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

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30th Anniversary - Grand Cru30th Anniversary - Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GratefulBeerGuy on 11-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much darker than I expected, seems darker than Bigfoot. Almost more brown until light reveals the ruby hue. Smell is outstanding. All those hops are bursting out, but riding on an oaky wave. That vanilla sweetness is in coming in at the perfect amount. Flavor matches up to aroma, and, again, that oak comes through to add a little something extra to the mix. Body is velvety with a tasteful thickness and spot-on level of carbonation. For a big beer, it's very drinkable. There is a bit of heat in finish but not too much. By far my favorite in the series. Not certain this would be better aged as the hops play a big part in the profile. 

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Photo of PDXHops
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Deep amber see-thru body capped with a substantial creamy off-white head that displays the excellent staying powder typical of SN. Loads of sticky and crackly lacing.

Quite the nose on this one. A cascade of distinct hoppy notes: grapefruit, pine, grass, orange rind, resiny fresh hops, a touch of soapiness. Maltiness is restrained and manifests itself chiefly in the form of fresh baked bread crusts and a bit of toastiness. Perhaps a touch of toffee in there.

A very robust brew that seems to be barely under control at times, with a tidal wave of pine bitterness chruning through a mishmash of fruitiness, oak, bready malts and resiny hops floating under a pleasantly boozy cloud. Hints of caramel, chocolate and vanilla seem to float in and out. Wild mouthfeel with palate-crushing bitterness cutting through an otherwise smooth body.

Overall impression: I'm an unabashed hophead and can definitely get down with a beer like this. Recommended for fellow lupulin junkies right now, but others may want to wait a couple of years.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my SNXXX bubble glass, this brew pours a sunburst orange with highlights of ruby. The giant, fluffy, billowing, pillow of a head is a welcomed addition that the Big Foot portion adds to the bill.

S: The aroma on this brew is very complex. Piny hops with notes of citrus and grapefruit. The aroma is slightly more fruit like than Celebration. The is a sweet malt background with a little roast to it.

T: The flavor is very fresh, crisp, and complex. Lots of hop complexity in this brew. Pine and citrus. Fruit notes mix with roasted caramel malt. The oak picks up in the finish, and smooths the whole thing out.

MF: The mouth feel is big on this one. Lots of carbonation, and a smooth finish.

D: Drinkability is good, especially at 9.2%

Overall, this is the best of the XXX series. I personally loved the stout, and plan to age that along with the barelywine and this one of course.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the beers blended for this ale, the Bigfoot seemed to be the most prominent, and, overall, lent a mellowed barleywine note that was the prevailing characteristic of the beer. Moderate roasted malt, some brown sugar sweetness. Hopping was firm and pleasant, but this beer is malt-centric. Another nice addition to the 30th Anniversary lineup, but not one to dethrone the stout.

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Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a nice reddish-amber color with a tall, fluffy, off-white head that had very good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malts with a trace of spicy hops in the background. The taste was very similar, although the hops had a much stronger presence than the aroma had led me to expect.

The body was nice full and round. Drinkability was pretty good, especially for an almost 10% brew. Overall, a very nice beer. I suspect a lot of people will be aging this but I don't think time is going to help it much, it's probably as good as it's going to get now.

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Photo of erikdwallace
2.7/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bit of a disappointment for me. I like most of the Sierra Nevadas I've had in the past and the flavor of this beer was off. I felt like there was too much going on and the balance of the hops didn't suit my taste.

Sampled during the Winter 2010 tasting, brought by Karl.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased for $10 or so.

A: Pours a hazy, darkly red amber body with two fingers of long-lasting, dense, creamy, light beige head. As it slowly retreats down the glass, it leaves sticky, ivy-like trails down the sides. Really beautiful appearance.

S: Pine needles, caramel malt, toffee. A smattering of grapefruit citrus, some oak. Not the most expressive nose, for some reason. It's dominated by the Bigfoot that went into it.

T: The taste is much more well-rounded. Pine-dominated, with caramel malt and toffee providing substantial barleywine-like backbones. A touch of grapefruit citrus is noted. The hops are vibrant, fresh, and powerful. I find that the finish has an element of cinnamon, which pairs well with tannins to give it a drying impression. Small vanilla character and lots of lingering pine bitterness. This was aged partly in bourbon barrels, from what I've heard, but I never tasted that particular aspect, unless you count the caramel and vanilla flavors.

