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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

761 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 761
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 38
Gots: 187 | 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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InfernoBoss

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-17-2013 07:39:02 | More by InfernoBoss
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

03-11-2013 20:59:57 | More by DaPan
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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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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/8/2010. Pours extremely hazy deep ruby red color with a nice 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, orange rind, pear, apple, caramel, pine, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, oak, light bourbon, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big balance and complexity of hop, malt, and oak notes. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, orange rind, caramel, pine, toast, toffee, floral, oak, brown sugar, brown bread, light bourbon, and floral hop earthiness. Light pine and citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, pine, toast, toffee, brown bread, floral, oak, brown sugar, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great subtle oak presence and moderate bitterness balancing the malt sweetness; and zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish; very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an absolutely incredible American strong blended ale! Huge complexity and balance of hop and malt notes; and extremely smooth to sip on. An extremely awesome offering, top notch stuff as expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 04:32:13 | More by superspak
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

02-25-2013 08:45:01 | More by RobertColianni
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BigLittleHokis

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-25-2013 03:58:44 | More by BigLittleHokis
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-25-2013 02:49:51 | More by rolltide8425
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was completely oxidized, was really looking forward to popping this one, but it was the most disappointing beer I've had. Bought six months ago from a shop with all refrigeration, then cellared at 55 degrees. Almost feel bad about reviewing this after seeing reviewers who loved it two years later, but the rating I'm giving this beer is generous, saw many others pour this out after passing it around. This is my first full review, had been planning to start reviewing for awhile, but I think the disappoint drove me to finally do it, at least something good came from this beer.
P.S. Was told it was amazing fresh, but that same person thought it lost a lot two months later.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 04:55:17 | More by MarkyMOD
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-15-2013 15:08:19 | More by ROBSTARR
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ste5venla

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-02-2013 21:12:52 | More by ste5venla
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DmanGTR

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-30-2013 13:36:48 | More by DmanGTR
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rob133

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-29-2013 00:02:21 | More by rob133
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popery

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

01-28-2013 07:31:47 | More by popery
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fivetime

Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

01-28-2013 01:44:18 | More by fivetime
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kaseydad

California

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't sure how this was gonna keep after a long rest in the cellar. Cellared since the release.

NIce pop goes the cork. Pours a MASSIVE frothy beige head that does not want to go away. Major lacing. Nice clear dark amber colored ale. Just geat!

Getting a lot of the essential Celebration and Bigfoot whiffs. Oak. Sweet candy scent. Hops. Pine. Honey. Brown sugar.

The taste is outta site. A hyrbrid Celebration and Bigfoot taste come through. Not getting much of the Pale Ale which is fine with me. Liking this combo. Hoppy taste with a refreshing bitter, mouthwatering finish. Everything is still here. Getting a big grapefruit rind taste on the aftertaste. Not picking up bourbon flavors though it says 22% aged in bourbon barrels. Could be just blended really well. The dry hop technique is nicely noted.

Mouthfeel is good. Still has great carbonation.

Overall I am happy to report this is doing amazing. If you want to wait and properly cellar it, continue. This is turning into something special. Sadly this is my last of this part of the series but it went out with a bang. This combo of beers worked brilliantly and kudos to the brewmaster. And even kudos to moi for letting this lie as long as I did.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 01:36:26 | More by kaseydad
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scott10010

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

01-24-2013 16:26:07 | More by scott10010
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JayQue

Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let this one sit for well over a year. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into an AF Academy brandy snifter. Dense amber color with a good size off white head. Some lacing on the glass. Smell is malty, an oak presence and more than a hint of alcohol.

Taste really features the oak and some whiskey elements. The malt presence dominates, sweet caramel malts. There is some hoppiness at the end but I would imagine that a lot of the hoppiness died out over the last year or so.

Mouthfeel is rich with a surprisingly boozy finish considering the aging. The booze makes this a slow sipper but it is not an unpleasant sensation.

Overall, a good winter's evening drink. I am in the process of drinking the whole bottle, but half would have been fine.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 00:48:59 | More by JayQue
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-22-2013 01:56:32 | More by FLBeerGuy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-19-2013 23:37:27 | More by t0rin0
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dcguitar

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-17-2013 22:58:46 | More by dcguitar
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-17-2013 04:46:11 | More by appetiteforparis
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uturn

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-16-2013 03:18:43 | More by uturn
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miadw3

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

01-10-2013 07:09:09 | More by miadw3
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-05-2013 23:54:17 | More by bluesplit63
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-05-2013 21:53:26 | More by chefduff2
30th Anniversary - Grand Cru from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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