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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Each Autumn, we fancy a good Dubbel, a rich, malty pleasure that’s the perfect accompaniment to those longer fall and winter nights. Three years ago, we began to play around with -what by then had become our “Winter Ale” and see where it might take us. After much tinkering, including a number of crazed fruit experiments, wood barrel aging in various vessels, and finally finishing with mind-numbing blending trials, we offer our Grand Cru. 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 (available as our winter seasonal) 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. This will be a limited release in both Bourbon and Brandy versions. In these batches, we’ve added locally sourced Zante currants and Black Mission figs, aged 20% of the blend in used bourbon and brandy barrels for 12 months - in which time the warmth of the spirits, along with toasted oak and vanilla flavors are 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 esters. In both, the taste starts with the rich sweetness of fruit, carries through with a rich mellow center and finishes dry, yet these Brandy and Bourbon siblings take you there via their own routes. 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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gription79 (2232) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Some soapy notes, chocolate, caramel, burnt sugar, prune, dry, woody.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3553) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle: Poured a dark reddish hint brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is strong dark fruit, hint of chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla. Taste is nice woods mixed with raisin/plum fruit, a nice vanilla and tingle to finish. Very lively on the tongue!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3357) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2012
2011 Bottle. Pours dark amber/ruby with thin, fizzy beige head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is ripe berries, bourbon, molasses, caramel malt, floral hops, vanilla, and light oak. Flavor is balanced sweet malt and dark fruit esters with faint hops; bourbon and vanilla undertones throughout with a sweet finish. Medium body, low carbonation, and medium warmth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10444) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Draft. Poured dark reddish brown color with medium off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Medium malt, vanilla, dark fruit, yeast aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy comples sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (801) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Tasty and unique. Pours a deep mahogany with a light brown head. Smells of herbs and oak. Taste definitely has a brandy hint, with oak barrels and herbs. Good, but heavy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Pours a brown color with a light brown head. Smells heavily of vanilla and a tid bit of bourbon. Taste is fairly smooth and creamy with vanilla rounding out the finish. Some minor bitterness is present.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Dark red brownpour, thin beige head. Vanilla and date aroma, cherry, fig, brown sugar. tastes very heavyon the vanilla, toffee, cherry, plum, fig. Very unusual beer with lots of fruit and barrell character. Actually a little heavy on the vanilla, but quite nice.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10635) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
The pour is a dark brown color with a bit of amber/red to it. There is some mild roast quality to the beer, but it’s mostly sweet. Heavy on the toffee and brown sugar, a little bit of dark fruit character. It’s also got a little bit of sweat/feet to it, strangely. The flavor lacks any foot-like qualities, fortunately. It’s mostly sweet toffee, brown sugar, and some vanilla. A nice dark fruit quality, mostly plums and raisins. I don’t get a lot of the figs, but certainly some currants.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
draft at Beer Revolution... super dark brown but not black with a thin tan head, gone right away... very malty nose, lots of molasses but alcohol is present... doesn’t taste great a touch alcohol and thin with raisins

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Draft. Rich mahogony beer with a cream colored head. Malt and fig/date aroma. Malt and dried fruit flavor with red fruits, yeast, and spice. Medium bodied. malt and dried fruit lingers with yeast and banana.


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