M: Medium-full bodied, with ample carbonation, maybe even a tad high. It is quite oily and has a lingering, sticky, resinous presence. The oak finish is lightly astringent. There is some heat that makes it lightly warming, though not hot or unpleasant.

D: Probably unnecessary to put this in 750mLs, though I guess it makes it seem more prestigious and premium. Worth a try, but it's nothing to write home about. I wish I had spent the money on a 12 pack of Celebration instead.

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Photo of seanbhudson
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Downtown Johnny Browns. Pours a clear dark orange color with moderate lacing.

Caramelized sugar, vanilla and a bit of wood.

Caramel malt, vanilla to start then the hops make themselves present citrus and pine. Oak flavors in the background and a bit of heat from the alcohol. There are other flavors in there but they are hard to pick out because they blend together so well.

Medium body, finishes a bit dry. Moderate carbonation.

This a a great complex yet smooth beer. I hope Sierra Nevada makes it again.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been excited about the chance to try this since hearing about it.. Love all 3 brews individually so this should be terrific...

Pours a murky reddish golden with a gigantic head... At least 4 inches thick in a Duvel tulip...creamy and persistent...

Dank green hoppiness mixed with sweet caramel malts from the Bigfoot. Definite barleywine aromas here... The hops are green and funky but the aged Bigfoot seems to dominate and brings some fruitiness to the mix...

Oily resiny hops as well as the sweet and syrupy maltiness... Not quite as good as I was hoping it would be but still a good strong ale... Sort of like Arrogant Bastard I guess.. Hops are pungent and dank... Aging won't do this one any favors as I'm guessing it will meld into an even sweeter brew...

My third favorite in the series... A good but not great brew...

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper pour with a dense, tall, off-white head. The aroma is deep resiny pine, some dark fruits, grapefruit, subtle oak and bourbon, toffee, caramel, and a little bit of peppery spice. The flavor has lots of big bitter piny hops up front, fading to creamy caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar and oak and then again finishing with long grapefruit and pine notes. Creamy medium body with lots of carbonation.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$9.99 in Columbus. The name "grand cru" put me in mind of a Belgian ale of some sort, but the label does away with that expectation: "It is a marriage of our three most acclaimed ales: Oak aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale, and fresh Pale Ale blended together and generously dry hopped." I actually am more in the mood for a hoppy beer than a Belgian anyway.

This pours a dark dark copper, clear, with a thick and substantial off-white foam that never dissipates enough to let the liquid breach the surface. Looks more like Bigfoot than the other constituents.

The aroma is big hops and not insubstantial malt, I'd call it a DIPA from smell alone. Fresh green hops, mostly pine needles and secondarily some citrus, overall a fresh wet feel to the aroma. Strong sweet malts underneath, courtesy of Bigfoot.

It tastes strongly of green hops and alcohol, both competing for mild stomache burn. The malty base add substantially to the flavor in a supporting role, a little toffee or sweetbread.

Thicker than average, and not very quick drinking as it feels highly alcoholic. At least it gives the impression of more than its 9.2% ABV. A cool beer to try once, not really something I'd go back to though.

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Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of floral and citrus hop aroma. Low fruity esters and a light caramel malt note in the background.

Appearance: Brick red pour with a sticky off-white head. Lacing abounds. Head retention is fair.

Flavor: Rich caramel and toasty malts. Firm hop bitterness and lots of smooth and piney hop flavors. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Oily and resiny coating left on the palate from the hops

Overall impression: More IPA-like than anything else. I didn't get much oak. Classically knit Sierra Nevada beer in every way. Well done.

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Photo of Axic10
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep thick red with a finger of dense tan head.

Smell: I get some nice bitter (but not overly powering) hops in the nose, with some sweet caramel malts (from the Bigfoot) followed with an astringent alcohol sting at the end.

Taste: Definitely get the Pale Ale in the first taste of this, then the oaky-caramel Bigfoot finished with the Celebration. Very very tasty beer. Nice mixture of hops and sweet malt with some subtle vanilla coming through as it warms (assuming from the oak).

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very creamy and so smooth.

