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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by GratefulBeerGuy on 11-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been cellaring this for about a year, been really looking forward to trying it with a little age on it. Had it fresh and loved it. Opened up the cork with a loud pop. Poured into my brooklyn snifter, pours a beautiful dark amber color. Thick, frothy head just stays around forever. Smell- caramel, pine, toffee, nice bready aroma. Taste- a nice bitterness on the front of the tongue, sweet vanilla and caramel notes on the side of the tongue. This is just sooo smooth, the age has really done it well. On the end, there is a nice bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel- still plenty carbonated, but has a nice thickness to it (guessing it is from the bigfoot?) that gives it a syrupy feel. Drinkability- 0 alcohol is detected, which is dangerous because this is 9.2%. So smooth, wonderful. I have another bottle, I'm going to give it another year and see what happens.

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Photo of gpogo
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Large off-white head. Clear dark amber body, quite nice looking.

A- Lots of citrus and herbal hop aromas. Light caramel malt smell in the background. Just a hint of oak. Lacing was thick, but sparse.

T- Malt flavors dominate the beer. Loads of caramel flavor followed by a woody alcoholic finish. Bitterness throughout the flavor, but malt flavors overpower the bitterness. The alcohol lends quite a bit of warmth to finish.

M- Medium heavy body with low carbonation. Very smooth drinking. With the warm alcohol finish almost seems like a liquor.

D- This is not what I would expect of something labeled, "Grand Cru" That said the description sounds delicious, Oak Aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale, and a fresh Pale Ale blended and dry hopped. I was hoping and looking for a fresh hop flavor and more bitterness, but it was enjoyable.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.83/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Promising start to this one. Pours a glossy chestnut reddish/brown. Off white head is a mix of soapiness and rocks. Sticky lacing is scattered.

Dark cherry, alcohol, leather, baked caramel in the nose. Some sweet and spice here and there. No off aromas, nothing strong.

Alcohol breaks up the flavors to me. Dark cherries and leather come and go. The flavors actually come more around 2 sec after swallow. Somewhat spicy, very boozy. Leather and spice, both light. Carbonation whisks away most substance and alcohol buries it.

Maybe this one could use some age. Right now, at least, it's a tough sell.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours two fingers of creamy, fluffy white head. The head leaves a nice resin on the sides of the glass. This beer is a deep copper, more brown than anything else.

S: Rich malt aroma from this beer, slight oaky scent.

T: Rich, chewy malt. More like a syrup malt mash flavor than grain. I pick up the oak again, and the slightest taste of hops at the end with some alcohol heat. The flavors meld together nicely.

M: Good body on the mouth. Slightly chewy and the ending is creamy. Little bit of alcohol heat.

D: This beer has an excellent flavor and I am glad that I let it cellar and mellow out. I would drink it again, but not more than a snifter (or two!) during a sitting.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Pours a beautiful mahogany color, with amber hints and a 1" thick creamy head that slowly dissipates.

This beast has a pungent aroma, full of alcohol, yeast, and bready malt. It has a buttery toffee smell up-front, sweet and sticky in its nose weight. Underneath there's an oak/maple smell so thick, you'd think you were in your grandfather's wood shop.

Mmm, quite complex; starts with a somewhat bitter, leafy taste, before smoothing to a buttery, malty middle, and ending with a subdued hop finish. This is peaty, woody, and warm, with a dry, tobacco earthiness that gives it real gravity.

Rich and full, this has a velvet smooth body akin to a good scotch. The finish is dry, and leaves you wanting more of this ale to satisfy that thirst.

This is an excellent beer; I've cellared it for some time, along with two of the other 30th anniversary brews, and simply couldn't wait any longer. If you can find this, definitely pick it up; it would not surprise me that Sierra Nevada would have a reserve held back, like it has done with its Bigfoot Barleywine.

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

Had this on 2011-07-07 in Columbia, PA

A - Beautiful cork and caged bottle. The cork pulled out with quite the explosive pop. Poured into a nonic glass, this somewhat hazy orange-mahohany brew is topped with a 3-finger, lingering tan head with good lacing.

