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RATINGS: 94   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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3.6
anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sweetish malty vanilla woody aroma. Sweetish malty bourbon vanilla woody flavor with weak yeasty hints. Has a sweetish malty bourbon vanilla finish.

3.1
mcberko (18950) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a dark amber / brown with a small beige head. Aroma of red berries, floral notes and a slight sourness. Flavour of red berries, slightly sour fruits, and overall much more muted and less complex than the brandy barrel version. Decent, though inferior to the brandy.

3.7
jtclockwork (17264) - , 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.

4
MiP (15973) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2011
Draught, 8.0%. Very vinous aroma, sweet fruit, hint of spicy vanilla. Cloudy dark red amber colour. The flavour is sweet and spicy, probably from the fruit, figs, that is. Sweet, but balanaced by a good citric flavour that must come from the Bourbon barrel, even though I think it tastes like red wine barrel. Good citric finish.

3.9
bhensonb (15753) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
On tap at the Bistro BA festival. As 9% in a Heaven Hill barrel. Pours hazy dark copper with a beige head. Somewhat musty aroma. Flavor is almost fresh darkish fruit with some mild vanilla and oak. Cola wafts in and out. Light, but dang tasty.

4
Ratman197 (15360) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, burnt carmel, dark fruit, vanilla, light coconut, light oak and light bourbon. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, carmel, dark fruit, light vanilla, light oak and light bourbon with a smooth lingering fruity finish.

3.8
Tmoney99 (14965) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured clear dark brown color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy malty, wood, bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid brew.

3.2
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Draft. Small beige head, cloudy dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, vanilla, caramel, some vinous, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, vanilla, light chocolate. Smooth medium-full body, light burn in finish, low carbonation.

3.6
BeerandBlues2 (13813) - Escondido, California, 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.

4
bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2013
(22oz bottle, 2011 vintage) Pours an amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, vanilla, oak, and marshmallow. Flavor of bourbon, figs, raisins, vanilla, and caramel.


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