Drinkability: I was probably most excited about this beer out of any of the 4 in the series. As I drank it, it definitely delivered on my expectations. I wish that Sierra Nevada would release this regularly as I really enjoyed it tremendously.

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Photo of Vlog
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A reddish-amber pour with a hint of brown. Medium head with good lacing.

S: I smell the Pale Ale right away...love that smell. Can smell a hint of alcohol from the Bigfoot. Caramel notes too.

T: I taste the Hops upfront and it lingers through the entire bottle. The Celebration is there with the caramel through it all. A slight hop resin feel sticks around for a few moments afterwards...almost like they want you to remember this beer.

M: Medium carbonation with that sticky teeth feeling. The alcohol is noticed mostly at this point. Not overbearing by any stretch.

D: This is my favorite of the 30th Anniversary Series by a long shot. That being said...this would be a weekly-monthly beer for me. It's a treat, and should be treated that way.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark amber color into my tulip glass. Off white head quickly forms, then settles to a half finger of thick foam. Strong lacing and retention.

Oaky aromas are a bit overpowering at first, but once it's poured in a glass, the strong hop profile balances it out. Still, as it warms, the bourbon and oak character is a bit strong for my tastes. Malt profile is simple, just adding a caramel and dark fruit character similar to Bigfoot. Hops add a bright citrus character to lighten up the otherwise heavy character. Some oaky wood aromas come through with a slight burnt character, as well as a touch of warm bourbon.

Flavor had a more complex, oak character at first; but as it warmed, the bourbon flavors became the focal point. The sticky sweet mouthfeel and slight heat added to the bourbon perception. Bitterness seems lighter than all three of the beers used in this blend. I like how the slight vanilla flavors mix with the caramel sweetness of the malt. It's reminding me of a really decadent dessert.

I think with a bit of time in the bottle and less alcohol heat, this would get a higher score. I'd rather have a fresh Bigfoot. My recommendation is to share it with someone if drinking fresh, because the strong barrel flavors are a palate killer and get a bit tiring.

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Photo of bobhits
3.39/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Three beers dry hopped and mixed together is a grand crue?

Ok we'll see what's going on.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada Anniversary glass. A massive out of control head, takes multiple pours to fill the glass.

Smells of citrus hops, deep caramel malt, a touch of spice (cinnamon), and a bit of a buttery mellow aroma I can only assume is from the oak aging.

Redish amber, dark, hue with a lot of bubbles pouring up. A head so thick, creamy, and stout that it's amazing.

This is an interesting beer. There's a very bitter funky finish. Citrus hops up front. A malt that is between thick and sweet but somewhat odd. I wish sierra didn't tell us what' in the beer, because I am picking up the spices and malt from the celebration as well as the malt and body from the big foot. I'm not sure what other than maybe the carbonation is coming from the pale ale, but given those two beers I wouldn't expect to.

This beer has a killer alcohol kick, thick body, and well it burns a touch from the hops.

I both like and dislike this beer. I love how bitter it is. I just don't feel the beer works together. Oh and style? I have no clue what to say about the name or style.

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Photo of Chaney
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, perhaps I tried to open this too fast. The cork launched and hit the ceiling with gusto!

A: Pours a dark, blood red color with mild cloudiness. I had to wait for the head to die down for a while because my giant snifter was damn near half full with suds. Mucho carbonation!

S: Nice nose, with the Pale Ale taking the lead over the Bigfoot. Is that really possible? The scent is very subdued considering this thing is dry-hopped. I have a hunch that this is just the calm before the storm.

T: Once again, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on steroids. The distinct taste of the PA hit the palate first, followed by a palate-filling caramel backbone (ala Bigfoot), and a nice oaky smoothness on the finish. The overall bitter elements just scream C.E.L.E.B.R.A.T.I.O.N...A.L.E. Complex!

M: The oak mellowed out the bitterness and then some. I didn't detect any booze throughout the session and the sweetness was kept in check. I've noticed throughout the years that Sierra Nevada is very good about balancing out the would-be sweet elements of their stuff.

D: As I got into the session, I really started to notice how remarkable this brew was. Sierra took three beloved beers of theirs and wrote a love note involving all three to the fans. Simply awesome!