S - Pine, citrus, mild tropical fruit, caramel and mild licorice.

T - Sweet caramel malt, pine, oak, spice and a touch of candied orange gradually give way to some welcome and bitter orange zest. The alcohol is subdued. The sweetness and bitterness balance nicely in the aftertase and linger for quite some time. Never completely dries out. The flavors become more complex (and better) as it warms.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Big, sticky and resinous feel.

O - A very fine tasting brew you could pull out for a special occasion. While it is on the sweet-side, the complexity of flavors and complimenting bitterness make this a winner in my book. Kind of reminds me of a Hair of the Dog "Doggie Claws".

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Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

Pours a beautiful clear deep amber with two fingers of thick, creamy head (almost like foam on a root beer float).

Smell is dominated by hops, with some oak coming through as well. Sweet caramel malt follows.

The hoppy character really meshes well with the oak aged Bigfoot. The hops, mostly citrus, and oak flavors are followed by some nice caramel malt. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but not overwhelming. Both the hop bitterness and oak tannins linger on the tongue. Some hints of dried fruits come through as well.

Has a nice chewy mouthfeel, with a lot going on. Finishes with lingering bitterness.

Really enjoyed this. Definitely worthy as an anniversary brew for SN. Would love to see this released again.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Didn’t have the correct glassware for this one as I popped it open on vacation in a hotel room. This beer pours a think opaque orange with a large frothy off white head. Huge piney hops aroma and a big malty body when sipped. Brown sugar and vanilla sweetness with a nice citrusy sweet hops presence. The big bitter hoppy finish makes me think of Celebration Ale. Boozy and full bodied with a nice think and creamy texture. Truly a monster and pretty darn good too.

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Photo of shand
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip.

This brew pours out a deep, hazy red amber color crested with a massive head that retains very well and leaves huge, sticky lacing. The aroma is big. Big hoppiness, big maltiness, and a touch of oak. The taste here is surely mostly Bigfoot at this point, with a bit of the dry-hopping coming into play. Can't get all too much of the Celebration or Pale Ale aspects left here, except on the late finish where a bit of a lingering hoppiness reminiscent of Celebration leaves me yearning for the next sip. Irregardless, it's a well-done monster of a beer, with plenty of hops, and plenty of malts.

The mouthfeel is nice, it goes down smoothly and has a full-body, and the drinkability is quite good for the ABV. Overall, an impressive brew from Sierra Nevada. This one's been sitting in my fridge for quite some time for some reason, and I wish I popped this one open sooner so some more of the weaker brews in the blend could make their mark better. It's still an excellent beer though, that's surely worth trying.

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

Clear mahogany with tan frothy/foamy head with great retention. Sweet citrus hops, honey and light vanilla oak aromas. Sweet bourbon and chocolate balanced with a surprising hoppy finish and linger with an oak dryness. Flavors mature at a warmer temperature and add caramel and orange blossom honey with a sweet pecan note. Strong alcohol warming to a borderline burn. Thick, syrupy but only a lightly sticky feel lingers on.

Very complex blend of flavors and beer styles create an enjoyably unique beer. My only problem was with the overall alcohol burn although it didn’t affect flavor too much it was fairly distracting. The greatness comes with the multitude of flavors brought out with nothing truly dominating and providing a wonderful experience from start to finish.

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

The cork snaps out with a big pop and pours cloudy amber copper with a humungous 3 finger bubbly and creamy tan head that lasts a lifetime and barely moves; the head fades extremely slowly and leaves excellent lacing as it goes down. I couldn’t wait for it to dissipate, so I took a sip and had a foam mustache…well worth rushing as that first sip was tasty.

Initial odor is floral hops, followed by flowers, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, grass, pine cones or earthy tones, wood chips and some sweet alcohol like rum, which must be from the oak aged Bigfoot; nice smelling nose that wasn’t as hop dominant as is the normal Sierra Nevada signature style, but it’s still a very enjoyable nose to inhale.

