smells almost like an oud bruin. The flavor brings tart cherry and wood to the forefront. Bizarre for the style but I like it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2012
22oz. Bottle (2011 Vintage at 9%ABV per the Bottle): Aroma of malt, chocolate, cocoa, tannins, cherry, and oak. Very little Bourbon in the aroma. Poured deep copper/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, beige head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, cocoa, cherry, dark fruits, slight funk, light barrel, slight caramel, and tannins. Medium body. Lightly chalky, slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, cocoa, chocolate, cherry, oak finish is lightly chalky, medium sweet, and lightly dry. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - APR 7, 2012
Poured fro a bottle. 2011 vintage 9 % ACL. poured brown aubum red color. Mild sweet taste of some fruits.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Bottle:   Caramel, on the darker side, large sudsy tannish head, dies quickly leaving little lacing.   Somewhat of a prunish vanillaesque aroma.   Soft bourbon up front, a little tart and mealy, faint dark pitted fruit on the backside.   Finish feels a bit woody.   This one seems a little thin, not much body, with all the flavors being very shallow.   Almost sour on the finish, like its infected.   Not getting the bready dark pitted fruit so commonly associated with the style.   Seems a bit of a mish-mash on this one.   Thankfully as it warms up it becomes a bit more entertaining, a little banana and clove, dark wheat like malts... seems like a Dunkleweizen at times.   Then there is some vanilla and marshmallow.   However, above all it still has a slight sour fruit tinge to it.   Body and mouthfeel are right in the middle.   Finish just has this sour tinge to it that doesnt compliment this style.   The beginning of infection?   Over the hill?   Maybe... some depth to this one but nothing seems to stick together.   Very mish-mash like.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (6682) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle shared by Charlie while brewing .;. Deep ruby plum .. . Solid head and lacing .. . Quite sweet,mild mouth .. . Plum, raisin, and mild brandy burn .. . Pretty slutty and a good example of a beer to share with a few people.. . . Thanks for the special sauce Aubrey...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
tepid chestnut with thin oily cream head. Nose is date, newspaper, oxidation. Flavor is heavy chocolate liquor, light cream and coconut through finish. Thin but well balanced, like the rich dessert end.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5582) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2012
22oz bottle pours a transparent, copper amber with a creamy, lacing white head. Big, vanilla bean aroma, raisin, apples, brandy, dates, caramel, fresh cocoa pods. Flavor is sweet, watery bourbon, worcestershire sauce, caramel, vanilla, dried apple slices, raisins, dates. Full bodied, caramel, vanilla finish. Very one note.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1513) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Poured into goblet. 2011 vintage. 3.5 A: Dark brown color. A little over one finger of frothy tan head. Retention isnít very good, but a short ring of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Ass load of cocoa powder in this. I didnít read of this addition on the bottle, but Iím convinced that they had to have. Just super chocolaty. Vanilla is also pretty potent. The bourbon, however, is barely detectable, which is probably the right way to go with a dubbel. Light leather and earthiness from that and subtle oak. Fig and plum fruitiness. Banana under that. Surprisingly this isnít very spicy. 3.5 T: The barrel comes through a lot stronger in the taste. Some tannic astringency with oak and vanilla. Tangy caramel, earthy, and leather. Not as cocoa-y as the nose, but itís still there and is plentiful. Lots of banana, fig, and plum fruitiness. Brown sugar and molasses. Light clove, but not spicy overall. Not bad. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness to it. Also reasonably creamy. Good here. 3.5 D: A little strange, but itís not bad. Give it a try if you can. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-06-2012 03:08:13

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 wasnít 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. Thatís 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 itís not the greatest beer, it does a solid job of standing out from its peers, so it deserves at least some respect. Iíd drink it again, gladly.


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