Second Anniversary Grand Cru | Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Second Anniversary Grand CruSecond Anniversary Grand Cru
Very Good
25 Ratings
Second Anniversary Grand CruSecond Anniversary Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 01-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of mklisz
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matonika
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent tasting brew. It is very sweet with the flavors of a Fruitcake. Lot s of candied fruit and candi syrup. Good mouthfeel coats the palate nicely. Smells of dark caramel and orange syrup. For the price of 13.99 I would skip this beer it is not worth it. Maybe if it aged.

 286 characters

Photo of Breal_Rowe
4.96/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Libertine Pub in Morro Bay. Brewer says this is barrel aged in Grenache barrels. Color is a dark mahogany red with a modest foam. Sweet caramel off the bat with an intriguing hint of sourness. Some grapey flavors with a dark fruity background.

A good dose of sugar in every sip but the tangy darkness gives it a lift. Bitterish aftertaste, though not any detectable hop flavors. The tart sensation pumps up the mellow maltiness. A great sipping beer and definitely a different sort of dark Belgian Ale.

 517 characters

Photo of Mike_Gentry
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of AApparel
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of InlandTaipan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of impending
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of charlzm
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed April 18th, 2013. Served at 45 degrees F and consumed in a standard pint glass.

Clear, deep reddish pour with a three finger cream/tan head. Foamy head subsides, leaving sticky foam down sides of glass all the way down.

Very aromatic beer: cotton candy, cherries and plums, dark malts and brown sugar.

Flavor is much like nose. Maybe too sweet, but otherwise a nice blend of caramel, chocolate and dark fruits. Slight but noticeable bitterness on finish.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable, save for a slightly boozy and warming finish. For a beer with as much ABV as this one has, the alcohol is subtle.

The experience of drinking this beer is slightly greater than the sum of its parts; while not an excellent example of the style, it is a good-natured and legitimate effort.

 782 characters

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: 0.25L glass
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.00
Purchased: April 4, 2013
Consumed: April 4, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark mahogany, reddish brown color with three fingers of khaki brown head. Uneven, but layered foamy lacing on the sides. Decent retention all the way down.

Smelled dark cherries, plum, dates, figs, caramel and toffee.

Tasted plum, dates, figs, toffee, slight black cherries, purple grapes and caramel. Alcohol was well hidden.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Warming, smooth finish. Definitely the best part of the beer.

Another good beer by Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company. I’d love to try this in a 22-oz. bomber.

 722 characters

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

10.70% ABV confirmed. 15 IBUs. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle wit waxed-over red pressure cap and transparent label acquired at a local SoCal beer store (I think it was Sunset Beer Co.) and served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've had some poor beers from this brewery but I hope this one changes me mind. Brewed with Rochefort yeast - hmm.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a milky khaki colour floater that dissipates within ten seconds. No real head here. Body colour is a translucent semitransparent fairly rich amber. Attractive, but more barleywine-esque than typical of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Still, it's appealing in spite of its lack of head and I'm excited to try it. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Dy sugarplum, raisin, date, a bit of fig, and bisucit malts. Not the dark fruits I want from the style, but the raisin is nicely restrained and not overbearing as in some examples of the style. Caramalt. Brown sugar - or at least unrefined sugars, including Belgian candi sugar. Some malty sweetness. A bit of toffee from the malts. I like the fruity notes. The sweetness might get to me after get further down the bottle. It's a tasty beer with no over flaws. It's not unique or special, but it's a pleasant enjoyable Belgian Strong Dark Ale and I think the Rochefort yeast was a great choice here. Complex yet approachable. A solid beer in the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but it dries towards the finish. Right on the money for the style, and it keeps it drinkable. It's not quite ideal, nor does it have the delicacy or fragility of masterful beers. But it gets the job done and it doesn't distract. Pretty good body. Pretty good presence on the palate. Slight overcarbonation.

Dr: The yeast and fruits are a highlight here; the yeast really is the heart of this style and it shines in this beer. It's drinkable for the high ABV; I'm actually not going to mind killing this bottle by meself. It's not without its flaws - one of which is its lack of subtlety - but it's tasty beer in the style. Surpassed my expectations. I'll be giving Figueroa Mountain more chances in the future. This doesn't warrant aging. Drank fine served cold; I don't think it needs time to warm after removal from the fridge. Ultimately, the sweetness is the biggest restrictor of drinkability. It starts to bother me as I drink more of it.

High C+

 2,629 characters

Photo of jealousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A--pours dark brown with tan head and nice hearty lacing. Served on tap in a tulip, which is an appropriate choice for this beer. Looks substantial.

S--smell is surprisingly muted. It smells sweet and slightly fruity, but no hint of spice and not much booziness. Smells good, but not very interesting.

T--thankfully there is more going on in the taste than the smell. Very sweet, but not as syrupy as the appearance suggests. Strong toffee taste that I missed in the first smell but that comes through now after tasting it. Cherry and apple come through along with a nice bitterness that I can't quite place. Still does not seem as boozy as I know it is.

M--the mouthfeel is surprisingly light and pleasant, and very nicely carbonated. The bite of the carbonation masks the alcohol and balances the sweetness.

O--an interesting beer from a new brewery that I am happy to drink. It's not really on the level of some of its peers for depth of flavor, but most of those beers are also not on tap for $7.

 1,004 characters

Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DocJitsu
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden copper with a barely there, very light tan head. Sweet, spicy apple cider and green apple and green grape on the nose. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with a medium body. Some ripe red apple with a bit of spice, but without being offensive. Very unassuming push and pull battle between sweet and tart. Some caramel emerges late. Quite good.

 363 characters

Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at my tasting.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and spices. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

 557 characters

Second Anniversary Grand Cru from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 25 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.