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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

777 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 36
Gots: 183 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Plant. A very hoppy beer with a good three inch head, and lots of lace.Decent drinkability. Complex, but something I need to try again, with food, to fully appreciate.Understated carbonation.Caramel. Interesting.Some caramel sweetness.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a huge 3 inch whitish-red head that fades to a small cap. Nice sticky latticework of lacing forms around the glass on the drink down. Smells of malt, brown sugar, huge amounts of hops, and woody aromas. Taste is of huge citrus zest/pine hops with a sweet malt finish. The woody aroma I was getting does not really present itself in the taste. Mild hop bitterness on the palate fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly thick and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice hop aromas and flavors. A nice 30th anniversary offering from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Rick's in Alexandria. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a crimson-copper color with a single-finger white head with some nice retention and a bit of streaky lacing. The aroma is fairly faint with just a hint of hops and a few light notes of oak.

The taste is certainly tannic, though not as much so as the Stone Lukcy Basgard that we had earlier this evening. Some oak is there and a bit of booze. I get some hints of the Bigfoot and Celebration, though not too much or any of the Pale, which I suppose isn't all that surprising.

The feel consists of a medium body as well as some light to moderate carbonation and a dry, oaky finish. Some tanins are present throughout.

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a thin off white head that left behind lacing down the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops as well as alcohol in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but is more balanced due to the presence of underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer tastes strong but the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: After one of the loudest cork pops I have ever heard, the beer pours a clear amber color with a massive head; the tremendous amount of stringy lace looks like an Asian alphabet on the side of the chalice

Smell: Smells like a fresh hop, with green hops delivering a pithy grapefruit character; caramel and bready elements evident underneath

Taste: Bready, up front, with a developing caramel flavor that is quickly subsumed by piney and pithy elements; plenty of caramel and oaky flavors linger underneath but the beer is dominated by the bitter hop flavors after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Just a great beer all around and it is fun to try to pick out the elements; Celebration and Bigfoot are most prominent on the tastebuds but the SNPA makes its presence felt in the mouthfeel

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a ton of hop character and the structure of a Barleywine, this strong ale becomes much more drinkable than the malt bombs and with a crisp dryness of well attenuated IPA's. With Ecclecticity at the forefront this beer blends all of what's best about Sierra Nevada in a single glass.

A deep mohogany hue shows through the snifter and carries an off-white head that has both creamy and froathy character. Nice lacing that drips as the beer falls. Good clarity but with a mild dry-hopped haze.

Aromas are resiy, grassy, piney, and citrusy with a mouthwatering sharpness and invigorating zest. Bready/crusty, lightly toasty, and with a malted barley scent, the beer restrains fruity esters, avoids phenolics, and prounounces cleanliness and robust notes.

Flavor of pine and citrus dominate in taste while taking on a sharp and resiny flavor. Dry bread crust and medium toast gives a strong and aggressive balance of malt and hops (reminding me a bit of Stone's Arrogant Bastard). The esters of the Bigfoot give a mild berry-like, grapey flavor that adds complexity to the dry toffee and toast. Aggressive and robust throughout, this beer is not for timid palates.

Full, robust, and froathy in mouthfeel (at least early on); the beer turns quickly into a full toasty-malty dryness that ushers in the acute dryness of spruce, mint, citrus, and alcohol. Toasty dry and hoppy in the end.

For Sierra Nevada to blend their most popular beers in such a way, partly barrel aged; and to meld them in such a way is a remarkable feat that would make Belgian brewers jealous.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with light oak and some hoppy resinous notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also a nice mix between some caramelized sugar and solid malt backbone with light oak and some resin-based hops. Hops were probably stronger when the bottle was fresh but still very drinkable. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not something for everyday drinking but well worth drinking.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was about what I would expect given the style. Nice color, rich dark brown, near black with a light head of tan that comes up and caps the top of the glass nicely. Aroma is dominated by aromas of oak and vanilla, which meld seemlessly into the chocolate notes that become ever more present as time goes on. First sip is wonderful, more carbonated then I typically see with barrel aged beers, with a nicely lively presence and rich, velvet like carbonation. First sip is loaded down with oak notes, hints of bourbon and vanilla start to come out as I dive further into it. Suble at first but then it starts to build. Nice backbone of chocolate coming through as well as a light touch of smoke. Nicely put together I have to admit. Smooth, with the alcohol all but absent from the profile making it for a smooth, sublte, and wonderfully complex nightcap.

Overall I have to say it was outstanding. I was not expecting much but was more then happily suprised with the results. An outstanding barrel aged beer.

Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tustin

A: The pour is a bright and rich amber color with a creamy khaki colored head and some impressive lacing.

