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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
750 ml bottle (I think, I wasn’t 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. That’s 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 it’s not the greatest beer, it does a solid job of standing out from its peers, so it deserves at least some respect. I’d drink it again, gladly.


3.8
furthur (1203) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - AUG 7, 2017
Bottle, deep brown beer, almond colored head. Aroma is toast, molasses and dark fruit. Taste is sour cherries, toast, molasses, lemon, vanilla and bourbon. Palate is medium, carbonation average.

3.6
Bawelt (874) - Lyon, FRANCE - JAN 16, 2017
Nez au départ hyper éthylique puis on repart sur le bourbon et un fond de chêne. Bouche largement plus légère, riche et équilibrée. On retrouve les fruits, le vieillissement. Bien foutue.

3.5
JaBier (8027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2016
Bottle. Clear copper pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, roast and bourbon. Malty and caramelly flavor with some bourbon, sugar and toffee accents before an estery finish.

3.3
jaghana (6115) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle 75cl a dark béer with medium head. Nose is on quetches oxydized notes. Aroma is on dark malt licorice oxydized et wood sour background.

3.6
kajser27 (1872) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 14, 2016
Ruby red - brown colored, unclear, medium- creamy beige to tan head. Aroma is of caramel and toffee, bit toasty, raisins and some vanilla, oak and vinous. Taste is medium sweet malt with caramel and toffee notes, bit raisins, vinous with some tartness, oak and some vanilla. Medium+ bodied, soft carbonation, oily. Not bad at all. (bottle, Vrutak, Zagreb)

3.7
heavy (2890) - 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.

3.4
Nickls (2541) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Tap. Fizzy, bubbly eggshell head; coppery dark hazy brown. Alcohol; pears; prunes; candy sweetness; and toffee in the aroma. Flavor carries much more of the bourbon; boozy; some prunes; bready spiciness; and a dark fruit finish. Bit sweet for me. Medium body with bubbly vibrant carbonation.

3.2
FireGlider (618) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 16, 2016
Amber/brown color with big brown head. Aroma of fig and sour cherry. Taste is sour and sweet. Big body with huge carbonation. Really flavourfull beer.

3.8
Hrc_Cro (554) - 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.

3.8
Marko (5758) - 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.


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