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Photo of 3FaveryRogue
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked & caged. Cork came off with a mild pop. The only beer in the series I have tried so far, and I was very eager to crack this open. Surprised they didn't do this years ago; as its a great concept, and just sounded delicious.

[L] Grand Cru pours a deep, clear mahogany color. Reddish brown hue, with a generous amount of sparkling creamy tan head. Some drippy lacing right away.

[S] Nose isn't as alcohol astringent as a fresh Bigfoot, but rather hints at the chewy caramel malt, and oaky notes of its seasoned relative. The crisp pale aromas of SNPA, and the piney, floral, citrus array of hoppiness from the 3 bases + dry hopping is absolutely amazing in this ASA. I'm most reminded of the Foot when I take a whiff, though.

[T] The combination of these three beers is nothing short of a knockout. Upfront, the barleywine maltiness comes in. Hints of chocolate, oak, and brown sugar, with a wallop of caramel malt and a healthy dose of crackery pale on finish. Yet, the sweetness of Celebration doesn't seem to be lost in the mix. The hops in this beer are outrageous; and I'd be curious as to what the IBUs are. The citrusy hop finish pushes the mid-present oak aside, but the synergy isn't hurting at all. As a fan of barleywines, and DIPAs, and hoppy barleywines, and all that is hoppy, I can't NOT like this.

[F] Very soft bodied; but not watery. More like a pillowy feel with the carbonation. Reminiscent of some cask ales I've had, strangely enough. Finishes woody dry; and 375mls has scorched my palate with hops. Seems to take alot to do that, nowadays; but I love every minute of tongue numbing bliss.

[D] The packaging, ABV, and palate-numbing hops make this an enjoyable one-and-done. If I had $600, I might just buy 52 bottles to drink once a week for a year. Or bi-weekly for 2 years. It's not that I don't want to drink it all night; I just can't! I don't find the alcohol to be harsh, as I think its lost in the hoppiness; but for a sitting, this is probably best split. As a whole, this was a hop head's treat.

Label reads "22% ALE AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS, 78% ALE". Bourbon was not a thought at all under the substantial hoppiness, and barleywine profile. You could sense the wood much more than the spirit IMHO. At least now I know how to mix it myself, with regular BF ;)

This beer reminded me mostly of a dry-hopped, oak-aged bigfoot. The barleywine qualities seem to take the driver's seat, but there is no denying the characteristics of the other 2 brews in the taste. Well played; and it would be a shame if this was never made again. Though, like Bigfoot (AND, haha, *Celebration*), I suppose this will age quite gracefully. But I would definitely enjoy another bottle fresh before laying some down.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This rounds out the anniversary series, and I must say I was most excited for this beer. A melange of Celebration, Pale Ale and Oak Aged Bigfoot.

A- Poured into my newly acquired over sized Duvel tulip, I think I'm more excited about the glass. A huge eggshell colored head is formed that leaves pretty good lacing. The beer is a nice, clear, dark copper.

S- I can almost smell all three beers separately. Obviously hoppiness is high but its not a hop bomb at all. Large helpings of fresh pine bough and green wood from saplings. Alcohol is much stronger than I had hoped. It gives off a boozy, astringent aroma with a light medicinal undercurrent.

T- Very much like Bigfoot. Lots of pine with splashes of caramel and cracker malts. Ample doses of citrus rinds, grapefruits and orange. The back end is heavy on wood and pine resin.

M- Even carbonation with a near full body. It has a really nice feel but alcohol is a bit too much a part of the game.

D- As I've said, alcohol is a bit too strong here. It isn't hidden very well. This is still the best of the anniversary series and a quite good beer in general.

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Photo of apbarwood
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well for starters, this beer just looks sensational. Deep copper color approaching light brown with a thick creamy head of foam. Copious amounts of lacing stick to the inside of the glass. The nose is somewhat more subdued then I would have expected. There's a faint pine resin aroma that's pleasant though perhaps a bit understated and lots of clean grassy and herbal notes. I'd like a little more intensity in the bouquet especially for a dry-hopped beer but it's nice at any rate. On the palate, there's an initial sensation of sweetness that's no doubt derived from the oak. A definite vanilla flavor comes first and blends nicely with the hop citrus flavors. The balance of the hops and oak lends a bit of a bright orange quality that slowly fades into a dry, bitter grapefruit/orange peel. The malt provides a nice base but doesn't go any further than I want it to. All in all, very nicely balanced and interesting flavors that keep me wanting more. There's a lot of nuance here and as it warms, more flavors are opening up. The finish becomes slightly more earthy and pine-like over time and I can taste a bit more of a toasty oak. Across the board, this beer is very smooth and exceptionally balanced. There's a lot going on, but nothing sticks out too much and I find myself wanting to taste it again and again. It's too bad this beer is a one time thing, because I could definitely see myself drinking this again and again.