S: Quite hoppy, despite the oak aging, with a nice citrus character and quite a bit of pine, too. There's a very strong oak aroma which provides some sweet vanilla notes. A slight booziness along with a lot of sweet caramel and toffee.

T: The sweetness of the caramel and toffee flavors are on display from the beginning here. The hops are more toward the back end providing a piney bitterness. Lots of oak and vanilla (bourbon?) with just a touch of alcohol warmth.

M: The body is on the full end of medium with a smooth carbonation.

D: This is the best of the four 30th Anniversary beers and just a fantastic one all around. I should probably pick up a few bottles of this.

Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the one I had been waiting for. This brew has it all in my opinion. Just reading the description on the label gave me a pretty good idea that this would probably be the one to take the crown from this series of beers. This brew poured out as a brownish red color. The head is moderately thick but nice looking. Leaves a sticky lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is very hoppy along with some soft barrel aged aromas. The taste to me is really well balanced between all the styles blended into this brew. Loaded with hops and malts and aged in barrels, just about all those elements are detectable. The mouthfeel is a tingly and smooth at the same time, and just over medium bodied. Overall I really liked this brew so much. I really should buy more of it before it vanishes forever.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber-golden body, nice clarity, with a foamy, off-white head about half an inch in height.

Smell: Vibrant aroma smelling of toasted, bready malts, varied fresh citrus fruits, florals, booze, new oak wood, slightly sweet-scented caramel, but also some toffee, and with a faint, underlying earthiness.

Taste: Day-old baguettes edged with a little caramelly sweetness. Floral, citrusy hops hinting at marmalade with a moderate degree of pronounced bitterness. Integrated alcohol warmth. Slight earthiness. Fair oak character, some subtle tannins present. Firmly dry, warming finish with a long, lingering bitterness trailing into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's good stuff!

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few samples of this brew over the weekend.Poured a deep ruby red with a sticky off white head that clung like like glue to the glass.Aromas are fruit tinged along with some vanilla,but the big piney hops are the show stealer,both mix great together.Flavors start out with some vanilla and some spiced cherry and they meld into a big resiny,citric finish.I liked the flavors but they were not overly complex,in saying that this is a really fine beer,one to savor.

Photo of largadeer
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into a nonic. Crimson-hued and brilliantly clear, topped by a dense meringue head that initially fills the glass before settling to a lasting cap.

The nose is oak heavy, specifically spicy and earthy American oak. The hops seem to highlight these qualities, while also lending a touch of citrus. There's a substantial caramel malt backbone as well. I find the oak somewhat overwhelming, and the nose a bit muted on the whole.

It's great on the palate. Tannic, spicy and earthy, American oak flavors are prominent and blend harmoniously with spicy, zesty and resiny hops. Malt is just as prominent, lending a light caramel sweetness and a touch of toast, though the beer finishes dry, tannic and bitter. Delicious stuff, reminiscent of Oaked Arrogant Bastard to my palate.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, 'XXX' strategically placed around the presentation, which I assume represents the 3 mainstay Sierra Nevada brews that make up this joint.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, rocky beige head, which leaves some hanging icicle lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of boozy raisins, prunes, creamed citrus, caramel, toffee, treacle, anise and musty, dusty, bitter floral hops. The taste is, quite frankly, an eye-opener, to the drying-out stage, because it sure catches one's breath - boozy, almost sour caramel malt, zingy, but not really all that fresh bitter citrus/pine hops, dark fig-like black fruit, some further black licorice, molasses, and more musty, dusty cellar character.

The bubbles are quite deflated, the body a sturdy, winsome medium-heavy weight, and fairly smooth, in light of the surprisingly underachieving Sierra Nevada-class hops. It finishes malty, with too many stripes to detail here, with a feeble hop protest, and general overbearing mustiness.

I can't really explain it, as this offering nails practically all of the expected talking points, but something just seems off about this - and it isn't the hops, for those of you lounging in the peanut gallery - maybe it's the lack of expected bourbon barrel character, or general incohesiveness amongst the strong central players, leaving that musty old ale flavour as the most resounding image to me. A well-intentioned beer, to be sure, but a bit hard to put back in practice.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a heck of a blended beer. pours darker than a lot of grand cru ive tasted. almost auburn glow, decent off white head. smells very hoppy, definitely from their celebration in the mix. flavor is more akin to a hoppy barleywine, woody, sweet, and strong. a nice drawn out nutty caramely finish. feel is good, medium carbonation and a full body. alcohol gets a but caustic as it warms, and the hops turn sweet, but its all in good proportion. this is a good one to share with a loved one, because a whole bomber would be a major undertaking. perhaps my favorite of the 30th anniversary series.

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30th Anniversary - Grand Cru from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.