GarrettB (1390) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
June 1st, 2014 - Great Divide is celebrating a huge landmark with the gorgeously labeled 20th Anniversary Ale, a cloudy, thick, pudding like body of a brew with a similarly creamy head to match. The dense fog of the body settles up top, gradually peeling away near the bottom of the glass, eventually turning into a clearer brew, providing a full body spectrum for the eye to linger on. The aroma is crammed with Belgian yeast scents, with tons of freshly unwrapped, chalky, dusty blobs of Bazooka Joe (old fashioned) bubble gum. Globs of overripe banana mush, ripe for a shake or a smoothie, are present in the aroma, too, and decorated with brown sugar and vanilla. The thick caramel sweetness of the aroma finds is mismatched with the flavor, tangy, tangy, tangy. Banana appears here too with a slight fermented booze edge, but that funky tang reminds me of a pear doused in liqueurs, or a freshly sliced pear hiding under a sheet of greek yogurt, garnished with clove and dry grains, like a saison.
Beachmaster (415) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 14, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber into a tulip. Pours a hazy yellow, with a big white head that quickly fades. Nose is Belgian yeast notes of cloves, bananas, and licorice. Taste is that of a typical Belgian strong ale, with a dry finish containing a hint of grapes. Nice.
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty, hoppy, yeasty. Flavor is moderately sweet, highly alcoholic, with a nice hop bite to it.
tsd08460 (706) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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,
olsvammel (5514) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Fruity and light yeasty spicy. Similar taste with a bready aroma. Fairly sweet. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice and well made.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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, thereís 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 donít care much for. Itís bitter and has an almost industrial component to it.
3.5 D: I wouldnít have made this for a 20th anniversary, but itís 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.
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Gachupines (1230) - USA - NOV 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Beerdedone (3188) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
CloakedDagger (1778) - - SEP 1, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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 whatís going on here, but itís not nice at all. 010915
TattooJack (466) - Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 Iíll buy at 8.2% and not disappointed.