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Photo of boomer31
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first of the 30th anniversary brews.

A - Pours a crimson transparent color with a very thick and full white head. Some sticky on the glass. But the best part is the head that remains all the way until the end.

S - I get more oak in the nose than in the taste. Aside from the oak there's some malt and fruity hops. A very nice, perhaps subdued, hoppy nose

T - I get a lot of the fresh/wet hop. Piney and floral with a greassy finish. A hint of oak blends well with the hops to dry out the back end. Quite interesting and very enjoyable.

M - Perhaps the standout of this beer. Very rich and full bodied. Huge pop of the cork but you don't get a high carb rather a velvety feel

D - Just incredible, hoppy, oaky but nothing overwhelming.

Overall this is incredible. I have to get a few of these to cellar! Very drinkable! Nice woek SN, make more of this!!

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours expect SN copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is complex, bordering on down right odd. While I get considerable dry citrus, there's also an aroma of milk duds and milk chocolate. The flavor profile really reminds of BigFoot, although once again, in the background I get this vanilla and milk chocolate. Still, this beer is very much dominated by its aggressives hoppy flavor profile, which dries this beer out completely on the long, bitter finish. There is some noticeable sweet malt of course, but it's really pushed to the background by the hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is full, with a long, bitter finish in this beer. Drinkability is OK, but you can tell the abv. is up there a bit in this one.

An impressive beer, no doubt, but not something I could drink very often.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of foamy, very long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A sharp, sweet smell of hops, malt, pine, oak, citrus, and caramel. Extremely aromatic.

T: Like the smell, the taste was very complex. Piney hops, grapefruit, caramel, malt, and a nice hint of oak. Sweeter than I would've expected, but incredibly flavorful.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A vibrant, complex beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of argock
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fitting beer for my 1000th review -- thanks BA!

Poured from brown magnum into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $11.49.

A: Rusty-amber with massive 4-finger beige foamy head with very good retention and ornate lacing.

S: Dense pine, grapefruit, floral, and resin aromas take center stage, but the vanilla-tinged caramel malt backing is impressive. The oaky vanilla works well with the overall clean profile.

T: Overall, the flavor is very crisp and clean but packs a ton of oak-accented hops flavor. The caramel maltiness puts a very strong foot forward, and shows some breadiness and toffee qualities too. The hops are star though and bring big doses of pine, grapefruit, orange, resin, and floral flavors. The harsh bitterness is toned done a lot compared to most of the SN hop bombs which is a welcome change and seems to fit well with the sweet vanilla which is strongest in the finish.

M: Full-bodied without feeling overdense. The layering, coating quality really adds to the overall package of this brew and is what keeps this big beer from feeling thick or too heavy.

D: SN Grand Cru gets my vote for the best of the SN Anniversary beers (edges out the Black Barleywine which I also liked a lot). It moves a lot of bitterness units without being a palate-demolisher which allows the bready, toast-like subtleties of the different beer components to shine through.

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Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle,

Cork pops out with some nice force. Pours a deep, clear copper with an enormous, thick beige head. The retention and lacing is outstanding.

First thing I notice in the ode is the hops, with a slightly herbal, minty character. There is a heft caramel malt presence with some sugar mixed in.

Taste also starts with a hefty citrus and floral hop kick but it's very smooth, not bitter at all. The backbone of caramel malts and sugary fruits is in full force with vanilla hints. The finish is where the hops bring a little more bitterness as well as some spicy oak.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and with less carbonation than the appearance would suggest. The alcohol heat is present but not overpowering.

Another excellent beer in the reserve series for Sierra Nevada. A hoppy strong ale with some nice barley wine characteristics. Well done.

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30th Anniversary - Grand Cru from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 800 ratings.
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