Tastes good, but kind of strange and confusing at the same time: this beer is a combo of Oak Aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale and Pale Ale, then dry hopped so I expected massive hops to attack my taste buds. I love all three of these beer used to create this Grand Cru, but it seems like they negated each other and watered down the taste a little; perhaps it’s just hop overlap, and malt redundancy, but this didn’t explode onto my tongue like I thought that it would. With that being said, each sip seemed to bring out different flavors and as this beer warmed it got better and more complex. Flavors included sweet malt, biscuit, caramel and floral hops up front, followed by oak aged malts or toasted grains with some alcohol heat and sweetness; then as the beer slides down the hops show up with floral hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, flowers, piney hops and plenty of spices like pepper and coriander tingling on the tongue with a slight bitter astringent taste that is earthy and leafy, like tea leafs, grass, hay or obviously the dry hops sliding over the tongue and leaving the mouth dry and chalky. It’s very well balanced and quite drinkable considering the ABV, but I’m not sure mixing all these beers made for a better beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with a medium body, average carbonation and a grainy, husky, almost burnt dry finish that lingers like a pretzel. This is a very dynamic beer, and one I found very enjoyable, but I think I like all three beers used for this concoction on their own.

Overall this was very good and I really enjoyed it, but I’d take the three originals over this. I would have this again and do recommend trying it if you can get a bottle, as this would satisfy any Sierra Nevada fan out there. Plus, one bomber will give you a great buzz as you enjoy the great flavors.

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Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this, then had a small glass on tap & wished I'd picked up a lot more of them. Interesting to see if the bottle stands up to my sodden memory of that pour.

Cork begins to come loose fairly easily, then erupts from the glass with the sound of a .410 echoing over a pheasant field. Crap! Nice clear pour that would do any amber ale proud. The smell, oh, the smell. Lovely citrus hops rolled around in an oak barrel for a couple months. Think a woody Celebration.

Sierra Nevada Grand Cru is one of those blends that's greater than the sum of its parts. I'll admit that all of the beers in this blend I feel are pretty decent, but none of them would be on top of any lists - this one is better. The oak is laid on board-thick & leaves one dry & wanting more. Hops are smoothed out by the wood, with more citrus & even more pine, but minimal bitterness. Blinks of oxidation, but not enough to offend. Malts are softly sweet & only provide comment on background. The finish: this is your Bigfoot on oak. Alcohol raises its dirty hand, but this is still a slick, easy-drinking strong ale.

Very good beer. Really nice oak presence, & the hopping was done with a deft hand. Not quite elite, but damn close.

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Photo of palma
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

great appearance. big frothy head. Taste is more barlywine than anything else. I would have liked to see more of the pale ale flavor in this beer. Its basically a barlywine IMO. Was expecting a little more complexity with this being a mix of three SN beers. Its complex enough however after it warms up a bit. Malt carries the beer - different for sierra nevada i guess. Lots of oak flavor. Dry, prickly, american hops are present as expected.

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

Wow this brew has mellowed out to a beastly barleywine!

I'm quite certain that this had a much more powerful hop presence fresh and there is barely any remaining now.

This brew pours a dark caramel color and settles a hazy nut brown color. A fingers worth of light tan head sits for a while. Spotty lacing. The nose is bready and malty. There's a tad bit of hops but nothing intense. The taste is sweeter than hell and malty. A slight bit of bourbon lingers, creating a caramel tasting treat. Light oak lingers in the taste behind most of the sweetness. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth, rich and creamy. Overall, decent but a bit too sweet for my palate. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 1/11/11

Appearance: A brown/ruby color with a huge head and great lacing

Smell: Exploding with hops, but there is also a very strong malt presence - sweet, cooked malts underneath the fog of hops - some oak, too

Taste: Very good, but it tastes too much like a blend - sweet pale ale malts with the darker malts and crazier hops from Celebration with the cooked malts and heat from the Bigfoot - ultimately, very malty and very hoppy with some serious alcohol warmth - the flavors work together very well, but the constituent beers really stand out - this can be good or bad - regardless, it is very balanced, although I personally found it too sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body, good carbonation, generally smooth, a little sticky

Overall: Great, but almost less than the sum of its parts

This is very good, but it lacks synergy. I'd rather drink a SNPA, a Celebration, and an oak-aged Bigfoot slowly over the course of a night than mix them all together. It's not that I don't like complexity, it's just that mixing three great beers together should create something more magical.

