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Great Divide 20th Anniversary Belgian-Style Ale

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RATINGS: 157   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4156) - 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 (4253) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (2740) - FINLAND - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle. Golden, light haze. Golden malty, honey, sweet yellow fruity- ripe orange, sweet pineapple stone fruits, some spices. Smooth soft mouthfilling body. Sweetness, malts, belgy yeastyness, fruityness. A very flavourful, fruity drink. Filling, bit boozy, nice though. Clean.

-- bb

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
supershea (19) - Bella Vista, Arkansas, USA - DEC 30, 2014
A good friend shared his bomber with me. The aroma was nice, with notes of malt and yeast. You can definitely tell this is a Belgian. It pours a cloudy golden color with very little head. A good taste with Banana, cloves and spices. This finish was not as complex as I would have expected, it was a simple sweet grape taste. I did not enjoy this as much as the 19th anniversary.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2066) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle at a tasting at Butler's place. Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with one finger of white foam. Aroma is lemons grass wheat pepper spice. Wine character. Wonderful. Flavor follows and has slight bitterness. Lots of wheatiness. Really nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (11693) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear pale yellow/golden beer with a decent offwhite head. Fruity bready aroma, yeasty, citrus, grapes, grass, almost metallic. Fruity sourish flavor, grassy, metallic, citrus. Very much below par for this brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2842) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2014
It poured a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma was of grapes, apricots, grain and spices. The taste was a light bitter and spicy. The finish was light bitter with a dry spicy note. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2267) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2014
22 oz bottle; bottled in March 2014; served in a Belgian snifter. Poured pale golden with alight haze and small head. The aroma is fruity and has the unmistakable character of Belgian yeast. Some light funk and heavy yeast reduce its attraction but this aspect does not carry over to the flavor. Complex with very good balance and a mix of tropical and other fruity flavors, including white grapes. Neither bitter nor sweet. O: this is a quite enjoyable Belgian style ale worth seeking out.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Marduk (3089) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 2, 2014
500ml bottle (tasting @VastActive place, thanks). Hazy amber color. Medium size, white head, stays. Sourish, malty, faint fruity notes in aroma. Sweet, malty, apple jam in taste. Luckily alcohol is well hidden. Not for my taste.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
FatPhil (9723) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 29, 2014
650ml bottle - thanks mjs, VastActiv and the rest of the Hel crowd!
Sweet fruit juicy aroma, grapefruity, grassy too. Pale and hazy, small brief head. Thin palate. Fruity, but bland. Total sweet fruit-juicy mess. OK, did cover the alcohol fairly well, but I really didn’t like it. Grapes are a big no-no for me in beers.


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