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Great Divide 20th Anniversary Belgian-Style Ale

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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
probstblueribbon (3273) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2015
Bomber from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear pale golden with a frail white head. Aroma: Lots of apple juice/cider, some esters, a bit of a sweet honey thing, citrus and coriander, a bit of booze. Palate: Medium body, fairly full, fine carbonation. Flav.: More apple juice/cider than the nose, sweet, boozy, lightly spicy, a bit of citrus, meh; sweet with limited bitterness and a boozy, sweet finish.

Disappointing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aniela (3537) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle at home. Clear pale golden beer with an offwhite head. Fruity, citrus and bready aroma. Fruity sourish, grassy flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Helsdon (272) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2015
Cloudy blonde white head. Really mild nose of yeast, hay malts and a little citrus. Taste of citrus and a little acidic zest bite, those hay malts show up, and some nice yeast, and the crisp white wine flavours shows up in the finish. Aftertaste is a fresh tangerine. Very mild beer, very, very drinkable. Should be sitting at the dock drinking this one. Very nice. Surprised at the wild ratings swings on this one. I think it’s a solid choice. ’Course unless I head down to Buffalo I’ll never have it again, thanks LCBO.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1267) - SWEDEN - APR 4, 2015
650ml bottle. Hazy yellow body with a medium white head, malty and sweet with hints of spices, citrus and yeast.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Peter_L (1084) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2015
Flaska från SB. Ljust halmgul vätska med storbubbligt skum. Dofter av peppar, koriander och belgojäst. Sträv smak, det föreställer väl grapetoner antar jag. Detta blandas ihop med en jolmig sötma. Jänkarnas tolkning av en autentisk belgare, antar jag. Nä tvi vale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ramboraffe (1107) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2015
650 ml bottle. Clear amber with white head. Smell is malty, caramel and sweet fruity. Taste is sweet fruity, grapes, oranges, lemonade and some dried fruit. Sweet with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (1107) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle. Semi hazy blonde beer with a large white head. Aroma is spicy with notes of citrus, caramel, mango, red berries and white grapes. Flavor is spicy with notes of citrus, spices, pear, golden delicious apples and honey. Well balanced and only slightly boozy.

1.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Rossta (16) - Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Not good no matter how I tried it. Do not buy this. My opinion. Not what you think my bad for not reading the small print.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4717) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Hazy golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Fruit, yeast, malt, caramel, citrus.
Body: Medium body, medium to lively carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, some spices, yeast, fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (4626) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Location: 22 oz bottle from Sparrow, 1/11/15

Aroma: Aroma of saison/Belgian yeast, clean spice, clove, fruit, honey, earth, and a bit of bread
Appearance: Pours a clear gold color, looks similar to apple juice, with a fizzy, bright white head on top
Flavor: The grape comes out more in the flavor, and melds well with the yeast/spice flavors
Palate: Medium body, leaning light, fairly easy drinking considering the ABV, with a lively carbonation
Overall Impression: This is pretty interesting. From the initial aroma I got no grape at all, but I got it more so in the flavor. It’s such a blonde beer, that you almost expect a different flavor. It’s kind of like a saison merged with a tripel, merged with something else, all together in one beer. The spice is probably the strongest component, with the sweetness second. The dryness really only show up on the finish, but it is there too. Not bad at all. Color this guy impressed. This one shows off some clear brewing knowhow.


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