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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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3.4
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, 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.

3.9
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2011
4 oz pour at ChurchKey. red / brown pour with a small off white head. bourbon, oak and apple on the nose. light to medium body with layers of apple, grape, oak, bourbon, fig, vanilla and caramel. thin finish with more bourbon, wood and fruit. nice beer!

3.7
Arayaga2 (2221) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Opaque red with an inch of poofy tan head. Aroma is raisins, tart cherries, and a hint of cinnamon, with some cola notes. That mostly covers the taste as well, but the vanilla takes a prominent finishing note, and it’s less tart than the aroma would suggest. Seema says "What the hell is that? It tastes like rancid pop!" She doesn’t normally dislike sours, either. $7/22 (11th ann)

3.6
kajser27 (2042) - 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)

3.3
monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2015
A good, interesting beer, tart but not sour. Pours a nice deep red with a tan head. Smells of cherry, strawberry and tobacco. Taste is tart cherries and apple, with a bit of smoke In the finish. Had in the bottle.

3.9
gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle; pours a dark cola brown with a khaki head; aroma is dark fruits with molasses, vanilla, yeast, and some spice; taste is sweet with dark fruits, molasses, and chocolate with hints of yeast and vanilla; has a light spice finish with a hint of oak; nice Belgian

3.6
Nocturne (1992) - 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.

3.3
DavoleBomb (1867) - 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 isn’t very good, but a short ring of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Ass load of cocoa powder in this. I didn’t read of this addition on the bottle, but I’m 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 isn’t 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 it’s 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 it’s not bad. Give it a try if you can. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-06-2012 03:08:13

3.9
VDuquerroux (1862) - Airvault, Haut-Poitou, FRANCE - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle, 1 pint 6oz. @Naintré, with dad and mom. A very dark brown sparkling beer with a big beige creamy head ; average retention. Roast, toast, blackberry, blackcurrant, wood, nut, vanilla, prune. Medium sweet, light to medium acid, dry bitter note, light refreshing, warming background. Medium body, average texture, light oily, average carbonation, sweet acid medium finish. Overall, a beautiful beer with a stormy fruity aroma ; makes me think of a flemish sour beer ; really good ; nice woody touch.


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