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Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Our Brewers Reserve Grand Cru

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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Brewers Reserve is a special ale highlighting our pioneering history and the innovative spirit that has carried us through all these years. Is is a marriage of our three most acclaimed ales: Oak-aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale, and fresh Pale Ale blended together and generously dry-hopped. Come join us in celebrating thirty years with this most special brew. Drink it now, or save it for a future anniversary of your own.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 21, 2010
750 ml bottle. Clear amber with a thick, foamy, long lasting khaki head. Aroma of citrus, pine resin, caramel, oak and light toffee. The flavor is light caramel sweetness with a mellow hop bitterness that comes in towards the end, the oak is very light and the alcohol is well hidden. Medium body with mellow carbonation and a creamy, thick mouth feel. I really like the idea but I think I prefer the 3 beers on their own. It will be interesting to see how this ages.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4770) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 21, 2010
This is a rich, thick, sweet beer, with a very hoppy finish, especially for a Belgian. A tasty aggressive beer, but perhaps a bot over-hopped and under-spiced for the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a golden copper with a big tan head with good retention that leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is oak, floral and spicy hops, and light caramel. Initial taste is oak followed by floral, citrus, and spicy hops. Finish is a bit nutty and fairly bitter. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2878) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Floral hoppy aroma from a dark amber pour with a big fluffy lacing head. The flavor is quite malty sweet with some caramel. The end is very bitter, loaded with hops. A very nice after taste lingers. A full mouth feel with a peppery quality, very crisp and clean.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1565) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a huge fluffy light tan head. Nose is full of hops-not what I would think of a grand cru. The taste is a bit chocolate, hops are there but not dominant, the three beers blend together well. The body is the big thing here-fluffy, but full and fills your mouth with flavor. It brings out the flavors big time. This is a delicious beer no matter the style or name.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3455) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Pour is an amber with a very large tan head. Aroma is smoky and oak with some alcohol. Flavor is oak, molasses and some dark bread. The oak-aged Bigfoot takes over everything the other 2 beers would offer and thatís were this one will lose points. As a beer alone Bigfoot is great but when your looking for the other 2 and get nothing it kinda disapoints. Still its a big bottle of oak-aged Bigfoot and its kinda tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2010
750 ml bottle from Tournament. Dark light brown/reddish color with a soapy eggshell colored head that leaves nice lacing. Awesome hopes aroma, notes of pine. Flavor is very complex, with oak, hops and sweetness. Lingering bitter finish with more sweet oak notes. Awesome beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 20, 2010
On tap at Two Fools. Didnít do it for me. It wasnít bad, but the combination of all those good beers was lesser than the individual pieces. It was either not enough hops and too caramelly malty sweet, or the reverse.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5437) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Bottle: The aroma is kind of light. Thereís some faint caramel, grapefruit, pine, and a touch of oak. It pours a transparent amber with a real nice creamy off-white head that leaves behind a sheet of lace. You canít really find fault with the appearance. The flavor starts with some caramel and light fruitiness. The finish has lots of grapefruit hops, lighter pine, and just a touch of oak. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2010
750 ml caged corked bottle. Pours dark copper with a frothy tan head. Nose is big on hops, fresh citrusy hops and also some earthy undertones, caramel malt, dark fruits, piney hops, oak, vanilla, scorched sugar, and charred oak. Taste is primarily citrusy and piney hops, caramel malt, oak, vanilla, winter ale spices. A great mix of three wonderful SN beers. You really get a taste of each. Awesome Grand Cru. Mouthfeel was creamy, perfect for the style.


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