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30th Anniversary - Grand Cru - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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30th Anniversary - Grand Cru30th Anniversary - Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

767 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 767
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 37
Gots: 185 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GratefulBeerGuy on 11-04-2010)
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-14-2011 17:27:41 | More by millelacsmark
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603BeerMe

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +18.5%

03-11-2013 16:51:27 | More by 603BeerMe
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Daveychu

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-30-2011 10:27:34 | More by Daveychu
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marct

Nevada

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-11-2011 04:54:05 | More by marct
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loupap

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-15-2011 00:53:38 | More by loupap
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jhimstedt

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-28-2011 21:51:21 | More by jhimstedt
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rrryanc

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-14-2011 21:16:02 | More by rrryanc
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Dan3279

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-17-2011 14:16:23 | More by Dan3279
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tat2dhllblly

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-15-2011 03:58:30 | More by tat2dhllblly
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deesfrank

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-22-2011 02:47:52 | More by deesfrank
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TicoCali

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-15-2011 07:52:42 | More by TicoCali
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SteelCityHops89

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-22-2011 01:34:27 | More by SteelCityHops89
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photomike

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-15-2011 04:49:13 | More by photomike
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AScribjr

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.5%

When you pop the cork in a nice fresh pop You knowthe will pour will be alive,I just love the look as it poured into the sniffer glass. the smell was as matching as the looks. the taste that leaves on your tongue and definitly the way the beer leaves you feeling...Congradulations Sierra nevada on your 30th anniversary ale....Can't wait for the Fifty.

12-11-2010 16:28:52 | More by AScribjr
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jak

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-10-2011 14:14:47 | More by jak
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-07-2011 02:23:10 | More by rab53
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WassailWilly

New York

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-15-2011 15:32:54 | More by WassailWilly
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chcfan

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-28-2011 12:30:12 | More by chcfan
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BigV

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

07-03-2014 17:39:39 | More by BigV
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%

09-18-2013 16:46:18 | More by athomasPSU
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swooshjtb

Mississippi

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-04-2011 20:14:56 | More by swooshjtb
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mcphish22

Maryland

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-30-2011 16:24:59 | More by mcphish22
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nickhiller

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%

A: slightly hazy copper with a thick, straw colored, creamy one and a half finger head with exceptional head retention and heavy lacing. Good visible carbonation too.

S: the freshest hops imaginable, it's like sniffing a hop flower on the vine, lemon zest, nutmeg, vanilla bean and clove, pine

T: strong spices, nutmeg, anise and vanilla bean--it's like sipping on eggnog, both in flavor and in body--orange peel, boozy whiskey and oak. The fruity hops and sweet malt contrast with the bitterest finish imaginable (and I mean that in the best possible way). It sips more like a glass of the finest Kentucky bourbon than a beer. A wonderful amalgam of my favorite spirits: bourbon, anise, brandy and rum.

M: full, syrupy body and mild carbonation are backed by a warming alcohol so intense as to convince you that you must be drinking single malt whiskey.

D: simply delicious. This is the best beer I've had in such a long time. I'm totally enamored of every aspect of this beer. From the great head retention, to the fresh hop aroma, to the spicy bittersweet taste, to the dense warming body, everything about this beer is a work of art. As my past ratings will attest, I am a pretty hard person to please, but this beer is perfect. Thank you Sierra Nevada, you have once again reaffirmed my love of beer!

12-01-2010 00:40:55 | More by nickhiller
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Lornee56

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%

Shared this beer with one of the foremost beer afficionados in south central Pennsylvania John "Jay" Miller. Poured it into a glass and drank the beer.

Of the 4 beers in the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary collection (Imperial Stout, Helles Lager, and Black Barleywine)...this was by far the best, and quite possibly one of the best beers I have had this year. The balance of this three beer blend was impressive. The taste was sweet, malty, and hoppy, but the hops came in at the end. Bought two bottles and would buy a case if I come across it again. I was very happy to ingest this beer and suggest buying it.

11-14-2010 00:04:02 | More by Lornee56
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: tons of hop flavor, vanilla from oak

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid double with heavy citrus flavor mixed with oaky vanilla.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: my gosh. talk about hitting a homerun. This is a beer to masterbate over!

11-16-2010 15:48:59 | More by CampusCrew
30th Anniversary - Grand Cru from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.