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

At Cambridge Common, where it offset the rotten beer from Cambridge Brewing Co. that I had with my meal. This is an excellent example of how to soak a beer in oak and not make it taste like it was actually soaked in tubs of butter. It's a bit boozy in the aroma and taste, and the hops are somewhat drier than I would prefer in something like this but... it *is* from California, after all, and that's what they do there. Otherwise this is an excellent brew that's dense enough to have for dessert when someone else is driving.

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

A - The beer pours into the glass, forming a two finger head of dense, light tan foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles fairly slowly and it leaves the glass coated in sticky lace.

S - Dark, sugary malt with notes of brown sugar, dark caramel, and a hint of molasses. Ample hops are present to push back against the sugar with notes of mustard, pine, and spicy grapefruit.

T - Pine hops and brown sugar up front with a bit of caramel. More spicy, slightly floral hops come out in the middle as toffee and brown sugar dominate the malt profile. Things finish up with an increasingly barley wine like profile of pine hops, spicy mustard and pepper notes as well as brown sugar and moderately strong bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - It says on the bottle that it is a blend of, among other things, Bigfoot and Celebration and both show in this grand cru. There is plenty of the dark, spicy hop character from the barleywine, but with bright, pine and citrus notes that are more reminiscent of the IPA. In aroma qualities, it really does exhibit the best of both worlds, though the flavor doesn't quite succeed in the same way. It is, oddly enough, more drinkable than either of its parents, though I am not sure it is complex enough to merit aging despite the big, fancy bottle.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 13 Nov 2010. TJ's was the place!

"A dry-hopped blend of oak-aged Bigfoot Barleywine, Celebration Ale and fresh Pale Ale." Wow. It had a finger of foamy, deep-tan head when it arrived. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a nose hair-searing heat that should have served as a warning, but I plodded onwards. Mouthfeel was medium with a heat that rivaled Mount Vesuvius. Geez-O, man, but that was hot! I could not taste much else. Finish was gaspy and I knew that this was the end. I could hardly catch my breath after this bad boy. Buy some and age it!

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Photo of DCon
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Bridge Wine Bar and Tap House in St. Louis, MO for $8. Tapped into a 12oz Pint Glass from a wooden handle with no label and only had one of these.

Note: It says this beer's style is Grand Cru on the Beer Menu @ the Bridge.

Aroma- Nice malty and earthy/citrus hop aroma that is well balanced. Very sweet and almost has a nutty background to it. Can tell there is a lot of alcohol pounded in on this one!

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger head that stayed around for ages! A clear, dark brown body and the lacing on the sides covered the glass.

Flavor- Medium malt character but the hops were an enormous part of the taste! Very huge alcohol taste but knew this was going to be one from the start. Well balanced, sweet, and has an appropriate bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Nice carbonation, and is very chewy with the alcohol warming the palate.

Overall Impression- This one didn't surprise me from Sierra Nevada! Great amount of hops used (like always with their brews) but awesome! Could only drink 1 and then gave up. Theres no telling what would happen if you were to drink 2 of these back to back... One is plenty but definitely a good beer!

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Photo of KSac4115
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle. Pours an amber color with a one inch, off white foam head. Looks like a slightly darker IPA. Not cloudy whatsoever. Scent is citrusy and fruity with significant floral hoppy smell. Not too overwhelmingly hoppy. Grapefruit smell stands out. Taste is very sweet and slightly bitter. Hops stand out along with citrusy flavors initially. Aftertaste is perfect. Leaves a lasting sweet and hoppy taste in your mouth. Mouthfeel is interesting. Almost has a syrupy consistency at first but it goes down smooth. Medium carbonation. The high alcohol content is very noticeable, but again, definitely drinkable. I would enjoy it as a desert beer.

