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Great Divide 20th Anniversary Belgian-Style Ale



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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
This Belgian-style Ale is a golden example of our traditional bold character, but with a little something special to commemorate this milestone. Fermented with Viognier grape juice, 20th Anniversary is both delicate and assertive. Big without being brutish, cunning without being cloying, this is a grown-up beer for a big-time celebration.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (516) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Aroma: grapes, Belgian spice, grass, citrus, bread Appearance: hazy golden with a white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Delicious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (4945) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Fruity and light yeasty spicy. Similar taste with a bready aroma. Fairly sweet. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice and well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Poured into a snifter. 3.5 A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a touch of brown in it. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retetntion is below average and a half finger of bubbly lacing is left. 3.75 S: Smells like an imperial saison to me. First thing that sticks out is a grassy hay and a ruddy earthiness. White grape follows behind with peppery spicy undertones. Lemon, a touch of bready yeast, cake frosting, and banana. 3.5 T: Well this tastes nothing like it smells. Foremost, there’s a pretty healthy bitterness that comes out of nowhere. The saison flavors are still right there. Hay, earth, even a touch of funk. The white grapes probably have something to do with this. Peppery underneath. Much of the fruitiness found in the nose is diminished. 3.5 M: Lighter body. Good spritzy carbonation. Even a touch of creaminess. The finish I don’t care much for. It’s bitter and has an almost industrial component to it. 3.5 D: I wouldn’t have made this for a 20th anniversary, but it’s okay for a try I guess. Edit: This tastes a million times better with all of the yeast mixed in. The supreme bitterness is gone. The finish is much improved and offers some sweetness canceling out most of the harsh flavors. It tastes pretty much the same, but the sweetness somehow trapped in the yeast brings a good balance. I adjusted my scores to be the median between the original review and this update. ★ 1,431 characters DavoleBomb, Oct 28, 2014

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (1186) - USA - NOV 30, 2015
Cloudy golden with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is vague hint of grape underneath a bit of yeast. Very mild. Flavor is mildly funky with somewhat sweet grape. Very effervescent. Not bad. Wife: 3.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3114) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a small white head. Aroma was yeasty and fruity with citrus, grapes and subtle spices. Flavor of yeast, fruit, white grapes, pepper, bread and light citrus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CloakedDagger (1534) - - SEP 1, 2015
Bottle 65 cl. Pours pale yellow with a slight haze and a lively yet dissipating white head. Very spicy aroma, citric and zesty. Rich body, malt base has a strangely rotten note, very unpleasant. I have no clue what’s going on here, but it’s not nice at all. 010915

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TattooJack (407) - Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Poured from the bomber, hazy glowing golden with a lot of fizz and foam. Soda like carbonation, nice and strong. Not usually what I look to great divide to provide, but I’ll buy at 8.2% and not disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1994) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2015
Overall: Sweet, orange, spicy, cardamom. Fruity and zesty. A dry finish.
Note: Bottle 650 ml at home. Reviewed 2015-07-17.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2854) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2015
Flaska från SB. BBD dec-14. Smutsgul, grumligt, medelhögt smutsvitt skum. Tolkar den här som en imperial wit. Har witens friskhet, jästkaraktär och kryddning men med mer kropp, sötma och fyllighet. Funkar riktigt bra. Bra balans. Funkar att dricka upp själv vilket inte kan sägas om många belgare på 8+%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle to Weissbrau glass Light fruity esters, hay, apple, and yeast. Translucent yellow with a mostly creamy, bright white head. Taste is banana, pepper, light grape, bread and yeast.

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