30th Anniversary - Grand Cru - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jampics2:
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On tap @ Winking Lizard. Served in a Goblet.
I've loved each of Sierra Anniversaries so far, but this was the one I was most looking forward to. The beer was brought to our table quickly, and I started to gaze at the amber colored beer with small white cap. I noticed touches of ruby around the edges, giving this a warm and seductive appearance. Nice lace is present as well. For an American strong ale, this looks nice, but it could have better clarity and head retention.
The smell was an experience in itself. A boat load of sweet caramel malt gives this a nice base. Next up is the oak, leaving some slight woody tannins. A boat load of hops give orange and grapefruit notes with a touch of pine sap. No real booze is noted, which is much appreciated with the potential for this to go overboard.
This is a killer blend. Really, when put up against beers like Lukcy Bastard, the brilliance of the Sierra Nevada brewers really shines through. This is anything but just a mix. Malt and hops are the rule of the day, with citrus upfront - primarily orange and grapefruit notes. A touch of pine, then some wood and tannins give this earthy depth. Some mild almost roasted toffee malt on the backside gives the flavor a nice crescendo. The flavor builds until we reach a tremendous bitter peak. Some booze at the end is the only big pimple on an otherwise flawless beer, but it is, at the very least, milder than the other Sierra Nevada 30th anniversaries have been. A nice cuvee for sure!
The mouthfeel of Grand Cru is medium to full with some lingering bitterness and creamy carbonation. This could have been sticky but avoided that with the nice touch of carb at the end. Not the most drinkable beer ever, but huge. A worthy choice to celebrate 30 years of brewing! Happy Birthday Sierra Nevada!
Serving type: on-tap
01-13-2011 01:25:02 | More by jampics2
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3.66/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a snifter. Bottle reads 22% aged in bourbon barrels.
A - Pours a deep amber color with a generous 2 finger off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thick lacing.
S - Bourbon up front with carmel, vanilla and hops at the end.
T - Bourbon and carmel to start with a somewhat blank middle and a distinct hops bite on the end.
M - Somewhat thin for a celebration ale. Moderately carbonated.
O - You can taste the various components, the Bigfoot, the Celebration and the Pale ale. Even after being blended, re-hopped and partially barrel aged it hasn't married very well.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 21:33:01 | More by kdahnke123
3.21/5 rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours an amber brown with a bit of orange. Medium tan collar and the head was either non-existent or faded so quickly that I didn't see it by the time it was handed to me. Aroma is boozey, really overly woody, brown sugar. Medium body and very low carbonation . Taste is of raisin, toffee, and some of that woodiness present in the aroma. Taste is more of a barley wine than grand cru.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 01:53:35 | More by mverity
3.83/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Really excited about this beer, and found by chance at a local liquor store - the first time I had seen or heard of it. Pours a nice deep dark red with clingy thick white head. Some effervescing. Smell is somewhat mild, mostly apples and caramel and some citrus. Taste is actually a lot hoppier than I was expecting; lots of citrusy hops, pine, and oak up front with some brown sugar and vanilla. Lots of Bigfoot influence. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and not too heavy. Feels nowhere near 9+%. Carbonation is good. Overall very pleased... Not overly sweet, and very complex. Lots of good flavors to pull out. A great tribute to 30 years for one of my favorite breweries.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2013 06:57:40 | More by Samuel906
30th Anniversary - Grand Cru from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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