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

Sierra Nevada's 30th Anniversary Grand Cru is of a brown velvet tone that probably was last popular 30 years ago (if not longer before that). It is truthfully a bit drab although inflames with ruby-amber coals when held against the afternoon sky. Curious that lacing doesn't materialize; it has a head thick as paint that curdles like a sour milk cheese.

The mechanics of this bouquet are about as difficult to work out as string theory physics and are almost equally as bewildering. The sheer quantity of ingredients (malts and hops) that must have been used to ensure a beer that is both this sweet and nectarous *and* this resinous and pithy is damn near unfathomable; how can it be that it's so much of both?

It tastes like they've snapped a giant oak tree in a half, filled its hallowed interior with all sorts of vines, weeds and plant roots, doused them in brown sugar, flambeed it with gin and pine oil and then served it alongside slices of pineapple, grapefruit and lychee fruit. And cheesecake. Although each is so distinguishing, the malts and hops blend so seamlessly that it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. It's like they grew from the same plant.

The mouthfeel can almost become gritty, with citric bitterness levels gradually rising over the palate like canal water over Venice’s St. Mark's square, but then a wholesomely bready, brown sugar-sweet maltiness sweeps in and, along with a few splinters of oak, dries things up very quickly. The aftertaste is so sapped so as to be almost disappointing. But at least the alcohol has been wiped out; the beer's almost as much as a gulper as it is a sipper.

I think it fitting for Sierra Nevada to release as their 30th anniversary "grand cru" an offering so emblematic of the liberally, dually hoppy/malty style of beer that they've pioneered. While it seemed initially quite large and intimidating, the beer ended up drinking with the same casual, unfussy manner as its three component beers and, by extension, every other member of the Sierra Nevada family. This was a very worthy purchase.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one FINALLY hit the shelves in my market this week. I was told the distributor has had this one since October(!) and refused to release it to vendors due to a backlog of unsold bottles of the 2nd and 3rd release in the series. Wish I could have tried this fresh, but I'm just glad to finally get the chance to give this one a go since this is the one I was looking forward to the most since the announcement of the 30th series.

A-Pours a hazy copper with a creamy two finger head that has excellent retention that recedes slowly down to a 1/4" cap that remains throughout and leaves ample amounts of sticky lace. Great looking beer.

S-Nice citrus and pine aromas along with caramel, toffee, maybe a touch of vanilla. Very pleasant.

T-Caramel, toffee, the oak is coming through as well, a touch of booze, the hops are there but the presence is more subtle than I expected-some citrus and floral notes are dominated by the other aspects. Still, its a very nice beer. I just would have liked to have had this fresh and maybe the hops would have a little more bite.

M-On the heavier side of medium body, creamy, coating, slick, dry finish.

O-Been waiting a long time to try this one, so I was stoked to finally see it. Its a good beer that perhaps suffers from my own meteoric expectations of the magic that would happen when 3 of my favorites are mingled together into that magic elixir that would be beer nirvana. OK, so that didn't happen. But this is still a fine beer and a nice end to a tremendous series of beer.

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

A beautiful deep copper color, clear but a bit cloudy with lots of fine carbonation. The head is thick and holds at 2 fingers, a light oatmeal color with plenty of lacing. The aroma is a grainy lemon hop, so definite yet so unusually delicate with nutmeg and light malt banana. Very nice. The flavor comes out with a unique thick evergreen and near minty caramel malt with lots of peat and a dry kiss of clove. It’s thoroughly but tastefully carbonated in a medium bodied brew that feels gloriously refreshing while going down while providing a stick to your ribs flavor. Beautiful stuff and plenty drinkable for the style.

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30th Anniversary - Grand Cru from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 799 ratings.
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